diy designer paper

Now that I’ve been exploring what the Silhouette can do, I find myself thinking more about making my own designer paper.  For the tag and background paper used on yesterday’s card I created the patterned paper on Photoshop Elements 11 using digital stamps, text, and features found in PSE.  If you don’t have version 11 of PSE you probably still have all the features needed to do this.  It took a little time since I was using some features for the first time but I am getting better at it.  Here is the pattern I created:

 tulip script bg in crystal tones

Here is how I did it.

Open up a blank file in PSE.  I made mine 6 x 6 but you can make it any size that you typically work with.  I set it to 300 dpi.  Now change it to whatever color you want it to be.  Use the color swatch and paint can tool to fill the page with color.  Now add a gradient to this color  – in the “draw” section select the gradient tool and choose the gradient style you want. I used a gradient that goes from the upper left to the lower right.    This adds a little more interest.   You can play around with the gradient features quite a bit in PSE if you want.   At this point you may want to print out this file to make sure the colors on your screen are properly represented on what comes out of your printer.  I did not do this and the color was a bit off.  I’ll have to look into how I can get my printer to match up with the colors on my screen.

 crystal tones gradient

This is nice, but it still is a bit flat.  Let’s add some texture by selecting the filter drop down menu then selecting “texture”, then “texturizer”.  In the “texturizer” option select “canvas”.  You can then adjust the “scaling” and “relief” buttons until you get the desired effect you want.   PSE comes with a handful of textures but there are also  many available on the internet.   Here is the texturized paper at this point.

 crystal tones gradient with texture


Next I brought in the digital tulip image from Power Poppy. When you bring in a file like this it comes over nice and crisp!  But for this paper I wanted a softer look so   I changed the transparency of the tulip by using the opacity tool, lowering it to about 30.  The photo below shows the image before the opacity was lowered.

crystal tones gradient with tulip

I made a copy of the tulip and added it below the first at a different angle.  Finally I added some text to the upper right.  The font is called Jellyka Gare de Chambord and is a free font from  It’s a great script to use for backgrounds.   I typed some text from a French poem.  I also changed the transparency level on this as well and set my text color to white.

 tulip script bg in crystal tones

And there you have it!!  With just a little effort you can get so much use out of your digital images. This combined with the Silhouette makes for so many possibilities.  Think of coordinating embellishments with your paper!!

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