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Designing on the Go with the iPad Pro - Create a Holiday Card

teacher avatar Samantha Wilson, Illustrator & Fiber Artist

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing a Flat or Folded Card

    • 3. Choosing your Card Size

    • 4. Envelopes Options

    • 5. Card Layout Ideas

    • 6. Examples of Designs Printed at Home

    • 7. Understanding Bleed Lines

    • 8. Setting up a Flat Card for Home Printing

    • 9. Printing & Trimming your Flat Card

    • 10. Setting up a Folded Card for Home Printing

    • 11. Trimming & Folding your Folded Card

    • 12. Using a Local Print Shop

    • 13. Online Printer - Catprint

    • 14. Class Project

    • 15. Thank You!

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About This Class

Ready to continue learning to Design on the Go with the iPad Pro? Welcome to our mini class - Create a Holiday Card!

In this class, I will you show you how to create a Holiday Greeting Card just in time for the holidays. We will go over choosing the card style, the different standard sizes and your envelope choices. Then I'll show you some layout inspiration to spark your design ideas and finish up with walking you through how to print from home or how to pick a professional printer (local or USA based.) 

This class is also packed with lots of extra goodies: templates for folded and flat cards in every style as well as a resource guide with places to get your cards printed, links to lots of items I talk about in the class as well as useful terminology!

We will be using the app Graphic which is a full featured graphic design and illustration app. If you are not familiar with this program, I teach a class series (links below) Graphic 101-104 that will walk you through this awesome app!

Hey Hey: New mini classes coming soon!! Stay tuned!! Like Create a Holiday Photo Card Coming Out Tomorrow!


Suggested Prerequisite Classes:

Graphic 101

Graphic 102

Graphic 103

Graphic 104

Necessary Hardware & Software:

iPad Pro (or any iPad!)
Apple Pencil (optional) 
Graphic App

So what are you waiting for? Click the enroll link and I look forward to seeing everyone in class!

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Samantha Wilson

Illustrator & Fiber Artist


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Samantha Wilson is a Hand Letterer, Calligrapher & Illustrator living in East Texas with her Hubby, Daughter & 3 Pups. The sole designer behind Oh So Illustrating, Samantha spends her days adding doodles and lettering on everything using ink, graphite, paint and digitally with a stylus! She aims to spread love, happiness and humor through her designs worldwide!

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome back to designing on the go with the iPad Pro miniseries. In this class, we're going to learn how to create your own holiday greeting card. This will be part of a two part series with this one focusing on greeting cards and the 2nd 1 being released this Friday on December 9th on how to create your own holiday Freddo card . So, just in time for the holidays, this was requested by one of my students in my graphic 104 class, and I thought, What a perfect time to do it. So here we are, and basically, in this class, I'm gonna walk you through the different size options for your greeting card. Walk you through a couple of different layout options. You know how to incorporate using illustrations, lettering or typography, or how to mix them all to make your own holiday greeting cards. So I'm super excited to share this with you. I'm also gonna share how to print your greeting card at home, how to print it if you're going to use a local print shop and then share some of my favorite places around the U. S. That I get some of my printing done. So That way, if you don't know local print shop or you don't have a printer at home, you can use some of these places too. So I'm super excited to have you all back and can't wait to create these greeting cards with you. 2. Choosing a Flat or Folded Card: Okay, so let's go ahead and get started. So the first thing we're going to talk about is choosing when you go to choose your design is whether you're going to do a greeting card type, which is, you know, with the flap, you have your inside and you're outside. You. Can. A lot of places allow you to do is design here. Sometimes you can put like your name or created by on the back here and then on the inside . You can either leave it blank or have it printed. Sometimes this is a lot more expensive. It just depends on the shop that you're using because you're printing two sides and then they have to fold it for you. So that's something to consider. If you decide to go with a folded type greeting card, the other type we have is your flat card. So your flat card is basically just a card with two sides on, and so it's cheaper because it's using less paper and also because there's no folding involved, they just cut it and they're done. So this is the two types of cards that you need to consider when you are starting off with your initial design. So first go ahead and decide flat or fold it 3. Choosing your Card Size: Okay, So the next thing you're gonna want to decide before you start designing is what size greeting card do you actually wanna have? So I'm gonna go ahead and run through the basic sizes. These are the ones that if you went to the store or even looked around your house, maybe you're collector of greeting cards. Like all the ones that your parents have sent. You are your spouse, or before you guys got me read. Maybe you've kept all of those. And so these are a lot of the standard sizes you're going to see. So this 1st 1 is a 3.5 by five. The second size that we've got here is your four by six. The next size we've got here is your 4.25 by 5.5. Here, we've got your five pi seven. And then we thought, your square, which is 5.25 by 5.25 I will have these all listed below 50 went too quickly. Don't worry. They'll be in a little print out for you guys. 4. Envelopes Options: So let's talk about envelopes. So a lot of print shops and places online when you purchase from then you the LA Times have where you can add on envelopes, but unfortunately, ah, lot of times they're just offering you the basic white or cream envelope. Sometimes they offer you the craft one, um, you know, which is like that paper bag color on. And so here we go. Here's across one. So that's great. But if you are going, you know, for the holidays, I really want a green where I want to read or say you're creating this greeting card for a special occasion. Make your creating it for they do cards for your business and you want a specific color. One of my favorite places to go to to get on blips is paper source. As you can see, they have a slew of colors, and they're always adding new ones. I mean, look how gorgeous these colors are. I mean, they've got tons of different options, which are really, really great for when you're doing any branding or trying to create a specific type of look . Um, so I would really suggest that, um, you know they sell nationwide. They also have a wholesale place called waste, not paper. And the great part about waste, not paper, is you can get They're on blips for a fraction of price. Now, the catch is that you have to have a resell certificate. So you actually have to be someone that has signed up with, um, with your country or with I'm not sure how it works with international, but I know here in the U. S. When I went to set up an account, I had to send them a picture of my resale certificate, which is up there that allows me to actually purchase things at wholesale pricing and then resell them. So, um, you know, if you do have one of those check out waste, not paper, because you can get all of their fabulous stuff, including all of their paper at a discounted price. And they even have this fabulous sales kit that I was able to get, and it's really not that expensive, and it's got all of their colors. They've got really cool inserts and stuff like that. So if you are looking to get, um, envelopes say for any occasion you can go to paper source dot com or go Senate for a wholesale account with ways, not paper, and that's a great place to get really nice envelopes for a fraction of price. Now, if you have a local, a place like office back, some of those places do carry some fun colors for greeting greeting card envelopes. Eso You could check those out if you're looking for someplace more local, but a lot of the major cities have paper source, so definitely a great place to get on the lips. 5. Card Layout Ideas: So for those of you that like to do illustrations and stuff, here is one card I put together on this is based often illustration of this cute little husky dog and slay that I had illustrated, um, at a previous time. So, I mean, this would be a cute card just by itself. You don't have to add any lettering. People understand that this is a winter greeting. And so you could totally do this as a flat card or even as a greeting card and just leave it us so. But if you wanted to add some lettering to it, you could do something really fun like that where the Husky dog is with wishing everyone a merry Christmas. So this is one way, Teoh, you know, make your entire card, um, you know, very colorful. And, ah, um, you know, without having a lot of white space. Um, but if you wanted to do white space, here's an illustration that I had done of a reindeer. And basically you could have done this on a cream or even a craft card or white White would be beautiful to and, you know, basic illustrations just by themselves. White space is nothing to be afraid of or do not use. So this is a fun layout. You can have it centered. You could have even had it offset if you wanted to add some lettering into it. So this is another type of option for your layout for your card. Um, And then for those of you who just want to dio lettering your typography here is a fun craft card I put together. So these are just fonts that I used directly from that I had, you know, installed in this program. So here's merry Christmas. And as you can see, I actually did a shadow a white shadow on it to make it pop and stand out. Because without the shadow, uncle hadn't show you that, um if I turned the shadow off it, you know, it looked really, really pretty still in very elegant. But I felt like the shadow, uh, the white shadow was just gonna give it that that extra, you know, stand off from the Kraft background. But so I mean, this is a another way to just make a very basic but elegant and beautiful Christmas card for the holidays. So that's three different ways that, um, that you can really play around with your layout. So just remember not to be afraid of white space and, uh, and play around with it, you know, add typography and add your illustrations in in any designs that you create, so really, just have fun with this. 6. Examples of Designs Printed at Home: Okay, So if you decide that you are going to print from home, some of the things that you're gonna need to consider are your first off. Let's start with your printer. Does it print in color? If it does, you're pretty much ready to go. Most printers can handle printing. It might not be the most crisp of color, depending on how high end or low end of a printer you've gotten. But they can all pretty much print. So I have actually printed a couple of invitations at home. I know these aren't greeting cards, and this is a greeting card class, but I didn't happen to have any greeting cards on May. So here is a baby shower invitation that I created a couple of years ago for a client, and basically this is just on basic card stop. So this was one design that I had created. Here was another one that I had done. This was a wedding invitation I did a couple of years ago and and this one was actually printed with paper source card stock. It was there, Um, Lux Cream is what this one waas. So it's a heavyweight. It's got kind of a texture to it. That Scott this some almost caught me feel to it. Um, And so these were printed from my home printer, so, I mean, it could totally be done. It can look great and look professional without having to go outside your home, so yeah. 7. Understanding Bleed Lines: this. This line right here is the bleed. So if you were designing something, you would want it to bleed out because the cut line is this black part. So if you were doing like the Husky that I had shown you, you saw the whole background was a dark, dark blue. Why want when it's done? I want the whole design to be dark blue. I don't want any white corners on my design, so I'm gonna want to take it all the way to this line. And so that's why using a template from a specific the place that you're planning to print is an awesome option because they set everything up and show you so, like, here is a is a card that they wanted bleed. So as you can see, their safety line was this green area and you want all of your actual design not the background, but the actual design to be within the green area. That's the safe space. The black line is where they're going to cut. So you definitely want to your background to go past the black lines, see and see how they have it all the way out here. because when it set up that way as they show you, it's proper. So here's their example. If you did it incorrectly, so see how this design is not within the safety area when it caught you, see how now it cut some of some of that logo up in the corner. So that's why it's super and pour in to make sure that when you go to set up that you set it up properly. And most places that I have worked with have templates. And, um, I think it's really important to use that I'm actually going to have templates for you guys down below for all of the standard sizes that I've talked about. So they'll have the bleed and all of that. So that way it makes it super simple for you guys. But for future, if you're doing any other design projects, check with your printer to see if they have templates like this. So that is some things to think about. If you're ordering so yep, 8. Setting up a Flat Card for Home Printing: So for those of you that are planning to print at home, whether it's on card, stock or specialty paper, whatever paper you have chosen, I'm gonna go ahead and show you how to go ahead and set that up, eh? So that you can print it to up. So basically to flat cards per, um, per sheet of paper. So the first thing you want to do is, you know, my design is five by seven. So the first thing I'm gonna want to do is add a box around my design tips him. I need to make that a little bit bigger. It's go up here and make sure it's actually five by seven. And go ahead and center it and then turn off the design tips. All right, so now I'm gonna take those two and group them together so that when I move my reindeer, I've still got my box. So I know where my, um, my five by seven is. So next thing you're gonna want to do is go up here and change the dimensions of your campus. You're gonna want it to be a and 1/2 by 11. So for this one the with needs to be bigger than the height. Okay, so now I'm going to send her that vertically. I mean horizontally. And if it back over there and then I am going to copy and paste and put a 2nd 1 on here and used my guidelines to line it up. So, as you can see now, I've got it set up to up. So I've got these black lines already in here. You can change the color of that if you want to. And so, basically, once you print it, then you can use thes lines to guide where you where you cut to make your cards. Now, if you want additional lines, um, one thing that I like to dio is actually add extra lines. You can just add a box in the corner if you want to. Just make sure that you have no Phil on it so that you can actually see and then just do that to each of the corner. So now you can see that when you print your printer might not be able to print all the way to the edge. So it might be, you know, like 1/4 of an inch from the edge. This line. But that will make it super easy for when you're cutting it. Um, so that is how you would set it up to up. Ah, if you are doing a flat card 9. Printing & Trimming your Flat Card: So once you've set up your your guidelines, you know that I have set up to help with the cutting process of your design. Go ahead and make sure that you've even turned off the background color. Um, altogether. That way, it's just a translucent background because you don't want your printer to mistake the background as what you want printed on your paper. So if you had put in a beige background because you're using, um off white or ivory paper, you don't want it to print that beige color on your design. So go ahead and remove it and then go ahead and print. Make sure that 300 d. P. I and I know I had showed you this in the other class. Make sure it's on color and go ahead and print. So here's my design printed out. I just did it on regular printer paper. Um, so I didn't use any card stock, but as you can see, the design came out looking great on. And as you can see, my printer actually didn't print all the way to the edge. So what I suggest for this is you can either use a paper cutter or your standard scissors. And so the first thing I always do if mine doesn't print to the edge like that is I actually go ahead and go go along and print cut off all of the edges off my paper so that now it's already to the edge. That's what I use because I actually use a paper trimmer, not scissors, but for the scissors. Then you can just go back through. I'm actually gonna cut them apart first, makes it a little bit easier with practice she paper than a full. But then just going back through and carefully trim along the lines trying to get off all the black so that, um, your design doesn't have the black edge on it and just work your way around. You see, I left some black on there. I don't know if you can actually see it, but, um, go back through and trim it just a little bit. Obviously, if you're using scissors, I mean these air handmade cards from your home. So if they're not perfect, that's okay. It's the thought that pounds, at least in my opinion, it's the thought that counts, Okay? It's not the perfect cutting job. But when you're done now, you've got your five by seven design and your cards ready to go so you could flip over your flat card in right, a little greeting on here. Or you could design both sides, and you would do the exact same thing You just did print it like this, then stick it back in your printer and do the exact same thing printing the backside and then that way, when you were done, you would have your finished five by seven flat card that you have printed at home. 10. Setting up a Folded Card for Home Printing: Okay, so now I'm going to walk you through how to print from home if you are planning to do a greeting card. Um, so if that's what you were hoping to do and be able to print it from home, see or not, you can actually do that. Um, it's set up just a little bit differently, and you're only gonna be able to get one greeting cards per sheet of paper. Um, so that's just the way that works. So the way you're going to do this is just like we did before your first going to want to draw a box around your your design and make sure that it's the seven by five, and then you're gonna want to go in and change the with and the height of your design. So the height is the bigger one. On the with is the smaller groups 8.5. Okay, so now I've got my hate 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper. So I'm gonna go out and grab this design and pull it down here. It's Guess it wasn't all group together. Make sure it's grouped, Um, something to grab it and pull it down here. Go ahead and make sure that it's horizontally aligned vertically aligned. Okay, so now, as you can see, I'm gonna need to duplicate it. So this will be the backside. So I'm just gonna go ahead and for right now, copy and paste this toe laid out like that. And then I can un group this one and get rid of the text. And now you have your basic greeting card. So what you can do for right here, you can actually turn. Um, if you wanted to, you could do one big box right now. Then delete thes two boxes so I'll go ahead and show you that because I know some of your going well. I didn't really want a black line right here, but I still need to know where I need to fold it. So one way to work around that is go ahead on a different layer. Go ahead and draw your your your box. Got to go up a little bit higher, turn that off, and then adjust to a dark gray, and then you can go back onto this layer and go ahead and delete on group first. So you don't delete your design, but you can delete both of those. And now when you turn back on tips, it accidentally deleted. Sorry about that. I thought it had ungroomed properly. Okay, so now when you delete your boxes, you would have that now for right here before you delete this second box. Because now you can see the gray here. And if I moved this one right here, it would just show me the outline of the entire card. So when it's laying out full, but we still need to know where that fold goes. So go ahead and put this box back. Or don't remove it at all yet and go ahead and go back to that second layer and grab your pen tool. Go ahead and switch to that Whatever color you're doing of this and go ahead and draw yourself a line from here to here, then you can go ahead and go back and delete this one. So now you know where that line is supposed to go now. Do like I said before and go ahead. And now you can connect that line and go straight out and do the same thing. He paced do the same thing over here. Now, I can go in here and delete this center line, and now you know exactly where you need to fold for this. So now you can go ahead and go in. And, um, add those boxes again for, um uh, for doing you were cutting and, ah, I'll pick back up with it printed out. So once you've added the boxes and you've got these lines, go ahead and print it like normal. Turn off the background. If you've added a background color like I did, um, go ahead and turn it off so that when you printed on the paper, this color doesn't print too. So, um, I'll show you in a minute what the paper looks like. 11. Trimming & Folding your Folded Card: So now, as you can see, I've printed out the design. One thing I had forgotten to mention a little bit earlier is remember, if you're printing something on this backside or even on the flip side of the card, remember that this side needs to be reverse of this, because when you fold it, you're gonna you this they're both up that way. So it's going to need to be mirrored basically on either side. But as you can see now, I know exactly where my folding was gonna need to go. And I've got my cutting lines. So I'm gonna go ahead and cut it out, and then I'll show you how to fold it. Okay, so I went ahead and cut it out, but I don't know if you concede e, but right here I went ahead and left just a little bit exposed. Now, one option you could have done is before I cut it out. You could have just taken a ruler, you know, stuck it across, drawn a faint line there, or even just nic marks on either side. So that later you could have gone back and erased it. So, um, kind of completely up to you. So from here, what I'm gonna do this is actually a Martha Stewart folder and bone folder. Um, if you're gonna if you plan on doing a lot of cards, this might be a really good option because it actually has the lines for you. So I wouldn't have even had to keep this because I could slide this in the corner here. And as you can see, a seven right there and I would have just gone like this and gone across and had my first mark, and then I could flip it to the other side and do the exact same thing. And now my cards folded and done something. A link, one of thes. They're really not that expensive. I think this one was, like, $10 at Hobby Lobby because I used a 40% off coupon which, if you ever shop at Hobby Lobby cause you're in the US, um, I don't I don't know if they do it overseas to, but they have coupons online for 40% off all the time. And only like the big things, like a cricket and stuff like that. Um, can you not use them on, but you can use them on all these smaller items even if you're planning to ship it. So something like this is great if you don't have a bone folder, What you could have done was, um, get a spongy material underneath it like something that's kind of soft, even fabric. And you could have put a ruler on one side, which limit? Grab, I will show you. So if I had had soft material, I could have wind myself up like this, and then you could literally you anything like that's got a point. Kind of like this. I would have just kind of wanted to get your grooves going so you could have seen where you needed to fold and then folded around the lines. But I really think that if you're gonna dio a whole bunch of these, investing in one of these bad boys really makes it super simple so that it's a nice, crisp fold like that. It takes the guesswork out of where you need to fold it. So that is how you do a greeting card at home. 12. Using a Local Print Shop: If you choose that you want to actually get your design printed or your greeting card printed from a local printer, some of the things that you're definitely gonna want to consider is your first gonna want to go and actually see some of their work. All design are all print shops will have, like a portfolio or will be able to show you some of the stuff that they just printed, like fresh off the press. Um, here's a couple of things that I have gotten printed professionally from a couple of different places. Here's a greeting card for a business client. Um, here's a baby shower invitation. I did know back to that one, but for all of these, I was able to first go feel the different paper stock that they have. See some of their prints and make sure that they were for sure who I wanted to use on. And they should be able to give you standard pricing. I'll have a couple of terminology down below in the resource section that would kind of walk you through the different things that you're going to want to ask them. If you decide to go with a local print shop 13. Online Printer - Catprint: So for those of you that were planning, Teoh get it professionally printed and say you don't have a local print shop either a professional one or one of the stores like FedEx Kinko's, Office Depot, OfficeMax. Any of those places actually do a really, really good job. So those are all options for you. But maybe you live in a really small town, and the closest one of those is like 45 minutes away. Cat print is my favorite place. Go to place for a lot of my design products because I love the quality. They have a ton of of card stocks to look at and to utilize. And so I really, really love the quality, and they have really good turnaround time. Their prices are really, really good. And, um, also they have, ah, flat rate shipping for $7.70 for seven day shipping, which is really great, especially if you're designing on the budget. So this place is for everyone. So regardless, if you have a resell certificate or not, you can shop through them. They're based out of New York. I believe eso if you decide to use a place like this. One of the things you're gonna want to do is check to see if they have, um, their own templates, because that will make the upload process really, really easy. So for cat print, you goto f A Q and they've got setting up your file. So go ahead and click there and then, as you can see, they've got templates. So if I was to click on that, then they have where you could pick. What you were gonna do is if you were going to do like a folded print, you could click. And right here they've got all of their templates. And so you could pick which size you were planning Teoh to use, you know, five by 74.25 by 5.5 or a 5.45 by five So you could pick any one of thes and click on it and be able to download a template that you could use most of them are you can use in photo shop and, um, and an illustrator 14. Class Project: so thank you. So so much for tuning in. I so love having all of you in my class for the class Project. Super Easy. Create your greeting cards so whatever it is that you celebrate or that you want to create as your holiday greeting card, whether it's just a Happy New Year's card where a Christmas card or Kwanzaa Hanukkah. I know there's a ton other out there, and I just don't know them all. So I am so looking forward to seeing how you depict the holidays and how you put it on paper through your illustration. Your layout, your typography so toe upload it yuk unjust. Take a screenshot of your illustration board or, um, you can take a snapshot of a printed out you know when you have printed it out either from your home printer or if you choose to use a ah professional print shop. So just snap a picture uploaded, and I just cannot wait to see all of your projects 15. Thank You!: so thank you so much for tuning in. Uh, thank you so much for creating your holiday greeting card with me. Super excited to see all of the projects as they get uploaded. Be sure to tune in this Friday, December 9th as I released my holiday Freddo card class. And thank you so much. Just so much. Appreciate you're all being in this class and coming back time after time. Thanks. Bye.