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As You Wish Designs

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I had a wonderful long weekend celebrating the Fourth of July with my husband and son. Now I’m all rested up and ready to get the week off to a great start :)! The first order of business is to tell you about a new digital designer: Janet, of As You Wish Designs!! Janet has been a familiar face around DigiShop Talk for quite some time, so it was fun to see her join the world of designers recently when she set up shop at Shabby Pickle Designs. And I was totally thrilled when she sent me a gift certificate to her new store (thanks girl)!!!! It took me forever to decide what to pick up, her store is filled with such beautiful things! I love her bright, bold colors and patterns, so I just had to make some extra bold pages! 

Credits: A Pocketful of Daisies by As You Wish Designs; Felted Wool Flowers – As You Wish Designs; Fonts: Cry Kitty and Generic Font.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • To make the pocket look “full” I used the burn tool around the outer edges to darken them a bit and the dodge tool in the center to make a highlight (I also duplicated the pocket layer and set the blend mode to color dodge (43% opacity), but that was just to make it look funky ;).
  • I used the overlay blend mode on the word “Joy” to make it look like it was part of the pocket.
  • There are tons of other blend modes in use for all of the text and most of the other elements of the page as well – no particular method, I just played around until I liked the look :)! 

Credits: A Pocketful of Daisies by As You Wish Designs; Free page template (altered slightly) by Michelle Filo. Fonts: Jailbird Jenna, Outwrite, 39 Smooth.

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

  • This page came together SO quickly, because I used this great template by Michelle Filo (I have seen TONS of pages using this one, but I figure the world of digital scrapbooking can hold at least one more LOL).
  • To add a little extra interest to the title, I alternated between smaller and larger font sizes for the word “sandbox”.
  • As usual, I played around with blend modes for all of the text. Don’t forget that to try changing the font colors as you experiment with the blend modes will create even more effects :).

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I’ve really enjoyed working with these As You Wish Designs! And I haven’t even had a chance to try the great alphas I picked up from her store (I especially like the Ephemera Bets). If you like what you have seen so far you should definitely take a look at the rest of Janet’s store, she has a great sale going on – everything is 30% to 50% off :)!!!

ScraPerfect Product Review (Plus a Tutorial)

Being a hybrid scrapbooker, I have tried printing on LOTS of different surfaces. Sometimes with great success, sometimes… not so much – LOL! But I love to try new techniques and my printer is one of my all-time favorite scrapbooking tools. So when the inventor of ScraPerfect, Amy Roszac, sent me her “Perfect Printing Pouch” I couldn’t wait to start experimenting with it! Here’s what she sent me (not actual size):
ScraPerfect Printing Pouch

Description

The pouch is roughly 2.5″x2.5″ inches, and has a soft piece of felt on top to hold it with. It’s filled with a fine white powder. Some instructions for how to use the pouch are printed right on the back of the package (above), also more detailed instructions and tips are included in the FAQ section of Amy’s site. There is even a step-by-step tutorial with photos for how to print on vellum. To use this product, all you need to do is rub a light coating of the powder onto your printing surface, then blow/shake off the excess powder before printing. The pouch is meant for virtually any difficult to print on surface and virtually any type of ink (not just for printers, but stamping, markers etc).

Before and After ScraPerfect Comparison

Printing on a silk flower before and after ScraPerfectOf course I tried it on a few different Prima flowers right away. For a couple of my experiments I tried stamping on flowers, and although you can see a slight improvement if you look closely, it was not noticeable in the photos I took (I don’t have a very fancy camera). But there was a HUGE difference when I tried printing on silk flowers! Now, before I continue, I need to put in a disclaimer here: printing on big bulky silk flowers is probably not the safest thing to try with your printer!  I had visions of the flower getting stuck in there or coming out all mangled and torn. But my printer is getting pretty old and worn out these days, so I put it through its fair share of abuse anyway :). Luckily nothing broke, but please only try this at your own risk and don’t blame me or ScraPerfect if something tragic happens – LOL! OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about printing on silk flowers!! As you can see in the photo above, I have printed some word art (by Weeds and Wildflowers) on one of my big silk Prima flowers. First I tried printing on one of the flowers without treating it (top flower in above photo), then I treated the next flower with ScraPerfect before printing (bottom flower in above photo). What a difference! I included darker colored flower in the photo because it shows the rippled surface of the flowers better. They are by no means flat, so with each pass of the printer head the edges of the flowers were brushed with a little extra ink. On the untreated flower the ink instantly started to bleed and smear, whereas on the treated flower the extra ink that brushed over the edges and bumps stayed put :)!

Here’s a card I made using the printed silk flower:

Queen for a Day Card

*Click Here For Credits*

Tutorial for Printing on Silk Flowers

Please Note: Printing on materials not specifically designed for your printer may damage your printer and/or the material you are printing on. Scrapbook Ideas is not responsible for damage caused by risky printing techniques!

  1. Choose a digital image or text you wish to print on your silk flower. Re-size the image if necessary so it will fit on the flower. Print a test image of the design on a regular piece of printer paper.
  2. Using temporary double sided tape, adhere the silk flower to the test image, lining it up over the image so that the design will line up just the way you want it to when reprinted. TIP: Use plenty of adhesive, to ensure that the flower stays in place as much as possible.
  3. Tap the ScraPerfect printing pouch a few times to saturate the felt with powder. Brush the ScraPerfect pouch over the entire flower. Blow/shake off any excess powder.
  4. Place the test page (with attached flower) back into the printer tray facing the same direction it was during the test print. Reprint the image!
  5. Allow the printed flower to dry before removing it from the test page.

Note: If you use a bulky flower, like I did, you are likely to have some extra ink spots on the edges and raised areas of the flower. Personally, I thought the extra ink spots added to the design :).

OK, there you have it! Thanks again, Amy, for sending me this great product!! There are more examples of how to use ScraPerfect on Amy’s site: ScraPerfect.com (the pouches are also available for purchase there).

Have you ever tried printing on any unusual surfaces? I’d love to hear all about it :)!

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