07 December 2014

Hot Toddy


This tutorial was written by me on December 7th, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Hot Toddy" is a wonderful scrap kit by Designs by Stina.  Please visit her blog HERE to find links to her stores.  Thanks for a great kit Stina!

Tube is ©PinupToons.  I purchased this tube when Rion was an artist at CILM, but his work can now be purchased at CDO.

Template #33 by Scrap Dimensions.

Mask #98 by WeeScotsLass.  Her masks are available to download in bulk zip files, the links are on the right side of her blog.

Font: I used Malihini Tahitian BTN, download HERE.

You may create your own text if you prefer, or you can use my text, available HERE.

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate; close the original.

Resize the template (all layers) 55%, change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate Raster 1 and flood fill with white.

Activate Raster 5.  Select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 2 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice, or use mine: 0, 0, 72, 12.

Follow these steps for the following layers:

Raster 4: use paper 3
Raster 6: use paper 5
Raster 2: use paper 12
Raster 7: use paper 11, do not deselect.  Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and resize 115%.  Arrange as desired on the left side, within the selection.  See my tag for placement.  Tap delete and deselect.  Apply a drop shadow to the tube, I used 2, 2, 65, 8.  Change the blend mode to Screen and reduce the opacity to 60.  Apply drop shadow above to the paper layer.

Copy and paste my text or type something of your own.

Foreground: #bcb669
Background: #2c1122

Activate Raster 9.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer, zoom in and flood fill with background colour.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow, 2, 2, 65, 5.

Change foreground to gradient with these settings: choose Foreground/Background from the drop-down menu.  Angle 45, Repeats 10, Style Linear.

Activate Raster 3.  Select all, float and defloat.  Add a new raster layer, zoom in and flood fill with the gradient.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Drop shadow.

Copy and paste your tube and move it to the right side of the tag.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 65, 8.

Add your elements, I used:

Books: resize 50%
Butterfly: resize 30%, then 85%
Cupcake: resize 20%, then 85%
Flowers: 30%
Foliage 2: resize 50%, free rotate 90˚ right, duplicate and mirror 
Hot Toddy 1 & 2: resize 30%, mirror one of them
Old Book: resize 25%

Apply drop shadow to all elements: 2, 2, 65, 8.

Hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%.

Unhide background and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 12 into the selection.  Deselect and apply WSL mask #98 and merge mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement.

Add your name.  I used Malihini Tahitian BTN, size 72, stroke 1, same colours as above.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 65, 8.

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

Until next time ...


03 December 2014

On The Naughty List


This tutorial was written by me on December 3rd, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

Gorgeous "Inspired By Jessica Dougherty 33-3" scrap kit by Baby Cakes Scraps and available to purchase at CDO.

The tube "Ruby Martini" is by pinup artist Jessica Dougherty.  Jessica was with CILM when I purchased the tube, but her tubes can now be purchased at CDO.

Mask #33 by WeeScotsLass.  Her masks can be downloaded in bulk zip files, links are on the right of her blog.

Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow.

Font: I used Miss Stanfort, a pay font.  Any nice script font will work fine.

Drop shadow used: 2, 2, 65, 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

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

From the kit, open element 25, do not resize.  Copy and paste as a new layer.

Using the freehand selection tool, draw a selection around the frame, like this:


Open paper 2 and resize 60%.  Copy and paste as a new layer and move below the frame.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect.

Copy and paste the tube (do not resize) as a new layer above the paper but below the frame.  Duplicate and move the copy above the frame.  Hide the copy and activate the original tube layer.  Using the eraser, carefully remove parts of the tube that extend beyond the frame.  Now activate the tube copy and remove the parts that cover the top of the frame.  See my tag for reference.  Drop shadow the bottom tube.

Now add your elements, I used:

#3: resize 50%
#4: resize 65%, use the eraser to remove the wire hanger
#5 & #8: resize each 20%.  Copy and paste above the background layer and arrange as desired.  Duplicate as often as you wish, resize some of the copies 85%.  Scatter these around the tag, as shown.
#6: do not resize
#7: resize 50%
#12: resize 50%
#13: resize 50%
#21: resize 50%.  Apply Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow using these settings:

Under the Colour tab: select the Fat preset
Under the Basic tab: Glow Width 3, Soft Corners 0, Overall Opacity 100, Draw Only Outside Selection checked.  Click OK.

#26: resize 60%

Apply drop shadow above to all elements.  Make sure everything is arranged to your satisfaction, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Resize merged layer 85%

Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 1 into the selection.  Deselect and apply WDL mask #33; merge the mask group.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust mask size and placement, if desired.

Crop, resize your tag and add your name.  I used Miss Stanfort, size 72, stroke 0, colour #004204.

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

Until next time ...

01 December 2014

Dark Carnival


This tutorial was written by me on December 1st, 2014 and was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP.  You will need the following supplies:

"Carousel" is an awesome new kit by Gothic Inspirations and is available at her store HERE.  Thanks so much Jess!

I used the sexy pinup art of Barbara Jensen.  Her tubes are available for purchase at her store HERE.

Template #131 by Horseplay's Pasture, thanks Bev!

Mask #80 by Designs by Vaybs.

 Font: I used Carnivalee Freakshow, HERE.

Drop Shadows used:

Tube: 2, 2, 73, 10
Template elements (exception: Strips and Oval): 0, 0, 73, 12
Everything else: 2, 2, 73, 8

~~ Remember to save often! ~~

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

Open the template in PSP, shift + d to duplicate and close the original.

Change the canvas size to 800 x 750.  Delete the credit layer.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate Circle 1; select all, float and defloat.  From the kit, open paper 12 and resize 70%.  Copy and paste as a new layer; invert selection and tap delete.  Deselect and delete original layer.  Apply drop shadow shown above.

Repeat these steps for the following layers:

Circle 2: use paper 12, resize 70%
Back Right & Left Rectangles: use paper 10, resize 70%
Oval: use paper 1, resize 70%
Top and Bottom Rectangles: use paper 11, resize 70%.  Do not deselect.  Resize the close-up tube 80%, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange as desired.  Tap delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode to Luminance (L) and reduce the opacity to 47.

Activate Oval Back layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Change the foreground to #805c7f.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill with foreground colour.  Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Gaussian, 47%, monochrome checked.  Delete the original layer.  Apply drop shadow.

Activate Strips layer.  Select all, float and defloat.  Change foreground to #584057 and background to black (#000000).  Activate the flood fill tool, change the match mode to Colour, Tolerance to 20, blend mode normal and opacity 100.  Add a new raster layer and flood fill one of the strips with the foreground and the other with the background.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply the same noise effect as above.  Apply drop shadow 2, 2, 73, 8.

Resize the main tube 80%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Apply drop shadow above.

Add your elements and drop shadow.  I used:

Balloons: resize 35%, then 70%; duplicate and mirror
Blackbird: resize 25%, then 90%
Coins: resize 20%
Cotton Candy: resize 45%, duplicate and resize 85%.  Free rotate 20° right.
Doodle Swirls: resize 30%; duplicate and mirror
Flags: do not resize, use eraser tool to remove excess
Sign 2: resize 70%
Tent: resize 70%

Make sure everything is placed to your satisfaction, then hide the background layer.  Merge visible.  Resize the merged layer 85%.

Unhide the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste paper 14 into the selection.  Deselect.  Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius 8.  Apply Vaybs mask #80 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 Carnivalee Freakshow, size 72, Stroke 2, same colours as above.

Add all applicable copyright and license information and save your tag as a png.  You're finished!

Until next time...

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