I wanted an outside shot because of the lighting. Of course, the sun was so harsh I told E. to stand in front of the fence which provided about 2 feet of shade. Here's the original image of E. holding out his hand to which a lollipop will be inserted later. I made sure to have him off centered so that I could add wording.
For a vintage feel, I added an aged photo filter to the image.
I then changed the exposure of the image and added more contrast so that E.'s face wouldn't be so washed out.
For that extra something, I added a simple vignette to the photo.
I added a few words, cut out a slit on the top and bottom of his hands and voila I've got a cute photo Valentine's Day card.
Cute huh? I love the way the hand pops out. I've come a long way from the photo card I made a few years back.
What's better than having totally unique cards? It took me 15 minutes to make (from the time I shot the picture to the time I had it printed) AND it ended up costing LESS than the store bought cards. Double win!
I know I reused this idea of mine, but I did check my kids class roster to make sure none of the kids were in his class a few years back. We're good to go. :)