Shabby Chic - Amour

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Misty Cato's Tutorials

Today, I followed a couple of Misty Cato's numerous tutorials on her blog. The lesson entitled, Photo Editing: Impact Portraits, was a real eye-opener. I started out with a photo that, although not technically great (and which certainly could use a lot of help in the composition department), I thought had pretty good color balance:

After a series of steps involving, among other things, copying the original picture various times and using different screen modes, we arrived at the finished product. The improvement in the picture (which I cropped, per her suggestion) and color balance is amazing to me!

Check out Misty's website, her store, and her tutorials.  The tutorials are clear and easy to follow.  And her product is first-class.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Curled Frames

Gunhild Storeide, one of the most generous designers out there, just posted a set of curled frames; and, as if that weren't wonderful enough in itself, she also posted the directions on how to make them!  Head over to her site at: and take a look at this and her other six pages of mostly CU elements.  I told you she was generous!

Here's my frame:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Project of the Day - Frame Resizing

Just finished a tutorial by Sara at After Five Designs for resizing rectangular frames to square ones. It was amazingly easy and I went on to bevel and texture the finished product, all in about 30 minutes!

I started out with a plain rectangular frame by Maria Designs (I've added a black bottom layer for better clarity):

Following the (terrific) instructions Sara provided, I ended up with this, a rustic and realistic old wooden frame:

Wooden texture by AK for Pink Ink Studios

And that was it!  Easy. Try it yourself!