Handmade card technique

Here is a clever handmade card technique! I really love this card made by Lynda and the super easy technique she used to quickly add detail to this girl’s lovely dress.

She first printed the digital stamp onto white card stock paper and painted the hair, face and body with Copic markers. She also printed a second image of this girl onto a patterned scrapbook paper from the set French garden, then she simply fussy cut the dress from the pattern paper and layered it onto the original image, that way you will save a lot of time since you are using a pre-made pattern instead of painting the dress yourself.

 

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CARD CREATED BY LYNDA LINDLEY FROM POSITIVE FORCE

 

The digital paper set used to make this card is French Garden by Lilmade Designs.

 

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This adorable stamp is Prom Girl by Chi Chi Memories. I hope you liked this card! Please check Lynda’s blog to learn more about the techniques she used to make this project.

Happy crafting!

 

4th of July free printable cupcake toppers

4th of July free printable cupcake toppers.

Hi there sugar pies! Just wanted to let you know that I created this 4th of July free printable cupcake toppers set for Mygrafico Party Impressions Blog some time ago, but I didn’t have the freebie posted on this blog. I just updated it so I wanted to share it with you before Independence Day is gone!

This free sample features a 2 x 2 inch cupcake in red, blue and white. These cupcake toppers can be cut out with a 2 inch scallop punch and used as cupcake wrappers, envelope seals and even as cute little round gift tags.

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Please click on the image above to download from my Dropbox

How to use our free printable cupcake toppers

Print the provided JPEG or the PDF file on photo paper or good quality cardstock and cut the images out using a 2 inch scallop border punch. Then you can just mount them on lollipop sticks. I wanted to add some more detail, so I created a rosette in matching tissue paper, secured it to the lollipop stick with a glue dot and then I simply glued the cupcake topper on top.

I hope you like this freebie!

Thank you and happy 4th of July!!

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How to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop

How to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop

Here is a very easy tutorial on how to use photo masks or clipping masks in Photoshop. This tutorial will work in both Photoshop CC, CS and Elements.

A clipping mask, also known as photo mask, is like the digital version of a paper punch, once applied, your photo will take the shape of the clipping mask just like when you are using a punch to cut out flowers or any other shape.

The areas of your photo located on top of the clipping mask will show through, however the areas that go beyond the clipping mask’s boundaries, will not be visible.

If the photo mask has different levels of opacity and texture the picture will also replicate those details giving your photos amazing texture effects as well.

Where to buy clipping masks or photo masks?

You will find the most beautiful photo masks in any digital scrapbooking online store, I also have many available at Lilmade Digitals.

Here is the three steps tutorial

a. First: organize your layers

Open the photo mask, then open the paper or picture you want to mask. Make sure the paper or picture layer is above the mask layer. As you can see in the picture below, I have my background layer which is simple a solid white layer, then on the second layer, I have the photo mask  shape, and on top of my photo mask I placed the picture I intend to mask. By the way, that’s my delicious home made bread!
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b. Clip the mask

Hold down ALT key (OPTION key for MAC users), and position the mouse pointer over the line in between the two layers in the layers panel, and then click.

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c. Merge artwork:

Your mouse pointer will change to a white square indicating you have a clipping mask. Notice how the edges of our picture have changed and you can now see the white background underneath. If you select the picture layer, you can move it around, reposition it and even resize it it. Once you are happy with the result, right click on the photo mask layer and select “Merge clipping mask”.

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And you are done, that’s all there is to it!

I hope you found this tutorial useful!

Thanks for looking ♥

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