Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CS Blog Hop March 2016 - Paris Flea Market

Wow Wow Wow!  What an absolutely delightful kit this month.  I had intended to make just one blog entry this month because of my broken arm surgery.  But no.  Here is my second entry.

This month I thought I would show you how to make an overlay.  As always, open a new new blank file 12" x 12" on a transparent background.

Then go ahead and open up all the components of the kit.

Now I have opened up a couple of background papers which I am going to use to select colors which I am going to use with some of my own brushes.

At this point go into your brushes palette and take a look for something fuzzy and interesting in shape.

You will see that I have two blank layers open. The reason for this is that I like to put everything on its own layer.  That way you can move, delete, change each element with ease. Having selected a brush, I have made two layers each with a color selected from the kit using the eyedropper.  You can play around with the opacity of these layers.  In this case I made the opacities around 70%.

Open up the frame cluster embellies and you will find 3 totally gorgeous premade frame clusters.  Personally I find these so useful.

Select the one that you would like to use and add it to the next blank layer you have above the paint spatters.

I have added a script stamp beneath the frame cluster on another layer.  Also a spatter brush and ribbon on their own layers.  The ribbon has a drop shadow on it too.  Now I think the overlay is complete.

Save the file as a merged png and you can use it many more times.

You can of course erase the grey and pink paint splatters from within the frame prior to merging the visible layers.

Somewhere on my computer I have a photo that I would like to use beneath this overlay.  OK I found the photo and added a title and some journalling and now all I need is a background paper.

Background selected but you can see that the journalling and title have pretty much disappeared so all I have to do now is change the color of the text and voila!

I hope you have enjoyed my creative journey this month.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Club Scrap March 2016 - Paris Flea Market - Technique Challenge

You all probably know by now that I had a surgery on my left arm on 1st March to repair the surgery from April 2015.  Right now, I am able to type with my right hand only as a result of being tightly bandaged and unable to move my fingers.

So this month I thought I would try to keep my blog post pretty simple and do a selection of the quick drop layouts that we get each month in our kits.  At this point you can all roll your eyes and laugh!  I cannot keep ANYTHING simple let alone my blog post and with such a gorgeous kit this is no surprise.

As always - open up a new file, 12" x 12" at 300ppi transparent background.

At this point, I opened one of the background papers and selected the pink using the eyedropper tool.  Fill the background using the paint bucket tool and you have created a plain pink background.

This is where the fun starts.  I noticed in the forum that Lisa Dolezal is hosting a Master Board Swap based on this month's technique challenge so I thought I would play along.  Make a new layer and create a stamp by using the define brush preset under the edit menu and stamp within the new layer.

Continue to make brushes and stamp until you have a result that pleases you.  In this case, I have stamped in colors selected from the background papers by using the eyedropper tool.

Here is what I have so far.

I have continued to add more stamps and now have a finished piece.

Now to finalise, merge visitible layers together and you now have your new background.  It does not stop there for me.  I added  blank transparent layer beneath the background, cut out a hole and added one of the beautiful clusters on top of the background.

I have now filtered and recolored a photo and added it to the layout.

I think I am now done with the layout.  I do hope you all like what I did.