Thursday, June 12, 2014

Easy Digital Hybrid Cards, Picnic-Style!

You know how much I love digital, but I need to play with paper every once in a while. When I saw the art in the Picnic Digital Kit, I knew that I could do both! The graphics are bold with fairly simple lines, so they can be used as cut-outs for a hybrid card without too much 'fussiness' with a scissors.

To make these two Picnic Hybrid cards, you'll need two sheets of letter-sized card stock, your favorite layout program (I'm using Photoshop CC), and a printer, plus your usual card-making tools: paper trimmer, scissors (or craft knife and ruler), and some adhesive. Let's get started . . .

1. Create a new 8.5x11 document, 300ppi, white background (in Photoshop, you can use the US Letter Preset).

2. Pull out horizontal and vertical guidelines to divide the page into four 4.25x5.5" quadrants.

3. Open the Pink 'watermelon' background and drag it onto your new document. Resize it to fit into one quadrant.

4. Repeat step 3 with the 'lime' and 'multi-stripe' backgrounds.

5. Open 0614PicnicCSD_StampGraphics3.png and 0614PicnicCSD_Xtra04.png and use the marquee tool to select the desired sentiments and images to drag them into the blank quadrant. Note: I enlarged some of the items and rotated them to fit.

6. Print artwork onto one sheet of white card stock. Note: Make sure you adjust your printer's setting to print 'borderless' if available.

7. Trim the watermelon and lime panels to 4x5.25 and the striped panel to 5.25x1.5"; trim the sentiments into the rectangles. Using scissors or a craft knife, trim the graphics, leaving a small white border.

8. Score and cut the second sheet of card stock into two folded 4.25x5.5" card bases.

9. Assemble the cards. Note: I inked edges with Fuchsia and Leaf Hybrid Inks, and used pop-dots to adhere the sentiments and graphics.

Easy-Peasy, Lemon Melon-Squeezy!

The next time you need a card or two, look no further than your digital kit for some hybrid inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Ron, this is so much fun! Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to give this a try!

  2. Love it.....will be making some of these soon..thanks bunches

  3. Can't get any easier or sweeter than that! Thanks!

  4. Hmmmm, this almost looks easy enough I might even be able to do it! :) Make your own quad-print! It's brilliant. Now, maybe I should get my color printer working again. Do you just print this on plain white cardstock?

    1. Pam, you can definitely do this! So easy!! And, yes, just print on plain white cardstock! And while this technique will work with any kit, the Picnic digi-embellies are just so darned easy to cut out, that these are extra-quick to make!!

  5. I tried to make something in PSE the other day and couldn't remember how to do anything (it had been years since I tried digi). I'm going to follow your steps and see if I can start over learning how to use it. :) Thanks, Ron!

  6. Thanks Ron. I look forward each month to see your ideas on using the digital artwork. You make it so easy for us. Keep it coming!! Please.....


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