Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Digital Stamp PSE10 Digital Coloring Tutorial

Hello and Welcome To Eureka Stamps.
I am Sara, today I have a tutorial for you on how to
digitally color your Digital Stamps.
I am using PSE10.
(This should also work for versions below.  However, if you are
using version 11 the tools are all there just in different places in the program window.)

If you love digital stamps and do not have photoshop now is the time to pick up version 10, you can find it at closeout prices since version 11 is now on the market.  

  I will show you how I digitally colored
the Bear With A Heart  and used him on a card for today's tutorial.

You can also pick up a freebie download I have prepared for you with this link:
**The digital stamps used are not included in this kit you
can pick them up 
from the
with the provided links:


Kit does include:
1 embossed heart paper
5 digi pattern papers
1 Flourished Adventure Map psd file

all digital papers are 300dpi 12" by 12" jpg files

Please pick up the kit and digital stamps so you can try this fun technique.

Kit Preview...

Are you ready for a New Adventure?
You can click on any image below and it will take you to the full size image for better viewing.

If your image is a png you can skip this next step because a png
already has a transparent background.

(I note a little blip of red on his finger, grab a small eraser when this happens and remove the color that is outside the digital stamp line.)

Your adjustment layer is the half moon shape at the bottom of your layers panel

I am going to take a minute here to explain the Layers section a bit more for those who are not familiar with the program.
After I duplicated my original image and had completed the placement into the program I went ahead and duplicated the bear with a heart layer twice,
this created three layers of the bear in the layers panel.
(the layer quantity I create depends on the complexity of the digi stamp or, how many different colors or effects I think I may use.  Each color or DP goes on a different layer.
I do on occasion break this rule of layers just depends on what I am doing, when you get used to the program you will develop your own habits. 
 For in Photoshop there are multiple ways of obtaining the same outcome.

Now the adjustment layer (after you click the half moon automatically opens onto a new layer).
Compare the screen shot from above to the one directly below.
See how the adjustment layer became the first layer?
Then note how I moved the  adjustment layer position in the layers panel.


Now we can move forward with the removal of the excess adjustment layer.

Again the DP when placed creates its own layer in the layers panel
 just like I explained with the adjustment layer.

Because I colored the heart on its own layer I was now able to attach the dp to the heart layer,
when you work like this you do not need to use the eraser because the paper automatically 
snaps into the colored heart position.
I run a Mac to attach layers you move the mouse cursor to the black line between your dp layer and the colored heart layer.
Next hit the 
Option key on your keyboard, this will change your cursor into a double circle
the top circle appears black.
After this shows up you know you are in the right place so click your mouse one time.
Now the dp layer is offset and shows a down arrow pointing to the bear with the colored red heart.
This means you have successfully attached your layers.

In this screen shot you see how I now have merged all the layers into one,
I decided to paint the paws and small heart on this layer.

To merge layers in photoshop
move your cursor up to the very top of the program screen
 click on Layer
Move down to the options
Merge down
Merge visible
choose merge visible, now only one layer will appear in the layers panel as shown in 
the screen shot below.

Here is my finished Bear With A Heart...

Now I will show you how I used this colored digi to make a hybrid card...

In the free download you will receive a psd file called
Flourished Adventure Map
Open this in PSE

Now you have completed your card front.
Print it off onto card stock or I like to use a glossy photo paper.

Cut your mat layer
4 1/8" by 5 3/8"

Cut your card base
4 1/4" by 11"

Score Card base at 5 1/2"
Fold your card base on the score line.

Attach your mat layer.

Attach your printed card front.

I stopped there with my creation however, you can continue to embellish as you wish.

I had fun working with this little guy, hope you have enjoyed  as well.

Any questions you may have contact me at
and I will try to answer them for you.

Don't forget to go pick up the digi stamps at the


and your free download

Monday, January 28, 2013

Challenge #24- Use Teal or Turquoise

Happy Monday Crafty Friends!!

Welcome to Eureka Stamps' 24th Challenge!
We are really excited that you have Joined us this week!
Thank you so much to Everyone who joined us for our challenge last week!! We really loved seeing all the beautiful creations!! 

Our Winner For Challenge #23 Via is:
 83. DebbieM 
Congratulations! Please Email Tina with the words Eureka Challenge Winner in the Subject Line! Please go to the Eureka Stamps Site & Pick out the two digital Images of your Choice! 
* Also, don't forget to Grab the Winner Badge from our Side Bar for for your Blog!!

Our Top 5 Entries For this Week Are:
in no specific Order

 93. Rebecca    
 8. Berni C  

 47. An  
 20. Judith  
 14. Scrappellen  
Congratulations! Please Grab The Top 5 Badge From our Side Bar to Display on your Blog!

**** The Prize for Winning Our Challenge is 2 Digital Images from our Store of YOUR Choice. However, if you play and Win with a Eureka Stamps Image, You will win Your Choice of 5 Digital Images****
Use Teal or Turquoise

Our Fantastic Guest Designer 
for January  Diane Ahlers
I've been married to my best friend for 36 years and we raised three pretty great kids and just welcomed our first grandson. I work full time as a Special Education Secretary in an elementary school. It's been a wonderful life so far and now that our children are grown it's time to have fun. My husband just got into making guitars and I got into making cards. I started with stamping, but very quickly fell in love with coloring digital images. When I found Copics I was in heaven! I'm learning a little more every day. My Blog is

Here is Diane's fabulous card featuring Images:
digi47501 Best Friends & digi24605 I Cherish 
 We'd Like to Thank Diane for a Wonderful Month with us!! We really appreciate all her gorgeous Creations & hope she's comes back to visit really soon!! Please stop by her BLOG & leave her some love!!

Here is some inspiration from our Design Team!! 

Showcasing Image digi4203 Sm Cake 
Showcasing Image digi56401 Hummingbird Birthday 

Showcasing Image:   digi31202 Baroque Square

    Showcasing Image: digi47501 Best Friends

 Showcasing Image: digi2006(424) Rainy Day Duck


  Showcasing Image: digi27504 What a Wonderful

Showcasing Image:  digi31602 Lovesick Kitty

For full details on the designers' cards you can click on their name which is linked to their blogs! We love to hear from you, so you are always welcome to visit, we would love to receive your comments!

To play along with us, please post a direct link to the card/project on your blog using inlinkz and link back to our challenge from your blog! 

You can join in as many other challenges with ours as you like! You can only enter our challenge a MAXIMUM of 3 times per challenge. Please do NOT backlink to other cards you have previously Posted.
If you are interested in Joining us for a month long Guest Designer Spot, Please put GDT next to your name on your entry! 

Thanks Again For Playing With Us!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Eureka Stamps is Sponsoring Artistic Inspirations

Eureka! Stamps is sponsoring Artistic Inspirations this week
Come join the fun over on this challenge blog for a chance to win 5 Eureka! Stamps digital stamps of your choice!

We hope you will join us as we support Through The Craft Room Door's fun challenges and we look forward to seeing your creations.
Happy craftin !

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Eureka Stamps is Sponsoring Crafter's Cafe

Eureka! Stamps is sponsoring a Crafter's Cafe this week
Come join the fun over on this challenge blog for a chance to win 5 Eureka! Stamps digital stamps of your choice!

We hope you will join us as we support Through The Craft Room Door's fun challenges and we look forward to seeing your creations.
Happy craftin !

Bodacious Backgrounds

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means - time for the Techniques and Tutorial Team to step up to the plate.

Deb here today with a tutorial on background stamps. I love me a good background stamp cause you can always create designer paper (DP) in colors that match your project, even if you don't have a store-bought paper that works. I particularly love Eureka background stamps because you can often match up background images with focal images. Check out the project  below.

This card features Eureka's Filigree Background 39201 and Large Filigree Heart 24601. See what I mean by matching background and focal images?

Let me show you how his card came together. First of all, cut a base card from Stardream metallic cardstock at 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches - yup, that's a pretty large card. I like Stardream because it's substantial enough to hold up to the weight of multiple layers without sagging when you try to display the card.

I selected a piece of smooth, cream card, just a bit larger than the finished size I had in mind. After inking up my background stamp with black VersaFine ink, I stamped it off on a piece of scrap paper (to give a lighter colored impression) before stamping on the right of my cardstock. I try to line up my stamp with the paper keeping in mind where the actual image begins so I can place the second image pretty much in line with the first. And I repeated that whole process on the left. You can see the fine line between my two impressions. I try to do better than that but, in this case, that was good enough due to the card design I had in mind.

As you can see in the photo above, I cut a piece of Recollection metallic cardstock in a gunetal grey and decorated the bottom edge with Spellbinders Classic Edges 2. I then cut a 2 1/2 inch strip of the gunmetal paper the width of my cream background. I cut the scalloped border with the Spellbinder, and embossed the whole piece with a Cuttlebug Hearts folder. All layers were then adhered.

Another piece of the cream cardstock was stamped three times with the focal image, twice in Distress Worn Lipstick and heat embossed, and once in Distress Festive Berries and heat embossed with a sparkle powder.

I wanted to pop up my focal images so, as you can see in these two photos (above), I cut a heart with my Cricut from scrap card and traced a heart shape around my focal images then hand cut them.

I adhered the darker heart to a piece of the gunmetal card and hand cut around it to create a small border.

The two pink hearts were adhered to the card, and I used pop dots to attach the middle heart. A bit of ribbon and along with Liquid Pearl and glitter glue dots completed the project.

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Above is another project using the same background technique. This card measures 6" square. For this project, I used Eureka's Heart Background 57901Love Potion Bottle 35802 and, for the inside, Cascading Hearts 14707

Below, you can see how the background and inside images looked.

That wraps up today's tutorial. As always, I look forward to your comments.

Don't forget to scope out what my Techniques and Tutorial partner, Joann, aka Sassy Raggedy has presented today on the QKR Stampede Blog. And remember you are always welcome at my personal blog Paper Crazy Lady. See you next Wednesday!