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Dash of Inspiration: Freebies on Memorial Day

May 26, 2014

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Freebies on Memorial Day

Since it’s Memorial Day weekend, we’ll keep this short, sweet and all about stuff you can use!

As you know if you follow my Dash of Inspiration posts, I love textures and how they can be layered to add depth and drama to photographs and digital compositions. If you have been looking for a good place to get textures, check out

I also LOVE to use old Typewriter fonts which have a distressed feel to them on textured pieces, so here are some of my favorite old typewriter fonts.

Truetypewriter PolyglOTT – created by Sergey Beat

My Underwood – created by Tension Type

Charrington – created by Apostrophic Lab

1942 Report – created by Johan Holmdahl – CAUTION: This font has the ‘illegibility’ factor, so make sure you pay close attention to making your choices legible and don’t over-use this font.

If you’ve yet to experiment with layering textures and painting them onto certain areas of your image, maybe it’s time to try out one of these tutorials and to open you mind to new horizons!

Photoshop Users: How to Use Textures to Enhance Your Photographs

Paint Shop Pro Users: How to Use Textures in PSP

Illustrator Users: Add a Texture in Illustrator

GIMP Users (video)

Next week we’ll return to talk about text alignment. So, until then, Happy Memorial Day … Learn … Create … Inspire!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2014 11:54 am

    Thanks for the link to the textures and tutorials! Textures can add a nice touch to a card, but can sometimes be tricky to use. I appreciate your article.

    • May 26, 2014 2:55 pm

      You’re welcome Sandra and you are absolutely correct. As with every art technique, there is indeed a learning curve!

  2. May 27, 2014 9:24 am

    Thank you for noticing my Eagle Scout card! I’ve been doing more with textures lately. For me, it’s like being a kid in a sandbox: you can keep rebuilding until you find something that seems “just right” for the occasion! Also, thanks for your helpful tips you share regularly for inspiration.You have a generous heart!

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