Digital Card Making with PSP

I love making my own greetings cards and thought that the card challenges would be a lot of fun. I have a lot of paper and pens...and the other things one would need to make great cards. I found myself trying to keep up with what is new on the market... then I realize all the stuff, the papers, glue, and stamps were getting very costly and I was running out of space to store it all.

That is when I decided to make elements for my cards in Paint Shop Pro aka PSP. PSP is a software that I have been teaching myself since version 3. Now using version 13 I have learned that the program can also create images and paint them as well. Light bulb went off...why not use it to make my cards and not just some elements for the cards. And so digital card making began for me...and boy has it saved me money.

This blog now consist of my creations that I have made using nothing but PSP. I found the challenge for me is to teach myself how to meet the different card challenges within PSP.

Well that is how all this digital stuff began...Just thought I share.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

365 Card Challenge - Label It!

Todays challenge is all about labels. Pam wants us to use a label of any kind on our card.

I knew what I wanted to do I just needed to find the clipart. I have a clipart program so I went in search of open hands. I found an image that I could use but it looked like an old person's hands. I continue to look but found nothing that was suitable so I decided to go with the first one. In PSP there are filters that I could use to help give the hands a youthful appearance. I have not tried it before but I thought what the hey. It worked! I wanted to use the image of the open hands to hold a heart. In PSP I have a picture tube of a glass heart, courtesy of I place the heart in the hands and added depth. I used a gray gradient for the background so the hands would stand out, then I added the text. Now for my label. In the clipart program I found an image of a label that said fragle handle with care...perfect. We are on a roll now! I position the label on the heart just where I wanted it and applied the layer as an overlay so it would look like it was actually stuck to the heart. The card is done and the challenge has been met!

Someone sent me an email asking if I actually made the card and I had to laugh. For you non-believers you can see the elements I use to make the card here!!


  1. Wow...great work...I'm sooo not techie :) Fabbie job on the label challenge!!!

  2. a wonderful card, Jaggs! I admire anyone with the ability to play in Photoshop. It's definitely a massage of the brain cells. I know just enough to get myself in trouble. But have enjoyed doing hybrid work on occasion. Nicely done today and I like that label!

  3. Jaggs,

    The glass heart card is a beaut! You're doing a wonderful job and I can't wait to see what you make next.

    Keep up the great work


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