Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fun House Templates... Is that Glitter and Paint? What can I do with it?

submitted by Nancy aka physioscrapper
LissyKay Designs Creative Team Member

This tutorial is written for primarily for PSE and PS.

If you haven't checked out LissyKay's newest templates for the GingerScraps October Buffet Sale, you should!  Now! My first reaction when I saw the Fun House Templates was: "Is that glitter?"  with the answer being "YES!!". Then I opened the templates and saw there were paint layers too!  How neat, but how do you use it or what can you do with it?

Melissa (LissyKay) is amazing and made these templates so versatile! Let's explore all the possibilities!

The glitter, shapes and paint are on 3 totally separate layers, so it gives us MANY options.

1) You can leave the glitter layer and shape layer together and do nothing more with them.
The colors match the Gingerscraps Buffet Collection, so if you have pictures that could use the sparkle and fun of these templates, play away and don't touch these 2 layers. HOWEVER... If you are going to do this I would either lock the 2 layers together so one doesn't get moved accidentally, or merge the 2 layers together. You lock layers together by highlighting BOTH layers and clicking on the little lock. In different versions of PSE and PS the lock is located either at the top or the bottom of the layers panel, but it's there!  This means that if one layer moves the other goes along with it.

To merge the 2 layers into one, highlight both layers and press Control/Command (on a Mac) +E;  or you can click on the drop down menu tab in the layers panel and select merge layers. This will make the glitter and shape layer as one.

2) You can use JUST the shape layer and clip papers to it like normal and hide/delete the glitter layer. You don't have to use the glitter layer at all.
-Hide the glitter layer by clicking on the little eye icon beside the letter to turn it off.
-To clip papers to a layer
In PSE:  Press:  Cntl/Com + G.
In PS:  Press:  Cntl/Com + Alt/Option (on a Mac) + G.
3. You can use your own paper from a collection and apply the glitter to it.
- Keep the glitter layer active.
- Clip your own paper to the shape layer. The glitter is now applied to your paper.
4. Change the color of the glitter by using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment.
For example: Let's say you want the glitter to be purple instead of the red that is showing...
- Click on the Adjustment Layer icon in your layers panel. You want to use this way of getting the Hue/Saturation box as it comes up in its own layer. This allows you to change things later. If you use the Hue/Saturation from under Layers on the top panel it adjusts your layer directly.
- Choose Hue/Saturation. Make sure this layer is ABOVE the glitter layer. 
- Clip the Hue/Saturation layer to your GLITTER layer. (This prevents your changes from affecting the entire layout below it) Cntl/com + G (in PSE)  Contl/com + Alt/Option + G in PS.
- Click on the hue/saturation box to expand the adjustment panel.
- Change the color from MASTER to RED (as this glitter is primarily red and we want to change the red tones). If you have a green glitter and want to change it, you would select Green.
- Move the Hue slider and see the color of your glitter change!

5. Altering the PAINT layers:
Please note on these templates there are also PAINT layers that provide a 'grunge' look to the papers.
Turn the paint on or off to your liking.

6. Recolor the Paint.
You can also recolor the PAINT the same way as we did the glitter, by using the HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer.
We have to add one more step though since the paint is in a black tone, which won't automatically color.
- First add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer above the PAINT layer.
- Clip the Hue/Saturation layer to the Paint layer. (as above)
- Open the Hue/Saturation box by clicking on the icon on the layer.
*** this is the different step coming.
- Click on the Colorize box. 

- Increase the saturation and the lightness sliders (to make it lighter initially)
- Change/move the Hue/Saturation slider to what color you'd like. If you get the right color but not the right tone, then you'll have to play with the Saturation (to make it a deeper or brighter tone); and the Lightness slider (to get darker or lighter.)
So many mix and match and change options!  Have fun trying them with different collections!


  1. First of all, I must agree that LissyKay is a very talented and creative lady...her templates are super. Nancy, this is a great tutorial....I am so new to all of this, and your info is so helpful. Thanks to both of you for a great job.

  2. Another great tutorial! I pinned it here: