Etsy Beginner Tutorial — Print on Demand — Part 3: Creating Winning Designs

Michiel Schuer
6 min readJan 27

Learn how to create amazing designs that will earn you a lot of money!

In the previous articles of this series, you’ve learned about production partners and how to find winning niches and winning designs.

In case you haven’t read the previous ones, I recommend going ahead and reading them now:

Our overview:

Introduction & Production Partners -> Niche & design research -> Create Winning Designs -> Mockups + Upload to Production partner -> Push to Etsy -> Optimize shop & SEO

Best ways to create designs

There are a lot of graphic design apps out there, and even more other tools that can help you.

A few design apps I’ve used in the past:

Grab your list

If you did your research (as described in the previous articles) correctly, by now you should have a nice list containing a few winning items from competitors.

Let’s take the an item from my list: Niche = Valentine’s day

One of the items on my list

Next, go to

(I’m using Canva pro, which is really cheap for the value you get to be honest, so if you’re serious about POD, I highly recommend getting it — if you don’t have an editor yet. Plus you can also use it for the next lesson/article: mockup design).

We’re going to try and re-create the design

We can start with a template OR just start from scratch. For now, let’s start with a template to get some inspiration.

Michiel Schuer

Enthusiastic about learning new things, side-hustles, and translating my personal experiences into motivational stories.