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PostHeaderIcon Tutorial: Realistic paint splashes on your scrapbook pages

Hey there scrapping fans, I have a quick tutorial for you today!

I released this Who Village Stitches and Splats this week, and I thought you might like to know how to use them on your page effectively!

So first, we open a new layout and plop a paper and a splat on it:

Now, some people’s natural tendency is “ok, I have it on my page, now I apply drop shadows to EVERYTHING!”

Well now that just doesn’t look right, does it??? If you think about it, does ink or paint on a page actually throw a shadow in real life? Nope. Well, unless you use the amount of paint on your page that my 4 year old would, but I don’t usually let him scrapbook ;)

So, you ask, what next then?? Well next, you double click the splat layer in your layers palette and bring up a Layer Style menu that looks like this:

It defaults to the first page, the Blending menu. See that tiny little triangle button that my red arrow is pointing to? That’s the key to making your paint look real on your page! Click your mouse and hold while dragging the triangle button to the right, like this:

Notice how the splat suddenly has some “holes” where the paper underneath is starting to show through? Well, it is not quite looking right yet, but we’re getting there. Here’s the tricky part; now you hold down the ALT key while clicking and dragging the LEFT HALF of the triangle back to the right, like this:

See how the halves of the triangle button separated into two? And notice our splat – the texture of the paper now shows through our splat, looking MUCH more like real paint or ink! Neat trick hey? I discovered this trick from SuzyQ Scraps, where she describes on this Daily Digi post how to use this technique for text, so that your journaling doesn’t “float” on your page. Try it next time you use anything like text or paint that shouldn’t “float” or cast shadows, you will love the effect!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, leave me a comment if you learned something, or if there is another subject you’d like a tutorial about!


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PostHeaderIcon October Technique Challenge is up, FREEBIE included!

I did the technique challenge over at Gingerscraps again this month, and this time I did a tutorial on creating a journaling path. Check it out HERE over in the Gingerscraps forums, and make sure you read all the way to the bottom to get this freebie!!!

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PostHeaderIcon My favorite Tutorials!

I find tutorials on how to do different things all over the web, and frankly, I have trouble finding them twice in a row, especially when I want to point them out to other people! So this post will be updated frequently with all my favorite tutorials. It will help organize me!

Digital Scrapbooking
Torn Paper

Curled Paper Edges

Hand Cut Paper Effect

Warhol-Inspired Photos
Color Replacement in a Photo
Preparing a Layout for Posting Online
Pencil Sketch
Photo Editing
Photo – Easy Sharpening and Skin Smoothing
Changing a Horizontal Element to a Circle
Graphic Art Photo
Glamour Photo
Better Black and White Photos
Mosaic Layout (TaylorMade Designs)
Bright Eyes
Cast Shadows Tutorial (My favorite tutorial!)
Extraction and Custom Drop Shadows
Creating Custom Drop Shadows
Drop Shadows by Megan Turnridge
Makeshift Floor Shadowing by Miss Behaving
Text on a Path
Text Paths inside a Shape
Text Paths inside Text
Chipboard letters
Adding a border to photos
Loading files into Layers
Recoloring elements by SuzyQ Scraps
Recoloring elements by Misty Cato
Realistic Text on a paper (making your writing blend in)
Stamped Text Effect
Extractions for Dummies: Part II by Miss Behaving
How to Extract with Wendy Page

Pen Tool

Layer Masks
Top 10 Photoshop Tutorial Websites
53 Tips for Better Photoshopping
Photoshop Essentials
Text Tricks and Tips
60 Photoshop Actions for Photo Touch-ups and Enhancements
45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions

30 Useful Illustrator Tutorials
Illustrator Tutorials
How to make a Tapered Line Brush

Digital Designing
Acrylic Elements
Glass Elements
Glass Buttons
Glass Orb
Postage Stamp Frames
Paper folds and Creases
Worn Paper
Rusty Metal
Metal Shapes
Creating Patterned Papers
Eliminating Jaggies
Creating a Scalloped Frame
How to Make a Hot Air Balloon
Copper Rivet
Folding a Ribbon
3D Letters
Coloring Doodles by Ellie Lash
Creating a Scribble Alpha
Plastic Text
Recoloring by Chelle’s Creations

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My name is Charmaine. I'm a working mom of 3 amazing kids and wife to stay at home dad and web designer, Stephen. I started this blog to document funny stories about my life as a parent, and to share my love of capturing it all on film and scrapbooking it! I began designing early in 2009 and truly love the creative energy that it provides for me. I hope you enjoy my designs!
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