Skulleigh asked me how i get my art ready to send off (via e-mail) to my printer. Even though i’m not the greatest at technical writing and explanations i will give it a go….just for you Skulleigh and anyone else who may have been curious!
First of all i scan in my image into my photoshop program at 300 dpi. Then i crop it to the size i want. Now since i want to be able to have it fit in a 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch envelope i make my image 4 x 5 however the original is 8 x 10 so that it can be reduced to a 4 x 5 size. The reason for this is if you print it on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper you always have 1/8 of an inch which gets cut off all around the edges. So whenever i do anything (including my prints) i make them 8 x 10. Because i’m pretty dyslexic it took me a LONG time to wrap my head around it :).
I created this word on a separate piece of paper, scanned it in and then with my magic wand tool and some fancy footwork (you’ll have to google this) i elimated the background and pulled it over onto the image of my angel and positioned it just so!
Looking good but it’s still not a card is it?
The next thing i did was clip a rose from a duplicate of the image so i could use it on the back of my card. Then i opened a new page 5 x 8, dragged in my angel image and then added the tiny rose. Under the rose i typed in my website address – flattened everything. Now ordinarily i would put two up on a page but lately my printer has been printing cards on a larger sheet of paper so i just send this copy to them and have them arrange it on their page as best they can. In the old days i used to receive the printed pages as is and then i would cut and score them myself. I was terrible at cutting so now i have the printer cut and score the cards for me.
This is where the fun starts…….now you get to glitter your cards and mail them to your friends and family – if you want you can embellish the envelopes like i did on yesterday’s post.
Check out this wonderful interview with Jennifer Lee at Louise Gale’s blog . Jennifer Lee has a book coming out in mid- february called The Right Brain Business Plan: A Creative Visual Map for Success. I believe my business plan project will be appearing in Jennifer’s book.