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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Subway Art Christmas Card

Hey there lovelies! Happy first day of my 12 Days of Christmas series! 

I'm not sure why but Christmas just brings out the DIY in me....am I the only one who gets bit by the crafting bug every December first? There are just so many fun things to make at Christmas time and I'm really excited to share with some of the things I'm making..and baking....this year with all of you. 

One of the very first things I DIY'ed for Christmas this year were our Christmas cards. I got our cards from Shutterfly on Black Friday because they had an absolutely amazing deal and last year's cards from good old Walmart just didn't impress me. But even though there were tons of gorgeous designs for cards on Shutterfly, for some reason none of them were really popping out at me. Thankfully I discovered their "design your own" option and I just knew I had to try my hand at making our own Christmas card!

I've been really into subway art these past few months (and have been itching for a Silhouette to make all my Subway art dreams come true, hint, hint, hubby) so I decided to try my hand at making my own subway-art-themed card with my trusty friend PicMonkey

It was actually a lot easier than I had envisioned and I know with a few tips it will be just as easy for you to create your very own DIY subway art Christmas card!  


Choose your size and fonts

I decided to go with the 5x7 option for my cards because I wanted the subway art portion of the card to be easily readable...but you could definitely pick the 4x6 or even the 4x8 option as well. It just depends on the size of your photo and the size you'd like your art to be. 


In PicMonkey, choose the "design" option and pick "Custom" as your canvas. A box will appear where you can enter the dimensions you'd like. Resize your image according to the specifications below. 
4x6in= 1600x2400px
5x7in= 1500x2100px
4x8in= 1200x2400px
The actual dimensions for the 4x6 tend to be a little too small to work with when adding text so I included the 6x8 dimension instead....it works perfectly for the 4x6 size when uploaded for printing. 

Now decide if you want your card to be horizontal or vertical....I chose horizontal because it seemed to worked better for the subway art but it really is up to you. Make sure to do this before you start creating your card.

After all the sizing is done, pick out 4 to 8 fonts you really love. I wanted to go with a very Christmas-y theme so I used a lot of fonts in PicMonkey's Santa Script and Display font categories to give it more of a holiday vibe. Some of the fonts I used require the paid membership plan but there's lots of fonts you can use with the free version as well. 

Add your photo and decide on your wording


This is pretty much a go-with-the-flow step because placement definitely depends on the size of your photo and what you want your subway art to say. I already knew which photo I was using so I simply inserted it as an Overlay by using the "Your Own" option. That way the resolution of the image is kept and the final product doesn't end up being blurry. I then used the geometric overlay to add a white rectangle and crop my photo exactly where I wanted it. I ended up making this rectangle overlay black a little later to add to the minimalist theme I was going for. 

Easy so far right? Ok so now it's time to figure out what you're going to say. I wanted our card to sum up 2014 in a nutshell so I started with the year and picked a few events that made 2014 extra special....like getting Duke, how many years we've been married, and where we live. That way even relatives we don't talk too much will get a snapshot of our lives right now. This step is completely up to you but I do recommend picking out short phrases as well as words to add to your subway art. I was really weird and created a quick spider diagram to determine what words I wanted to be larger or smaller.....you definitely can wing it and still get a gorgeous result though! 

Create your subway art

Start with your focal points....I chose 2014 and Merry Christmas as my focal points so I started with their placement and went from there. After that it's pretty much trial and error depending on what looks the best. Play around with the different words in different fonts until it looks right to you. 

The really cool part about subway art is that all the lines, no matter the different types of fonts used, are exactly the same width so make sure you're keeping an eye on that as you work.

Also, don't be afraid to add a few vertical words too.....like the US Army in my example. And definitely add a graphic or two to break up the words. PicMonkey has some really great Christmas graphics that work great for Christmas cards. Again some of these require the membership but over all there are some really pretty Christmas designs available fo' free! I went really simple and minimalistic but you can add as many embellishments as your heart desires! 

One thing you should especially keep in mind when making your subway art though is the bleed allowance. You should always leave a margin of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch around the edges of your card, just to be safe. Believe me there's nothing worse than making something look exactly how you want it only to upload it to the printing site and find that the edges are slightly cut off. Yes, I have learned this from experience. 

Sit back and admire your handiwork....oh and print those babies
Pretty right?! I have to tell you lovelies that after seeing first hand how easy this subway art was to make, I'm itching to create a larger piece for the living room. What a conversation piece, am I right! 

HAVE YOU EVER DIY'ED YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD? IF YOU'VE EXPERIMENTED WITH SUBWAY ART WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE? 

*Affiliate links may be used in this post. However I never promote brands I'm not absolutely in love with!
** Also my opinions on PicMonkey are totally my own because I literally use it for everything and only wish they knew little ol' me existed!
 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Subway Art Christmas Card

Hey there lovelies! Happy first day of my 12 Days of Christmas series! 

I'm not sure why but Christmas just brings out the DIY in me....am I the only one who gets bit by the crafting bug every December first? There are just so many fun things to make at Christmas time and I'm really excited to share with some of the things I'm making..and baking....this year with all of you. 

One of the very first things I DIY'ed for Christmas this year were our Christmas cards. I got our cards from Shutterfly on Black Friday because they had an absolutely amazing deal and last year's cards from good old Walmart just didn't impress me. But even though there were tons of gorgeous designs for cards on Shutterfly, for some reason none of them were really popping out at me. Thankfully I discovered their "design your own" option and I just knew I had to try my hand at making our own Christmas card!

I've been really into subway art these past few months (and have been itching for a Silhouette to make all my Subway art dreams come true, hint, hint, hubby) so I decided to try my hand at making my own subway-art-themed card with my trusty friend PicMonkey

It was actually a lot easier than I had envisioned and I know with a few tips it will be just as easy for you to create your very own DIY subway art Christmas card!  


Choose your size and fonts

I decided to go with the 5x7 option for my cards because I wanted the subway art portion of the card to be easily readable...but you could definitely pick the 4x6 or even the 4x8 option as well. It just depends on the size of your photo and the size you'd like your art to be. 


In PicMonkey, choose the "design" option and pick "Custom" as your canvas. A box will appear where you can enter the dimensions you'd like. Resize your image according to the specifications below. 
4x6in= 1600x2400px
5x7in= 1500x2100px
4x8in= 1200x2400px
The actual dimensions for the 4x6 tend to be a little too small to work with when adding text so I included the 6x8 dimension instead....it works perfectly for the 4x6 size when uploaded for printing. 

Now decide if you want your card to be horizontal or vertical....I chose horizontal because it seemed to worked better for the subway art but it really is up to you. Make sure to do this before you start creating your card.

After all the sizing is done, pick out 4 to 8 fonts you really love. I wanted to go with a very Christmas-y theme so I used a lot of fonts in PicMonkey's Santa Script and Display font categories to give it more of a holiday vibe. Some of the fonts I used require the paid membership plan but there's lots of fonts you can use with the free version as well. 

Add your photo and decide on your wording


This is pretty much a go-with-the-flow step because placement definitely depends on the size of your photo and what you want your subway art to say. I already knew which photo I was using so I simply inserted it as an Overlay by using the "Your Own" option. That way the resolution of the image is kept and the final product doesn't end up being blurry. I then used the geometric overlay to add a white rectangle and crop my photo exactly where I wanted it. I ended up making this rectangle overlay black a little later to add to the minimalist theme I was going for. 

Easy so far right? Ok so now it's time to figure out what you're going to say. I wanted our card to sum up 2014 in a nutshell so I started with the year and picked a few events that made 2014 extra special....like getting Duke, how many years we've been married, and where we live. That way even relatives we don't talk too much will get a snapshot of our lives right now. This step is completely up to you but I do recommend picking out short phrases as well as words to add to your subway art. I was really weird and created a quick spider diagram to determine what words I wanted to be larger or smaller.....you definitely can wing it and still get a gorgeous result though! 

Create your subway art

Start with your focal points....I chose 2014 and Merry Christmas as my focal points so I started with their placement and went from there. After that it's pretty much trial and error depending on what looks the best. Play around with the different words in different fonts until it looks right to you. 

The really cool part about subway art is that all the lines, no matter the different types of fonts used, are exactly the same width so make sure you're keeping an eye on that as you work.

Also, don't be afraid to add a few vertical words too.....like the US Army in my example. And definitely add a graphic or two to break up the words. PicMonkey has some really great Christmas graphics that work great for Christmas cards. Again some of these require the membership but over all there are some really pretty Christmas designs available fo' free! I went really simple and minimalistic but you can add as many embellishments as your heart desires! 

One thing you should especially keep in mind when making your subway art though is the bleed allowance. You should always leave a margin of 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch around the edges of your card, just to be safe. Believe me there's nothing worse than making something look exactly how you want it only to upload it to the printing site and find that the edges are slightly cut off. Yes, I have learned this from experience. 

Sit back and admire your handiwork....oh and print those babies
Pretty right?! I have to tell you lovelies that after seeing first hand how easy this subway art was to make, I'm itching to create a larger piece for the living room. What a conversation piece, am I right! 

HAVE YOU EVER DIY'ED YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD? IF YOU'VE EXPERIMENTED WITH SUBWAY ART WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE? 

*Affiliate links may be used in this post. However I never promote brands I'm not absolutely in love with!
** Also my opinions on PicMonkey are totally my own because I literally use it for everything and only wish they knew little ol' me existed!
 

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