Every kit comes with oodles of paper, lovely patterns and this can be a hard decision when deciding on your background papers! Here is a way that you could mix and match them, add something new, or just give a pop to your layout.
First, I have a plain beige background paper open with the red circle paper on top. The red circle paper is a pattern in the Love You More kit, is 12 x 12 and has no cut outs already. 🙂 Renne inspired this tutorial as one of her papers has a cut out on it already! I’ve reduced my red polka paper by 10% for that thick edging.
Next, I’m going to use the Magic Wand Tool. Here is what the Tool looks like.
Now, with the red polka paper still selected, press delete. The white circles will be gone! Magic! Nah… it’s the Magic Wand! LOL – not really… but really cool. If you scroll up, you can see that the white on the red polka paper is a smidge different than the BG paper. Now, here is the after… you can see the other white anymore.
Add a little shadow, and you’ve created a Pattern Cut Out.
Magic Wand used on the white (outside of individual leaves):
Add a little shadow and it looks really cool! Different, but not over the top or too hard to do!
Now, what happens when the Magic Wand cannot help you select the areas you want to cut out. Here is a super easy work around. Bring the paper into the layout, and have it selected in the Layers Palette. (I have chosen an angled striped one.) Choose Select > Color Range. A menu will pop up.
One other cool feature of this way is that you are deleting by color – so this would work with flowers, polka dots, stripes, and so many other patterns. You can inverse your selection by clicking on the little option, and here you can see the brown is masked from deletion.
Also, the Fuzziness meter will show you less or more of the specific color you want to delete. As I moved the slider up to a higher number, my lines became more pronounced and clear than above at a lower number.
Here is with the brown deleted, and just the blue remaining. The white paper is behind it, and I’ve added a slight shadow. Looks like a whole new paper, right?!
This technique is fun to use and really lets you jump into the versatility of patterns. It almost lets you pick and choose what you want on your pattern. You could cut out the colors or even blend the paper after cutting out to make a whole new paper!
Oh… just in case you wondered, my paper with the red polka is now green. I removed the white circles, and then clipped a green solid paper to the new cut out paper! I then added the little hearts from the kit behind the cut out paper and randomly put them in circles. I love it!
Super easy, and really lets you work with all those pattered papers in a whole new way!
Have fun and thanks for stopping by!