Project

Clip-Art Cards

You ought to be in pictures! And you ought to be in holiday cards, too. Making personalized greetings is a snap: All you need is a digital camera, our clip art, and a printer to create a few or a few dozen. These fun projects will have everyone on your mailing list smiling -- without even having to say “cheese.”

Clip-Art Cards

Photography: Burcu Avsar

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2013

Introduction

First, choose the clip art you want to use, then pose the subjects accordingly.

Sources

A6 envelopes, $6.25 for 25, paperpresentation.com
Single-hole paper punch, $1.50, dickblick.com
Presentation matte paper, $15 for 100 sheets, and Premium Presentation matte paper, $13 for 50 sheets, epson.com

materials

  • Photo software (like iPhoto)

  • Digital photograph

  • Printer/scanner

  • High-quality matte and heavyweight paper

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch and decorative punch

  • White glue

  • Paper cutter

steps

  1. With your computer’s photo software, crop or edit photo as needed: Play around with brightness or contrast to remove shadows and tones, or convert to black-and-white.

  2. Print photo on matte paper. Print clip art on matte paper and cut out desired pieces. Or use punches to make decorative shapes.

  3. Glue clip art and/or punched designs in place. Let dry. Write a greeting.

  4. Scan the collage. (If needed, edit the file to increase color saturation.)

  5. Print on heavyweight paper. Cut to size with paper cutter.

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