Saturday, June 12, 2010

Three Muses & FREE CU Grunge Overlay Pack

This week's challenge at Three Muses is "Song Lyrics", and for my entry I've chosen to depict lyrics from the Fleetwood Mac classic "Gold Dust Woman":

To check out all the other FABULOUS entries (Three Muses has an incredible following of artists) or to post one yourself, go to:

PERSONAL UPDATE: I've still been nursing Will at home following the episode a couple of weeks ago with the pulminary embolism. The doctors gave him the green light to return to work, part-time, starting on Tuesday. On Monday we're driving up to Boston again to meet with the oncology team that handles the IL2 treatments; my husband is in remission, but the chances of that being a long-term thing are greater if he undergoes a second round of the high-dose Interleukin-2. That's been easier said than done, because he's had complications from the first round that have prevented a second round thus far - his remaining kidney wasn't functioning well enough for months, and just when we started to see sufficent improvement in his kidney function he had the pulimanary embolism. So we're expecting further delays... and a follow-up CT scan, which is always scary (if the cancer returns, this is how we'll find out).

If the CT scan is clear, I'll design a new kit to celebrate. In the meantime, I have a FREE CU Overlay pack for you today, with a brief tutorial for those of you who don't have a lot of designing experience.

You can snag it HERE:


In Photoshop, start with a new 12 x 12 document at 300dpi. Using the paintbucket, add a solid color (in this case, I used a tangerine shade).

Copy/paste one of the overlays into the document, layered over the block of color. Click on Layer/Layer Style/Blending Options, and play around with the settings. You can get a vast array of different effects by changing the settings here! This is Overlay #2 from my CU pack, with the Blending options set to "Multiply":

Same overlay, with the blending option set to "Overlay":

Here it is set to "Difference":

Same overlay, now set to "Exculsion":

To get a little more inventive, I duplicated the overlay layer, set the lower layer to "Difference" and the upper layer to "Exclusion" with the "Poster edges" filter applied:

Save the final paper as a jpg, and you're on your way to digital designing!


  1. The Muses entry is staggering, Tammara. Your work is always remarkable and exceptional. I don't know how you deal with your personal challenges and still feed your artistic soul. You are an inspiration. Thank you for the health update, and thank you for the freebie.

  2. Your piece is stunning as always Tammara. I like all the colours and styles you've used to create your text lyrics and yet still kept them uncluttered and simple and I like the contrast of orange and blue.

    Thank you so much for the freebies and the tutorial which are sure to get me on the right road to designing! :O)

    Finally, I'm sending you a whole bunch of healing wishes for Wil and for you. Take care.

  3. Yes, Tammara, your piece for the Muses is superb in every way - creative, clever, quirky, whimsical and beautiful.
    Thankyou so much for the grunge overlay freebies and for the tutorial. Your generosity knows no bounds.
    Along with Bev and Ann I am sending heartfelt wishes for better days for your husband and for you.

  4. I am new to you site but my granddaughter has your grunge overlays and posted a wonderful scrapbook page on our family website and told me how she did it and where to find your overlays. After reading your muse I have to tell you how awesome you are to be able to take care of your Will and still generously share your talent with others! My prayers will be added to the others that pray that your way will be made easier and that the cancer will not return. God bless you and Will!

  5. Thanks for the overlays!

    You have no idea how hard I am rooting for you & Will (and praying, too) in your battle! Purgatory is a good description. ((Hugs))

  6. May God bless you and your family!

  7. Thank you for this very valuable freebie.
    I always enjoy your little sayings on your artwork.
    I hope things go well for you and your husband.