A sure way to draw attention to your upcoming fundraiser or other event is to make a three-dimensional poster to advertise it. A 3-D poster will most certainly attract more attention than a traditional one. Let your imagination run wild on this project. Poster board comes in different sizes and thickness. Depending on where you want to place your poster, it would be wise to find out if there are any size restrictions you need to be aware of.
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For a Dog Show
A picture of each of the breeds entered in the competition would be nice, unless of course, it is an all-breed show. Mount pictures on foam core before adding them to the poster to create a 3-D look. Other things that could go on your poster might be a dog bone, or you could make a blue ribbon out of material you can get at a fabric store. You could construct the front of a doghouse out of cardboard with a dog partially in and out of the house. Other things you could use are a squeaky toy or a dog collar. If hunting dogs are included, use some props appropriate for hunting.
For a School Play
Take a word or words from the title of the play you are advertising and use them as the theme on your poster. If that doesn't work, use the subject of the play or a scene from the play as your theme. Prominent images from the play can inspire poster items. For instance if the school is putting on a performance of "Little Red Riding Hood," you could add an image of a red cape made of felt or even glue real cookies on the poster to represent the cookies that Red Riding Hood was attempting to bring to her grandmother. Incorporate the school colours or something from the name of your school. Find something you can build on and go with it.
For an Athletic Event
A craft store will have several items for almost every sport that can be used to enhance your poster. Be sure to make good use of team colours. To advertise a baseball-themed event, use a pingpong ball and draw red stitching on it to make it resemble a baseball before attaching it to the poster. A first-place ribbon or a miniature trophy could be used on the poster to celebrate a victory or an upcoming competition.
For a Grand Opening of a Business
Depending on the type of business you are promoting, find or create miniatures of the products or service the business is involved with. If you are making a sign for a cleaning service, show things being sparkling clean by using sharp contrasts between dirty and clean products. One way to accomplish this would be to make a window out of cardboard for the sill and cellophane for the glass. Make one window that has brown paint smeared on it to indicate that it is dirty and show one window that is clean to help emphasise a cleaning business.
You can always use raised lettering to add more depth to any of your posters, and of course use bright colours to attract attention to your advertising.
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