Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Altered Tea Lights

I have a very special guest today with a video tutorial. TJ is going to show us how she made these end of school year gifts for her teachers.
  • tea lights
  • pieces of ribbon
  • double sided sticky tape

Welldone TJ, and thank you.

Note of caution - remove ribbon prior to lighting the candle.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Faux Layering with Digital Cameos

The arrival of nestable die-cuts have lead to a recent fashion in card making where images are cut onto circular or other shaped cut-outs and mounted on different sizes of the same shape. If, like me, you don't have one of these fancy machines you can easily achieve a similar looking result digitally. Faux layering will also weigh less for International postage and produce a thinner card for British postage rates.
I'm going to show you how I did the faux layering on this card using the new Butterfly Meadow Cameo Silhouettes by Toucan Scraps. I also used 2 Fiskars circle punches (2 inches and 1 inch).
  • measure the size of the punch or cutting template you have available.
  • I have 2 circle punches that I'm using here. One is 1 inch the other 2 inches. For the purposing of this tutorial I'm going to assume yours are the same size. Please do adapt the measurements to fit (let me know if you need help with that).
  • Place the main image from the Butterfly Meadow Cameo Silhouettes set in your software (I chose the Blessings Grass, and used Digital Scrapbook Artist 2)
  • Resize it on your page to 1.75 inches
  • Repeat with the other images and resize them to 0.8 inches
  • Print
  • Take the larger printed image and the 2 inch circle punch.
  • Turning the punch upside down so you can see the cutting window, place the printout in the punch and line it up so that the circular image is central. Then punch.
  • Repeat with the smaller circles and the 1 inch circle punch.
  • These are now ready to add to the project.
For the example card I also used a faux layered style of card stock from DCWV I found in my stash.

You could also try this technique with digital papers. Crop the digi paper to a little smaller than your punch or shape cutter template before printing, and maybe add a digi stamp ontop of the digi paper before printing too.

Have fun and please let me see what you create.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Digital Airbrushing Tutorial

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week. I've seen an increasing amount of amazingly stunning airbrushed paper crafting projects recently. Today I'm going to share with you how to airbrush digitally. Here is a card I made using digital airbrushing and the Summer Fence Silhouette by Toucan Scraps.

I used Serif's Digital Scrapbook Artist 2, but the steps will be the same in it's successor Craft Artist and the free versions of DSA Compact and Craft Artist Compact.

I'm going to walk you though creating this sunset background with 4 colours, feel free to paint a pink and purple sunset if you prefer and this technique could be used for many other backgrounds, the limit is your own imagination.
  • Set-up your page to 5x5 inches, then place the digital silhouette in Layer 1.
  • Create a new layer (Layer 2) underneath layer 1
  • (If you are rubber stamping your image, then airbrush onto layer 1, no need to create an additional layer)
  • Click on the brush tool icon.
  • With layer 2 selected switch to the brushes tab, and find the airbrushes.
  • Click on the brush you want to use. I used the smooth brush - Airbrush 04.

  • On the brush tool bar there are a number of options including brush width and opacity. Choose a medium large brush width (e.g. 110 pt) and opacity 100%.
  • select the lightest colour (I choose a medium yellow) and paint horizontal lines to cover the page.
  • Now take the next lightest colour, a pale orange for me. Reduce the opacity to 60%.
  • Starting a litle way up the page paint horizontal lines upto the top of the page.
  • repaint over the top of the higher parts of the image to darken them
  • Choose your third colour (medium orange for me) and reduce the opacity to about 30%
  • starting about 1/2 way up the image paint as before
  • using small strokes add a little bit of this darker colour to some points on the lower part of the page to make a more natural looking sky
  • repeat with the darkest colour (deep orange-red for me) towards the top of the page.

Have fun with digital brushwork and please let me see what you create.