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1. Create a digital frame overlay for your photos:

-Open a new window in photoshop with the same dimensions of your photo (i.e., 3" x 5"). **Make sure the background (subtitled "contents" in photoshop) is set to transparent. If it is set to white, your printer will actually print a slight purple/pink tint for the white.
-Use digital elements or a brush tool to add sloppy borders to the edges.
-Add a small title if you wish.
-Flip the entire document horizontally to print the frame backwards on a transparency (the back of a printed transparency is rich and vibrant whilst the printed side is dull).
-Print, crop, and adhere to the photo with glue dots hidden behind the printed borders.

-Here is another example with text as a frame...This is a clipboard photo frame.
-I stamped a digital definition to fit the size of my transparency and erased the center of the text with an eraser tool.

2. Create a "window" title (ex. "COLOR")

-Create a text box in word.
-Format the text box to color the background black.
-With a white font, add your title.
-Flip image horizontally to print backwards.
-Print on a transparency.
-Cut out little pieces of pattern paper to fit behind each letter. Hide adhesive by placing glue dots on the black background of title.

-You can do the same thing with images also. This was a photo of a white Gerber Daisy that I took and then altered in photoshop. The white of the image is transparent and then you can back it with colored or patterned paper.

3. Use colored transparency overlays over photos for a "Warhol" effect

-These are preprinted transparency overlays by KI. I used xryon adhesive to adhere them to the photos.
-Apply xyron adhesive in one even layer behind the entire transparency square. If there is a spot without adhesive or you overlap a layer of adhesive, it will show.
-Place atop photo and use a popsicle stick to seal the adhesive. You need to apply lots of pressure with the popsicle stick to get a smooth image, therefore cover the tip with a soft piece of material to avoid marring the transparency.

4. Layered letters for titles

-Preprinted transparency overlay by KI.

5. Create homemade folder tabs

-I can give step by step instructions on how to make these tabs if you are interested.

6. Heat emboss for white text

-When you print on a transparency that is not meant for your printer, the ink will not dry.
-First rub the transparency with a fabric softener sheet to limit the amount of static electricity.
-Print out title or text.
-Cover the text with white detail embossing powder. Shake off excess and then use a dry small paint brush to remove stray bits of embossing powder.
-Cover your work surface with a sheet of aluminum foil and place the transparency on top. The tin foil will help limit curling and warping of the transparency whilst heating with embossing gun.
-Heat emboss.
-To adhere the title to the layout, I cut a slit along the edge of a stripe with an xacto knife and a ruler. I then slipped the top of the transparency title through the slit and adhered it to the back of the layout with tape.

7. Layered transparency tags

-I LOVE making transparency tags!:D
-Print text or a photo on one transparency.
-Print a design on another transparency. Set the design to be a bit transparent. If you don't have a transparent tool on your program, simply color the image to light shades of gray. The two designs in my example are simply dingbats.
-Layer the two printed transparencies to find a creative placement of the design and crop both sheets to size.
-Stitch the two sheets together. **Note: You cannot stitch in one continuous stitch. This would cause the two sheets to buckle. Stitch one edge and then cut the threads. Start a new stitch for each edge.

Here is another example of including designs behind text. Hand drew wings on a transparency. Scanned it and reduced the transparency of the drawing to 50% and then printed it behind the text.

8. Create faux acrylic monograms and/or water marks (note: Scan does not show the effect of the water mark image and the photo is obviously of poor quality. Very cool irl)

-For faux acrylic monograms...Hand cut a letter out of a transparency.
-Apply Paper Glaze to the center of the letter and use a pin to spread an even coat of glue on the letter and to drag the glue to the letter's edge. The glue has surface tension and will not spill over the edge. At this time pop bubbles with a clean pin.
-Allow glue to dry at least 24 hours between each coat. You want at least 3 coats of glue. For each coat make sure to cover the entire surface, otherwise a seam will be visible. It can take up to 5 days to dry completely clear. Set the transparency under a desk lamp to dry quicker.

-Water mark text...Print your title on computer paper. Use a cursive yet thick font. The font Mistral is perfect for this!
-Crop a rectangular strip of transparency to the size of the font and place atop the print out.
-Using the computer print out as a template, apply the Paper Glaze.
-Use a pin to drag the glue to the text edge for clean lines.
-Only one coat is necessary. Allow to dry for 48 hours.

**If you use pop dots to raise the transparency with the paper glaze above the layout's surface, the light will cast a cool water mark shadow below. You can hide the pop dot adhesive with bows or pattern paper.

9. Off center outlined titles (Used KI memories alphabet soup and the font Elsie for the outline)

-Most alphabet stickers and alphabets have a font on the Internet available for download. Figure out the font size and then apply an outlined text effect to your title. To create a staggered title as I did below, create text boxes for each letter.
-Print the outlined title on the transparency.
-Adhere one corner of the transparency to the layout. In my example I hid the adhesive under the "green" KI icicle.
-Slip each letter in place so that the outline is off center and adhere.
-I attached the transparency to the title by punching a hole with my eyelet setter on the t and the f and threaded the ribbon through to tie in a bow with the letter attached. I then attached the letter to the layout with glue dots.

 

10. Applying digital elements to paper crafting

-Simply print digital elements on a transparency to create a custom transparency overlay.


11. Transparent windows

-If interested I have the step by step instructions on how to make these window pockets...my own creation.
-I used transparencies for the windows of the center cutout. I printed some clip art and dingbats on some of the "windows" and I also applied rubons.

 

12. Text over title