I recently borrowed a brilliant book from my local library all about Digital Art. It is called 'Digital Expressions" and is by the brilliant Susan Tuttle at Ilka's Attic. Unlike so many other books I have borrowed and bought over the years, Susan has written her tutorials in a clear and easy to follow way. She even supplies a CD with digital design elements to use in her tutorials until you are confident to play with your own images. I just had to jump into PhotoShop and have a go at creating my own Digi Art pieces.
Here are two pieces that I worked on today. The first one is using images supplied on Susan's CD (or recommended by her at websites) and the second piece is using my own photos. I must say for my first attempt at this type of creative endeavour I am pretty pleased with the results.
Looks like I might have to go and purchase this book after all ....lol
The images in this piece are a photo of a tree I took on a roadtrip last year, a photo of an angel from the town cemetery (you'd be surprised at the beautiful images I find in cemeteries) and a iStock image of a tiger. I added a couple of standard PSe texture files as well.
Hope you like it,
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Jen at Word Art World has put together a spooky Halloween kit to be released in her Gotta Pixel store on the 3rd October. As I don't celebrate Halloween here in Australia (though the retail stores are really trying to promote it!) I initially thought I wouldn't be able to use the kit .... but then I remembered these great photos of my friends and I at the Brisbane Zombie Walk last year. They suited Jen's kit wonderfully. Hope you like them.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Here is yet another card I made using some great digi products from Jen's Word Art World shop. This is from her 'Back to School" collection, available now at her Gotta Pixel shop. Every thing here is digi - even the papers. I printed the little pencil out separately and glued it on using sticky dots, to add depth. I then used glitter glue on the 'thanks' to add some sparkle.
One more to share with you ...
Here is a gorgeous card using elements from Jen's Doggone Cute pack. Isn't that puppy just beautiful ?
Sunday, 4 September 2011
OK, I admit that I haven't been around here much lately, but I still manage to spend hours on my laptop everyday of the week! Whether I am digi scrapping (usually for my CT position over at Jen's Word Art World blog) or learning more about PhotoShop, or just randomly Stumbling on the wealth of creative randomness on this big wide web, I always find something to do that gets in the way of blogging.
I've been creating a lot of hybrid items lately. I found I was missing the 'tactile' joy of holding my creations in my hand. I found that I could use the wonderful digi art and wordart from Jen's blog, as well as the many other sites were digi is available, and print them out to use on my cards.
Here is one I created with Jen's August 'Roughin' It' pack (available at her Word Art World store at Gotta Pixel.
Isn't that squirrel so cute? I created a little 'mini layout' in PhotoShop Elements using the squirrel, part of the tree and some blue digi-paper for the background. I added a border and then flattened the image. I then simply added the image to a Word document and printed it out onto some white cardstock. I had some scrap paper and ribbons that matched perfectly.
Here is another from Jens 'Roughin It' kit:
Once again I created mini layout to print and add to my card. This time I used the log cabin and tree elements, as well as the green and blue digi-papers. I even printed out a small strip of Jens stripped digi paper from the kit to coordinate. To give the card added depth I printed the little red bird out separately and attached him with sticky foam to make him pop. Ribbons and punched music notes finished the card of beautifully.
More of my hybrid creations tomorrow :)