Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Decorated Bookcase!

Merry Christmas! 
I just wanted to share how I decorated my bookshelf for Christmas before it was too late! Hope you had a chance to spend time with your family and eat lots of yummy food (or at least enjoy some time off from work/school). Enjoy!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jane and Sunny on Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Today I wanted to talk about Cinder by Marissa Meyer and since my sister has also just finished this book, I thought that she'd be the perfect person to discuss it with. To give credit where credit is due, this style of post is inspired by Cait and Mime of Paperfury, previously the Notebook Sisters. Fair warning, this post contains mild spoilers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Thank you to everybody who participated in and supported A Splash of Ink's first giveaway. I'm happy to announce that rafflecopter has randomly selected the winners!

A big congratulations to Rachel W. from Secret Scribblings who has won the 15$ Amazon giftcard!

And a big congratulations to Marian from Ivory Clouds who has won my Surprise Favourite Book Prize Pack!

Both of you are very deserving bloggers, and I hope that you enjoyed the prizes! I will be emailing you for details, so be on the look out over the next few days!

Let me know in the comments if you're interested in seeing more giveaways on A Splash of Ink!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Make a Christmas Blog Header

A few days ago I designed and posted A Splash of Ink's 2014 Christmas header, and a few people asked me how I did it. I wanted to give a quick tutorial on how I did my header and offer up a few less technical options to you guys as well!

My tools:
Wacom Bamboo pen and touch tablet, and Adobe Photoshop Elements (this is the cheaper version to the full Photoshop program, aprox. $80)

My Process: (Doesn't this make me sound all creative and artisty?)
When I create a Christmas header, I'm not aiming to make a brand new image. I want to take the header that is already in use and embellish it with Christmas-y goodness. I still want the blog's "brand" to be recognizable. Using my pen and touch tablet, I open my current header in PSE and get drawing. Each "element" of the header gets a new layer so I can get rid of my not-so-good-ideas easily. I start by drawing a rough shape and colouring it in. I find that the shapes really come to life by dodging (lightening) and burning (darkening) to create highlights and shadows. It's an easy way to take an image to the next level. Here's an example of a Santa hat with and without the shading.

Here's the hat without shading. 
And here's the hat with shading. 
 My go-to ideas for shapes are Santa hats, lights, Christmas trees, nativities, snow, snowmen, presents, holly, and other greenery. Finally, I always save the final as a PNG, so that the background will be transparent. Then I upload the new header and enjoy the Christmas festivities.

I know what you're thinking right now.

But Sunny, I don't HAVE Photoshop Elements or a fancy drawing tablet! How can I make a super awesome Christmas header?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's Christmas Time at A Splash of Ink!

I love Christmas. Let me just put that out there.

Thus, my blog usually has some festive things going on around this time of year. To kick it all off, I'm putting up the Christmas version of my header! Of course you can see at the top of this webpage, but I always like to post it in the body, so I can look back at it later, (and draw more attention to it, haha).

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