TLC Designs is a sweet little online craft store that carries some very unique interactive die sets, along with cute stamp sets and some digital products as well. TLC stands for, “To Live Creatively”, and one of the goals of the store is to bring you quality products at the best prices.
I was excited to get invited to be a part of the TLC Design Team. I’ve been playing with some of the products for the last couple of weeks and I’m in love!
The clear stamps and the digital stamps have adorable images. The die sets are jam packed full of pieces that allow you to create with them in endless ways.
Here is my first share! I used some of the digital products along with dies from two different sets.
You will find a video tutorial below as well!!!
This slimline card uses a digital paper from the Snow Family Fun digital paper set. I elongated it and widened it in a Word document so that it was long enough to use on a slimline card. I LOVED this Christmas tree paper and I thought it was a perfect background from the snowman from the Snow Family Fun Mailbox digital set.
When I want to use a digital image, I open a Word document and insert the picture of the digital image that I want to use. Then I choose the square text wrapping feature so that I can move my image around the page and place it so I can trim around it and still have an A2 sized card front. I also resize the image by pulling one of the corners of the square so I don’t change the aspect ratio of the art.
The background paper just required some resizing so I could have it print 7 x 8-1/2″. I added a text box and inserted the Merry Christmas sentiment to the digital paper in a layer on top of the trees. This allowed the sentiment and the background to be printed all in one piece so I didn’t have to fuss with a sentiment strip!
In this case, I also added the top hat to the snowman. If it doesn’t layer on top, you can select to bring it forward so that the snowman’s head is behind the hat. You can also do these things in any photo editing program, like Photoshop Elements.
I added a piece of my favorite card stock to my ink jet printer and printed out my paper and snowman image. I like to use a 110# Neenah white card stock so that I can color with my alcohol markers. I also print on mixed media, Bristol, and watercolor papers depending on which medium I plan to use to color the image and background.
Here, you can see that I used the fabulous scalloped frame from the Happy Dragonfly Circle die set that has a total of 7 dies to create with! I used the largest outer scalloped frame and I love the cut out detail in the scallops! I cut one of these in white and one in red. I added a piece of cellophane from the die package with some double sided tape to the red piece and I poured some sequin mix pieces from my stash onto the white piece. I glued these together with some Ranger Multi-Media Matte glue and left it to dry. I added the entire piece to the top of my card front with tape runner. The snowman was added with some foam tape on top of the entire piece.
Copic Combinations for the Snowman:
Hat: W 9, 7, 5, 3
Scarf and Hat Ribbon: B 29, 24, 23, 21
Heart: R 59, 24
Arms and Buttons: E 29, 25, 23, 21
Body: W 3, 1, C00
Hat and Scarf Buckle: W 5, 3, 1
Nose: YR 18, 15 Y 15
Holly: G 29, 24 R 59
Once I colored my snowman, I cut him out with my Brother Scan-n-Cut. I like a small white border around the edge and the electronic die cutting machines make it so nice and even around the entire image!
Another small touch that I like to add is to use a black journaling pen to outline the sentiment. Then I used my W5 Copic marker and added a drop shadow to the bottom right under the journaling pen. I feel like this gives your digital sentiment a little dimension and allows it to look more like a sentiment strip that you added to the card!
Base: White card stock cut at 7 x 8-1/2″, score and fold at 3-1/2″
Red Mat cut at 3-1/2 x 8-1/2″
Christmas Tree patterned paper cut at 3-1/4 x 8-1/4″
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