Photo Manipulation Tutorial: A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll

January 27th, 2015

Adryane Driscoll Photo

Crafting comes in many different shapes and forms. From paint to paper cut-outs, and ink sprays to fabric alterations — for us creative types, there’s an abundance of outlets for self-expression. Relatively new but no less inspiring, is the world of photo manipulations and digital artwork. Scanning and editing has become a new take on cutting and pasting, and we love it! That’s why we’re very proud and happy to introduce today’s guest artist, Adryane Driscoll.

Adryane was featured in the spring 2013 and 2014 issues of Somerset Digital Studio, and she will also be making an appearance in the upcoming spring 2015 issue of the same title. Her artful handling of old, family photographs and memorabilia has also earned her a place in the autumn 2011 and spring 2012 issues of Somerset Memories. Her work is beautifully colored and always very well composed, and today she’s agreed to share with us an exclusive project that showcases some of her tips and techniques. So grab your box of old family photos, fire up PhotoShop, and please join me in giving Adryane Driscoll a warm Somerset Place welcome.

 

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I inherited a box with hundreds of old photos from my grandmother.  I can place some of the faces and guess at others, but most of the people in the photos are unknown to me. I knew about this box of photos before my grandmother died, and I tried to get her to revisit them with me and tell me about them. However, she found the experience to be too painful as many of the people in the photos had disappeared during World War II.

When the photos became mine, my goal was to find a way to organize the images and give stories to the people in them.  So, even though I can’t put names to many of the faces, and I am not sure how I am related to many of the people, I try to find ways to connect with them.  When considering how to do this I often look for something familiar either in a face or the background — a point of reference to create a story that I think fits with the photo. In A Postcard Home, the couple reminded me of how my grandparents looked in their travel photos, and the wonderful postcards they would send while away.

 

A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll Project Materials:

All of my images are scanned then manipulated in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

-Anna Aspnes Designs
-ArtPlay Palette for the Record
-ArtPlay Palette Home
-ArtPlay Palette Winter Sunrise
-FotoGlows No. 2
-Cloud Brushes No. 2
-MultiMedia Documents No. 1
-Layered FotoBlendz No. 3
-Decor Stamps No. 1
-GoldPaint No. 3
-GoldPaint No. 4

A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll Project Instructions:

Step 1: Choose a Photo
I chose a photo with a nice focal image and a background that is not in focus. The faded background allows for easy blending into the composition I want to create for this couple. When working with old photos, I usually start with a neutral background. This allows me to focus on the image. After I finish with the image, I can stay with the neutral background or build on it.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: Decide on a Design Concept
Consider what type of story you want to tell about your photo and how you want to tell it. For A Postcard Home, I decided on a travel story and started with a centered design with movement across the page from left to right. Often, the design changes as I start to play with the image but it’s nice to have a general starting point.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 2Step 3: Mask the Photo

You can create a custom Layer Mask for your photo or use one that you have in your digital supplies/archives. I chose an image that was divided into two parts — a light area and a dark area. The photo is positioned above the mask layer and then clipped (ALT+CTRL + G on a pc or CMD + G on a Mac, or, with the photo layer selected, go to Layer and choose Create Clipping Mask) to the mask. I repositioned the photo so that it was over the lighter area in the mask. Then, I applied a Layer Mask to the photo layer so that I could erase the tree from the photo with a soft round brush.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add to the Masked Image to Create Depth
I added multiple layers, using various digital elements, both over and under the masked image to create depth. I wanted to keep the people and the left side of the page lighter than the right side of the page. To do this, I set the blending mode on many of the layers on the right to either Linear Burn or Multiply, while the layers on the left tend to be set to Overlay or Soft Light. I also added some text to the background under the image on a separate layer.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Add Dimension
I don’t work with a lot of elements, but I do like my pages to have some dimension. Here, I added a large frame behind the image. A Layer Mask was added to the frame so that I could blend out parts of the frame. I also added shadows around the image and under the main mask. Next, I added the clouds, birds, and the text from the back of the photo. Whenever I find writing on an old photo, I try to incorporate it into my design. It may be the only information I have about a particular image.

Adryane Driscoll Finished Project

Step 6: Consider the Background
At some point, I consider whether I want to keep the background plain or I want to add to it. Here, I decided to warm up the background and add a little texture. To do this, two digital papers were blended over the original, neutral background. Both of the additional papers were set to Linear Burn.

 

Step 7: Finish
To finish, I added some additional brushstrokes.

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My personal experience with PhotoShop does not extend far beyond cropping, resizing, and enhancing images — all of which are pretty elementary skills. Even so, for me, these techniques were difficult to get a handle on. This step-by-step tutorial removes some of the intimidation that comes with working with Photoshop. I don’t expect that my first project will look anything like Adryane’s, but having her detailed tutorial will make it easier to acquire the skills.

If you’re an avid PhotoShop user we hope this tutorial inspires you to try something new, and if you haven’t taken the plunge into photo manipulations and digital artwork, then we hope the project might make the waters look a little more inviting. Finally, please help me give Adryane Driscoll sincere and heartfelt thanks for sharing her beautiful project with us.

To see more of Adryane’s beautiful artwork, you can visit her gallery at Oscraps.com

 

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Crafting comes in many different shapes and forms. From paint to paper cut-outs, and ink sprays to fabric alterations — for us creative types, there’s an abundance of outlets for self-expression. Relatively new but no less inspiring, is the world of photo manipulations and digital artwork. Scanning and editing has become a new take on […]

Mixed-Media Stencil Techniques by Traci Bautista

January 22nd, 2015

Traci Bautista Collection



As someone who is pretty new to the world of stenciling, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the process. It seems like it’s would be easy for paint or ink to bleed through and ruin the image that’s being created — but that’s just the perfectionist in me talking. After watching this video by Traci Bautista, where she breaks down 6 unique techniques for working with stencils, I was definitely ready to give it a try. What’s helpful about this video is seeing the ease with which Traci works with colors, and how she transitions between using a stencil and then flipping it over and using the excess paint and ink to create a mask. She plays with positive and negative spaces with a lot of freedom, and her particular style has a lot to offer both novice and experienced stencil enthusiasts.

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Techniques Featured in this Video:

Black Gesso Prints – A little black gesso goes a long way when used with Traci’s Floral 2 Stencil. This technique is a fabulous way to showcase the bright and vibrant colors of a background by introducing black outlines.

Dyed Paper Towel Prints – Create beautifully textured prints with generous amounts of acrylic paint, a two-ply paper towel, and a brayer.

Stencil Prints – With this technique, you can create a stunning layered print by stenciling with paint, spraying with ink, and then pressing a fresh piece of paper onto the design. The end result is gorgeous multi-colored print.

White Resist Prints – After creating a colorful stenciled background, Traci uses acrylic paint and a foam brayer to add portions of white. She does this while her first layer of paint is still wet, which allows the colors to mix.

Monoprint Acrylic Skins – Paint over a transparent document protector and then set your stencil down on the wet paint. Once the paint dries, you can remove the stencil and you’ll be left with a beautiful skin that showcases the details of your stencil.

Stamping + Masking with Stencils – Spray a little water over a stencil design to reactive the dried paint, and then press a fresh piece of paper over it to create a ghost print.  You can also paint or spray directly onto a stencil and use another piece of paper to pick up the extra paint that’s on the top of the stencil.

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Thank you Traci for such an amazing video! To pick up even more inspiring tutorials and projects from this talented artist, be sure to stop by our brand-new Artist Collection. Find everything from Traci’s books to her creative stencil designs, and unique stamps.

Traci Bautista is a mixed media artist, designer, teacher, and author of the bestselling book, “Doodles Unleashed,” and her recent release, “Printmaking Unleashed.” Her art has been featured in over 15 art and mixed-media books and 40 craft magazines, including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Where Women Create, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, and Somerset Digital Studio.

To learn about this extraordinary artist visit her on her blog, Creativity Unleashed.

 

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Love Jars: A Valentine’s Day Project

January 19th, 2015

Love Jards



It’s easy to make a unique and personalized Valentine’s Day gift when you’re inspired, even if you’re short on time. To make these love jars, you just need a bit washi tape and some chalk journal note cards by Prima Marketing. Using chalk or a white pen, you can then write a short and endearing message to your valentine that’s sure to make your special-someone feel extra special. Fill up the spice jars with a yummy treat, and voilà — you’ll have darling set of valentines to give to a dear friend or a beloved partner.

 

Love Jars Project Materials:

Prima Marketing Every Day Vintage – Chalk Journal Note Cards One
Washi Tape – Geometric Fins Black
Washi Tape – Musical Notes
Washi Tape Solid Black
Scissors
Ranger Ink Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
Round Black Lid Spice Jars – Set of 3
Faber-Castell Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brush Pen White

 

Love Jars



Love Jars Project Tutorial

Step 1 – Start by washing out your spice jars. We noticed there was a little dust in ours, so we cleaned them out — especially since food was going inside.

Step 2 – Once your jars are clean and dry, select two washi tapes to use. We wanted a unique and unexpected color palette, so we used a solid black washi tape with a set of complimentary black-and-white patterned tapes.

Step 3 – The Prime Marketing chalk journal note cards are a little too big for the jars, so we had to cut ours down to fit properly. The note cards are really elaborate, and they have a great vintage feel to them! It’s easy to select a portion and cut out a label without losing too many of the details. Remember to save your scraps of paper, these bits and pieces are great for mixed-media projects.

Step 4 – Next, brush some gel medium along the back of your labels and securely adhere them to your jars. We used a little washi tape to make sure the label was pressed flat against the jar until the gel medium dried. When the label is securely glued to the jar, pull your extra washi tape off gently to avoid ripping the label.

Step 5 – Use chalk or a white pen to write a sweet message on your label. You can personalize each love jar with a name or a special message. If you use chalk, you can easily erase the message and write something new. If you want something permanent, use a white pen.

Step 6 – Fill your love jars with a sweet treat. To pull in the normal Valentine’s Day colors, we decided to use some pink, white, and red M&M’s, but you can use whatever you like and whatever fits.

 

Love Jars



Everything You Need to Create Unique Valentines

Valentine's Day Collection We’ve gathered our favorite love-themed products, including romantic papers, delightful embellishments, and much more, to help you get a jump on all your Valentine’s Day projects. We’ve also selected more than 30 projects from The Studio, including decorations, handmade cards, gift boxes, and even wearable items, so you can share sweet sentiments with everyone you love.

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It’s easy to make a unique and personalized Valentine’s Day gift when you’re inspired, even if you’re short on time. To make these love jars, you just need a bit washi tape and some chalk journal note cards by Prima Marketing. Using chalk or a white pen, you can then write a short and endearing […]

Hearts of a Different Color Challenge Results + Giveaway

January 15th, 2015

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I love pink — in all hues and in any shape, but even I get burnt out on the sea of red, white, and pink that takes over stores first thing in January. As soon as the New Year arrives, chocolate hearts wrapped in pink-foil and silk roses all start to fill the aisles. And who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? I have fond memories of trading valentines when I was in elementary school, and of sharing good meals with great friends now that I am adult. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers!

However, this special day does feel like one of the more repressive holidays. While pink and white are appropriate colors for sure, most stores seem unable or perhaps unwilling to step beyond that color palette. That’s probably why I enjoyed the results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge, which is currently being featured in the winter 2015 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Editor Devon Warren challenged readers to create Valentine’s Day cards that utilize unique and unexpected colors and elements. There was such a huge outpouring of creativity that we now have over 20 pages showcasing the stunning results.

I wish I could show you every single card that was included in the challenge, but we don’t have enough space. So instead, I flipped through the pages and built a mini rainbow collection of Valentine’s Day cards. Hopefully these images will inspire you to venture out of your comfort zone, but if you’re just a die-hard fan of pink, white, and red, then at the very least these creative cards will definitely help you bring some new elements into your own creations. Check out the newest issue in person to see all the challenge results and for details on how to replicate the looks.

Also, don’t forget to pin your favorite for a chance to win one of three free copies of The Stampers’ Sampler. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for details on how to participate in our giveaway!

 

Hearts of a Different Color

Hearts of a Different Color - Red



Grace by Marge McGuire

This red and purple card features corrugated cardstock, a stamp with the definition of the word heart, and the interesting use of beads and brass wire.

Hearts of a Different Color - Orange



Be My Valentine by Kim Sears

The layered look of this card was achieved with cut out cardstock, stencils, stamps, and a tiny ribbon. The heart stamp itself almost resembles a Fabergé egg!

Hearts of a Different Color - Yellow



Love Garden by Shari Frost-Job

This garden of love was created with mulberry paper, heart stamps, and a cleverly attached green brad. The washi tape embellishment across the bottom is a nice touch, and the distressing on the mulberry paper adds depth to the background.

Hearts of a Different Color - Green



You Make Me Happy by Sharon Bruner

This card looks like a mini-collage! With multiple layers of paper and images, and even some sewing elements, there’s a lot to look at on this little card, but the message is delivered loud and clear.

Hearts of a Different Color - Blue/Green



Sincere Feelings by Marge McGuire

The peacock colors on this card make it truly stunning. Even with the use of four overlaying hearts, this still feels distinctly unique from the normal run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day cards. For this card, Marge used some die-cut hearts, heat-embossing, and stamps.

Hearts of a Different Color - Blue



Love Is by Kim Ross

Love is a great many things! This card encompasses so many positive messages in one tiny stamp that all the open, white space really works. The tiny embellishments on the corner are unique and manage to fit with the patterned papers used along the edges of the card.

Hearts of a Different Color - Purple



Passport to Love by Shari Frost-Job

What better way to express your love and appreciation for someone than with music? This card features torn pieces of music sheets, a bit of ribbon, and a lovely heart stamp.

Hearts of a Different Color - Black



Hugs & Kisses by Bobbie Porter

This card is an embossers dream. It features dry-embossed cardstock and a beautiful silver and black heat-embossed heart. While this color palette strays pretty far from the normal pink, white, and read—it’s still a very elegant and romantic card.

 

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See all the Results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge

1SAM-1501-The Stampers-Sampler-Winter-2015-600x600If you want to see all of the beautiful cards that were featured in our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge then don’t forget to pick up a copy of The Stampers’ Sampler. Also, because you saw it here [On the Blog], you get a special $5 discount on this fabulous January issue.

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I love pink — in all hues and in any shape, but even I get burnt out on the sea of red, white, and pink that takes over stores first thing in January. As soon as the New Year arrives, chocolate hearts wrapped in pink-foil and silk roses all start to fill the aisles. And […]

Free Article Download: Little Book of Encouragement by Mary Walden

January 12th, 2015

Mary Walden Artwork



“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to create!”

~Mary Walden from the pages of Sew Somerset; Click here to read the full article.

Most of us probably don’t have as much time as we would like, probably even less to just sit and be creative. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try! From painting to stamping, to sewing and gluing, we find ways to express ourselves. And while we may try to clear up a few hours a here and there to pursue our artistic passions, Mary Walden’s project is a great way to keep our creativity going throughout our busy days.

This little book of encouragement is made out of bits and pieces of fabric, scraps of paper, and doilies and lace. It’s held together with some basic sewing techniques, and the book itself get’s assembled with binder rings. Each page can be seen as a mini projects, with all of the steps being broken down into 15 minute intervals. Challenge yourself to make your own little book of encouragements throughout a week or a month, and see what you come up with!

Click here to download the free article, “Little Book of Encouragement,” by Mary Walden that originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset.

 

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1SOM-SEW1102-Sew-Somerset-Summer-2011-300x300This oldie is definitely a goodie! The summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset features some uniquely stitched shadowboxes and embroidery hoops by Cindy Steiler. You’ll also find an artful cover idea for your iPad inspired by Ruth Rae, plus cool cuffs by Jen Swift.



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“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to […]