The botanical wedding stationery trend is going nowhere fast. So, I’ve taken inspiration from bright Hawaiian tropics for today’s tutorial on How to Make Cheap Save the Dates online – using my fave invitation maker app, Picmonkey!
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Sometimes people are wary of DIY wedding stationery because it conjures up images of glue guns and heavy-duty crafting.
And nothing requires fewer crafting skills than designing your own wedding stationery online using an online invitation maker, like Picmonkey.com.
Picmonkey has a ‘free-to-try’ model where you can try it free for 7 days. After your free trial, in order to save and download your designs, you’ll need to be a paid member.
I’m a proud affiliate for Picmonkey. I’ve been a subscriber since 2014 when I created all my own wedding invitations. In my view, the membership is worth it… but if you’re on the fence, the 7-day trial does give you an opportunity to find out if you love it too!
How to Create Cheap Save the Dates using Picmonkey
Ok, so head to Picmonkey and click the button at the top left of the screen to ‘CREATE NEW’.
This brings up the following screen – choose ‘Blank canvas’.
You can choose whatever size invitation card you want here – I’ve opted for vertical 5×7 inches.
Once the blank canvas is open, head to the menu on the lefthand side of the screen and choose the ‘Graphics’ menu. At this point you can browse Picmonkey’s own floral images (in the ‘Nature’ section) or choose the ‘Add your own image’ option to upload your own floral graphic.
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Once opened, you can resize the graphic and place it where you want on the page – I’ve turned it clockwise and moved it to the top right of the card.
Then copy and paste the graphic back onto the canvas and pull it down to the opposite corner.
Now it’s time to add the text box. Go back to the ‘Graphics’ menu and from the ‘Basic’ section head to ‘Shapes’ and choose a rectangle.
Resize it on your canvas to allow enough space for your text.
Now change the color to match your graphic.
The easiest way to do this is to use the ‘dropper’ tool in the Graphics editor pop up box. Just click on the color circle, select the dropper (circled) and hover it over the floral graphic on your card to choose a shade.
I’ve gone for the lightest pink in the flower, which will allow the text to shine.
Now we need to send the text box to the back of the flowers – we do this by choosing the ‘Send to back’ arrow in the Layers pop up (circled).
Time to add your text!
You can upload your own fonts to use, or just use the great options already in Picmonkey.
For the Save the Date text I’ve used ‘Summer Palms’, sized at 378.
And for the names and dates I’ve used ‘Quicksand’ with the name size at 80 and the date and location at 57.
And you’re done!
Time to export it. Hit the ‘Export’ button on the top grey menu to bring up the following screen.
For best quality choose ‘High’ and then ‘Export to Computer’.
So, how easy was that to make cheap save the dates using Picmonkey?
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Look at what prettiness you can create yourself in just a few minutes…
Are you going to try making cheap save the dates yourself?