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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Countdown to Christmas at LEJ Designs



Hello, All
Time for a lovely new challenge at


We are having a 
Countdown to Christmas
theme and hope you will share 
your creations with us this week. 

There is  a freebie on LEJ Designs, too. 
 
He will only be free for a limited time so why not pop over and capture:
 Mozpoz Santa Claws?


I have made a hybrid project this week, using the image:

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For anyone new to that expression, it simply means I have combined paper techniques with electronic techniques.
My colouring is by hand using Promarker Pens and Flexmarker Pens but I have used masking techniques with a single chorister to produce a full choir on two levels using Craft Artist Professional 2.  
It has just dawned on me that I had not set my scanner to a high enough resolution, d'oh! 
I would love to get proficient enough with Craft Artist to colour in digital images inside the programme but I have  a feeling those days are far away yet.:)  Although I am able to change the colour of a blank image!  Who! Hoo!
The setting I achieved by using embellishments from digi kits and playing around with them a lot . I added one background from a digi kit too. 
 (Altered art the digital way? Interesting idea!)

Love and Peace, 
Vee xx  
I am adding this later in the week as I have been told by a couple of friends that I have not left enough information for people interested in digital work. 
I have to say an expert will probably have a laugh at how 
I get to my end result as everything I do 
is a bit hiss and mit (lol!)
So here goes.
I masked the boys because when you buy a digital image from LEJ Designs you get three versions; the jpeg, the clear background png and the totally clear png.
I used the clear background as that lets you put them closer together without having to worry about the backgrounds. I coloured one boy first using promarkers but did not colour his hair and skin.
I scanned him in and copied several times and grouped them into a choir. I made the alter rail from a small metal gate embellishment I just pulled and resized cut and stretched and copied until it resembled a rail. The pew was a very, small dark  wooden bench I recoloured it, resized it and cropped it and then placed it so that the boys would somewhere to stand and sit.
The screeen at the back was smaller and I copied it and grouped them together and resized, recoloured and sent to back to be a backdrop to the boys. Then I added a neutral background from a digi kit.
The three embellishments I think I found in one of the steampunk digi kits and the background I am not sure but it is quite neutral and may even have been from a free kit.
Once the scene was set and I had my choir  I printed it out and coloured the skin and hair differently for each boy using promarkers.   I then scanned it back in and at this point I should have used a higher resolution as I lost a lot of the detail from my colouring. Of course anyone who has sussed out how to colour in Craft Artist is  colouring inside the programme but  I am not sure how to do that properly and I actually love colouring with my promarkers so it suits me.
Once everything was scanned in I cut around the heads and necks and pasted them onto the original choir group, resizing to get the best fit and that was that. 
I am totally convinced there are a dozen ways to do it better but that is what I did
I hope that helps.
Vee xx     
    


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The first randomly drawn winner will win 4 digital images
of their own choosing from 
LEJ Designs

The second randomly drawn winner will win
a $12 voucher from



 
Each week there is a special draw for entries using an LEJ Designs image and the prize this week is
TEN digital images from LEJ Designs.
(And there is a freebie on the web site! You do the math!)
 
Love and Peace, 

38 comments:

  1. fabulous card Vee, just love it, xxx

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  2. fabulous card Vee, just love it, xxx

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  3. Vee this is fabulous I love the design. Caroline xxx

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  4. Another fab creation Vee very christmas xxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Love what you've done with him x snap :)
    Such a fabby card xx

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  6. Great card love the layout.

    Joan x

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  7. Gorgeous card Vee,great image.xxx

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  8. Lovely card Vee ,love it xxx

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  9. This is gorgeous Vee. I love your design using that fabulous image

    Hugs Sue

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  10. fab card, love what youve done with the image, px

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  11. Really stunning Vee, I just love what you came up with for this image it looks brilliant and really captures the christmas spirit, amazing design
    Lindsay xx

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  12. oh so clever Vee - brilliant idea - love it xx

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  13. That's brill Vee...fab idea.xx

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  14. Brilliant card and a fabulous idea.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  15. Hi Vee, I think you card is amazing, I love how you have set out the inside of a church.
    How did you do it?
    Hugs
    Janet

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  16. Great work Vee as always hope you are ok hun xx Jan

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  17. This is brilliant and very clever idea.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us over at Craftymess.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

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  18. lovely thanks for joining us at crafty mess xx

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  19. Fabulous card Vee.
    Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at I ♥ ProMarkers.
    Lorraine x

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  20. Wow what a great Choir Boy card!

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  21. What a sweet card ,love the scene you have created and the choir boys are fab
    Thanks for joining us at t I ♥ ProMarkers. And good luck
    Tracey x

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  22. This is a fabulous project Vee and a fantastic alternative to the traditional xmas images.
    Really lovely to see

    Claire x

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  23. This is a fabulous project Vee and a fantastic alternative to the traditional xmas images.
    Really lovely to see

    Claire x

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  24. Fabulous card, love how made a choir from one image. I have thought of trying to paint my images digitally but so far any attempt has been a dismal failure. Maybe some day:O)
    hugs
    Glenda

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  25. Loving your Choir Boys card...such an usual image...I can almost hear them singing....

    Thank you for taking part in our challenge over at Craftymess.

    Love n' hugs
    Sandie xx

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  26. Cute, thanks for playing @ CTO!

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  27. You know I love this card Vee...such a great image.

    Love n' hugs
    Sandie xx

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  28. What a wonderful card! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate the Occasion this week! Rachel xxx

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  29. A fantastic card Vee. I love how you've created a whole choir from one image and then set the chuech scene.
    Thanks for joining us at DCC & Friends and good luck x

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  30. Such a fabulous card you have created and that image is beautifully coloured. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx
    cardsbyladyanne

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  31. Hi Vee, I have just come back to read how you did this card, and to be honest, I am still none the wiser, as I am still at the very early learning stage in using Craft Artist, but however, you created it, it is wonderful.
    Janet

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  32. A wonderful card Vee .... I love the choir boys.... a great card x
    Thank you for joining us at the Crafty Mess challenge

    Tina x

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  33. What an unusual card, love the idea of a church scene! Thank you for joining us at the Celebrate the Occasion challenge and hope to see you back again. Hugs
    Anna xxx

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  34. Thank you so much for so many lovely commments; I am rather overwhelmed. I have now added a clearer "how to" but as I am only a basic user of Craft Artist 2 it might be a clunky/clumsy way to many! Love and Peace, Vee xx

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  35. I love the combined image of the choir boys, beautiful card! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO for our "Christmas (no red or green)" Challenge :)

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  36. Lovely card!!!
    Thanks for joining CTO this week!

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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. If youi would care to join me I would love to have your company. I will be looking forward to visiting your blog to leave a comment and join you too.
Vee xx