Jenni Bowlin Digital has some awesome digital stamps (aka brushes), so I thought I’d share some digital stamping ideas on how to use them that may not obvious.
I’ll show using this set of stamps:
And here’s the page I made using them:
Supplies: Definition Labels, Morning Mist, School Days Alpha, Soda Water Icons by Jenni Bowlin Digital; Flair Builder by Mommyish, Stitching & Staples by Carrie Arick; Font: Traveling Typewriter
Now, I love black brushes to add some high contrast to a page and it’s probably part of my own signature style, but sometimes it doesn’t fit the story. I started with these beautiful papers & cards by Lisa Dickison for JBS, some old photos of me and my sisters, and wanted to use the Definition Labels. I didn’t want to just recolor them. I wanted to bring in some of those pinks and greens from that gorgeous flower card. I’m going to show you how I did that.
For demonstration purposes, let’s open a brush in the PNG format in Photoshop. I’m using the Peace Definition Label:
We are going to color the outer band of the oval:
Select the desired color
Select the color replacement brush
The brush type and size can be played with to achieve different looks, but the other settings are important for getting good color replacement.
- Mode: Color
- Limits: Contiguous
- Tolerance: 100%
Brush the area you want to color.
If you’d like to recolor the rest of the image, the method is similar. For instance, for the smaller line in the oval:
- Set your brush to smaller size. (If it’s too big, you’ll end up recolor the outer line accidentally)
- Select your new color (if desired)
- Change the Mode to Luminosity
- Change the Limits to Discontiguous
- Brush over the line
- DON’T PANIC that the line is grey and not your desired color… we’re doing that next…
Change the Mode Color and brush your line.
Ta-da! You can repeat for the rest of the image. I’m sure there are other ways of recoloring, but I find this to produce the best results with the least frustration.
Now for the super easy, really amazing extras!
- Create a new layer & drag it below your image (in other words, make it the first layer in the layers palette)
- Select the Brush Tool
- Select a fun brush
- Select a color
- With the first layer in the paletted highlighted, brush in the area where you want to add color
- Repeat until you are happy
You can enhance this technique by:
- adding noise (Filter>Noise>Add Noise) for an embossing powedery or glittery look
- use the eraser with the settings low to make it a realistic looking stamp
- add styles to the layers (like a bevel, pattern & inner glow for the paint)
- select part of the image with the magic wand, then copy and paste that part to it’s own layer. Play with blending modes and add styles
PUSH ALL THE BUTTONS! You can always undo it!
After some playing, here’s what I ended up with:
The idea isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be interesting… and how cool is it to be able to add some mixed media touches to a regular brush?