Monday, March 2, 2009

How to create a digital card!

Creating custom cards in SBC+ three ways

All_cards Hi there! :) I'm going to show how you can create quick and easy custom cards three different ways using Storybook Creator Plus. :) The first card will be printed out and used just as is - flat with no dimension. The second card will be embellished using some digital embellishments that I'm going to print out and attach to the card. And the third card I'm going to create will be one that I create a foundation for in StoryBook Creator Plus and then print out and embellish using other wonderful Creative Memories traditional product goodies! Let's begin!

Note: I will be creating the first two cards on one workspace so that they can be printed on one letter sized piece of cardstock to save paper. The third card will be created on one workspace as well, along with the digital embellishments we need for the second card. That way we can save time and paper and print them out together on one sheet. :)

First card: Card with no dimension & Second card: Card with printed out digital embellishments


First card:

Second card:

  • StoryBook Creator Plus Software
  • Delight Power Palette Digital Kit
  • Digital Embellishments - Doodles
  • Digital Embellishments - Sewing Room - Baby Girl
  • Colored pencils
  • Foam tabs
  • Black Swirly ABC/123 letter stickers
  • Font used: Century Gothic

How to create both cards:

  1. Create a new custom project that is a 8.5 x 11 landscape project.
  2. Add Paper23 to background.
  3. Unlock background paper and restore aspect ratio by clicking on paper and then clicking "aspect ratio" and then "restore aspect ratio."
  4. Cut rectangular shape out of Paper16. Add on workspace as shown going all the way across the bottom of the project. Place it 5.25 inches from the top (right click on paper and then click on properties to change top to 5.25).
  5. Add label embellishment 0.50 from the left centered.
  6. Next add "blessings" embellishments to label centered, leaving room below for more of the sentiment.
  7. Place "blessings" 5.94 from the top of the label.
  8. Create text box and add "to you" below "blessings." Use color tool to change color to dark brown.
  9. Add green polka dotted ribbon from the Digital Embellishments - Sewing Room - Baby kit along the bottom of the striped paper all the way across the card.
  10. Add a button to each hole in the first card's label.
  11. Create text box for "created with love by ..." and place at the top of each card centered - 1.375 from left. Rotate text box 180 degrees so that when it's printed it will be placed correctly (you can click on text box, then properties then change the rotation to 180).
  12. Save project as a jpeg. (To do this, click on the "Home" tab. You will see a blue disk icon, and under you will see the word "Save" with a down arrow next to it. Click the Down Arrow and choose "Save Pages As". Choose the folder to save your project in, enter project name in "Start File Names With", select "Current Page" and make sure the Resolution is set at "Best, 300 DPI". Click "Save" and your project will be saved out as a jpg.
  13. Print out project (be sure to check borderless printing in your printing settings) and cut paper in half length-wise. Fold those sheets in half to make two cards.
  14. Stick the first card in an envelope as is and mail it off to someone. It'll make their day. :) Set aside the second card for just a bit. We're going to go and create the third card and the digital embellishments we're going to use for the second card.
  15. Once you've printed out the Digital Embellishment - Doodles with the third card, color them with colored pencils, cut them out and then add to the card as shown. I did some layering using foam tabs for great dimension. I also added the little doodled heart to the sentiment on the back using foam tabs. :)

Finished sizes:
5.5 x 4.25

Third card: Custom card created in StoryBook Creator Plus with added traditional embellishments


How to create:

  1. Create a new 8.5 x 11 landscape project.
  2. Cut 8.5 x 5.5 rectangle shape out of Paper23. Place on left side of the workspace.
  3. Cut 5.5 inch wide rectangle out of Paper16 and place 5.25 inches from top.
  4. Create text box at the top of the workspace - centered in the middle of the orange paper. Add "created with love by..." sentiment. Rotate 180 degrees (See above for how to do that)
  5. In the empty workspace, add the following embellishments: Heart2 (change size to 1.11x 1.28), Heart1 (change size to 0.75 x 0.89) and CircleFrame3 (change size to 2.75x2.62).
  6. Save project as jpeg.
  7. Print out (be sure to set your printer settings to borderless).
  8. Cut in half lengthwise. Fold first half into card. Add label sticker, "Dream sticker" and punch out some mini butterflies using the Meadow Micro Maker punch. Cut out strip of yellow paper and hand cut scallop. Place on card as shown.
  9. See #15 above (in the first set of instructions) to see what to do with the digital embellishments you printed out.

Finished size:
5.5 x 4.25

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