Friday, December 21, 2012

"Blue Christmas" Card

Every year I make my own Christmas cards. No surprise, I guess.  By now everyone who was on my Christmas list should have received their cards, so I think it's safe to post this.  I really like my card this year, if I may say so myself! 




I thought I would show you the steps I took to create the card.  

First, the photo.  Once I decorate for Christmas I usually take several photos of my decor and individual pieces for two reasons: I usually change up the decor a little each year so I want to remember what I did, and also it's possible that I can use some photos in my artwork.  This year I spruced up some old pillar candles with some glitter. 

When I saw this photo I immediately knew I had my Christmas card!  This is the unretouched  original photo.

 

 And here it is after cropping and some Photoshop magic.

I recently purchased some Scrap Edge overlays from Cottage Arts.  I'm not going to try to explain how these are used.  I'm kind of new to these types of overlays and Cottage Arts explains it a lot better than I would! So click on their link and see what they have to say.

And here it is color-adjusted and combined with my photo.


The next step was to size the image and place it 5-up to print on photo paper. I then cut out the images. 
Now it was time to put it all together.  I wanted to use up some card stock I have on hand so I decided to go with a slightly smaller size card so I could get two cards out of each 8-1/2 x 11 sheet.  Simple: just cut the page in half horizontally and fold.  I also grabbed some white vellum that I wanted to use as a backing for the photo.


I didn't take photos of this step, but it's easy to see. I trimmed the vellum with scallop scissors, and touched the edges with blue rubber stamp ink.  I then cut strips from the vellum to resemble tape, touched the edges with ink, and then put it all together.

I used a couple of different colored cover stocks for the cards.  

Here's the inside of the card.





I also created this online version to send to some colleagues.  


I'm pleased how the card turned out this year.  What do you think?

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