14 December 2012

Cookies For Santa

Cookies For Santa

This tutorial was written by me on December 14th, 2012 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Scrap kit: I used a wonderful and huge kit by Gina's Gems Scraps called "Cookies For Santa".  You can purchase this adorable kit at Scraps From The Heart.  Thanks so much Gina!

Tube & Close-up: I used the artwork of Anna Liwanag.  Anna was with PTE when I purchased this tube, her tubes can now be found at CDO.

Mask #47 from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs.

Font: Kid Scrawl, HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open a new image, 800 x 750, white background.

From the "Frames" folder of the kit, open Frame 1 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move a bit to the left, see my tag for reference.  Using your magic wand tool, click inside the frame.  Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 6 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

From the "Elements" folder, open Christmas Wreath 2 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the paper and arrange within the frame.  Reduce the opacity to your preference, 50 to 70%.

Open Word Art 1 and resize 40%.  Copy and paste as a new layer above the wreath.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to all layers but the paper, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.  

Hide the background layer and merge visible.

Add a new raster layer.  Using your selection tool, draw out a selection approximately 300 x 300.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 2 and minimize it.  Change the foreground to Pattern and find Paper 2 in the drop down list.  Make sure the Angle is set to 0 and change the Scale to 80.  Flood fill this pattern into the selection and deselect.  Rename this layer "rectangle 1" and move it below the frame, see my tag for placement.

With the rectangle 1 layer active; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and activate it.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 17 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 17, with the same settings as before.  Flood fill the selection with this pattern.  Deselect and free rotate 12.50 degrees right.  Rename this "rectangle 2".

Activate rectangle 1 again; select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and activate it.

From the "Add On" folder, open Paper 5 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 5, same settings.  Flood fill the selection with the pattern and deselect.  Free rotate 25 degrees right.  Arrange the three rectangle layers as seen in my tag.  Apply a drop shadow of choice to each of these layers, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 14.

Using the selection tool, draw out a small rectangular selection on the glitter frame.  Copy and paste it as a new image.  Here's what I had:


Add a new raster layer.  Activate your selection tool and change it to Ellipse.  Draw out a circle approximately 100 x 100.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 23 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 23 and flood fill the selection.  Do not deselect.

Open the close-up tube; copy and paste as a new layer.  Arrange a portion of the tube within the selection, invert and tap delete.  Invert the selection again and do not deselect.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and lower the opacity to 50.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.

Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 5.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to the glitter image you created.  Change the Scale to 100.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the glitter pattern.  Deselect and move below the paper layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 14.

Activate the circle paper layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer and activate it.

From the "Papers" folder, open Paper 24 and minimize.  Change the pattern in the drop down menu to Paper 24 and change the scale back to 80.  Flood fill the selection, do not deselect.  Paste the close-up tube again and arrange within the selection.  Invert and tap delete.  Deselect.  Duplicate the glitter "frame" you made for the other circle and move into position.  Arrange as shown, see my tag for placement.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and arrange on the left side of the tag.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 0, Opacity 65, Blur 14.  Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection across the bottom of the tube, like this:

Selections > Modify > Inside/Outside Feather > Choose the radio button beside "Both" and set the feather amount to 20.  Tap delete 2 or 3 times to soften the hard edge of the tube.

Now add your elements; I used:

Candy Canes Decoration 2: resize 40%, then 90%
Gingerbread Candy Cane Cookie: resize 35%
Cream Filled Cookie 1: resize 35%
Cookie with Sprinkles: resize 30%
Gingerbread Bell Cookie: resize 30%
Candy Cane Cupcake: resize 40%
Glass of Milk: resize 30%
Patchwork Bauble 1: resize 30%, then 85%; free rotate 8 degrees left
Patchwork Bauble 3: resize 30%
Christmas Tree: resize 70%

Apply drop shadow to each element, I used H&V 2, Opacity 65, Blur 10.

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 (I used Paper 4) and paste into the selection.  Deselect and apply the mask, merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size and shape of the mask to your satisfaction.

Crop and resize your tag.

Add your name using Kid Scrawl, size 85, Stroke 0, colour #8a0013.  Apply the same drop shadow used for the elements.

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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