Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Grandparent Card

I've got a great sentiment for a grandparent card and was working on a design to put in my Etsy shop - that one set of cards is getting lonesome sitting there all by itself.  I was working on making my own background paper using a different names for grandmother and grandfather. I did a version of the background in Photoshop but I wasn't quite happy with the colors or fonts and I was going to go back to it later.Then I see on Facebook that a friend of mine has become a grandmother and the race is on. I don't have time to futz with the design I am working on. I need something quickly and my schedule is filling up like a leaky row boat. WORDLE to the rescue.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Because Wordle gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently names with two words, like the Polish "Dzia Dzia", had to have a hyphen placed between the words or it would show up only once on the page and it would be larger than all the others. I wanted "Grandmother" and "Grandfather" to be the largest words so I put those on the list 3 times.
I played with fonts and colors and layouts, it's a lot of fun, before deciding that I would use blue because her daughter had a son. I also made a pink background so I can get these set up in the shop.
I cut the rocking chair out with the Silhouette SD. I found a photo of a rocking chair and made it into a solid shape in Photoshop then brought it into the Silhouette Studio software and traced it. Once it was cut out I shaded it a bit with the Copics to give it some dimension.
Now I have to get back to blindfold auto repair. Well not really but the computer classes I'm taking make me feel like I am building a car while blindfolded. I know the tools are in there somewhere but I sometimes have trouble finding them and once I do I forget how to make them work to best advantage. I know I will get it some day, soon, but for now it's still frustrating.

Happy Crafting,


Lynn Stevens said...

cute card Katie, love the rocking chair!
Have a wonderful moms day!
hugs Lynn

alexa said...

Ah, lovely card and a wealth of endearments I'd never heard of!