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Oct 3, 2013

Photo Card Greetings in a Snap with My Favorite Things

Combine my love of making cards with my love of taking photographs and you've got a win-win!  Today I'm so excited to share the new Merry Photo Card Frame Die-namics and the Joy Photo Card Frame Die-namics.  These two dies make mass production of your photo cards a total breeze!  I'm in love! 

Both of the Merry Photo card Frame Die-namics and the Joy Photo Card Frame Die-namics will be available as part of the October 8th release at 10pm EST.  Be sure to check the MFT Blog today for lots of information about this month's release! 

The two dies are sold separately, but work the same way, so let's take a peek.  Merry is a horizontally oriented frame, good for those landscape photos.  Joy is designed for a portrait orientation.  Both are designed to fit a standard A2 card front (4 1/4 x 5 1/2)    


To begin, I cut Merry from Steel Grey card stock, and Joy from Paver Red card stock. Then I cut a coordinating matting, measuring 1/8 of an inch larger than the die all around. I'm using the GORGEOUS new Timber Green to coordinate with my Paver Red and the Paver Red to coordinate with my Steel Grey.

If you were going to be mass producing your holiday cards you could make 100 cards using only one package of MFT card stock foryour frame color, one package for your matting color and two packs of whatever color you'd want for your cardbase. 


While you could certainly add on embellishments and extra details, I wanted to show you how just adding the matting, and the frame create the perfect frame and sentiment for your holiday photo.  Because when you're creating holiday cards in bulk you don't want to get too tied up in lots of extra steps. 

Aww. Look how tiny my babies were in this photo!  



This is last year's photo, and I'm already getting excited for getting this year's photo shoot in the backyard.  (I'm sure the boys are NOT excited about this.) 



Now, since a standard photo is 4x6, you'll need to do some cropping and photo trimming to get your image to work within the center of this frame.  I have written a tutorial that explains how to specifically size your photos using Photoshop Elements which you can find here.  I cropped the image to fit within 4.25 x 5 and then trimmed with paper trimmer for a *perfect* fit.   

Tip: To assemble, I recommend applying adhesive to the back of the Merry or Joy photo frame, then laying that over the photo for perfect placement.  Then I adhered that to the coordinating matting. I tried adding the photo to the matting and then overlaying the frame, but I must have been over-served where caffeine is concerned because I found that much trickier and had excess photo hanging over.    

28 Comments    Post a Comment:

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

Wow these are inspiring what a cool card to send loved ones afar

Gypsy 2 said...

Thanks for the tips about using the new frames.Love your photos....what bundles of mischief!

Tracey said...

These are just awesome!! A perfect finishing touch to your photo cards!!

Debbie Nelson said...

What inspiration...thank you for sharing!

Colleen said...

Love this idea, thanks for sharing it.

AmyR said...

These are just great - I just love the simplicity of them! :)

Marisa said...

Great frames and cute pictures too :)

Shari said...

Joanne, I love this idea, thanks so much for sharing your adorable boys with us =)

Hugs;
Shari

Cathy said...

I love the new photo frame cards! It's that final extra touch to make the photos special for the holidays.

wendy said...

pretty cards and handsome young men!

Mary Gillmarten said...

Joann, they are such cute photo cards! I love the new dies!

Cindi Flass said...

Adorable cards! Such a great idea for Christmas cards.

Barbara said...

Awesome use of the frames, Jo!

Sarah said...

These cards are gorgeous. Starting to think maybe I could tackle my cards this year?! Hhhmm...
God's blessings!
Sarah:)

Gabby said...

The new photo frame dies look sooo good w/these cut pics of your boys. Great projects. :)

Brian Naus said...

Adorable, love your pics and frames! -Jen Naus

Tanya Porquin said...

Love this!!! I used to order online with pictures but with these new dies i can make the cards myself

Tanya Porquin said...

Love this!!! I used to order online with pictures but with these new dies i can make the cards myself

Marie said...

WOW what a fabulous idea!

Tammy H said...

Adorable card and most importantly adorable boys. I love the simple elegance of this idea. Too bad my kids and grown and have kids of their own because they would be in the backyard for a photo shoot today!!

Gladys Cravitz said...

What a cute pair of boys, they would make any picture cute. Great JOB!

Janeen said...

spectacular idea!

K. Joy said...

I don't know if I ever would have thought of that, but it is such a fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

Wendy said...

You are gonna have lots of girls at your door one day!!! Great cards GF!

Natalie said...

These frames are wonderful!

Felicia - Scrapper in the Making said...

This is a Great Way to use this Die. What a great idea...now I feel I must have this. Beautiful Beautiful!

Michelle K said...

LOVE it! Great tips!

Jerome Tucker said...

This is so cool. I really love every bit of this article. This is very inspiring. Great frames make incredible photos, and that's what this post is all about. Thank you so much for sharing all these brilliant ideas.

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