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Christmas Printables: Snowflake Gift Card

I decided to create some printable items for Christmas this year. This is the first of the items, and as I find time, I'll add some more. You will find the other items in my printables series here.

This tutorial will show you how to make the snowflake gift cards shown above. Once you complete the tutorial, you can print out the tags and then use them to dress up your holiday gifts. The actual size of the cards is 2" x 2" which makes them perfect for all kinds of uses.


For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written forversions 9 and X, but if you're using earlier versions of PSP, you should still be able to complete the tut without problems. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

Simple Quick Tile Filter. You can download it here. Place the filter in the same location as your other PSP plugin filters.

Paper (preferably cardstock weight) for printing your final design. You can purchase this at any office supply store.

Snowflake images. I used preset shapes but you could use other images as well.

My PSP brush tip. Place it in the same location as your other PSP brushes.

My PSP inner bevel preset. Place it in the same location as your other PSP presets.

You can download all of my materials here.


To complete this tutorial, I assume that you have a basic working knowledge of PSP and its tools.

Step 1. Open up a new image 2 inches x 2 inches (this will be 600 x 600 pixels). To print the tags, you need to make the resolution 300 pixels/inch (otherwise, it will not print well). If you're planning on not printing your images, you can make the resolution lower.

Step 2. Flood fill your image with color #626a54. Choose your paintbrush and navigate to the pracken70 brush you downloaded. Set your brush size to 500, set color to white, and paint some random dots on your paper. Lower the opacity down to about 12.

Step 3. Add a new layer. Flood fill with same color again. Draw some more dots on your canvas, same as before. Lower your brush size down to about 250 and draw some more. Apply Simple>Quick Tile filter.

Go to Effects>Artistic Effects>Chrome. Apply with the settings in the screenshot. Lower the opacity of this letter down to about 22.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to white, turn off background color. Choose your preset shapes tool (check antialias, uncheck retain style and create as vector, line width 3). Navigate to the pracken_snowflake 1 shape you downloaded (or you can choose another). Draw a snowflake on your canvas. If you're going to put a hole in the top of your printed tag, move the image toward the bottom of the canvas. If you're going to use it without a hole, then center it.

Apply Simple>Quick Tile filter.

Step 4. Optional. I added a little metallic looking snowflake to mine. To do so, add a new layer. Choose your preset shapes tool (set to antialias; line width 3). Set your foreground color off and your background color to white. Choose the snowflake 10 preset shape and draw a small flake. Arrange wherever you like on your canvas.

If you wish, you could leave it this way, maybe lower the opacity a bit.

I decided to apply an inner bevel to give it some depth. To do so, go to Effects>3d Effects>Inner Bevel, and apply my preset you downloaded (click on the arrow at the Presets tab at the top of the screen and navigate to the pracken_snowflake preset. Apply.

Step 5. Now your notetag is basically complete. If you will save your image as a PSP file (with all layers intact), it will be easy to make various versions of your tag, easily. You just add a new layer and add a new flake each time (hiding the previous flake).

When you are satisfied with your image, merge all layers and save in gif or jpg format. Also, save a copy is psp format.

If you want to print more than one image, simply open up a new psp image 8 1/2 x 11 inches (or whatever size your paper is). Copy and paste your finished merged psp image onto the canvas. Continue until you've filled the page with as many cards as you wish (it'll make it easier if you use your grid (view>grid) to help you align all the images evenly - that way when you cut, it'll be on straight lines). Then merge all layers.

You can print onto regular paper but the final card will be a bit flimsy. For better results, use a thicker card stock paper for your printing. After you've printed, just cut out each card

If you wish, you can punch a hole in the top (corner, center) and insert a tie of your choice.

And voila! You're ready to attach to your gifts. I hope you enjoyed doing this tutorial as much as I did creating it. Be sure to check out the other printables in this series. And have fun!.

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This tutorial was created on November 14, 2010.
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