Personalised Fairy Card
This free craft project tutorial teaches how to make a personalised fairy card,
wall art or scrapbook page by superimposing your own photograph into our fairy photo.
It comprises of two elements; 1. The vintage fairy like style frame we designed (This digital printable file is free to download and great to use for any digital scrapbooking).
2. Taking a beautiful photo of a forest (which we added fairy wings to)
and adding the photo of your child into it.
En los bosques de niebla for providing us with this great photo.
Download the vintage photo frame digital file click here
Download the fairy forest with wings digital file click here
Download the two files above (Click on a link, wait for the image to load, then right click with your mouse on the image and save the file to your computer).
Open the forest image in a photo editing programme. Find the most fairy like digital or scanned in photo of the child you wish to use and open that file also. Clear cut the photo of the child by using selection tools to select the background areas and pressing delete. You may need to delete the background part by part if need be. Once you have cleared away all background imagery, leaving you with a solid white background, use the magic want tool and select all your white area. Invert this selection so only the child is selected and click on copy. Add a new layer to the forest image and paste in your selection. Resize your image by dragging transformation handles until it looks good in front of the wings. Next change the color balance of the photo to make it fit more seamlessly into the forest photo. Tip: The photo has a lot of extra yellow and green hues than a standard photo so try focusing on those colors first and just play around until you get a nice match. 'save' or 'save as' your file.
Print your newly edited photo and the frame image too. Select 'print at actual size' or 'print at 100%' in your printer options. They are designed to fit together nicely in this instance. Print from your photo editing programme, not a standard picture viewer where they only print certain limited sizes. Use nice thick matt archival photo paper for best results.
Spray glue the back of your printed images and stick onto card. Once adhered, crop out the images using a steel ruler, sharp craft knife and a cutting mat.
Carefully cut out the inner part of the frame. There are some detailed areas jutting into the frame centre, so take your time cutting here.
Score lightly around the area you are cutting first, to help guide your craft knife the second time around - preventing cutting mistakes. The frame has some fancy pattern in the centre area too, which I originally wanted to cut around. However after a lack of patience I cut it off instead. I now prefer without that extra detail. (See photos for your own opinion). Cutting through the paper and card usually takes a good 3 - 5 scores at each part. Better to gentle and repetitive than to force the blade and create a wrong cut.
With a calligraphy pen or nice ink pen, write you message in the hexagonal frame at the bottom.
Cut four thin pieces of card about 3mm thick, and the length of each side of the forest / fairy image. Using clear drying craft glue, stick them on the front side of the image, right against the edges. Once dry, add more glue to the top of the four strips of card and place the cut out frame image onto it into position. Place a light book on top to keep it all pressed together until the glue dries. The reason for this extra card is for adding some depth between the two images - raising the frame.
Make two holes at the top to thread through some hanging materials. I used a gold chain. Ribbon would be nice also. Use a compass point to poke a hole though, placing the card on top of a cutting board first. Feed through the chain then link the chain together.
There you have it. A gorgeous, personalised fairy card, which any little girl would adore.