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Random Striped Paper Action Tricks

As promised in yesterday’s post, I have some tricks to show you for my Random Striped Paper Action. This first one comes from the lady that makes those awesome journal cards that I give away as Facebook freebies: Dona (aka donakat). She figured out how to make these stripes go diagonally. You do have to make sure there aren’t too many jaggies along the stripe (mainly depends on the colors you use), but most of the time you can hide it with a texture overlay.

To start, don’t run the start here action. Create your paper manually. The size needs to be 17 in x 17 in x 300 dpi. Then go ahead and color your background. If you remember, I also create a blank layer just above the background, so I recommend you do that too. If you forget, no problem. When you run your first stripe action, you will get this message — just click Continue and you’re on your way.

stripes2-warningWhen you’re done creating your stripes, DON’T RUN THE FINISH PAPER action. Select the all the layers above the Background (the stripes layers) and merge them. With the merged layer selected, select Edit > Transform > Rotate (CMD T or CTL T) and rotate the layer by 45 degrees. You should have something that looks like this —



stripes2-change-canvas-sizeI’m sure you can now see why we start with a larger document size. The next step is to get this resized to 12 in x 12 in x 300 dpi. Select Image > Canvas Size … (CMD-OPT C or CTL-ALT C) and make the height 12 in and the width 12 in. Now I tend to work in pixels and, if you do too, use the dimension I show in the screenshot.

Once it’s been resized, you can now run the finish paper action or do like I do and add a texture and a border. I’m one of those people who like to save my papers full-sized, with layers, as source files just in case. Pretty cool trick, right?


When I saw this trick, I immediately thought “plaid!” Yes, I do have a plaid maker action, but what if you want crisper lines?

You start off the same way you would with a regular striped paper (if you want a diagonal plaid, start the same way as above). When you’re done with your stripes just merge the layers above the Background. Now you have a choice, you can use the same stripes, or run through things again to create new ones. In the example below, I ran through the actions again and then merged the new stripe layers. Warning: Be careful not to merge all the layers like I did the first time … LOL!!! When you’re done, rotate one of the layers 90 degrees and then play with the Opacity or Blend modes. I set both of striped layers to 50% Opacity.


Naturally, I needed to add some texture and a border to the paper like I did with the paper above. When you’re done, and if you don’t save your layered files as source, just run the finish paper action.

Now it’s freebie time and I’m sure you’ve probably guessed what it is … it’s the sample papers that I made while compiling yesterday’s and today’s posts. Just click on the preview below to download them.***expired***


By the way, the colors in these papers are special. They coordinate with my soon to be released Surf, Sand, and the 4th collection. It’s part of theStudio’s Summer Coordinated Collection. Check out the sneak peek below.


That’s it for today. If you come back Wednesday (July 1st), I’ll show you my pieces for this collection.





  1. Thanks, was just looking for papers to do a 4th of July page and these are perfect!!

  2. Thanks for the mention and the samples!


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