It’s no wonder that folks aren’t sending out Christmas cards like they did in the past. When you add up the cost of cards, envelopes, gas, time and parking to shop for them, plus postage, this old tradition is downright pricey. But thanks to some fine online archives from the New York Public Library and the Missouri Botanical Garden, you can download fabulous botanical illustrations for both cards and framed gifts to save money this holiday season. Download my free eBook to get started with your own green holiday greeting this year at http://www.moplants.com/eBooks.php
Got a computer and a color printer? Unleash your creativity at MoPlants.com where our resources will help you make your own gifts, decorations and cards for the holidays. Now that summer’s over, get a head start on the season with some great money saving ideas for using Internet databases of stunning vintage images. If you love that old fashioned look, if you’re a fan of Victoriana or find the timeless beauty of botanical illustration irresistible, make http://www.moplants.com/ your favorite holiday resource. Check out our Gallery of botanical illustrations carefully selected for your Christmas cards. You’ll save time browsing databases by using our top choices. Download them from our site at: http://www.moplants.com/gallery2/v/Christmas+Cards/ Simple to create card isomg a free online fir tree botanical illustration, red card stock, rubber stamp letters and gold ink. Be sure to browse the rest of our Free Graphics Gallery for other cards, pictures, decoupage, scrapbooking, altered art and gift ideas. Download A Free Fully Illustrated eBook To inspire and instruct you on where to find online image databases and how to save their images for your own home made crafts, download your own free copy of Online Botanical Illustrations: A Treasure Trove of Free Images for Digital Crafts. Our beautifully illustrated eBook shows you all you need to know to get started browsing the net for beautiful pictures: http://www.moplants.com/eBooks.php MoPlants eBook: Online Botanical Illustrations Digital Crafts Central Explore our links in Digital Crafts Central at MoPlants.com for our Master Links to Botanical Art Archives http://www.moplants.com/digital_crafts/index.php
Why not use our FREE POSTCARDS at MoPlants.com to send your friends a floriferous greeting for New Years, birthday, holiday, anniversary or just to show you care? Click here to go directly to our collection of 30 gorgeous original images to share with friends and family. http://www.moplants.com/free_postcards.php Inside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas is a beautiful Italian courtyard featuring this tiered fountain. But its bowls were filled with beautiful floral arrangements rather than water. I thought it was lovely but also illustrated a great decorating idea. Anyone in the north who moves a fountain indoors to protect from freezing, this is a wonderful way to enjoy it all winter long. When I began photographing plants and gardens for my books, I was limited by standard 35mm color slides. All shots came back from processing as is because slides have no negative – they are direct positives. I was lucky to get a few marketable shots out of each roll. Those good shots remained as is in full frame forever. Going digital changed all that. Not only can I correct a marginal shot, I can crop an image down to create a new shot with only part of the picture. I’d spend hours playing around with Photoshop to learn exactly what I could do to my pictures. That’s how I created my “art shots” which turn a photo into an impressionist painting. The lath fern house at Sherman Library and Gardens on California’s south coast was originally a marginal shot too dark to be useful. But with a little digital magic it was transformed into a lush work of art. I don’t sell these shots, I just create them for the joy of digitally rendering beautiful plant images. I use the high resolution originals to create personal greeting cards. I thought you’d like to do the same online, so even if you don’t have a printer you can send my FREE POSTCARDS from MoPlants.com http://www.moplants.com/free_postcards.php Just browse through my art shots to choose the right one for any occasion. Fill out the form provided with your message and the recipient’s email address, then send one or one hundred! No envelope, no stamp, no mailbox. It’s just that easy. Enjoy!
There’s something really cool about combining high tech digital images with low tech naturalistic materials. Maybe it’s that yin and yang thing that balances out the forces of the universe to achieve harmony! At the MoPlants.com Photo Gallery we’ve posted a collection of holiday inspired botanical images from the Illustrated Garden collection at the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. Below is a card I made in minutes that combines hand made Lokta paper from Tibet with a vintage botanical image printed by a standard desktop photo printer. How To Make This Card Blank red card approx 4 to 5 inches by 6 to 7 inches tall. Stick glue or photo mounting stickers. Medium letter rubber stamps Gold pigment (not ink) stamp pad. Color printer and mat photo paper. Step 1 Log on to the Free Graphics Gallery at MoPlants.com to access the botanical image or use this link to go directly to the album http://www.moplants.com/gallery2/v/Christmas+Cards/ Step 2 Save the first image for this card or select from the other holiday card image options. Step 3 Print the card on mat photo paper at a size that allows at least 1/2 inch on top and sides, and 1 inch clear on the bottom for the lettering. Tip: Print a number of them on each sheet using print package features in the software to save on expensive photo paper. Step 4 Cut out the print using scissors or flat bed paper cutter. Step 5 Position and glue the print to the face of the card. Tip: You can slide it into the pages of a book for a few hours to ensure the adhesive is secure before adding message – less chance of dislodging it. Step 6 Use your stamps to print PEACE across the bottom in gold. Step 7 Optional: Print your holiday greeting onto semitransparent vellum, cut it out and fix onto the inside of the card. For more holiday decorating, crafts and card ideas, download our free eBooks: http://www.moplants.com/eBooks.php