30 October 2011

Autumn Melody (PTU)

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Autumn Melody

This tutorial was written by me on October 30th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial was written with the assumption that you have a general knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit called Autumn Melody by Lysira's Graphic World.  You can purchase this lovely kit from Inspirations of Scrapfriends.

Tube of choice: I used the wonderful fantasy art of Maxine Gadd with a valid license.  You can purchase Maxine's tubes from PTE.

Template of choice: I used a great autumn template by Tracy at Freebie Friends Scraps and More.  Download HERE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #105 by Weescotslass.

Font of choice: I used Jellyka Delicious Cake, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout:

For template layers: H&V 0, Opacity 63, Blur 10
For elements & tube: H&V 2, Opacity 63, Blur 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the Tracy.F.Designz and corner layers.

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

Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.

Activate the circle layer, select all, float and defloat.

Open a paper of choice and resize 70 - 80%, invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Copy the main tube and paste as a new layer, arrange on the left side within the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Soft Light.  Delete the original layer.

Activate the dotted circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with # 4e1c1b.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate the square layer; select all, float and defloat.  Resize a paper of choice 70 - 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the close up tube and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Using your eraser tool, remove the parts of the tube that are outside of the selection at the bottom and the sides.  Deselect.

Duplicate the tube and move the copy above the frame layer.  Activate the frame layer and use your magic wand to click inside the frame.  Invert selection.

Activate the tube copy and use the eraser to remove the bits that overlap the frame at the bottom and sides.  Deselect.  Drop shadow only the bottom (original) tube.

Activate the frame layer; select all, float and defloat.  Resize a paper of choice 70 - 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete, deselect.  Delete the original layer.

Now add your elements, I used:

FlowerBunch01: do not resize; mirror
NatureBow: resize 50%
BirdHouse: resize 70%
Acorn: resize 40%
AutumnFruit03: resize 60%; mirror
AutumnFruit02: resize 60%, mirror
DecoFlower: resize 50%

Drop shadow all elements.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!  I'd love to see your results so I can show them off in my slide show.  Email me HERE

Hugs, Carol

26 October 2011

Boo-Licious (FTU)

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Boo-Licious

This tutorial was written by me on October 26th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.


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


This tutorial was written with the assumption that you have a general knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome FTU kit from last year, created by Puddicat Creations called "Vamp It Up".  Download from her blog HERE.  Please leave her some love before you leave as it's a small price for hard work freely shared. 


Tube of choice: I used the gorgeous art of Camilla Drakenborg with a valid license.  You may purchase Camilla's tubes from Up Your Art.

Template of choice: I used one of Dee's fabulous Halloween templates, KDHal3 available on her blog HERE.

Mask of choice: I used one of Vix's awesome Halloween masks, #1, available on her blog HERE.

Drop shadows used:

For template elements: H&V 0, Opacity 75, Blur 10
For other elements: H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete Raster 1 and bat layers.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750, unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.

Activate bottom orange circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow.

Follow the above directions for the following layers:

top orange circle
black rectangle
purple rectangle
left black square (resize your paper smaller if you wish, I resized 70%)
right black square

Activate the frame bg layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open your tube and resize 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.  Drop shadow.

Activate orange frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #731918.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Uniform, 20%, Monochrome checked.

Drop shadow the black frame.

Activate the arrows layer.  Change the foreground to #01651e and the background to #800080.  Activate the Color Replacer tool with the following settings:

Size: 999
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Tolerance: 30

Center the brush over your workspace and left click.  Repeat for wordart and slats layers (increase the opacity to 100 on the slats layer first).

Add your elements, I used:

candles1: resize 55%
bats1: resize 60%
bats2: resize 40%
moon1: resize 60%
button1: resize 25%

Drop shadow all elements, then hide background layer and merge visible.  Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection and deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

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

I'd love to see your results, email me! 

Hugs, Carol

24 October 2011

Serenity (PTU)

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Serenity

This tutorial was written by me on October 24th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial was written with the assumption that you have a general knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a breathtaking kit by Tootypup Scraps called "Serenity".  This is an exclusive kit, you can find it at Aussie Scrap Designs.  Thanks so much for this gorgeous kit hun!

Tube of choice: I used the beautiful fantasy art of Rebecca Cox with a valid license.  Becca was with CILM when I purchased this tube but you can now find her work at Artistic Dreams Imaging.

Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's wonderful masks, #1.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice, I used Mutlu Ornamental, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.

From the kit, open gardenRocks-1 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of your workspace (see my tag for placement).

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, arrange in front of the rocks on the right side.

Now add your other elements, I used:

wordart-1: resize 50%
flowerDeco-3: resize 40%
flowerDeco-5: resize 35%; mirror
bird-1: resize 25%, then 85% twice
mushrooms-2: resize 15%
butterfly-6: resize 10%, duplicate twice, mirror one of the copies
fern-1: resize 40%, then 85%; duplicate
flowerLeaf-1: resize 10%, then 85%

Apply drop shadow to all layers.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!  I'd love to see your results, email me! ♥♥

Hugs, Carol

22 October 2011

New Award!


I received this Beautiful Blog Award from Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs.
Check out her blog HERE to see her gorgeous kits!
Thank you so much Bev♥♥

Pass this along to 3 blogs that you think are beautiful in every way.
My choices are:

Diane of Candy's Treats

21 October 2011

Bubble, Bubble (PTU)

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Bubble, Bubble

This tutorial was written by me on October 21st, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP, it's tools and functions.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful, whimsical new kit by Stina of Designs by Stina called "Black Cat Magik".  This is such a wonderful kit!  Awesome papers and absolutely adorable elements, I had such fun with it!  Sooo many possibilities!  You can purchase it from Aussie Scrap Designs and it's even on sale until the end of the month!  Woot!

Template of choice: I used Halloween template #1 by Scrapity Scrap and More

Mask of choice: I used mask #2 by Dee.  Download from her blog HERE

Font of choice: I used Monsterchild, HERE

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the copyright and Squares layers.

Change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Flood fill the blank areas of the background layer with white.

Activate the Big Rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Copy and paste a paper of choice as a new layer, resize 90%.  Invert the selection and tap delete, deselect.  Delete the original layer and apply a drop shadow, I used H&V 0, Opacity 75, Blur 10.

Follow the same steps for the Smaller Rectangle layer.  Before you deselect, open Kitty Pumpkin 01 and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange inside the selection on the far right side.  Tap delete.  Duplicate and mirror, arrange on the far left side.  Merge these two layers and change the Blend Mode to Hard Light.  Reduce the opacity to 70.

Do the same for the Thin Rectangle layer, but do not deselect.  Open Spellbook Kitty and resize 15%, then 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection on the far left side.  Tap delete and deselect.  Duplicate and arrange in a line across the rectangle.  Once you have all your duplicates arranged, hide all other layers and merge visible.  Unhide the other layers; change the Blend Mode to Luminance (L) and the opacity to 40.  Drop shadow this layer, I used H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 8 (use this drop shadow for the remaining layers).  Do not drop shadow the paper layer.

Activate the Circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Copy a paper of choice and paste into the selection, do not deselect.  Open Haunted House and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete, do not deselect.  Open Lightning 01 and 02, resize each 35%.  Copy and paste as new layers and arrange behind the house.  Tap delete on each layer and deselect.

Change your foreground to #412324 and your background to #787e20.  Change the foreground to Gradient and select "Foreground-Background" from the drop down menu.  Choose the linear Style, Angle 45, Repeats 3, Invert unchecked.

Activate the Border Thin Rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with your gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Add noise: Uniform, 38%, Monochrome.

Follow the same steps for the Border Circle layer, but check the invert button for your gradient.

Change your foreground back to Color.  Change the background to #404040.  Activate the Color Replacer tool with these settings:

Size: 999
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Tolerance: 34

Activate the Bubble layer.  Place the brush in the center of your tag and double click to change the colour of the font.  Do the same for the Toil layer and both Dotted Line layers.

Now add the rest of your elements, I used:

Cauldron Kitty: resize 50%
Ghost 01: resize 50%
Bow 02: resize 20%
Butterfly 04: resize 15%
Flower 04: resize 10%

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection, deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag and add your name.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  Thanks for trying my tutorial.

I'd love to see your results, email me. 

18 October 2011

The Witching Hour (FTU)

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The Witching Hour

This tutorial was written by me on October 18th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial assumes you have a good knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome FTU kit called "The Perfect Scare" by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs.  Bev has done it again!  This is a wonderful mix of fun elements and awesome papers.  Download from her blog HERE.  Please remember to post a thank you to Bev before you leave, it's a small price in exchange for hard work freely shared.  :)

Tube of choice: I used the fabulous artwork of Greg Andrews with a valid license.  You can purchase Greg's tubes from Up Your Art.

Mask of choice: I used one of Vaybs wonderful masks, #80.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Motorhead Grotesk, HERE

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 6

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.

Add a new raster layer and select all.  From the kit, open Paper 4 or a paper of your choice.  Copy and paste into the selection, deselect.

Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Open the fence element (#34) and resize 60%.  Move to the far left side of your workspace.  Duplicate twice and arrange, using my tag as a reference.  Merge the 3 fence layers together, drop shadow.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer.

Add your other elements and drop shadow, I used:

#7: resize 55%
#9: resize 55%
#12: resize 70%
#13: resize 80%
#14: resize 50%
#15: resize 50%
#16: resize 30%, then 70%.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size of the web on the fence.  Use the eraser to remove any bits that you don't want.
#19: resize 30%, then 85%
#28: resize 50%
#29: resize 50%; duplicate and resize 85%
#30: resize 50%
#34: resize 60%
#40: resize 70%
#41: resize 80%

Make sure your layers are all placed where you want them, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer, crop and resize your tag.

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

I'd love to see your results, email me! :)

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