witticisms by Jess Witty

September 13, 2011

Holiday Photo Finishers

 Hello, again!

It's time for one more Papertrey Ink countdown post!

Today the team is featuring a set sure to impress those of you who like to stick a little family photo in with your holiday card every year.

That'd be me :)

I have some good reasons for it, too.
It is the ONE picture that I am guaranteed to be in every year :)
It is the ONE picture that I plan a day around... making sure everyone is well napped, well fed, well happy-ed.
It is the ONE picture that I arrange to have someone else take (that lucky person being my dad) and even get a photographer's assistant thrown in to boot (lucky you, Mom).

All other family photos during the year are taken on the fly.
Meaning who knows if everyone is happy.

Or even looking at the camera.

Christmas is my one shot.
{Get it?}


So, our yearly Christmas card gets designed with the idea that the picture will be incorporated or included somehow.

And the new Holiday Photo Finishers set takes care of that for me :)

Adhering the photo to the front of the card, then stamping directly on it is one super quick and easy way to go. To stamp directly on this photo I used a matte finish picture and StazOn Metallic ink. Regular gold or silver pigment ink will NOT dry on photos, so make sure you use a permanent ink if you go this route.

This set has a variety of image sizes... some long and narrow, some smaller and shaped... so there's lots of options to find something that works with your photo. 

This is such a quick and easy way to create a custom and handmade photo card look... especially if your technology-challenged like me :)

How about some different options for the same card?

This one uses one of the dies that go along with this set.  The dies are shaped and embossed... love that extra detail.

This die actually has a different image other to go along with it than the one I've used, but I wanted to try a little picture in picture look here and I thought this shape would give a cool effect.

I had all of those "100 prints for 1 cent each!" deals that the photo places seem to put out during the fall in mind when picturing this card.  I just die cut one of my pictures, then stamped it, and adhered it right to the photo using foam tape.    

Kind of a cool and different look with just one extra die-cutting step.

The last idea for this card is a little more elegant...

I used the straight sided die with some vellum to go with a simple and elegant card.  The vellum is adhered with vellum tape, so the strip will pull off cleanly from the photo if anyone were to frame it, etc. 

The translucency of the vellum is just right for using it on a photo card.

And, before I go... a non-photo card idea...

I went with the same die cut photo strip idea but paired it with some simple Damask Snowflake die cuts.

A little shimmery white cardstock goes a long way with the snowflakes... using it adds an extra layer of detail without doing any extra work.  My kind of mass production right there :)

A little glitter right in the embossed edges of the die cut adds some easy color and sparkle.

That's it for me today but never fear... the rest of the team is ready and waiting with more Holiday Photo Finishers ideas...

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Danielle Flanders

Thanks for stopping by today!
Let me know what you think!

{Holiday Photo} cards
Stamps - Holiday Photo Finishers
Cardstock - Vellum, Orange Zest
Ink - StazOn Metallic Gold
Dies - Photo Finish Strips collection

{Warm Winter Wishes} card
Stamps - Holiday Photo Finishers
Cardstock - Soft Stone, Vellum, Shimmer
Ink - True Black
Dies - Photo Finish Strips collection, Damask Snowflakes collection
Other - Brownstone glitter (Martha Stewart)


Gabby said...

TFS your ideas on embellishing photos with this new set! The one you die cut is particularly interesting. Your card is nice. The sentiment w/glitter looks very good. :)

Unknown said...

Oh I know what you mean about the ONE photo being it for the year! My kids are grown up and on their own and we still struggle to get everyone "happy-ed" for most of our photos!! Love your alternative photo embellishments:)

christina #4635 said...

I LOVE the idea of die cutting a photo!! Brilliant!
Have a great day :o)

Tosha said...

Neat idea, thanks for sharing.

Denise E said...

Great ideas for a variety of uses! Thanks for sharing. Gotta get busy getting a happy family photo myself! =o) Have a great day!

Stacy Simpson said...

LOVE how you die cut the photo!

Noreen said...

Nice family photo, and I love the snowflake card!

Anonymous said...

what a great lovely Christmas cards and i like the family picture.

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