Almost soon as I saw the bin-tastic rewards, for BW 2014 Easter promotion, I logged on and renewed my membership! Before I got cracking (sorry!) on “The Great Egg Hunt”, I popped into the pop-up Easter Shop and was immediately taken, with the gorgeous, Faberge-style Egg Trophies, new on sale this year. There are actually nine Egg Trophies to collect: eight can be bought, although four are available to Bin Tycoons only. The ninth and final trophy, must be earned from the Hunt.
Inspired by the trophies, I thought it would be fun to create some Easter images, which you are welcome to use. Either download & print, or share the images on social networking sites, or by email. You can use my designs how you like, or better still, let them inspire you!
Underneath each picture, I’ve included some thoughts, surrounding the creation of the four designs. I’ve tried to make each picture a bit different and I hope they will help you get you started, on some great ideas of your own …
I’ve kept it simple for design one. The eggs are at the front of a nest room, with no floor or wallpaper. I think the wall cracks, rather suit the theme. To create this picture, I chose my favourite egg (the one on the far right), then chose the two others I felt complimented it best. I zoomed in a couple of times, to get the eggs the size I wanted.
Try clearing a nest room and trying out different combinations of egg trophies, until you get a mix you’re happy with. I’ve tinted the background blue, but you could choose any colour, or you could use a wallpaper background.
I’ve used a font, that I think goes well with the eggs’ style. I’ve put the text underneath, but smaller text, along the top or bottom of the image, would work equally well.
Design two, features one of The Great Egg Hunt, Bin Tycoon rewards – the amazing Bin Garden egg-style waterfall. I really like the bright, rainbow colours in this item!
I’ve personalized my design, by including my own Bin Weevil, judisue and her Bin Pet, meg. If you are a Bin Tycoon member, you can collect this item and make your own image. You’ll need to zoom right in. Personalize your design, by putting your own weevil in the picture, or invite lots of Bin Buddies, to surround the fountain and create an Easter picture to share!
I think this image would be great for an Easter poster, perhaps for an Egg Hunt or Easter Fayre. I like the fun font, I’ve used for this picture and you’ll find lots of fonts to choose from, just on your computer. If you can’t find a font you like, try typing “free downloadable fonts” into a search engine and you’ll discover there are literally thousands you can use!
My third design is a bit more subdued, but I thought it might make a nice image, for someones great auntie or great grandma. Maybe, if you were having a big fancy Easter Dinner, you could print images like this, to use as place cards and replace the greeting, with the names of your guests.
There is a tiny bit of picture editing in this image. I’ve added the thin red/brown border and I’ve removed the thick brown line, where the floor and wall meet, from where it extended past the border’s edge.
Adding borders can really improve an image. Try experimenting with adding borders to your own images. Try different colours and different widths. A border doesn’t have to be square. It could be a circle or a rounded rectangle. An oval or egg-shaped border works well for Easter designs.
Sometimes a little bit of picture editing, makes all the difference. If you need to change something, the trick is to zoom right in and change things slowly and carefully. If you are patient you can achieve fantastic results, even with the simplest Paint program!
My fourth and final design, is a picture of one of my favourite Bin Weevils Easter items and it came out even better than I hoped! This cute little bunny has been around a long time. I first got one as a reward item, for Easter 2012 but I’m pretty sure it had been available, at least one year prior to that.
I just sat bunny on a table and again, zoomed right in – this time to the 500% max! I think this picture works well, set on a white background, but a pale blue, yellow or green background, would work well too. The font is a great match for this image, but I should have taken more time to center it better. Attention to detail always pays off!
If you didn’t know this was a BW nest item, you probably wouldn’t guess! Try taking a good look through your My Stuff Chest. Select and place an item, then zoom right in. You might be amazed by what you are inspired to create!
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