Tutorial: Create Kids Valentines in Collage

Tutorial: Create Kids Valentines in Collage

Our Collage tool is perfect for mass producing kids valentines that can be handed out to the entire class.

Here are the steps involved:

  1. Create a blank canvas.
  2. Add an overlay and text.
  3. Save your creation.
  4. Go to Collage and choose a layout.
  5. Add your saved image.
  6. Save, print, and cut.

Sound too easy to be true? With PicMonkey, it really is that easy! Here’s a more detailed tutorial on how to help your kids create homemade valentines that will send them to the head of the class.

1. Create a blank canvas

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Hover your mouse over Design on the PicMonkey homepage and select Blank canvas. Choose a size and color for your valentine.

2. Add an overlay and text

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Go to the Overlays tab where you’ll find some adorable kid-friendly images. We used some cuties from Whimsy.

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Then click the Text tab, choose a font, click Add text, and position the box where you want your text to appear. Now type away! You can create a different text box for your “To” and “From” lines.

3. Save your creation

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Save your valentine by clicking Add to Hub. Give it a title. Remember, you can make as many of these little gems as you want.

4. Go to Collage and choose a layout

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Go back to the homepage and click Collage. PicMonkey’s sample images will fill the image tray automatically—click the Clear all button to get rid of them. Click the Layouts tab and choose Square Deal. We’re going to work with the 4 x 4 option. Now change the dimensions of your layout to fit the 8 x 10 inch paper you’ll be printing on. In the bottom toolbar, click the lock icon to snap it open. Change the collage’s dimensions to 2400 x 3000 pixels (see our pixel to inches conversions chart, if you have a different print size in mind).

5. Add your saved image

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Click the little caret next to the Add images button and choose the place where you stored your images. Select the image or images you’ve created.

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Now drag the images into the cells.

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You’ll notice that your images now look rectangular; it’ll change to squares when we add another row. To do that, just select your pic and drag it to the edge of an existing cell until you see a thin gray bar appear. Drop it in and voila, a new row is added and your images are square. Do that for all rows, unless of course you’d prefer rectangular cards.

6. Save, print, and cut

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Once everything is up to snuff, click Save in the top toolbar. You’ve got a beauteous sheet of valentines ready to print, cut up, personalize, and hand out to classmates.

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Molly Shapiro
In addition to her work on the PicMonkey blog, Molly writes about topics as varied as politics, finance, global health, and online dating. As a fiction writer, she’s published two books, both available on Amazon through totally non-sketchy retailers. A midwestern transplant who now calls Seattle home, Molly firmly believes that the Space Needle is way cooler than the Eiffel Tower.