Photography: James Merrell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2008

Introduction

These cards look like duo-tone prints, but they're actually made with digital snapshots. Software can be used to convert pictures of pets and other animals to black and white and to amplify the contrast. Then the shapes are cut out and glued to cards. Botanical images and other photos of nature also work well for this project.

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materials

  • Card stock

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

steps

  1. On a computer, resize photographs to desired dimensions, and convert to black and white. Maximize the contrast and adjust the brightness to make the black in the pictures as strong and sharp as possible.

  2. Print a picture onto card stock. Using scissors, cut around image, eliminating the background and creating a silhouette.

  3. Cut another piece of card stock to desired dimensions, and fold it in half to create a note card. Using the glue stick, attach the silhouette to the front of the card. Let dry. Repeat process to make more cards.

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