Creating elegant Thanksgiving party decor

Creating elegant Thanksgiving party decor is going to be an easy task using these digital papers inspired by Fall. The papers are scrapbooking size, 12 x 12 inches, however you can print them at home onto regular 8.5 x 11 in. cardstock or photo paper.

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How to print 12×12″ digital scrapbooking papers onto 8.5 x 11″ photo paper.

You can print using the built-in software in your computer. If you have Windows, go to the folder you received when you purchased the digital papers, then click on the paper you want to print, right click and select print, then choose the following settings:

  • Select your paper size: in this case I’m using letter size photo paper.
  • Printing quality: I like to select “best” so that I can get the exact bold color I picked when I designed the paper, however if you select “normal”  you will also get a good quality print but the colors will be a tiny bit lighter than the original design.
  • Paper type: I love the results I get when I use glossy photo paper. White cardstock can also work but the colors will be darker and less vibrant.
  • Size: I choose fit picture to frame, that will print the entire page rather than reducing the size of the pattern.

Here is how this pattern looks printed:

Once you printed the pattern you can create all sort of party decorations such as boxes, cards and labels, for example the goodie box shown below, was created by Keisha for Mygrafico party impressions. She used the houndstooth pattern to create the labels, then she used a piece of the leaf pattern to make the wrap, these papers look great combined with any rustic wrapping paper and paper craft or natural raffia ribbons.

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Photo credit: Keisha for Mygrafico Party Impressions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine patterns and print them out, then use templates, punch boards or your cutting machine to create your designs, the possibilities are endless and many designs are easy enough to make with your kids. The patterns included in this kit are fun and easy to mix and match.

You can also mix and match elements from different digital papers, stickers and clipart sets like shown below. Please note, the cards are sold separately.

You can find these digital papers in the following stores:

ETSY
TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS
TEACHER’S NOTEBOOK
LUVLY

I hope you found this post useful, please let me know if you have any question regarding this papers, I love to hear from you! Just send me an Etsy convo or contact me on my Facebook page.

Thank you!

 

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 ♥

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