Friday, January 7, 2011

Delightfully Digital Challenge - Combining Images

Hello everyone, and Thank You for joining us for the Delightfully Digital Party this weekend!
If you have not heard yet, Designed2Delight is throwing a party at both the Crafter's Digital Art Center, and the Paper Craft Planet group sites! There is a digital challenge, a fun game, and a couple more ways to win some new Valentine's Day digi's! Come and join us Friday through Sunday, January 9th!

Okay, I admit it, I am a beginner. I do not have any expensive or fancy software on my computer. I have no clue how to use them either. I usually use digital stamps 'as is', only resizing them in 'windows photo gallery' as I print them. So when I decided to do this digital challenge, I had to get with the program, and fast!! LOL! I took it easy on myself though, and combined the cute image 'Be Mine Bear' with a sentiment image from the digi set 'Love A Latte'.
Baby steps, ladies! Baby steps!

To combine the images, I used a FREE and EASY online photo editing website called

Here is how I added a portion of the sentiment to the digital stamp:
  • Go to; on the home page choose 'Open image from computer'. Find your first image in the window provided, following the prompts. For me it was the sentiment digi. Be sure to choose PNG files, which have a transparent background.
  • Click on 'FILE' on the upper left of screen, then click on 'OPEN IMAGE' to choose your 2nd image in the window provided, for me it was the 'Be Mine Bear'.
  • Click on the first image window to bring it to the front, select the 'CROP' tool from the top of the panel on the left hand side of the screen. Click and drag to create a rectangle around the portion of the sentiment you want to keep. For me, I kept the 'Love You' from the sentiment 'Love You A Latte'.
  • Click on 'EDIT' on the upper left of screen, and choose 'SELECT ALL' which will complete the crop with a blinking border. (I am not sure if that is the right way to do it - but it worked for me!)
  • Click on 'Edit' again, choosing 'COPY' then
  • Click on the second image window to bring it to the front. Click on 'EDIT' and then 'PASTE' to place the sentiment on the image.
  • Select the 'MOVE TOOL' from the top of the panel on the left hand side of the screen, then click on the sentiment and drag for placement on the image.
  • IF THE SENTIMENT IS TOO BIG click on 'EDIT' and then 'UNDO' to remove it from the image. Click on the sentiment window to bring it forward again, then click on 'IMAGE' on the upper left hand side of screen, and select 'IMAGE SIZE' to adjust as desired. Then, click on 'EDIT', 'SELECT ALL' then 'EDIT', 'COPY'.
  • Click on the 2nd image window, and click 'EDIT' and 'PASTE'. Click on the sentiment and drag it where you want it again. (*You may need to adjust, select all, copy, bring 2nd image forward, paste, move, and undo - several times to get the size just right.)
  • Then be sure to save your new image by clicking on 'FILE' on the upper left of screen, then 'SAVE'. A window will pop up where you can change the name of your image and choose what kind of file it will be. Then another window will pop up asking you where to save it. Follow the prompts. Save your new sentiment digi the same way.
I hope these steps help you. Play around with a few images, and practice putting them together. It was easier than I thought it would be, for sure!!
Several of the Designed2Delight Design Team members combine images on their creations all the time! I am so envious of their talent! Be sure to stop by these blogs, where you may find information on which software and websites they use, and some of the steps they took to create their combined images!

Again, thank you for joining us today! I hope you found some inspiration as well as a new approach to using your digital stamps!
Have the most creative day!

Love You Valentine
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
stamps: D2D digital stamps 'Be Mine Bear' and 'Love A Latte' set
ink: SU! classic inks -Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel
etc: clear embossing, SU! Theatre ribbon, trim, PTI button, SU! pearls, foam adhesive dots, Tombow Multi adhesive, mini glue dots


  1. Awesome tutorial Sherrie, I've read a bunch of these tutorials and couldn't make hide nor hair of the info, but your's is so clear. Even I could probably do it. LOL! Thanks for the great idea, fab. card and wonderful tutorial!

  2. So cute!! I love the shiny heart!!

  3. I love this sweet, sweet image combined with Kristin's digi papers!! Thanks for playing in the Color Throwdown with us!

  4. You did an awesome job Sherrie on the tutorial and your card is amazing!

  5. GREAT work on manipulating your digi image! So proud that you put your mind to it and made it happen :] Your coloring is fantastic and you made my paper look amazing! So glad you found a use for the paper...your card turned out so cute ♥

  6. CUTE image, and great use of Kristin's papers! Thanks for joining us for the Throwdown!

  7. So sweet! Love how you used the challenge colors and digi papers!

  8. Adorable card, Sherrie! Thanks so much for doing a tutorial on combining images that I can actually understand and follow along with. You ROCK!!


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