Digital Designs Showcase + a Somerset Digital Studio Giveaway


Artwork by Beth Santos-Gugol

Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with the altering potential of computer graphics programs.

Somerset Digital Studio is a treat for digital artists and conventional scrapbookers alike. Jana Holstein, editor of the publication, attributes the title’s success from its origin in our scrapbooking magazine. “Somerset Digital Studio was conceived because our submission collection for the Virtual Gallery department in Somerset Memories was growing by leaps and bounds,” she said. “Traditional scrapbookers were jumping on the bandwagon of digi-scrapping and loving it.”

Featured artists like Traci Bautista and Susan Tuttle take you through their creative process, from capturing the initial snapshot to applying layers, masks, and filters to the photo until their altered vision is achieved.

Artwork by Melanie Ritchie

Digital photo editing allows designers to play with the lighting and levels of photos and introduces you to a world of add-on options. Ephemera embellishments can be found (and purchased) online, allowing you to download images straight to your computer.

If the thought of incorporating digital enhancements into your layouts intruigues you, I encourage you to browse around e-Crafting, Stampington’s own digital ephemera shop. You’ll find downloadable collage sheets, inchie collections, and vintage labels (we love our new Apothecary Set) to add an authentic artistic flair to your mixed-media projects.

Artwork by Anna Aspnes

Jana carefully chooses submissions that will appeal to artists of all digital levels. The features in each issue include detailed instructions, Photoshop screenshots, and corresponding lists of digital materials. “If you’re considering becoming a digital scrapbooker, I encourage you to go for it!” Jana said. “Don’t be intimidated, just give it a try and you’ll quickly fall in love with the ease of artfully creating your memories without the mess of paper and glue.”

No mess? That’s a technique we’re happy to get on board with. Comment below with YOUR favorite digital technique, or a technique you want to try. One randomly selected reader will win the newest hot-off-the-press issue of Somerset Digital Studio Autumn ’12.

View the rest of these star layouts here, and challenge yourself to experiment with new digital techniques. The deadline to submit artwork for the Spring ’13 issue is October 15th.
 
Update: Our Somerset Digital Studio winner is Comment #9, Amber! We will be in contact with you regarding the details of your prize.
 

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 9/27/12.

 

 
 

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Posted: Thursday, September 13th, 2012 @ 9:50 am
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48 Responses to “Digital Designs Showcase + a Somerset Digital Studio Giveaway”

  1. I always wanted to learn a drop-shadow. These are wonderful!! Can not choose a favorite!

  2. Val says:

    I have played around in Photoshop Elements but need some really good tutorials to get better at digital backgrounds. I would love a chance to receive the magazine to learn some new things.

  3. Carla Henderson says:

    With so many opportunities to explore, to pick favorites will be tough. However, for scrapping stories, I like the photos to be the important part of any layout and masking seems to give me that fun mood of my pages for now. There are so many mask options to choose from. Thanks for the chance and yes!! I love the magazine.

  4. Tara Medrano says:

    I would like to learn how to use digital emphemera in my mixed media pieces…….I love how it looks!!

  5. Carolyn says:

    I just love the fact that everything’s easier to find and keep organized!

  6. Flora says:

    I want to try more digital scrapbooking. It’s fun and less expensive than traditional scrapbooking.

  7. Kathy says:

    My favourite technique is blending with all the fabulous masks that are available. I need to learn more about layering the masks, like Anna does. Your magazine is fabulous!

  8. jane rice says:

    My 1st grandchild is 1 month old, I’ve just retired and look forward to doing something special with all the photos I have of the baby to date. This would give me inspiration to do something very special and I can then continue it for her early years.
    I love all your publications and would truly enjoy having a copy of new one.

  9. Amber says:

    First and foremost I love that there’s no mess to clean up when you’re done! haha
    But once I’m creating in photoshop, I find that the easiest and funnest to jazz up your piece is by playing with your layer settings; color burn is my favorite!

  10. Jeanne says:

    My favorite technique is using masks to make the edges of the finished page grungey. (Did this for the first time yesterday.)

  11. kristy Tyra says:

    I love just looking at all the different filters in Photoshop to see how they affect my photo. It’s difficult to choose!

  12. Colette says:

    My favourite technique is layering.

  13. Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    I have just begun to explore the possibilities with using Photoshop. I love to take pictures, edit, crop print on fabric or paper and collage.. I would love to do some of the collage techniques digitally. Exploring the possibilities is endless and I have to set a timer so that I will tend my garden and home…so much fun to get immersed in the creative endeavors.

  14. Darlene says:

    I like experimenting with color curves. I’m still learning but I enjoy the process.

  15. Corrine Davis says:

    I like playing with brushes. There are lots to download off the internet and they really make a difference to your work. There is so much more I’d like to explore.

  16. Sandie Luck says:

    Having played with digital design briefly I am so intrigued with the idea of learning more, but I need some beginning HELP!!! Sounds like your publication would be perfect for getting me on my way! The layouts included here are so awesome! Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing these ideas.
    Sweet Autumn blessings…..~Sandie

  17. I’ve been playing around with digital scrapbooking and digital art for about a year now. There is so much to learn! I love that I can create something and if I don’t like it, I can erase it and start all over again, and not waste any physical supplies or make a mess of my layout! I love doing transparent, blended background photos to build upon. Layers are so cool!!!

  18. Yvette Shoemaker says:

    I would love to try transparent layering. I would also loved my copy of Digital Studio that I purchased during the back issue sale.

  19. Jane Underwood says:

    I love the shadows and transparencies! But, more importantly, I love how generous people are in sharing their ideas and techniques. This is an art that is beautiful in its simple applications and amazingly stunning in its more complex forms. There seems to be no limit to what can be done!

  20. Leslie says:

    I like digital stamps for building the grungy backgrounds I’m so fond of. But I’m sure there’s cool techniques that I don’t know anything about yet.

  21. I would like to learn more about cutting out images use PS. I love my vintage postcards and would like to cut the ladies and children out so I can use them digitally.

  22. Kim P. says:

    I would simply like to find the courage to move from looking at the magazines and soaking them in to actually attempting digital work.

  23. Jackie says:

    I would love to learn Photoshop Elements.

  24. Pat K says:

    Digital scrapbooking is such an exciting form of art. Would love to give it a try!

  25. Casey C says:

    I love trying out different styles and find in almost impossible to pass them up when I’m looking in different digital stores. I especially love applying an embossed style to titles!

  26. Barbara Milton says:

    Digital stamps are really interesting, lots of possibilities!

  27. Patricia says:

    I love layering in PSE, especially to create a transparent or “ghost” effects…….and then brushes, especially the grunge and crackle brushes. Honestly, I’ve never been a scrapper, I just love to create ATCs and other small pieces of art using my own photos and altering them. The possibilities with just one photo are endless with the most basic photoshop program like Elements.

  28. I love digital scrapbooking I use CS5 and love layering and using lots of brushes to build up textures in my work I would love to learn more about using the extraction tools…

  29. Jeannie Lawson says:

    Would love to see you explore GIMP the FREE photo manipulation program for those who cant afford PhotoShop.

  30. Felicia says:

    I love playing with textural layers and brushes over my original photos in Photoshop. Every day is a new learning experience!

  31. Lynn M. says:

    I love using brushes, especially grungy ones. I’ve wanted to learn better use of blending modes.

  32. Ella says:

    I love this art form~ I have not tried it, but I love the layering effects! I know my family would appreciate the “no mess” concept, lol.
    These are all stunning! I guess if I had to pick one technique, I am truly excited about the vivid
    and soft light blending modes, from Photoshop. I love how they blur the lines and light. It adds an ethereal feel to the art, which I love! Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win~ :D

  33. Lisa M says:

    I tried digital art about seven years ago and enjoyed it very much. But eventually I went back to the “messy” method. And when I look back at the pages I made digitally, I’m honestly not all that impressed. Maybe it was because my options were limited; the techniques and elements available today seem much more sophisticated. Digital art has come a long way, but I feel like I’ve been left behind in the “era of cute” and never took the opportunity to explore it further. What am I missing?

  34. Tisa at Seattle Retro says:

    Love the idea of using the vintage advertising images that I’ve amassed after selling vintage ads on eBay for going on 15 years. Using them digitally in artwork would allow me to continue to preserve the ads & pass them on instead of using the actual ephemera in artwork. Am a total newbie & don’t know where to begin, but I’d love to read the magazine to see if it’s doable for the novice! Thanks for the opportunity to win it :)

  35. Joni M says:

    I love the look of blended photos! I can do it if I’m following a step-by-step tutorial, but can’t seem to recreate the look by myself.

  36. Dee says:

    Would love to learn more about Digital Art.

  37. Joyce says:

    I love BRUSHES and fonts. I can get lost in playing around with layering lots of brushes with different sizes and colors. I probably need some 12-step program to help me learn when “enough is enough!”

  38. I take photos and make cards with them. I have wanted to try something different to make my cards unique but don’t know where to start. Transparent Layering, Blending, Shadowing I imagine that all of them would add to my cards. Your book would provide ideas and the impetus to finally try some techniques so my photography cards can become unusual and more like the ART I feel inside me.

  39. I would love to try digital designs someday. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Barbara W says:

    I am addicted to masks and brushes. Too hard to choose one technique, I’m a “digi collector.” Can’t seem to get enough.

  41. Margo says:

    Love textures, fonts and brushes. Would like to learn how to make seamless textures. Really just starting in digital art, but am fully engrossed.

  42. Daisy says:

    I loved all the comments & hot tips & plan to have a try of many, thanks everyone for sharing! …but alas I’m new to the digital side of things & have no special secret tips to share just yet. Sorry! But I really want to try & win the new hot off the press offering pleeeeease & then next time I can share too! Thanks again everyone. Some great ideas to help me along me way.

  43. StacySix says:

    I love bring vector graphics (created using Illustrator) into Photoshop and then layering them with photographs and special custom brushes. Making my own brushes is a favorite thing!

  44. Lucy says:

    I love learning how to use different fonts to jazz up my journalling, it is a big part of each layout I complete.

  45. Mary Wilkins says:

    I would love to learn anything that is digital. I am old school and do everything with the cut and paste method. Don’t have my ‘own’ computer, but I have always loved the digital works of many of my friends in art.

  46. Artincognito says:

    I have been having a lot of fun playing around with photo graphics. I am new to digital “everything” and learning is an adventure itself!

  47. Cheryl says:

    I am totally new to creating online and would love to learn how to use my rather large stash of ‘stuff’ in a new way.

  48. Anneke says:

    I LOVE everything about the digital realm of this art process. I am constantly looking for new ideas and techniques to incorporate into my creations. Playing with backgrounds using stamps and filters adding layers….love it all!

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Artwork by Beth Santos-Gugol

Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with the altering potential of computer graphics programs.

Somerset Digital Studio is a treat for digital artists and conventional scrapbookers alike. Jana Holstein, editor of the publication, attributes the title’s success from its origin in our scrapbooking magazine. “Somerset Digital Studio was conceived because our submission collection for the Virtual Gallery department in Somerset Memories was growing by leaps and bounds,” she said. “Traditional scrapbookers were jumping on the bandwagon of digi-scrapping and loving it.”

Featured artists like Traci Bautista and Susan Tuttle take you through their creative process, from capturing the initial snapshot to applying layers, masks, and filters to the photo until their altered vision is achieved.

Artwork by Melanie Ritchie

Digital photo editing allows designers to play with the lighting and levels of photos and introduces you to a world of add-on options. Ephemera embellishments can be found (and purchased) online, allowing you to download images straight to your computer.

If the thought of incorporating digital enhancements into your layouts intruigues you, I encourage you to browse around e-Crafting, Stampington’s own digital ephemera shop. You’ll find downloadable collage sheets, inchie collections, and vintage labels (we love our new Apothecary Set) to add an authentic artistic flair to your mixed-media projects.

Artwork by Anna Aspnes

Jana carefully chooses submissions that will appeal to artists of all digital levels. The features in each issue include detailed instructions, Photoshop screenshots, and corresponding lists of digital materials. “If you’re considering becoming a digital scrapbooker, I encourage you to go for it!” Jana said. “Don’t be intimidated, just give it a try and you’ll quickly fall in love with the ease of artfully creating your memories without the mess of paper and glue.”

No mess? That’s a technique we’re happy to get on board with. Comment below with YOUR favorite digital technique, or a technique you want to try. One randomly selected reader will win the newest hot-off-the-press issue of Somerset Digital Studio Autumn ’12.

View the rest of these star layouts here, and challenge yourself to experiment with new digital techniques. The deadline to submit artwork for the Spring ’13 issue is October 15th.
 
Update: Our Somerset Digital Studio winner is Comment #9, Amber! We will be in contact with you regarding the details of your prize.
 

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 9/27/12.

 

 
 

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