If you are wanting to celebrate the holiday season by designing your own Christmas gift tags, then you’re in luck! Today, I’m excited to share a Guest post by Sneha from Essem Creatives. A very talented designer who has been kind enough to create an amazing video tutorial for you.
A Super Simple Way To Make Marvellous Christmas Gift Tags In 10 Minutes
Hello, I am Sneha from Essem Creatives – a place to find modern watercolor floral & abstract clipart, graphics and blog branding resources.
Are you gearing up for Christmas and want to delight your friends and family with gifts with a unique handmade touch?
A quick, easy and affordable way to do that is by designing and printing your own Christmas gift tags.
Today I’m going to show you how to design & make your very own watercolor floral Christmas gift tags in under 10 minutes.
We will be making 2 standard 1.75 x 3-inch Christmas gift tags for your holiday gifts.
The first design will have a beautiful leafy watercolor Christmas wreath as the main design element, and the second will have an abstract watercolor splash background.
A Step by Step Video Tutorial for Making Christmas Gift Tags on Photoshop
You can scroll down to follow along with the detailed Step by Step instructions (with tips!) or scroll down to watch the video).
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To Print Your Christmas Gift Tags:
For the wreath design
Simply drag and drop the wreath into the Photoshop canvas (there is a slight change for the watercolour splash version, which I cover a little further along).
Adjust the size of the wreath to be exactly how you want it, and then hit enter to place it.
For the watercolor splash design, drag and drop the watercolor splash texture into the Photoshop canvas.
Then, enlarge it to cover the whole canvas.
Next, create a clipping mask by going to Layer > Create Clipping Mask
This way you can cut off the watercolor texture along the lines of the underlying template file & you get your custom shape!
Step 4: Add Your Text
Now, it’s time to add text!
In case you’re wondering what to write on a gift tag, you can choose one of these classic messages:
“Peace & Joy”
“Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”
Feel free to choose any font you like - it’s time to get creative!
Use the Character Panel to set the size and color of the text.
Tip: For script fonts, make sure the character spacing between letters is set to 0. This is the “VA” you see in the character panel.
For the family name & individual names, I have used a classic serif font Garamond. It comes pre-installed on most computers. No worries if you don’t have it, you can always get a free version from here.
Tip: For serif and sans-serif fonts, you can play with adding space between the characters, by using the “VA” field. For Garamond, I increased spacing to up to 200 points.
Tip: While pairing fonts, go with one script font and one serif / sans serif font (standard looking) font. Stick to a maximum of 2 fonts/typefaces so as to keep the design clean.
For the watercolor splash design, you want to make sure that your text is in a light color like white, so it shows through well. This contrast really makes the design pop!
Step 5: Save and Export Your Designs
At this stage, you are so close to being done with your project! To correctly save the design for printing, go to File > Save As
Under File Type select “PNG” (this way, you will have the tag cut line when the design prints).
Name your file and hit Save.
Then, choose the maximum quality setting.
And you’re done with the designs!
Step 6: Print, Cut, Punch Holes
The final step is to print these babies out and cut them! You can easily print a set of these on a single sheet - depending on your printer and paper size.
Consider going with cardstock paper (140# or 300 GSM paper) for optimal printing.
You can use a hand punch to punch holes at the top of your cut out labels and insert ribbons through them. Or you can even simply stick these on as is!
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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create some beautiful, hand-made designs for your family & friends this Christmas!
Don’t forget to use the special coupon! Use code HEARTHANDMADE to get flat 20% off on cart total over at Essem Creatives – one use per person so be sure to load up that cart!