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When I was presented with the Graphic Stock website, my wheels immediately started to turn and I know yours will, too. An entire website full of over 300,000 beautiful, fun and graphic images at my fingertips with all of the rights to download and use them however my creative brain desires? Someone please pinch me! Let the image searching and creating of project folders commence! Note: I am not a seasoned pro at any particular craft. I love them all and work with what I have. Bringing creative ideas to life brings joy to my heart! A pro dilettante if you will!
The ideas started to flow as I worked my way through the Graphic Stock website. I fell in love with this pineapple image.
Who doesn’t love a pineapple? Plus, there are so many fun sayings that can be used on the inside of a pineapple card! Here are a couple of ideas: “You’re the Pineapple of My Eye” or “Be a Pineapple. Stand Tall. Wear a Crown. Be Sweet on the Inside.”
After selecting my image, it was time to start creating! Our four-year-old and very crafty daughter (proud mommy moment!) had recently made some incredibly beautiful marker and coffee filter art much like you can see here
. Who knew that a little coffee filter, some marker blobs and a spray bottle of water could create such fun and bright imagery? And thank you coffee filter for the much needed and beautiful coffee each morning!
This art reminded me of beautiful batik fabric and I’ve kept it on my desk waiting for inspiration on a way to use it. Since it reminded me of fabric and the fact that I’ve had a recent urge to quilt (where do these urges come from?!), I used my 2 1/2-inch square ruler
to cut the filters into 2 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch squares that I than sewed together to create a quilted look for a card front. I stitched the squares as if they were fabric, set the stitch length at 3.1 and sewed right sides together at a 1/4-inch seam. Tip: You could also glue and layer the pieces with a 1/4-inch overlap to give the same effect if sewing isn’t your forte!
I had some extra envelopes from a set of cards, so I traced the card onto the quilted filters and then cut the filters down to size so that I could use the envelopes. Ta-da! A coffee filter quilted card front. Who knew?! I didn’t bother with a square in the middle as I knew I would be covering up that space with my adorable pineapple!
The next step required me to figure out the size of the pineapple image and from there what size I needed the pineapple to print as. This seemed daunting, but I figured out an easy and free way to accomplish this task for those who don’t have graphic design or a Photoshop background like myself. I found a free desktop program called PIXLR
. It’s simple to download and it helped me resize the image easily.
Here is a look at the process of how I downloaded my Graphic Stock image and resized it. When an image is pulled up in Graphic Stock, the dimension will be listed. Since I am not very knowledgeable in pixel sizes, I found a website called Auction Repair
that converts pixel sizes into inches. I set the DPI to 300 DPI for printing photo-like pictures. I then downloaded my Graphic Stock image to my computer and saved it to a location where I could easily find it. Note: Most times, images like this will download in your Downloads folder on your computer. If you want to save it somewhere else, make sure to change the location when you’re saving it.
After saving the image, I opened up my editing program from the Desktop icon. Note: I used PIXLR, but there are many other programs available. Once the program was open, I selected the “File” tab in the top left corner, clicked “Open” and found my pineapple image in my Downloads folder. Once the pineapple popped up on the screen, I selected the “Fast” icon and found the “Resize” button. I wanted the image to print as a 4 x 6-inch image, so I used the convert website I used previously to help me know what pixels to change the image to (1200px by 1793px). Voila! The image was now to my desired printing size. I then printed my image straight from my home computer. Tip: Don’t forget to “Save As” this newly sized image so you can come back and use it again if you want to.
Hello, sweet little pineapple on paper! Now it was time for figuring out what other elements I wanted to include to make this image extra fabulous! I’m completely in love with multi-medium projects right now, mostly because I feel like I can put all of the little bits of crafting that I love into one project.
I had some perfect colors of Sullivans floss in my craft dresser that coordinated with the bright colors in the coffee filter papers and pineapple. Paper punching and stitching on paper is popular right now and I wanted to give it a whirl. Again, I have minimal embroidery knowledge but thanks to this Learn to Embroider online class, I was able to quickly learn the backstitch and a French knot which would add dimension and some personal flair to the pineapple.
I stitched as I went with minimal rhyme or reason. The back was not pretty, but that wasn’t too much of a worry to me since I knew I would be attaching it to a card.
Once I had the stitching done, I decided to add a little more dimension with crayons. Since I didn’t have thicker paper, I used Mod Podge decoupage medium to adhere the coffee filters to an envelope that I had and then the pineapple to the middle. Once it was dry, I cut along the edge.
I still felt like it was missing some dimension, so I decided to use my daughter’s well-loved watercolor set to add brown along the edge of the pineapple and the card to bring a little vintage pop. This was a quick and easy way to add that extra touch.
However, it still felt like it was missing that last bit of a “finished” look. Aha—a black Sharpie! With some quick outlines and fun dots, it finally felt complete. I planned to make this a card front with a fun saying on the inside, but I have to say there is a part of me that wants to put it in a 4 x 6-inch frame for my office, too! Decisions, decisions!
While we’re talking about decisions, how will you decide to use your free images? We cannot wait to see what ideas you have and what you create. Share your photos with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages (cardmaker_magazine) and hashtag #CardMakerGraphicStockChallenge.