Saturday, 28 November 2009

Snowy Ride

I used the cute kit Snow Friends from Crazed's Creations
which is available HERE
I aslo used the wonderful artwork of Molly Harrison.
In order to use the image in this tutorial you MUST purchase it from CILM
Supplies - Scenery Mask and Snow Animation HERE
Font used is palace Script but any pretty script font will work.

Open paper7 in PSP, duplicate and close the original.
Paste Crazeds_frame1_SFT as a new layer.
Paste your tube as a new layer and position as desired.
Duplicate your frame layer and arrange layers so one frame layer is 
above the tube and the other is below the tube.
Select the top frame layer and erase any areas where you 
want the tube outside of the frame.
Add drop shadow to the tube and the bottom frame layer.

Crop excess paper from around the frame
Resize to 450 pixels wide.
Add a new layer and flood fill white, send to bottom.
With the paper layer selected, layers, new mask layer from image
and select Saphiere_GraphicDream_Mask_Castle_13.
Merge the group.
Using the rectangle selection tool draw a selection through the 
widest points of the star just like in screenshot.

Invert selection then delete. Erase any corners 
so the mask layer is totally inside the frame.

Add and arrange any elements of choice.
I used tree_SFT, sign2_SFT and bow3_SFT.
Dont forget to shadow as desired.

Add your text, watermark and copyright information.

To Animate:

To set your animation just like it is in my example above...
Close of all but the white layer and the mask layer,
copy merged and paste into animation shop.
Open the snow animation and duplicate the tag 
so you have the same number of frames (10).
Select the first frame on each animation, select all
then drag the snow animation onto the tag.

Back into PSP, close off the 2 background layers and 
copy merged the rest of the layers and paste into 
animation shop. Duplicate so there are 10 frames.
Select all and drag over onto the frames that already
have the background and snow in place.
Position carefully (undo drag if you mess up).
Save the tag and you are done.

If you prefer you can just copy over the tag complete and
put the snow frames on top of the tag frames.
That will give this result.

Saturday, 21 November 2009


I used the lovely kit Wintersong from Designs by Stina
which is available HERE
I aslo used the wonderful artwork of Gene Gonzales

In order to use the image in this tutorial you MUST purchase it from CILM.

Additional Supplies Needed:
Mask from Gabbe available HERE
and a star tube if you want to animate

Open a new image 650 x 650
Flood Fill with white
Selections select all, add a new layer
Open paper of choice, I used DBS_Paper02, paste into selection
Select none
Layers - new mask layer - from image
I used gabeemask6, check invert mask data, apply and then merge group

Open DBS_Tree02, resize 70%, paste as a new layer
Add other elements of your choice, resizing as needed and don't forget to add drop shadows.
I used DBS_Gifts02 and DBS_Dove02

Add your tube of choice and move layer below the gifts layer and arrange as needed

Merge all and resize, then add copyright info and watermark

Add your text and merge all. Save it as is if you don't want to animate

To animate:

Duplicate layer twice so you have 3 layers
Using a star tube dot stars around on each layer where you want the twinkle to be
Use different sizes to add some variety.
Save the tag and open in Animation shop, select all frame and change the frame speed to about 30 view and if you are happy save it.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Fall Beauty

Kit used was Fall Fae made by JTs Designs.
It is available from SCRAPPETIZING.

I am also using the beautiful artwork of Jennifer Janesko.
In order to use the image in this tutorial you MUST purchase it from CILM

I used Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow 
on the text but that is optional.

Open new image 650 x 650 transparent.
Open wreath 2 copy and paste as a new layer.
With your magic wand, click inside the wreath. 

Modify, expand by 20.
Paste paper 11 as a new layer below the wreath, 
Invert selection and delete
so the paper is just inside the wreath.

Add a drop shadow to the wreath. I used V6/H6/Opacity 30/Blur10
and then repeated with V-6/H-6.

Copy your tube of choice and paste as a 
new layer above your wreath layer.
Duplicate the tube and drag the duplicate below the wreath layer.
Select the top tube layer and erase the areas you 
dont want under and outside the wreath.

Then select the duplicated layer and remove 
anything visible outside the wreath.
Add a drop shadow to the bottom tube layer only.

Open swirl 2 and resize 75% twice. 
Paste as a new layer beneath your wreath layer
and position as desired. 
Add a drop shadow (I used V2/H2/Opacity 40/Blur4)
duplicate layer and mirror, merge the 2 swirl layers together and then
erase any parts of the swirl showing outside the wreath.

Open Wrap 1, resize 75% twice, add a drop shadow and then erase the edges so the wrap stops at the edge of the wreath. 
I found it easiest with the eraser set very large to soften the edges.

Add any other elements of your choosing.

Add your text with a drop shadow or do what i did and use Eye Candy 4000 gradient glow, making a gradient using colors from the tag. Add your copyright info and watermark, save a a PNG and you're done.