Posts tagged ‘background’

Easy faux Versamark™

I’ve got an easy technique to share with you for when you want a Versamark™ look but have a digital image instead of a rubber stamp. In case you aren’t familiar, Versamark™ itself is a rubber stamping ink designed to mimic the watermarks found on fine stationery. (These days we think of watermark more in terms of protecting our digital photographs which is why I don’t just call this faux watermarking.)

For this technique you will need an inkjet printer, some medium to light colored  (not white) paper or card stock and everyday software. The first thing to do is open a document in your graphics, desktop publishing or even word processing program and place a few sample elements. Squares or letters work fine or you can use images from your eventual design as I’ve done here. Pick a color you think will match your paper for one element and then choose shades lighter and darker for the others until you have a spectrum as shown in the screen capture below right. Print the document on a scrap piece of the paper you want to use, in my case kraft paper (see results below left).

Pick the shade you like from the printout and note the corresponding color in your digital document – “next to last brown swatch,” for instance. In my case, I picked the color of the volleyball (RGB code 214-185-146 if I want to use with other software). Now all that’s left to do is color your design with the watermark color you’ve determined. The pictures really don’t do this justice. It is a nice, subtle look and it really does look rubber stamped and not just printed.

My background was created from characters in the adorable Doodlebat font DB Beach Doodles. The beach chair (also from DB Beach Doodles) and sentiment (LD Handwriting font) were drawn with a Sharpie marker and cut on my Silhouette SD. The sketch-look border was created using the new Sketch feature in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

Versamark™ is a trademark of Tsukineko, Inc. which has no affiliation with this blog.

January 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm 7 comments

New tricks for Swiss Dots

After seeing all the “companioning” going on with stamps and embossing folders and stamps and punches and stamps and dies, I decided to make some digital stamps and backgrounds to go with tools I already have. Thought the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder would be an easy place to start, but I was wrong. I am not much for giving up, though, so hours later, I finally succeeded with the results you see here.

Here’s how to reproduce my results:

– Download the PDFs here Pink Flowers  or Snow Gradient.

– Print at 100% size (make sure any automatic scaling is turned off) on heavyweight paper or card stock.

– Trim the printed portion at the top and sides so it will fit in the folder and your machine. Leave excess paper at the bottom of the image so you will have something to hold on to.

– Load the sheet into the Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss Folder with the image and the flat side of the folder facing you.

– With the folder at least slightly open, position the page so that the dots on your image align with the holes in the folder. This will take a little patience, especially if your folder is warped from wear like mine is.

– Carefully close the folder while holding the paper in place so that it does not slip out of position.

– Continue carefully loading the embossing folder between the required plates so that the paper does not slip, and run it through your embossing machine.

– Remove the embossed printout, trim and sand as desired (I sanded the flowers shown above, but left the snow as is).

And if you are a digital enthusiast who likes to change colors etc., you can download the .png files here, suitable for tinkering.

As always, hope you enjoy this and make great project, which you will share with me so I can link back to you.


December 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm 29 comments

Free Moroccan Tile Vector

I’ve created a vector version of the digipaper in my previous post. Great for a 12 x 12 background or modify it to fit a card front, etc.

Download the SVG here

Download the PDF version here

December 20, 2011 at 10:02 am 13 comments

Free Morocco Tile digipaper

Like most of you, I’m busy working on Christmas presents and other holiday projects, but I have some freebies I want to share in the meantime. Here are some Morocco tile 12 x 12 high resolution digital papers and also a single high resolution seamless pattern tile which you can use to create your own paper in any color.

Download the files here

And by request, a vector PDF version here. This should also import into AI, Inkscape and most diecutting software.

December 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm 18 comments

Printable seamless patterns with Repper

Update: Repper appears to be down, not sure if its permanent.

And I’m sharing 6 free patterns I created using the techniques in the video.

Remember to scale the patterns down to around 30% after you fill your object to get great print quality.
Steps for doing that in Silhouette Studio are as follows.




September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am 7 comments

Royal Wedding Freebie

In honor of the royal wedding, and inspired by the Teresa Collins Black and White Cricut Imagine cartridge, I have created some digital paper to share with you. The lovely crown is from The Graphics Fairy, so a special thanks goes to her.

Click for 12 x 12 high resolution digipaper

or click on image below then right-click to download just the seamless tile.

And click here for some more cool and free Royal wedding printables from Lettering Delights.

April 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm 1 comment

Make stamp mats with SCAL -video

Don’t have SureCutsALot yet? Get info/order here.

(To see how to do this in MTC, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

October 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm 27 comments

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