Friday, October 7, 2011

Kathy's Lily Pad Palette Color Challenge

I love a good color challenge and when you throw in a fabulous Tiffany Doodles Digital Image, the fun really begins!

Here's Kathy's color palette for this month:

In a previous life (career) I taught 1st through 8th grade computer classes at a Christian school. One of my favorite things to teach was Microsoft Publisher. And I still use my 2003 version of Publisher to do all of my digital crafting. I have Photoshop but I just don't use it much so I never got very proficient with it.
I'm not sure if anyone still has this older version of Publisher and I wonder if the newer versions still look and work the same, but I've included a short photo tutorial in case you'd like to give it a try. (Most everything can be done in Word or Powerpoint also). I also throw in some re-coloring in Paint just to prove how old school I am.
Now, on to the card using THIS golf cart image by Tiffany Doodles:

I started with a 5.5x4.25 inch top folded card base. I inked around the edges with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink, then stamped Paisley Outline by Penny Black using Stormy Sky Distress ink.

Next I opened the Golf Cart image in Paint. I added color to the background and saved it as Golf Cart-white.

Then I opened Publisher and searched for Clipart for the background:

I created a 4 x 5.25 inch rectangle, cropping and resizing the clipart pics to fit. Then I added the Golf Cart image and formatted it by "setting transparent background". This takes the purple color away but leaves the interior of the golf cart white. If I didn't do this step the whole image would be transparent and the background would show through the golf cart. It wasn't critical for this project, since I paper-pieced over it, but it allows me to leave it white if I want. I resized the golf cart to fit my background, then I did a copy/paste so my extra golf cart would be the right size.

Next I needed to recolor the background to match the Color Palette:

I chose a dark teal to match the palette color, then lightened it a bit.
The last step in Publisher was to add a text box and type in my golf cart quote.
Once everything was positioned how I wanted it, I printed this page on Neenah Tiara White Cardstock.
I added some detail to the golf clubs and the hub caps with a Faber-Castell PITT Artist pen in silver.
I trimmed the panel, matted it with a black cs then added it to my prepared card base using dimensional foam adhesive.

Next I colored the extra golf cart with Copic markers, no shading just getting color down.

and then added some texture and pattern with the Paisley Outline stamp using Stormy Sky ink.

The colored parts of the image were cut out and paper pieced onto the finished panel using glue dots for just a bit of dimension.

This seems like it was a lot of work, but it took longer to put this blog post together than it did to complete the card. I plan to make a bunch of these using different quotes and varying the backgrounds to have on hand for giving to all the golfers in my life. Maybe I will even adapt the backgrounds and colors and make Christmas cards! I can see it now...a little holly garland on the cart and mistletoe hanging from the clubs!

Thanks for sticking with this long post. I hope you try this method to add backgrounds to your Digital Images.  Now don't forget to visit the Lily Pad Cards blog to see all the Tiffany Doodles gorgeous-ness by the Design Team.

~ Romans 3:23-26 ~
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.
Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.
He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.
People are made right with God when they believe
that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.....
God did this to demonstrate His righteousness
for He Himself is fair and just
and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus."


  1. Oh, you are so clever, Nancy! What a fun way to make a background! And I love this card - so would my golf fanatic hubby! Have a great weekend, my friend! :)

  2. What a great lesson, Nancy! You are still teaching - us! Love this chuckle of a card and great take on the colors.

  3. So cute! I actually just got that Paisley background stamp! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you! :o)

  4. Fab card for a golfer! Wonderful tutorial too!

  5. Fabulous card and thanks for the tutorial - I need all the help I can get when it comes to digi cards! :)

  6. Awesome tutorial, Nancy!! Love your take on the colors and images! Just FABULOUS!


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