How to create custom Pinterest board covers | Anna K. Originals

Custom Pinterest Board Covers

 Hey, y’all! I’m going to show you how I created artsy, custom Pinterest board covers on my iPad.

I’m also including a tutorial video about how to use Canva on a desktop for this. Woot!

I used two apps on my iPad to create my custom Pinterest board covers:

Both are free to download, though they do offer in-app purchases.



Paper 53 iPad App Screenshot | Anna K. Originals Tutorial

{screenshot collage of opening and using Paper53 on my iPad}

  • Open Paper by FiftyThree app, then draw your illustration. (Have fun!)
  • Take a screenshot of your finished illustration by holding the power and home buttons down at the same time.


  • Open your Canva for iPad app, then select the Presentation design template.
  • Tap “Uploads” on the left of your screen, then tap “Photos”.
  • Select the screenshot of your illustration.
  • Tap the Filter option and increase the brightness of your screenshot until the background matches the white of your design template.
  • Now tap the Crop option to crop your screenshot. When it’s the size you need, tap the check mark.

From there the design is up to you!

You can add text and other design elements to your board cover design by exploring the options on the left-hand side of the Canva design screen.

  • When you’re ready to download your design, tap “Download” on the top right-hand side of your design screen.
  • Tap the “Tap here to clear your downloads” if you’ve previously downloaded another design. If not, tap “Send image to…” to save it to your camera roll.


Canva iPad App Screenshot | Anna K. Originals Tutorial

{screenshot of downloading a finished Canva creation}

  • Open your Pinterest app. Go to your page by tapping the little person icon at the bottom of your screen.
  • Tap the plus sign at the top right-hand side of your screen.
  • Pin from Photos.
  • Select your design, then tap “Pin it”.
  • Add a description and select the board you want to add it to.
  • To change your board cover, tap “Edit” at the bottom of the board, then tap “Board cover”
  • Choose your design, then tap “Save” at the top right of the Edit menu.

Ta-Da! Your very own custom Pinterest Board Cover!


Anna K.

{I was in no way reimbursed for sharing about my adoration of  Paper by FiftyThree, Canva, or Dropbox. I’m just passing along a bit of knowledge!}

An Imperfectionist's Guide to Hand-Lettering | Anna K. Originals

An Imperfectionist’s Guide to Hand-lettering

I’ve been working on a very special Anna K. Originals project. It’s got me equal parts giddy & nervous.


I’m going to offer a hand-lettering class!!

An Imperfectionist's Guide to Hand-Lettering | Anna K. Originals

Coming to you this June!! *kermit flail*

What’s with the name?

Yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it so perfectly sums up what I so want to share with you all. I don’t want you to walk into this with those heavy feelings of needing to be perfect. Hand-lettering is a medium that embraces quirks and imperfections. This is probably why I delight in it the way I do. I want you to delight in lettering, too!

What will I learn in the class?

  • Lettering basics and terminology.
  • How to recognize and develop your own personal style of lettering.
  • Ways to use lettering in journaling (art, visual, planners) along with practical tips.
  • What supplies I use in my hand-lettering projects.
  • How to put together a hand-lettering travel kit.
  • Basic introduction to digitizing your hand-lettered creations in Photoshop.

**  As a bonus, there will also be a downloadable Hand-Lettering Supply Glossary. This will include descriptions and tips about my favorite supplies for hand-lettering projects, including what I use for art journaling. AND instructions for how to make an easy DIY lightbox.

How will I learn?

Once you’ve purchased your spot in An Imperfectionist’s Guide to Hand-Lettering, you will be given access to a  private online classroom where you will learn through instructional videos, written content, and lettering exercises.

How much will this class cost?




Alright, I’m interested! What do I do now?

Sign up for the Imperfectionist’s Guide to Hand-Lettering mailing list! When the class opens for registration in June, you will be among the first to know. Who knows? Maybe there will be a special discount included… 😉


Sign Up for the Mailing List Here!



I’m so excited to share in your creative journey as you learn about hand-lettering. I hope to see you there, Dear One!

Anna K.
Hand-Carved Stamp Tutorial | Anna K. Originals

AKO Tutorial: Hand-Carved Stamps

Y’all, I had the best time discovering how to hand-carve my own stamps this past weekend (as my giddy posts to Instagram can attest). Basically, I became this:

carve all the stamps funny | AKO

I know, right?! I was laughing at myself, believe me. Anyhoo, some folks asked me a few questions about supplies and such so I thought I’d do a quick tutorial. The delights of stamp carving must be shared!

Now, I know that there are many products one can use for this but I’m just going to share what I used because, well, these are what I used. Okay? Okay. :)

Stamp Carving Supplies | AKO Tutorial

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to carve! Well, sort of.


Grab a sheet of tracing paper and your carving block. Place the block on top of the paper (near the corner is best) and trace around the block. This is to make sure your design fits on your block. Once you’ve done that, use a pencil to draw your design.

I suggest beginning with simple shapes and lines if you’re a newbie to stamp-carving like I am. I attempted the word “hello” after I’d carved a few and felt more at ease with my tools.


Hand-Carved Stamp Tutorial | Anna K. Originals



Is your design ready? Great! Now flip it over so it’s face-down on your carving block, keeping it near the edge to minimize wasted block material. Take the blunt back-end of a pencil or paintbrush and rub it across the back of your design. Doing this will transfer it to the carving block.

This is an especially important step if you’re using any kind of lettering. We want it to stamp with the letters going the correct way, right?


Hand-Carved Stamp Tutorial | Anna K. Originals



Decide what part of the stamp you’d like to carve. For a positive image, carve around your design, leaving the outline (which is what I did with the stamp below). If I had wanted a negative version I would have cut out the letters (the penciled in part of the design).

Now it’s time to carve! No, really, I mean it this time. Get to carvin’!
Hand-Carved Stamp Tutorial | Anna K. Originals


A few stamp carving tips…

  • Be careful, Shug! You’re working with sharp tools, after all.
  • Use the X-Acto knife for any areas you feel the carving tool won’t be precise enough (small detail areas, perhaps) or to cut away large pieces of unneeded block.
  • Save any extra chunks of unused block. You may be able to create a small stamp out of it.
  • Use a soft, dry paintbrush to gently clear away any tiny bits of block out of your stamp.


Hand-Carved Stamp Tutorial | Anna K. Originals



Give your newly carved stamp a try! Note cards, art journals, planners, calendars, small children…the sky’s the limit!

Well, maybe not small children. You get the idea though! 😉

Note: Before I got down to some hard-core stamping of everything in sight, I did a trial run on the drip paper on my art table. If there was any unwanted stampage, I carved away a little more.

When I was finally satisfied I tried out a couple on a blank note card. The results just tickle me! Imperfect but lovingly (and joyfully) made. *happy sigh*


Hand-Carved Stamp Tutorial | Anna K. Originals


I’m looking forward to adding “uniquely me” touches to all sorts of creations with my hand-carved stamps. I can see myself using these on everything from my art to gift-wrap. There are so many possibilities to explore both in creating them and in using them.

I hope you’ll be able to create your own hand-carved stamps!


Anna K.