Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars holiday card

Our family and friends should have received our 2015 holiday cards by now. We're very happy how they came out and everyone seems to love the idea. Pretty much since we finished last year's cards I've thrown different ideas at Christina and every single idea was Star Wars related. With the new movie coming out, I just knew it would be fun.

When the idea of making our own custom figures came up, even Christina seemed excited. Since I have a lot of vintage figures, I had plenty of ideas. In fact, not surprisingly, Star Wars fans have been making custom figures for a long time (ago in a galaxy far, far away....) and there was a ton of material online to help execute things.

We wanted the holiday card to resemble this...
Actually we decided to make holiday cards, plural. One for each member of the family. First step was finding photos that highlighted an event from 2015. It was such a fun year it actually wasn't that difficult. Then I sifted through all the differnt old Star Wars figures to find one that would resemble us, at least generally.

We started with an Obi-Wan, Yoda, Ugnaught, and three princess Leia figures. Obi-Wan was a perfect pick for me (beard, formal attire, Jedi master). I shaved down the robe a bit with an X-acto knife to match the outfit from the picture we selected.

We "popped" off  two of the heads on the Leia figures using a boiling water trick and placed them on the smaller figures for the kids. We used some toothpicks and modeling clay because (fun fact!) Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi figures have different head connections.

Christina primed and painted each figure by hand. We made a gown and little hat for Harriet, as well as a microphone and speech for my figure's props.

All finished with the figures.

We then ordered replacement plastic bubbles on eBay and Christina made a template using an old card back I had. However, she ended up finding it easier to use high-res scans other Star Wars fans had loaded on the internet. She then printed off a full-sized version, then placed the figure in the bubble on top of it and took a photo of the complete package. With a bit more photoshop magic, we had four different holiday cards fronts. 'Tis the season for being excited for Star Wars and remembering a crazy, fun, memorable year.
 
Harriet (Graduation Gown). Photo from her Temple Israel preschool graduation ceremony last spring.

 
Eloise (at the Plaza). On our trip to NYC we visited The Plaza Hotel off of Central Park. Eloise was excited to hear about the rambunctious book character with whom she shares a name.

 
Christina (Hawaiian Outfit). So many great photos from our trip to Hawaii, but none of just Christina. The print on her dress was a good challenge for this project and turned out great. She did a great job with all of the figures – she's so talented!


Stephen (Best Man). Picture taken mid-speech at Adam and Ari's wedding reception.

Limited by space and USPS rules, we kept the backside of the postcard as simple as possible. Collect all four! To virtually everyone, we only sent out one of the cards, so we wanted people to see the full set.

 

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