Stamping outside the box is a technique where you trim around your stamped image so that part of it sticks outside the shape. Doing this digitally is soooooo easy.
- Create a new layer above the punched “stamping paper”
- Choose your digital stamp and set it’s size to larger than the layer below it
- Stamp by clicking the brush once on the page, move to the desired location
Didn’t I say it was easy? lol Ok, but here’s Tee’s tip -- Drop shadows. If you add a shadow to this layer it looks bad and ruins the whole stamping illusion. But you WANT shadows on the parts that stick out. Two ways to do this:
- Merge with the stamp paper layer and add drop shadows to the combined layer. Works sometimes but can still be flat because the parts that are sticking out are further away from the background paper than the mat. You can fix that with the other option.
- Paint your shadows. Yep, you can do it and you will love this. Here’s how:
- Add a new layer below the stamping paper layer, set the blending mode to multiply and name it “Stamp Shadow”
- Select a soft edged round brush and drop opacity to 50%
- Paint along the edge of the stamp where it goes beyond the paper. Get wider as it goes further from the paper.
- Add a Gaussian blur to the shadow layer with a radius of 3.6 pixels (adjust so that it looks right on your project)
That’s it. Your custom shadow will make the image look more realistic than the built in shadows.
Created for the Diva Coffee Break # 195. Click the image to go to the challenge page!
Paper – my own digital creations
Stamps –SU digital download
Elements - brads by me, photo prong by Dani Brath
Fonts – Pea Kensey
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