05 April 2014

Spaceman birthday

Hi Everyone, from a wet and miserable day, however the grass looks greener and the light we have today makes the garden, with it's Spring bloom,s look lovely, although WET!  I was going to add some piccies, but this is a Lonnnnnnnggggggg post.

I have had a few comments on how I do things in Photoshop, so decided that I would give you an insight into what I did with this card, I'd love to hear your comments on whether you would like more of the same, or more in depth or not to bother LOL.  I don't pretend to be an expert, but I do what I can and try and find out what I don't know, hopefully this will help you find out things too.

I had a birthday card to do for my friends Grandson so here it is. With a joke?

The old fashioned spaceman is from WGP Printables at Etsy, the white moons are by Studio Linda Renee from her digi kit Chapel in the Moonlight, I used  PS Cloud brushes by Blazter and a star scatter by Dede designs.

I have made all sizes card templates in PS so I just choose the layout depending on which card size I intend to use, this is a 6 x 6 inch finished card.

  1. I added a dark blue square shape for the background
  2. Made a duplicate layer to each moon and used the
  3. PS Filter gaussian blur to each of duplicates.
  4. Added a gradient overlay to the bottom layer of one moon to add more colour. 
  5. Placed different cloud brushes around and added the same gradient to them
  6. Used the PS Filter "Twirl" to the clouds, to make the swirling line shapes
  7.  I added the star scatter layer on top. 
  8. The spaceman came in on another layer, I painted him in PS.  
  9. The inside was done with all the layers, except the spaceman
  10. I duplicated all the layers and merged the duplicate
  11. This was moved to the left of the card layout with the originals staying on the right side
  12. I hid the moons on the right side, 
  13. Added a shape matching the colours
  14. Added text and printed it all out.

After I had printed it and added it to the card I realised he was 21 duh! so cut out the 21 and a key on my Cricut. added them so I can post it to him today! I also added ultra fine glitter from The Range and 3D gloss on top of his helmet to make it look like glass, - hopefully :)

I hope that makes sense to you PS users, it's probably gobblygook to other crafters, that is why I am asking if you want more!  Anyhow here's the card.

Before the 21 and key added

hopefully from this you can see what I mean when I said about moving the merged layer to the left etc.

This is with the 21 and key added, I thought it had to be off white to layer over the moon.
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/science-fiction.html  Science Fiction.  - Yep!

http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/you-spin-me-right-round-challenge_4028.html  Spin me right round - Must contain circles - Yep! (the moons)


Deborah Frings said...

What a fabulous card! A really super 21st card. Thank you so much for the tutorial too (I understood some of it). Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week!

Deborah said...

Very cool card. Thank you for entering it into the That's Crafty challenge.

Aileen said...

Totally in awe! x

Sybrina K said...


Deborah is right on the money calling this fabulous -- it truly is amazing! The detail is spectacular -- and has resulted in a card that I'm sure your grandson will treasure. And, I can't think of anything more appropriate for a Shine Like a Diamond theme than the stars and moon. :)

Thanks so much for playing along with us at Words 2 Scrap By!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

I appreciate the time you took to break down all the steps, but I think I probably only know how to do a couple of them at this point ;-) I am one of those folks that needs visuals... either videos or screen shots, and I know how much work that can be. For now I will be content to be amazed by what you do!!! Maybe when I have pared my paper stash down to an amount that isn't embarrassingly exceeding, I will try to learn some new PS tricks! Great card Faith!

Shirley Young said...

It's fantastic Faith and thanks for explaining how you achieved it, it's very useful.

Sylvia Anderson said...

I love this card, It's so unusual..... Great sentiment.
Thank you for joining in our challenge over in The Crafting Cafe.... Good luck x

Bonnie said...

This is fantastic, inside and out, Faith! It all looks to be so complicated!

Donna Hanley said...

This is a terrific card for this challenge. It is really nice and your grandson will treasure this one for sure. Have a great week.

Marlene Atkinson said...

this is gorgeous, I love the spaceman. Thank you for joining us at The Crafting Cafe Challenge this month. Marlene DT

Sue - said...

Hi Faith! Your card is fantastic! Thank you for coming to play in The Male Room.

wienerhoneymooners said...

This is awesome!! I love this so much!! Love to see you link up to Paper Crafting Challenges – newer card challenge that has 10 more days to play and this theme is Masculine!! Love to see you there! What a sweet card!

Lou said...

Amazing card. Thanks for joining in our challenge at The Crafting Café this month

Unknown said...

Looks awesome Faith.x

wienerhoneymooners said...

Welcome, thanks for linking up and joining us at Paper Crafting Challenges!

Dawn said...

What a great card Faith! I love the design & the little key is perfect!
Thanks for sharing at The Crafting Cafe in our One For The Boys challenge this month!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Unknown said...

WOW! Wonderful card! Fantastic detail! Thank you for sharing with us at Crafting Café. Amy A.,DT

Pia S said...

I think your digital design looks fantastic, Faith!!!

Rocky said...

It's Great!! I love it! I don't understand much about how but I do appreciate the time spent giving the run through. If I get into this type of crafting I know where to come for help. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Male Room.

Louise van Vuren said...

This is amazing! It's not something I could do so I'm very impressed, love the inside and outside, total fill idea, and of course the joke! Thanks for sharing with us at The Male Room

Louise xx

Mixedmediajenn said...

Haha, too Cute! Thank you for entering the Oddball Art Challenge!

BobbisTreasure said...

I am sure that the recipient will love this card. Your attention to detail makes the card really shine bright like a diamond!! Thanks for playing along with us at Words 2 Scrap By!!