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October 19th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner
My Old School by Anne-Marie (A-M)
Congratulations Anne-Marie! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?

Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery; if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.

Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

DiamondsandTin forum

 

This week’s newsletter challenge is–you guessed it–Diamonds & Tin! We’d love to see how you combine these diverse materials together on one layout. Not only could you win our daily prize of $10, but you’ll also be one layout closer to winning our Scrap10 Challenge Grand Prize! 

Newsletter Challenge Winner
Favorite Time of Day by Jane in N.Z.
Congratulations Jane! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Upcoming Chats & Challenges
We’re having a huge party to celebrate Scrap Girl’s 10th Anniversary!
The chats and challenges for the upcoming week are listed below, but please check the Anniversary Forum threads for complete details.

Monday, October 20th

  • Scrap10 Challenge: How did you find Scrap Girls? by Marilyn (MariJ)
  • 7:00 a.m. (ET) Art Journaling Chat: What Scrap Girls Means to Me Scrap10 Challenge 

Ready for an Anniversary-themed Art Journaling Chat? Join Jody (jode2771) and Marilyn (MariJ) for a chat that’s “All About You.” We’ll talk about Art Journaling and provide a prompt to help you get started. Come join the fun!

  • 12:00 p.m. (ET) Diamond or Rhinestone Scrap10 Challenge 

This crop with Valerie (ValerieT) and Theresa (teecee) will get you laughing out loud while you create a layout with the random “ingredients” you’ll take out of your folders as directed. Luck will determine if each layout turns out to be a Diamond or a Rhinestone. We hope to see you there!

  • 8:00 p.m. (ET) Meet Our Designers Chat 

This is your chance to chat with some of your favorite Scrap Girls Designers: Laura Louie, Ginny Whitcomb, Jennifer Ziegler, and Emily Abramson! Ask them anything you want to know about their designs and creative process or just get to know them!

  • 9:00 p.m. (ET) Build a Birthday Cake 

Help us celebrate Scrap Girls turning 10 by “baking a cake.” You will decide on the ingredients for your cake (flavor, frosting, decorations, etc). Then at the chat, Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Sue (SeeWhatSueSaw) will reveal what each ingredient represents for your layout. It’s sure to be lots of fun. There is a prize involved, but you’ll want to attend to learn more!

  • Forum Game: Light the Candles on our Cake

Help us light all the candles on our beautiful birthday cake! Guess the number of an unlit candle and you could win a prize – it’s as easy as that!

Tuesday, October 21st

  • Scrap10 Challenge: Using Diamonds & Tin hosted by Carla (CRS)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Scrap 10 Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • 8:00 p.m. (ET) FREE Mini-Class – Diamonds & Tin: Working with Styles 

In this Mini Class, Carla (crs) and Melanie (mbc72) will share tips for working with styles, focusing on diamond, tin, metal, and other precious gem styles! There will also gift for all participants from Ginny Whitcomb!

  • Forum Game: Mining for Diamonds 

Join us on a hunt for diamonds and you might just win! We have a game card full of hidden diamonds. Guess the correct coordinates and you win!

Wednesday, October 22nd

  • Scrap10 Challenge/High Noon Crop: Geometric Challenge: Diamonds

The High Noon Crop is designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes by providing a fun new challenge and a one-hour goal. Join April (April Showers) for a Geometric Challenge using diamonds! You’ll be amazed at the “diamond-encrusted” layout you’ll create in just an hour!

Thursday, October 23rd

  • Scrap10 Challenge: Tin Man by Theresa (teecee)

All this week, we’ve been focusing on the traditional gifts for a 10th Anniversary: Diamonds and Tin. Today’s challenge will be based on the famous Tin Man character from The Wizard of Oz, who was looking for a heart. You’ll be challenged to create a layout about finding your heart.   

Friday, October 24th 

  • Scrap10 Challenge: Your Previous Decade by Valerie (ValerieT)

A lot of things can happen in 10 years – both big events and little things. Today, we challenge you to create a layout about the best memories from the last 10 years of your life.

  • Forum Game: Anniversary Boutique Scav-10-ger Hunt

How well do you know your Scrap Girls collections? If we gave you a list of 10 different collections, do you think you could find a specific item within them? Join us on the Forum to give it a try.

Saturday, October 25th

  • Scrap10 Challenge: 1+2+3+4=10 by Theresa (tiza126)

The ancient Greeks thought 10 was a mystical number because of this perfect mathematical formula. Today, we will use this formula to make a perfect layout with 10 elements.

  • 8 p.m. (ET) Meet Our Designers Chat

This is your chance to chat with some of your favorite Scrap Girls Designers: Angie Briggs, Marlene Peacock, and Cheri Thieleke! Ask them anything you want to know about their designs and creative process or just get to know them. The designers also have a special prize planned for attendees.

Find more information on the Scrap 10 Challenge here.

October Monthly Layout Contest: 

This month, Scrap Girls is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we’d love to see your layouts featuring the number 10! Fill the October Monthly Layout Contest Gallery with your works of art featuring the number 10 or a multiple of 10 in some way. Maybe you have photos of someone’s 30th birthday, a 10 year wedding anniversary. You could use the number 10 on your layout, use 10 photos or to totally crazy and use 10 of the same embellishments!

Please post your completed layouts in the October Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31st to be eligible for a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Be sure to add your product credits to the description area or in the EXIF properties. Good Luck! 

October Forum Game: 

This October we are playing the Products Picks game where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!

Each Monday through Saturday in November, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique, navigate to that particular designer’s product pages and choose a favorite product or one you have on your wish list and share it in the Product Pick thread. It is as simple as that! Spend a little time in the boutique, and share with us what you like about each designers’ products!

Prizes:

  • Members who have posted links to 37 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 GCs.
  • Members who have posted links to 16-36 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 GCs.
  • Members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 GCs.

See the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details.

 

 

October 12th Weekly Layout Winner & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner

 Nitrodog by momvetkat

Congratulations! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]

Digital scrapbooking products used:
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Stack Them 
Teal Zeal Collection 
Dynamic Brush Set: Homespun Lace 
Motherly Collection Biggie 
Zoomba Collection Biggie 
Altered Life Collection Biggie

Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?

Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery; if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.

Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

FavoriteTimeofDay-Forum

Newsletter Challenge Winner

Welcome to Noumea by scrapgran
Congratulations! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Project Life Quarterly Winners
1st Quarter: Becster
2nd Quarter MomVetKat
3rd Quarter NannaJo
Upcoming Chats & Challenges

  • Monday, October 13th: Random Challenge by Marilyn (MariJ)
  • Tuesday, September 14th: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Carla (CRS)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, October 15th: High Noon Crop and Challenge 

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week we’ll have a word art challenge. Use some word art on your page. It can be from a collection, a brush set or you can create your own. Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop & Challenge Gallery. We hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, October 16th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Theresa (teecee)

scrap-10-challenge

Scrap Girls is celebrating our10th Anniversary October 17th through November 8th! We’ll have “Scrap 10″ Challenges every day. Join in to win daily prizes or finish 10 Challenges before Nov 7th to be eligible for our HUGE grand prize drawing. Visit our Forum for all the details.

Scrap 10 Challenge: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend 
hosted by Valerie (ValerieT)

Where would we be without our best friends? They support us when things are going wrong, they celebrate the good times with us, and they ask for nothing in return. Today, we challenge you to create a layout honoring your best friend.

Saturday, October 18th: Scrap10 Challenge:Tin Roof Rusted
hosted by Theresa (tiza126)

Tin is a traditional gift for a 10th Anniversary. For today’s challenge, we play with the grungy side of tin –rust! 

October Monthly Layout Contest: 

This month, Scrap Girls is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we’d love to see your layouts featuring the number 10! Fill the October Monthly Layout Contest Gallery with your works of art featuring the number 10 or a multiple of 10 in some way. Maybe you have photos of someone’s 30th birthday, a 10 year wedding anniversary. You could use the number 10 on your layout, use 10 photos or to totally crazy and use 10 of the same embellishments!

Please post your completed layouts in the October Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31st to be eligible for a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Be sure to add your product credits to the description area or in the EXIF properties. Good Luck! 

October Forum Game: 

This October we are playing the Products Picks game where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!

Each Monday through Saturday in November, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique, navigate to that particular designer’s product pages and choose a favorite product or one you have on your wish list and share it in the Product Pick thread.

It is as simple as that! Spend a little time in the boutique, and share with us what you like about each designers’ products!

Prizes:

    • Members who have posted links to 37 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 GCs.
    • Members who have posted links to 16-36 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 GCs.
    • Members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 GCs.

See the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details.

How to Create Color Swatches from Photos PLUS Freebie!

Audience: Beginners
Category:  Digital Scrapbooking
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Photoshop CS6

When I create digital scrapbook pages, I usually let the photos guide my color choices. I’ve found that whether I am choosing from ready-made collections or coloring ScrapSimple products, using color swatches makes the process easier. In this tutorial, I’ll show how you can create your own custom color swatch from a photo.

You will need to make any desired adjustments to your photo before creating the color swatches.

First, clear the current colors in the Swatches panel. If your Swatches panel isn’t visible, open it by choosing Windows > Swatches on the top menu bar. Open the Preset Manager by clicking on the arrow at the top right of the swatch panel and selecting it in the drop-down option menu.

To select all the colors in the preset manager, click on the first color, hold down the Shift key and then click on the last color. A selected color has a blue frame around it. With all the colors selected, click “Delete” to clear all the swatches.

Now we’re ready to pick some colors! You may need to zoom in on your photo for more accurate color picking. Select the Eyedropper tool and click on your photo to select a color. The color will show in the color ring and as the foreground color. If you don’t like the color you get, just click in another place on your photo to get a different one.

Once you have selected a color, hover over your Swatches panel. A paint bucket icon will temporarily show when you hover over an area without a color swatch. Simply click to create a new color swatch. A pop-up will give you the option to name your color.

When you are finished selecting colors and have added them to your color swatches, you can save them as a swatch set. Click on the arrow at the top right of the Swatches panel to open the drop-down option menu. Choose “Save Swatches” for an ACO file or “Save Swatches for Exchange” for an ASE file.

If this process seems labor-intensive, try using  ScrapSimple Tools – Actions: Color Swatch 6301. It’s fast, easy, and includes several different actions.

The Color Pick action will select colors from your photo and create an Adobe Color Table (ACT) file which you can save and load into the Swatches panel. When the action gives the prompt to load the set you just created, you’ll need to change the file type from Swatches (*.ACO) to Color Table (*.ACT) in order to see and select the file.

The other actions in the Color Swatch Action set help you create different types of paint swatches and a color wheel. When using them, you can choose colors from the color swatches panel or from any open file.

For the photo below, I used the color picker action on my photo first. Then I used the “Swatch 1″ action to create the color swatch for my photo.

I have lots of different photos, so I created swatches from a few I planned to use in my layout. Then I chose my favorites from the swatch panel to make a larger color swatch. I have lots more photos of this Disney adventure left to scrapbook, so using this color swatch will give my pages a more cohesive look.

Try creating a custom color swatch from a photo for your next digital scrapbooking project. When you complete your layout, post it in the Blog Challenges category of the Scrap Girls Gallery. We’d love to see your work!

(Click on the images below to be taken to their product page)
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Paper Pack Biggie: Polka Dots
Paper Parasol s Embellishments
Safe Harbor Solid Papers Mini
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Among the Wildflowers
Tutorial written by April Martell
Grab this special Halloween Freebie before it’s too late!

You can find the download links in the What’s New?  section of our Boutique.

October 5th Winners & Forum Schedule

Weekly Layout Contest Winner
Brown County by diannecp
Digital scrapbooking products used:
Buttercup Collection
Value Pack: Week 52 SQ Templates 2 
Congratulations Dianne! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Want a chance to win Scrap Girls’ Weekly Layout Contest?
Simply post your digital or paper layouts that use Scrap Girls products in our online Gallery, and if we choose yours, you’ll win a prize! To be considered, don’t forget to list the Scrap Girls products that you used in your layout.

Want to see past winners of the Weekly Layout Contest? Visit the Weekly Layout Winners Gallery on our Forum!

Are you ready to bring out your brushes? Now it’s your turn to create a background that is perfectly suited to your layout. Take a shot at making your own background paper using brushes – then share what you create with us in the Scrap Girls Gallery!

Newsletter Challenge Winner
Merry Christmas by lindarobin
Congratulations Linda! You may retrieve your gift certificate by emailing [email protected]
Upcoming Chats & Challenges

  • Monday, October 6th: Random Challenge by Marilyn (MariJ)
  • Tuesday, September 7th: Newsletter Challenge hosted by Carla (CRS)

Submit a layout that uses mostly Scrap Girls products to the Newsletter Challenge Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday and you could win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

  • Wednesday, October 8th: High Noon Crop and Challenge 

Join April (April Showers) in the chat room at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the High Noon Crop. This week we’ll have a Color Challenge! Create a layout using the rich warm tones of autumn. If you live in the southern hemisphere, feel free to use soft spring colors instead. Upload your completed page to the special High Noon Crop & Challenge Gallery. We hope to see you in the chat room!

  • Thursday, October 9th: Blog Inspired Challenge by Theresa (teecee)
  • Friday, October 10th: Freebie Challenge by Valerie (ValerieT)
  • Saturday, October 11th: Color Challenge by Theresa (tiza126)

Member of the Month: October 2014
We’re sending a big Scrap Girls Congratulations to Belle (Belle)!  The Team has chosen Belle as the Member of the Month for October! She will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique and has the honor of wearing the Member of the Month blinkie for the second time!

Belle joined Scrap Girls in March 2010.  She has over 21,000 posts on the forum and gallery!! She keeps us laughing with her funnies and status updates. You can find Belle playing games on the forum and completing challenges and swaps. Thank you, Belle, for everything you have done to make Scrap Girls the fun, happy purple place it is. Scrap Girls would not be the place it is today without special members like you!

September Monthly Layout Contest Winner:
Congratulations to Ngaire, the September layout contest winner! Her layout was the wonderful example of our theme, Color. Ngaire will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique for her effort.


Swords by Ngaire
Supplies:
French Market Collection Biggie 
Being With You Collection Biggie 
Slow Scrap September Forum Game Winners:

Two $15.00 Scrap Girls Boutique Gift Certificate winners were drawn from those who posted all 4 layouts in the Slow Scrap Gallery:

  • lorac
  • princessrunningfingers

Three $5.00 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate winners were drawn from those who posted layouts in the Slow Scrap Gallery.:

      • Jane in N.Z
      • scrapgran
      • Stage Manager K8

Congratulations to all the winners! You may collect your gift certificates by emailing [email protected].

 

October Monthly Layout Contest: 

This month, Scrap Girls is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! In honor of this milestone, we’d love to see your layouts featuring the number 10! Fill the October Monthly Layout Contest Gallery with your works of art featuring the number 10 or a multiple of 10 in some way. Maybe you have photos of someone’s 30th birthday, a 10 year wedding anniversary. You could use the number 10 on your layout, use 10 photos or to totally crazy and use 10 of the same embellishments!

Please post your completed layouts in the October Contest Gallery by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31st to be eligible for a $10 gift certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Be sure to add your product credits to the description area or in the EXIF properties. Good Luck! 

 

October Forum Game: 

 

This October we are playing the Products Picks game where we encourage you to stroll through the aisles of the boutique and do a little window shopping!

Each Monday through Saturday in November, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of one or two product designers in the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum. You will then head to the Scrap Girls Boutique, navigate to that particular designer’s product pages and choose a favorite product or one you have on your wish list and share it in the Product Pick thread.

It is as simple as that! Spend a little time in the boutique, and share with us what you like about each designers’ products!

Prizes:

      • Members who have posted links to 37 products (one for each designer) will be entered in a drawing for one of three $10 GCs.
      • Members who have posted links to 16-36 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $5 GCs.
      • Members who have posted links to 10-15 products will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 GCs.

See the Product Picks game thread on the Scrap Girls Forum for complete details

Outstanding Elements

Audience: Beginners
Category: Digital Techniques
Operating System: Windows 7
Software: Photoshop Elements 11

In Elisha Barnett’s ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Map Pointers, which is  part of the ScrapSimple Club for September, there are some cute elements that look like they are standing up on the page.  The way to achieve this “outstanding” look is by creating a special shadow.  Here is one way to do it.

Step 1 - Create Basic Shape of Shadow:

Make a black copy of the object to form the basic shape of the shadow. Holding down Ctrl, click on the icon of the object you want to stand up so that marching ants are going around it.  Select the color black and click on the Paint Bucket Tool.  Create a new layer in your Layers Panel and click inside the marching ants on your page.  This will give you a black copy of the object on a separate layer, the start of your new shadow.

Step 2 - Shrink Shadow:
Move your object below the shadow in the Layers Panel so you can work with the shadow more easily. Select the shadow, click on the Move tool, and then pull the shadow until it is a little less than half the size of your object.

NOTE: I have placed one of Elisha’s map pointers on the page for comparison purposes.

Step 3 - Skew Shadow:
With the shadow layer still selected, hold down Ctrl and place the selection arrow directly on the upper right corner of the selection box. This will bring up a series of Transform options at the bottom. Click on Skew and pull the shadow sideways so that the angle of your shadow is similar to that of the pointer’s shadow. Do not adjust the bottom of the shadow, just the top. Change the opacity of the shadow layer to 70% so it’s a little transparent.

Step 4 - Make Shadow Fade Out:
We will make the shadow fade away to the upper right using a layer mask and the Gradient tool. Select the shadow from the Layers Palette and click on the square with a hole cut-out at the top to add a layer mask. Click on the Gradient tool. From the settings on the bottom, select Mode Normal, Opacity 100%, Reverse, Transparency, Dither, and Linear, the first bluish square. Change the color selected to black.

Click on the layer mask of your object, and then on the page, draw a line from the lower left of the shadow to the upper right. This should make your shadow fade away like the shadow on the map pointer. If it doesn’t look the way you want, repeat drawing the line until the shadow fades away from bottom left to upper right.

NOTE: Be sure to click on the layer mask each time or the whole layer will turn black and white. If that happens, just undo with Ctrl + z.

Step 5 - Blur Shadow:
To add a little blur on the edges, select the shadow (not the layer mask). At the top, click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Play with the pixels of blur until you get the result you like. I set the blur at just 3 pixels, but you could easily add more. If you need to, move the shadow layer so that the bottom of the shadow is in line with the bottom of the object.

You’re done! Doesn’t your object look cool standing up? Why not try this on your next page?! Please post your lovely layouts in the Scrap Girls Gallery so we can all enjoy them!

(Click on the images below to be taken to their product page)
ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Map Pointers
For Spacious Skies Collection
Junk in the Trunk Collection Biggie
Sue MaravelasTutorial written by Sue Maravelas

Creating Hybrid Cards with Digital Brushes

I have an addiction to digital brushes! I love them all, from the grungy ones to the elegant script kind. There are so many different brushes to choose from! And when I don’t have a lot of time to make a card, digital brushes come in handy! Let me show you three different ways to use digital brushes on your next hybrid card project!
Supplies:
Digital Scrapbook Supplies
Digital Brushes
Matte finish photo paper
Heavy card stock
Adhesives
Other Embellishments

My very favorite way to use digital brushes is to create unique backgrounds. Whether I’m creating a layout or a hybrid card, digital brushes can add depth, texture and grunge to any paper. I’m working on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch document for all of the cards in this tutorial. On the Miss You So Much card, I took a background paper from the Heritage Collection Biggie. On a new layer, I added the Brush Set: Handwriting. I changed the blending mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 43%. This gives the brush a soft, light look.

Next, I added two separate layers of grunge using Dynamic Brushes: Background Blenders. By putting the brushes on separate layers, I can use different blending modes and opacities on each layer for even more control over the results.

Now that I have a background I like, I can finish the digital portion of my card. I added a paper strip, embellishments and a sentiment, and saved my file as both a psd and jpeg file.


Tip: When creating hybrid cards, I like to make several at once to have on hand. When I’m ready to print, I open a new letter sized document and the files I want to print. I drag the files over to the letter sized document and arrange them so they don’t overlap. I print them out on matte photo paper and cut them out to attach to a heavy weight cardstock.
Once my design is printed, I added a little dimension to it by adding a ribbon and 3 little brads. Keep in mind that you don’t want too much bulk on the card if you are sending it through the mail!


The second way to use digital brushes on cards are for embellishments! I opened a new document and created a new layer. I knew I wanted some clouds and a sun for this card, so I loaded the Brush Set: Whale of a Time and Layer Your Own Brush Set: Clouds. Stamping each brush on its own layer, I placed the images on the document in the area I want to place them. Just like with the background brushes, I played around with blending modes and opacity until I liked the effect I got.

After adding a background and sentiment, I saved the card. I knew I wanted to print out two of the clouds and the sun separately, so I opened up a letter sized document and dragged the images over to it, as well as the background of the card.

Finally, I cut out the pieces, attached them to the background and then attached the background to a card base. I added a little bit of shimmer to the clouds that looks great in person, but hard to see in a photo.

Tip: When attaching the background to a card base, I hate to see the white edges of the background showing. So before I attach them, I ink the edges of the background with an ink pad or even a marker. It gives the card a finished look. You can do this with embellishments, too!

What if your brush image is an outline instead of a solid image? Then you get to color!! I fell in love with Brush Set: Heart and Soul Paper Dolls. The first thing I did was stamp the brush set pieces, each on its own layer, on a new document.

Then I started to color the doll’s skin. I created a new layer under the body layer and chose a soft edge, round brush. I used 3 different shades to color her face, arms and legs. A soft edge brush helps blend the colors together and give some dimension. Then I used other Photoshop brushes to color in the clothes and shoes, each on a new layer under the respective items. Once that was done, I dragged each item and the coloring layer over to the body and “dressed” her. Finally I printed her out, cut her out and turned to the final use of brushes in this tutorial.

The third way to use digital brushes on hybrid cards is Sentiments! There are tons of great sentiment brushes in the Boutique, but two of my favorite are Brush Set: Pen and Ink Quotes Artists and Brush Set: Say It Birthday. On the card below, I created a background using digital papers and added a sentiment to the oval mat. With a small amount of digital embossing, the sentiment pops a bit.

I printed the card, cut it out and inked the edges before attaching it to a card base.

Finally, I challenged myself to create an entire card using only digital brushes! It was so much fun! I started with a blank document, and added different shapes and colors from the Brush Set: Altered Life Stenciled. I put each new brush on its own layer just in case I wanted to change anything later on.

Then I added speech bubble from Brush Set: Comic Mischief Biggie and a quote from Brush Set: Pen and Ink Quotes Artists. I thought the quote was super cute with the background and the paper doll.

Once I was happy with the brush work, I printed out the background and added the paper doll embellishment to the card using dimensional tape dots.

Now that I’ve showed you how easy it is to use digital brushes in your hybrid card crafting, I challenge you to create a card using digital brushes! I’d love to see what you create! Please share your cards in the Greeting Cards section of the Gallery!

Digital Supplies Used:
Brush Set: Handwriting 8501 
Dynamic Brush Set: Background Blenders 
Brush Set: A Whale of a Time
ScrapSimple Layer Your Own Brushes: Clouds 
Brush Set: Heart and Soul Paper Dolls 
Brush Set: Say It – Birthday 
Brush Set: Pen and Ink Quotes Artists 
Brush Set: Altered Life Stenciled 
Brush Set: Comic Mischief Biggie 
Heritage Collection Biggie 
Big Boys Toys Collection 
Font: Serifina 
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Shadow Me 6301
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Atmosphere 
Artsy Spirit Paper Mini 2 

Tutorial written by Carla Shute

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