16 August 2012

Ah-Ah-Choo! (FTU)

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Ah-Ah-Choo!

This tutorial was written by me on August 16th, 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 in other versions.

This tutorial was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.

Supplies Needed

Scrap kit: I used an adorable kit by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture Designs.  This is a FTU add-on to her wonderful "Ah-Ah-Choo" kit which is available at Lollipops & Gumdrops, Butterfly Blush or Inspirations of Scrap Friends (links located in the far right column).  You can download the add-on that I used for this tag at Bev's blog HERE.  Please remember to say "thanks" before you download, it's a small gesture for hard work freely shared and it means a lot.  : )

Plug-in used: Mura's Meister Copies.  This is a freeware plug-in but is fairly old, I was able to find a download link HERE, but I haven't tried it so I don't know if it actually works.  You could always try doing a search yourself.

Mask: I used mask #10 by Dees'Sign Depot.

Font: I used Willing Race, 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 750, white background.

From the kit, open element 16 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5.  Copy and paste a paper of choice and resize 70%.  Move below the frame, invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect.  Drop shadow the frame, and merge these two layers together.

Open element 15 and resize 70%, then 85%.  Copy and paste as a new layer.  Free rotate 45 degrees left.  Click inside the frame using the magic wand and expand the selection by 5.  Open a paper of choice and resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Invert the selection again.

Using the Willing Race font set to size 22, create as a vector, colour #292b00, type Ah-Ah-Choo! in the middle of the selection.  Convert to a raster layer.  Apply Mura's Meister Copies.  Choose "Tiling" from the drop down menu on the left, and adjust the settings to this:


Click OK.  Deselect.  Apply drop shadow to the frame and the text.  Merge these three layers together and arrange on top of the first frame.

Select the Preset Shape tool and choose Ellipse from the drop down menu.  Anti-alias and Create as a Vector checked.  Line Width set to 0.  Open a paper of choice and minimize.  Change the background to pattern and select the paper from the drop down list.  Angle set to 0 and Scale set to 100.  Draw out a circle approximately 350 x 350.  Adjust the size using the nodes if desired, then change to raster layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Open element 11 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange within the selection.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Duplicate and arrange as desired, tap delete again if necessary.  Apply drop shadow.

Invert selection and expand by 15.  Open a different paper and minimize.  Change the foreground to pattern and select the new paper, use the same settings as above.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with this paper.  Contract the selection by 20 and tap delete.  Deselect.  Add an inner bevel using these settings:


Drop shadow the frame.  Merge the frame, dotted element and paper (3 layers) together.  Duplicate this layer and arrange on the left side.  See my tag for placement.

Add your other elements, I used:

1: resize 25%
2: resize 25%; free rotate 25 degrees left
3: resize 75%
4: resize 55%
5: resize 40%
6: resize 50%, then 85%
7: resize 50%

Apply drop shadow.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.  Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Open a paper of choice and paste into selection; deselect.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.

Add your name and save as a png or jpg.  You're finished!

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

Hugs, Carol

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