07 November 2014

DSC # 113 Sparkle N Sprinkle

Firstly today I want to welcome back to Digitally Sweet Challenges Denise Pustelniak, she was such a great help in my very first DT post with DSC, thank you again Denise.

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Cosy Winter Moments

sponsored by  Sparkle N Sprinkle

I chose this image as my cosy moments, as it reminds me of a cheese and wine party we had with friends. that really was cosy winter moments! Especially towards the end of the evening LOL.

I coloured the image "Wine Tableau" from Sparkle N Sprinkle in PS, I am so happy with my colouring, as I am understanding more about the way to use brushes and layers.  

Tips on colouring in PS as I did, with trepidation, originally.  (Especially for a great blog friend Mary H)
  1. right click and duplicate the main image twice, hide the original layer by clicking on the "eye" to the left of the image in the layer column. 
  2. right click choose blending options, change the top layer to "multiply"
  3. start painting with a basic brush on the 1st copy layer. I would magnify the image for this to make it easier.
You will be able to colour without having to worry about painting over the lines as the "multiply layer" is on top with the lines intact. You'll see this if you hide the painting layer. I hope that will help you start your colouring.

It is possible to just use the 2 layers to colour the complete image, professionals use different layers for different colours and blending options. I am not a professional so have found a way to do it without making it very complicated. I'm not saying it is the correct way, but it gives a bit of confidence and if you go really wrong, you still have your original image and you multiple layers to start again, (just remember to make another duplicate layer from your original to start again.) You can progress to more layers as you feel more confident with this way.

I've used a few techniques in this, i.e. dodge & burn to add shadows, brushes for the snow in the window, blur for the wine in the bottle, stainless steel style for the knife, embossing for the holly swirl overlay.  It did take me a few hours to complete, but I am very happy with it.

I laid out the images I wanted on the page in PS, printed and added them to the card. I decided to add a tag and lots and lots of sparkle and it does too, shame it can't be picked up in the photo, hopefully you will see I added it to all the frosty part of the card in the closeup. 

Wine Tableau Sparkle N Sprinkle
Holly overlay by Brooke Gazarek at Pixel Scrappers
Frost overlay, sorry no file name.


Pamellia said...

Beautiful Faith! You did a fantastic job with the image and I love all of the glittery snow! hugs :)

Sue said...

A fabulous image and design Faith.Thank you for your tut xx

Shirley Young said...

Looks great Faith and thanks for the PS tips.

Anonymous said...

As always, just one word sums this up, STUNNING. You amaze me with each design you do - well done. lolx

Viv said...

Oh wow Faith, no wonder it took you a few hours! it's fabulous. Thanks for explaining about colouring in PS too, I used to have it but now I use Paint Shop Pro and Craft Artist....sounds very similar though I must try it ;) Viv xx

MagsB said...

Wow, Faith what amazing colouring! all that time was so well-spent, the shading is awesome! Fabulous work, hun!

love Mags B x

MaryH said...

First, I LOVE this card, and what you've done with the image. Great idea to add the tiny tag with the same theme. What you've done in the window design boggles the mind. Thank you SO very much for doing the tutorial. Will bet I'm not the only one who will benefit from this and your expertise. I've got this post bookmarked, so that I can go back, study at leisure and try your directions when I'm actually doing something (else I won't remember them!). You're a jewel to take the time to write this so explicitly and I'll give you an shout out as to how I manage. Have a great wkend, TFS & Big, big hugs!

Sarn said...

Crikey . . . it all sounds VERY complimicated Faith! I'll stick to stamping and pens! However, the beautiful results you get with your digital manipulations simply cannot be denied. You make lovely cards.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue said...

This is stunning Faith! huggles Sue xx

Anne Temple said...

Wow, I am amazed that you digitally colored this image - it looks fabulous! Love all the shading you've achieved. I'm so glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge and congrats on being a SNS Featured Artist this month as well!

Denise Pustelniak said...

Well adorned table with a well adorned card!

Sue - said...

Beautiful card Faith . I agree with Sarn that your process sounds VERY complicated but definitely worth the hard work!

maria's knutselplezier said...

I really love these original christmascards!!! Great scenery !!really stunning!!!


Belinda said...

What a beautiful card!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge, hope you will join us again!