Tips for working With overlays

This post are hints and tips for using ready made overlays. I've got several packs of these in my shop and they are so fun to work with and can make really beautiful accents for your Mixed Media and Art Journaling pages!

My overlay sets can be dropped straight on top of your background paper ready for you to create on top of them. They don't need drop shadows because they are made up of paint and stamps.

Try the following techniques . . 

  • Blend them into your paper
  • Recolour them and use them like stamps
  • For a really fun effect, clip papers to them, you'll be left with the shape of the overlay, but the texture and pattern of the paper.
  • Use them to alter other elements such as tags, labels, ephemera etc, clip the overlay to these elements to add painted accents.
  • Try blending them into actual elements to accent your page and create an artsy look.
  • Blend several layers of overlays into one another to create complex artsy effects and texture on your page.
  • Create the illusion of borders or edges with your overlays by placing them along the edges of your page at different angles.
  • Use Overlays as the focal point of your page design or within or as your actual title work if they contain prominent words.
  • Overlays can be cleverly used to assist in Collage Art (see layout below where Lynn has used overlays to embellish hair!)

Here are some layouts by the Captivating Sistas where techniques from the list above have been used to create artful pages! Layouts are linked to the gallery entries so you can take a closer look! 

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Ellen using products by Captivated Visions

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Loni using products by Captivated Visions

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Ellen using products by Captivated Visions

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Yolanda using products by Captivated Visions

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Lynn using products by Captivated Visions

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Li Li using products by Captivated Visions

Don't hesitate to leave comments or ask any questions that you might have!