Why print tags when you could easily color them by hand?
Many readers here make beautiful cards with their Copic Markers and colored pencils. So why spend the money having cards printed?
Because Copic Marker fades.
Yes, that’s right.
Copic Markers are not lightfast.
In as little as a few months, your beautiful cards will change and fade. With some colors it takes years to notice. For other colors, the deterioration happens quickly.
So don’t think of Kathy’s Repurpose series and today’s article on professionally printed cards as a time saver or a quick way to color lots of cards at once.
We’re also capturing the beauty of your coloring before it fades.
Because time is not your friend.
Kathy’s Previous Re-pur-pose Articles:
And here’s today’s fun project-
Repurpose #5: Professional Tags
Gifts upon Gifts
By Kathy F.S.
If you are like me, there isn’t a month that goes by that you are not finding yourself wrapping a birthday gift at the last minute. Then the scramble is on when I realize I don’t have a card to go with the gift. Oh, if I just had a tag that would do the trick and I could be on my way.
While I was busy trying to spend money online a window popped up suggesting that I order gift tags/cards. I was intrigued by the idea and the price ($6.00 for 25 cards and envelopes) was so reasonable that I thought I had nothing to lose.
I would have never thought to put any of my coloring projects on a tag that measures 2” x 3 ½”. But to my surprise, it was a perfect opportunity to repurpose another of my projects. With little effort, I designed a gift tag using the Power Poppy Birthday Cake image that I had colored a few months ago.
The tag can be punched and hung from your gift bag handle, or tucked in a little envelope and slid under the ribbon on a package. Either way, these are not only a great time saver, they’re a piece of your art going to a lucky recipient.
Please note: it is not possible for me to write a detailed tutorial on how to create this project because whenever a computer is involved, there are just too many ways to achieve the desired result.
Even if we use the same computer, software, and scanner, there are lots of ways to get the job done.
Instead, I’ve created a helpful run-down of the process which I used plus a few troubleshooting tips. Hopefully, this can serve as a starting point to guide you through a similar process using your computer and artwork.
My process is available below in a printable PDF download.
Kathy FS is a Vanilla Arts student who enjoys hand-lettering pointed puns, realistic coloring, and getting up early to sleepwalk the dogs. You can follow her on Instagram here.
1 completed coloring project
camera or scanner
basic photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop- any version, Affinity Designer, Pic Monkey, etc.)
Vistaprint or the print on demand website of your choice
basic photography or scanning skills
basic photo editing skills plus the ability to save the photo as a .jpg file
Print on demand website
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