One of my favorite things to do is make crafts from my favorite photos! I've been planning some hybrid craft/photography projects for a while and this is a favorite. Adding embroidery to your photo is fun, easy and so cute. Here's how I made this photo art...
1. Open a photo you love in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
3. After you choose "Convert to Black and White" this pop-up menu will appear. You will see this menu where you can preview different "styles" for your black and white photo. Some are more intense or more grainy. Experiment with each one them and choose the one you like. You will be able to preview the finished product in your After window on the screen before selecting!
4. As a final step I always adjust my levels. The key command for this is command + L. You can read more details about what levels can do for your photo in this post. Save your new black and white photo under a new name.
For the craft portion of this project you will need: An 8x10 inch photo, an 8x10 inch frame, colored pencils, embroidery thread, a needle, some burlap, glue and scissors.
Use colored pencils to sketch the embroidery that you want to add. You can embellish the actual elements of your photo (like the bike) or you can add elements (like this grocery bag). A few fun added elements would be words, hearts or arrows.
Last, add a cute burlap (or any textile) border to the top and bottom on your photo. Use the glue sparingly so it doesn't wrinkle the paper. Allow it to dry completely and then cut the excess fabric away from the photo and put it in your frame. That's all! Now you have a cute embroidered portrait. These make great gifts!