Create a Cheap Photo Gift in Less Than 20 Minutes with PicMonkey

Since my daughters are still so young, I have yet to receive a real gift from them for Mother’s Day. I truly don’t mind because most gifts just add clutter. So this year I’m in Grandmother’s Day thinking mode, and I wanted to come up with a really beautiful gift for both grandmas without spending much and still being sentimental and all that jazz.

I think I did it. You’re gonna be blown away by just how easy it is to create this heartfelt photo gift.

If you need a photo gift that's both cheap and easy to make, try some word art in PicMonkey.Making word art in PicMonkey is fun, but turn that word art into a text mask and you’ve got a conversation starter right there. Let’s go through the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make your own!

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Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Go to PicMonkey* and click on “Design.”

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Now make sure to choose a canvas color. The default is white, which will be just fine. Black would be another great choice.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Use this PicMonkey guide to printing your pictures to make the correct canvas size. I chose 1800×1200 because I was printing off a 4×6 picture. Uncheck “Keep proportions” so you can change both boxes.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Go to the very left navigation menu and choose “Tt” in order to add text. You can choose whatever font you’d like, but, for the purpose of this photo gift, “Ultra” might be the best one since it is bold and will allow more of the picture to show through. You’ll want the words to be black if you chose white and white if you chose black.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Now choose the butterfly in the left navigation menu to add shapes. I would add as many shapes as you can to fill in the canvas. The more words and shapes you have, the better, so you can see the picture come through more.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

I wish I had known when I made mine that you should leave some white space on the perimeter of the photo. When it prints, it will be pretty close to the edge, and if you want to frame it, you might just lose more of the picture.

Now you want to click on “merge layers” on the top navigation menu. Once you click this, you can’t change any of the text or shapes you’ve added thus far.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Go to the butterfly again on the left navigation menu and click on “Your Own” at the top of the second menu. Find a picture that you’d like to show up through your word art and click “Open.”

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Drag the corners of the picture to resize it.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Fill the entire canvas so it will be behind all the words and shapes you have added.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

Now use the blend mode, “Lighten,” to send the picture behind the shapes and words.

Here's a simple tutorial for creating a text mask in PicMonkey!

And here is the finished text mask in PicMonkey!

I made some word art for both my own mom and my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. I printed them off as 4×6 photos and printed off two pictures of my daughters to put in a frame with 3 openings. I sent the photos to Target to pickup because I knew I was also going to look for a picture frame there.

If you need a photo gift that's both cheap and easy to make, try some word art in PicMonkey!I’m so happy I found two frames with 3 openings for just $7 each! Each photo gift ended up being less than $8 and took very little time to make!

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