Sunday, 27 December 2009

Holding The Future

I used the scrapkit Gold Christmas Joy 
from Pspgirl available from Scrappetizing
I also used the beautiful artwork of Unholy Vault
You need a license to use this tube available from MPT 
Font used is Mr Lackboughs
Mask is Artmama Mask 08 available HERE

Open a new image 600x600, flood fill white
Open Pspgirl_GoldChristmasJoy_Paper12
duplicate and resize to 75%, paste as a new layer
Layers new mask layer from image making sure invert is checked.
Merge group then merge visible.
Open Pspgirl_GoldChristmasJoy_Element21 and position
at the top of the tag, duplicate, flip, merge down.
Duplicate and rotate 90 degrees, merge down 
and add a drop shadow.
Pspgirl_GoldChristmasJoy_Element51, paste as a new layer.
Add a small drop shadow.
resize 50% twice and sharpen.
resize 50% twice and sharpen and flip.
Add drop shadows and position using my tag as a guide.
Paste your tube and add a drop shadow.
Add any copyright information and your watermark.
Add text and position as desired.
Locate the layer for Pspgirl_GoldChristmasJoy_Element51
Mine was layer 3 and duplicate twice
Select the top one of these layers Add noise Gaussian, Monochrome, 30%
Next layer repeat noise at 40%
New layer repeat noise at 50%
Close off 2 of these duplicated layers leaving the top one open
copy merged and paste into AS as a new animation
Close that layer, open the next and copy merged, pasting after current frame
Repeat for the bottom noise layer.
Check your animation and if you are happy save your tag!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Lets Get This Party Started

For this tut I used the absolutely beautiful kit
Happy New Year from Heaven Dreams
available at SCRAPPETIZING

I also used the lovely artwork of Keith Gravey
You need a license to use this tube available from MPT 
Font used is Alex Brush 

Open a new image of 700 x 700.
I like starting big to aid with the placement
and then resize later lol.
Open paper HD_Happy_New_Year_paper08_tgs
and paste as a new layer.

Now this tut is so simple and you can use any elements
you like to get it how you want but I used these ones.
All were resized and sharpened using the unsharp mask
Radius 1, Strength 75 and Clipping 1

HD_Happy_New_Year_element_26_tgs rotated 40 degrees left
Also of course add your tube and position as desired
you can use my example as a guide.
Add drop shadows to all your elements and the tube.
I used various settings to give the tag a bit of depth.

Once you have all your elements placed as you want them
crop the additional space from around the tag but leave 
a bit of room for the frame so that it wont 
cut into your elements.
I used Edge Design 01 which is built into psp 9.
If you find it does cut into the elements undo it and undo the 
crop until you get it where you need it.

Merge visible and Resize the tag if it is still 
too big for your tastes.
Add your copyright information and watermark.
For the text I used Alex Brush 60pt and added a drop shadow
using these settings H1, V1, Opacity 40 and Blur 2

Then add Eye candy 4000 Gradient glow using these settings
along with a gold color tone from the paper I used #e7e088

Export your tag as a jpg and you are done.

Friday, 11 December 2009


For this tut I used the gorgeous kit Let it Snow
from Crazed's Creations. You can get it at SCRAPPETIZING

Template #18 from Ali available HERE

I also used the gorgeous artwork of Elias Chatzoudis
You need a license to use this tube which is available from MPT
Open the template, copy and close the original.
Delete layers DBA, Rantangle1 and Rectangle 2
we won't be needing those.
With your magic wand click on the large circle layer
Open paper Crazeds_papers10_LIST resize 65% and paste as a 
new layer. Invert selection, delete. 
Select none and delete the large circle layer.
With your magic wand again, Mode Add(shift), 
select each of the photo layers.  
The selections will join up but thats ok.
Open Crazeds_papers6_LIST, resize 75% paste as a new layer. 
Position the paper so the whole selection is covered. 
Invert, delete.
Delete the 3 photo layers and then drag the paper layer 
below all the frame layers.
Clicking each frame layer in turn adjust - color balance - manual color correction. Put black as the source color and change the target box to a light color from the paper. I used #ccdef2. Add a drop shadow to each frame layer. I used 1, 1, 30, 20.
Increase your canvas size to give you room to work
and add a new layer, flood fill white and drag to the bottom.

Copy and paste your tube resizing as needed. Add the same drop shadow as before.
Now add your elements, I used: Crazeds_sign1_LIST, Crazeds_tree3_LIST, Crazeds_bird2_LIST, Crazeds_bells2_LIST. Resize as needed and add your shadows.
I also used Crazeds_snowflakes1_LIST and resized to fit in the small frame on the right and duplicated for the center frame.
Once you are happy with the positioning, click on the circle layer. I moved mine a little as well. Selections - select all - float - defloat so that just the circle is selected.
Add 3 new layers above the circle layer.
Select the top one of these 3 new layers.
VDL Adrenaline - Snowflakes. Settings I used were
55, 0 20, 37, 38, basic snow and a random seed of 1.
Close off that layer, highlight the next one down and 
go to your plugin again changing only the random seed.
Repeat for the 3rd new layer.
Add your text and copyright info and watermark.
Crop off the excess space and resize if desired.

Now you are ready to copy over into AS.
Close off 2 of the snow layers, leaving the top one open.
Copy merged and paste in AS as a new animation.
Close the snow layer and open the next one down,
copy merged again and paste after current frame.
Repeat for the last snow layer.
Change your frame speeds if desired. I set mine on 20
Save your tag and you're done.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Christmas Magic

Materials Needed

Mirella's Tag Template 17 HERE
  The tubes I used is the gorgeous artwork of Joan Pelaez
In order to use the image in this tutorial you MUST purchase it from CILM.

Scrap Kit Lilac Christmas from Baby Cakes at SCRAPPETIZING
Xero plugin which is a free plugin available HERE

Open template 17, duplicate and close the original
Delete layer 8
Increase your canvas size to around 600 and flood fill raster 1 with white.
This will give you some extra room to work, you can always crop later.
Following my example in the tag select each of the layers with the magic wand
and paste papers of your choosing as new layers. Resize the papers if you wish to
show certain areas. The only layers you do not want to replace are the white
background layer and the white 'frame' layers.
I used papers 3, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, and for the uppermost layer (raster 7)
I used paper 5 resized to 40% to have the tree as the focal point.
Delete the template layers as you go.
I then added a blurred drop shadow to each layer to give the tag some depth.
Open bcs_sleigh_two, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 35%. Rotate - free rotate - left 4.00
and then sharpen (I used unsharp mask) to give it back it's glitz. Add drop shadow.
Select the Girl Only layer of your tube, copy and paste onto your template.
Resize 90% and position as desired. I also moved the circle layer of the template
just a touch at this stage to get the tag how I wanted it.
I also recolored the tube as this is allowed under CILM's terms with it being
a black and white image.
Adjust - color balance - manual color correction.
Choose a shade of the grey in the source box and a lilac shade in the target box
I used #d9d9d9 as source and #dcd7ed as target
Effects - plugins - zero - Porcelain. These are the settings i chose.

Add drop shadow
Now you can choose what other elements you want to add to the tag.
I used bcs_bells, bcs_poinsettia, bcs_silver_ball and bcs_word_art_two.
Position as desired, you can use my example as a guide.
  You will need to resize them so sharpen them if they need it and add drop shadows.
I erased areas of the string on bcs_silver_ball so it appears wrapped around
the paper layer.

Add your copyright info, watermark etc and your text
The font I used was aka Frivolity, with a drop shadow and then gradient glow
in a shade of pale lilac. And thats all you need to do!