Friday, December 10, 2010
Santa Tag (and another digital freebie)
I had intended to write about the Martha Stewart Cake cartridges today but my day took several unexpected tangents - life is unpredictable sometimes. I do have a series of posts on the Martha Stewart cartridges planned for Scrappy-Go-Lucky and they will most likely begin tomorrow (I just need do a few more test cuts of the files I have designed so I can show you some of the interesting things that you can do with these cartridges).
Today I had a chance to show a friend some of the things that can be done with the Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 software. If you haven't worked with a program like this before it can be difficult to understand what it does by just reading about it, so I did a computer screen share with her to demonstrate just a few of the possibilities.
There are a lot of filters that you can apply to images to get different effects and I was showing her how to do this using this Santa photo as an example. When we used the "posterize" filter I really liked the effect it produced. You can click on the image above to see the photo before and after.
I used the posterized version of Santa to create a circular image. Then I added a mat around the image and gave it some texture and put the words "Merry Christmas" on his beard.
I saved the image as new digital content and then printed up a test sheet with a few sizes.
The smallest images were 1 1/2 inches in diameter and I used my circle punch to cut them out.
I inked the edges with brown to hide the white edge of the paper and any tiny areas that were slightly misaligned when I punched the circle.
I also punched out a tag and a scalloped circle with Creative Memories punches. I use my Cricut so much that I sometimes forget how easy it is to just punch something out for a quick little project. The tag is punched from American Crafts green foil cardstock and the scalloped circle is punched from some DCWV gold glitter cardstock.
I adhered the Santa directly to the scalloped circle and I used foam squares to adhere the circle to the tag to give a little more dimension. I also added some gradient gem stickers from Creative Charms in two sizes and some ribbon in green, white and red checks. I decided to add just a bit of Stickles glitter to the "fur" on his hat for a little more sparkle!
You can click on the Santa to go to the download page and save the file to your computer. This is a PNG file.
You can resize and print up a sheet full of these Santas, punch them out and make some quick, simple and festive tags for the presents that (if you are like me) you still need to wrap!
Be on the lookout for lots of Martha ideas coming your way this weekend!
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