Remember summer camp and craft projects? It’s that time of year again. Most Indicommons readers don’t get to spend a week in the woods anymore, twisting yarn around sticks, making sunprints with ferns, or gluing tissue paper to stones. So consider this post a virtual trip to the craft cabin. In this tutorial, we’ll make a set of four quick-and-easy cards with Commons images and a few ordinary office supplies. Never get caught without a perfect card again!
For my examples (above), I used the Field Museum Library’s wonderful World’s Columbian Exposition set, which includes prints, photographs, and ephemera related to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the “White City” where the first Ferris Wheel appeared, among other wonders. (Across the Commons, the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian Institution have also posted images from the World’s Columbian Exposition.) But the idea can work for any images you like, so do explore the possibilities.
1. First, lay out two sheets of images: one for your backgrounds, and one for your foregrounds. For the background sheet, I copied and pasted the images of tickets from the Commons, in a collage pattern. Change the sizes as you see fit, and adjust the colors and contrast so that they’re mostly black-and-white (save your printer ink). For the foreground sheet, I copied and pasted an image of the Ferris wheel four times. Choose a strong image that won’t be a huge hassle to cut out, and (again) you can adjust the contrast and colors for your purposes.
2. Print out each sheet onto white cardstock. Your pages should look like these:
3. Cut each sheet into quarters. If you stop here, you have eight postcards:
4. Cut the background rectangles slightly smaller (your printer probably left white edges — cut those off). Now add a bit of color with ink pads, markers, pencils … whatever’s handy. Darker in the corners and edges, lighter toward the center, will usually give a good effect. Or you can leave the backgrounds alone and color the central image instead.
5. Cut out the central images from the foreground rectangles.
6. Use a gluestick or double-stick tape to mount the backgrounds to folded cardstock (I used some dark green and red scraps here), then add the central image:
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That’s it! You’ve made four cool cards without a trip to the art supply store, thanks to Flickr Commons.