Tuesday morning Kate and I played at the park, digging in the sand to make a dandelion cake. I had my iPhone with me, so I practiced holding the camera so that I didn’t distort my granddaughter’s face or limbs. That’s one thing I don’t like about my phone camera, how easily the focal length distorts a body or face. That distortion is most visible in the photograph of her on the swing.

Kate loves sand play and doesn’t seem to mind getting dirty. I really began this page experimenting with a possible photo treatment that would emphasize her messy look. I used the new ArtPlay MiniPalette High 5 by Anna Aspnes to create this page. It is available beginning September 2 for free with a $15 purchase during Anna’s sale.


Experimenting with a watercolor action and some filters available in Photoshop can change the look of photos. I wanted to emphasize just how messy Kate got playing in the sand. I prefer clipping a new adjustment layer to a photo rather than going up to the image menu because I like the flexibility of being able to change the settings. For this photo, the composite created with the watercolor action is on normal at 75% opacity. The threshold adjustment is normal at 35%, the photo filter on normal at 100% and the levels adjustment layer on screen at 35%. I placed another copy or the original above the adjustment layers on color burn at 25%.


For the rest of the page, I simply added layers. Below the photo layers, I placed solid paper 3, an overlay with tape and a transfer. I changed the blend mode of the transfer to multiply at 100%.


Above the photo layers, I placed a sand transfer from ArtPlay Palette Salty Living, two copies of transfer 2 from MiniPalette High Five and an art stroke. The bottom copy of the transfer is on color burn at 100%. The top copy on normal at 50%.


Next, I created a title using two elements from the free mini palette along with a charm from ArtPlay Palette Swell. I recolored the “things” word art by giving it a color overlay in the styles panel. I used the psd version of Jazzed Up LoopdaLoops No. 3 and switched out the button. Adding a list of ingredients and journaling finished my page. I love the grunge look on this page; Kate was a mess with her hair curling wildly and her clothes covered in sand by the time we finished making a dandelion cake.


Anna Aspnes’ High Five Event celebrating her five years at Oscraps begins September 2. Mini Palette High Five is free with a $15 purchase.