Hannah here: Continuing in the vein of the awesome list of contributors we’ve had recently, i’m chuffed to welcome Alexis from something I made to the blog today. We’ve met each other a few times, have shared a lot of blog love and have talked about working together for yonks. Lets hope this is the start! Here she is with a quite frankly brilliant idea for a DIY Christmas card. If we can get our act together this year we will do this and send it as an e card. Thanks so much Alexis!
Back in 2010 I had an idea for a Christmas card, I was heavily pregnant at the time and being a little obsessed with documenting life and stuff I thought I'd send a card with a silhouette image of our little family on. I ended up unknowingly starting a family tradition and now each year we try to take a photo of ourselves in a similar vein for our Christmas card.
Silhouette shots are amazingly effective, it's surprisingly easy to recognise people from just their profile, and it's especially nice with young children. Over the years we've managed to get better and better at taking our silhouette shots - so if you fancy having a go here are my tips...
) Find a plain background - and if you can a light floor too, we used a sheet on the floor this year
2) Light your background - if you have directional lights all the better!
3) Stand in front of the lights and you will be silhouetted against the background.
4) Profile shots are more recognisable so if you are taking a group or couple shot then try looking at each other - also you can tell when people are smiling, so even though it's a silhouette you can still smile!
5) Once you have your shot you can use a photo editing tool if you have one to darken the shadows and increase the contrast. You can see the original image on the left straight from the camera and then the modified one on the right. I use photoshop to create my silhouette now, but in the early days I just printed out the image and then traced the black and coloured it in and then re-scanned it into the computer. A bit of a round about way of doing it but it worked a treat.
Next up I then collage it together with my surrounding design which I draw and then scan into the computer... here are all the designs I've made so far.
I print our card onto recycled plain cards (I get mine from PDA cards) on my Gocco machine, which is a kind of home screen printing kit, but they could just as well be printed - or would make a great e-card saving on paper all together.
This year I had a bit of 'help' printing in the form of my seven year old daughter... although I have to take a you-tube refresher course on how to use my little gocco every time!
Genius or what eh?! Really hope we can find time to make one ourselves! Thanks again, Alexis!