Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking

I must confess, when I said I would post something on here that dealt with papercutting and scrapbooking, I had really no clue what to do. I thought I would try to do something digitally since the computer is what I am most comfortable with. I kind of like it! Here is my merger of scrapbooking and scherenschnitte:

In order to create this piece, I had to draw it out first. I had a rough idea of what I was going to do and where I was going to place the picture. Knowing those things, I jumped right in.

If you are ever cutting words out and you're drawing your image directly to the back of the paper, always remember to do a mirror image. Then, before you even think about cutting, take a look at it in the mirror. There are sooooooo many times when I've cut something out only to notice that an R was backwards or that tricky N was slanted the wrong way.

The finished piece. Ta da!

After I scanned it in, I took the image into Photoshop, outlined it and colored it and placed it over my photo. I've been using Photoshop for quite some time now, so I have no clue how difficult this is for the beginner, but once you get the hang of it, it's really pretty simple!


Snippety Gibbet said...

Thanks for the tutorial. That's a great tip about looking at your sketched words in the mirror before cutting them. I'm a great one for reversing one in error.

TxScrapAddict said...

Wonderful tutorial, TFS!

perilloparodies said...

very neat... i have bought big scenery die cuts that look similar to yours, they are not cheap, and I love the fact that it is personally made. Well done!! I love personal touches to anything, but am a fan of scrapbooking, so... Have you found a new addiction in this? you could very easily sell things like this with state names on them, you know...:-)

Cindy said...

Snippety, it's so helpful. And solves so many problems.

txscrapaddict, thanks!

perilloparodies, I would love to do something like that. I need to get a die cutting machine before I even think of selling things like this though.

Elsita :) said...

Hola Cindy!
I was so happy to see your comment in my new blog about papercutting! I am going to make it public very soon, I have been putting it together for a while and it is almost ready. You were the first artist that I included in the papercut artists list. Yay!
Consider me a paper friend now!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Elsita :)

Melissa said...

How fun! Lovely work!