Wow...we have received SUCH a great response to the Chevron Tool Kit! Thanks, everyone! Along with the great response, we've got some questions, too...so I thought I'd give some tips & tricks on HOW to use the Chevron patterns...a little DIY if you will! *wink*
So...this kit is seriously everything you need to create Chevron looks...papers, cards, over photos, blogs, tags, you name it...hence...it's a TOOL KIT.
Now...it comes with tags, brushes, patterns, textures & papers. ALL can be used 'as is' OR can be resized, recolored & reused...again & again.
PLUS: there's a FREE Gift with this purchase until Christmas.
I printed mine out...framed it & hung it up...makes me very happy.
Ok..so, back to the Chevron Tool Kit...I wanted to share some ideas:
No. 1: Re-color.
The colored pattern is my fave color palette as of now. (even has the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year in it: Tangerine Tango...& close to the color Persimmon found in my Spooky Junque collection. deelish color!) But...if you DON"T like this color, or even want to change it...looky here:
With just a few clicks of your mouse...you can recolor & change it all up! Here, I just went into my Photoshop Creative Suite 5 (PSCS5) & went to:
& fiddled with the sliders under the Hue, Saturation & Lightness to create this effect.
You can do this in ANY of your colored elements to get a totally NEW look.
You can even copy down these numbers exactly to get this same look. OR just play around until YOU get the color YOU like!
*note: I've had a lot of questions about re-coloring with the Paint Bucket. Here's my take. IF you choose this method, you risk the fact that your image will get messy. pixelated. & not look that great in some cases. Because....when you take your Paint Bucket & pour color into a portion of your design that has a lot of edge on it...it will 'bleed' or pixelate. When you use the 'hue/saturation' method, you aren't fiddling with the pixels themselves...only the color. make sense?
No. 2: Color Overlays.
The Tool Kit comes with a bunch of patterns & textures that will create immediate papers or backgrounds. But, you will notice...they all come in black. (with the background missing...so it looks like little grey & white squares...don't worry...it just means you can drag & drop it onto anything)
So...this is what it looks like:
(don't you love this Chevron texture? it's got text on it...LOVE)
Ok...so, with the black texture, IF I used the Paint Bucket method, I'd be pouring color in for EVER...so...I want to be able to color the entire file.
1. Click on the Chevron layer.
2. go to:
LAYER>LAYER STYLE> COLOR OVERLAY
A color box will pop up & you can get really specific with your color. Here, I've actually typed in the RGB color of the Pantone 2012 color: Tangerine Tango.
Now, I've got the paper pattern & color I want...exactly! Isn't that fab. a. lish.??? LOVE it!
No. 3: Use Brushes to create a DIY Christmas Card Adress Wrap
So, I've got all of my Christmas Cards out in the mail....it was such a fun process...I really enjoyed it this year. I used the Chevron brush to create a pattern on my Address Wrap....(along with the Junque Labels) & printed them off on sticker paper...cut them out & added them on my envies.
LOVE how it turned out! But...it was super easy to create that Chevron background with my pattern brush.
I simply loaded the Chevron Brushes, then selected its own layer, stamped on it & went to my Opacity & lowered it to about 7% so it was a subtle background pattern.
aaaand...speaking of Christmas Cards...I wanted to share these with you...Suzanne Tonga is a fab Rhonna Designs customer, creator extraordinaire...& she sent me these images of her amazing Hybrid Christmas cards...
She created the top part with Christmas Junque kits, printed them out & then embellished the rest of her cards..amazing, huh? LOVE this, Suzanne...thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!
Ok...come back tomorrow for our Creative Team Tuesday....lovin' what they've created!