Digital Scrapbook Supplies
Matte finish photo paper
Heavy card stock
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.
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.
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.
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
ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Shadow Me 6301
ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Atmosphere
Artsy Spirit Paper Mini 2