Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dimensional Scenes with a Digital Twist

Happy Thursday!

When the Aspen Kit was released at the beginning of this month, Kay wrote a great tutorial on creating dimensional scenes using the tree stencil in the Lite kit. I really like her creation using the birch trees, so I recreated it using the Aspen Digital KitAs a refresher, here's Kay's card:


1. Create a new document; mine is 4.25 x 5.5.

2. Add the light blue background and the birch stamp.


3. Duplicate the birch stamp layer and hide the lower layer by clicking on the eye icon in the layer's palette.

4. Use a small hard-edged eraser to remove the stamp border.

5. Create a new layer UNDER the birch stamp layer that you just worked on.

6. Use a medium sized hard-edged brush to color the birch trees white.

7. Click the eye icon to hide the birch stamp layer and the white layer.

8. Click the eye icon on the layer that we hid in step 3.

9. Create a new layer directly above the layer in step 8; draw a circle and color it yellow-orange.

Add a small drop shadow.

10. Command+Click (MacOS) or Ctrl+Click (Windows) on the thumbnail in the layer palette; you'll see marching ants around the circle.

11. Add a warm orange tint around the edge of the circle, using a soft-edged brush.

12. Click the eye icon for the 2 layers that were hidden in step 7.

13. Click the white layer to make it active. Add a drop shadow to give it a bit of dimension.

14. Turn it into a digital card!

As an added bonus, here's a variation I made for my Christmas cards this year:

I printed the red panel with the birch stamp and sentiment as a single image, trimmed it and layered it on a white card base.

I hope this little tutorial has illustrated just how easy it can be to recreate a paper technique with digital tools. Please give it a try!

See you next week!






-Ron







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53 comments:

  1. I would not have thought of doing this in a digi form. It is great to see that option. TFS

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  2. Very cool Ron, Thank you so much.

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  3. Always love your digital tutorials Ron.
    Marian Biegel

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  4. Good to know that many designs/layouts can be accomplished both ways--using traditional methods and digitally. Thanks for the options.
    Janelle (jbleske@wi.rr.com)

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  5. Meredith Meredith245 at yahoo dot comDecember 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy!

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  6. Interesting digi techniques Ron.

    Love the kit for today...a favorite of mine.

    pat-czap

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  7. I always loved the color block print! I love the cards with the red =)

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  8. Great card! I do like today's kit, too! (hollykoster)

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  9. Awesome! I just finished a class on Photoshop Elements and this looks like a good place to test what I learned. Thanks!

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  10. Ron, I like your version of Kay's card. I don't do digital but can appreciate your step by step instructions for those who do.

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  11. Framed was one of my most used kits - those beautiful greys and that blue worked great for family portraits with everyone wearing jeans.

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  12. Nice I love this kit!

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  13. Wow what a great digi-card Ron! You always inspire me!

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  14. I love seeing all the things that can be done with Aspen... Ron, you are GREAT! Love the daily giveaways as well.

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  15. I really like the digital form. I am trying to learn because I want to do hybrid. Thanks for sharing

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  16. I can't wait for my lite kit to try out one of these card designs.

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  17. Ron, I really like the colors in your last variation. Nice!

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  18. love the card and the variation

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  19. What a beautiful kit. And a great digi tutorial too

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  20. Great tutorial showing versatility of digital kits. Framed is a favorite kiit to use with travel pictures to highlight a special photo.
    Regina Harris

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  21. I love the Aspen elements on the red for the holiday card. What a great idea!
    Lisa K

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  22. I always learn something from your tutorials, Ron, thanks!

    And today's kit looks fun.
    Michelle R

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  23. I REALLY do have to take the time to learn digital!

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  24. I definitely reference your tutorials Ron if I ever need to do anything in digital! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. That is a wonderful card...I cannot believe that is just digital!

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  26. looks great--jacque

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  27. Ron - love your Christmas card - simply beautiful! Also love the Framed kit!

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  28. Great card! And..... the Framed kit is another of those timeless kits that goes with any photos.... the border openings are fun to work with too!

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  29. Thank you for another great tutorial Ron!

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  30. Again you make it so easy, Ron. Love the colour variations shown. Thanks

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  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! maybe some day i'll try the digi thing

    Mariana in CA

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  32. I just love how you demonstrate paper techniques into digi techniques! Thanks Ron!

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  33. I love your techniques Ron! Thanks CS for the chance to win some beautiful kits!

    Debbie Handley

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  34. Good step by step explanation on how you did your lovely card, Ron. I love the Aspen kit, and I love the kit you're giving away today. But then, is there a kit of yours I don't love!

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  35. I love your conversion from stamps to digital. What version of Photoshop do you work in?

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    1. Arlene, I'm using Photoshop CC, but Photoshop Elements should have all the tools you need to do this as well.

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  36. Thanks for the digi tut, Ron! Looks like fun!

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  37. Your tutorials are so clear, it really makes me feel at ease trying a new technique.

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  38. The colors are so fun in this kit!

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  39. love the color pallet of the Frames kit!

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  40. Both cards are beautiful. Your posts make me want to try digital. One reason I hold off from doing digital is printing. How are you printing off your beautiful Christmas cards and getting them in the mail?

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  41. Great tutorial and I like the photography theme of the kit.

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  42. I did not think you could improve upon this sketch but you did! Great job, Ron.

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  43. Another great tutorial......love all of these

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