… I wonder who will receive this?! Tee hee.
It’s the 1st of the month (already! Wow!) and that means a brand new challenge over at Faery Ink in our Facebook Group.
Our challenge for this month is to create a Pocket Letter. Now I know that this may be off putting to some of you if you have never made one before. But they are so very simple to do.
This one here, is only my second try, and I have even added a step by step tutorial for you. Honestly, it really is simple and fun! Smiles.
(Above is the front of my pocket letter.)
And this is the back of my pocket letter.
(The back is now filled with goodies ready to be sent out. I’m not showing this because I don’t want it to be spoiled by the recipient.)
These are the images I used for my Pocket Letter. They are all from the Faery Ink Store. From left to right they are:-
To bring them all to life, I used my Copics in these shades:-
Mermaid Top & Flower.
I added silver stickles to the Faery Godmother Wings, and white dots (using my pigment pen) to the Arielle Love Faery Wings.
I truly hope that you can come join us in this month’s Pocket Letter Challenge, it is always such a pleasure seeing everyone’s creations.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!
(Your step by step instructions are below.)
1. Start up Serif Craft Artist and select Blank Project.
2. On the next screen select A4 Portrait.
3. In your work area, select shapes then click on Rectangles.
4. Draw a rectangle and make it measure 2.5” x 3.5”. Next go to Tools, and select Replicate. Your columns and rows need to be 3 each.
5. Now you have your grid to use as a guide for placing your images. You need to drag your cursor from the top of the page to the bottom to highlight all of the boxes, then right click and select Group.
6. Now go to Photos on your left side bar, add the background paper or pattern that you want to use. Drag it over your grid. Resize it to fit your grid perfectly. Then right click and select Order Items, then select Send To Back.
7. Now group your grid and background together (as you did in step 5 to highlight the whole thing.) Now you can begin dragging your images from your photos on the left hand side, onto your work area.
8. Drag them onto your work area one by one, and resize them to fit in the boxes. Before resizing make sure that the little blue line connects the H & W boxes (bottom right of your screen) as this will ensure your image does not distort when you resize it.
9. If any of the images you want to use are JPEG and have a white background, you will need to highlight the image and then select Cut Out Studio on your top navigation bar. Once the Cut Out Studio is open, you can remove the background from around your image. If you look on the left hand side in my picture, you will see that I have the eraser and the clear background options selected. As you add each image, and you have resized and placed correctly, you will need to right click each one and select Order Items, then Bring To Front. This keeps your background firmly at the back and all of your images visible.
10. Now it is time to add your text. If you want to add a sentiment of your own, then you’ll need to go to Text in the top navigation bar. Select your font and font size, then type the wording you want. Resize the text once you are done, so that it fits in your box. You can rotate your text too so that you have more options on making it fit.
11. An easy way to rotate your images, is to hover your cursor over the little circle on the stick coming out the top highlight box around your selected image. Can you see the small curved line in the picture? This allows you to rotate in either direction.
12. You can resize in a similar way, by hovering your cursor over one of the little boxes in the corners of your highlight box.
13. If you want to duplicate an image or sentiment in another grid box, simply highlight the item you wish to duplicate. Right click and select Copy. Then right click and select Paste. You can now drag your duplicated item anywhere on your page.
14. Once everything is added you need to highlight all of your work and group everything together. Now go to your bottom navigation bar and select Add Page. This is where you will design your background.
15. Now design your grid and your background as you did on your first page. Group it all together. You can now begin adding your sentiments/designs onto your back page.
16. Once you have resized and placed your sentiment, right click and select Order Items, then select Bring To Front. When you are done, highlight your sentiment.
17. Now go to your top navigation bar and select Format, then Filter Effect.
18. Check the box for Drop Shadow. In the large box you will see a colour bar drop down box. Choose a medium grey from this. Do the same now for Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Outline and Bevel & Emboss. Again you need to change the colour to medium grey when completing each option. When you have completed all of the steps shown in the photo, click Ok.
19. Next, go to shapes in your top navigation bar, and select the heart. Draw a large one and a small one in your grid box. Copy each one in turn and paste them to where you want them on your page. Remember you can easily rotate them to suit also, as described in step 11.
20. Now you have your sentiment and hearts all placed, it is time to go back into Format to alter their appearance. First you need to highlight your sentiment, then go to Format, Line Colour, and then choose White. Now with your sentiment still highlighted, go to Format, then Filter Effects. I want you to follow the steps you did before in step 18. But before clicking Ok you need to also check the boxes for 3D Effects & 3D Lighting.
21. You should now be looking like this, and ready to print your work. Don’t print double sided, make sure you use two pieces of card. Because when you begin colouring your images (if using markers) the colour WILL bleed through to the back of your work!
Once the front page is all coloured up, glue it to the back page (plain sides facing.) Now use your grid lines to easily cut your ATC sized creations and place them in your pockets. All that’s left to do now, is to add your little trinkets/crafty items to the back of each pocket, and the letter to your recipient in the back of the middle pocket.
And that’s it! Smiles.
Don’t forget to come join us in the Faery Ink Facebook Group. It is such a fun, friendly place to be, and is full of great challenges, inspiration, and Freebies too! Smiles.
The challenges I am entering my Valentine Pocket Letter into are:-