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.



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