I’ve been saving this photo to use for something wintery and/or Christmas-like. It’s my grandmother’s doily and the photo reminds me of a snowflake. Certainly something wintery — perhaps a Christmas or New Year’s greeting would be most befitting.
During a recent photoshoot, I grabbed this doily to use as a possible element in one of our food shots. We decided not to use it, but a friend of mine laid it out neatly on the light table and took a few pictures. As I watched her excitement about the images she captured, I reflected back on my earlier days of laying items on the glass of a scanner and playing with textures and shapes. This doily’s finer features turned out beautifully on the light table.
I took the original image (top left) into Photoshop and experimented with different filters. Using PS filters such as photocopy and watercolor I was able to create rather diverse renderings and found the two above (right) to be the most appealing.
Below are two designs I’ve started with my new snowflake design in Illustrator for Christmas cards. Which design might you prefer and why?
Thank you to all who commented here on my blog, Facebook and via email. Below is the traditional version of my final design…