Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My first Tutorial!

Ok, I have been asked a few times just recently about how my templates can be used to make traditional paper cards. I do make mine digitally, but you can also easily use the template for paper crafting, if you have a photo editing program. I use Photoshop Elements.

So, after downloading the files from my blog, and unzipping them on your own computer, you can open the PSD file in the photo editing program and the file will open up in a layered format. (Note: To save yourself the awful mistake of ruining this original file, be sure to duplicate it,close the original, and work off the copy.) And don't forget what I mention in the credits! I make the templates a full 12" so they are easier to work with when using full size scrapbooking paper. So you will want to size the template down now to whatever size you want your card to be when it's completed.

If you wanted to use the template for paper crafting, you would just open a new 8.5x11 file and  move each piece of the template over to the new work field. Lay them out and arrange them so that you can get as many pieces on one piece of paper as possible. If you have parts that don't fit on the new page, make another, the same size and move the rest of the pieces over. We're just trying to waste as little paper as possible with this step.

Now, when you have all your pieces laid out, go ahead and print the page(s) on card stock. You can now cut the pieces out and use them as your templates for your own traditional paper cards!!

Well, like I said, this was my first tutorial, so if I was clear as mud and you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or even email me at I'd love to hear how my templates are working for you!


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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