Here I loaded him into PhotoScape editor. Then on the Home section of the dash, I click the Filter button. Then I click the Embossing button.
Click the "Crop" tab to crop as an oval or circle. Here's a clear look at the embossed picture. I used the crop ' circle' feature to make this image. The way to learn this fun and creative program is to experiment with it. Spend some time with different photos and see what the buttons can do and how they change your image in endless designs.
Scrap wood cut into small 2-3 pieces make nice surfaces to paint on for ornaments, magnets or stand alone shelf sitters. First, paint the entire piece, front and back with black acrylic paints. If the sides of the wood raise a little from the grain when it's dry, sand lightly and paint again. By applying a layer of black, you will find the painting you create on top will "pop' with brightness and your painting will have more depth.
This works, approach small gift shops where the tourists go and you will discover a new world of selling your wood products. Look for busy shopping areas by visiting these area yourself. Here’s an example : take a boat cruise around a lake, rent a bike, row a canoe, take a drive in the car. Take note of the restaurants and small shops in the area. Visit the shops. See what they are selling and what they “need” to sell. If your product is small then you are lucky enough to sell across the country. Search Google maps and find gift shops this way. Pick a tourist spot and Google the area for gift shops. If you pick a place where there are boats and light houses, you can create light house gifts for example. You can produce boat ornaments or research which type of birds or animals are in the area. Make the animals or birds on magnets. Write with a Sharpie, the state or city or town on the magnet. People buy this stuff! Plymouth Plantations in Massachusetts is a great example. Make pilgrim gifts for gift shops. ~~~~~~ Keep in mind that once you land your “account” you will be shipping your product via post office or Fed Ex or UPS. You could also travel once in awhile and personally deliver your order to the shop and write it off if you are claiming your business on your taxes. I once had an account in the White Mountains. Once a month I would pack up my car and load up the shelves at the store and then spend the rest of the weekend at a hotel and enjoying my stay. I learned that sticking close to home was not the answer to selling my crafts. You have to go where the tourists go! Foot traffic and tourists are what its all about.
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS ~
HOW TO PRICE $ YOUR WARES
But before you address how to price your crafts, you have to be able to answer the
question, "How much is the customer willing to pay?"
Your first step in determining a pricing policy should be to do a survey of what craftwork similar to yours is selling for in each market like the one you are selling in. For example, what does jewelry like yours sell for at craft fairs? in stores? in galleries? in mail order catalogs? Once you know what prices the market will bear, look at all your expenses and see whether you can profitably produce and sell the piece. The following formula tells you how many dollars you have to get back for a given piece.
COST OF MATERIALS
(Add up all the little and large materials that go into each piece. Estimate costs for paint, fabric and other items you only use small amounts of.) +
COST OF LABOR
(Pay yourself a decent hourly wage. Example: $10 hour. Determine how much time goes into producing each piece and include the dollar value in your pricing.) +
(Overhead expenses like rent, utilities, insurance, phone, etc.. Since most of us work from home, you may have no overhead costs.) +
PROFIT (optional) (Amount you expect to earn beyond the cost of your labor.) =
(Amount you must recover from your time and expenses)