Tuesday, December 04, 2007

How to Create a Darling Hybrid Chipboard Ornament Easily!

Hybrid Ornaments
with Di Hickman, Creative Team Member

I started out with a bunch of old chipboard pieces in various sizes, for this tutorial I chose the oval.
  • I scanned the chipboard piece using my scanner @ 300dpi.
  • Then using the elliptical marquee tool I created an ellipse a little larger than the chipboard piece
  • and used a solid color to fill, this will be used as template later for a clipping mask.

Create a copy of the elipse fill by right clicking the layer, selecting duplicate layer and then clicking ok in the pop up box. Once you have the 2 ellipses merge the layers by pressing Ctrl E

  • Open the paper you wish to use and drag onto the open document (resize if you wish).
  • Then create a clipping mask by pressing Ctrl Alt G (in photoshop CS3). This links the layers together.

  • Repeat the above steps with a smaller ellipse 1/4" inside the edge of the chipboard shape.
  • Again open paper of choice, and create a clipping mask.
  • For interest I added a stroke around the edge by right clicking the layer: blending options>stroke and setting a stroke in creme color at 7pixels

  • Next add the year using the text tool, in the font and color of your choice, I chose a creme to compliment the stroke in the above step.
  • Hide the chipboard scan layer and print onto white cardstock

  • Once printed adhere to chipboard piece,
  • trim and sand edges.
  • Add buttons, stickers and penwork.
  • Punch a hole in the top and thread ribbon through to hang from tree.

digital papers: sponsor Melothria "and then it was winter" kit
photoshop CS3
font: Sexsmith
Chibboard: Provocraft
Alpha stickers: American crafts
ribbon: Offray
misc buttons from craft store
pen: white signo uniball

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If you have any questions or comments, please send them to thedigitalproject gmail.com