Hi everyone! It’s Kate Vickers here today! This week, the Pink Paislee Design Team will be sharing projects that glitter and sparkle. Since it is Cyber Monday I am going to share a hybrid layout with you.
I started out with a picture of my oldest daughter on the carousel in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The photo was pretty busy with a lot of varying colors, so I decided to work with a sepia photo for my layout. A little ‘cyber tip’ for you; if you are planning on printing out your photos in black and white or sepia, edit them to increase the contrast in Photoshop before you send them off to your favorite photo printer (or your home printer). The reason for that is that if you simply convert photos to sepia or black and white, you can lose some depth of field and the photo can appear flat. To do this, go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness/Contrast from the top menu in Photoshop. Increase the Contrast as far as it will go and increase the Brightness to somewhere between 20 and 40 (depending on the photo). Now, you are ready to convert to black and white or sepia, and you will get a much better end result.
I used a combination of the brand new Sunshine and Smiles digital brushes from the Pink Paislee digital store, with Hope Chest and Luxe papers, Artisan trims, Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist in Gold Lamé and Hope Chest embellishments.
I printed out my title and some additional elements onto white vellum using the same green and brown tones that appear in the background paper (more on this below). I also used the leaf brush within the same kit to create the cutting file.
To get the leaves sparkly, I started out with plain kraft paper and cut out my leaves with my Silhouette Cameo. Once they were cut, I stamped half of them with a Christy Tomlinson She Art script stamp and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. On the other set of leaves, I applied Viva Gold (a metallic waxy medium) and then added gold glitter on top.
Creating Printables from Photoshop Brushes
1. Download and unzip your new brushes after purchasing them from the Pink Paislee digital store.
2. Open Photoshop and Click on the Brush Tool from the left tool bar.
3. Click on the down arrow in the top tool bar to open the Brush Preset Picker, and then click on the arrow on the top right. Click on Load Brushes from the drop down menu that appears. Find your .abr file and click on it, then click on Load.
4. Now that your brushes are loaded, open a new file at 8.5 X 11 inches at 300 dpi in CMYK. Note: CMYK is for print documents, RGB is for web documents.
5. To get a ‘close enough’ color match the colors of the physical papers that you are using, take a screen shot (Alt + Print Screen on your keyboard) of the papers from the Pink Paislee Web site, or save the image file (usually, this can be done by right clicking on an image) of the papers that you are using. I was working with the Hope Chest collection, so I visited this page: http://www.pinkpaislee.com/?portfolio=hope-chest-collection, and saved one of the images of the papers. Paste your screen shot into your new Photoshop file (Ctrl + v) or open the image file that you saved in Photoshop. Click on the Eyedropper Tool.
6. Mouse over top of the area where the desired color is and click. The color will appear in the Color Swatches at the bottom of the left toolbar. This won’t give you an exact color match because the physical papers were printed in CMYK and the web images are in RGB, but it will be close enough. Now you’re ready to use the brushes to create some printables.
7. Discard the layer with the screenshot or, turn it off (click on the eye icon next to the layer in the layers panel), and create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + n or Layer – New, from the top menu).
8. Click on the Brush Tool and then click on the Brush Preset Picker (see screenshots in steps 2 and 3 above) and select the brush that you want to use from the list that appears. You can change the size of the brush by changing the pixels on the slider seen in the screen shot below.
9. Stamp your brush onto your new layer by clicking anywhere on the layer window.
10. Once you are finished with your digital stamping / brushing, you can print the file onto vellum, like I did, or onto plain cardstock. Either way, this is an excellent way to create your own custom embellishments to go with traditional scrapbooking papers and embellishments. The great thing about this, is you will never ‘run out’ of these embellishments, and you can change the color and size anytime you like.
Thanks for visiting with me today on Cyber Monday! Don’t forget that you can get an extra 25% off the Pink Paislee Digital Store every Monday by using code CYBERMONDAY. Happy digital shopping!