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Monday, 25 September 2017

Afternoon Magick





In this tutorial I used the beautiful “Witch 8” from
You can purchase her at

I used the kit “Afternoon Magick” from
You will find the kit at

I used mask 4hwol (2) from

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels an fill with white.

Paste the mask and resize it 25%.   Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 19 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste element 91, resize 60%, ease a bit of the bottom of the trunk, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 10 and resize 40%.  Select each section of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 17 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into position.

Paste element 83, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 74, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 72, resize 30% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 94, resize 40% and position on the right corner of the frame, duplicate, mirror the copy and position it on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 58, resize 25%, duplicate, merge the copy down onto the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 40% and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 33%, place in position on the bottom box and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 53, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 65, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Paste element 98, resize 40% and position behind the tube.

When you are all done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.






Sunday, 24 September 2017

White Owl









In this tutorial I used the amazing “White Owl” from
You can purchase this beautiful creature from

The kit is “Gypsy Afternoon” from
Another lovely kit that you will find at

I used mask 4 from set 73 by

You will need Animation Shop if you wish to do the animation.


Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0,  horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 15.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 23  into the selection, deselect, apply the mask, duplicate and merge the copy down onto the original.

Paste element 53, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 94, resize 40% and mirror, drag below element 53, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 95, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 55 and resize 40%, drag below both trees, position so just a little shows on the right, erase the part that shows on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 56, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Pate element 45, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42 on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 78, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 93, resized 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pase element 8, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 68, resize 7%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.  If you are not continuig with the animation, export your tag on a transparent background as a png.



ANIMATION:

Duplicate element 56 four times so you have five copies and close off copies, 1, 3 and 4.

Activate copy 2 and open your Lighten/Darken tool using the settings in my screenshot below.  Right clicking will darken and left clicking will lighten.  We want to lighten some areas so click three or four times on the element in different spots.  Close off this copy, open copy 3 and repeat clicking in different places.  Repeat it all again with copy 4. 




Right click on your tag and “Copy Merged” ,paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Close off copy 4, open copy 3, again right click and copy merged and paste in Animation Shop “Before current frame.”  Repeat the above until you have all the copies as frames in Animation Shop.  Change the Animation properties on the tag to 25 to slow it down, then run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.








Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Light





In this tutorial I used the lovely tube “Candle” from
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is “I’m so Hollow” from
This is one of my favourite kits from Dee, in fact it is one of my
 favourite Halloween kits and can be purchased at

I used mask 68 from

You will need Animation Shop for the animation.

Font of choice.





I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 14 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 88, resize 80% and move into position.

Paste element 104, resize 50%, duplicate and merge the copy down onto the original to make it stand out more, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 130, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 63, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 131, resize 50% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 12, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 6b, resize 55% and place in position.    Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 15 into the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame (do not merge the frame down onto the paper).

Paste cluster 5 and resize 50%, drag below the frame/paper layers and position on the left, duplicate, move the copy over to the right and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 10b, resize 70% and mirror, drag below the two cluster layers and position just below them.

Paste element 9 above the two cluster layers, resize 43%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.


Paste element 87, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 121, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 51, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 137 on the top, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 99, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste cluster 11, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 122, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustment (I stretched my  mask a tiny bit longer), then add your copyright information and text and, if not continuing with the animation, export your tag as a png on a transparent background.



ANIMATION:

Go to the paper that is inside the frame and duplicate it three times so you  have four copies then rename them  Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3 and Paper 4.  Now duplicate the tube the same so you have four copies and rename them Tube 1, Tube 2, Tube 3 and Tube 4.

We are going to work on the candle flame to make it flicker but we don’t want the candle itself to move so draw a small oblong selection around the frame as in my screenshot below; will keep all the movement inside the selection.





Close off tubes 1, 3 and 4 and activate tube 2 to work on.   Open the Warp tool and pick the “Noise” mode on the settings in my screenshot below and click on the candle flame to move it slightly.  Close off this tube, open and activate tube 3 and again click in a different place on the flame.  Repeat this with tube 4 then deselect. 





Close off papers 1, 3 and 4 and activate paper 2 to work on.  Open your Lighten/Darken brush and select the settings in my screenshot below.  If you right click with this brush it will darken and if you left click it will lighten.  We want to lighten bits of the paper to give a flickering effect so left click with the brush once on one part of the paper around the candle/tube’s arm.  Close off this paper, open paper 3 and repeat on another section of the paper.  Repeat this with paper 4. 




You should now have all tube layers apart from tube 4 closed off and all paper layers apart from paper 4 closed off.  Right click on your tag and “Copy merged”, go into Animation Shop and “Paste as a new animation”.  Back in Paint Shop, close off tube 4 and paper 4 and open tube 3 and paper 3, copy merged again and paste in Animation Shop “Before current frame”.  Repeat the above with tube and paper 2 and again with tube and paper 1.

Change the Animation Properties to 35 on all frames to slow the animation down, then run it through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.








Friday, 22 September 2017

Painted








In this tutorial I used the art of
This was the tube I picked on customer appreciation week.
You can purchase it at
Thank you CDO for my free gift!

I used the freebie kit “Autumn Painting” from
Graphics of Fantasy have such awesome free kits,
thank you!
You can download yours

I used mask 162 by

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 6 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask, resize it 95% and duplicate, move one copy up and to the right a little and the other down and to the left, you can adjust them later.

Paste element 45, position towards the top right and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 1, resize 80%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 2 into the selection.  Paste the Girl only tube, position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube, deselect, change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste the tube again, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, flip, drag below the main tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 72, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 73 on  the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 79, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 75, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 76, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 84, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 70, resize 70%, mirror and place in position.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.










Thursday, 21 September 2017

Duke





In this tutorial I used the tube “Duke” from
I just love Verymany’s animal tubes!
You can purchase Duke from

I used the lovely kit “Eternally Autumn” from
The kit can be purchased at

I used mask 2 from set 38 by

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal  5, opacity 75, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 36 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 206, resize 55% and place in position

Paste element 202, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 135, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 201, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 137, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 144, resize 50% and duplicate, position the original copy below the fence and the duplicate above the fence and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 97, resize 25%, position just below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 105, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 96, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 98, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 74, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 141, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 192, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 169, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 171, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 163, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 198, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 199, reside 7% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 75, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 111, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 120, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 55 on the top, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste item 13, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste element 11, resize 20% and apply the drop shadow, position behind the fence and do some cutting or pasting to bring his tail over the fence

Paste element 2, resize 7%, mirror and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 7% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text an export on a transparent background as a png.




Sunday, 17 September 2017

Regal Stag



In this tutorial I used the fabulous tube “Deer” from
I love this tube, he will look fab on Christmas tags!
You can purchase him at

I used the kit “Naturally Quiet” from
You can purchase this beautiful kit from

You will need my mask

Font of choice.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.



Open  new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixel and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 13 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 85%.

Paste element 87, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 89, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 10 and resize 33%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, paste paper 28 below the frame, resize it 30% and position in the frame, invert the selection and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down on to the paper and move into position. 

Paste the tube, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 85, resize 35%, drag behind the tube and duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 82, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 84, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 25%, drag down to just above the merged frame layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 63, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 12% and rotate 20 degrees to the left,  place in position above element 82 and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 55, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30 on the top, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 39, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 83, resize 8% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 79, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 12% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 67, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments. 

Go back to element 22 and erase the corner so it looks tucked behind the stone.

Paste element 95, resize 40% and position  behind  the tube.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.









Saturday, 16 September 2017

Ratty!




In this tutorial I used the fun tube
“Halloween Orchestra Rat with Trumpet” from
I just had to have  this tube when I saw it!
You can purchase it from

I used the kit “Brew Time” from
This is such a cute kit and my second tutorial using it!
You can purchase it at

You will need mask mask 4hwol.fecnikek (3)
and my mask

Font of choice.





I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 8 into the selection, apply my mask,  resize 90% and lower the opacity to around 65.

Paste Fecnikek’s mask and resize it 20%.  You should still have a full selection on your canvas so float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black  mask layer.

Paste frame 1c, resize 65% and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 6, resize 60%, drag below the frame and position on the left edge of it, apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25 on the top, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  There was a bit of a blank space so I copied one of the bats and filled the gap in! 

Paste the tube, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42, resize 70%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6b, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Paste element 31, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 43, resize 43%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 1, resize 70% and place in position.

Paste element 26 and place in position.

Paste element 34, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 38, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33, resize 30%, ppas.

Paste element 23, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 on the top,  resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 5, resize 50% and place in position.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.