In Halloween Party Invitations part one, I covered how to age paper you already have to give it a spooky effect. Since then, my party has been taking shape into a little bit funnier event than in years past. BUT I am still going to share the basics of how to make a cool Halloween Party invite with nearly zilcho bucks. And if you already have the paper, then you’re all set.
Last time we aged our paper. Then I sent you on a graphics hunt. While on a hunt for mine I cam across something spectacular. If you’re a novice at manipulating images, no worries. You can still get this done with VERY basic skills. But for kicks, I want to show you this because it opens up a new world of possibilities when creating Halloween Party Invites. Check this out! I know what you are saying to yourself. “I don’t have Photoshop and it’s so expensive. Never fear, GIMP is here and it’s FREE! I have been using GIMP for about 6 months now and I love it. From creating website banners, to buttons, you cannot beat free, and it works great. All the tools you need are there.
Here’s what I basically did. You can do this in word, Powerpoint, paint, print shop, whatever you have.
- Age the paper (see previous post).
- Find a background image that fits your theme, google it or scan on or whatever.
- Import the image to the software you will use to make your invites. I use Printshop, but whatever you are comfortable with. Ooh, here’s another desktop publishing program that’s free and you can buy awesome graphics, trust me. They have Dollar Days too. Irresistible. YOU WANT THE FREE CREATIVE COMPANION BROWSER. Thank me later. Nope, I don’t get paid in any way, shape or form by these guys. Just thought I’d share the love.
- Size the image so that it takes up a good amount of the page.
- Tint the image (image format) so that it is light enough for you to see text on top of it.
- Type your text (if you’re using word, you’re going to have to insert a text box on top of the image and go into format text box to make sure the text box is your top layer, otherwise it will be hidden behind your background image.) Be sure to use an awesome font. Don’t have any? Check HERE. Dafont.com has free fonts for personal use. Just make sure to extract them into your main font folder. Whenever I download fonts/graphics, I like to have a little folder first that I designate them to go to for quick access. Then, unzip them into the correct place.
Here’s mine up to this point. Those silly circles are there so everyone and their brother doesn’t show up at my house, but you get the picture.
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Just put a candle by the sink, in case of trouble. Let the flame go near the back of the paper, not touching it, and create a few burn marks. Now it’s time for a few more touches.
Edging the paper with marker. Any ol’ marker will do, heck use a sharpie.
Now for a few Blood Drops. I use this alcohol ink I already have, purchased from a scrapbooking store (Michael’s & Hobby Lobby have this, but you could use food coloring.)
All distressing combined…see below.
These are the final Halloween Party Invites. Don’t get bogged down in picking fonts, and graphics. Try to be swift about this. And get these buggers out this weekend or early next week. You want everyone to come dressed in an awesome costume, you gotta give them time to do that. I am going to use a nail to attach mine to mini pumpkins. The kind you can find like 5 for a dollar. The ones I mail will probably just be in an envelope. Maybe a freaky sticker or the back, or edged out in black. But these are cool and no need to obsess.
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