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Border Overlays

I have discovered a new favorite product, border overlays. I can’t seem to get enough of them, so I decided to make some. These are transparent overlays, so they are VERY easy to use. In fact, read all the way down to the end of this post and I’ll show you some examples.

These are currently available in my CU store at theStudio for 30% off. You can buy the individual packs, or save some money by picking up the combo.




Now here are your examples using Borders 2 and some of my papers (Watercolors 9). For this first one, I used paper 9-1 and borders 2-1. The settings for the border are: Blend Mode – Normal; Fill – 0%; Effect > Inner Shadow – Color: Black, Blend: Linear Burn, Distance: 4 px, Size: 4 px. This gives the overlay a slightly embossed look.


This next one I used paper 9-2 and border 2-2 and set the Overlay Layer to a Blend Mode of Divide. Yes, this is the same black overlay, but now it’s white.


This next one uses paper 9-5 and border 2-3 with the overlay’s Blend Mode set to Overlay.


For this last one, I used paper 9-3 and border 2-4. Instead of messing with the blend mode, I decided to color the overlay (Effect > Color Overlay) using a color I picked from the paper itself. I played with the darkness of the color until I found something that fit what I was looking for.


Since I would like you to be able to see these up close and personal, I’m making the actual papers available to you … and yes, they’re Commercial Use. ***expired***


AND, if you are a subscriber to my newsletter, there will be another batch of papers using Borders 1 in Saturday’s newsletter. HUGS!!!



  1. Thank you! You do lovely work!

  2. How lovely these are Jill, thank you so much.

  3. Beautiful pages, Jill. Your overlays look great – love that swirly stuff! Thanks.

  4. Thank you, thank you!!

  5. Thank you so much AND for the tips on how to use them too.

  6. Thanks Jill – and thank you for the tutorial as well. Beautiful paper and borders.

  7. AWESOME!! Thank you so much for the freebies and especially the tutorial on how you made them! Wonderful overlays!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 <3

  8. These are amazing and so lovely, thanks a lot for giving them to us!

  9. Wow, gorgeous!!
    Thank you.

  10. These are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations.

  11. Thank you so much Jill. How pretty! I love them and thank you so much for the great tutorial as well. Beautiful, beautiful paper and borders. BIG HUGS!! Lisa

  12. Thank you for sharing these beautiful samples & especially for the tutorial as to how you created them!


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