for this one came to us in a flash one night right after Tina came
home from a Thanksgiving trip to Mexico. We started taking all the
pictures we needed the next morning, and got the card put together
in a couple of days.
Our real Christmas tree is filled with
little trumpets and other horns and musical instruments, so the
twist here was to put all kinds of Christmas trees on a trumpet.
"Where did you get that huge trumpet?"
Smart people have asked us that question. Sometimes I tell them
it was from a department store display.
But, of course, it's a photo-enlarged
version of Roger's real trumpet, and this card is the result of
the wonders of Photoshop.
The little tree ornaments were the simple
result of Google image searches for things like "Christmas
trees," and "gold
Christmas tree" -- but we're getting ahead of ourselves.
We first took a picture of the corner
where our tree goes, and took a close-up of Roger's trumpet. We
widened the horn to make it more the shape of a tree, and plunked
it into the first photo. The shadow of the trumpet and horn
stand are copies of them faded to black, and then made transparent
and put in the right place against the back wall. Creepy.
Here's the next stage, with
all the little trees scattered in places on the big trumpet
where they could be hung.
Then we took photos of ourselves and
sized and positioned us so we'd look right
in the photo. With a little more messing around in Photoshop, we
put little trees in our hands, and voila!, the card was