After decorating the dining room for Christmas with the Merry and Toile Tablescape, it seemed the buffet was missing something. I wanted a little something that would tie the decor on the buffet in with the table. Then it hit me – I could make a vintage-looking printable!
So I went to Graphic Stock, my go-to source for royalty-free images.
Thank you to GraphicStock for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to unlock the unlimited image possibilities!
You know, as a blogger, I shoot all of my own photographs – I want them to be original, and of my own original work. But sometimes, like in the case of printables, one needs just a graphic, or illustration-type image. Graphic Stock has over 250,000 images and graphics in its library. It is so simple to use, anyone can do it. It’s great for making your own Christmas and birthday cards, invitations, gift tags – even art work! At the end of the post, I’m going to let you in on how you can enter a $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway… as well as the #GraphicStockHolidayChallenge! Read on…
This is how I put together this printable using Graphic Stock and PicMonkey:
First, go to Graphic Stock and shop for the perfect image for your printable. The coolest thing is that they offer a free 7-day trial and you can go ahead and download as many as 140 images during that time! What other graphic company does that? (Just set a reminder for yourself that if you don’t want to use it past the free trial, please cancel your subscription so you won’t have to pay for the membership.)
Anyway, I decided on this one worked perfectly with the toile holiday theme of our dining table. Download it in a .png file and it won’t have any kind of background. This will enable you to select whatever background you desire. Here’s the image I chose to compliment the toile fabric on the table:
Open PicMonkey and go to collage. I wanted an 8×10 size, so I sized my field to 2400 x 3000 pixels.
Next you want to open your downloaded Graphic Stock image in PicMonkey as an overlay by clicking on the butterfly in the menu bar at screen left and going to ‘Your Own’. You can then resize and position any way you like.
I added a star to the top of the tree as well! Then add whatever text you want to add, if any.
You can add other overlays, like these filigree corners, for example!
This step is VERY important… save your work!
Now for your free Christmas printable! Here’s what it will look like, and the watermark won’t appear on your printed one!
I decided to take the #GraphicStockHolidayChallenge by creating my printable and you can too! Take the challenge and enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Be sure to check out the free 7-day trial at Graphic Stock – there is no commitment needed! If you don’t want to use it past the free trial, just cancel your subscription and you won’t pay anything. To enter to win the $25 Amazon Card, just follow these steps:
- Go to Graphic Stock and sign up for the free 7-Day trial
- Select image(s) for your project, and have fun creating,
- Leave a comment here, with a link or photo of your project; OR
- Visit Graphic Stock and leave a comment and tell me what kind of project you would like to create with Graphic Stock!
A winner will be chosen by a random winner generator on or about Dec. 15, 2015 and will receive a $25 Amazon Card!
So get busy – and get creative – and most of all have fun!
May your days be Merry and Bright!!