The Christmas cards made their debut yesterday. Entrance. Debut. Trip down the chimney. Trip into the chimney. I showed the cards yesterday. That’s more like it.
Simple (kinda), Fun (mostly), and Hilarious (they make us laugh). I’d say this was our most successful card year. Especially since the kids have deemed these cards their “most favorite ever.” It’s going to be hard to top that next year. I need to get them involved in Christmas cards more often.
For both cards we used photos I had taken before Halloween when the kids were delighted to play dress up for me and let me take their photos. That’s rare (at least for the boy). So I took advantage. I used a bone colored Savage backdrop and my Nikon D3100 with the 35mm lens. I used natural light. The dog was just ecstatic to be dressed up. I mean, what vermin chaser wouldn’t want to be dressed up as vermin or a bacon lover dressed up as a pig?!
For the superhero card, I chose three photos. These ones below. Really, the photos are nothing special on their own. But, BOOM…put them together and you have some superheroes.
I do not have screenshots of this whole process. My kids (and I) weren’t patient enough to grab screenshots while we were working on these. Sorry. If you can’t follow along with the Photoshop speak, I apologize. You can just roll your eyes at my rambling. It’s okay. I can’t see you.
I used Photoshop to put the three photos together in one photo. Boy first, girl second, and the dog last. All three required a bit of titling. Then I had to paint around the kids and dog to make the background the same. I did that over the magic scissors thing. I don’t know why, I just did. It was easier with the kids and they could help paint a bit.
I could have put a texture on the photo in Photoshop, but for some reason I brought the photo over to PicMonkey after combining the kids and dog together. In PicMonkey I inserted my own texture of clouds. It’s not perfect, as I had to erase it off of the kids and dog. Patience wasn’t on my side with that, so don’t look too closely. We then used the Comic Heroes Theme to add the text bubbles and text. Photoshop has speech bubbles also, but the ones in PicMonkey were much cooler.
So after the addition of some clouds and text, the card was completed.
Next up was the bacon card. We thought the girl dressed as a farmer, the dog dressed as a pig, and the boy dressed in his “I love bacon” shirt was pretty funny at the time we took the photo. It’s even funnier as a Christmas card. Yeaaahhh, you’ve got to know my family. Bacon is the best. That’s why I rarely buy it, except for special occasions.
Again, I brought the original photo into Photoshop.
I put it on top of a blank file, put the photo into place, and then begin to work to get rid of the wonky backdrop. I selected a color of the backdrop with the dropper tool. Then I used the paintbrush to paint over everything except the kids and dog. Again, not perfect, don’t look too close or long. I was doing this with 2 kids looking over my shoulder (except for when they were eating lunch).
Then I brought the photo into PicMonkey to add the text. That was the fun part. Originally, the girl was just saying “My two front teeth.” She wasn’t happy with that…because she doesn’t want her two front teeth for Christmas. Adding the bacon part made her happy…and that’s true. The dog part was especially funny since it can mean a whole lot of different things. The girl was like, “Ohhhh, I get it. He wants bacon. But he’s a dog dressed as a pig and they make bacon from pigs.” Yep. Lots of levels to a funny card. Sorry if you don’t eat meat. So we added the text in PicMonkey. Here’s a screenshot of the finished card in PicMonkey.
And here’s the finished
Whew. That was a mouthful. Now I’m craving bacon. What about you? Any cravings?