13 December 2011

All I Want For Christmas Is You (PTU)

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All I Want For Christmas Is You

This tutorial was written by me on December 13th, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful kit called "Gingerbread Xmas" by DNScraps.  What an adorable kit, I love it!  You can get it from Aussie Scrap Designs.  Thanks so much Conchi!

Tube and close-up of choice: I used a beautiful Christmas tube by Sue Miller, available at Up Your Art.  This tube comes with a beautiful close-up along with other elements, which is often the case with tubes purchased from UYA, and something I very much appreciate. : )

Template of choice: I used another one of the Kandee Christmas templates, #5 this time.  Download HERE.

Mask of choice: I used Christmas mask #10 by Vaybs.  Download HERE.

Font of choice: I used Frivolous, which is a pay font.  AkaFrivolity is a free font that's almost the same, you can download it HERE.

Plug in used: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow.

Drop shadows used:

For tag components: H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 10
For elements: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 6

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the following layers: Info, left and right snowflake.

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

Activate the red circle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 80%.  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: top and bottom red gradient square, green oval.

Activate the stamps bg layer; select all, float and defloat.  Change foreground to #991f36 and background to #0a5f00.  Change foreground to gradient with these settings:

Style: Linear
Angle: 45
Repeats: 3
Invert: unchecked

Add a new raster layer and flood fill selection with this gradient.  Delete original layer, do not deselect.

Open your close-up tube and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the frames on the right side.  Tap delete and deselect.  Change blend mode to Difference, Overlay or Soft Light.  I used Difference.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer, resize 85% and arrange on the left side of the tag.  To soften the hard edge at the bottom, draw a small selection using the rectangle selection tool with feather set to 25, like this:

Tap delete 3 or 4 times until you have something like this:


Add your elements, I used:

blingtree2: resize 75%
poinsettia: resize 25%
sugar2: resize 25%
bootcandy: resize 25%; free rotate 12 degrees right and sharpen
candys2: resize 15%; free rotate 12 degrees left and sharpen
gingerhouse: resize 20%

Make sure you've applied drop shadows, then hide background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill this layer with the gradient above.  Apply the mask 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 the same gradient as above) and apply Eye Candy Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Colour tab: choose the Fat preset

Under the Basic tab:

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

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

I'd love to see your results, email me HERE.

Hugs, Carol 

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