Papercrafting Halloween: A Clip Art Project
Clip art is an amazing resource for papercrafting.
Have you ever used clip art?
What, you’re not sure how to use it or where to get it?
Well then, you have come to the right place, my fellow papercrafter!
We are lucky to have a great clip art resource at our disposal –
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And, they’re offering all of our papercrafters
three FREE clip art images
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See that sponsor ad over there on the right side of the screen,
the one with the awesome clip art images,
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Click on that link and the clip art is yours…FREE of charge!
Or simply click here: THREE FREE Clip Art Images from DoverPictura!
Now, sit back, relax and watch (or better yet, join in!)
as I show you how easy it is to use your new clip art
in your papercrafting projects.
This time around, I’m making a Halloween decoration!
Two options for working with clip art are Photoshop Elements and Microsoft Word and I’m about to show you how to use your clip art with both of these programs.
But, if you don’t own either of these programs, there are other options, options we’ll be showing you in the coming weeks – so stay tuned!
Let’s get started!
Using Clip Art with Photoshop Elements:
Open Photoshop Elements (PSE) and click File…then click Open.
Navigate to your clip art file. Click on the file name and click Open.
I’m using this adorable little witch girl image from DoverPictura!
Now it’s time to create a blank file to put your clip art into.
Go to the File menu…then select New…then select Blank File.
Adjust the file size to the size of the paper you are printing on.
I wanted my clip art to be 8.5×11 so that is the size I made my file.
Drag your clip art from the photo bin onto your 8.5×11 “paper.”
To adjust the size of your clip art, simply click the corner and drag.
Keep dragging until the image is the size you desire.
To commit to (keep) your adjustments, click the green check-mark.
In the Layers Palette, on the right-hand side of your screen, right-click on a Layer (the one with your image in it) and choose Flatten Image.
Then, it’s time to print.
Simply go to the File menu…and hit Print.
Using Clip Art with Microsoft Word:
Open Microsoft Word.
You should see a blank file and blinking cursor.
Next, go to the Insert menu…then select Picture…then From File.
Navigate to your clip art file and select it.
Then click Insert.
In the Toolbox, click the Format button.
Click on Size.
Be sure that Lock Aspect Ratio and Relative to Original Picture Size are both checked.
Then adjust the height of the image to your desired size.
Then click OK.
I wanted my clip art image to nearly fill the “paper” so I sized mine at 10 inches.
Now click on Layout and select Center and Tight.
Then click OK.
By choosing Tight you’ll be able to click and drag the image to further adjust it.
And now, it’s time to print.
Choose File…then Print.
Voila, you have your printed clip art image!
Decorating Your Clipart:
I wanted to create some fun decor for my door so I printed the clip art file onto printable vinyl.
And it printed beautifully, but I wanted a bit of sparkle.
So, I mixed a bit of gold and orange glitter glue on my craft mat.
Then, using a paintbrush, I added a bit of the mixture to the cut-outs of the pumpkin.
Look how pretty and sparkly it is!
I couldn’t resist adding a bit of sparkle to the cat’s eyes as well. This time with green glitter glue.
To add just a bit more detail, I decided to stamp some gold stars on the little witch’s hat.
I wanted a few stamps to go off the edge of her hat to make it look a bit more realistic.
So, I placed a sticky note along the edge of the hat as a mask – that way the stamping only shows up on a portion of the hat.
Once everything dried, I cut around the outside edge of the image.
Look at all that pretty sparkle. Love it!
Then, I peeled the backing off the vinyl and adhered the image to my door.
Add a few letters, and you have a fun decorated door to welcome your Halloween guests!
Questions about how any of the above was done, or about using clip art for papercrafting?
Post them in the comments and we’ll do our best to assist you!
Here are a few other ideas for using clip art in your papercrafting projects:
- Print, decorate and frame a clip art image.
- Print a smaller size of the clip art image to add to the front of a card.
- Print a clip art image to add to your Halloween scrapbook page.
- Stay tuned for lots more ideas from us!
Want some clip art of your own?
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