Okay, it’s true, I so love autumn, but recently, as in the last few years, I’m loving Halloween too. Only because in my world, all the kids around me live to dress up in their costumes and I can’t help but get excited along with them. Costume choice is already the hot topic at school. "What are you going to be?" "I’m going to be Bat Girl!" "I’m going to be Luke Skywalker!"
I’ve never liked the the gory side of Halloween. I really don’t care for for anything extremely bloody or too disturbing. Unlike the teenagers, I steer clear of haunted houses. But I do love the dressing up in costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating side of Halloween. And I like the playful, whimsical, spooky side filled with spiders, witches, ghosts and goblins.
This year, we’re entertaining friends for a pumpkin carving party, so I thought I’d get a head start. Martha’s been making beverage labels for a few years now, and when I spied hers in the latest Living Magazine, I was inspired to create some of my own.
These beer bottle labels are perfect for the spooky ales we will serve.
Here’s a few poisonous potions I concocted for a Halloween vignette.
And how about these toxic tonics for the grown ups at the party?
I’ve had so much fun creating these labels, and I did it with free photo editing software, free fonts, free clip art and wallpapers. Just a little creativity and a whole lotta FREE.
I’ve spoken before of my love for Picasa. It’s my go-to editing software for most of my pictures. Sometimes I use Photoshop, but most often, it’s Picasa. What I love about Picasa is that the program imports all of the fonts you have installed on your computer so you can write over any image with any of your favorite fonts.
I also like to use Picnik for other functions. I’ve raved about that free photo editing software too. Today, I’ll show you just how I go about creating all of these fun beverage labels. Before I do, take a peek at all the free Halloween fonts you can download here. I picked the ones I liked, then installed them on my computer following these instructions.
Want to see how I made this label for free and in ten minutes ?
Here’s the scoop.
How to Make Your Own Beverage Label with Picasa and Clip Art Images
1. Find your Image or Clip Art. I like to find free wallpapers or clip art on the web. I usually find them through a search on Google Images. You can also find plenty of images at sites like iStockphoto or Shutterstock, but you have to pay for those.
2. Picasa is Your Friend. If you haven’t downloaded this free photo editing software, do it here. Place your image in its own folder, then open the image in Picasa. Use the Collage Tool to layer clip art image on white background, and size to your preference. Use the Crop Tool to create a rectangular shape for your label.
Next, add your font with the Edit Text tool. I used the very bewitching free ‘Witched’ font found here.
I used the Color Temperature tool to ‘age’ the label from white to a vanilla color.
Then I played around with the Graduated Tint tool to add a sunset to the background.
To add depth to the font, I changed it to black, then tilted it to the side with the Edit Text Tool.
PIcnik Is Also Your Friend. Once I was done in Picasa with adding all my clever sayings, I saved my image, then hopped over to Picnik to give it a border. You don’t need to download anything from Picnik, rather you upload your images to this online editing program. Again, it’s completely free! To form the border, find the Border Tool under the Frames category in the Create tab. Choose your thickness of the inner and outer color.
That’s it, so easy! I’ve been using both these editing programs for awhile now, so to create this ‘Bewitching Brew’ label took me less than 10 minutes.
I then sized the label in a table in Microsoft Word (four labels per page) and printed them on full sheet labels. You can use cardstock and adhere your labels with a glue stick or spray adhesive, but my preferred method is to use the Avery full sheet labels #8165 found at any office supply store.
Frighteningly fun, aren’t they?
Here are the four beer bottle labels I made using the technique described above.
These simple Halloween brew labels are available for you in both .jpg and .pdf files for you to download and print right here. Just because I love ya. Here are four more wine labels too.
Download all these wine labels right here !
You can use this technique to make your own beverage labels for themed events like blind tastings or murder mystery dinner parties. You can make your own labels for any occasion you imagine, even with non-alcoholic beverages like sparkling juices or mineral water.
Oh, but I’m not done! Later this week, I’ll post some kid friendly labels, perfect for all those classroom and costume kid parties coming up in October, plus a neat trick for working with colored backgrounds. Would you like some text free backdrops to play around with too? Pick your poison, and I’ll try to gather up a few for you.
Now it’s time to eat, drink, and be scary!