Let's just get this out of the way right now. I am not an artist.
I would never pretend to be. Even my stick people look like horses. Although I desperately whish I was, I'm not exactly "crafty" either. While I'd like to think that I know how to arrange a bookshelf and throw a super cute birthday party, that's about where my creative juices end.
A lot of my design inspiration comes from the internet. (In fact, even when I think I've found a creative, original idea, I tend of discover through the glory of the web that I'm not original at all and someone's already done it. Better than I could have, for that matter.)
As I was browsing recently, I came across this, this and this.
My first thought was, "Cute!"
Then I saw the price, and my next thought was, "You've got to be kidding me! Who pays $65 for one tiny picture?!"
But after looking at it for a few minutes, the wheels got to turning. "That doesn't look so hard. I bet I could do that." And because I have a husband who tends to think that too, he agreed with me.
It's totally my kind of crafty project - the kind that doesn't involve drawing, sketching, painting or anything which I will inevitably make look like a horse.
So, with the help of my extremely handy hubby, google images and photoshop, we came up with these.
**The important thing here is that you have a high resolution image to start with. If you use an image that is too low quality, the edges of your image will be pixelated and jagged.
Step 1: Save the image to your computer from google and open in photoshop.
Step 2: Create a mask of the shape using the magic wand tool. *This will only work if you use a sillhouette or other uniformly-colored image. If you find an image you like with multiple colors, you'll have to go about it a different way.
Step 3: Fill the mask with the desired color. You can either use the color wheel or pull the color directly from another image.
Step 4: Add the text. Preferably, all artsy and fancy like.
The best part is, this could be done with anything that you love. Any image, any saying. We chose Bible verses and stuck pretty close to the original since I liked it to begin with, but there is really no limit to what you can create. Lyrics of a favorite song or poem, quotes from a book, movie or eccentric family member, family names and birthdates... anything!