Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Vintaj Autumn Crush Digikit

Hi everyone.

Here I am at last with my first "official" blog post for my new designing blog. I feel really excited (and a tad nervous) about my new career but raring to go! Hopefully this will be the first of many posts about the wonderful world of design and it's great to be here at last. However, if you want to reminisce about the good old days of my crafting blog and see some of my previous work, do take a look at My Kind Of Crafting Blog.

As an independent creative designer (I'm still getting used to calling myself that!) I'm inspired by all four seasons but I definitely feel most inspired by autumn. That wonderful colour palette with all those rich reds, gorgeous greens and beautiful browns... how can you not be moved to try and create something to do it justice?

I recently started designing with one of my favourite company's digikits, the lovely Autumn Crush from Vintaj. You can buy it here if you want to have a go at working with it yourself. You will, of course, need Craft Artist Professional to be able to access the artwork if you don't have it already.

My first design was a card front for an A5 portrait card. I used some of the fronds and foliage in the kit to create the focal point and one of the digital intelligent frames as a border. I put a blend on the first frame, then added another frame and another blend. There is also a background paper in there too, to help achieve that multi-layered, distressed look. All I had to do then was add the metallic style embellishments, create a sentiment from one of the tags in the kit and put a "torn" edge on the central panel.

For my next project, an 8 x 8 scrapbook paper, I used the first background paper in the digikit and overlaid it with one of my own photos of some autumn leaves and branches. The combined design then had a blend mode added to it, followed by several re-coloured overlays from the Graphic Authority Timeless I Brushes & Stamps Vol I digikit which is one of the most useful kits I've ever come across, not to mention the one with the longest name! Finally, I reduced the design in size, added an "edge" and put it over another copy of the original background paper.

I wanted to do an A4 digital scrapbook layout for my final project and I found a lovely PD photo of a red squirrel on the internet as my grey squirrel photo didn't really work with the autumn colour palette. (Sorry squirrel!) I built up some of the embellishments from the digikit around the photo and also used it as a background with the transparency reduced, overlaid onto an enlarged tag. I added a piece of "material" as a matt under the photo and used the digital ribbon strip and the yellow swirls to lift the page. Finally, I put a background paper under the whole design to create a border.

Thank you for reading the first "proper" post of my new blog and I hope you've found something of interest or something enjoyable to look at. Hopefully this will be the first of many posts and I very much look forward to having your company on my new journey.

All designs copyright Melissa Lawrence 2105.

Sunday, 6 September 2015


Hi everyone.

Welcome to My Kind Of Designing Blog. This is a brand new blog which I've just set up as I start my career as an independent creative designer.

I'll be posting properly (as opposed to improperly!) very soon but in the meantime, if you'd like to see some of my work, please do take a look at my crafting blog which is at:


Thanks for visiting and I'll be back very soon.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015