Soon after Elise came home, a friend of ours came over to take some photos. The friend has recently been bitten by the photography bug and is building her portfolio. Because she had never shot a newborn before, she jumped at the opportunity for the practice- but her work has simply blown me away. On Monday I had the pleasure of scrolling through the pictures she took and picking out my favorites. You can see many of the pictures here
In order to get a Christmas card out (albeit late), I picked out a print to get by email so I could design a Christmas card online. After visiting many of the photo sites and looking at prices, I decided I would use picnik.com
to design my own Christmas card. Here's how it went down...
I started with an amazing picture:
After uploading the picture to the site, I began playing around with shapes, texts, and colors on picnik.com
. I knew I wanted a place to place text, and since most of the background of the picture was white, I decided to put a red bar across the bottom to ensure the text could be seen. Under the 'Create' tab at the top, I went to 'stickers' and found the geometric shapes. After adding a rectangle, I then stretched it to cover the bottom of the picture and made it a bright red color:
Next, under the 'featured' tab, I was able to find 'gift tag' stickers- exactly what I had in mind to break up the big red bar:
But I decided I wanted it in a different color:
From here it was time to add text. there are many fonts to choose from, and I played around quite a bit in order to get the desired look:
After making up a few different prototypes, I sent the pictures on to Walmart.com
so I could view them before I ordered a goodish amount of them. I'm glad I did, because the colors were not what I expected (every computer screen is different) and this morning I sent out a 'color test' card. It looked something like this:
I added circles of color near the shades I was looking for to see how they would print out. After getting the picture back, I was able to go back in and change the colors. Joe is picking up the photos now, and for 15 cents a card, I think I like this picnik option!