Each year, I save those little epiphany phrases that tumble out of my kid’s mouths (Mom, why is my hair blonde? It’s from the sun. Now, it’s like this even in the shade.) and save them for our Christmas Card. Our family Christmas card is all about the quotes; the photos take a backseat to the words printed on the card.
This year, Shutterfly gave me a challenge to use one of their Christmas cards. Was there a way I could incorporate my traditional “Top Sayings” of the year into a 5×7 photo card? Doesn’t all that text lend itself to a folded card?
Didn’t seem possible. Yet, I love the simplicity of using Shutterfly — I love how you can simply upload your photos, and grab them for a a project, and Shutterfly has already done the back-end design work for you. I need these time savers around the holidays. So, up for the challenge, I figured out a way to incorporate Shutterfly’s Photo card designs into my traditional “text” card. I did it by turning my text copy into a photo:
Here’s what I came up with:
In PhotoShop, I created a new image, 3×1 inches.
I gave this a white background — with all the text I didn’t want anything too busy.
Then, I chose the color — I wanted for the text, a sepia tone look, so I chose 321c1c.
To create that brown border, I clicked “resize”
I chose 50 width and 50 height pixels. Hit OK. You will see the little checkerboard around the the border in the photo above.
That is your new border. To color it, simply choose the paint bucket
Here is the Print photo:
Here’s the result!
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