I was so psyched when Melissa contacted me to help her out with the launch -- she's got quite the team of talent out there helping her out with the big announcement. I've got a few cards to share, plus a quick little tutorial on a (mostly) digital card.
This first one is Betty the witch, with some cute frogs jumping away from her cauldron...but it looks like what ever she is brewing has already affected the frogs -- they're all different colors!
The moon shape was made with my circle punches (I used a smaller one to make the crescent shape). The spider and sentiment are from Waltzingmouse Stamps.
The second card I made has a Autumn feel (how appropriate for the first day of the season!) but is a more general 'thinking of you card'. The sentiment is from SU! This card measures 5x5, and was a TON of fun to color...finished off with some flower brads with pearl centers, and some delicious American Crafts Ribbon.
Now onto my last card to share today...Scary Siblings...I couldn't pass up this image, it makes me think of my girls :). I decided to go hybrid on this one. I used mostly digital elements, and colored in the main image, and mounted it on a base layer of CS.
When you get your images from Melissa - they are in .png format, and are transparent. These are great quality images, good solid lines, and super easy to work with. They print GREAT.
To start, I layered the .png on a white background, to make the image solid. Then I used the 'Quick Selection Tool' in Photoshop Elements, and selected the 'background' of the image. I then deleted it, making it as you see below:
Now I can get started on building my card. I open up some fun Halloween papers by Libby Weifenbach, this kit is called Ghouls just Wanna have fun. I started out with the black paper with the halloweennie words on it. I cropped it to 4" x 5.25" on my screen - this way I already know that it will print the correct size.
I then opened up another paper, and this time, I resized the paper, and then cropped it. The bats were too big when the paper was it's original size. I then added some digital ribbons, and the 'Halloween' and 'Party' page elements, and put drop shadows on the layers to add a little depth...so here's what we look like at this point:
the last thing to do, is add the digital image...since I made it 'solid' it's no problem to just 'place' it on my card.
You could also print and cut it out, but I thought this was SUPER easy, and looks great on the finished product. Now that my 'layers' are complete - I printed it out, and then colored in my scary siblings with my copics. I popped it onto my base layer, and it's done :).
Be sure to check out out these blogs to see some fabulous cards and projects using the new digi stamps:
Becky Carafa - http://www.lakeshorestamper.com/
Emily Leiphart - http://www.leiphartonart.blogspot.com/
Inge Groot - http://www.patternedpaper.typepad.com/
Jodi-Ann Lee - http://www.inkedinspirations.blogspot.com/
Lauretta See - http://www.passioncartesetplus.blogspot.com/
MacKenzie Bruckler - http://midnightscramper.blogspot.com/
Maria Bell - http://stampininspirations.blogspot.com/
Mariska van der Veer - http://www.sendingyoualittlesmile.blogspot.com/
Sparkle Smith - http://sparklecreations.blogspot.com/
Suzanne J Dean - http://www.scrapbitz.blogspot.com/
Tracey Cuccia - http://www.tmcuccia.blogspot.com/
Vicki Garrett - http://www.summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/
Have a GREAT day!!