DD: July 20


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Post expires at 10:00am on Wednesday July 26th, 2017

DD: July 19


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Post expires at 10:00am on Tuesday July 25th, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday (Photoshop Elements)

A Little Bit Sketchy

Today I’m going to show you how to go from THIS…

to THIS!

And it’s only going to take you about 10 minutes to create your own sketchy image. Really! (Glee, did you figure it out? Of COURSE I planned a tutorial when I created my Designer Spotlight challenge layout!)

First things first. Open up a new blank 12×12 canvas on your workspace. You can always resize it later, but having a big canvas to work on makes it a lot easier to get it right.

Drag and drop a soft white paper onto your canvas. You have lots of choices in your GingerScraps stash so pick one you like that will work with your photo.

Now drag and drop your photo onto the paper. Enlarge it to fill the workspace with the section you want to work on… or leave it… it doesn’t matter which you do. I wanted a square image when I was done, so I resized. Then Duplicate that photo layer. (WSNH: CTRL/CMD>J)

Then turn the TOP LAYER‘s visibility off.

We’re going to play with the Filters that come with the software. Remember to select the bottom photo layer to work on for this step, then Filter>Stylize>Find Edges.

Now you’ve got a neat pencil sketch right there. You could be happy with that, but with a couple of other tweaks you can have something much more unique.

To make the white areas disappear decrease the saturation of the layer down to -100. There are two ways to get there: Enhance>Adjust Color>Hue/Saturation is one and the WSNH way – CTRL/CMD>U is the other. The menu should look like this when you’re done.

Now we have to make the sketch vanish. Hold down the ALT key and click on the Layer Mask symbol at the top of the Layers panel. In case this is your first attempt at one of my tuts, it’s the one that looks like a piece of paper with a blue circle on it, the middle of five symbols grouped together.

Now for the magic! Go to your Brush tool (hit the B key) and find a nice watercolour brush. There are some in the default brush set Natural Brushes 2 that came with your software, or you can download some free ones via a quick Google search. I used some that I found at Brusheezy. Either way, you want to decrease the Opacity of the brush to give you more control over how your sketch comes together.

Make sure you’re working on the layer mask and NOT on your image. Start painting back your sketch with your watercolour brush, either by clicking on the mask with a full-sized brush several times or by clicking and dragging the mouse over the area you want to make visible. You want to keep the edges of your sketch soft and indistinct so it all seems to blend into the background.

You can change brushes and adjust the size and angle of the brush to vary their effects.

If you’ve never changed the angle of a brush, this will show you how. Click on the Brush Settings… bar and either move the tip of the arrow around or type a number into that box highlighted blue in the screenshot.

Keep moving your brush(es) around until your sketch looks well-defined in the area you want to highlight in your finished image and softer towards the edges.

To bring some colour into your sketch, just follow the same process with your top-most photo layer. Turn the visibility back on so you can actually do stuff to the photo layer. Hold down the ALT key, click on the Layer Mask symbol and make your photo disappear.

Using the same watercolour brush or a different one, your choice, decrease the opacity a bit more and start painting the colour in.

Work carefully from your focal point out. You can have areas where the photo is 100% visible and other areas where the sketchy aspect is more visible. All up to you!

If you feel like you’ve made the photo TOO clear, you can change the foreground colour of your brush from white to black and soften it up again.

That could have been where I stopped. You could stop there and have a simply stunning photo effect that will make people so impressed with your skills. I wanted to see what I would have if I duplicated just the sketch layer. To do that, I used my WSNH keyboard shortcut (CTRL/CMD>J) then right-clicked on the new sketch layer to disable the layer mask. A second right-click let me delete the layer mask and left me with just the sketch. With it sandwiched in between the original sketch and the photo, it looked like the screenshot below. I played with the Opacity of that layer, which is what I used for my layout.

Rather than make you look for it, here it is.

I can’t wait to see what you do with this one!! This technique is perfect for those scenic shots we all have in our collection. Have fun!!

DD: July 18


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Post expires at 10:00am on Monday July 24th, 2017

DD: July 17


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Post expires at 10:00am on Sunday July 23rd, 2017

Have y’all met our featured designer for July yet? She’s the incomparable CathyK!  If you’re collecting her Daily Download Back to Nature you’re not going to be disappointed. I can’t wait to get busy with it.

I asked Cathy to tell us a little about herself.

1…How long have you been designing?

I opened my first digi shop in 2008, so about 9 years.

2…What is your design process?

My design process varies a little, depending on how I get started. Sometimes, the color palette comes first, then I pick a theme that goes with it. Sometimes, I have a theme in mind, then work up a color palette to go with the theme. Once I have a color and theme, I always do papers first, then elements, then alphas and any other add-ons.

3…What do you use to create your designs? (software, hardware, etc)

I use Photoshop CS4 for the majority of my design work and Inkscape for any illustrations I need to do.

4…Describe your design workspace.

I have a computer desk with a large display in our family room. I’ve tried working on a laptop, but the tiny screen size just doesn’t work for me.

5…What motivates and inspires you as a designer?

I like seeing an idea come to fruition and then seeing how scrappers use that kit to scrap their precious memories. I get inspiration and ideas from color, everyday life, my sons’ activities and interests, magazines, Pinterest, textures, a song, a good quote. Really, anything can be the inspiration for a product!

6…What kit currently available in your GingerScraps store is your favourite? Why?

Oh gosh, it’s usually the latest kit I’ve created! My favorite now is Back to Nature (this month’s Daily Download), because I LOVE the colors! But, since it’s not technically in my store yet, I’d say my Are We There Yet Buffet collection. I especially love how the enamel pins turned out. [I can’t wait to see it. The Buffet is the BEST!]

7…Do you craft outside the digital world?

Not as much as I used to. Sometimes I do still make things to use in my kits.

8…What is the last book you read?

I can’t remember when I last sat down to read an entire book! Mostly I’m reading online articles and magazines.

9…Tea or coffee?

Coffee, for sure. I’ve been making cold brew coffee lately and using it to make iced coffee with Chocolate Stevia.

10…Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Starbucks Coffee Frappucino. The sugar content (even in the light version) makes it just an occasional treat. 

11…If time travel were possible, where would you go and why?

I’d love to go back and talk to my grandparents and great-grandparents when they were younger and meet my parents as kids. 

12…What’s your favourite thing about GingerScraps?

My favorite thing about GingerScraps is the friendly, helpful people that make up this wonderful community and the amazing designers and site staff that I work with!

I can’t argue with that! GingerScraps is a true community, in all the best senses of the word. Thank you Cathy, for letting us have a peek into your life.


DD: July 16


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Post expires at 10:00am on Saturday July 22nd, 2017

DD: July 15


Remember, the download is kept up for 5 days, and then it is taken down. If you miss pieces, the kit will be available for purchase on the first day of the following month.

Post expires at 10:00am on Friday July 21st, 2017

July Bake Sale!! On NOW!!!

Trust me, you don’t want to miss this month’s Bake Sale. It’s gotta be the best sale in all of Digiland. Just look at the possibilities!

Our amazing designers and guest designers have chosen a terrific collection of kits on sale from now until the 20th at the cost of only a BUCK! (Did you notice this month’s Featured Designer CathyK has 3 kits in the catalog?) I see at least three kits I MUST have… Time to go shopping!

Fresh Baked: JUly 14, 2017

Woo hoo! It’s Friday! I hope the second week of July is treating you well. Hopefully it’s not too hot in your neck of the woods. If so, make sure you are staying hydrated! Use it as an excuse to stay inside with the air conditioner and just sit and scrapbook! The designers have some great kits and templates to help entice you into that frame of mind!

Remember when you spend $10 in the store, you get a great new collab!







Bundle: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pure-Happiness-Bundle-By-Neia-Scraps.html
Kit: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pure-Happiness-kit-By-Neia-Scraps.html
Cards: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pure-Happiness-Cards-By-Neia-Scraps.html
Scatters: http://store.gingerscraps.net/Pure-Happiness-Scatters-By-Neia-Scraps.html






Grab Bag: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-2017-Grab-Bag-Vitamin-Sea.html
Word Art Pack: https://store.gingerscraps.net/Vitamin-Sea-WordArt-Pack.html




Bundle: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-Bundle.html
Kit: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-Kit.html
Titles: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-Titles.html
Cards: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-Cards.html
Flairs: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-Flairs.html
Basics: https://store.gingerscraps.net/July-Basics.html








Remember, if you complete 10 challenges, just ten, you get a free kit as well!!


I’m not going to let anything rain on my chances to get some sunshine with this!