03 December 2009

Christmas Guardian (FTU)

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Christmas Guardian 

This tutorial was written by me on December 3rd, 2009.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

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

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.

Tools Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used a fun FTU kit by Natasha of Scrappin Bratz called {Luv} Christmas, available to download from her blog Sticky Kisses Designs.  Please remember to say thank you when you download!  Thanks for sharing this awesome kit with us hun! 

Tube of choice, I'm using the beautiful art of Erica Ries with a valid license.  This tube was part of the 2008 Christmas gift from MPT.

Template: Awesome Xmas template #8 by Tracy of Freebie Friends.  Download from their blog HERE.  Please leave some love when you do!

Mask of choice 

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, gradient glow.

 Font of choice, I'm using Frivolous

Drop shadow used throughout, H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 5 unless otherwise noted.

Ready ... set ... GO!  :) 

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete Tracy F. Designz, ribbon and ribbon bell layers.  Resize all layers 85%, then go to Image > Canvas Size > change to 700 x 600.  Add a new raster layer, flood fill with white and send to the bottom.

Highlight the circle layer, Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat.  Open a paper of choice and resize 20%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Ctrl+Shift+I to invert, hit delete.  Ctrl+D to deselect.

Repeat this step for oval 1, oval 2 and rectangle layers.  You may also repeat this step for the tree layer or you may do what I did and replace the template tree with the one from the kit.  I decorated my tree with the heart and star2, resized 15%, then 20%.  Duplicate as many times as you like and mirror some.  Arrange them how you like.

Open the candle, resize 30%, then 55%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, place to the right of the tree.

Open box 1, resize 10%, then 50%.  Place beneath the tree (see my tag for reference).  Duplicate, resize 85% and mirror.  Arrange the two packages as desired.

Open bow2, resize 10%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Free rotate left 7 degrees.  Place at top of the rectangle layer (see my tag.)

Open Ribbon 1, resize 10%, then 70%.  Free rotate right 90 degrees.  Move this layer below the bow and duplicate, mirror.  Arrange so it looks like ribbons hanging from the bow.

Highlight the text 2 layer.  Select your Change To Target brush located on the left (vertical) menu bar (see picture below).  Change your FG colour to #a9ba00.  With your brush size set to 10, Hardness 50, Step 10, Density, Thickness and Opacity set to 100, carefully go over each green letter in your text.  This will change the green to one that better compliments the green in the kit.  The red letters are fine.
I chose to delete the text fill 1 & 2 layers and replaced them with a gradient glow effect, but this is up to you.

I used Eye Candy 4000, gradient glow with these settings;

Basic Tab: Glow Width 3, Soft Corners 0, Overall Opacity 100
Color Tab: Choose the Fat preset

Add a light drop shadow to the snow layer, I used H&V 2, Opacity 20, Blur 5.

Make sure you're happy with the positioning of all layers, then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 80% and move down and to the right.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and move to the left of your tag.  If you're using the same tube I did, I resized 90%.

Add your name and all applicable copyright/license information.  I added the same gradient glow effect to the name.

Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool.  Select the Merged Opaque button on the top menu bar and click the green check mark.

Unhide your background layer and highlight, Selections > Select All.  Add a new raster layer, choose a paper from the kit, copy and paste into selection.  Select none.

Apply a mask of your choice, use your raster deform tool to adjust it to your liking if needed.  Resize your tag to your preference and save as a jpg or png.

You're all finished!  Hope you enjoy your new tag!

Hugs, Carol


  1. Hi Sweetie, the picture at the top of the tut is missing. Could I see it pretty please?
    Hugs, Ellie

  2. Hi Ellie!

    Thanks so much for letting me know it was MIA hun! I uploaded the tag again, you should be able to see it now. :)

    Hugs, Carol