28 March 2012

Punk Attitude (PTU)

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Punk Attitude

This tutorial was written by me on March 28th, 2012 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 with other versions.

This tutorial was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful kit by Bibi's Collection called "Attitude Babe".  You can get it from Inspirations of Scrapfriends.  Thanks so much Bibi!

Tube of choice: I used "Cute Punk" by Verymany.  You can purchase from Pics For Design.

Template of choice: I used one of the wonderful templates from Twyzted T's Playroom.  I used template #5.  Download HERE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #227 by Gems, download HERE.

Font of choice: I used Urban Scrawl Buttah, HERE.

Drop shadows used throughout, unless otherwise indicated:

For template elements: H&V 0, Opacity 73, Blur 12
All other elements: H&V 2, Opacity 73, 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 following layers: Raster 1, 8, 7 and 4.

Change the canvas size to 700 x 700.

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

Activate Raster 6.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Repeat these steps for all remaining layers except Raster 9 and 10 (the glitter layers).

Resize your tube 60%, copy and paste as a new layer.

Add your elements, I used:

1: resize 70%
7: resize 95%
12: do not resize
37: resize 95%
40: do not resize
67: do not resize; apply light drop shadow.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 40, Blur 8
54: do not resize; duplicate 3 times for a total of 4 and arrange above the background layer.  Hide all other layers and merge visible.  Using the rectangle selection tool, draw a selection around this layer like this:
Selections > Modify > Feather > Number of pixels: 30 > Click OK.  Invert the selection and tap delete twice.  Deselect.  I did this to soften the edges of the wire, you may choose not to, it's completely up to you.  : )

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 and apply the mask, 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 your new tag is finished.

Thanks for trying my tutorial, email me HERE if you'd like to show me your result!

Hugs, Carol 

26 March 2012

A Peaceful Moment (FTU)

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A Peaceful Moment

This tutorial was written by me on March 26th, 2012 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.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful FTU kit by Cindy of Puddicat Creations called "New Beginning".  Download from her blog HERE.  Please remember to say thanks, it's a nice gesture when someone shares their time and talent freely.  : )

Tube & close-up of choice: I used a gorgeous new tube by Susan Justice called "Eclipse".  I fell in love with this tube the moment I saw it.  You can get it from Up Your Art, you must have a license to use.

Template created by me, download HERE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #166 by Gems, download HERE (scroll down).

Filters used: Xero Radiance, HERE
Mura's Meister Copies, HERE

Font of choice: I used Fleur DeLeah, a pay font.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

Delete the Info layer.  Change the canvas size to 700 x 800.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank space with white.

Change the foreground to #3e323e and the background to #a17c9b

Activate the Circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete, do not deselect.  Copy and paste the close-up tube as a new layer and arrange as shown in my tag.  Tap delete.  Duplicate the tube and hide the copy for now.  Activate the original tube.  Invert the selection.  Apply Mura's Meister Copies, selecting Afterimage (Linear) from the drop down menu on the lower left and changing the settings to this:


Click OK.  Change the blend mode to Soft Light.  Deselect.

Unhide the copy of the tube, apply Xero Radiance using these settings:


Click OK.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and reduce the opacity to 55.

Add a paper layer to each of the large rectangles, delete the original layers.

Activate the Medium Rectangle.  Select all, float and defloat.  Change the foreground to gradient: Style, Linear  Angle, 45  Repeats, 5  Invert unchecked.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Uniform, 50%, Monochrome checked.

Follow these directions for the two thin rectangles and the circle frame, this time invert the gradient and do not add the noise effect to the rectangles.

Resize the main tube 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as shown.

Add your elements, I used:

leaves1: resize 63%
element3: resize 40%
doodle1: resize 40%
element1: resize 45%
books: resize 20%, then 85%
candle1: resize 15%, then 85%
candle2: resize 20%, then 85%
doodle8: resize 40%; free rotate 30 degrees right

The leaves at the bottom of your tag will show through parts of the tube as it fades out at the bottom.  To fix this, use your freehand selection tool to draw a selection around the affected area, like this:


Tap delete to remove the leaves.  Make sure to do this for all the leaves layers if you haven't merged them.

Add drop shadows of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 63, Blur 8 for most elements and H&V 0, Opacity 63, Blur 10 for the template layers.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Unhide and activate the background layer; add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.  Resize 90% and use the raster deform tool to adjust size and placement.  I softened the outside edges of the mask: Select all, float and defloat.  Selections > Modify > Feather > Number of pixels: 7.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and readjust with the raster deform tool if necessary.

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.  Enjoy!

Email me HERE to show me your results!

Hugs, Carol 

23 March 2012

Wild Thing (PTU)

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Wild Thing

This tutorial was written by me on March 23rd, 2012 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.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit by Candy's Treats called "Wild About Pink".  This is one of a set of beautiful kits, all entitled "Wild About ...".  Love 'em all, thanks so much Diane!  You can get it at Twilight Scraps.

Tube & close-up of choice: I used the beautiful artwork of Steve Baier.  When you purchase the tube, you also get the close-up and the image, which I love!  You can purchase his tubes from Up Your Art.  You must have a license to use.

Template of choice: I used template #64 from Scrap Rebellion.  Scroll down a bit to find the template links.

Mask of choice: I used mask #27 from Dees'Sign Depot.

Font of choice: I used Always Black, a pay font.

~~ 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 info, stars and lines layers.  Change the canvas size to 800 x 700.  Unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the top rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for bottom rectangle, black circle and purple rectangle.  After adding the paper to the purple rectangle layer, do not deselect.  Open the close-up tube.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the right side of the selection.  Tap delete, do not deselect.  Change the blend mode to Hard Light.  Duplicate and mirror.  Paste the tube as a new layer once again (it will still be on your clipboard) and resize 85%.  Arrange as shown in my tag and tap delete.  Do not deselect, invert the selection.

I created a frame for this layer.  Expand the selection by 5.  Add a new raster layer beneath all the rectangle layers (paper and tubes).  From the kit, open Glitter 1 and minimize.  Change the foreground to Pattern, and select this glitter from the drop down menu.  Angle 0, Scale 40.  Flood fill the selection with this glitter.

Expand the selection again, by 3 this time.  Add a new raster layer and move beneath the glitter layer.  Flood fill with black.  Deselect.

Drop shadow all template elements.  I used H&V 0, Opacity 75, Blur 10.

Select a Word Art from the kit, resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as shown.  I chose "Wild Thing" and added "I think I love you".

Add your elements, I used:

Cluster Overlay: resize 70%
BG1: do not resize; duplicate and mirror
Bubbles: resize 70%; duplicate and mirror.  Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 2, Opacity 40, Blur 5
Flower 1: resize 30%; duplicate.

Drop shadow used for the tubes and remaining elements: H&V 2, Opacity 75, Blur 8.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 95%.

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.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and placement to your satisfaction.

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!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

Email me HERE if you'd like to show me your results.

Hugs, Carol 

18 March 2012

Bruised Heart (PTU)

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Bruised Heart

This tutorial was written by me on March 18th, 2012 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.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful new kit by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs called "Bruised".  What an AWESOME kit!!  You can get it at Lollipops and Gumdrops.  Thanks so much Bev!

Tube of choice: I used the art of Anna Marine, who was with CILM when I purchased this tube.  You can now get her tubes from CDO.

Mask of choice: I used Mask #3 from DeeSign Depot.

My word art: HERE

Font of choice: I used Beau Rivage One, a pay font but any script font will do nicely.

Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 6.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open a new image, 800 x 700, white background.

From the kit, open element 27 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, free rotate 90 degrees right.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.

Open a paper of choice, resize 80%; copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Open the tube and resize 88%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange.  Drop shadow the tube, I used H -2, V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 5.  Drop shadow the frame using the settings above or of your choice.

Open element 54, copy and paste as a new layer above the background layer.  Duplicate, mirror and flip.  Apply drop shadow.

Open my word art, copy and paste each layer individually and arrange as shown in my tag or go your own way.  Drop shadow.

Add the rest of your elements, I used:

7 & 8: resize each 25%
14: resize 30%
17: resize 70%
30: resize 20%
54: do not resize
56: resize 57%
62: do not resize; apply a light drop shadow.  I used H&V 2, Opacity 20, Blur 8

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.  Safe as a png or jpg and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

Email me HERE if you'd like to show me your result.  : )

Hugs, Carol 

16 March 2012

Coffee, Tea or Me? (PTU)

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Coffee, Tea or Me?

This tutorial was written by me on March 16th, 2012 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.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome kit by Nette's Nightowl Works called "Coffee, Tea or Me".  I love this kit, the colour palette is beautiful!  You can get it at Butterfly Blush.  Thanks so much Nette!

Tube & close-up of choice: I used a tube by Anna Liwanag.  You can purchase her tubes from PTE.

Template of choice: I used template #14 from Twyzted T's Playroom.

Mask of choice: I used mask #80 by Vaybs, HERE.

Plug-in used: Xero Radiance, HERE.

Font of choice: I used Honey Script Light, HERE.

Drop shadows used: H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 12 (template elements, except frames)
H&V 2, Opacity 40, Blur 8: All other elements and tubes.

~~ 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.

Change the canvas size to 800 x 750.

Delete the credit layer.  Add a new raster layer and send to the bottom; flood fill with white.

Activate Tri-Rec layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete, deselect.  Delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for the 4 Square layer.

Activate the Circle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice, resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Copy the close-up tube and paste as a new layer.  Arrange as desired within the selection, tap delete.  Apply Xero Radiance using these settings:

Strangeness: 128
Charm: 50
Truth: 128
Beauty: 255

Click OK.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L).  Apply a drop shadow of choice (or use my settings above) to the tube and all elements of the template.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer.  Apply drop shadow.

Add your elements, I used:

teapot: resize 20%
cupoluv: resize 20%
teabag: resize 10%
cupcake2: resize 10%
cupcake1: resize 10%
chococupcake: resize 10%
wrap: resize 43%, arrange as seen on my tag; duplicate and mirror.

Apply drop shadow.

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 a saying if you wish, I used "Coffee ... Tea ... or Me?  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

Email me HERE if you'd like to show me your results.  : )

Hugs, Carol 

04 March 2012

Spring Dream (PTU)

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Spring Dream

This tutorial was written by me on March 4th, 2012 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 working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit by Tootypup Scraps called "Spring Dream".  This is truly a lovely kit!  Check Susan's blog to find links to her stores.  Thanks so much Susan!

Tube of choice: I used the art of Roman Zaric.  You can purchase his tubes from PTE, you must have a license to use.

Template of choice: I used template #153 by Toxic Desirez, HERE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #29 by Moonbeams & Spiderwebs, HERE.

Plug-in used: Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow.

Font of choice: I used P22 OhLey, a pay font.

~~ 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 Credits and Words layers.

Resize the template 85% (resize all layers checked).

Change the canvas size to 825 x 750.  Unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the first Rectangle Right layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Repeat these steps for the second Rectangle Right layer as well as the Oval and Rectangle layer.

Change the foreground colour to #84947a.  Activate the Change To Target brush (located on the side menu) with these settings:

Size: 999
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Continuous: unchecked
Mode: Colour



Activate Glitter Rectangle Right layer.  Center the paint brush over the canvas and left click.  Repeat for Glitter Rectangle Left, Glitter Rectangle, Dotted Rectangle, Dotted Lines 2 and Stars.  Apply drop shadow of choice: I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 10.

Activate Thin Rectangle 1.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #84947a.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Repeat for Thin Rectangle 2.  Apply drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 8.

Activate the Lines Layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #edd2c1.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow above.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, arrange as desired and apply drop shadow.

Add your elements, I used:

Bow_03: resize 40%
Deco_05: resize 50%, then 85%
Deco_07: resize 50%; free rotate 37 degrees left and sharpen
Easter Basket_03: resize 65%
Easter Flowers_01: resize 30%
Grass_01: resize 80%
Flower Double_02: resize 30%
Butterfly_01, 05 & 07: resize each 25%

I decided to remove the bottom part of the angled rectangles.  First merge together the 4 layers (the two paper layers and two glitter layers), then using the rectangle selection tool, draw out a selection like this:


Tap delete once and deselect.  You'll be left with this:


Of course, you can choose to skip this step if you wish.  : )

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and placement of the masked layer to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and apply a gradient glow using Eye Candy 4000.  Select the Medium preset from the Colour tab and click OK.  Drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!

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

Hugs, Carol 

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