Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I've made two new projects for the month of May.

Hello everyone!  I've made two new projects for you because I've been chosen as a design team member for A Creative Need.  Thanks Deena!

My first card features the Retro Phone.  

For this card, I used Microsoft Word 2010 to create the background paper for my card and to print the Retro Phone for the main card image.

               

I chose .50” margins all around my page.  Then, I inserted the Retro Phone image onto the Word page.  I clicked on the image to select it. Then, I clicked on the Remove Background tool under the Picture Tools menu.  I manipulated the image to take out the white background from around the image.   I changed the size to 1.0” tall. I copied and pasted the image randomly on the page.  I also rotated the images randomly.

 I colored the Retro Phone images with Copic Markers.  (FB2, FBG2, FRV1, FV2, FY1, and FYG2)  I used a silver gel pen on the middle of the dial and the metal stop.  I cut a 3.50 x 4.75” piece from the background paper.  I attached this on top of the card base (5.50 x 8.50” bright orange metallic card stock, folded in half with fold on the side.)
 On the second page of the document, I pasted a copy of the Retro Phone image from the first page.  I enlarged it to 4.0” wide.

I printed the first page of the document out on some presentation paper I had in my paper stash.  I wanted something a little more substantial than regular text weight paper for this background paper. 

I printed the second page of the document on bright green metallic
card stock.  I cut out the image of the RetroPhone.  I added this to the front of the card with double-sided foam adhesive.

Use your choice of sentiment to add to the inside of the card.

I hope you enjoy this card it will inspire you to make cards like this of your own.










My second project features the Hiking Man.


A sweet, dear friend of mine was on a special trip to Asia a few years ago.  She went hiking up a mountain.  And how different … they have steps instead of dirt paths!  I love this picture and thought it went very well with the Hiking Man digital image for May.

I used Microsoft Word 2010 to create the image for my card.  

First, I imported the photo from my friend.
  

(Original Photo)
I changed the size to 5.00" vertically.  I allowed the horizontal to adjust automatically to 3.75”.  I then chose Artistic Effect under the Picture Tools menu. I chose the “paint brush” effect for this photo.

I inserted the Hiking Man image onto the Word page.  I clicked on the image to select it.  Then, I clicked on the Remove Background tool under the Picture Tools menu. I manipulated the image to take out the white background from around the image.  

Next, I changed the height of the Hiking Man to 4.00”.  I then scooted the Hiking Man toward the left side of the picture.  I used the crop tool to take out the left part of the digital image even with the photo.


After I’d done that, I noticed that the Hiking Man’s
 feet seemed to fit the steps in the photo.  So I amended the digital image again, this time to leave out the ground he was standing on.
I was so happy to see that I was right … his feet 
did just fit those steps.  I was in luck!

I printed the image out on Neenah Classic Crest card stock.  I colored the Hiking man with Copic Markers.  (E21 and E51 for skin; E87 and W3 for shorts; E87 for hat; B45, B97 and W3 for shirt; E23 and E25 for shoes; G99 and E23 for the backpack.)  I layered the image on top of a 5.25" x 4.00” piece of blue card stock.  I attached this to the top of the card base (5.50" x 8.50” pumpkin orange card stock, folded in half with fold on the left side.)

I hope my card and technique of using a photo you have, and converting it in Word, will inspire you to make cards like this of your own.

I invite you to try digital images.  They're fun!  Check out the monthly challenge at A Creative Need. Check out their blog when you get a chance.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Lisa