This 3″ x 5″ artist trading card (ATC) started with two photos that I’d taken in Petersburg, Virginia, at a Civil War battleground. Everything was fine until I needed to add a figure as the focal point.
An hour and a half later, I saved all of the layers that I was working with–to reuse later in other projects–and started over with just a few elements.
Adjusting hue and contrast, the card finally came together with the faerie-like sense of style that I wanted.
She is stepping out of the everyday world into her own fantasies made real. Oversized flowers and opulent, old-fashioned colors help her to leave routine behind and dance in a happier, more magical world.
I named this ATC “Gold Leaf” as a pun. Of course, the figure looks as if she’s wearing gold or gold leaf. And, among the plants, “gold leaf” could also refer to the daisy leaves.
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Right-click on the image and save the file (gold-leaf.jpg) to your hard drive. Print it at 150 pixels/inch as a 3″ x 5″ card. Or, if you prefer a smaller card, adjust the dimensions in your graphics program.
If you’d like to learn how this ATC was made, read Gold Leaf – ATC tutorial