Monday morning and I’m ready to share my three latest products … and there’s a freebie involved. First up is some texture overlays: Roughed Up and Veins 2. As are all my products, my newest ones are on sale for 40% off until the end of the month.
The first one — Roughed Up — is a set of 6 overlays that I created from scans of some of my textile work. The actual textiles didn’t come out as planned (as in ugly), but I decided to try a trick that Karen (Snickerdoodle Designs) suggested to me once before (another experiment that failed) — see how they look grayscale. My failure made for some killer overlays … a little grungy with a great fabric texture.
My other overlays are a second look at creating veins. As soon as I made my first set, I wanted to try making some with a bit more variation in the veins. This experiment worked and I now have a Veins 2. Same idea as Veins 1 … use these overlays to create the look of a veined stone or just experiment to get that different look in your papers.
And now to the brushes, which I called Punchinella 1. If you’re not familiar with punchinella, you might know it by another name: scrim or sequin waste. Whatever you call it, it’s a staple of mixed-media artists. We use it as a stencil, we add it into our paint, we cut it into pieces … then I suddenly thought of another way to use punchinella: turn it into brushes.
Now you can have some virtual punchinella to do all kinds of things with … and that, my friends, is the basis for my freebie. I wanted to show you two ways you can use these brushes up close and personal. The first way is to simply make some punchinella elements by adding a style to them. For my elements, I created a kind of rainbow colored background pattern then added a slight bevel to it.
I also used the brushes to create the paper I used for the background in the preview. This time I used a mask on the brushes to make it fade into the paper. I then added a slight bevel and a small drop shadow. To give the paper some texture, I used one of my Roughed Up overlays.
To download these, just click on the preview … then let me know what you think of them.
Almost forgot to post this …
In addition to the designer mix I told you about yesterday, I also released another pack of flowers. This time, the flowers are from my garden and are called Spring Mix because to me, spring is all about flowers. I stalk them … when I see a bud on one of my plants, I start watching it … almost hourly with some of them … and, with my trusty camera kept close by, I’m SO ready to snap a picture of them when they finally decide to bloom.
Lucky for you, I have even more flower photos that I have yet to extract …
This pack is normally $4.50, but like the rest of my store, they’re 40% off until the end of the month. Just clicky, clicky (sorry … tired of saying “click”) on the preview if you want to purchase them.
Be sure to check back to see what I have in store for next week … I’ve really got the creative mojo going …
I’ve got some more releases, but I’m only going to tell you about one today. It’s another designer mix and it’s another vintage one (as in Designer Mix – Vintage 2). Again, more things I have around the house with a ribbon rose thrown in for good measure. I do need to let you know that the 3 picture frame is small … it really does compare in size to the fork … that’s why I put the fork where I did in the preview. That particular frame (in real life) contains pictures of my husband and his two sisters when they were wee babes and sits on the top of my husband’s roll top desk along with his brass plated baby shoes (yes … in the olden days that was a real popular thing to do to baby shoes).
Once again I’ve added some more letters from my uncle along with some of the mystery photos. The fork is part of a set I inherited from my grandmother (that’s a “G” for Greenfield on it). Funny story, she had a 12 piece place setting … unfortunately, I have a sister who I had to divide it with so I only have a 6 piece setting … but that means I’m good for a couple of more Vintage mixes.
Full price for this mix is $4.50, but, like the rest of my store, it’s 40% off until the end of the month. AND … if you’ve not read any of my earlier posts … just click on the preview to get to the product’s page in my store at theStudio.
The full price for these is $4.00 each. Lucky for you, like my other releases, these are on sale for 40% until the end of the month. PLUS, I’ve made it real easy for you to buy them … just click on the previews above.
I just release 5 new products in my CU Store at theStudio, so get ready for some more show and tell. Today I’m going to show you 3 of them, all of which are flowers … perfect for that customer of yours that is a cluster fanatic.
The first one I’m going to show you are the real flowers. They are from photos I took while visiting my kids Nana. Her garden is absolutely amazing and I love wandering around in it taking pictures. Their yard is so beautiful and well maintained it was awarded the Garden of the Month this past January (see below). Notice things are already starting to bloom and it’s early January!!!
This package of flowers is called Nana’s Garden (I figured Dad wouldn’t mind even though he does help a lot in the yard). This is a package of 5 camellias and 2 leafy branches. I’m hoping to capture a full year of her garden, so this is actually Nana’s Garden 1.
The next 2 products are my pretend Flowers both of which are based on one of my favorite flowers, the cottage rose. The first pack contains 5 roses made from ribbon, thus the name Ribbon Roses.
This next pack contains 5 paper roses that I made while playing around with my Silhouette Cameo. Although I have the designer edition of Silhouette Studio, I actually started off in Illustrator and traced the initial flower. But this isn’t a tutorial, it’s suppose to be me showing off (but I do plan on doing some tutorials in the future). Naturally, I did a lot of additional work on these, but I can’t tell you how WONDERFUL it is to not have to cut/punch out all the layers by hand. My Cameo does all the hard work and I get the fun stuff. Anyway, this pack I actually called Cottage Roses.
So, that’s it for today. All packs are on sale for 40% off through the end of the month … just click on the preview to get to their page at my CU Store at theStudio. Full price for Nana’s Garden is $4.50 and the other packs are $4.00 each.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the unveiling of the 2 other items I released … or just head over to my store and check them out ahead of time.
Now that I’ve gone through my original 10 products, I wanted to show how I used a couple of my products — Transparent Overlays – Batiks 1 & Brushes – Watercolor Splashes 1 — to create some Batik Papers.
For the papers in the sampler, I used the distressed overlays. I created a new document in Photoshop (12-in x 12-in @ 300 dpi). I then placed one of the overlays on the layer above the background making sure it’s centered on the page. Using my watercolor brushes, I started stamping away on the Background layer.
I realize I could have created the background without loading in the overlay, but I did it this way so I could see how the background played against the overlay. It’s funny just how much different things look when you have a pattern over the top of the background you’re working on. Once I got something I close to what I liked, I used a little Gaussian Blur to soften it (you don’t have to do this if your already happy with what you have).
You can leave the overlay black, but I really was looking to make something that looked like batik fabric so I started playing around with coloring the overlay. There are a lot of ways to do this, but my favorite way (because I’m lazy) is by creating a layer above the overlay layer and clip it to the overlay. My reasoning for doing things this way is because I can play with color/blend modes without have to use the extra “clicks” to bring up the effects dialog. All I have to do to change the color is pick a new one and use the paint bucket to dump it onto that layer. I can then use keyboard shortcuts (CMD + or CMD – for the Mac; Shift + or Shift – for the PC) to change the blend modes and I still haven’t had to open the “effects” dialog.
Once I got the combination I liked, I added a textured overlay (a fabric for these) and, using my keyboard shortcuts, played around with the blend modes and transparency. All that is left is to save this out as a jpg and you have your batik paper.
Questions (maybe I can get someone to take now)??? If not, enjoy and don’t forget to download your freebie. Just click on the preview to download it.
The last 2 products, out of my original 10, are overlays. The first one is a set of 6 grayscale overlays that I called Veins. These crazy things are the result of trying to find a way to imitate veined stones. They may not be perfect, but they definitely stand out … plus they’re not like anything you’ve every seen before.
The second product is a set of transparent overlays called Batiks. There are 3 unique overlays, one set of 3 is solid and the second set is distressed. If you love the look of batik fabric, these are the overlays for you. I even included the sample you see in the preview. These look really cool used over my watercolor paper or even the sunprints (or, if you must, topping other types of abstract backgrounds). Add a matching color clipped to the overlay and you’re good to go.
Both of these product are typically $4.00 each, but like the rest of my store, they’re 40% off until the end of the month (do I really need to tell you what that works out to be???). Just click on the previews and you will be whisked away to the store page for that product.
So, what do you think??? It’s still so quiet. No problem … I can always talk to myself (although folks are starting to give me strange looks).
Don’t forget to stop back … If all goes to plan, my store should be increasing in size Wednesday and you can count on me showing off again.
When I first thought about doing digi scrap design work (as in creating kits), the toughest thing for me was creating patterned papers … in particular, papers with more than one or two colors. To help get me beyond that mental road block, I started creating layered Photoshop files with the thought that I could try out multiple color combinations using a pattern that I had broken down into several layers. It worked for me and, when I decided instead to focus on Commercial Use products, I wanted to share my little crutch. The next two products are the result of my little experiment in creating paper templates.
The first one is a set of 4 retro templates. They’re actually my take on a more modern version of art deco, but still retain enough of the vintage art deco vibe depending on the color palette you use.
The second set of templates made me think of wallpaper, as in my grandmother’s wallpaper. These are definitely vintage patterns, but again, the color palette can completely change the feel of these.
Now one thing I decided to also do (which I’ve not seen before and wish I had) was include two textured overlays with each set of templates. This doesn’t mean you can’t use more or different overlays, but I did make sure I included ones that fit them “theme” of the templates (or at least the vision I had in my head).
While these products are perfect for the newer designer, I think they would be a great addition for any designer regardless of experience. You only have so much time and energy to create resources for your kits. These products give you some patterns that you can customize to match your kit. In addition, you’ll not only add to your texture stash, you can use many of the layers within the patterns on their own. I’d like to think the possibilities are endless, but I’m sure my scientific daughter (who was horrible in math in high school … boy has that changed) would beg to differ with me since the possible combinations do have a finite … sorry … too much information … and that’s what happens when I spend a weekend with her (love you sweetie … but I’m retired now and don’t want to think scientific).
Both products are typically $5.00 each, but I currently have them on sale at 40% off until the end of May ($3.00 each for those of you who still don’t do math or, like me, have retired from doing math). Clicking on the previews will take you to the page these products are located in my Studio store.
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While I’m primarily a mixed-media artist, my first love will always be watercolors. I can’t begin to tell you how many years I’ve spent trying to replicate the look of watercolors on the computer (ArtRage comes REAL close but still not good enough … at least so far). It was only natural that I begin spreading the word of my watercolor fanaticism with a couple of CU products: Watercolor Papers and Brushes. The first one is a papers pack with scans of my “real” papers. As you can tell by the colors, I was in full mode celebration of an early spring in my area. Again, the detail that my scanner picked up was amazing (did I mention I love my scanner???).
The second product came from my search to replicate watercolors on the computer. I can’t begin to tell you how many brushes of bought (and freebies I’ve downloaded). While I’ve been able to find a handful of ones that were both a high resolution AND of good quality, I still wasn’t happy. So, a couple of years ago I started making my own; however, I could never make you pay for these old brushes. Add to that all I’ve learned about the level of quality needed for creating products for digital scrapping, I just knew those old brushes would never have passed QC (which is EVEN higher than what I’m happy with). SO, without further ramblings, I present the first in a series of new watercolor brushes I’ve started making.
These were made from individual brush strokes, scanned in and painstakingly extracted (as in extracting these “strokes” was not easy). I used the same standards that one must follow for extracted elements for these brushes. I made sure there weren’t any missing pixels … I kept only the “stray” pixels as were necessary to preserve the realism of the stroke and I removed all the others (did I mention these took me a long time to extract???). Not being one to brag … oh, never mind, I am bragging … these brushes are amazing. Add to that, my super scanner was even able to capture the detail of the watercolor paper I painted these strokes on and that’s actually the reason why it took me so long to extract them. I only wanted the paper to show up within the area of the stroke which it didn’t do willingly. Now, I realize that not everyone has Photoshop, so I also included the full size png files for these brushes (actually, sometimes I just use the pngs instead of the brushes, so why not make them part of the package?).
The price for both the papers and the brushes is $4.00. But wait! Buy these before the end of May and you get 40% off (translated, they’re only going to set you back $2.40 until the end of May). SO, before I end this late night commercial, click on the previews and you will be magically transported to the product pages … just trying to make your shopping experience easier.
Again, I’d love to hear what you think of these and if you have any ideas for future products.
These next two products are Designer Mixes. One has a travel theme and the other a vintage theme. I’m sure many of you recognize several of the items in the travel mix as ones I used in my Southwestern Venture kit. I can’t tell you how many people commented and asked me about making them available since there aren’t a lot of these sorts of elements around.
The second mix is made up of a bunch of things I have around my house (did I mention I’m old???). No one in the family seems to know who the people are in the photographs, but I can tell you that the letters (and radiogram) are letters my uncle wrote to my mom during World War II while he was in the Navy. He was a radio operator stationed in Hawaii and Midway Island, so whenever he experienced a shortage of paper, he used the paper meant for radiograms. You’ll be seeing some more items like these in future mixes, but here’s the preview of my first one.
Both of these products are typically $4.50 but, until the end of the month, they’re 40% off (once again, for those who hate math, that’s $2.70). Like I mentioned previously, although they are labeled commercial use, they are also O.K. (actually, make that great) for personal use, S4H & S4O. What I didn’t mention before was that clicking on the previews will take you to the page in the store where you can purchase them.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of these. Plus, if they give you any ideas for other mixes you might like to see, please leave a comment.