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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Card Carnival Blog Hop

You should have arrived here from Melin  If you just happened to stumble upon this hop, please be sure to go back to Sherry's blog , so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects we have to share.

I want to start by apologizing as I so wanted to do a shirt card (for the men in your life) however the last couple of days have been rough. I did do this one for you earlier (thank goodness) so if you are/become a follower check back at a later date and as soon as I am able I will have the shirt card up (Father's Day is coming up). I also did some SVGs for you to use for that special man in your life that I will post later also. Now on to the card I did do...

I tend to look for SVGs of images to use for my cards but there is nothing more personal than using a picture of your own for making a card. Below I used one of my own pictures to make a birthday card but think of how touching it would be to send a “miss you” card with the front made from a picture of the children to a far away parent. Or how about making a Father’s Day card from their picture? I am sure you get the idea. So now you want to know how to do it? It is easy.

First you need to select your image/photo and size it to the size of the card you want to make. Remember, if you need to add things in to take room balloons work well with birthdays and the word/thought bubbles work well for text on just about any card. I have also seen just a square with text in it (like a sign) coming from somewhere behind a picture. This works especially well when your image is tall enough but not wide enough to take up the front of your card and you don’t have to worry about it looking like the dog was talking from the middle of his back (or worse yet…its tail!).
Now for my card once I added everything I brought it to Inkscape and shaped the top of the card with the curves and valleys of the tops of my images. You can do the top, one side, top and side….whatever you want.

Once I was satisfied with the shape (I saved it as a SVG) I used the Hinge Method to cut it. (For those of you more visual learners, here you can find a video on how to do this method). I cut it on scrap paper however I taped it down at one side so once I cut it I did not unload the mat instead I positioned it so the cut was fully out of my Cricut on one side. This way I could remove the cut piece from the paper on my mat and slide my photo under the remaining paper and position it so it showed in the opening. Once I did that I taped my photo down good and cut it again. This time it cut the photo into the shape I wanted.

Now to do the card base I brought this SVG into SCAL and again you have to size it to the card dimensions (you may want to make your width slightly larger so the weld does not change your final width of your card) then copy and paste another one which I flipped then lined up with the original and welded the two together and cut.
Now your ready to assemble your card and think of what you want for sentiments inside. 

I hope you enjoyed my card and don’t rule out your own pictures to make a personal card with. For some reason many think of using the baby picture for the birth announcements and family pictures for wishing others a Happy Holiday Season but after that, not much else.
Oh…..inside it says, “Well doggone it… have a Happy one!”

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  1. I'm a NEW follower
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  2. Cute idea Sue. I love your dog. I haven't used pictures yet as a card, but I will have to think up some now.
    Thanks for participating in the hop.

    Smiles Sher

  3. what a cute dog - he suits his hat

  4. What an adorable pup! Just want to squeeze him! Yes, when I did computer generated greeting cards I always included personal pictures in them. Gives it such a personal touch and something worth keeping for years to come. Great card!

  5. no not yet but i will try it now.. TFS the idea. became a follower!

  6. What a cute pup! Is he yours? Funny you mention this, I just printed a pic last night of a dad & his new son, I hope to make into a Fathers Day Card.
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  7. Hi Sue! Great to see you in the Hop and I love the dog card (always partial to that)!

  8. I use photos frequently for children's birthday invitations and for cupcake toppers. I just did a birthday card for someone turning 30 and used a current picture and a baby picture of the recipient.

    Hope you are having a better day, Sue!

    ~ Jen @ Musings of A Crafty Mom

  9. Cute doggie card. I hope you are having better days. :)

  10. What a great idea. I have not used pictures for cards but will have to dig some up and use them. Thank you for the idea. I'm a follower.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  11. HA HA HA! I love your card. I am now a follower.

    blessings, patchworkhen at g mail dot com

  12. No I have tried using pictures yet.I am a new follower,I love the dog card! joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  13. I am a new follower Thanks for sharing a great idea! I have not used any other pictures for a card but after seeing yours I will definitely rethink that!!
    Denise in WA
    ddhud4 at comcast dot net

  14. Cute! Thanks for sharing.
    fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

  15. Great card! I have a photo of my dog that's real small that i plan on using in a card with my window stamp. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  16. Sweet card. I have never used a photo on a card and I love that you show how. I do not know anything about inkscape. Sounds a little intimidating to me. TFS and the chance to win. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  17. Your card is 'doggone' cute!! :)

    I made all of my son's grad party invites last year with his graduation picture -- Everyone loved them, and I don't think any were thrown away (who could discard that cute kid on a card???)... Actually, I'm surprised at how many cards I've made with pictures, but never one with a dog!! :)

    TFS!! :) I'm a new follower,
    Amy :) at
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Such a Cute Card. A few years ago I made my Mom a Birthday Card with a Picture of her and me on the front.The picture was of us on the day I was born. She loved It. :0)
    cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

  19. I have only used pictures for birth announcements and big birthdays. But now I have some good ideas when to use other ones :) thanks for sharing!! Crafty hugs!! Mollie

    p.s. love the blog candy, LOVE butterflies :)

  20. I love your project!!! I am a new follower!

  21. Adorable card.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  22. Sue, what a cute card and awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope today was a better day for you. I am a new follower. I have never used a pic for a card before but I bet I do now.
    krazykcrafters at msn dot com

  23. I am a new follower and Also A participant of this super fun hop!! Very creative project you have and your fur baby is sweet!! TFS!!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  24. Sue, I love your dog card! TFS!
    Hugs, Angela
    lauermaa at gmail dot com

  25. I always use my photos as a card! It just makes them a bit more personal,Im a new follwer & will be checking back for your project. I cant wait to see what you come up with.
    Deborah foti~

  26. Lovely hop thank you for hosting it.. I love all of the inspiration that the ladies shared!

    Deborah Foti ~ Http://

  27. What a cute dog. I love your card. Thanks for sharing this nice idea.
    -family pictures


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