Free Hybrid Happiness Cardmaking Class – Introduction

During the month of January, I will be posting a free 6 part class on hybrid card making over at the Hybrid Chick Blog.  I will also be posting the class content here, but most of the conversation will be over at the Digichick,  so come on over and join us!


The class will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Mark your calendars – we start January 8 with our first video lessons and the free starter kit!

In the class, we’ll be creating beautiful greeting cards with a little help from Photoshop Elements (called PSE from here forward) and your trusty printer. But don’t hide all of your traditional card making supplies as we’ll be using them to add special creative touches to your projects.

If you do not own Photoshop Elements but would like to give this class a try, you can download a free 30 day trial of the program from Adobe.

This class is based on using PSE card templates in combination with digital supplies such as digital papers, mats, labels, sentiments and stamps. All of these supplies can be reused, altered and modified to create an almost endless variety of creative options. We’ll be printing our card components and combining them with traditional card making tools and embellishments to create greeting cards you’ll be thrilled to send to anyone.

We’ll start the class by using simple PSE card making templates that I’ve created for you and by spending time getting used to the PE working environment. As the class progresses, I’ll show you some ways to alter PSE templates to suit your project.   This is a beginners class, so it will start simply and we will build on what we learn.

Lessons include:

  • The basics of working with Photoshop Elements
  • Creating greeting cards from digital templates.
  • Tips for printing and assembling hybrid projects.
  • Using and manipulating digital stamps and images.
  • Using the Photoshop Elements text tool to enhance your card creations.
  • Altering card template files to suit your needs.
  • Creating card elements and optimizing them for hand cutting or mechanical die cutting

We will be giving you some free digital supplies to get you started, but you can also use digital supplies you already have and any of the lovely kits that catch your eye in the store.

Be sure to join the hybrid card challenges in the Digichick Challenge forum.  We want to be able to “ohh and ahh” over your creations AND you can earn point towards free digital products.  Every week there will be a new (optional) challenge for you to participate in.  You can find the Monthly Challenge Thread here.  If you need a place to post your creations, you can use our site Gallery.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment on the lesson blog post or to comment in the Hybrid Happiness Card Class thread in the forum.

See you on January 8.

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