Designer Angie Briggs started the New Year off for us with her delightful ScrapSimple Club: Capturing Moments — full of amazing products perfect for any type of photo. Although I’m familiar with all of the products in this club, I discovered that by going beyond my usual layering and clipping, I could achieve some fabulous results. If found that the key was to really embrace the cool photo masks Angie had designed. They are perfect for making my photo look more professional and arty.
I love this photo of my cat, Mia, sitting by the window. The picture is cute as-is, however, by playing with the masks in this month’s ScrapSimple Club I was really able to enhance it, without spending hours trying to figure out how to make adjustments in Photoshop.
The trick was to not only clip the photo to a mask, which helped crop out the distracting brown paper, but to then clip another mask on top of the photo and use Blending modes to punch up the texture and add richness to the color. Yes, you read that right, a mask under the photo AND on top of the photo!
Here is a side-by-side comparison:
The effect of layering the mask over the photo can be as bold or as subtle as you like, depending on your Blending modes and opacity. Keep in mind, however, that subtle effects and changes can often give your photos and layouts more impact than you may realize.
What techniques with photo masks do you plan to try while scrapping with this month’s ScrapSimple Club: Capturing Moments? Come and share your layouts with us today in the Scrap Girls Gallery!