17th July 2024

Making Your Own Card Inserts

This tutorial is on Making Your Own Card Inserts. Using the same technique you can make a wide variety of sheets. This is a very simple method which you should pick up in no time at all.

Making Your Own Card Inserts
Making Your Own Card Inserts.



Making Your Own Card Inserts.

First of all you need to find a suitable backing paper and if necessary resize it to the size you need. We want to make an A5 card so this is an A4 sheet (from www.craftville.com) which when folded in half will give us an A5 insert.

backing paper guidelines in paintshop pro

Open up the backing paper you want to use and add two Guidelines. To do this you click in the ruler area and simply drag a blue guideline onto the image.  Put one at the half way mark and one at the three quarter.

colour palette


Now we need to make sure we have the correct colours selected. The colourin the lower of the two boxes will be the background colour and the one in the top box is the main frame colour.


You will also need to ensure that the solid colour (the big black dot) is selected.

Now we are going to select the shape tool on the tool bar.


shape tool


shape toolIn the tool option toolbar first select the shape you want (use one of the basic ones, some of the more complicated ones wont let you use the background colour), check create as vector is ticked and have a fairly large line width.


Now you need to draw the shape on your image. Don’t worry if you don’t get it the right size straight away. As it is a vector you will be able to grab the sides and resize it to get it exactly to the size you want.


Obviously you wont want to go over the centre line and the middle of the shape will want to be on the three quarter line. Don’t worry the shape will always remain symetrical so you don’t have to worry about that.

Next we will need the “Magic Wand” select tool. Make sure the tools options are set roughly as they are in our picture.


magic wand select area

Use the Magic Wand to select the border on the shape you have created. Once you have selected it you will be able to alter it using the Inner Bevel option. You will find this by selecting Effects / 3D Effects / Inner Bevel…….

You can select the options as we have or you can have a play around with them and see what different effects you can come up with. You can use the “eye” to preview what you image will look like at any time. When you are happy with the setting the just click OK.

Making Your Own Card Inserts : Inner Bevel
Making Your Own Card Inserts : Inner Bevel.


star shaped card insertAnd that’s basically it. All you have to do now is save the image (File / Save As….). Obviously you can use the same technique to produce a wide range of inserts by using different shapes under the shapes tool and selecting different colours for the border and different options for the inner bevel.

We hope you enjoy Making Your Own Card Inserts and find it useful.


Authored By: Bob Prentice.

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