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!

 

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 ♥

Ink and embossing powder swatches

Making my ink and embossing powder swatches with the Simon Says Stamp swatch book set. I really love this product, It comes with everything I need to create my own color books, and I believe I could also use the stamps to create a lot of different designs.

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What comes in the box

So this set includes:

  • Four clear stamps, like as I said above I can use them to create other things like borders or even backgrounds.
  • A lot of white swatch cards with markings or boxes where you can stamp the swatch.
  • Several little samples of colored cardstock in beautiful colors.
  • The silver ring.

The colored cardstock swatch set is particularly useful, since it allows me to know how the cardstock will look when combined with coordinating ink colors. The colors are really gorgeous and pretty much each cardstock color has a matching ink.

For my white ink,  I just cut a piece of black cardstock that I had using one of the swatch papers as template, very easy to do.

Needless to say, it was a lot of fun putting this together and of course, having my swatches handy and organized can make a lot difference when I’m crafting! At least, I know what I have available, and I can see how the products behave and how they look once they dry, which hopefully will translate in better design decisions and less “Pinterest fail” like mess-ups.

If you want to buy this kit here is where I ordered it.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!!

Disclaimer: this is not a paid advertisement or endorsement. I’m just sharing my personal craft organization tips, not intended as advice or product recommendation. 

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