Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thank You

Hi everyone!! It's Lindsay from the Digi DT Team here today, for the very first time, and I wanted to share with you a really fun and easy technique that allows you to stretch your digital stamps to fill up an entire card panel! Layering your digital stamps is a very easy process, that does take a bit of time, but is so worth the time and effort! You can watch the video below to see the exact process or keep on reading for a quick walk through!

Starting in Photoshop Elements with a new panel that measured 4.25" x 5.5" I brought in and placed the pumpkin PNG from the "Fall Hall" digital stamp set. I sized it down to be a bit smaller and, this time I started in the very bottom center of the panel. I made sure to place the image so it was "hanging off" the bottom of the panel. For this technique, the image has to be in PNG format as the surrounding area must be completely transparent. On the right hand side of my screen in Photoshop Element is the layers panel. After finding my pumpkin image layer and right clicking on it, I clicked "Duplicate Layer". I moved my second layer away from the first and rotated it a bit so it didn't look exactly like the first. I kept duplicating layers and repositioning them until I had about half of the panel filled with pumpkins. finished-card-5
A few tips for this technique:
  1. Make sure to there are layers that are "hanging off" the edges and bottom to make the panel more cohesive.
  2. Make sure the layers that are further up the panel are behind your layers on the bottom. This gives the appearance the layers further up the panel are behind those layers that you first put down. You can continue playing around with the order of your layers until you're happy with the way they look.
  3. It is good to remember when dealing with digital images, nothing is permanent until you print. You can continue to play and move and resize as often as you want! If you don't like something you changed, there's a "back" or "undo" button. Don't be afraid to experiment.

I decided to also add my sentiment in Photoshop Element. Using my type tool, I typed out "thank you" and then added a white outline so it would pop away from the pumpkin pile. I printed my panel with my laser printer (use whatever printer corresponds with your coloring medium of choice) and made sure to print with crop marks. finished-card-2
After trimming out my panel using the crop marks, I colored in my panel using my alcohol markers. While coloring, my sentiment did disappear a bit so I used a black sharpie to really deepen up the color and make it more pronounced and pop a bit better. For the sky I used the chisel tip of a dark blue and kept applying layers of color until there was no streaking. Finally, I adhered the color panel to an A2 white side folding card base. I had a lot of fun making today's card and sharing it with you! If you're interested in the digital stamp I used, it's linked below!! Happy Crafting!!

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