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Using My New Patterns Product

I thought I’d take some time to show you some different ways to use my new patterns products. We’ve all used overlays, but I thought I’d show you some of the ways I use them and maybe show you something new or maybe you can share some ideas with me. I’ve also included the papers as a freebie for you.

To start, this is the first paper I made …


I created this using overlay 4 from my Patterns 1 – Grungy Edges product and I built it this way. Layer 1 is cardboard overlay 5 from my Texture Overlays – Cardboard 3 product. I used a Color Overlay Style (light pink with the Color blend mode). I added grungy edges overlay 4 and set it to an Overlay Blend mode. The final layer was a pink block of color that I set to an Overlay Blend mode (click on the screenshot below to see a larger size).

jilbert_patterns1_examples_freebies_paper 1

Here’s the second paper …


I used overlay 3 from my Patterns 1 – Distressed product. Layer 1 is overlay 3 from my Textured Overlays – Roughed Up 2 and did a Color overlay, light peach, with a blend mode of Hard Light. The second layer was distressed overlay 1 with a blend model of Luminosity. The final layer is a solid color that I clipped to the distressed overlay (click on the screenshot below to see a larger size).

jilbert_patterns1_examples_freebies_paper 2

Next is paper 3 …


The first layer is a solid color. The second layer is overlay 1 from Patterns 1 – Transparent Overlays. The third layer is a light pink gradient that has been clipped to the overlay. To get some paper texture, the final layer is overlay 3 from my Texture Overlays – Rice Paper 1 product with a blend mode of Multiply.

jilbert_patterns1_examples_freebies_paper 3Here’s paper 4 …


I used overlay 2 from Patterns 1 – Grungy. I added a solid color above it set to an Overlay blend mode. Layer 3 is overlay 3 from my Transparent Overlays – Messy Paint 4 product. The final layer is another solid color, just slightly darker than Layer 2, clipped to the Messy Paint overlay.

jilbert_patterns1_examples_freebies_paper 4

SO … probably nothing real different from what you already do to create papers, but now for some fun. Here’s paper 5 …


Because the same pattern has been used between products, you can combine the overlays to create some fun patterns. For this one, I started with grungy overlay 4. The next layer is a solid color that I set to Soft Light blend mode. The third layer is the grungy edges overlay 4 with a Soft Light blend mode. The next layer is another color (light pink) that I’ve clipped to the to the layer below and set the blend mode to Linear burn. Yep … I realize I clipped something to a so-called solid layer, but it made a difference; mainly it only applied the color to the layer below it and didn’t interact with the first layer. The next layer is distressed overlay 4 (remember … they’re all the same pattern) that I’ve set to an Overlay blend mode. The final layer is a gradient that I’ve clipped to the distressed overlay.

jilbert_patterns1_examples_freebies_paper 5

Last but not least, paper 6 …


The first layer is grungy edges 2 overlay. The next layer is a solid color set to a Lighten blend mode. The next layer is transparent overlays 2 that I inverted (made white). Layer 4 is the same color as layer 2, but I’ve clipped it to the transparent overlay. I used distressed overlay 2 for the next layer and adjusted the Opacity 45%. I then added another layer color (a darker color) and clipped it to the distressed overlay. The final overlay is another one of my Rice Paper overlays where I set the opacity to 60% and the blend mode to Linear Burn.

jilbert_patterns1_examples_freebies_paper 6

And that’s it. Now, I realize I could use a layer style to set colors rather than create a separate layer that is clipped to the layer below and sometimes I do that. However, I can get a better feel for the color(s) I’m working with when I do the colors as a separate layer. Comments??? More ideas??? Please share them in the comments below.

Now for the freebie … it’s not only the papers I used for this tutorial, the color palette is the one used for theStudio’s Winter Wedding Coordinated Collection (see yesterday’s post for more information). Just click on the preview below to download the papers.





  1. WOW! These papers are so beautiful. Thanks very much.

  2. Heartfelt thanks.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful papers!

  4. Awesome!! Thanks so much for the tutorial and the wonderful papers you created from the tut!!!

  5. A well written tutorial and the papers are a bonus :), thank you

  6. Thank you, Jill !
    Always love your freebies. 🙂

  7. Yep, lots of layers gives the paper a lot of “character” and interesting dimension!

  8. Thanks for the great freebie! You have been listed on a website featuring hand-picked designer digi freebies (with a link to your page for downloading).

  9. Many thanks for these…they are beautiful!

  10. Love It!! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Thank you for the beautiful papers!!

  12. Thank you for the lovely papers, and for the tutorial. Have wanted to learn this (and many others) technique now I can try to do it.

  13. How very pretty! Thank you!


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