DIY Advent Banner Tutorial

September 11th, 2014

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Amy from Ameroonie Designs here today! It’s getting to be the time of year for counting down. I’m going to share with you a double duty advent garland.  It’s both a chance to count down to the upcoming holiday, and a lovely decoration as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Fancy Christmas Apron Tutorial – Lost & Found Christmas

September 10th, 2014

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Fancy Christmas Apron

by Diane and Audrey of The Cloth Parcel - Check out their blog for quilt and craft ideas, quilting and sewing techniques and tutorials, and previews of upcoming products!

When we think of Christmas, one of the first things that comes to mind is holiday baking.  We are always taking pictures of fun holiday traditions, so why not look fabulous in a cute holiday apron while you’re at it?  This apron is generously sized with an added pocket to be functional as well as beautiful.  The waist ties can be tied in back, or wrapped around the back and tied in front.  We know you’ll love this apron as much as we do!

Supplies Needed (from Lost & Found Christmas from Riley Blake Designs):

-1 3/4 yd. Black Damask

-1/2 yd. Green Trees

-1/2 yd. Red Snowflakes

-1/3 yd. Black Snowflakes

-Various scraps for apron pocket

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Blending and Shadowing for Soft Effects

September 6th, 2014

Aloha! Natacha here, surfing around … This is my first post in the tutorial area for Jen Allyson Digital Designs, and I’m happy to share some little tips for you to enjoy. I love blending papers and adding subtle shadows – and these techniques work really well with the soft color palettes in some of Jen’s kits. Below is a layout that shows examples of these techniques (kit credits are listed under the layout, in case you want to grab anything):

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Credits: all by Jen Allyson Digital Design

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Vanity-Fair-Aubergine-Stamps
Vintage-Findings-Blue-and-Gray-Papers

 

Here is a great way to blend two papers. Start by choosing two papers with a similar color palette and intensity or depth of color. Insert a transparent layer between them and then follow these steps –

  1. Select the first paper layer and click Control+G to associate the transparent layer. You’ll know when this is done correctly when the second layer indents or shifts to the right in the layers palette.
  2. Select the second layer (transparent) and then select the Gradient Tool from your toolbox.
  3. Select white and transparent gradient.
  4. Click at the top of your layer and drag a line straight down to the bottom.

That’s it!  You now have the blended papers, going top to bottom on your layout. The gradient tool serves as a way to (essentially) hide part of one paper and reveal pieces of another. For something a little different, you can also go side to side with the blending, or even diagonally.

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And now, quick and easy shadowing

  1. First, choose one of your favorite stamps (particularly love Jen’s Vanity Fair collections …).
  2. Insert a white paper as the layer immediately above your stamp layer.
  3. Click Control+G to associate white paper and stamp layer. Once again, the associated layer should shift to the right.
  4. Select the stamp layer and apply a shadow effect by clicking on the small “fx” button on the far right of the layer information.
  5. Choose small size for the shadow (only a few pixels) and change the color of your shadow. When you click on the color box, a pop-up window with the color options will appear.
  6. Select a color that will give you some transparency, like a light grey or brown.

Once again, that’s all there is to it. Adding shadows to brushes and stamps can give you a whole new way of using these items in your stash – and make your digital dollar go further.

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Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

BlogID-Natacha