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Homemade Holiday Cards ..tutorial

By Kinderpendent
homemade holiday cards ..tutorial
We're preparing for Independence Day here in the states, and when I came across the idea for these "painted in" homemade holiday cards via one of my favorite design books (downtown chic by Sixx Design--who are also responsible for Bravo's "9 by Design") I absolutely had to make my own. Here's how I made ours..
1. We painted the kids! It was messy & silly.. and completely memorable.
2. We took lots of pictures!
homemade holiday cards ..tutorial
homemade holiday cards ..tutorial
homemade holiday cards ..tutorial
3. I did a sketchy painting of the American flag on a plain sheet of paper. This was used as the card's background.
4. Using scrapblog.com, I uploaded a picture of the painted flag, and my favorite shots of the kids. I cropped the kids using the freehand cropping feature, then placed their pictures on top of the flag. And once I was happy, I saved the project as a JPEG.
5. Then we printed the cards from home onto cardstock, had the kids sign them, and they are now ready to ship for the holiday!
homemade holiday cards ..tutorial
This idea can potentially be used for any nation's flag, not to mention for virtually any holiday or event! I cannot wait to come up with some new ideas for painting our kids into cards, or perhaps a canvas print? The possibilities are endless!

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