Art Cards

10 Jun

Now that the school year is over, let me say this: Kindergarten students bring home massive amounts of papers every day.  I am glad to see the work, love to watch progress being made, but without some regular upkeep the pile of take-home papers can become a Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout re-enactment.

Early in the year we developed a method of sorting, keeping, and recycling the worksheets, but that still left us with a good-sized stack of art.  I love kid art and wanted a way to share the love in a way other than the Upstairs Gallery (aka The Fridge). Turning art into useable note cards is a great solution.  I love having fun stationary and cards to use for myself, and a set of 10 with envelopes makes an excellent gift. 

Project: Art Cards

Get Started: Take a photo of the artwork.  Natural light works best.  Try to zoom in as close as you can to the work while still keeping all of the elements in the frame.

Prepare for Print: If you like the way the photo looks straight out of the camera, you are all set and ready to upload for printing.  For this card, I used two photos and removed the background using a graphics program, then added some text. 

Go to Print:  There are lots of places to print folded or flat notecards.  Art cards are wonderful for personal use, but also make terrific gifts, so order loads.  I’ve used the following sites for printing, but any place that offers this service would work well.  Be sure to check each site for their printing requirements for size or format.
Shutterfly
Wal-Mart
Overnight Prints

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    love this idea! My counter is cluttered with creations!

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