Sunday, 13 May 2012

Halftone Hi-Jinks

I was flipping through a recent "treat" copy of Somerset Memories (couldn't resist, Julie has some lovely, lovely things in there!), when I spotted an article about an app I liked the look of. Halftone.

If it's a card and it features Little E - does that make it an Ecard?

Halftone turns the photos you take with your phone into comic books. And right now I'm using my phone a lot to take quick pictures I would otherwise miss. I couldn't resist. You can add frames, background effects, speech bubbles, daft captions - it's really worth a try. 

You could certainly use the results for layouts and mini albums; but I think it really comes into its own for card making. It's such a quick and easy way to replicate those personalised cards we're seeing advertised everywhere now. And it works especially well for masculine gifts. (Fathers Day is only round the corner!)


Take a photo, have a bit of fun with a caption or quote (adding a date is easy too) and there you have it. I used Kraft card cut to 4x4" and some simple strips of Washi tape for these. And now I'm thinking if I invested in some new tapes I could try out some girly versions too. I'm even thinking about Christmas..

38 comments:

Amy said...

Yes Mum and Dad, I think he needs a car with slightly more leg space!

debs14 said...

We can always rely on you to source out new and exciting things! I'm off to check it out, just as soon as I've mentioned that I agree with Amy, he really does need a bigger car of his own ;-)

Jo said...

Such a great idea, I love your cards.

scrappyjacky said...

Brilliant idea...especially for cards.

Ladkyis said...

I am really interested BUT it means trying to find it and download it to my stupid blackberry. I get so frustrated with it because it really is stupid and it takes so long to do anything - I have nearly talked myself out of it now LOL

OH and yes, it would be a little Ecard...

JulieJ said...

Love your cards. It must be hard for tall boys to find a big enough car with affordable insurance, but I am also surprised at the number of tall men who stick with minis. Maybe they get used to driving with their knees round their neck and then can't manage with leg room? Or it keeps them supple?

Mel said...

Th8is is a great idea - I love making personalised cards!

helena said...

great card ideas. And where did you get your washi tape? I hven't seen those designs before

Alana said...

No stopping you now with the apps is there? I had lood at this one but wasn't sure, may have to try it now. Great cards:)

Sian said...

Helena, the black Washi tape came from my recent Quirky kit and the orange from Studio Calico

Barbara Eads said...

Thanks for that tip. I'm going to be getting an iPhone soon---just waiting for the new one to come out. Then believe I'll be going "App."

Jimjams said...

Those look brilliant - laughed out loud at the E-card!!!! Now if only I had a mobile that did more than make phone calls .... I wonder if there's an on-line equivalent?

Cheryl said...

one of the reasons I've been persuaded to get a snazzy smart phone :-)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Oooh! I've just got a new phone that DOES do more than make calls....so I wILL just have to have a go at this!! I love these cards & definitely perfect for Fathers Day! Thanks for sharing!! :D

dogmatix said...

I have had that app for a while but had never thought of using it for csrds :) Great idea and lovely cards.

Carmen said...

Oh what fun! As soon as Devvie gets home from her sleepover I'm going to see if she can download this to her ipod!

Ginger said...

I had the same question Helena did :) I am just getting into the washi tape addiction!

I will need to flag this app. I have extended my wait in buying an iPhone - with hopes to get the newer version - lord knows I've waited 3 years, what's another 5 months?!

Jennifer said...

These cards are terrific! What a great idea, especially for personalized Christmas cards. I can't get enough of photos featuring Little E. He is just so CUTE! :)

Louise said...

oooh I like the look of your washi tape too. I hooked out some bits for a few more captured in a card notes and now you'll stopped me in my tracks!! Love this idea!!

laurie said...

what great cards! i can see you having lots of fun with that new app. :-)

Abi said...

this is so much fun! I saw your pictures on facebook and wondered what the story was behind them!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Deb Keyworth has posted a few of these on facebook recently - and now I see where she got the idea! Off to check it out.
Rinda

Karen said...

Love what you have done with that app Sian x

alexa said...

Very hi-tech and a great effect. Makes me wonder again about upgrading to a phone which takes photos!

Sandra said...

To say I love these is an understatement :)

Sandra said...

Just downloaded the app .... Oh I think it's fabulous. Thanks Sian

Lisa-Jane said...

I shall be downloading that one in the morning, it looks brilliant!

Clare said...

That is a very cool app, and you've used it to great effect.

Karen said...

I saw a link for this app for free yesterday and passed it up. Fortunately it's still free today! It looks like a lot of fun!

Lynn said...

Love them both - such a cheeky photo of E! The app looks like fun.

Julie Kirk said...

I'm more than happy to be the cause of a treat magazine!

And yes, that is by far the sweetest E-card I've seen!

x

heart.hearth.home. said...

Another great blog post Sian. I just love what you have done with the 'app'. The lettering is great. I can't wait to see more.

Jennie Hart said...

I shall have to try this this evening :) Great post, he looks like he is so much fun to spend time with.

Alison said...

I am becoming more and more tempted to change my phone!
Alison xx

Amanda said...

Sian your cards look fantastic. I can see that I'm going to have to go in search of this app now....

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

what a fun app!

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

This looks brilliant Sian. Love your E card :o) My two are huge comic book fans, so will have to see if it's avaiable for android.

Missus Wookie said...

Fun - and my very tall one brother - Rosey's Dad and missus both are very tall so had to go looking for tall cars. He has a short list of 'em ;)

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