Nov 10, 2008

Chipboard and the Shadow


Here's a layout using Magistical Memories chipboard! I did a little computer technique - I call it a chipboard shadow - on the background behind the chipboard leaves. I'll try to explain that below!


Here's the layout - autumn is my most favorite time of the year:



Used Magistical Memories White Oak Leaf and Window Tabs. Yes, those tabs can double as a belt buckle or hold some ribbon in its end! Used Basic Grey patterned paper, fabric scraps, and ribbon.

And here's a closeup of the chipboard shadow technique. The words in the background disappear around the edges of the chipboard:




It's easy to do in Photoshop Elements.

1. Fill a canvas background with a background color. Fill it with your text.
2. Scan your chipboard piece.
3. Trace your chipboard piece with the magnetic lasso. This will be easy since the scanned chipboard has a lot of contrast and the lasso will cling to its edges.
4. 'Copy' the selected chipboard shape.

5. Paste the shapes into your background as below:



6. Chose the move tool and enlarge each shape.
7. Using the color selector tool, choose the background color of the background you created in step one.
8. Use the fill bucket to completely fill the chipboard shapes:



There you go! Do you see the possibilities here?! I can see lots of ways to graphically highlight your chipboard pieces with this technique.

Thanks for reading and have a creative day! - betsy

23 comments:

  1. wow. just wow. Love that technique. REally need to get another scanner. Mine died forever ago.... lovely lo.

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  2. Beautiful, love the colors and the blocks....great design!

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  3. Love your technique and that layout is great!

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  4. Very, very cool! I love hybrid techniques!

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  5. Wow is that clever! I so love fall stuff so that has my attention right there.

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  6. fabulous! I'm so bookmarking that to use in the future. TFS!

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  7. Love what you did with those chipboard leaves! Great layout!

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  8. wow, I love that technique... and that page is just awesome!

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  9. Cool technique - and great layout too! :)

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  10. Awesome technique, Betsy! I'm rooting for you on the DT!

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  11. Now that's another new techqniue to learn ! That's just ingenious to me , Betsy ! You go grrl !

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  12. wow betsy, that's a brill technique, thank you for sharing! Guess what i'll be trying first chance I get :-)

    hugs
    jakey xx

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