Shortly after Karla opened her store at The Digi Chick, I found her store and her awesome designs! I immediately started working on tracking down contact information so I could invite her to join THE DIGI FILES! I am thrilled to have her joining us this month! Here is a closer look at her contribution:
Here are some awesome layouts created with “Modern Marvel”:
Layout by Lauren R., additional supplies: modern marvel by karla dudley, djb poppyseed font
Layout by Katie, additional supplies: template by Sine.
Layout by Tara, additional supplies: Modern Marvel Kit by Karla Dudley, font CK Ali’s Writing, template from Erin Ink by Erin Clayton
Layout by Jenn, additional supplies: Pea Devon Caps font
Layout by Karen, additional supplies: Cathy Zielske word art; Font is Museo Sans
Layout by Dunia, additional supplies: Cut It Out Templates Vol.3 by Amy Martin, Font: AL Clearlines
You can see more inspirational layouts using this collection on the Team Inspiration page.
Karla is originally from California. She has 5 children. A 7 year old son, twin girls both 5 and twin boys both 1 year. She has a passion for design, family, enjoys reading, digital painting and relaxing after 9pm 🙂
:: Custom Stickers From Brushes ::
Often times I’m looking for the right sticker embellishment to go with my pages. Stickers have that special feel and I often go to them to add that final touch to my layouts. One of the things I love to do is dig through my brushes and find one to make my own custom sticker. All you need is the brush, a shape with a little drop shadow!
Here’s how I make my stickers. For basic shapes…
1.) Pick out a brush. My favorites are round ones that have some sort of sentiment on them. But you can use any basic shape brush you want.
2.) Stamp the brush on a new layer.
3.) Create another layer and drag it under the brush layer in the brush pallet.
4.) Pick a contrasting color and pick a round/hard brush. (make sure SHAPE DYNAMICS is unchecked.) Your diameter should be a little larger than your stamp design for that ‘sticker’ affect. You can see the outline of the brush by hovering it over your canvas. Use your BRACKET keys to make the brush larger and smaller. When you have it just how want it stamp down.
5.) Merge the stamp layer and the shape layer together and add your drop shadow. That’s it! You have your own sticker!!!
NOTE: You can use your shape tool to make the shape below the stamp layer if you wish.
For Complex Shapes…
1.) If you want to make a word brush, floral brush and the like into a sticker; select it by going to SELECT then LOAD SELECTION. You should see marching ants around the design.
2.) Go to SELECT > MODIFY. Chose a number about 10 – 20. Press OK. You will see your marching and have grown around your design.
3.) Make a new layer and drag it under the design layer. Then pick a contrasting color. Select your PAINT BUCKET tool and click on the canvas.
4.) Merge layers and your done!
I started traditional scrapbooking in 2003 by chance. I have always loved to draw and I went to Michaels Art and Crafts to look for a canvas to become my first painting. As I was walking through the isles, a Making Memories book caught my eye. I had no idea what scrapbooking was. I flipped through the book and I never looked back. I forgot all about the canvas. All I new is that I wanted to be just like Heidi ^_^. So from my first page about my son Kody taking a bath until now…I’ve had the most wonderful artistic journey. I began with a NO.2 pencil drawing Disney characters. I then started scrapbooking with glue and paper. It wasn’t until 2008 when I was asked to try my hand at digital. I never imagined I would designing digital kits. I never even thought I would create digital pages. I always loved making my own designs in traditional scrapbooking so I guess digital kit making was a given ^_^ I LOVE designing. I love helping others tell their stories in a gorgeous way. I’m truly very blessed.
The love of design. The love of the process and my family. I simply don’t feel right when I go a long period without designing. I like all the steps I take. I make my designs from scratch and so it’s a labor of love. Then I get to use what I made, share it with others as well as use them to tell my family story. Then there is color. I adore color. Simply put…color makes me happy ^_^
I have an I Mac. It came with 4GB of RAM but I upgraded with purchase to 8. I think with what designers do. Running multiple programs and the like; we could use all the RAM we can get ^_^ I use Illustrator CS3 and Photoshop CS5. I can’t live without my Wacom. I have an Intuos 4. I surf the web with it, paint with it, create with it…I call her Bessy ^_^
My favorite kit of mine would be Digi Essentials 5. Love the alphas in there. I use them all the time! And the hardware, like the bookplates and brads…delicious!
My bestseller would be the Studio 365 Weekly Album kit. It’s a hybrid kit that is very universal and super fun!
Here are some of my favorite products by Karla
Here’s some inspirational layouts using Karla’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Go have a look in Karla’s Store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments posted below to win $10 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST)!