Saturdays Are Fun: Thanksgiving Digital Invite and Brush/Stamp Tutorial

Social Media TeamHappy Saturday Friends! Thanksgiving is almost here. This is one of my favorite holidays. I know I said Halloween is my favorite, ok, I love all of the holidays. LOL. What I love about Thanksgiving is having all of your family gathered around the table to share food and love. My mother had three sisters who each had between one to three children, so counting uncles and grandparents, the Thanksgiving table was crowded and that’s the way I love it. Fortunately for me, I married a man who has three siblings who each have between one to four children, counting spouses and my in-laws, again the Thanksgiving table gets crowded each year! This year, we get to host Thanksgiving at our home, bonus!!! I’ve been busy getting our home ready, and I am so excited.

Even though everyone knows what day, of course, and we’ve phoned them to agree on a time, I thought it might be a nice touch to send a digital invitation. I’ll share with you the steps I took to make this invite, and a special way I made the brush or digital stamp, whichever term you like to use, using Tangie’s products. Enjoy!


Finished Digital Invite for Thanksgiving by Julie Ann Shahin


Step One.

Open your background paper and crop it to size. I made mine 5″ x 7″.  I also opened a Thanksgiving word art element and dragged it onto the background. I also added a shadow to the word art to give it a little pop.


Step Two.

Open the silverware element.


Step Three.

Go to Edit, then select Define Brush, and in the pop-up box, click ok.


Step Four.

Create a new layer. Select that layer for the brush layer. Click on the brush tool. In the tool bar, click on the drop-down menu for the brush, and you will see the new brush as the very last brush. Select it. Click on the color picker to select a color for the brush layer. I picked a color from the word art. Stamp the brush onto the brush layer.


Step Five.

With the brush layer selected stil, go to Filter and select Filter Gallery. You can play around with different effects until you find one you like. I picked pewter edges and kept the preset numbers. Click ok. I gave the silverware a shadow for a little depth.


Step Six.

Open subway word art from Tangie’s Thanksgiving Art Journal Workshop. Drag it onto the invitation. Change the blending mode to Multiply.


Step Seven.

Add any additional text as necessary. Save your file as a layered .psd file in case you want to make changes later, and as a web-sized .jpg file. You are ready to email your invite to your family and friends!

Finished Digital Invite for Thanksgiving by Julie Ann Shahin

Have a Happy Holiday!


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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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