Before I started scrapbooking and crafting with Photoshop, I was an avid card maker with rubber stamps. I had boxes of stamps and ink pads and loved coming up with lots of different ways to make cards. I certainly made more cards than I ever gave away, but there are worse problems to have!
I’m going to show you today how easy it is to get the same look of a rubber stamped card without investing in any stamps and without having to keep ink pads filled and on hand. You’ll love how easy this is to make a card!
We’re going to start out with our canvas which will be 5.5 x 8.5:
You want to make sure your ruler is in view mode. To do this, go to View and make sure Rulers is checked:
If you put your cursor in the area of the ruler, click and pull down, a blue line will come with you. This is also called a guide. Continue to hold down until you have it placed at the 4.25 mark (the halfway point):
Fill this in with the color you want for your card. I used a slightly off white color. Next, add a layer on top. This will be where we stamp so you don’t want it directly on your background layer.
On this layer two, we are going to use a brush (can also be thought of as a stamp) to stamp trees on. I’m using this set of brushes in our shop:
These brushes come in ABR format and can easily be loaded into your brushes. To use them, click on Window and Brushes to pull up this menu:
There are so many things you can do with brushes, but we are going to keep it basic for this project. Notice the slider under the pictures? It says Size. We’re going to adjust that down to about 190 and make sure we have the color green and then start stamping trees. I also changed it down to 120 and in between to get different sizes of trees. I stamped them in clumps to get the look I liked:
Some are even as small as 66. You can really do it however you like. Notice that I stamped some of the trees on the other side of the line. I’ll show you how to fix this in a second, but know that you could do the stamps on the whole thing, depending on what you want for the back of your card. For me, I only wanted the stamped trees on the front.
Once I get them how I want, I use the marquee tool to delete everything above the blue line:
Now, the next step will be to get the stamped look. To do this, we’re doing to erase some of the color so it looks stamped. I used another set of brushes we sell in our shop for my eraser:
I chose one, adjusted the size of the eraser brush to around 200 and then clicked over each clump of trees:
Now I merge these two layers together because I’m going to print them as one layer.
Next, I use the moose brush to create my moose layer:
Because I’m going to cut this out separate, I make sure it is on its own layer and I named it so I wouldn’t forget!
Next, I used another stamp to create a red tag:
I also did this on its own layer and added my text. Once I had my text the way I wanted it, I merged the two layers together because I’ll be printing the tag with the text and then cutting out the tag.
Now its time to move the card items over to the page we’re going to print. I always move them to an 8.5 x 11 canvas so I can print from there. To best do this, I like to click Window>>Arrange>>2 Up Vertical. This places the card on one screen and the 8.5 x 11 blank canvas on the screen next to it. This makes it easy to slide one layer at a time over to the new canvas:
Then I slide over the card and turn it so it fills the top half of my paper. I slide over the tag and the moose below it. Remember that when you print, there will be a small white border around your page and that’s okay. Just cut out the card and each item and then put the card together. You can add any embellisments or keep it simple. I use glue dots to add the tag and the moose just to give it some nice dimension.
And here is my final card (my cutting skills aren’t the best, but even a moose with all those antlers can be cut out by hand, if you don’t have a silhouette!):
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