Hmmmm......what to write about? Well, I was going to talk about the upcoming wood-firing by my husband Bill who will graciously save some room for my beads in this quarterly adventure. I think I'll save that for next week when I hope I can display some gorgeous beads that come from the kiln!!
Instead, I have been sharing a tutorial that I put together quite some time ago with various people lately. In the past, I've shared this with Beads-of-Clay and Totally Tutorials as well. I thought that those of you who have blogs, Etsy or Artfire, etc. shops, websites or would like to make some of your own interesting display signs for your shows, etc. this might come in handy. I use it all the time. I'm sure that there are other programs which will do something similiar and perhaps, even more sophisticated, but this is what I use. It's fast and easy to do. As a matter of fact, I just created a Free Shipping banner on my Etsy shop just 15 minutes before this post.
This is a VERY simple way that I go about making a banners, picture gadgets, etc. This one was done on my PC.... I've used it to make picture collages like you see on our Love My Art Jewelry website homepage.
First, you need to open a new blank document in MicroSoft Word.
1. Along the top banner, you should see options for selecting various "tools." Click (insert shape). Look down to the bottom for a choice called (New drawing canvas).....select that. In the example below, I have shaded in what it will look like. The initial "drawing canvas" will be white.
|Example 1: Drawing Canvas that has been "filled" with color|
|Example 2: Blank Drawing Canvas with 1 picture inserted.|
|Example 3: Drawing canvas after I formated the picture border of the rabbit and the Drawing Canvas. I also inserted WordArt|
6. At that point you would size it, etc. like you would any picture.
|Example 4: Finished Banner. When uploading a "Gadget" on your blog, pick the "Picture" option.|
This one has been linked to Nancy's "All Handmade" bead and jewelry shop Round Rabbit on Etsy.