01 June 2012

Snips, Snails and Tall Cattails (PTU)

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Snips, Snails and Tall Cattails

This tutorial was written by me on June 1st, 2012 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 was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous new kit by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs called "Snips and Snails and Tall Cattails".  What a wonderful kit this is!!  It's charming and whimsical and totally terrific, thanks so much Bev!  You can get it at Butterfly Blush.

Tube of choice: I used a fabulous tube by Sue Miller called "Keep In Touch".  You can purchase Sue's tubes from Up Your Art, please don't use without a license.

Template of choice: I used template #75 by Scrap Rebellion.

Mask of choice: I used mask #3 from Dees'Sign Depot.

Font of choice: I used AL Playbook, HERE.

Drop shadows used:

For the template layers: H&V 0, Opacity 55, Blur 10
Everything else: H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8

~~ 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.  Change the canvas size to 750 x 750; unhide the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Delete Raster 1, heart 1 and 2.

Activate the top grey rectangle layer, select all, float and defloat.  Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 75%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired; invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer.

Follow these steps for the remaining layers except faded rectangle, frame and the two dotted lines.

Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and resize 85%.  Arrange above the black rectangle paper layer.  Erase any parts of the tube that show beneath the frame.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and invert the selection.  Use your eraser to remove the portion of the tube that overlaps the frame, being careful not to remove her elbow.  Deselect.

Activate the faded rectangle layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #5e712a.  Deselect.  Change the blend mode of this layer to Colour (L).

Foreground: #5e712a
Background: #fa903a

Activate one of the dotted line layers.  Change the colour of the dots using the Change to Target brush with these settings:

Size: 999
Hardness: 100
Step: 10
Density: 100
Thickness: 100
Rotation: 0
Opacity: 100
Continuous: unchecked
Mode: Colour

Center the brush on the canvas and left click once.  Repeat for the second dotted line layer.

Activate the frame layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the background colour.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Random, 70%, Monochrome checked.  Delete original layer.

Now add your elements, I used:

4: resize 40%
5: resize 30%
9: resize 30%
25: resize 25%
27: resize 35%
31: resize 20%, then 85%
34: resize 70%
35: resize 10%, then 85%
40: do not resize, use eraser to remove the bottom portion of the trunk
65 & 66: resize each 40%
70: resize 15%; duplicate and mirror, resize 85%
76: resize 50%
77: resize 70%; free rotate 5 degrees left and sharpen, duplicate as desired
87: resize 50%

Apply drop shadows.

Hide background layer and merge visible.  Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all, copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.

Crop and resize the tag.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.

Save as a png or jpg and you're finished!  I hope you enjoy your new tag.

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

Hugs, Carol 

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