Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CS Blog Hop April 2016 - Dahlia

This month I was somewhat taken aback by the beautiful artwork that was created for the Dahlia kit. Normally I do not go for water color type flowers but this kit is really lovely particularly because of the colors used.

That being said, I am not entirely sure that I am going to use this extremely vibrant color palette. Today is 6th April and I have been thinking about this month's NBUS challenge a lot.  Pam is asking us to use a stamp or stencil that makes us think of rain.

Open up a new blank 12" x 12" canvas at 300ppi on a transparent background.

I actually have several photos which I shot in Venice while it was raining so thought to use one or two of them for this challenge.

Open up your background and in this case I have recolored the chosen one to a more green hue to almost mimic a rainy and stormy feel.

Of course you can tweak it to your hearts content using the eyedropper tool.  This is what I ended up with.

I think it has a good and stormy feel to it but now  I want to blend the photo into the background to make it look like the whole background is watery.  To do this I use a combination of masking and erasing using textured brushes.  The result is

At this point, I have opened up everything Dahlia in my Adobe Bridge.

As you can see the layout is taking shape now.  I have added a recolored embellishment and a music score stamp and script stamp as well.

Now I want to make the whole page look like it is raining!

To do that, I have to find a stamp that says "rain" to me.  I am going to use a stamp from Aurora Borealis which I think will work.  Off to experiment a bit!

What I ended up doing was making a brush out of the stamp using edit>define brush preset and then making the brush extremely big.  At this point I dropped the opacity to something that looked like grey rain to me and then swiped this brush a couple of times on separate layers above the photo but below the embellishment.  I then added a soft drop shadow and emboss.

I hope you can see the rain like grey brush work above.

Now all I have to do is add a title and I thought I would use some of the water drops from Castaway and complete the layout.

Here is the final layout.  I hope you all enjoy my rainy day in Venice and I also hope that this meets the challenge criteria for NBUS this month.  I posted the layout when I completed it to give you all a small taste of making use of stamps in a slightly different way.


  1. Wow, the result is really stunning,Annette: Venice in the rain.
    This city is still on my bucket list. I do hope we will have better weather when we visit.

    1. Thank you Hetty. I actually prefer Venice when it is raining because there are much less people out and about and you can really enjoy seeing more.

  2. Annette, I love how you altered the background colors! Love the stormy look and feel. Beautiful!

  3. Nice job altering the kit to fit the picture and challenge! It is a lovely layout.

  4. Wow, fun to see your results as usual! Very nice combination you've created here!

  5. Bless your heart Kay. Thank you very much.

  6. This is so cool! Love how you changed the colors!
    The Leaf Studio