Thursday, June 7, 2012

A word about paper...

Miss Tammy of Tammy's in Love invited me to join in a tag swap. Vintage cartoon characters were the suggested theme. Immediately my mind starts churning with images and ideas, similar to a quilter I suppose. These are the steps I take when I paper craft with vintage images.

The Tom and Jerry images were procured from google but the birthday card image is one I have had for sometime. Collected from a sale most likely. I scanned it into my computer and move it into Photoshop to work with. I should note that I always save and use these images in a jpg. format.

Simple cropping and removal of the food help eliminate the birthday theme. The banner is darkened with the paint bucket option to avoid any further color clashes should I need that portion of the card.

This image was brightened and my tag line added. I make sure that all the images were printed on card stock and in the size I needed before I began.

Ten tags total all cut and ready to assemble. The Bingo cards will act as my "sandwich meat" to give the tag some strength.

In a little under two hours I was able to turn out these cute memories of Saturday mornings...minus the pop bottle, but you get the idea.

The back was meant to depict the end...just like the cartoon did. Finished with a vintage paper clip cut in half for the hanger.

These are such a nice way to display the images I adore from the greeting cards I treasure.

I do hope this has answered your questions. To all of you that leave comments, if you are a non-reply commenter I try my best to get in touch with you and answer.  

These are the images I used on my Lunch Box Social.

Originally sourced from Miss Elizabeth of Creative Breathing.

These have been brightened and cleaned of all words as well.

Thank you Tammy for the invitation.  These will be off to you tomorrow. 


Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Ahhhhhh! Ok then! :)
I guess I better get working on MY tags for the swap! Talk about intimidating! haha Your paper and computer skills (not to mention your organizational skills) are just like your sewing...AMAZING!
Erica :)

Linda Ruthie said...

I'm so glad to get a sneak peek of your cartoon tags. Thanks for the great info on your process. Lots of times I discard an image because of words or other bits that I don't want. These are fabulous!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun! I need to learn to make tags so that I can get in on the fun sometime! You ladies are all so talented!

birdie blue said...

darling images, my friend. you're such a talented 'paper artist'. vintage cartoons is such a fun theme, i like how you 'viewed' it through the television in the vintage birthday card.

my dad and his twin brother just celebrated their seventy-fifth birthday, and would you believe their names are... 'tom & jerry'. although, i'm pretty sure they predate the cartoon. lucky for my mom, she and one of her best friends, married the twins and became sister-in-laws.


Kathy said...

They turned out perfect! You are good with the PS. I don't know how to do much besides crop and re-size. Do you use the full one or the new home version? I did the trial offer for that but it seemed very focused on photo editing so I went back to my ANCIENT version of the full PS.


LOVE them!! You make it look so "easy"...I have no clue about photo shop...
When can I come over and make paper goodies with you?!! Thanks for sharing your "how to"!
deb :)


LOVE them!! You make it look so "easy"...I have no clue about photo shop...
When can I come over and make paper goodies with you?!! Thanks for sharing your "how to"!
deb :)

busymartha said...

These are fantastical Renee! Love all your sweet images! Must, must, must learn photoshop, I have the program and books, just need to get on it!!!

Tammy's in Love said...

Wow! It's only June 7th and you are DONE!? The idea is SO UNIQUE and your paper choices are absolutely perfect! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!


vintage grey said...

Renee, I am in awe of your talent! These are so amazing! Thanks for sharing you tricks! I will have to give it a try on some images. Always inspiring you are my dear!! You are making me want to play with paper, now. ;) xo Heather

Chenille Cottage said...

Dearest Renee...You are so talented in so very many ways! I am in awe!
I am terrible when it comes to anything having to do with paper crafts! I once went to a scrappers retreat and managed to make ONE sad little card the entire weekend! :/
I love your darling swap pretties!
Have fun exchanging them, my sweet friend!
Carolynn xo

fee @ chipper nelly said...

renee they are amazing - you are so clever! fee x

Musings from Kim K. said...

You are truly gifted. Thank you for the amazing tutorial. It's so neat to see what your inspiration comes from. Your special details make it perfectly YOU!

LBP said...

Ohhhh! I love your Tom and Jerry Tags! I'm in that swap too... I did "The Archies". Love seeing all these tags!



Shirley Hatfield said...

I couldn't decide on a "favorite" so I'm doing all mine different. If I stuck to a single theme maybe I could get things done in a few hours instead of making a "finish two today" goal. I always love to see what you make, Renee! I have one more to I better get crackin' =D

Thrifty Vintage Peach said...

How do I get into this nifty swaps?! I just love your tags! Your sooo creative Renee!

Unknown said...

Ahhhh you just amaze me all the time i adore those Tom and Jerry tags there fabulous. I wouldn't have a clue where to start making those im hopeless really where the computer is concerned. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

Unknown said...

Tammy, isn't this the most fun idea for a swap! I am so in love with your tag and can't wait to see it in person. Thank you so much for the cleaned up images. You can't imagine the cutting I have had to do the times I have used these! Love the old TV card. Such fun! Have a great weekend! E

donna said...

Thank you so much for sharing Renee.
Your tags always come out so beautiful.

Tresa said...

Your tags are amazing and fun! I am in Tammy's cartoon tag swap too. I can't wait to see them all "live and in person".