Creating with Blend Modes

If you’re a big fan of Tiffany and Scrapaneers, you are probably acquainted with using blend modes on your scrapbooking pages. I certainly love using blend modes and I had so much fun playing with the Magic of Beginnings kit. As I completed this page, I was surprised at how many layers I ended up blending. So, let me share the ways that I’ve used blend modes.



Here is the layout that I created. First, let me say that using a pre-made cluster or cluster frame is one of my favorite ways to create a fabulous layout quickly. For reference, I used the paper from Mediterranka as the foundation for my layout.




Can you guess how many and which blend modes I used (not counting my drop shadows)?


Soft Light


I used the large geometric gesso stamp with the soft light blend mode to add a little subtle texture to the background.


Linear Burn


The silhouette portrait shape from the kit was added with a linear burn blend mode. I also reduced the opacity slightly. I added the cluster frame.


I loved the border effect and the paint spotches in Courtney’s Paper 3, so I added it on top of my silhouette layer. I applied the Linear Burn blend mode to keep the border, but allow the tan from the background paper to come through.


Linear Light Blend Mode


I added the same geometric gesso stamp to extend the background on the cluster. I rotated it and reduced it in size until the hexagons were the same size as those in the cluster and then aligned it. (I used a layer mask to brush out parts that I didn’t want to show.) In order to have it look like it was part of the original cluster I gave it a Linear Light blend mode and dialed back the opacity to about 70%


The “story” word art is added with the Linear Light blend mode and opacity reduced to about 90%.


Hard Light Blend Mode


In order to add a bit more color behind the cluster, I pulled in the text stamp from Courtney Designs. I used the Hard Light blend mode.



Darker Color Blend Mode


I loved the little flowers on one of the journal cards in the kit, so I pulled it over and ended up choosing the Darker Color Blend mode to “erase” the white background. I used a layer mask to mask out the hello.


Overlay Blend Mode


The cluster frame had an interesting shadow layer, so I used the polygonal lasso tool to select the inside of the frame. With a right click and a Layer via Copy, I had this layer and moved it above my photo and used the Overlay Blend mode to add that subtle lighting effect.


So, I used six different blend modes on my layout. To finish off this layout, I added a bit more texture with some more gesso stamps, the pretty pink flower and a simple word strip.


I hope you have some creative fun with blend modes on your next digital layout. 🙂


The Magic of Beginnings Giveaway


On to the next installment of the Scrapaneers December Giveaway – The Magic of Beginnings.


A big THANK YOU to all the amazing designers who contributed to this Mega Collection. The Magic of Beginnings is perfect for your holiday and December sequential projects, but it is about so much more than that. Think about plans and goals for the new year, starting a new stage of life, new relationships or simply the start of exciting new adventures. This collection is so big we could not fit it all into one preview, so here is glimpse at the collection in two parts (we couldn’t fit everything in the preview so know there’s MORE!):


Magic of Beginnings Collection


Magic of Beginnings Collection


Magic of Beginnings download links are no longer available.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday, December 21 for the next set of downloads, and some fabulous techniques by Yobeth.






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  • Blackthorne December 19, 2016   Reply →

    Thanks so much – These are so beautiful !

  • Sandy_in_MD December 19, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you for the blending mode tutorial, and for today’s freebies.

  • Mary Merrifield December 19, 2016   Reply →

    These kits are awesome. Thank you so much. I love the look of blending and really appreciate the tutorial.

  • Kelly December 19, 2016   Reply →

    Wow, that was a lot of blend modes. Page looks fab! I find that I tend to use the same blend modes over and over. Lesson learned….experiment more. Thanks for the freebies, ladies!

  • Su Hall December 19, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you so very much! It’s like Christmas! LOL


  • Karen December 20, 2016   Reply →

    Thanks so much for everything!

  • Jane D December 20, 2016   Reply →

    Lovely! Thank you so much!

  • vivi December 22, 2016   Reply →

    Love everything, and learning, always learning…. thanks a lot

  • R December 22, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you 🙂

  • Grambie/Shirl December 23, 2016   Reply →

    I really enjoyed this blend mode tutorial. Thanks for the tutorial and extra downloads. I am a subscriber to Courtney, but will definitely check Mediterranka Designs out. 🙂

  • Johanna December 23, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you for describing your blend modes, and for the lovely mini kits!

  • Lis December 27, 2016   Reply →

    Lovely! Thank you very much!

  • Jennifer Moore December 27, 2016   Reply →

    Gorgeous layout! Thanks for the minis.

  • Libby Wiers December 31, 2016   Reply →

    Thanks for the examples of so many blend modes – and for the lovely mini kits!!

  • Shirley Kimbrough January 8, 2017   Reply →

    My thanks for Courtney’s artsy design, Mediterranka’s awesome wordart, and the blending mode tutorial. I’ve been a fan of Courtney whom I discovered at another site, and has come to admire Mediterranka’s through her store. Happy New Year. Hugs, 🙂

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