19 December 2010

Bling In The New Year! (FTU)

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Bling In The New Year! 

This tutorial was written by me on December 19th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.

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

This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome FTU kit by Toni of Toni's Scraparoni called "Bling In The New Year - 2011".  What an awesome kit this is!!  Full of glamour and glitz, it makes my bling-loving heart sing.  LOL!  You can download it from Toni's blog HEREPlease make sure you leave a thank you when you grab the kit, it's a small gesture for hard work freely shared.  Thanks so much for this gorgeous kit Toni!

Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful pinup art of Jessica Dougherty with a valid license.  You can purchase Jessica's tubes from CILM until it closes on December 31st.

Mask of choice: I used WSL_Mask75 by Weescotslass, available on her blog HERE.

Plug-in used: Xenofex 2, Constellation.

Font of choice: I used Aquarelle.

~~ Let's begin! ~~

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

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

Set the foreground color to #be9b4e and background to black.  Change the foreground to gradient and choose foreground/background from the drop-down menu.  Select linear style, angle 36 and repeats 3.  Using the preset shape tool set to rectangle, anti alias and create as a vector both checked, width set to 25, draw out a square, 600 x 600.  Objects > Align > Center In Canvas.  Convert to raster layer.

Apply an inner bevel with these settings:

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame, expand the selection by 5.  Open Paper 01 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, move beneath the frame.  Arrange as shown in my tag.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and sharpen.  Apply a drop shadow to the frame, I used H&V 0, Opacity 70, Blur 12.

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

Open Fireworks 1 & 2.  Copy and paste each as a new layer and move to just above the background layer.  Duplicate each, resize 85% and mirror.

Add your elements, I used:

Champagne 2: resize 30%
Bow 3: resize 80%; free rotate 10 degrees left; sharpen
Flowers: resize 35%, duplicate as desired and resize some 85%
WordArt 1: resize 50%; sharpen

Activate background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into selection.  Deselect and apply the mask then merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the mask size to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

You may now save as a jpg or png OR if you wish to animate, let's continue!

Activate the paper layer below your frame and duplicate twice for a total of three.  Hide the copies and activate the original.  Apply Xenofex 2, Constellation using these settings:

Hide the original layer and open the first copy.  Apply Constellation again using the same settings, but click the Random Seed button once.  Repeat for the second copy.

Now hide the two copies once again and open the original.  Right click on your tag and copy merged.

Open Animation Shop.

Right click on the workspace and choose Paste As A New Animation.

Back in PSP, hide the original layer and open the first copy.  Right click and copy merged.

In AS, right click on the tag and choose Paste > After Current Frame.  Repeat for the second copy.

Edit > Select All.  Animation > Frame Properties > change to 20.

View > Animation to see your tag in action!  Now save as a gif and you're all done!  Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you'll show me any tags you make with it!

Hugs, Carol


  1. That's a cool tut!! Thanks!! ; )

  2. Thanks so much Dora, I'm delighted you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, it really means a lot to me! ~Hugs~

  3. WOW! This was SOOOOO much harder than it looked. LOL! I thought I was soooo good but it gave me a run for my money! LOL!
    THANKS! You wrote it GREAT! And it turned out really great when I got done!

  4. What an awesome tutorial! Lots of fun :) Thank you.

  5. Thanks so much! It's always great to hear from people who try them, I really appreciate the comments! Happy New Year!