Charms are fun to work with in digital scrapbooking. It gives a bit of dimension to what could be a flat piece if you are using “papery” type elements. Sometimes, the charms are not placed together with a chain or a string so, here is a digital tutorial on layering charms to an attaching piece. This tutorial was done in Photoshop CS3.
1. Duplicate the charm so there are two layers. In between the layers, place the chain or string on its own layer. The layers should be charm, string, charm copy.
2. On the topmost charm layer, delete with the brush tool (use a size similar to the string) the area where the charm sits on the string. It should look like it goes behind the string. The bottom charm layer is placed there so when you delete the top layer, any transparent spots should be filled.
3. Give some depth by burning the charm area around where the string should leave a bit of shadow. Use the burn tool for this. You can also use the burn tool on the bottom charm layer. Place your shadow on the bottom charm layer.
This technique is good not only for charms, but for putting tags onto strings or ribbons, or for layering flowers to branches. Just make sure there is a duplicate of the topmost element on the bottom portion beneath the middle element in order to prevent any deleted gaps.
Overwhelmed uses ViVa Artistry’s Blue kit and DJB Jennifer font by Darcy Baldwin.