Most years when holidays come up, I search in Google for Photoshopped pictures that incorporate Elvis and the holiday. There a few talented folks out there who have made dozens of these Elvis images and usually mark them with their name along the bottom.
One of the most prevalent names I came across was Blingee. For years, I mistakenly thought Blingee was somebody’s handle or pseudomym, but I wondered why the style of the images varied so greatly. Some were fairly simple, but others were loaded up with glitter, sparks, and stuff that flashed or spun around. Here is an example that I found last week while looking for Happy New Years Elvis images.
Let’s see, we have an Elvis photo in front of a clock. There is a big champagne glass on one side and two smaller ones on the other. Happy New Year is expressed in text three different ways. There are those four blinking pink things in the corners and gold confetti hanging down from the top. Notice the two calendar pages on the right and the blinking musical notes under them. Look at Elvis’ hair for a few seconds and you will see little blinking stars. Look at his chin and wait for the pink heart that flashes on and off.
So, I wondered how this Blingee person could do much good work but still make the occasional cluttered mess. Then, last week I discovered that Blingee is actually an internet website that gives you everything you need to make your own images. The Happy Birthday, Elvis image above was my first attempt on Blingee. The cake spins around and the word ELVIS flashed like a neon sign. Other than that, it’s pretty restrained.
To make an Elvis Blingee, you start with your own picture or one from their library (which are called Stamps). Then you add other Stamps to complete your design. Believe it or not, there are 15 stamps in the above birthday greeting. By my count, there are at least ten that blink or move. Here are a few of these stamps. The checkerboard backgrounds disappear when you apply them to your design.
Sorry these are so small. You can enlarge the sizes after you’ve added them to your Elvis picture. Of course, you can move them around to any location you want.
Blingee also makes it easy for you to send your completed design as an email or ecard, or to post it on Facebook, etc.
If you’d like to try your hand at creating an original Elvis image, click here to go to Blingee.com. You can jump right in and figure it out as you go like I did. But it will save you some time if you click on Need Help? and watch the two how-to videos.
This is pretty incredible. Blingee has almost 3,000 images of Elvis. I can’t wait to go through all of them.
In spite of the abundance of Elvis images available on Blingee, I used a rare photo from my files for my first attempt. It was taken in 1957 when Elvis sailed on the USS Matsonia to Hawaii. I’m going to dig into my files and find another cool Elvis picture to use in a another Happy Birthday greeting.
Yeah, it’s another simple one. I don’t see the need to clutter it up. The photo may be one you haven’t seen before, but the message is shared by all Elvis fans.
So, Happy Birthday, Elvis. We miss you.
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