’Tis the season for cooking, baking, and fattening up your friends with delicious food gifts! And it’s a bit cruel to give someone a scrumptious thing without a recipe card that shows how you made it, right? Well, we’re going to show you how to make a gor-gee-ous recipe card suitable for a blog post, a beautiful addition to your gift, or the first product in your recipe publishing empire!
Start from a blank canvas
Blank canvas! Yay! It’s the cornerstone of the new Design feature that you asked for and we made for you because we love you. It’s perfect for this project because it lets you kick off your project with a plain background instead of a full-screen photo as your base. Hover over the “Design” button on the home page and a menu will appear that lets you select one of six size options. For this project, we’ll be using 5 x 7.
Choose canvas color and rotate
After selecting the size, you’re taken to the Basic Edits tab to pick a color for your canvas. We are using a white canvas, which is the default setting, so no change there. Click and drag the Rotate tool to make the canvas horizontal.
Add a photo as an overlay
Next, click the Overlays tab (the butterfly icon) and click “Your Own” to add a photo as an overlay. For the pecan pie recipe you see here, we have a photo that was already edited and cropped, so it’s ready to roll. Position the photo and use the circular handles on the overlay to resize it if necessary.
Click the Text tab and select the “Great Vibes” font. Click the “Add Text” button at the top of the text menu and type the title of your recipe into the text box that appears on your canvas. Highlight the text you just typed, and choose dark brown from the color picker in the Text palette. You can change the text size by using the “Size” slider in the Text palette or by moving the circular handles on the corners of the text box. After you have the color and size set for your text, move the text box into place on the canvas.
Make a second text block for the ingredient quantities. Select “Arial” for the font. Type in the quantities for the ingredients and adjust the size. You can use the color picker to match the brown in your title.
Duplicate text boxes to speed up remaining text creation
Two more text blocks to go: the ingredients, and the directions. You can repeat the steps mentioned above, or try a nifty shortcut. Since the next two text blocks have the same font, size and color, simply duplicate the one you just finished by right-clicking on it and selecting “Duplicate text” from the menu. You now have a duplicate text box with the exact styles you want. Just select and delete the old text in the box and enter the new ingredients text. Drag the text box to where you want it on the page. Do the same for the last text box. Magic! Now for the finishing design touches…
Add Flourish overlays
Click the Overlays tab and scroll down to Flourishes. Click it and select a Flourish overlay. Click and drag the circular handles on the corners of the overlay to resize it. In the Overlay palette, select a color for your overlay. Place the overlay between the title and the ingredients.
Guess what? Since we are using the exact same Flourish again, in between the ingredients and the directions, you can just right click on it and select “Duplicate overlay” from the menu. Voilà! Line it up with the first one, so it’s horizontally aligned, and then hold down the shift key while you drag it down to its place. Holding down the shift key will keep it fixed either horizontally or vertically, depending on which direction you are dragging it.
Add a Label overlay
Now let’s add a label overlay for a little graphic holla that says what you like about this recipe. In the Scrapbooky overlays group, click “Labels.” Select a label and position it on the page. Drag the circular handles to resize the overlay and use the eyedropper from the Overlay palette to match the color used for the Flourish line.
Click the Text tab, and add “Holiday goodness” over your label overlay.
Add an Ornament overlay
Now to give this recipe just a smidge of holiday flare, go to the Themes tab (the snowflake icon) and select SantaLand. There are loads of new holiday overlays in this theme. Grab one from the Ornaments group. Click and drag the circular handles on the corners of the overlay to resize it. In the Overlays palette, you can see if it is a one- or two-color overlay. If it is a two-color overlay, you can select different colors, make them both the same, or make a color transparent. Oh, the options!
Presto; you’re done. Now you can take a minute to taste that pecan pie! No one will notice the missing piece if you place the recipe card carefully over the empty space, right?
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