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kimberkatt 01-31-2010 10:07 AM

Feb 2010 Wordart Challenge
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Okay ladies, are you ready? Welcome to the all-new WORDART challenge at theStudio!! I am so incredibly excited to be hosting this challenge! I have a love of words that I want to pass along to all of you! :DD

First, the idea of this challenge is to teach you all that there is sooo much you can do with Text!! Have you ever finished a layout and said to yourself: "Gee, that stark black wordart just doesn't seem to go with the rest of the layout!" Well, I'm here to teach you how to transform that same wordart into a beautiful addition to your layouts!

Each month, I will supply a basic black wordart for you all to download. Your challenge is to transform it into a work of art! I will offer tips, tricks & techniques every month that you can use to make your wordart shine!

For our very first challenge, I thought it would be best to start with the basics: color fills and turning your wordart into a sticker! Please download the FREE wordart below and let's begin!


(I use PSE, so I'm hoping these little tutorials will work/adapt for whichever program you may use)
  1. Start a new 12X12, 300ppi canvas
  2. Open the PNG wordart file & drag onto your new canvas - I left it large, so it should fill up your 12X12 canvas and be easy to work with
  3. This is where we add some color! Choose your "magic wand" tool.
  4. Make sure you are on the wordart layer & click inside the large black "Smile" text. Repeat for each letter, if necessary, until the entire word has the "marching ants" around it.
  5. Next, choose the color you wish to use, select the Paint Fill tool, and click inside the "marching ants" to fill your black text with some color!
  6. A little explanation as to why I select the text first, instead of just filling with color: If you don't select the object you want to color, the paint fill can bleed and distort your edges. The "marching ants" around the text gives your program a stopping point and keeps the edges of your shape crisp & smooth.
  7. Now, you have a choice from here. You can repeat the steps for the "I love your" part of the wordart and fill with a different color, or you can choose to leave that part black, it's up to you!
  8. Next, it's time to make it look like a sticker! This is sooo very easy!
  9. Make sure your wordart layer is selected, then go to Edit->Stroke(outline)Selection
  10. Another box should pop up where you can choose your settings. In the top box (width) is where you set how thick of a stroke you want to use. I typically use between 10-30 for a sticker look. For my example above, I used a stroke of 15pixels.
  11. The next box, color, is where you choose which color to stroke with. I used White (ffffff), so click on the box and the color picker should pop up for you to choose. You don't have to stick with white, though... you can choose whichever color you want!
  12. Next, make sure your Location is set to "outside", so it will stroke around the edges of your text.
  13. Leave the Blending options at Normal, 100% and Preserve Transparency UNchecked.
  14. Click OK and you should now see your stroke around your wordart!
  15. And that's all folks! You should now have a colored wordart, with a sticker look! Pretty easy, right?
Now, it's up to you weather you want to leave as just a sticker, or get fancy with some elements/clustering around your wordart. The fancy part will come in another lesson, another month! LOL! For this month, the only challenge is to color & sticker the wordart!

You have another choice - for this challenge, I only require that you work on the wordart, however, feel free to create a layout with your newly colored wordart, if you so choose! Please post your finished works in the Decorate Your Wordart Challenge Gallery and post a link back here so I can see the beauty you've created!! As always, if you get stuck, or have some questions, please, please post them here and I will be more than happy to help you out!! I really hope you enjoy my little lessons here and I can't wait to see how you all do with this first challenge! :DD

littlespooky 01-31-2010 11:14 AM

heeheeeheeeheeheee! oh yeah!!!!!!!!!:((:((:((:((:((:((

Jean Ann 01-31-2010 12:05 PM

Whooo! You mean I might learn a new trick with this

judy in SD 01-31-2010 02:10 PM

Ready to get "Designer Smart" can't wait to start.

MoonDesigns 02-01-2010 07:22 AM

What a great challenge!! :)

scrappyt 02-01-2010 11:37 AM

Wow, this is a great way to put a new twist on the wordart that is already in your stash. Sign me up!

kimberkatt 02-01-2010 04:59 PM

Should be up before the end of the day today! I'm just finishing up my tips & tricks, zipping it all together and then it will be posted! I'm so excited! :((

tessthescrapper 02-01-2010 06:44 PM

Woohoo I love this. Something new to learn!

glonet 02-02-2010 01:23 AM

I would LUV to learn how to do this!

PamR 02-02-2010 07:28 AM

me too! Wow February is off to a great start!!

kimberkatt 02-02-2010 09:17 AM

Challenge has been posted! See the first post for instructions! Hope you ladies enjoy the challenge this month! :DD

TrishF 02-02-2010 12:50 PM

Here's my wordart sticker


and here is the layout I made using it


kimberkatt 02-02-2010 02:00 PM

Whoohoo, our first victim... er, player!! :DD You did awesome Trish!

I forgot to tell you ladies in the first post, you can add bevels/drop shadows/patterns, etc if you already know how! You don't have to follow that closely along with the tutorial... as long as you have the "sticker" stroke around it, you will get the points for completing the challenge! :)

You can also add embellishments to fancy it up, if you'd like! ;) I just want you guys to start thinking outside the plain black, and make it your own! :DD

judy in SD 02-02-2010 02:03 PM

This is as close as I can get with the software I have. No Photoshop type programs on my Mac.


TrishF 02-02-2010 02:17 PM

Oh whew! I'm glad that I didn't break the rules by doing a couple extra things to the wordart :-)

judy in SD 02-02-2010 02:26 PM

When I stopped whining about how I couldn't do it, went back and fiddled some more and got closer this time. Just the word smile is what I changed, much closer HURRAY.


kimberkatt 02-02-2010 02:41 PM

Woot Judy! Isn't it awesome when you learn something new?! :DD I have never heard of the program you use, probably because I don't use a Mac :l seems like you have some great tools on there that are just waiting to be discovered! :DD

Fabulous job so far ladies!! Keep them coming!

kimberkatt 02-02-2010 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by TrishF (Post 60949)
Oh whew! I'm glad that I didn't break the rules by doing a couple extra things to the wordart :-)

Oh, well... even if you blatantly disregarded the rules, I'd still let you slide! ;) :DD :l

camperchow 02-02-2010 04:46 PM

Here is a page I did using my new, recolored and decorated word art. Thank you so much Kimberly, I learned 2 new things. I never knew that I could recolor by selecting parts with the magic wand and I never knew how to make the sticker outline. The word art is great and I will use it again. Thanks.

lightmistress 02-02-2010 04:51 PM

I am a font/quotation and whatever includes some form of text dumb so I am EXTREMELY happy to learn something about it!
Here's my try, I only recolored, put some overlay on the smile part and add some shadowing.
Will try the add-some-elements part in the next lessons!!

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