This tutorial was written by me on December 9th, 2013 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. You will need the following supplies:
"Winter Magic TG" is a beautiful tagger-size kit by Tootypup Scraps and is filled with beautiful papers and elements. Please visit Susan's blog HERE for links to her stores. Thanks for this lovely kit hun!
I used an adorable tube by Zephir D'Elph. You will find this wonderful artist's tubes at Up Your Art.
Template #156 by Horseplay's Pasture.
Snow animation, also by Horseplay's Pasture. You will find the download link in the supply list for "Heaven's Littlest Angel". Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful ani Bev!!
Christmas Mask #11 by Vaybs.
Eye Candy Nature: Snow Drift
Font: Santas Sleigh Full Bold, HERE.
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
Place the mask in your PSP mask folder or a folder of your choice.
Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate; close the original. Change the canvas size to 800 x 750. Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.
Delete the credit layer. Activate Raster 3 layer; select all, float and defloat. From the kit, open Paper 4 and resize 60%. Copy and paste as a new layer; invert the selection and tap delete. Deselect and delete the original layer.
Repeat these steps for Raster 6 and 7, using Paper 6.
Activate Raster 11; select all, float and defloat. Open Paper 8 and resize 60%. Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete. Do not deselect.
Open Christmas Church and resize 60%. Mirror the image; copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as shown in my tag. Tap delete; do not deselect.
Open the snow animation. Activate Frame 1 and copy. Activate your working canvas and paste just above the church layer. Tap delete and rename this layer "Snow 1".
Back to the snow animation. Activate Frame 2 and copy. Paste above the first frame on your working copy. Tap delete and rename this layer "Snow 2".
Repeat these steps for the remaining 8 frames in the snow animation, pasting each layer above the one before. Once you're finished, deselect and hide all but the first frame (Snow 1) of the animation.
Apply drop shadow with these settings: V&H 0, Opacity 65, Blur 15 to the following layers: Raster 2, 4, 5 and 10.
Apply the following drop shadow to all elements and Raster 8 and 9: V&H 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.
Resize the tube 80%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the canvas. See my tag for reference.
Add your elements, I used:
Bow_02a: resize 30%; free rotate 15° right and sharpen.
Christmas Lamp_02: resize 35%
Holly_03: resize 35% and duplicate twice. Mirror one of the copies and flip the other.
Rail Fence: resize 65% and arrange behind the snowman on the right side. Duplicate and move to the left. Use the rectangle selection tool to select the part of the left fence that overlaps the original. Tap delete and deselect.
Snow_01: resize 85%; duplicate and mirror, arrange below the snowman.
Snow Tree_01: resize 80%
Snow Tree_04: do not resize; duplicate and resize 75%, arrange beside the original.
Resize all layers 85%. Add a new raster layer and send to the bottom, just above the background layer. Select all. Open Paper 7, copy and paste into the selection. Deselect. Apply DBV Christmas mask # 11 and merge the mask group. Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask shape and placement.
Activate the text tool with these settings:
Font: Santas Sleigh Full Bold
Size: 90 or 95, depending on name length
Stroke Width: 0
Create as: Vector
Type your name and place where you wish. Layers > Convert to Raster layer.
Effects > Plugins > Eye Candy Nature > Snow Drift
Under the Settings tab, select "Small - First Flakes".
Under the Basic tab, change the settings to this:
Click OK. Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used V&H 2, Opacity 65, Blur 8.
Add all applicable copyright and license information.
Time to animate! Open Animation Shop.
In PSP, insure that all the snow layers except Snow 1 are closed (hidden).
Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.
In Animation Shop > Edit > Paste > As New Animation.
Back in PSP, hide Snow 1 and open Snow 2. Edit > Copy Special > Copy Merged.
In AS > Edit > Paste > After Current Frame.
Continue following these steps until you have all 10 frames pasted in AS.
View > Animation to see your tag in action! Save as a gif and you're finished. Enjoy your new tag!
I'd love to see your results! Email me HERE.