Technique Thursday - Color and Texture

Friday, February 18, 2011
When I saw Veevs's, (Honey Scraps), new CU Textures I just knew I had to use them!  And I thought what better way to use them then to show you a little of my process that goes into it and one way how to use these wonderful Textures.  Veevs has done all the hard work for us by creating these little sweeties.

So the first thing I do is look for color inspirations.  I can find them everywhere.  A flower, a piece of clothing I love, an advertisement, or an article about Benjamin Moore paint colors for your home!  Which is where I found my inspiration for these in last month Better Home's and Garden Magazine.  

I usually like the darker muted Mediterranean colors, but with my soul craving spring, these more modern colors inspired me just perfect.  And the textures shown in the ad also appeal to me too especially the top multi colored one under the Lenten Rose flower.  It looked just like one of Veevs's textures she just released today in her Honey Scraps CU Textures 01.

So I started with a scan of the page from the magazine.  Opened it in my Photoshop.  Then I used my eyedropper using a 5x5 picker area and picked each color from the page adding each to my color palette.
I then saved my colors to a new color swatch palette and called it ModMediterranean.

I opened a new file 12x12 300ppi and created a new layer for each color.
I then used my paint bucket tool and applied each color to each layer.

I then opened the Honey Scraps CU Textures 01 kit file HS_CU Textures 01 01.jpg and dragged it to the top of my layers.
See a screen shot of my layers to the right here.

I changed the layer blend mode to Soft Light and took the opacity down to 50% where I thought it looked just right for a nice texture over my colors.
That was it!  I then saved my file as a jpg turning off my layers as I went down on each color saving each one as I went.  Easy peasy!  I now have a nice linen type texture just perfect for this color palette! 

Like it?  You can get this sweet little paper pack today for free here called Modern Mediterranean Color Inspiration!  

Hope you enjoyed and you learned how easy our CU textures really make it creating your own papers from your own color inspirations!

And our winner from out Sneak Peek post this week is…. drum roll please… Debi Putnam!
Yeah!  Congratulations Debi!  Watch your email for your instructions of how to get your winnings!
Till next time, 


  1. CraftCrave said...:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [19 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  1. senovia said...:

    Awesome easy tutorial!! TFS!

  1. Belladonne said...:

    Wow! I'm just learning a great new way to use textures! Thank you so much!

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