I am so excited to have surpassed 1,000 sales on Etsy. It's humbling to know my designs are in 1,000 spots around the country and world! I love my work, enjoy the process, and love knowing that my canning jar sketches, bird illustrations, calendars, planners, paintings, and even fiber arts have brightened your days. Thank you, thank you for your encouragement and support. To celebrate this bench mark, I'm giving away $25 in product from my Etsy shop. Enter through my Rafflecopter giveaway (starting at midnight on 9/30/15) and I'll let you know if you've won! You can enter through October 6, and a winner will be notified shortly after the conclusion of the giveaway.
Printable tags can be fun, easy, and convenient, especially once you have a couple basic supplies on hand. If you enjoy giving handmade gifts, handmade gift packaging is a nice touch. Printable tags are also helpful if you don't have much on hand. Upcycle a box, print a tag, and you're all set to go.
- Card stock, typically in white, but feel free to get creative, 8.5x11 size
- Craft knife (with cutting mat or chipboard underneath)
- Straight edge ruler
- Paper hole punch
- Twine, ribbon, or string
Printing & Cutting Tips
Once you have found some tags you like, whether purchased through an Etsy shop, or downloaded from a blog you discovered through Pinterest, it's time to begin creating! The key thing when printing is to set your printer to the highest quality settings, onto quality cardstock or paper. Regular letter sized paper will work great.
Use your straight edge ruler to guide your craft knife for a precise cut.
TIP 1: Keep your craft knife positioned on the scrap paper side of the ruler, not on the side containing the section of paper that will become your tag. If your knife moves away from your ruler, you won't be cutting into the artwork.
TIP 2: Always recap your knife when it isn't in use, keep up and away from children.
After trimming your tag, add a hole with your hole punch and tie to your gift box or bag. I keep a stash of twine on hand, it matches just about everything. I also enjoy using metallic Sharpies for personalized notes.
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Thanks to Pinterest, Etsy, and the blogosphere, printable art has become readily available both for sale and for free. Printable products range from wall art, to calendars, to cards, and to party favors. In just a few clicks, you can search, download, and print worksheets, paper dolls, and party invites. Numerous options exist for turning those digital files into physical items. Which one should you go with? What do you do with printable art? Why bother with printable art at all?
Why Use Printable Art
Printables are convenient and economical tools for the home. Many of the tools to help you stay organized can be found for free. Designer printables can be found through online venues, such as Etsy. For example, I have designer planner packs available in my shop. Without having to haul the kids out to the store, you can create cards, meal planners, and calendars. After downloading, you'll have the files on hand for printing again and again.
Printable art is a great way to stretch the gift portion of your budget. Consider creating a meal planning binder with recipes for a bridal shower. For Mothers Day, consider framed printable art, or other creative options listed below. Some options can even be personalized for your loved ones.
How to Print Your Artwork at Home
The options are limitless when it comes to making the most of your digital art files. If you have downloaded or purchased pdf files, you can easily print them at home on your choice of paper. What paper should you go with? I recommend the following:
- For meal planners, calendars, and organizers for everyday use, you can use typical office grade paper.
- If you have files for greeting cards, set your printer to the highest quality setting. Print on white card stock, linen textured paper, or other higher quality papers you like from any store that carries office supplies. You can also purchase social envelopes to have on hand.
- If you have purchased or downloaded wall art, print on white card stock or photo paper. Again, use the highest quality setting on your printer. Both matte and glossy photo paper are readily available and both look great.
How to Order Professional Products from Printable Files
Because it is an economical option for my customers, I have a number of printable art files available in my Etsy shop, and also as freebies here on the blog. This doesn't mean you can't have that artwork as an archival print, stationery, or poster. In fact, you can have all of the above and more. If you intend to order a professionally produced final product, simply request a jpeg file as a note at checkout.
For same day quality prints, I typically upload jpeg files to Walgreens.com. I select the size I'd like, usually 8x10. (Be sure to always check for coupon codes whenever ordering anything from any online store. Sites such as retailmenot make coupon code searches easy.) With Walgreens, you can order your prints and pickup in about an hour at the location of your choice, even paying at the store after having used an online coupon code. Most of the same-day photo orders through that store need to be glossy. For matte orders, ship to home. When a piece of artwork is full color, I'll often just order through Walgreens to avoid using my own ink on the home printer.
For matte archival photo prints, I recommend Shutterfly as one good option. They have great quality and I love their customer service policies. They can print large format prints and also canvas prints. Just upload your jpeg file, select your product, and the item will ship directly to your home. I recommend always paying for priority shipping. Most printers and online sites tend to prioritize your project when you pay those couple extra dollars.
You can also get creative with other products using your artwork. Once you have a jpeg file, you can order puzzles, coffee mugs, canvas totes, calendars, mouse pads, stationery, and yard signs. Get creative!
How to Get Unique and Customized Printable Artwork
Many designers on Etsy, such as myself and Lonni Olson of L. Olson Designs, will create custom artwork for you. If you have an idea you can't find anywhere, just ask. Etsy has an internal email system called the "convo." Once you have a free username with Etsy, you can convo any shop owner to inquire. You can plan and print a coordinated baby shower through L. Olson Designs using her invites and decor!
With all of the fun printable options out there, it may be worth your time to start finding your favorite printable sources. You can start downloading, printing, and framing now. Maybe start here?
First, find 3 hearts on 3 different pages (1 per page) of my blog, or a connected page. They will look like this:
The clues are listed below to help you find each heart. Each heart has a letter by it -- just write down the letters find so you can fill out the form.
Next, visit L. Olson Designs to complete the scavenger hunt on her blog. Write down the 3 letters you see after you find the hearts there.
Finally, once you have all 6 letters written down (in no particular order) please submit the first entry on the Rafflecopter form on either blog (they are the same form).
You will receive your digital gifts within 24-48 hours of your submission.
You will be automatically entered into our Grand Prize package, where one winner will receive two $15 store credits, one each to Corissa Nelson Art and L. Olson Designs. That's $30 to spend on great art, graphic design, and more!
To gain additional entries into the Grand Prize drawing, you may complete the extra optional entries listed on the Rafflecopter widget. The more items you complete, the better chance you have to win!
1. Where do you see the slippers? "Search" and you'll find a heart nearby. (Try the search bar to find it).
2. You are my funny Valentine, at least on Sundays.
3. Time to "get the art." Where?
If you get lost along the way, feel free to comment on the "contact me" page or send me an email.
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