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Archive for March, 2009

Camouflage Alphabet with Dog Tags

Posted by gram210 on March 29, 2009

Camouflage Alphabet with Dog Tags

How to create a dashed stroke to an alphabet using Illustrator and fill the letters with Photoshop.

Dashes don’t come out right using Photoshop. You will need to set this up on a page that will accommodate 2.5 to 3 inch letters like 18×18 inches. Using a font like Stencil you type the alphabet out. Then you convert the font to outline. Save the font in a neutral color like yellow. Save the file alpha fill. Next select your type choose nothing for the fill and add a black stroke to your letters, 2 or 3 points using dashes. Set the dashes at 8 and 2 or 3 gap. Set the endpoints to round. Choose the endpoints in the middle of the three choices. Save the file as alpha stroke.

Open a background in Photoshop, then open your alpha fill in Photoshop. Move your alpha fill over your background. Change the background to layer if you haven’t already and place above the alpha. Select the background and then under layer select create clipping mask. Merge visible. Then open your strokes and place over the top of your letters.

Above is the preview of the camouflage alphabet. The letters are a little larger than 2.5 inches. It comes with a layered PSD dog tag that you can just type your name on or a separated PNG file. Also comes with the camouflage background.

Available FREE for a limited time: Download

After expiration you can get this file at: Camouflage Alphabet


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Cross Stitch Sampler Alphabet

Posted by gram210 on March 23, 2009

If you’re the kind of person that likes to know how things are done below is how I created the Cross Stitch Sampler. If you would like for me to add more How To’s to my blog or if you have a question about how something is done let me know.

HOW TO: To make this cross stitch sampler I used Illustrator. I created a vertical line (1/10") .1 inch with a rounded end and rotated 45 degrees and then -45 degrees to make a cross.


To make the grid what I did is called a Step and Repeat. In Illustrator you select your object (the X) and then the Enter key and a menu will come up, type in .10 horizontally and then copy. Once you have made the first copy then all you have to do is type Control D on the PC or Command D on the Mac and it will duplicate. You can do step and repeats in Quark, Pagemaker and InDesign also. I repeated the crosses horizontally and then vertically until I had an area bigger than the size of each letter. You will have to scan a pattern to use as a template. Once you have your grid of X’s created then you’ll place it over the pattern and enlarge or reduce the pattern so that it lines up. Select a dominant color and make all the X’s the same color. Then start changing the colors and deleting the X’s until your letter or pattern is done.

Adding texture to the alphabet using Photoshop. The free download includes an effect.jpg that shows the settings used in layers to give the letters an embroidered look. I have also included the style you can use with Photoshop (CS1 and above).

The Cross Stitch Sampler Alphabet is made up of big 3 inch solid colored letters that you can select the color with the eyedropper and change them to suit your project.

I hope you find this Digital Embroidery adds a homespun look to your project and tell everyone you found it at

For a limited time download a FREE mini sample:

The Cross Stitch Alpha Sampler is a free download for a limited time after the download expires you can get this at:

Cross Stitch Alpha Sampler

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Easter Scrapbooking Freebie

Posted by gram210 on March 21, 2009

A Little Digital Has A FREE Mini Sample for Easter.

I hope you find this Easter Digital Scrapbooking Art cheerful and tell everyone you found it at

If you are looking for a challenge A Little Digital has some art on the blog you can download and enter for a chance to win FREE scrapbooking kits.

While at A Little Digital you will also find FREE kits randomly selected in the shopping cart and tutorials.

For a limited time download a FREE mini sample:

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Are you ready for Spring!

Posted by gram210 on March 19, 2009

Making a Spring Digital Scrapbooking Kit was a journey that took me from the library to dumpster diving for free magazines in the recycle bins. Yeah, that was me going through the bins trying to find ideas while my husband turned his head the other way. Some mother that had outgrown her Girl Scout’s Troop and had thrown a bunch of craft ideas in there and I swooped them up. Then while shopping with my son I convinced him to go into an antique store with me and I found some how to paint magazines from the eighties. You should probably know that I am not an artist, can’t paint, can’t draw and not very good with doodling. However, I can make doodles on the computer and I can turn some old black and white art into new vibrant colored art.

Because I have experience with printing newspapers, I have a good grasp of what prints well and what doesn’t. Sometimes big solid colors and big type are more eye catching than detail. A lot of the art I create is clipart using solid colors and gradients. I found that painting in Photoshop for me is like working with a Sharpie marker and faux painting doesn’t look like faux when I do it and my stamping ability leaves a lot to be desired. My love for Illustrator keeps me bending curves and reshaping flowers, leaves and letters to make something that I can add "WOW" to in Photoshop.

All winter long I’ve been feeding the birds and I wanted my Spring Kit to feature feathered friends. The flowers are no where near coming up around here and I have focused this kit around cross stitch design, birds and butterflies. I really love the look of cross stitched embroidery and making it on the computer saves money on threads, needles and fabric and it adds a homespun look to a background.

I hope you find this Spring Digital Art cheerful and tell everyone you found it at

For a limited time download a FREE mini sample:

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