07 December 2014

Hot Toddy


This tutorial was written by me on December 7th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Hot Toddy" is a wonderful scrap kit by Designs by Stina.  Please visit her blog HERE to find links to her stores.  Thanks for a great kit Stina!

Tube is ©PinupToons.  I purchased this tube when Rion was an artist at CILM, but his work can now be purchased at CDO.

Template #33 by Scrap Dimensions.

Mask #98 by WeeScotsLass.  Her masks are available to download in bulk zip files, the links are on the right side of her blog.

Font: I used Malihini Tahitian BTN, download HERE.

You may create your own text if you prefer, or you can use my text, available 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.

Resize the template (all layers) 55%, change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate Raster 1 and flood fill with white.

Activate Raster 5.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 2 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, or use mine: 0, 0, 72, 12.

Follow these steps for the following layers:

Raster 4: use paper 3
Raster 6: use paper 5
Raster 2: use paper 12
Raster 7: use paper 11, do not deselect.  Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and resize 115%.  Arrange as desired on the left side, within the selection.  See my tag for placement.  Tap delete and deselect.  Apply a drop shadow to the tube, I used 2, 2, 65, 8.  Change the blend mode to Screen and reduce the opacity to 60.  Apply drop shadow above to the paper layer.

Copy and paste my text or type something of your own.

Foreground: #bcb669
Background: #2c1122

Activate Raster 9.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer, zoom in and flood fill with background colour.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow, 2, 2, 65, 5.

Change foreground to gradient with these settings: choose Foreground/Background from the drop-down menu.  Angle 45, Repeats 10, Style Linear.

Activate Raster 3.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer, zoom in and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow.

Copy and paste your tube and move it to the right side of the tag.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 65, 8.

Add your elements, I used:

Books: resize 50%
Butterfly: resize 30%, then 85%
Cupcake: resize 20%, then 85%
Flowers: 30%
Foliage 2: resize 50%, free rotate 90˚ right, duplicate and mirror 
Hot Toddy 1 & 2: resize 30%, mirror one of them
Old Book: resize 25%

Apply drop shadow to all elements: 2, 2, 65, 8.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%.

Unhide background and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 12 into the selection.  Deselect and apply WSL mask #98 and merge mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Add your name.  I used Malihini Tahitian BTN, size 72, stroke 1, same colours as above.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 65, 8.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png and you're finished.  Enjoy your new tag!

Until next time ...


03 December 2014

On The Naughty List


This tutorial was written by me on December 3rd, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Gorgeous "Inspired By Jessica Dougherty 33-3" scrap kit by Baby Cakes Scraps and available to purchase at CDO.

The tube "Ruby Martini" is by pinup artist Jessica Dougherty.  Jessica was with CILM when I purchased the tube, but her tubes can now be purchased at CDO.

Mask #33 by WeeScotsLass.  Her masks can be downloaded in bulk zip files, links are on the right of her blog.

Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow.

Font: I used Miss Stanfort, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work fine.

Drop shadow used: 2, 2, 65, 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

From the kit, open element 25, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the frame, like this:


Open paper 2 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Copy and paste the tube (do not resize) as a new layer above the paper but below the frame.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Hide the copy and activate the original tube layer.  Using the eraser, carefully remove parts of the tube that extend beyond the frame.  Now activate the tube copy and remove the parts that cover the top of the frame.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow the bottom tube.

Now add your elements, I used:

#3: resize 50%
#4: resize 65%, use the eraser to remove the wire hanger
#5 & #8: resize each 20%.  Copy and paste above the background layer and arrange as desired.  Duplicate as often as you wish, resize some of the copies 85%.  Scatter these around the tag, as shown.
#6: do not resize
#7: resize 50%
#12: resize 50%
#13: resize 50%
#21: resize 50%.  Apply Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Colour tab: select the Fat preset
Under the Basic tab: Glow Width 3, Soft Corners 0, Overall Opacity 100, Draw Only Outside Selection checked.  Click OK.

#26: resize 60%

Apply drop shadow above to all elements.  Make sure everything is arranged to your satisfaction, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%

Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 1 into the selection.  Deselect and apply WDL mask #33; merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement, if desired.

Crop, resize your tag and add your name.  I used Miss Stanfort, size 72, stroke 0, colour #004204.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png and you're finished!  Enjoy your new tag!

Until next time ...

01 December 2014

Dark Carnival


This tutorial was written by me on December 1st, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Carousel" is an awesome new kit by Gothic Inspirations and is available at her store HERE.  Thanks so much Jess!

I used the sexy pinup art of Barbara Jensen.  Her tubes are available for purchase at her store HERE.

Template #131 by Horseplay's Pasture, thanks Bev!

Mask #80 by Designs by Vaybs.

 Font: I used Carnivalee Freakshow, HERE.

Drop Shadows used:

Tube: 2, 2, 73, 10
Template elements (exception: Strips and Oval): 0, 0, 73, 12
Everything else: 2, 2, 73, 8

~~ 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 and close the original.

Change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Delete the credit layer.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate Circle 1; select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 12 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer; invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow shown above.

Repeat these steps for the following layers:

Circle 2: use paper 12, resize 70%
Back Right & Left Rectangles: use paper 10, resize 70%
Oval: use paper 1, resize 70%
Top and Bottom Rectangles: use paper 11, resize 70%.  Do not deselect.  Resize the close-up tube 80%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and reduce the opacity to 47.

Activate Oval Back layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Change the foreground to #805c7f.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with foreground colour.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 47%, monochrome checked.  Delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow.

Activate Strips layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Change foreground to #584057 and background to black (#000000).  Activate the flood fill tool, change the match mode to Colour, Tolerance to 20, blend mode normal and opacity 100.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill one of the strips with the foreground and the other with the background.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply the same noise effect as above.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 73, 8.

Resize the main tube 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Apply drop shadow above.

Add your elements and drop shadow.  I used:

Balloons: resize 35%, then 70%; duplicate and mirror
Blackbird: resize 25%, then 90%
Coins: resize 20%
Cotton Candy: resize 45%, duplicate and resize 85%.  Free rotate 20° right.
Doodle Swirls: resize 30%; duplicate and mirror
Flags: do not resize, use eraser tool to remove excess
Sign 2: resize 70%
Tent: resize 70%

Make sure everything is placed to your satisfaction, then hide the background layer.  Merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 14 into the selection.  Deselect.  Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius 8.  Apply Vaybs mask #80 and merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name, I used Carnivalee Freakshow, size 72, Stroke 2, same colours as above.

Add all applicable copyright and license information and save your tag as a png.  You're finished!

Until next time...

22 November 2014

Lace & Roses (FTU)

 
This tutorial was written by me on November 22, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:
 
FTU kit by Ladyhawwk Designs, available at CDO Designers.com.  Scroll down to the third kit.
 
Awesome tube and close-up by Keith Garvey.  Keith was selling his tubes at MPT when I purchased this, he now has his own online store HERE.  You must have a license to use his art.
 
Template #154 by HorsePlay's Pasture.  Thank you Bev! 
 
Simple Circle mask #3 from Dangerously Delicious Designz.  Scroll to the very bottom of the page.
 
Font: I used Plebeya Pro, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work well.

Drop shadows used:

Main tube: -6, 3, 28, 18
Template elements: 0, 0, 43, 12
Background Dots: 1, 1, 25, 5
Everything else: 2, 2, 43, 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template, shift + d to duplicate; close the original.

Resize all layers 90%.  Change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Delete the credit layer.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank areas with white.

Activate Raster 2, select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Paper 3 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Drop shadow.

Repeat these steps for the following layers:

Raster 3: use Paper 5
Raster 4 & 5: use Paper 6
Raster 8: use Paper 2
Raster 9: use Paper 5, do not deselect!  Open the close-up tube, copy and paste as a new layer.  Arrange as desired and tap delete.  Deselect.  Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light.  Drop shadow the paper layer.

Copy and paste your main tube and move it to the left side of the tag.  Drop shadow.
 
Activate Raster 6; select all, float and defloat.
 
Foreground: #cec7b5
Background: #ad4e72
 
Select the flood fill tool with these settings:
 
Match mode: Colour
Tolerance: 20
Use all layers: unchecked
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100
 
Alternate foreground and background colours as you fill each visible circle.  Deselect.  Repeat for Raster 7.
 
Activate Raster 10; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill (change the match mode to "None") the selection with the background colour.  Deselect and delete original layer.
 
Add your other elements, I used:
 
ele5: resize 75%; free rotate 30° right.  Arrange as shown in my tag.  Zoom in and carefully erase part of the clip so it looks like it's actually clipped to the circles.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow.
 
ele16: resize 50% and arrange as shown.  Duplicate twice and mirror once.  Duplicate the rose once again and erase the stem.  Duplicate again and resize 85%.  Now duplicate each of these as many times as you wish, arranging them above the background layer.  Mirror some of them as well.  Once you're happy with number and placement, merge these levels together and drop shadow.
 
ele17: do not resize, arrange across the bottom of the small rectangle and erase the extra.  Paste again and repeat.  Apply "Background Dots" drop shadow listed above.
 
   ele18: resize 80%, free rotate 30° left and sharpen.

Activate the paint brush tool with these settings:

Shape: round
Size: 6
Hardness: 50
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Blend mode: Normal
Continuous & Wet look paint: unchecked

Add a new raster layer above the background layer.  Alternating between foreground and background colours (right or left click) scatter some dots on the background.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 90%.  Unhide the background and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste Paper 5 into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask; merge the mask group.
 
Crop and resize your tag.

Add your name, I used Plebeya Pro, size 72, stroke 0, background colour.

Add all applicable copyright and license information, save as a png and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

Until next time ...

~Carol xo

19 November 2014

Autumn Harvest (FTU)


This tutorial was written by me on November 19, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Beautiful FTU scrap kit "Harvest Time" by Wicked Princess Scraps.  Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful kit with us hun!

Tube is by PinupToons, this is the free tube offer for November, available at CDO.

Mask #82 by Signature Collections.

Font: Apple Butter, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted:

H ~ 2
V ~ 2
O ~ 58
B ~ 10

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

From the kit, copy and paste Frame 3, resize 80%, then 85%.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.

Open paper 5 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move below the frame layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open Fencewheel and resize 40%; copy and paste as a new layer above the paper.  Arrange as desired and tap delete.  Deselect.

Copy and paste the tube and move to the right side of the frame.  Apply drop shadow - V: 2, H: 2, O: 50, B: 15.

Open Branches and resize 65%.  Copy and paste above the background layer.  Arrange at the far left as shown in my tag.  Duplicate and move down.  Duplicate again and mirror, move this layer above the frame and arrange.

Add the rest of your elements, I used:

Bird: resize 15%, mirror
Fern: resize 30%, duplicate and mirror
BabyBreath: resize 50%, erase the long stem.  Duplicate 2 or 3 times and arrange as desired.
Log: resize 20%, then 80%
Lantern: resize 30%
PineCones: resize 15%, duplicate and mirror, resize 85%
Squirrel: resize 27%

Apply drop shadow from the introduction to all elements.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.

Open paper 2 and paste into selection.  Deselect.

Apply Signature Collections mask #82 and merge mask group.

Add your name using Apple Butter Font, size 72, stroke 1.  Foreground #d4bf86 and Background #43423e.  Drop shadow.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Resize tag as desired (I resized 85%) and save as a png.  You're finished!

I hope you enjoy your new tag and feel free to show me your results.  You can email me HERE.

Until next time ...

~Carol xo

18 August 2014

Everyday is Pink Day (Tag)

This tutorial was written by me on August 18th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  This is the matching tag for the forum set previously posted below.  :)

Supplies needed are listed in my forum set tutorial, HERE.  Additionally, you will need mask #111 by Designs by Vaybs.

Let's get started!

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

Open tag template #022; shift + d to duplicate and close the original.

Delete layers cr, 9, 10 and 11.

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

Activate layer 1.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 3 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired; invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow: 0, 0, 58, 12.

Repeat these steps (unless otherwise noted) for the following layers:

2: use paper 3
3: use paper 1, add a new raster layer and paste into selection
4: use paper 4
5: use paper 4
8: use paper 1, resize 55%.  Do not deselect.  Copy and paste the tube as a new layer (do not resize) and use the eraser to carefully remove parts of the tube that extend beyond the selection.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow the tube: -4, 4, 25, 15.

Foreground: #d4bf86  Background: #e24a73

Change foreground to gradient: Select Foreground/Background from the drop down menu.  Angle: 45, Repeat: 7, Style: Radial, Invert: unchecked.

Activate layer 6; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate layer 7; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #f7efe6.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow: 2, 2, 58, 5.  Repeat these steps for layer 12.

Add your elements and apply drop shadow 2, 2, 58,10 unless otherwise noted.  I used:

#2: resize 50%; duplicate, mirror and resize 85%.  Arrange on the top left side of the tag (see my tag for placement).  Merge these two layers together then duplicate.  Arrange at bottom right.
#10: resize 35%, duplicate and resize 85%
#12: resize 60%
#15: resize 60%; duplicate, mirror and flip.  Drop shadow: 1, 1, 20, 5
#21: resize 35%; duplicate and mirror
#22: resize 25%; duplicate and mirror

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%.

Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste paper 5 into the selection.  Deselect and apply DBV mask #111, merge mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Crop and resize your tag.

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png and your tag and 3-part forum set is complete!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!  I'd love to see your creations, feel free to email me HERE.  Thanks!

Hugs, Carol♥︎

Everyday is Pink Day!



This tutorial was written by me on August 18th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  This is a 3-part forum set tutorial, starting with the forum tag and avatar.  The tag tutorial will be posted separately.  You will need the following supplies:

Beautiful "inspired by" scrap kit by BabyCakes Scraps.  The kit is Jennifer Janesko 68-2.  Both the kit and the tube are available for purchase at CDO.

Template #22 (three part set) from Creating With Millie.

Plug-in used: DSB Flux, Bright Noise (optional)

Font used: Plebeya Swash Caps, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work well.

Drop shadows will be displayed as a series of numbers; For example: 2, 2, 55, 10.  These are settings for Vertical, Horizontal, Opacity and Blur.

Remember to save your work often!

~~ Let's get started ~~

Open the Banner tag template; shift + d to duplicate, close the original.

Delete layers cr, 9, 10 and 11.

Activate layer 1; select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Paper 4 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired over the selection.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow 0, 0, 58, 12.

Repeat for Layers 2 and 3.  Use Paper 5 for layer 3.  Drop shadow.

Activate layer 4; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Copy and paste Paper 3 into selection.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Repeat for layer 5.  Drop shadow.

Change foreground to #d4bf86 and background to #e24a73.  Change foreground to gradient - Foreground/Background, Angle: 45, Repeat: 7, Style: Radial, Invert: unchecked.

Activate layer 6.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Drop shadow.

Activate layer 8.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open Paper 1 and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open the tube, I chose to use the one without the feathers as I thought it covered too much of the tag, but it's up to you.  Copy and paste as a new layer and resize 120%, then 110%.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen More.  Apply drop shadow 2, 5, 35, 18.

Activate layer 7; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #f7efe6.  Repeat for layer 12.  Apply drop shadow, 2, 2, 58, 5.

Open element #68, do not resize.  Copy and paste above the background layer.  Duplicate, flip and mirror.  Arrange as shown on my tag.  Drop shadow.

Merge visible.  Add a new raster layer.  Using the magic wand, click anywhere on the new layer.  Flood fill with #e24a73.  Selections > Modify > Contract > contract 5 and tap delete.  Deselect.

Effects > DSB Flux > Bright Noise > Intensity: 47, Direction: Lighter.

Add your name.  If using Plebeya Swash Caps, I used size 72, stroke 0, colour #f7efe6.  If using a different font, you may need to adjust the size.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 58, 5.

Add all applicable copyright and license information, save as a png and you're finished the banner tag.  :)

Now let's make the avatar.

Open the avatar template, shift + d to duplicate; close the original.

Foreground: #d4bf86  Background: #e24a73

Change foreground to gradient with the settings shown above.

Activate layer 1; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Activate layer 2, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Copy and paste Paper 4 into the selection.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate layer 4, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Flood fill with the gradient; same settings except check the Invert box this time.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow, 0, 0, 58, 12.

Activate layer 5; select all, float and defloat.  Open paper 1 and resize 30%, then 55%.  Copy and paste as a new layer; invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow.

Foreground: #f7efe6  Background: #161611

Activate the colour replacer tool (in the fly-out menu under the paint brush) and change the settings to:

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

Activate layer 3.  Center the brush in the canvas and left click once.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 58, 5.

Activate layer 6.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #f7efe6.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow.

Add your name.  I used Plebeya Swash Caps, size 48, colour #f7efe6.  Drop shadow.

Save as a png and your avatar is finished.  I hope you enjoy your new forum set, the matching tag tutorial is coming up next!

Hugs, Carol♥︎

24 July 2014

Life Is Better at the Beach (FTU)


This tutorial was written by me on July 23rd, 2014 and was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies.

Beautiful free to use scrap kit by Spirit and Scraps called "Summer Fun".  Download from Creative Misfit Creations.

I used the gorgeous pinup art of Verymany, purchased from their online store HERE.  You must have a license to use their art.

Template #176 from Amy & Leah's Gimptastic Tuts.

Mask #90 from Aquarebel 315, HERE.

Font used: BaaBookHmkBold, HERE.

~~ Let's get started! ~~

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.  Delete the credit layer.

Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Add a new layer and flood fill with white; send this layer to the bottom.

Activate layer 7.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open Myth-Paper 7.  Copy and paste as a new layer and resize 65%.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for the following template layers:

#6: Use Myth Paper 4, resize 65%
#5: Use Staci Paper 6, resize 65%
#4: Use Myth Paper 7, resize 65%  Do not deselect.  Copy the close-up tube and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and arrange as desired within the selection.  Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Soft Light and duplicate.

Colour Palette:

Foreground: #ff4b54
Background: #ff8463

Activate layer 3; select all.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with foreground colour.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Activate layer 2; select all.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with background colour.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Change foreground to gradient.  From the drop down menu, select foreground/background.  Change the settings to:

Angle: 90, Repeat: 3, Style: Radial, Invert: unchecked

Activate layer 1; select all.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Apply drop shadow to all template layers except the hearts.  Use drop shadow of choice, or use my settings: 0, 0, 55, 12.

Drop shadow the hearts, I used 2, 2, 55, 10.

Activate Words 3.  Change the foreground to #189594 and the background to #0fac99.

Activate the Colour Replacer tool.


Use these settings:

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

Center your brush in the canvas and left click once.

Repeat these steps for the following layers:

Words 2 Back: Foreground: #189594, Background: #976598
Words 2: Foreground: #f78e71, Background: #9ac35a
Words 1 Back: Foreground: #189594, Background: #7158bd
Words 1: Foreground: #f6d5a7, Background: #fbf9ef

Apply drop shadow of choice to all Words Back or use my settings: 2, 2, 55, 5

Open the main tube; copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and arrange on the left side, see my tag for placement.  Apply drop shadow of choice or use my settings: 0, 6, 30, 14.

Add your elements, I used:

#1: resize 50%
#3: resize 30%
#6: do not resize, duplicate
#9: do not resize, mirror
#21: resize 15%, then 85%

Apply drop shadow of choice to all but #6 or use my settings, 2, 2, 55, 10.

Hide background layer, merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%.  Unhide background and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste Myth Paper 1 into the selection.  Deselect and apply AR315 mask #90.  Merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement if desired.

Colour Palette:

Foreground - #fad6a8
Background: #189594

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name using BaaBookHmkBold font, size 65, stroke 2.  Place where desired and add a drop shadow.  I used 2, 2, 55, 5.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.

Save your tag as a png and you're finished!  I'd love to see your results!

Hugs, Carol♥︎

03 July 2014

Born In The USA (FTU)


This tutorial was written by me on July 3rd, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Fourth Of July" is a great FTU scrap kit by Wicked Princess Scraps.  Download from her blog HERE and please remember to leave a thank you before you leave.  I know it means a lot to designers to know that you appreciate them sharing their work.  :)

I used the sexy pin-up art of Keith Garvey, who was with MPT when I purchased this tube.  You can now buy his tubes from his store HERE.

Wonderful 4th of July template by Dee of Dangerously Delicious Designs.  Download from her blog HERE (scroll down).

Mask #35 by WeeScotsLass.

Plug-in: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow

Font: American Bush Shame, HERE.

~~ Let's get started! ~~

Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate; close the original.

Change the canvas size to 800 x 800.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.  Delete the info layer.

Activate the teal circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 10 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Repeat these steps for the following layers:

large grey rectangle: use paper 2, resize 75%
left blue rectangle: use paper 9
right blue rectangle: use paper 9

Activate top blue swirl.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #111382.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Repeat these steps for layers bottom blue swirl and teal circle.

Activate top red swirl.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #880000.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Repeat these steps for layers bottom red grunge swirl, bottom red swirl and your choice of stamp (I used stamp choice 2).

Activate top taupe swirl.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #e1e1e4.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Repeat these steps for layers bottom taupe swirl, taupe stars and taupe circle.

Foreground: #880000
Background: #e1e1e4

Change background to gradient with these settings:

Drop down menu: choose Foreground/Background
Angle: 0
Repeats: 12
Style: Linear

Select grey strip layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Apply drop shadows of choice.  For the template elements, I used 0, 0, 55, 12.  For the pixel words and dotted rectangles I used 2, 2, 63, 8.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange on the right side of the tag.  Apply drop shadow of choice.

Add your elements, I used:

Burst: resize 60%
Burst 2: do not resize
Firecracker: resize 65%
Balloon 2: resize 40%; duplicate and free rotate 20° left.  Arrange as shown.

Apply drop shadow to all elements.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all; copy and paste paper 8 into the selection.  Deselect and apply WSL mask #35.  Merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Crop and resize your tag.  Change the background to #111382 and leave the foreground as is.  Activate the font tool and select American Bush Shame, size 72, stroke 1.  You may need to change the size depending on how much you resized your tag.  Place your name where desired.  Apply Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Colour tab, select the Fat preset.

Under the Basic tab:

Glow Width: 3.00
Soft Corners: 0
Overall Opacity: 100
Draw Only Outside Selection: checked

Click OK.

Apply drop shadow of choice.  Add all applicable copyright and license information and save your tag as a png.  You're finished!  Thanks for trying my tutorial.  :)

Hugs, Carol♥︎

New tags

We hosted a large party on Canada Day (July 1st) so I'm afraid the preparations left me little time for PSP.  I had created some Canada Day and 4th of July tags but never got the time to write up the tuts for them.  I thought I'd post them anyway.  I have a new 4th of July tag I just created so I'm hoping I'll have time tonight to write up the tut for it.

Here's the tag I created to celebrate Canada's 147th birthday.  :)


And one for the American 4th of July.



08 June 2014

Cherry On Top (FTU)


This tutorial was written by me on June 8th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Wonderful FTU scrap kit by Jackie's Jewels.  Download from her blog HERE and please remember to leave some love for hard work freely shared.  :)

Gorgeous tube by Verymany, available from their store HERE.  The tube is  called "Denny" and is also FTU!

Template #41 by Twyzted T's Playroom.

Mask #81 by WeeScotsLass.

Plug-in: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow

Font: I used Jandles, HERE.

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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.  Delete Raster 12 and 8.  Resize all layers 90% and change the canvas size to 800 x 800.  Unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate Raster 2.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 2 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer; invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Follow these steps for the following layers:

Raster 4: use paper 11
Raster 3 & Copy of Raster 3: use paper 8
Raster 5: use paper 9
Raster 7: use paper 8 (resize 85%)
Raster 6: use paper 1

Apply drop shadow of choice to the frameless elements.  I used 0, 0, 57, 12.

Resize the tube 50%, then 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Apply drop shadow of choice or 2, 2, 57, 10.

Add your elements, I used:

Button: resize 30%; duplicate and mirror
Cherry Basket: resize 50%
Cupcake: resize 30%
Flower Cluster: resize 50%; duplicate, mirror and arrange on the left side.  See my tag for placement.  Merge these two layers together; duplicate and mirror.
Milkshake 2: resize 40%
Purse: resize 55%
Rose: resize 50%; duplicate.  Free rotate copy 15° left and arrange next to the original.  Merge down, duplicate and mirror.
Shoes 2: resize 25%
Wordart: resize 90%

Apply drop shadow of choice to all elements or use my settings above.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Open paper 6, copy and paste into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply Gaussian Blur with a radius of 15.  Apply WSL mask #81 and merge the mask group.  Adjust mask size and placement using the raster deform tool.

Open Sparkle 1 and resize 95%.  Copy and paste above the mask layer.  Arrange as desired.  Duplicate, mirror and flip.

Crop and resize your tag.

Add your name using the Jandles font.  I used size 72, stroke 0, colour black.

Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow.  Under the Colour tab, select Black Halo and change the colour pots to #a3111e.  Under the Basic tab, change the Glow Width to 3 and Soft Corners to 0.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 65, 8.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png and you're finished.  Enjoy your new tag!  If you'd like to show it off, please email me HERE.  I love to see what you create!

Hugs, Carol♥︎

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