I send/receive many Christmas cards every year. I receive many different types of cards. A few handmade from scrapbooking friends. Quite a few store bought, some signed and some signed with a note. About half the cards I receive are photo cards. Some of those are photos of children or families but the majority of them are the dogs belonging to my friends. (Iím an agility instructor/competitor and many of my friends are within the dog community.) All of the photo cards I receive are pre-printed with no handwritten note.
Iíve been sending photo Christmas cards for about the past 15 years. The subject of my cards has always been my dog(s). Right now I only have one dog but I have had as many as 3 at the same time in my life and on our card. I do not sign or put a note on my cards, I have everything printed. I do however, put one heck of a lot of effort into my photo cards!
In the fall I start trying to come up with a concept for the card. I like my cards to be significantly different each year. This year I had an idea, staged it and shot it in October. (Iím not a professional photographer and I make up for my deficiencies in sheer quantity of photos. If I shoot enough Iíll usually get at least one good one!) I shot 30-40 photos then checked them. I decided that the concept wasnít going to work so I tossed out the idea and all the photos.
I had another idea. I had to buy a couple of props. Once I was prepped I set up and shot photos over a couple of days. Iím honestly not sure just how many photos I shot but, it was well over 100. I did get one that I was very happy with. I worked on it in photoshop to remove some supporting strings and also to remove my dogís feet. (It just looked better with her feet removed, youíll see.) Then I decided how to crop it.
So the photo was doneÖ..and it was time to start crawling all over the web to find the perfect card that would suit the photo. I looked at all the photo card blanks on probably a half dozen websites and, after a couple of days, finally settled on a card. Then I did a ďtest orderĒ of a small number to be sure the colors would work as well as I thought they would. They did so I placed my large order.
I donít know how many hours all told I put into this card but, it was LOT of hours. I really enjoy doing the cards and I work hard to ensure that the recipients will smile/enjoy my cards. No, I donít sign them by hand and I donít write a note but you better believe that Iím thinking about the folks Iím sending them to!