28 February 2010

I'll Be Your Easter Bunny (FTU)


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I'll Be Your Easter Bunny 

This tutorial was written by me on February 28th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful FTU kit called "Sweet Easter" by Fantasymoments Scraps and available to download from her blog HERE.  Thank you for sharing this lovely kit with us hun!

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful pinup art of Jessica Dougherty with a valid license.  You can purchase Jessica's tubes from CILM.

Mask: I'm using another of the gorgeous floral masks available from Creative Misfits Creations.  I just love these masks, so many possibilities!

Font of choice: I'm using A&S California Plug

Ready?  Let's get started!

Place your masks in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.

From the scrap kit, open one of the wreaths (Element 59 or 60).  Resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your magic wand, click inside the wreath.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 6.

Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer and move below the wreath layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.

Open a couple of the cute little bunnies in flower pots (Elements 9 - 12).  Resize one 40%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Mirror.  Place on the left side of the tag.  Resize the other 30%, copy and paste as a new layer and place in front of the larger one.

Now open a selection of easter eggs, resize as desired, mirror a few and arrange as desired in front of the bunnies.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, place on the right side of your tag.

Add a drop shadow to all your layers except the paper.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 6.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Make sure all layers are arranged to your satisfaction, then hide your background layer and merge visible. 

Unhide your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All

Open a paper of choice from the kit, copy and paste into selection.  Selections > Select None.

Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk.  Find the "floral 3" mask and apply it using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask and invert transparency unchecked.  In the layer palette, right click the mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.

Hide your background layer, activate your crop tool.  Choose the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top tool menu and click the green check mark.  This will crop any excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.

Now save as a jpg or png and you're all finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and please feel free to send me your result.  I love to see 'em!

Hugs, Carol

26 February 2010

Love's Blush (PTU)


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Love's Blush

This tutorial was written by me on February 26th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous PTU kit called "Blush of Love" by Lynne of Baby Cakes Scraps.  This kit is absolutely beautiful and has so many possibilities.  You can purchase from Aussie Scrap Designs or from Sunflower Scraps Boutique.

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful art of Jennifer Janesko with a valid license.  You can purchase her tubes from CILM.

Mask: Awesome floral mask from the talented ladies at Creative Misfits Creations.  You can download from their blog HERE.  I used FloralMask1byJenny.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations ladies!

Font of choice: I'm using Mon Amour Script Alt

Drop shadow used throughout (unless stated otherwise): H&V 2, Opacity 62, Blur 5

Let's make a new tag!

Place your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.  We'll resize later.

From the scrap kit, open bcs_round_frame.  Resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your magic wand tool with Tolerance set to 20 and Feather set to 0, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 6.

Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize as desired, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Move this layer below the frame.  Do not deselect!

Open your tube, resize as desired, copy and paste as a new layer above your paper layer.  Place as desired within the frame and then hit delete.  Selections > Select None.

Add a drop shadow to your tube and frame, then merge these three layers together.

Open bcs_floral_doodle, resize 90%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the background layer.  Image > Mirror.  Place as desired.  Add a light drop shadow to this layer, I used H&V 0, Opacity 25, Blur 8.

Open bcs_leaves and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer below the floral doodle.  Use the raster deform tool to angle the leaves to your satisfaction, then duplicate, mirror and arrange as you like.  See my tag for reference.

Open bcs_pendant and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the top.  Duplicate this layer and move the original below your frame.  Using your eraser, carefully remove parts of the chain on the top pendant layer so it looks like the chain is wrapped around the frame.  Apply drop shadow to the bottom layer only.

Open one of the butterflies, resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Free Rotate > Rotate 20 degrees left.  Place on the left side of the frame.

Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Selections > Select None.

Apply FloralMask1byJenny to your paper layer using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked.  On your layer palette, right click your mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group.  If you use a light paper like I did, you might want to duplicate your mask layer so it will be more defined.  Resize your mask layer 90%.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Hide the background layer and activate your crop tool.  Choose the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top tool menu and click the green check mark to crop your tag.

Resize if desired and save as a jpg or png file.  You're finished!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and please feel free to email me your results as I love to see them and show them off in my slide show.

Until next time!

Hugs, Carol

12 February 2010

FairyLand (PTU)

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FairyLand 

This tutorial was written by me on February 12th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an absolutely gorgeous kit called "Butterfly Kiss" by Puddicat Creations.  This kit is stunning!!  I love the colours and all the elements Cindy has included.  You can purchase this lovely kit at Sunflower Scraps Boutique.  Thank you for letting me play with your kit Cindy!

2 Masks: HERE 

Font of choice: I'm using CupieDoll

Plug in used: Eye Candy Impact; Gradient Glow (Optional, for name)

Adorable fairy posers are included with the kit  :)

Ready?  Let's make a tag!

Unzip the masks and place them in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 750 x 650, we'll resize later.

From the kit, open pdc_fairyhouse1, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move slightly to the left and up.

Lets add some grass!  Highlight the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill this layer with #2a3117.  Apply mask dmsk0670 to this layer.  Merge the mask group together (right click the mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group).  Now let's add a grass texture to this layer by going to Effects > Texture Effects > Texture and choose Grass from the drop down menu.  Apply using the default settings except change the size % to 75.  Using your raster deform tool, move the top part of the mask down about half way.

Open pdc_bridges1, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Image > Mirror.  Move to the right and down slightly (see my tag for reference).

Open pdc_unicorn, resize 50%, then 90%.  Place on the bridge, positioning the unicorn like this:
 Now we want to make it appear that the unicorn is crossing the bridge, so we need to erase parts of the unicorn.  Here's how I did it:

Highlight your bridge layer and float, defloat.  Lower the opacity of the unicorn to around 35% - 40% so you can easily see the parts of the bridge you want to show.  Activate your unicorn layer, zoom in, and using your eraser tool carefully remove the parts of the unicorn you don't want showing, like this:


Here's where you can go wild decorating your tag with the various elements Cindy has provided in this beautiful kit!  Open and resize various flowers, vines, grass, butterflies etc. to decorate your tag.  Use my tag for reference, but feel free to use different flowers or placement to make the tag your own.  I also used all three posers in my tag, they're all so adorable I couldn't resist them!  LOL!

When you have your tag decorated to your satisfaction (remember to drop shadow your layers as you go), hide your background layer and merge visible.  Unhide your background layer and add a new raster layer above it.  Flood fill this layer with #b9d7fa.  Apply 100MaskKelsWWA.  Right click on the mask layer in your layers palette and choose Merge > Merge Group.  Using your raster deform tool, move the bottom of the mask layer up about half way and pull out the sides.  I also used the top node to pull it up a bit.

Once you're happy with the placement of everything, merge all layers together (hide your background layer if you want to save as a png).  Now resize as you like, add your name and any applicable copyright and license number if you've used any licensed tubes and save your tag as a jpg or png. 

That's it, you're done!  I hope you enjoy your new tag and please feel free to send me any tags you make using my tuts, I love to see them!

Hugs, Carol

09 February 2010

Heart of the Nile (PTU)


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Heart of the Nile 

This tutorial was written by me on February 9th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions. 

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit called "Heart of the Nile" by Digicats (and Dogs).  I love this kit!  Lots of awesome elements and so many possibilities.  Thank you for letting me play with your lovely kit Dianna!  You can purchase it at Scrappers Secret 

Tube of choice: I'm using the art of Scott Blair with a valid license.  You can buy his tubes at MPT.  You will need a tube that's sitting or reclining.

Mask of choice, or you can use the same one I did HERE 

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy Nature - Fire.

Font of choice: I'm using Secretary Hand Ancient.

Let's make a new tag!

Put your mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 750 x 650, white background.  We'll resize later.

From the kit, open DCD_Chaise, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move this down a little, so it's sitting about 2/3 of the way down your canvas.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed.  Place on the chaise.

Now add the elements you like (this kit has lots!), resizing each to your satisfaction.  I added DCD_Bastet02, Candle02 & 03, Egyptian Pin, all 3 Ferns, the Glitter Leaf, Horus02, Orchidea01, Sacred Cat and Sun.  Dianne has included many wonderful elements, so you can do what I did or change it up and add different elements.  Lots of possibilities here!

I arranged all three ferns behind the chaise, then resized the orchidae and placed it on top of the ferns.  I duplicated this, resized again and used my raster deform tool to change the orientation of the flowers to my satisfaction.  I then resized the glitter leaf and placed it on the far right fern, on top of the orchidae.  I duplicated this 2 times, mirrored one and placed the other on top of the center fern.  See my tag for the placement of all other elements.

When you have your candles placed to your satisfaction, merge the layers together so all your candles are on one layer.

Add a drop shadow of choice to all layers.  Add a very light DS to the candles!  I used H&V 2, Opacity 20, Blur 5 for them.

Hide your background layer and your merged candles layer.  Merge visible all the other layers.  Make sure your candles layer is on top.

Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Selections > Select All.  Copy and paste a paper of your choice into the selection.  Selections > Select None.  Apply your mask to this layer and use your raster deform tool to resize it to your satisfaction.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Click the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top tool menu and click the green check mark to get rid of your excess canvas.  Make sure you leave enough room for your name!

Resize your tag as desired (make sure resize all layers is checked!) and add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Highlight the merged candles layer and duplicate twice for a total of three layers.  Hide the two copies and highlight the original.

Let's make some fire! ;)

Using your freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the flame, going a little above and below it, like this:
 
From your Effects menu, choose Eye Candy Nature - Fire.  Under the Settings tab, select Candle, Small and change the settings under the Basic tab to this:

 
Apply the plug-in to the two copy layers using the same settings but clicking the random seed button each time.

Let's animate!

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP, hide the two candle copy layers, make sure the original is open.  Right click on your tag and choose Copy Merged.

In AS, right click on your workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide the original candle layer and unhide the first copy.  Right click your tag and choose Copy Merged.

In AS, right click on your tag and choose Paste > Paste After Current Frame.

Follow the same procedure for the second copy.  Now click View > Animation to see your tag in action!  If you're happy with what you see, save as a gif and you're done!

Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time ...

Hugs, Carol 

07 February 2010

Choco-Love (PTU)


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Choco-love

This tutorial was written by me on February 7th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental. 

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a kit named "Choc-lot" by Natasha of Sticky Kisses Designs, which can be purchased HERE.

Tube and close-up of choice: I'm using the gorgeous art of Jamie Kidd with a valid license.  You can purchase Jamie's tubes from CILM.

Template: #154 by Beth of Blissfully Beth.  You can download from her blog HERE.

Mask: Awesome mask by Sophisticated Simone, which you can download from her site HERE (in the second set of masks).

Font of choice: I'm using Champagne Italic

Plug in needed: Eye Candy Impact, Gradient Glow (optional, used for name only)

Ready?  Let's make a tag!

Save your mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP.  Delete the bg, group - I LOVE YOU, pink heart 1 & 2, be my valentine and blissfully beth layers.  Resize all layers 85%.

Image > Canvas Size > Change canvas size to 750 x 650, we'll resize later.

Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.

Highlight the white oval layer.  Selections > Select All > Selections > Float > Selections > Defloat.  Choose a paper from the scrap kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Delete the white oval layer.

Continue in this manner until you have applied a paper or colour of choice to all the shape and frame layers.

On the rectangle layer, after you have pasted your paper, do not deselect!  Open your close-up tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed, place in the center of your rectangle and hit delete.  Deselect.  I changed the blend mode on this layer to Hard Light, but feel free to experiment with the others to see if there's one you like better.

Move the I Love You layer to the center of the tag (see my tag for reference.)

Open SKD_ChocHeart, resize 30%, then 45%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Free rotate 15 degrees right and place on the lower left side of the rectangular frame.  Duplicate this layer and mirror it.  Place on the upper left side of the frame.

I used my Color Replacer tool to change the colour of the I Love You and dotted lines layers.  Here's how:

Change your FG colour to #452003 and your BG colour to black.  Choose your colour replacer tool from the fly-out menu on the left, located here:


 
 On the top menu, change your settings to this:
  

(700, 100, 10, 100, 100, 0, 20)

Center the brush in the middle of your tag and left click to change the colour.

Open SKD_Bear2 and resize 30%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the bottom right of the tag.

Open a variety of the candies, resize and arrange in front of the bear.

Open SKD_Choctnit, resize 30%, then 90%.  Place to the left of the bear, beside the chocolates (see my tag.)

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left of your tag.  Resize your tube if necessary, mine was fine as is.

Add a drop shadow of choice to your layers and make sure you're happy with the placement of all your elements.  Hide your background layer and merge visible.

Add a new raster layer above your background layer.  Selections > Select All.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Selections > Select None.

Apply your mask, and use the raster deform tool to change the size to your satisfaction.

With your background layer still hidden, activate your crop tool.  Choose the Merged Opaque button on the far right of the top menu, then click the green check mark.  This removes the excess canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.  Unhide your background layer, resize as desired.

Now add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpg or png and you're done!  Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol
  

04 February 2010

Pot O' Gold (FTU)

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Pot O' Gold 

This tutorial was written by me on February 4th, 2010.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions. 

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful FTU kit called "Celtic Dreams" by Teresa of Randy's Sin Scraps.  You can download this awesome kit from her blog HERE.  Don't forget to leave some love!  A thank you goes a long way and means a lot to these talented designers who freely share their hard work.

Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous pinup art of Barbara Jensen.  You can purchase Barb's tubes from her site HERE.  I love this artist!  Her work is beautiful and she's always been very supportive of the PSP community.  She's also a genuinely nice person.

Mask of choice, or the one I used HERE.

Font of choice: I'm using Celtic Garamond the 2nd.

A hot beverage of choice and a bit of free time. ;)

Drop shadow used throughout: H & V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 5.

Ready ... Set ... Go!

Place your mask in your PSP Masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Resize if you like, I resized 85%.

Set your foreground to #002600 and your background to null.  Using your preset shapes tool, select rectangle, anti-alias and create as a vector checked, linestyle set to solid and width set to 8, draw a rectangle over your tube, like this:
 
Use the nodes to adjust it to your satisfaction then right click the vector layer in your layer palette and choose Convert to Raster layer.

Highlight your tube and duplicate.  Move the copy above your frame.  Use your eraser to remove the bits overlapping your frame, then carefully remove the parts of the original tube that show below and to the sides of your frame.  You should end up with something that looks like this:
Apply a drop shadow to the bottom tube only!

Using your Magic Wand with the tolerance set to 0, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > Expand by 4.  Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit (I used paper 10), resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Move this layer below your bottom tube.

From the kit, open rs_shamrocks2 (or one of choice), resize 40%, then 70%.  Move below your paper layer and arrange on the upper right side of your tag.  Duplicate and mirror.  Merge this layer down and then duplicate the merged layer.  Image > Flip and move this layer down.  Merge these two layers together.

Open one of the vines (I used rs_vine1) and resize 30%.  Move to the right side of your tag and arrange on top of the shamrock layer.  Once you're happy with how it looks, duplicate the vine layer and arrange on the left side.  Drop shadow all layers.

Now have some fun adding elements!  I used rs_carnation2, charm3, cross1, daisy1 and 4, hat1, potogold, and snowdrops1.  Resize each as desired and add drop shadow as you go.

Open a word art of choice (there are lots!), resize and add to your tag.  I used "Wanna check out my pot o' gold?"  Apply drop shadow.

Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Using your flood fill tool, flood fill the new layer with a colour of your choice, I used #c3d196.  Apply your mask, using these settings:


Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Resize as you wish and you're done!  Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it!

Hugs, Carol

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