Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scattered Crayons Clip Art Border

crayon clip art border
I must have a dozen uses for a crayons clip art border, starting with scrapbook layouts of my kids and grandkids kindergarten and early elementary school years and running up to my school days free coloring pages articles and blog posts.

I had to make a crayon border - it's a classic, so here's my freebie with red, blue, green and yellow crayons - as usual, free for non-commercial use.  Crayons clip art borders are available in two sizes, and arranged for both vertical and horizontal layouts. Have fun - share 'em on Facebook, Twitter or other sites with a link to this page.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Smiling Snails Border

Snails Border Clip Art
These little snails are just the cutest critters. Catch up with these snail clip art borders before the little guys just slip away ... free for non-commercial use. Link, don't upload, to share with friends.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

DIY Halloween Skeleton Border

Ever wondered how to make a quick border from a piece of clip art you like? If you don't have PhotoShop or some other editor it might seem like a difficult task, but it's really not. Windows Paint is free and comes with Microsoft Windows machines. You can do quite a lot with this basic graphics editor. If you use another graphics editor, the steps are basically the same.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to make your own quick clip art borders.

How to: Quick and Easy Clip Art Border
I needed a skeleton graphic border for a Halloween project so I made a quick and easy divider from free clip art. You can use this same method to make a simple clip art border of your own. If you need a vertical border, just create a document in the size and shape you want and use these same basic steps to copy, clean up and paste multiple images in a row or stack:

1. I copied the original Trick or Treat skeleton graphic to my computer's hard drive, then opened up Windows Paint, created a New document,  and pasted the skeleton graphic in the editor window.

2. Next I zoomed in to get a good view of  the image so I could select only the skeleton. I used the selection tool to surround the entire skeleton image but not include the Trick or Treat caption at the bottom of the original graphic.

3. I used the CROP tool to remove the caption, but a little bit of red and black remained. I adjusted the image size without changing the size of the skeleton so I would have more room to work

4. To clean up the new skeleton picture and get rid of the red and black spots, I used the Paint Brush tool with Color 1 set to white, then painted over the spots near the skeleton's feet. 

5. Next I saved the graphic, then created an image measuring the width of the border I needed - 600 pixels - and  pasted the cleaned up skeleton into it at the right side. I then selected ALL and then pasted another copy of the skeleton into this image. I moved it over so it was next to the first skeleton taking care to make sure it wasn't overlapping anywhere.

two skeletons in new clip art border6. Next I selected the second skeleton and used the Rotate, Flip Horizontal tool to reverse the image. Now I had two skeletons, each facing the other.

7.  Finally, I copied the two skeletons and pasted another pair next to the first set to create my finished Halloween skeletons border.
Halloween Skeletons Clip Art Border