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And here is my design - I love a lot of things, so it took me a while to choose my topic. Then suddenly I remembered the chocolate tour I took in February with my husband, mother and uncle. We visited spots all over L.A. and ate chocolate at each one! Yum! When I looked at my photos, I realized that the first chocolate shop we visited had an arch that coordinated with the design sketch! I don't know if using my photo that way is creative or cheating, but I like thinking outside the box! Leave a comment and let me know what you think! (Remember, click on it to enlarge the view!)
Details and Elements
- Background: Baked Brown Sugar Color, Comfort Cafe Overlay stampbrush #3, colored Calypso Coral
- Eat Chocolate stampbrush set: I used three stamps and cropped all of them! The bonbons have 2-step coloring: first I colored the images with the coloring tool, then I used the freeform brush tool to "paint" colors on a layer that, when the layer was moved behind the stamp, colored in the open space details in the images. For the chocolate bar, I simply used a punch sized to match the image and colored with Baked Brown Sugar, then layered it behind the stamp.
- The numbers on the banner (for the date of our tour) are the stampbrush set Number It! and of course, I colored each of them. One color I used a lot on the page was a custom shade of dark brown I created.
- Noteworthy Alphabet for the letter "I"
- Wedding Words heart - I used the image twice; the brown one is enlarged little and layered behind the Calypso Coral heart.
- DSP: I used patterns from "Sweet Shop" and "Season by Season" - but I did a little tweaking! I liked the polka dot pattern in "Season by Season" and used the multicolor version to fill one of my little banners on the top. But I wanted a brown version of it to go with the chocolate theme. I was stumped for a bit, because when you fill a punch with DSP you can't recolor it. I solved it by creating an extra page in my project, putting in the DSP as a page layer and expanding it to fill the whole page, recoloring it (I used Soft Suede after some experimenting), saving it as a JPEG, then using photofill to put the "picture" of the recolored DSP into the banner punch, and once that was done, I could zoom in and make my polka dots smaller. This is a trick I know I will use again!
- Embellishments: Pumpkin Pie Bakers Twine Bow (cropped), Sweet Shop Jelly Bean hearts brad (recolored)
- Punches: Mini Flag Banner Punch, Flag Punch, and the Square Punch (resized to make rectangles)