Tidbit Tuesday: Converting Stickers to Stamps

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Welcome to Tidbit Tuesday!  This week I have a quick tip for converting stickers to stamps.  Have you ever loved the word art or image on a sticker element, but wished it also came in a stamp or brush format?  Well, there is is an easy fix for converting sticker type elements to stamps.  There are a couple of limitations to this method, but if you have the right combination of word art and background paper colors it works like a charm. :)

Here is an example of the technique using a word art tag from Shawna’s Signs of Spring kit:

Sticker-Stamp-Comparison

All it took was one adjustment to convert the word art tag to a stamp: Set the layer blend mode to “Darken.”  That’s it – I promise!  Here is a screen shot if you’re not sure where to find the Darken mode:

Darken-Screenshot

Now for the limitations.  For this technique to work, the text or image must be darker than the background paper, and the element background must be fairly light.  For example, the technique wouldn’t work on the tag above if the background was dark blue or black.  Since Darken is a blend mode, it also won’t work on a pure white background.

However, if you have light colored text or images on a dark element background and a dark background paper, you can convert the sticker element to a stamp by using the “Lighten” blend mode.  Here is an example:

Lighten-Stamp

Just remember two general rules: (1) Darken works to eliminate a light element background. while Lighten works to eliminate a dark element background; and (2) Match the lightness or darkness of the element background to the layout background paper.

I hope you have fun playing with this technique!

Until next time ~
Judie (HeyJude)

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Birdhouse

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The sun is shining, birds are chirping and spring is definitely in the air. There’s something about birdhouses that I like; they’re just so cute. This week I decided to make one to use as spring decor in my kitchen. Picking a kit to use for this project wasn’t hard, as Shawna and Traci’s kit  A happy family: Lovin’ life was perfect with it’s birds and feathers.

a happy life-600

I used a cut file for my Silhouette and made the base out of cardstock. Then I did a print and cut of the decorative panels and roof pieces as well as the bird.

birdhouse-600

I placed it on a tray along with some flowers, twigs, seedpackets and candles. I think it adds a cute spring feel to my decor.

birdhouse2-600

 

 

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Sweet Shoppe Saturday – April 19th

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Happy Saturday!  I am excited to bring you the next installment in the Happy Family line of kits that Traci and I have made for you. Celebrate good times, come on! Every family has those moments to celebrate – a birthday, a promotion, a graduation, a day well-spent. You can capture all the excitement of everyday celebrations with A Happy Family: Celebrating Us by Traci Reed and I.

A Happy Family: Celebrating Us by Traci Reed and Shawna Clingerman

layout by Gemma

layout by Gemma

layout by Jenn

layout by Jenn

 

layout by Judie

layout by Judie

 

layout by Tanyia

layout by Tanyia

 

layout by Hanna

layout by Hanna

layout by Mari

layout by Mari

layout by cmkb396

layout by cmkb396

Have a wonderful Saturday, and a wonderful holiday weekend if you are celebrating something this weekend.  Then, of course, you can scrap it with this awesome celebratory kit! Have fun!

-Shawna

 

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