Birthday Invites. In Gimp. Da Da Daaa!

I do not do design on a daily basis. It’s more of a yearly thing. Or even less frequent. And although Gimp and me have been acquaintances for a long time, we have never moved to the friends zone. And every time I have to do it I want to bang my head on the wall for not writing it up last time. Or any time.

So here it is – a very brief, very basic, and quite specific tutorial – how to do a birthday invite in Gimp. Good luck. I know I will need it.

Step 1. Download Gimp if you haven’t already. It is neat and free and available on . It should be smart enough to tell you which version you need. Most likely you will know do you use iOs (there might be an apple on your computer), Windows (ok, you can guess what that logo is) or Unix – in which case you know your way around computers well enough.

Step 2. Open and create new file. You will be asked the size – and it means the size in pixels, but you can change that to millimeters or anything else. I want to make my life easier so I can print multiple invites on one page – I’ll stick to the cinema ticket style as it prints several per A4 page. Lets say 180mm x 70mm. gimp1

I am putting the background black so all the wordings go in neon. Easy-peasy. Pick a bucket style icon from the tool box and (choosing the colour from the picker) click on the background. And my invite is now pitch black. Stating the obvious.


To add letters, choose the letter A icon from the toolbox. You can use any of the fonts on your computer – if you want to take a look and get few more, there are loads available for free in places such as (I used the one called rollergirls).

To add a zigzag background, I used this tutorial to create it – no point in rewriting something that was done right.

But I wanted spots and stripes and skates. Well pretty much everything 🙂 Here are some more tutorials – luckily she also does polka dots 😉

Also, I’ve found a blog with bracket frames to download which ended up being my frame for the invite details and a nice light up skate picture – here it is, 2h later:


Not yet perfect, but getting there – hurting my eyes enough to satisfy the audience.

And I have to admit to a bit of a internal joke earlier. In Croatian (my native) ‘da’ means yes. Now read the title knowing that 😉