Double Left Side Border Stationery Set

Supplies Needed:  A picture or tube that has a background on it, not longer than 400 pixels in height.  Accents for the frame corners.  Filters:  Quick Simple Filters, Xenoflex 1.1


1.  Duplicate your image twice, and close the original.  Take one of your copies and minimize for now.  With the other copy, choose a background and foreground color on your material palette.

2.  Image: Add borders: add 3 pixels, symmetrical of your darker color. 

3. Image: Add borders: add 4 pixels, symmetical of your lighter color.

4.  Image: Add borders: add 3 pixels, symmetrical of your darker color.

5.  Select all.  Modify: contract by 10. 

6.  Go to Effects: 3D: Cutout with these settings:  V & H 1, Opacity 80, Blur 18, color black.

7.  Repeat #6, only make V & H -1.  Select None

8.  Image: Add borders: 20 pixels of light color.  Select with magic wand.  Simple Filters: Diamonds.  Keep selected.

9.  Adjust: Blur: Gaussian Blur with setting of 20. Keep Selected.

10. Effects: Texture effects:  Blinds with these settings:  Width 3, Opacity 50, Color-use your dark color you chose, check light from left top, do NOT check horizontal.  Deselect.

11.  Repeat #s 2 through 7.

12.  Now it's time for your accent corners.  Copy and paste your corner as a new layer on to your image.  Resize as necessary and move to an appropriate corner.  I am only using one corner as I prefer it that way.  But you can duplicate, flip, duplicate image etc. until you have all four sides cornered.  Apply a shadow of your choice.

13.  Merge Visible.  Add a layer and place your watermark on your creation.  Merge all.  Your frame is done.

Side Borders

1.  Making the far left hand side border.  Using your framed image and your selection tool set to rectangle, draw a line that will incorporate part of your frame.  Something like this.  You can select anywhere in the frame border.

2.  Copy and paste as a new image.  Because I took a selection from the width of the frame, I must rotate it 90 degrees to the left, so that it is ready for bordering.

3.  Now we must resize this strip.  Go to Image: Resize: leave the width as is, but make sure that the length is the same length as your original picture.  In my case, it is 400. 

4.  Image: Canvas Size:  You must double the width, keep the length the same, and click on the middle left arrow.

Now you have an image that is double wide.  Duplicate and Image: Mirror.  

5.  Merge Visible.  I make this seamless vertically now, so I don't forget later on.  Effects: Image: Seamless Tiling with these settings: Edge, Vertical, Width 51%, Transition 50%.  Or whatever makes your strip look seamless.

6.  Since this strip really isn't all that large width wise, I want to make it double what it is now.  Again go to Image: Canvas size: Width double what it is now, length the same, click middle left box.    Duplicate and Image: Mirror.

7.  Copy and paste your corner or whatever accent you would like to this double strip.  Add a shadow.  Merge visible.

8.  Take your second copy of your graphic picture or tube.  Quick Simple Tile.  Adjust: Blur: Gaussian blur: setting 20.

9.  Xenoflex 1.1 Filter: Shower Door at settings: Dot size 7, Random seed 50.

10.  New raster layer.  Flood fill with your light color.  Reduce opacity to about 56.  Merge visible.  Edge enhance twice. Apply Quick Simple Diamonds, then Quick Simple Tile. Place this image in your material palette as a pattern.  

11.  Go back to the strip you made and again we will go to Image: Canvas Size: 1280 in Width, height remains the same, click left middle arrow.

13.  New raster layer.  Arrange to send to bottom.  Flood fill with your pattern. Click on your strip layer and add a shadow.  I used: V 0, H 4, Opacity 50, Blur 12, Color Black.  Merge all.


Whew!  You are done!  Assemble in Letter Creator and you have finished making the Double Left Side Border Stationery Set.


Any questions, please let me know...and thanks so much for trying this.


Ramblin' Roots

Artwork by Shirley Deaville, no copyright infringement intended, for instruction purposes only.

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