How much fun it would be to send your child’s photo back to them as a colouring page! Children of all ages would enjoy this. What a buzz it would give them. Check out this very easy Photoshop tutorial to find out how. Here are some I did for our Compassion children:
Moses – our precious one. For the cool sunnies, I simply added two oval shapes, coloured them black and then added a slim curved rectangle for the bridge and side bits. Moses wrote back and told us that he and his friends thought he looked very cool. :)
Judith – this was the first photo we received of Judith after first sponsoring her. With her mother a widow and her the oldest of several siblings, this little one had been carrying a heavy load. It is such a joy to watch that load gradually lighten. And I love the ‘Be God fearing’ already up on the wall behind her at her Compassion Centre. Perfect!
You can also turn your photo into a colouring page online – for free and with no sign up or software needed – at scrapcoloring.com – no sunnies, but they have some other fun activities worth checking out. Or you might like to try one of these 30 fun photo editing sites.
Ann – This colouring page was sent to Ann as part a Princess of the King theme (it’s on my to-do list to do for you). Here’s how I did it. First I photoshopped the background out of Ann’s photo; added a more fitting background for a princess; then put my Princess of the King photo frame around that. Think of it like shuffling bits of paper on your desk. The photo of the castle background is put down first. Ann’s (cut-out) photo next. And then the frame is added over the the top of both of them.
For anyone interested in how I did the photo frame itself, this is how I did that. Again, think of shuffling bits of paper on your desk. (You might like to have a look at this tutorial and use it as a guide). First I lay down a large rectangle, added a border and coloured it… uh, a soft blue texture I think this one was. Next, I added a rounded rectangle on top of that, added a border and filled it with white. That became the foundation for my blank frame. Next I added some heart clip art in opposite corners. Then I added text boxes around the edges of my frame and chose some different character words that I wanted to encourage in my princess. I put each word into a different girly font. I also added Ann’s name and the words, ‘Princess of the Most High – King Jesus’ along the bottom edge. After printing the finished coloured photo on A4 photo paper for her and laminating it, I then turned the whole photo into a colouring page using the above Photoshop tutorial. It was such fun!
You could also do this with your family photo; a pet photo; a holiday photo; a photo which matches your theme ~ or any photo really.
And I had to show you this one of Diribe – our beautiful Ethiopian princess!
To give you some kind of perspective, this was our Diribe when we first sponsored her!
Wow! All glory to our Lord Jesus Christ for this incredible transformation, as she has come to know Him! So when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget…
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