29 June 2011

Going Out (FTU)

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Going Out

This tutorial was written by me on June 29th, 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 with other versions.

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

Supplies Needed

Tube of choice: I used an awesome tube by Greg Andrews.  If you'd like to use the same tube, you may purchase it at Up Your Art.

Template of choice: I used a wonderful template (#121) by Bev at Horseplay's Pasture.

"Metallic Blue Butterflies" Corner: made by Mary of Graphics by Mary.  Download from her blog HERE (scroll down)

Mask of choice: I used mask #42 by Weescotslass

Plug-ins needed: Eye Candy Textures - Swirl
VM Extravaganza - Transmission

Font of choice: I used Monika, HERE

Drop shadow used throughout unless otherwise noted: H&V 0, Opacity 58, Blur 10

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the following layers: Credit, Heart 2, Heart 1 and Circle 2.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750 and flood fill the blank area of the background layer with white.

Activate the Circle 1 layer, select all, float and defloat.  Change the foreground colour to # baa669 and the background to #01007f.  Change the foreground to gradient, choose "Foreground - Background" from the drop down menu.  Use these settings: Style: Radial, Angle: 0, Repeats: 5, Invert: unchecked.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with this gradient.  Deselect.  Apply Eye Candy Textures - Swirl using these settings:

Under the Settings tab: Choose Random, Medium Half-Twist
Under the Basic tab: Choose Add Swirl to Original Image and leave all other settings at default.  Click OK.  Delete the original Circle layer.

Float and defloat the Swirl layer once again.  Add a new raster layer.  Change the gradient settings to this:  Style: Linear, Angle: 45, Repeats: 5, Invert: unchecked.  Flood fill the new layer with this gradient.  Contract the selection by 5 and tap delete to create a frame.

Using the Color Replacer tool, change the Diamond Circle Ring layer to a colour of your choice.  I chose black.

Activate the Rectangle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Check the Invert box on your gradient and flood fill the new layer.  Deselect and delete the original layer.

Activate Square 1, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with your background colour.  Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange a portion of it within the selection.  Invert and tap delete.  Deselect and change the blend mode to Lighten.  Delete the original layer.

Square 2: Flood fill with Foreground colour, arrange a different portion of your tube within the selection.  Do not change the blend mode.  Repeat for Square 3, using the BG colour this time.

Square 4: flood fill with the foreground colour; arrange a portion of your tube within the selection, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Change the blend mode to Darken.

Apply drop shadow to your tag elements using the settings noted above.

Hide all layers except for the squares, their tube layers and the rectangle layer.  Merge visible and move to the bottom of the circle (see my tag for reference).

Activate the Corner Lines layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Flood fill with the background colour or a colour of your choice.

Activate the large circle layer and duplicate.  Apply gaussian blur with a radius of 20 to the original layer.  Apply VM Extravaganza - Transmission using these settings:

Line Width: 6
Offset: 7
Contrast: 50

Click OK.

Repeat for the merged rectangle layer.

Resize your tube 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on top of the rectangle layer.  Erase any bits that over lap the frame and apply drop shadow.

Open the Metallic Blue Butterflies corner and resize 45%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on the top left corner of the rectangle.  Duplicate, mirror and arrange on the top right corner.  Drop shadow using H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 8.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill with #dbceab.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpeg or png and you're done!  Thanks for trying my tutorial!

I'd love to see your results, email me!

Hugs, Carol

27 June 2011

Let's Make Some Fireworks (FTU)

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Let's Make Some Fireworks

This tutorial was written by me on June 27th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome FTU kit called "Patriotic Pride" by Teresa of Scraps by Randy's Sin.  Download from her blog HERE.  Remember to leave some love, it's a small price for hard work freely shared.  Thanks so much Teresa!  :-)

Tube of choice: I used the sexy pinup art of Keith Garvey.  Keith was with MPT when I purchased this tube but you can now get his tubes at PTE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #41 by Weescotslass.

Plug-in needed: Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow.

Font of choice: I used Shalimar Swash, a pay font.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 47, Blur 10.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

From the kit, open frame4 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Do not deselect.

Open eagle1 and resize 60%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the frame.  Tap delete and deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, move to the right side of the tag.

Open a word art of choice, I used wa9.  Copy and paste as a new layer and resize 60%.  Apply Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Basic tab: Glow Width 3.00, Soft Corners 25, Overall Opacity 100
Under the Color tab: select the Fat preset.

Click OK.

Add your elements, I used:

fireworks1: paste above the background layer, do not resize; duplicate and mirror
fireworks2: resize 70%
rocket6: resize 40%; free rotate 5 degrees left
rocket7: resize 40%; mirror; free rotate 10 degrees left
rocket2: resize 45%; free rotate 7 degrees left
bow2: resize 20%, mirror

Apply drop shadow to all elements, then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 90%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and apply the same gradient glow effect as above.  Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a png or jpeg and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial, I'd love to see your results.  Email me.  :-)

Hugs, Carol

26 June 2011

Sweet Vintage (FTU)

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Sweet Vintage

This tutorial was written by me on June 26th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful FTU kit called "Deliciously Vintage" by Jolene from PTE.  Jo has very graciously given me permission to offer it for download on my blog.  Thanks so much Jo!!  Download this wonderful kit from 4shared HERE or from MediaFire HERE.

Tube of choice: I used the beautiful pinup art of Guy Powers.  You can purchase his tubes from Up Your Art, which should be opening the doors of its brand new store very soon!!  :-D

Template of choice: I used a wonderful template by Tracy, #63.  Download from her blog HERE.

Mask of choice: I used mask #44 by Weescotslass.

Font of choice: I used Aquarelle, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 10.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.

Delete the Tracy F Designz layer.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Add a new raster layer and send to the bottom, flood fill with white.

Activate the square layer, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #fdeaea.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow.

Activate the rectangle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #cca89f.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow.

Acrtivate the circle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Choose a paper from the kit, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Effects > Texture Effects > Weave with these settings:


Weave and Gap colour: #cca89f

Drop shadow.

Repeat the steps above (except for the Weave effect) for heart 1 and heart 2.  After adding the paper to the heart 2 layer, do not deselect.  Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and resize 120%.  Arrange within the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Change the blend mode to Overlay.

Add your elements, I used:

grapes: resize 65%
cork: resize 40%, mirror
wine bottle: resize 65%
glass of wine: resize 50%
tag: resize 65%
doodle: resize 70%; duplicate and flip

Apply drop shadow to all elements.  Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, move to the left side of your tag, drop shadow.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 90%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Flood fill with #5d4143.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name using Aquarelle.  I used size 85, Stroke 0.  Background colour #4c021d, foreground null.  Float and defloat your name, expand by 2.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with white.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 50%, Monochrome checked.  Adjust > Sharpness > Sharpen.  Move this layer below your name, drop shadow the white layer only.

Add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpeg or png.  Thanks for trying my tutorial!

I'd love to see your results so I can show them off!  Email me.  :-D

Hugs, Carol

25 June 2011

Sunny Days (PTU)

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Sunny Days

This tutorial was written by me on June 25th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an awesome kit by Tootypup Scraps called "Summer Lovin".  What a lovely kit this is!  You can get it at Aussie Scrap Designs, or visit Susan's blog for more information.  Thanks so much Susan!

Tube of choice: I used the art of Joerg Warda with a valid license.  He was with MPT when I purchased this tube but I haven't been able to find out where he's selling his tubes now.  If anyone knows, would you email me with the info?  Thanks!

Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's awesome masks, #30.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Summertime, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 10.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open a new image, 800 x 650, white background.

From the kit, open frame_1 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Expand the selection by 5 and invert.

Open beach-2 and resize 55%, copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Move up slightly and arrange within the selection.  Tap delete, do not deselect.

Open sand-2 and resize 40%.  Move below the beach scene and arrange at the bottom.  Duplicate and mirror, arrange as desired (see my tag for reference.)  Tap delete on each layer, do not deselect.

Open paper-4 and resize 50%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the background layer.  Tap delete and deselect.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, move to the right side of the frame.

Add your elements, I used:

beachbag-3: resize 25%, then 85%
beachsign-2: resize 40%, then 85% twice
birdie-2: resize 10%, then 85% twice
flowers-4: resize 25%
flowers-1: resize 20%
palmtree-2: do not resize
palmtree-1: resize 70%, then 95%; duplicate and mirror, resize 85%
seagal-1: resize 30%, then 80%

Drop shadow all elements, then hide your background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 90%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection and deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpeg or png and you're finished!  Enjoy your tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me!  :-)

Hugs, Carol

20 June 2011

I'm An Original (PTU)

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I'm An Original

This tutorial was written by me on June 20th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a wonderful kit by Stina of Designs by Stina called "Emolution".  Love the colour palette of this kit!  You can get it at Aussie Scraps Designs.  Thanks so much Stina!

Tube of choice: I used the gorgeous art of Zlata_M with a valid license.  If you wish to use the same tube, you can purchase it from Pics For Design.

Template of choice: I used one of Missy's wonderful templates, #398.  Download from her blog HERE.

Mask of choice: I used one of Vix's awesome new masks, bigmask#001.  Download from her blog HERE.

Plug-in used: Xero Fritillary, HERE.

Font of choice: I used Velvenda Cooler, HERE.

Drop shadow used on all template elements: H&V 0, Opacity 53, Blur 15.

Drop shadow used on all tag elements: H&V 2, Opacity 53, Blur 10.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the "by missy" layer and change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Open and activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate rectangle1 layer.  Select all > float > defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.

Repeat these steps for the following layers: rectangle2, shape2, rectangle, and both circles.

Activate the frame back layer, select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #610482, do not deselect.  Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Invert and tap delete.  Change the blend mode to Luminance and delete the original layer.  Repeat these steps for all frame back layers.

Activate shape1, select all > float > defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #00c9fe.  Deselect and apply Xero Fritillary using these settings:


Repeat these steps for the thin rectangle layer.  Delete the original layers.

Change your background colour to white.  Activate your Color Replacer tool and use it to change all the white frames to blue (make sure your foreground is set to #00c9fe).  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 40%, Monochrome checked.  Do this for all frames and both glittered circles.

Activate the wordart layer.  Change the foreground to #610482 and background to #ff409d.  Use the colour replacer tool to change the colour to purple.  Drop shadow the wordart back layer only.  Resize 50% and move to the bottom of the tag (see my tag for placement).

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange in the middle of the tag.  Resize as desired.

Add your elements; I used:

Candle01: resize 40%
Candle03 & 04: resize each 40%, then 85%
Skull01: resize 15%
Chain_w_Spike: do not resize
Boots02: resize 45%, then 90%
Wire02: resize 85%
Glitter04: resize 85%

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide and activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.

Change the background colour to #00c9fe and change your foreground to gradient with these settings: Style: Radial, Angle: 45, Repeats: 7, Invert unchecked.  Flood fill the new layer with this gradient.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Add your name using Velvenda Cooler font, size 72, colour black.  Float and defloat your name and expand the selection by 2.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with white.  Move below the name layer and drop shadow.

Crop and resize your tag, add all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpeg or png and you're done.  Enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results so I can show them off in my slide show!  Email me.  :-)

Hugs, Carol

19 June 2011

That Special Day (PTU)


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That Special Day

This tutorial was written by me on June 19th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used an adorable kit by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs called "That Special Day".  I LOVE this kit, it has so many wonderful elements and gorgeous papers!  It's available at Lollipops & Gumdrops.  For additional purchase information, please visit Bev's blog.  Thanks so much Bev!

2 tubes of choice: I used two adorable tubes by Suzanne Woolcott AKA Gorjuss.  You can purchase her wonderful art at her store HERE.

Mask of choice: I used one of Vix's masks, #431.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used KidzOnlyToo SSK, HERE.

Drop shadow used throughout, unless otherwise noted: H&V 2, Opacity 52, Blur 10

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open a new image, 800 x 700, white background.

From the kit, open Element 40 and resize 80%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the magic wand, click inside the frame.  Expand the selection by 4.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.

Copy and paste your close-up tube as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube as I did, resize 75%.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Using the eraser, remove the portion of the top tube that covers the bottom part of the frame.  Do the same for the bottom tube, carefully removing the portion that shows beneath the frame.  Apply drop shadow to the bottom tube only.

Drop shadow the frame, I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 15.

Open Element 19 and resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left side of the frame.

Copy and paste your other tube as a new layer.  If you're using the same tube I did, resize 50%.  Arrange where you want in front of the pony.  Duplicate the pony and move the copy above the tube.  Using the eraser, carefully erase parts of the pony that cover your tube, but be careful when working around his head, don't erase the parts that cover your tube.  :-)  This makes it appear as if his head is in front of the little girl.  Drop shadow the bottom (original) only!

Open Element 56 and resize 25%.  Place on top of your main tube, so it looks like she's wearing the party hat.  Like this:


Zoom in and using the freehand selection tool with feather set to 1, carefully draw a selection around the dark pink section of the hat, then tap delete.  You should now have something that looks like this:


Using the raster deform tool, move the hat ever-so-slightly to the right.

Now add your elements and arrange as desired; I used:


1: resize 50%
3: resize 55%
4: resize 60%
8: resize 30%
9 & 10: resize each 30%
15: resize 25%; free rotate 15 degrees left, sharpen
16: resize 25%; free rotate 15 degrees right, sharpen
24 to 27: resize each 10%
30: resize 30%
42: resize 40%
43: resize 35%
46: resize 60%
53: resize 30%, then 80%

Drop shadow all elements.  Hide the background layer and merge visible.


Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection; deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Crop and resize your tag, add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save as a jpeg or png and you're finished!  Thanks for trying my tutorial!

I'd love to see your results, email me!  :-)

Hugs, Carol

18 June 2011

Strawberry Wine (PTU)

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Strawberry Wine

This tutorial was written by me on June 18th, 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 assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a beautiful kit by Designs By Stina called "Strawberry Wine".  I LOVE the colours in this kit!  Please visit Stina's blog HERE for purchase information.  Thanks so much Stina!

Tube of choice: I used the gorgeous pinup art of Jennifer Janesko.  This tube was a limited edition that I received from CILM.  Jennifer's tubes can now be purchased at CDO.

Mask of choice: I used mask #58 from Urban Fairytales.

Plug-in used: Eye Candy Gradient Glow, download a demo HERE.

Font of choice: I used AlexBrush, a pay font.

Drop shadow used throughout: H&V 2, Opacity 50, Blur 10.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

From the kit, open Frame 12 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using your magic wand, click inside the frame and invert the selection.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange as desired within the selection.  Use your eraser to remove the bottom part of the tube.

Selections > Modify > Contract by 4.

Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Move below the frame and the tube.  Tap delete and deselect.

Add your elements; I used:

Bottle_Glass01: resize 35%
ChocDippedStrawberry: resize 15%, then 85%
DoodleButterfly 01 & 02: resize each 25%, then 85%
Floral05: resize 30%
Flower 04 & 06: resize each 20%
Lips: 15%
Strawberries03: resize 20%
WordArt01: resize 40%

Apply Gradient Glow to the word art.  Here are the settings I used:

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Add your name and apply the gradient glow effect using the same settings.


Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection; deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Resize 90%.

Add all applicable copyright and license information, save your tag as a png or jpeg and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag!

I'd love to see your results, email me!  :-)

Hugs, Carol

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