Handpainted Ornate Frames
Ornate frames are a perennial favorite in digital scrapbooking because they always add an elegant touch to a special photo. They're almost always extracted photographs, though, and that just never seems quite right on a more artsy page. These three will fit right in, though, since they're each a work of art in their own right and show off their handpainted nature in visible brush strokes and less-perfect edges. Each comes as a layered PSD with a base color, shadow, and highlight layer so that you can recolor them to your taste. If you're a traditionalist, just recolor the base layer and tweak the blend modes on the other two. You can achieve some fantastic mixed-media effects by clipping a patterned paper as an overlay to the base color layer, too, and then letting the shadow and highlight layers add dimension. If you're going for a psychedelic look, try recoloring each layer with contrasting colors. As with all of my CU originals, you're welcome to use these for personal and commercial use, including CT layouts and kit release freebies--just be sure they're modified in some way and flattened for freebies, and credit me for the original templates.
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Glitter Snowflakes #1
I have always loved snowflakes, whether drawing them or cutting them out of folded paper. This is a set I've hand-drawn in ArtRage with the glitter tube, and they're perfect for adding a little sparkle to a page. Many of them are designed to frame your photos, so I've included clipping masks as well. Of course, you could fill the center with a paper and use them for journaling tags or titles, too. There are 4 plain snowflakes, and 7 with open centers suitable for use as frames. The smallest is 1140 x 1309 pixels (approximately 3.3 inches diameter), while the largest is 1800 pixels (6 inches) square. They're big, but that lets you use them in place of a matte, as well, or resize down to fit your kit. Versatility is the name of the game in design, and these are flexible enough for almost anything you want to do with them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them!
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