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Using Brush Set: Stick Figures - Thanksgiving to Make a Child's Apron
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 with Mac OS
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's my favorite holiday of the year. I just love to gather the family for a day of eating, relaxing, watching football, eating, laughing - and eating again! Yeah, the day does seem to revolve around eating, doesn't it?
Our family has been growing with the addition of munchkins (a.k.a., grandkids). I want Thanksgiving to be a tradition that they feel a part of and enjoy just as much as I do. Today, I will be using Brush Set: Stick Figures - Thanksgiving to create a child's apron. This project took me one hour to complete at a cost of only $3.99 – a fast and easy recipe that I love.
Now, some of these supplies I had in my craft stash, left over from a previous project, so I didn't have to buy them for this project. But even if you do spend more than $3.99, you will have products left over for your next inspired moment!
Here is a list of supplies you will need:
Let's begin. First, open a new document in your photo editing software program. After measuring the apron, I decided that a document dimension of 8.5x11-inches would work perfectly for this project.
Load Brush Set: Stick Figures - Thanksgiving into your software program and use the Brush Tool to stamp the turkey brush (or one of the other stick figure brushes included in the set) onto the first layer in your Layers Palette. I didn't change the size of the brush because it was just perfect. Please note that the brush set also includes PNG files of each stick figure that can be used instead of the ABR file. If you use the PNG file, just drag it onto your layer and adjust the size as desired.
Now, for the fun part: You are going to color the turkey! I want my design to be messy and childlike. I'm going to color outside the lines! It's great fun and gives me the feeling of being a rebel. Hee-hee!
First, create a new layer under the brush layer. Using any of the brushes included in your software program, choose a color and start to paint. (I painted my design using the "Flat Brush with Texture" that came with Photoshop CS5.) When you are ready to use another color, create another new layer below the brush layer and use that layer to paint the new color. In other words, you will have a separate layer for each color and/or selection in the design. This makes for easy editing should you decide to change something.
When you have finished coloring your design, save it as a PNG file. Make sure you have a transparent background behind your design.
You can see that I added a text layer to my design. If you include text, you will need to flip the design before printing. If you don't do this, the text will end up backwards on the apron. This is easy to do. With the PNG file open, use Image> Image Rotation> Flip Canvas Horizontal.
Now, your design is ready for printing. Use the directions included with the iron-on transfer paper to print and transfer the design to the apron using an iron.
I decided to add a cute bow and replace the apron ties with matching ribbons. I used the iron-on hem tape to adhere the apron ties. However, you could easily secure the ties by using a sewing machine. Apply Fray Check® or clear nail polish to the edges of the ribbon to prevent fraying.
My granddaughter's apron is now complete! I can't wait to photograph Adrianna in her new apron cooking alongside her Mom-Mom (me!). Before I show you the finished craft project, I'd like to share several additional kid-themed ideas to include in this year's Thanksgiving celebration.
If you have a special children's table (or even if you don't), print out placemats for the kids to color while waiting to be served. Just stamp any of the Thanksgiving figures from Brush Set: Stick Figures - Thanksgiving and print on plain white paper. Be sure to provide some crayons for each tiny guest.
Create a mini coloring book as a fun surprise. Simply use a different brush design for each page and staple the pages together using a construction paper cover. You could even add the story of the first Thanksgiving.
Have your children use crayons to decorate coordinating paper napkin rings, place cards, menus, or dinner invitations.
Whatever you decide to do, you can be sure that by combining your digital scrapbooking supplies with a little creativity will result in wonderful memories and scrap-able moments. Here's my completed apron! Happy Thanksgiving!
Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Stick Figures - Thanksgiving are also available.
Article written by Kim Meeder
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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 16th - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On November 16th, we'll do a multiple photo challenge! Create a layout on any theme, any topic, and any colors - using FIVE or more photos! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Use Your Stash Chat
Wednesday, November 16th - 6:00PM MST
Join Theresa (tiza126) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) for this month's Use Your Stash Chat. We will challenge you to use something in your digital arsenal that you haven't before. Don't just collect supplies, use them! See you in the chat room on Wednesday at 6pm MT!
Heritage Crop & Chat
Thursday, November 17th - 6:00PM MST
Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.
Ad Inspiration Chat
Thursday, November 17th - 7:00PM MST
Join Pat (PBarnes) at 7pm MT for an Ad Inspiration Challenge and Chat. A few hours before the chat, a magazine, newspaper or online ad will be posted on the Forum to use as inspiration for a layout. You can use whatever you want to from the ad - the colors, the shapes, the composition. There are no wrong answers!
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, November 18th - 9:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!
November Message Board Game: Thankfulness Game!
It's time to give thanks for all the large and small blessings in our life! Each day during November, with the exception of Sundays, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of an item for which we are thankful in the official game thread. To participate in the game, you will search the Scrap Girls Boutique and Gallery for layouts including that item, and then post a link to either the product or gallery page in the game thread.
Each member who links to a Boutique product layout will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates. Each member who links to a gallery layout (and leaves love on the layout) will be entered in a drawing for one of five $5 Gift Certificates!
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
November Monthly Layout Contest: This November, let's be a tourist in your own town! Show us around and tell us what makes the area you live in so special! Why do you live there? You can scrap about your town, city, county, or state. Share those layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on November 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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