Let’s Blend Challenge – Changing Backgrounds

Hi Everyone…I love to change up backgrounds, and I do it quite a bit. So this month, we are going to work on blending backgrounds.

We have brilliant, bright blue skies here in Arizona, and they are lovely. However, sometimes they can be a bit boring. That’s when I bring in some interesting background papers and get blending. A perfect example are the photos I’ve taken of the ospreys that are up in Flagstaff. The background on this piece was created with two different papers and I used it below the photo and above the photo and masked out the osprey. I then ran the finished piece through Topaz Studio to give it a more painted blended look so it didn’t look like I just plopped him on a piece of paper. Here’s the before and after as well as the papers used: Cloudscapes No. 2 Paper Pack, Destination Sand Dunes Paper Pack

Another example of a page I created a few years ago, using one of the the papers from the Grunge Source line.

Try thinking outside of the box with your backgrounds and combining two or three together. Katie has provided the two papers I used for my osprey page as a freebie for this month. Try using them, or look around in the store for something that might work with your photo.

When you complete your page, post them in the Mask Appeal Challenge Gallery and don’t forget to link up your page in the May Participation Thread for proper credit. Enjoy!



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