Tuesday, March 10, 2009
groovy doodle cards
i've discovered a use for the little intricate black and white doodles that keep piling up in my journal: groovy doodle cards! if you have a scanner, a color printer, photoshop, and a few doodles that are sitting in your journal with nothing else to do, this is a fun and easy project.
grab some color cover paper/cardstock (i had a bunch of astrobrights 65# cover on hand, so that's what i used).
scan your black and white doodle at 300 dpi and open the image in photoshop. with the color picker, choose a color that comes very close to the color of the paper. use the magic wand and the fill tool to replace the black design with your chosen color. you can also do the reverse (which i did for most of these designs) by filling in the white background with the ink color, and replacing the black design with white. (the white won't really print as white, so just think of the white area as the color of your print paper.) this part is one big fun trial and error process for me. there are many excellent photoshop tutorials out there if you need a little more guidance on this step. guess and play around with it. have a glass of wine. have a good time.
when you print, the ink color will come out slightly darker than the paper color which creates a really groovy effect. if you think it doesn't look so groovy, go back to the trial-and-error step and play around a little more.
when you're satisfied with the results, trim the paper to your desired size. i cut mine into 2 1/2 by 5" rectangles so that when i folded them i'd have a little square, ideal for quick notes to tuck into gifts or packages.
now grab a groovy pen and start writing! and let me know if you try making these - i want to see them!