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Isn’t it awesome how many free internet tools we have nowadays ? One free tool that has become quite popular is PicMonkey. It’s allows you to edit your photos, create eye-catching graphics, and to create collages. Today I’m going to show you how to do something else: how to make recipe cards in PicMonkey.
You can use your recipe cards to document recipes that your family loves, they can be used to fill a recipe card box to be given as a gift, or you can make your own recipe album by placing the cards in a photo album. You can even use these same steps to create gift tags for food gifts too.
TIP: If you have your own blog, you can also use this to create a recipe card for a recipe on your blog so you can give your readers a free download.
Ready to get started? Let’s go!
The first step is to download this free printable recipe card that I have created. I intentionally made the recipe card basic with a white background so you could add your own creative touches to it in PicMonkey. It is sized 4×6″ and is 300dpi. I have provided both a single recipe card, or an 8.5×11″ sheet with 2 recipe cards on it. Click below to download and pay attention to where you download the file.
Click the links or images below to download your free recipe card printables. After you click, it will open up a high resolution image of the recipe card(s). On that image, right-click and save to your computer.
Go to PicMonkey — you don’t have to create an account to use their service, but you can, if you wish.
There is also premium “Royale” items you can pay for (which are very helpful) but my tutorial will use only the free items at PicMonkey.
Click on “Edit a Photo” at the top of the screen. This will pop-up a window that will allow you to find the recipe card you downloaded. Locate the file, click once on it to select it, and then click “open”.
For this tutorial, I will be working with the single recipe card, but the steps are the same for both cards.
When the recipe card is opened in PicMonday, it will look like this:
To start adding text to your recipe card, you will do the following:
1. Click on the “P” on the right to select the text tool
2. Select the font you wish to use (I selected “Special Elite”).
3. Click the “Add Text” box above the font choices. This will create a text box in the middle of your recipe card. It will also pop up a box with several text options (colors, size, etc).
4. Change the font size, if you wish. For my title, I kept it around 75.
5. Click once in the text box that says “type your text here”. Type the title of your recipe and then click once outside of the text box.
Now, you certainly don’t want that recipe title in the middle of your recipe card, right? To move it to the top, simply hover over the text you typed and you will see your cursor become a “plus” sign with arrows. Click on the text and while holding, drag your title to the top of the card where you want it. Release your mouse when are happy with the placement.
To make it so your text won’t be on two lines, you just need to hover over the right side of the boundary box, click on the right border and drag it out to the right so the text will be on one line only.
To change the color of the text, click once on the title, which will put the boundary box around your title again. To to the text options box, and select the color you wish to use. Click once outside of the box to accept the changes you made. Note: you can set the color before typing, if you wish.
Type your recipe ingredients the same way you did the title, except you’ll probably want a smaller font size (I used a size 40). As you type your list, hit “enter” on your keyboard after each line and then type the next ingredient. Hover over the box and click and drag to position the text where you would like it. You can also make the box wider, by clicking on one of the sides and dragging it out a bit.
Repeat the steps above with the recipe instructions.
There are many ways to add decorations to your recipe card. Some of the paid options are really nicely designed, but you could also use the free options. I decided to add a heart on mine, which is in the “overlays” section on the left of the screen. You create these designs similar to how you created the text.
You can even add text on top of the overlays. I typed “family favorite recipe” on top of my heart.
Now you are ready to save. Click on the little wheel at the top of your PicMonkey window and you can change your image settings. By default, it will be set to “Bubbles”. Because most recipe cards are printed, I recommend using “Bubbles” or “King Kong” (I used King Kong).
Now click “save” at the top of your PicMonkey window. On the left, it will give you a few options. Give your recipe card a name and also choose a “quality”. I chose “Sean”. Down towards the bottom, click on the green button that says “save photo”.
Your recipe card is now saved to your computer where you can print it and share it!
Of course, this is just one way to make recipe cards in PicMonkey. And, if you purchase their premium “Royale” items, you can get even more creative. If you make your own recipe card in PicMonkey, I would love to see them! Post it on the Home Cooking Memories page on Facebook.
I hope you find this tutorial on making recipe cards in PicMonkey beneficial — if any part is confusing or if you need any help, don’t hesitate to leave me your questions in the comment area below. I’m happy to help!