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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Resolutions!





In this tutorial I used the art of 
You need a license to use Jessica’s art, available at

The kit is “Resolutions” by
This fabulous kit comes with a wealth of gorgeous
elements, papers and sprays
together with a pack of 4 awesome animations
and can be purchased at

I used mask 1 by

You will need Animation Shop for the animation.

Font of choice.




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


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 6 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 12, resize 60% and move into position.

Open the PSD file of animation 1, copy one of the frames and paste it on your canvas, resize it 95%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  You can delete the PSD file from Paint Shop now as we will be using the Mng file in the tag.

Paste spray 11, resize 80% and place in position.

Paste the shortened version of the tube, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  My tube kept sticking to another element so selected all,  floated and defloated the tube, promoted it to another layer and deleted the original.

Paste frame 3, resize 25% and rotate 80 degrees to the left, drag below the tube and move into position. Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste Glitter into the selection.    Paste the tube again, position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube to remove the excess and deselect.   On the tube go to Adjust – Hue and Saturation – Colourize, set both values to 0 and apply then change the blend mode to “Overlay”.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 4, resize 80% and place in position.

Paste element 3a, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow changing the horizontal to 2 and blur to 5.

Paste element 70, resize 35% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right, duplicate the copy, position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow to each (remember to change back the settings).

Paste element 69, resize 45%, drag below the right hand copy of element 70, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste wordart 5a on the top, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 30%, drag below the wordart, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15c, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 81, resixe 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 80, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 118, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 96, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 79 and resize 35%, drag below the blue flowers and heart, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each

Paste element 63a below the wordart, resize 35% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41b, resize 30% and place in position.

Paste element 98 on the top, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 104, resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 61, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33b, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60b, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 115, resize 15%, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 22, resize 17% and rotate 110 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 17% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste spray 10 on the top, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and erase the ones across her face (I positioned this element so a large clump of sparkles was on her arm and also cloned in a few more sparkles as the gif optimization went speckly there and I wanted to cover it as much as possible, this meant I had to erase a bit of the sparkle from the top.  Change your background colour to a dark one so you can see it properly).

When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.



ANIMATION:

Click on the animation frame layer, merge it down and continue to merge down until you have all the layers below it on one layer.  Close off this merged layer and merge the other layers visible. 

Open the bottom merged layer, copy it and paste it in Animation Shop as “a new animation”.  Open the mng copy of the animation in Animation Shop and resize it 95% (Animation – Resize animation).  The animation has 30 frames so we need to duplicate our bottom merged layer until we have 30 frames in that also. 

Select all the animation frames  and copy them (Edit – Select all – Edit – Copy) then select all the bottom layer frames and paste the animation onto the bottom layer frames exactly over the one that is already there.

Back in Paint Shop, copy the top merged layer, paste it in Animation Shop as “a new animation”, duplicate it so you have the 30 frames, select and copy them all and paste on your tag. 

Check your animation is running properly and then run it through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.








Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter!




In this tutorial I used the layered tube “Ginger” from
the latest pack 85 by
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is an inspired by kit for the tube 146-1 by Jennifer Janesko from
and can be purchased at

I used christmas mask 2015 (3) from

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 65, blur 10.



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

Paste the mask, resize it 25%, select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect, delete the original black mask layer, duplicate your new mask layer and merge the copy down onto the original.

Paste element 12, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 1 and resize 80%.   Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 1, make a new layer below the element and paste paper 4 into the selection.  Paste element 11 as a new layer, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the element and then again onto the paper and move into position.

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

Paste element 7, resize 30%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 6, resize 35%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 4, resize 45%, , duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 23, resize 55%, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 14, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 25% and duplicate, bring one copy to the top, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 16, resize 35%, drag below the tube, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 22, drag above the tube, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 25%, duplicate, mirror the copy and resize it another 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 2, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 22% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 30%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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.












Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Tranquil Winter





In this tutorial I used the beautiful layered tube “Victorian Vixen”
from the lates pack 85 from 
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is “Tranquil Winter” from
and can be purchased at

I used Christmas mask 2015 (4) from

Font is

I did a small amount of recolouring on the tube and kit.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 45, blur 10.


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

Paste the mask as a new layer and resize it 23%, select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 13 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste element 69 as a new layer.

Paste element 60, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow with the box “shadow on a new layer” checked and then erase the shadow from around the bottom of the snow.

Paste element 22, resize 70%, drag below element 21 and place in position.

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

Paste element 15, resize 60%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 29, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3 on the top, resize 20%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, position both across the bottom of the tube and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 18, resizse 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 37, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 61, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 18%, duplicate, rotate the duplicate 50 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 39, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Paste element 44, resize 35%, position above element 1 and position on the left, duplicate, drag the duplicate down and position just above the tube, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 62, resize 50%, position above the top ribbon and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 38 behind the tube, click on the mask, select all, float and defloat the mask, invert the selection and hit delete on the element to remove any flakes outside the main tag, deselect.

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









Sunday, 18 December 2016

Classy Christmas






In this tutorial I used the layered tube “Platinum Plus”
From the latest pack 85 from
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is “Classy Christmas” from
and can be purchased at

I used winter mask 2 from

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 45, blur 10.



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

Paste the mask and resize it 60%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 2 in the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste frame 6 and resize 82%.  We will come back to this.

Paste element 61, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the main tube, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 40%, drag below the tube and duplicate twice.  Flip one copy and position behind the tube up a bit, rotate one copy 90 degrees to the left and move to the right and the last copy rotate 90 degrees to the right and move over to the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste item 17, resize 35%, position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25 on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 39, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 37, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 23% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 43, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Paste the close up tube below the frame, resize it 80%, duplicate it, mirror the duplicate and resize another 80% and position both tubes in the frame.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, invert it and hit delete on both tubes.  Change the blend mode on the tubes to “Soft Light” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

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