I’m always amazed at how talented my customers are. I just love seeing the work of others and how they’ve used my design resources in their projects. This adorable animated video was created by Sam Robbins. She used items from two of my holiday graphic sets to create the video. You can view more of her work here.
Recently my friends over at Design Cuts celebrated their 3rd birthday (Happy Birthday Design Cuts!). They invited the community to design a birthday card using resources they’ve purchased from their market place. One of the prizes offered for their favourite design was an hour chat with me, which is always such an exciting thing to do because I get to meet one of the awesome community members, and in this case, it was Judi Robinson!
I loved my chat with Judi, she’s such an inspirational woman! She is a mother of five daughters who has cultivated this wonderful creative spirit in her family. Together they started a blog called Creative Little Women which is a little peek inside their artistic world. They also have a shop on Etsy where they sell beautiful hand crafted jewellery as well as printable sewing patterns for you to enjoy creating something yourself.
Some of the activities they enjoy are photography, painting, sewing, baking, knitting, decorating and video making. What fun! Sounds like the kind of family I want to hang out with!
Judi has more exciting creative plans up her sleeve which I can’t wait to see unfold. This was her birthday card submission, I can see why she won!
Some of the resources Judi used to create the card come from my new set exclusive to Design Cuts called The Enormous, Authentically Illustrated All-in-One Toolbox.
This tutorial shows you how you can incorporate textures into your design work and transform it from a simple design into something special in minutes.
I’ve used my Tasty Texture Pack in this tutorial and created my layout in Adobe Illustrator.
Create your document and simple design.
Start with a colour background of your choice. I’ve chosen a minty blue. Now add simple shapes and text if you like, depending on your design. You can keep the design fairly simple because the textures are going to do all the work.
Choose your texture patterns.
Open up the Hand drawn texture patterns document and select the texture you prefer and copy – I’ve chosen “Scribble”. Move over to your document you created and paste your texture next to your artboard.
Now do the same for the Brush patterns – I’ve chosen “Flecks”. Again copy and paste the pattern into your working document.
Apply colour to your pattern tiles.
Using your Swatch panel (you’ll find under Window > Swatches), you can apply colour to your pattern tile by selecting the pattern tile you pasted into your working document and click on a colour in the Swatch panel. Now simply drag and drop the new pattern tile directly into your Swatches panel.
Apply your new pattern swatch.
The first thing you need to do is duplicate your shapes you would like to apply the patterns to because you want two shapes directly on top of each other: one for the base colour and the top one for the pattern. So to do that, select your shape, go to Edit > Copy > Paste in Front – this will paste the object in the exact same position. With the top object still selected, apply your pattern swatch by clicking on the pattern swatch you created in the Swatches panel. Repeat the same process with the other object/s.
Tip: Because the pattern is separate to the ground colour, you can experiment with different colour combinations by simply changing the colour of the base shape.
Add some accent shapes.
Open up the brush markings you’ll find in your Bonus folder. Choose one of more markings you like and copy and paste into your working document – I chose the streaks and speckles.
Apply colour to markings and arrange.
With your brush marking selected, apply colour to the object using your Swatches panel. Repeat for any other markings you would like to use. Now have fun and experiment with placement in your layout. Don’t forget to also play around with scale, and you can also duplicate the marking to be used several times in your design.
Add the foam roller textures.
To add even more texture depth to the piece, you can import some the foam roller textures included. Adobe Illustrator allows you to apply colour to bitmap TIFF files which means you can place the original black TIFF file directly into Adobe Illustrator and never need to open up Adobe Photoshop for colour change.
To import the TIFF go to File > Place. Navigate to the Foam Roller Textures folder and choose one of the textures from the BITMAP_TIFF folder and click Place. I’ve chosen to use two: Foam_roller_04; Foam_roller_05.
I’ve used Foam_roller_05 as my background colour. In order to do that just simply apply colour to the Fill of the TIFF file using the Swatches panel. Place the TIFF image in position and resize if necessary. Now send the image to the back, go to Object > Arrange > Send to Back. Delete the original shape you had as the base colour and you should now have the texture of the foam roller as your background colour.
You can also apply textures to sit on top of your design which looks great for a grunge effect. I used Foam_roller_04 as a cream texture as the top layer of my layout in two different sizes.
I hope you found the tutorial useful. If you’re looking for an inexpensive texture pack to have on hand, the Tasty Texture Pack has a great variety of texture elements that you can easily customise and apply to your work. And I’ve made sure to include both vector (Adobe Illustrator) and high-res PNG files (Adobe Photoshop) for the seamless texture patterns, giving you more design freedom depending on what you’re comfortable using.
It’s always so incredibly rewarding to see my graphic products being put to good use! And this is no exception. Meet How We Soul, an online store with a huge heart! I’m so honored they chose to use a couple of my patterns on their lovely apparel.
They produce super chic leggings to make you feel beautiful inside and out! With every item sold, a portion goes directly to the the incredible Botswana Orphan Project, which provides daycare and pre-school to young orphans and vulnerable children. This project allows children to remain living with their extended family while also providing education, healthy meals, and a safe, loving environment to grow. So each time you throw on your chic leggings, you’ll know that you are providing adorable preschoolers the ability to enjoy garden grown food and access to information and skills that will lead them to a bright future. Pretty awesome if you ask me!
So please do pop over and support them, you can make a difference to a child’s life.
Say hello to the Free Spirit Summer Kit! It’s vintage. It’s fun! It’s magical.
Filled with playful whimsy, this graphic set will have you whipping up delightful designs oozing free-spirited nostalgia!
Perfect for apparel, wall art, greetings, invites, nursery art and so much more, you’ll be whipping up bohemian inspired work in minutes.
There’s over 150 vintage goodies in this kit, even a floating dog or two! Ready to add charm to your next creative project.
If you purchase this set from my Etsy store, you’ll receive a whopping $9 off! That’s a huge savings of 45%!
Just insert the coupon code FREESPIRIT16 when you checkout.
Don’t miss out. Buy now!
View the full set below.
One of the great things about creating graphic products is seeing them in action! Sometimes I accidentally stumble upon a website or product that’s made use of my resources. And sometimes my lovely customers will send me a quick email to show me how they’ve used it in their work, or even a blog post like the recent one posted on Creative Market. And of course it’s always a bonus when the post is something inspirational, so be sure to check it out!
They used goodies from my Tasty Texture Pack as part of their designs.
The creative industry is an exhilarating industry to be in, but it can also be really competitive and cutthroat. For me it’s a true privilege to be able to make a living as an artist and designer, an opportunity I don’t take lightly. So when one of my products are included in an article like “The 30 Best Logo Creator Kits“, I’m truly grateful and humbled.
For only $25 you could own one of the best logo creator kits yourself!
I’m so absolutely thrilled to launch my Personalised Portrait Creator!
It’s super fun to use and with just a few clicks, you’ll be creating unique, hand drawn custom portraits that will wow your clients, impress your guests or jazz-up your blog. Adding a personal touch to any project couldn’t be easier! The short video below gives you a quick look at this all-new kit.
This product has been on an epic journey! The concept first came to me more than a year ago. I kept picking it up, working on it a little, then putting it to the side again mainly because I was so daunted by the amount of work it would take. The mammoth project required quite a bit of slog work to get it done – a task I just didn’t seem ready for at the time. But finally, I decided to give the attention this product deserved and put my head down to get it finished. And I’m so happy that I did! I’m super chuffed with the results and the feedback has been amazing. I’ve already got so many plans for the update, hopefully adding children will be part of those plans, which seems to be the number one request so far.
I made extra sure to include easy-to-follow instructions in both written and video, so that all my lovely customers can build their own portraits without any effort at all. For only $29, you can grab the new pack here.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to pop me a mail.
I don’t know about you, but so far this year has been really busy. Some days I feel like I’ve been running in circles, chasing my tail! Despite that, I’m really enjoying all the challenges and new developments in my work and business.
Since the opening of my new store on Design Cuts, the feedback from customers has been amazing! I’m so humbled by the reaction and comments and I’m really looking forward to growing with the community! If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a really great new concept for buying graphic resources. You can Build A Bundle of any product of your choice. And the bonus is, the more you add, the bigger the discount! Start your bundle here!
Speaking of tails, well in this case it’s a Tale, I’ve added a Happy Little Fox Tale graphic set to my freebies page that you might like!
And if you’ve missed it, I’ve recently finished my long-awaited Magical Watercolours Volume 3 which is on sale now! It’s a bumper volume filled with magical animals, flowers and more. And I know we don’t all have the time to design logos and invites, so I’ve included some handy templates to save you time!
Wishing you a very productive and prosperous year ahead.
Happy, happy designing!
Many of you will know my Etsy store as Cheesecake & Pi which was named after my adorable pets, Mika aka “Cheesecake” (long story) and Piwakit our beloved Siamese who passed away a few years ago. As much as I love using their names for my store, many of my lovely customers struggled to find me on Etsy, so the change had to happen.
It’s always scary to change a big aspect of your business for fear of losing some customers who only know you by your old name, but long-term, this is for the best and I’m really excited about building a stronger, recognisable brand across all my shops and online presence.
My Etsy shop is now called Lisa Glanz Graphics and for the next two weeks you will receive a 20% discount on your next purchase! Just type in the coupon code: NEWNAME2016 when you check-out!