04 February 2010

Pot O' Gold (FTU)

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Pot O' Gold 

This tutorial was written by me on February 4th, 2010.  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 beautiful FTU kit called "Celtic Dreams" by Teresa of Randy's Sin Scraps.  You can download this awesome kit from her blog HERE.  Don't forget to leave some love!  A thank you goes a long way and means a lot to these talented designers who freely share their hard work.

Tube of choice: I'm using the gorgeous pinup art of Barbara Jensen.  You can purchase Barb's tubes from her site HERE.  I love this artist!  Her work is beautiful and she's always been very supportive of the PSP community.  She's also a genuinely nice person.

Mask of choice, or the one I used HERE.

Font of choice: I'm using Celtic Garamond the 2nd.

A hot beverage of choice and a bit of free time. ;)

Drop shadow used throughout: H & V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 5.

Ready ... Set ... Go!

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

Open a new image, 650 x 650, white background.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer.  Resize if you like, I resized 85%.

Set your foreground to #002600 and your background to null.  Using your preset shapes tool, select rectangle, anti-alias and create as a vector checked, linestyle set to solid and width set to 8, draw a rectangle over your tube, like this:
Use the nodes to adjust it to your satisfaction then right click the vector layer in your layer palette and choose Convert to Raster layer.

Highlight your tube and duplicate.  Move the copy above your frame.  Use your eraser to remove the bits overlapping your frame, then carefully remove the parts of the original tube that show below and to the sides of your frame.  You should end up with something that looks like this:
Apply a drop shadow to the bottom tube only!

Using your Magic Wand with the tolerance set to 0, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > Expand by 4.  Open a paper of choice from the scrap kit (I used paper 10), resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Selections > Invert > Delete.  Selections > Select None.  Move this layer below your bottom tube.

From the kit, open rs_shamrocks2 (or one of choice), resize 40%, then 70%.  Move below your paper layer and arrange on the upper right side of your tag.  Duplicate and mirror.  Merge this layer down and then duplicate the merged layer.  Image > Flip and move this layer down.  Merge these two layers together.

Open one of the vines (I used rs_vine1) and resize 30%.  Move to the right side of your tag and arrange on top of the shamrock layer.  Once you're happy with how it looks, duplicate the vine layer and arrange on the left side.  Drop shadow all layers.

Now have some fun adding elements!  I used rs_carnation2, charm3, cross1, daisy1 and 4, hat1, potogold, and snowdrops1.  Resize each as desired and add drop shadow as you go.

Open a word art of choice (there are lots!), resize and add to your tag.  I used "Wanna check out my pot o' gold?"  Apply drop shadow.

Highlight your background layer and add a new raster layer.  Using your flood fill tool, flood fill the new layer with a colour of your choice, I used #c3d196.  Apply your mask, using these settings:

Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Resize as you wish and you're done!  Thank you for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it!

Hugs, Carol

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