Friday, November 30, 2012

Create a Snowglobe Christmas Card

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Last Christmas Eve I posted this wonderful snowglobe idea,
but knew it was too late for people to actually use it
for Christmas cards...
So I decided to repost the information in time for you
to try this fun technique this year for holiday cards.
I found it on a fabulous website called
They did all the work and all you have to do is add
your own photo like I did with adorable Santa Preston.
I love that you can also modify the snowglobe
like subtracting some snowflakes or adding more at the bottom.
In the next photo, I added one of my snow overlays to make it look snowy.
You can get my free snow overlays

You can also add text to personalize
your holiday card.

I appreciate all who share their
talents with others...such a great holiday project!
Thanks, Extreme Cards and Papercrafting!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Heart and Star Shaped Bokeh

Here are some great ideas on how to add the sparkle from
your Christmas tree to photos.
I love to turn the lights into bokeh by placing my subject
across the room from the tree and using a large aperture.

Have your subject face a window for beautiful natural
light on the face, and the bokeh tree in the far background.

Experiment with aperture and distance
to create different looks.

Another FUN idea for Christmas lights...
change the round bokeh into a SHAPE!
I have been having a blast with SHAPED bokeh...see the little hearts
of light on my Christmas tree behind my daughter?
It's very easy and fun to create...actually, it's fascinating!
I learned how to do it from a wonderful tutorial
by Kevin and Amanda.  Click here.
This is what the tree looks like with normal bokeh:
I love that, too....but it is fun to create the shapes.
 You can also try stars, snowflakes...whatever you want.
Just have fun creating some magic with your Christmas tree!