The card sitting on our table.
I had a lot of fun creating our Christmas card this year. As many of you know, Maisy (4 1/2 yrs old), is an avid drawer. She is pretty talented, if we do say so ourselves. The idea came to me to use some of her drawings of family members and then attach actual photos of our heads to the bodies. I then tried my hand at Photoshop on my own, which did not go so well. Todd, my design genius of a husband, gave me great pointers at home and over the phone the next day, while he was trying to work. After about 8 hours my masterpiece was finished. I was very proud to be able to learn Photoshop enough to do this in less than 24 hrs! I was also endlessly impressed with Todd's gentle teachings and patience.
One thing, besides how fun these are, I totally love is that we did not have the pressure this year of trying to get the "perfect" photo to put on a card. It's nearly impossible to get us in coordinating outfits, all looking at the camera and smiling, especially with a crazy puppy all at the same time! This took all of that stress completely away!
The jpeg image of the card.
The inside of the card.
The back of the card. Maisy had drawn a picture of a chicken Santa Claus. No idea why, but I thought it was hilarious. Happy Clucking Holidays!
After I created and combined all the images in Photoshop, I exported them as jpegs, uploaded them to Shutterfly and put the images on a blank card. Each body was on a different piece of paper, so there was a lot of scanning, cutting, pasting and re-sizing.
The things I learned: Print a version to look at prior to sending it to print. Maren's head is a bit tiny. It looked fine to me on the computer screen, but not so much on the card (oh well). Next, I would have said the art work is by Maisy. I'm sure most folks who know us would have guessed that, but I probably should have said it too. All in all- I'm thrilled with our cards this year! Now I'll have to get super creative to see how to top it for next year.
Happy Christmas and a Merry Holiday to you!
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