Please read my "About my Tutorials" page before starting, thank you.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Breaking Dawn



In this tutorial I am using the art of Sky Scraps
for which you need a license,
you can get one here.

I am using an awesome kit called “My Immortal II” by
I love making Twilight tags!
Thank you Cora.
You can get the kit here
(at the time of writing this tutorial its on 50% discount).

You will also need a mask, I used Vix’ mask 349, here 
(you will find the masks under "Goodies").

Font used is Twlight,
a free font, here.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow unless otherwise specified is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-01.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open pd-frame-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 30. Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill the selection with a dark grey, I used #2b2b2b. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize if required and position inside the frame, invert the selection and delete any excess tube.  My tube was in two parts, one with the vampire fangs and neck blood and one without so I put the vampire one in the frame and used the other one as the main tube. Apply the drop shadow to the frame and the tube and then lower the opacity of the tube to around 45.

Open pd-light-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 90% and position on the tube’s face, set the blend mode to soft light.  Close off the background and mask layers and merge visible, re-open the closed layers and move the merged frame layer over slightly to the left.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize and crop as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-moon and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, drag down below the tube and merged layers and place in position. Apply the drop shadow but change the opacity to 40.

Open pd-splatter-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position the splatters nicely so they show around the frame. Apply the original drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-swirl-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and place in position. It already has a drop shadow so no need to add another.

Open pd-splatter-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and position on the right of the main tube. Again this element already has a drop shadow.

Open pd-flower-04 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 55% and place in position. Apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-fog and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and drag up so its just above merged layer, position along the bottom of the frame. Duplicate this layer and mirror the duplicate. Position so just a tiny bit is showing on the right hand side of the main tube and erase any that overlaps with the first fog layer.

Open pd-clock-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-greens-01 and paste as a new layer. Mirror and flip, rotate 20 degrees to the right and resize 45%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-ribbon-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Mirror and resize 50%, place in position. This layer also has a drop shadow so no need for another.

Open pd-flower-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and duplicate. Mirror the duplicate and resize by another 90%. Place both flowers into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open pd-key and paste as a new layer. Rotate 40 degrees to the left and resize 30%. Position between the two flowers and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-book-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-candle-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, position on the book and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did writing it! If you have any questions, please email me here










Saturday, 26 November 2011

Winter Magic




In this tutorial I am using the beautiful art of Olivia De Berardinis.
You require a license to use Olivia’s art,
I purchased mine from CILM
but they are now available here.

I using an awesome free to use scrap kit called “Winter Magic”
by Mago74.
This is such a beautiful scrap kit, thank you so much Mago!
You can get the kit here.
Be sure to check out her other freebies!

You will also need a mask, I used monti’s circle mask here.

Font used is Chocolate Box Decorative,
a free font, here.


 
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away any blurriness caused (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

I used a soft drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 40, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 pp (3).  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply your mask.  Resize 80%.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 ramka (5) and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, move over slightly to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (24) and paste as a new layer. Resize 15%, place in position on the left of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 WA (1) and paste as a new layer. Drag down below the frame layer, resize 15% and place in position.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (8) and paste as a new layer. Resize 14% and place in position.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (21), paste as a new layer and drag it up until its just below your tube layer. Resize 10% and place in position. Duplicate this layer and resize the duplicate another 90%, rotate it 20 degrees to the left and place in position.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (15) and paste as a new layer. Mirror and flip the element, resize it 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (23), paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 15% and position it along the bottom of the tube and clock. Apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (37) and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (38) and paste as a new layer. Mirror and flip the element, resize 20%, place in position on top of the last element and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (70) and paste as a new layer. Resize 4%, place in position on top of the last element towards the right hand side and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (44) and paste as a new layer. Resize 10% and duplicate. Position one copy over the bubble and the other position over on the left. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (71) and paste as a new layer. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (14) and paste as a new layer. Resize 15%, place in position over the left hand star element and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (16) and paste as a new layer. Mirror and flip, resize 10%, drag down below the last layer and position so its showing just above and to the right of it. Apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (17) and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 10%, place in position over and to the right of the last leaf, apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (47), paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WINTER MAGIC by_Mago74 el (18) and paste as a new layer. Resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

 Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in my gallery!






Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Santa's Elf





In this tutorial I am using the art of Unholy Vault Designs.
You need a license to use Unholy Vault’s art,
you can get one here.
This tube was part of the Xmas present to customers from Psp Tubes Emporium.

I am using a gorgeous freebie kit given as a Christmas present by
Jan’s Wonderful World of Words.
This is a lovely kit with some beautiful word art included!
Thank you Jan!
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Gem’s mask 22, here.

Font of choice.
 

 
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after rotating/resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used WWW_ChristmasPresent11_paper5.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80%.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent11_fireplace and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and apply the drop shadow. Move over slightly to the right.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent_pineswag and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position on the fireplace and apply the drop shadow.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent_santaornament and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and hang it on the swag, apply the drop shadow.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent_tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent-envelope and paste as a new layer. Resize 25% and rotate 10 degrees to the right. Drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the candles and paste as a new layer, I used WWW_ChristmasPresent_candle4 resized 25%.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the stockings and paste as a new layer, I used www_ChristmasPresent_stocking1 mirrored and resized 50%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the lollipops and paste as a new layer. I used www_ChristmasPresent_lollipop1 resized 25%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent_Ribbon5 or Ribbon 6 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% and duplicate. Position one ribbon either side of your tube and apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open WWW_ChristmasPresent_wordart, choose one of the colours, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 80%. I duplicated the word art to make the colour a little deeper as it wasn’t showing up enough and then merged the two layers together. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Vampire Diaries



In this tutorial I am using the art of Evels-Selena.
You need a license to use Evels-Selena’s art,
available at

I am using a free to use kit called “Vampire Diaries” by
Chassity of Polkadot Scraps.
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Chassity, its an awesome kit!

You will also need a mask, I used Gems’ mask 22, here.
Its in set 1.

Font used is Twilight.
This is a free font and you can get it here.


Dont forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating. This is essential to remove the blurriness and make a good looking tag (adjust - sharpness - unsharp mask - radius and clipping 5, strength30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 550 by 500 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used PDS_VD-paper 7. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 85%.

Open PDS_VD-frame2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%. Select the interior of your frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5. Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used PDS_VD-paper6. Make a new layer on your canvas below your frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close of the background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the closed layers.

Open PDS_VD-clock and paste as a new layer. Place in position as in my tag and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_VD-frame1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and place in position. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5. Copy one of the papers, I used PDS_VD-paper7 again. Make a new layer below the frame layer, paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Position her coming out of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_VD-key1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, place in position on the left of the top frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_VD-ribbon1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%. Place in position over the key and apply the drop shadow. Erase the part of the ribbon that goes over the tube.

Close of the background, mask, first merged frame and clock layers and merge visble. Re-open the closed layers.

Open PDS_VD-leaves2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and rotate 10 degrees to the left. Drag the layer down so its just above the first frame layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_VD-flower1 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, rotate 10 degrees to the left, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_VD_glittersplat1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and drag down so its just above the mask layer. Duplicate a couple of times, flip, mirror however you like and arrange around the bottom frame. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open PDS_VD-scatter and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%. Again duplicate and position around the frame like you did the glittersplats. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Ppen PDS_VD-crow, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Mirror and resize 30%. We will position when we have done the text.

Check the positioning of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required.  Add your copyright information and text. When you have positioned the text, drag the crow to the top and stand him on it.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and add it to the gallery!








Saturday, 19 November 2011

Dark Beauty




In this tutorial I am using the art of Fred Winkler.
You need an license to use Fred’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using an awesome new kit called
“To my Friend” by
This is a really beautiful kit, thank you Schnegge!
The kit is exclusive to Dreamscape Imaging.

You will need MuRa’s Filter Meister Copies.
MuRa's Filter Meister are a free set of filters.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 82, here.

Script font of choice.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating, this is particularly important with some of the elements of this kit to maintain their lustre (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Unless otherwise stated, drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used P11_TMF_Schnegge. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open Glitter01_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 85%, move over slightly to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open Doodle01_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. It will paste in the centre of your canvas, do not move it! Resize 60% and apply MuRa’s filter with the settings below, then apply the drop shadow.




Open Frame03_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Go back to the Doodle layer and hit delete to remove the parts that are in the interior of frame. Do not de-select.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used P01_TMF_Schnegge. Make a new layer on your canvas and paste the paper into the selection. Drag this layer down until its above the mask layer. De-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open Frame01_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and position over the top of the last frame. Apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and apply a deeper drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.

Open Leaves_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and duplicate. Close out the duplicate while we position the original.  Mirror, resize 90%, rotate 10 degrees to the left and position along the bottom of the tube, apply the original drop shadow. Open the duplicate, rotate 80 degrees to the right and position along the right hand side of your tube, apply the drop shadow.

Open Glows_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and erase any that are on the top of the tubes head/face.

Open Flower08_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and position on the right hand side of the frame. Duplicate this layer and mirror it. Apply the drop shadow to both layers. Go back to the first layer and drag it down below the leaves layers.

Open Bottle01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position over the left hand flower and apply the drop shadow.

Open Star02_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position over the bottle and apply the drop shadow.

Open Heart03_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position on the star and apply the drop shadow.

Open Flower06_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Rotate 60 degrees to the left, resize 55% and place in position over the Heart element. Duplicate this layer and mirror the duplicate. Duplicate the original layer again, bring it above the other two layers and position in the centre of them. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open Stones_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Crow_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize also 45%, position him on the stones and apply the drop shadow.

Open Dragonfly_TMF_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of all your layers and make any necessary adjustments, then crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I certainly loved writing it! If you have any problems, please email me here. I would love to see your result!











 

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Poison Ivy




In this tutorial I am using the awesome art of Evels-Selena.
You require a license to use Evels-Selena’s art,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

I am using a beautiful kit called “The Orchid” by
The kit is also available at Dreamscape Imaging.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 133, here.

Font used is Cymbeline.



As always, don't forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating otherwise they will be a litle blurry (adjust - sharpness - unsharp mask - radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used Paper01. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper in to the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 95%.

Open WordArt03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75% and move over slightly to the right. You can adjust it later.

Open Frame07 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%. Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used Paper2. With the frame layer active, click anywhere on the canvas outside the frame, invert the selection and contract it by 1.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. De-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open Frame06 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, position on top of the first frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and fit so its coming out of the frame. Apply the drop shadow.

Open String and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 70%, drag down below the frame, tube and paper layers and position so its showing slightly at the top and to the left. Apply the drop shadow.

Open Leaves and paste as a new layer. Mirror, rotate 20 degrees to the right, resize 70% and place in position. Apply the drop shadow. Go back to string and erase the long bit that shows to the right of the leaves.

Open Clock and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Plants and paste as a new layer. Resize 75% and duplicate. Close out the duplicate for now. Place the original layer in position on the left hand side over Clock and apply the drop shadow. Open the duplicate and resize 90%, mirror, position so its showing on the right hand side and apply the drop shadow.

Open Palm and paste as a new layer. Drag this layer up until its just below the tube layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Butterflies and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open FlowerBranch and paste as a new layer. Rotate 20 degrees to the right and resize 50%. Place in position on the right hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open Foliage01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ivy, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lamp and paste an a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position on the left of the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open IvyCluster and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 65% and position along the bottom of your tube. Don’t apply your drop shadow on this yet as we will come back to it.

Open Book and paste as a new layer. Resize 23% and rotate 25 degrees to the left. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Key and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open GrassyGlassBall and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Compass and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the position of all your elements and make any necessary adjustments.

Open Mushrooms and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%. Drag the mushrooms down until they are on top of the IvyCluster layer and place in position. Duplicate the IvyCluster layer and bring the duplicate over the mushrooms.  Lower the opacity slightly so you can see the mushrooms underneath and erase parts of the ivy to make it look like the mushrooms are growing out of the it. When you are happy, bring the opacity back up to 100 and then apply the drop shadow to the original IvyCluster layer only.

 Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.













Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Cold Day of Winter snag tags



Available here.

Cold Day of Winter





Cold day of Winter


In this tutorial I am again using the fabulous art of Alicia Mujica.
You require a license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get one here.
Please note that you need a specific license for Alicia’s art.

I am using a beautiful kit called “Cold day of Winter” by
This is a gorgeous kit and its made me feel really cold doing this tag lol.
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Cora!

You will also need a mask, I used Melissaz Creationz mask 1, here.

Font used is Krystal, a free font which you can get here.

**********

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (effects – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and floodfill with white.

Open pd-pp-07 and copy. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask. Resize the mask 80% and lower the opacity to around 55.

Open pd-gears and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, move over slightly to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position towards the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-glitter-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, drag down below the tube and gear layers and position so the glitter is showing on the left hand side. Duplicate this layer, mirror and flip, then position so just a small bit is showing on the right hand side erasing any that you don’t want showing. Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open pd-snowbank-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and place in position so its showing at the top and right of the gears and tube.

Open pd-leaves-02 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 80%,  rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position on the right hand side and apply the drop shadow. Erase the part of the stalk that is showing below the gears.

Open pd-beads-01 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, rotate 20 degrees to the left, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-leaves-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position on the left behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-beads-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. Again erase out the part of the stalk that shows.

Open pd-star-01, paste as new layer and bring it up so its just below the tube. Resize 20% and duplicate twice, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-wind and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%. Position the wind so its wrapped around the tube and erase the part that would be behind her.

Open pd-bird-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and apply the drop shadow. I positioned the bird on the text.

Check the positioning of all your layers and make any adjustments. Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text. I used Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass plugin on my text. Export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. As always, I would love to see your result!



 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Naughty or Nice? snag tags



Available here

Naughty or Nice?




Naughty or Nice?


In this tutorial I am using the art of Alicia Mujica.
You require a license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get one here.
Please note that you need a license specific for Alicia’s art.

I am using a kit called “Comfort & Joy” by
This kit is presently part of a bundle of four kits on pre-release sale
which means you can get all four kits for the price of one!
You can get the kits here.

I used Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Textures for the brick wall effect.
If you don’t have this plugin there are brick wall brushes and textures available
that will work just as well if you do a search for them.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 133, here.

Font of choice.

**********

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.

 
Open a new transparent canvas 550 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-03. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask. Resize 90%. I lowered the opacity of the mask layer to 65.

Open pd-frame-01 and paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees in either direction and resize 50%.  Click anywhere on the canvas outside of the frame, invert the selection and contract by 1.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill with a colour that compliments your tube.

Go back to your frame layer and this time select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, go back to the coloured layer and hit delete to remove the colour from the interior. Do not de-select.

Expand the selection by 1, make a new layer below the coloured layer. Apply Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Textures, Brick Wall. Change the colour of the bricks to the same colour as your flood fill colour and the colour of the mortar to a light colour picked from the metalwork on the frame, change the brick height to 20 and the mortar thickness to 20 and hit ok.  Do not de-select.

Now we want to put a deep cut out around the brickwork so it looks like its much further back than the frame. Keeping the selection, make a new layer and go to effects – 3D Effects – Cutout, set the vertical and horizontal to 10, and opacity and blur to 100 and then click on ok. Make another new layer and apply the cut out again, this time changing the vertical and horizontal to -10.  De-select. Close off the background, mask and frame layers and merge visible, re-open the closed layers. Go back to your frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open the tube and paste as a new layer, resize as necessary and position her inside the frame. Apply the drop shadow. 

Open pd-ribbo03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%. Drag the ribbon down until its just above the mask layer. Duplicate twice, close out the copies and position the first ribbon along the top edge of the frame. Open one of the copies, flip it and position over the first ribbon. Open the second copy, rotate 90 degrees to the right and position along the right hand side of the frame. Duplicate this ribbon again, mirror and place in position on top of the other one.  Apply the drop shadow to each ribbon layer.  When you have your tree in position, you will need to go back and erase any of the top ribbons that show on the left hand side of the tree.

Open pd-berries2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, duplicate and close off the duplicate for now. On the original, rotate 10 degrees to the right and place in position over the ribbons. Open the duplicate and rotate 80 degrees to the right and place in position over the ribbons at the top.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-santa-hat and paste as a new layer. Drag the hat up so its between the frame and the tube, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-leaf-04, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 30%, place in position on the top, right hand corner of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the stars, I used pd-star-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 15%, place in position on the top of the tree and apply the drop shadow. Don’t forget to erase those bits of ribbon that show on the left.

Open some of the Christmas decorations, resize very small and decorate your tree. Apply the drop shadow to each decoration.

Open pd-gift-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place at the bottom of the tree and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-gift-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize also 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and put it on the gallery!




















Monday, 7 November 2011

Fi Fi





In this tutorial I am using the art of Jamie Kidd. 
You need a license to use Jamie's art.
I got mine from Creative Image Licensing & Management but
Jamie now sells her licenses at Creative Tubes Outlet.

I am using a really cute kit called “Fi Fi” by
The sweet little dog is included in the kit.
you can purchase it here.

You will also require a mask, I am using Weescotslass’ mask 117, here.

Font of choice.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_fi-fi_pp5. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply your mask. Resize 90%.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_wall and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_frame1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20. Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used sb_pmt_fi-fi_pp6.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and position nicely inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, de-select and apply the drop shadow. Duplicate your tube layer, on the original layer apply a guassian blur of 10 and then lower the opacity of the duplicate layer to around 50. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off the white background. Mask and wall layers, merge visible and then re-open the closed layers. Move the merged layer slightly up and to the left.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_chandelier and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, drag down below the merged layer and position on the right hand side, apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_greenery2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and rotate 80 degrees to the left. Place in position along the edge of the frame so the top leaf is covering the top of the chandelier and apply the drop shadow. Go back to the chandelier and erase any of the chain that is showing above the leaf.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_greenery3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% also, mirror, place in position so a few flowers are showing on the left of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi-greenery1, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 45%, rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position on the left hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_greenery 3 again and paste as a new layer. Again resize 55%, place in position over greenery 1 and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_lace and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position along the bottom of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_greenery2 again and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, position on top of the lace and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_flower3 and paste as a new layer. Resize 33%, place in position on the bottom, left hand corner of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_bow2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sub_pmt_fi-fi_flower1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_fi-fi_dog and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and add it to the gallery!













Sunday, 6 November 2011

Cordially Invited






In this tutorial I am using the art of Unholy Vault.
You need a license to use Unholy Vault’s art,
I purchased mine from My PSP Tubes but they
are now available here.

I am using a kit by Designs by Sarah called
“Cordially invited”.
This is a fabulous kit gearing up
for the release of the first part of
Twilight Breaking Dawn.
You can get it here.
I loved, it, thank you Sarah!

I used Alien Skin, Xenofex 2, Shatter for the effect
on the frame. If you don’t have this plugin,
you can easily do your own effect or just use a close up of the tube.

Mask I used is Monti’s circle mask, you can get it here.

Font used is Divalzer, which is a free font, here.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 50).


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_cordially_invited_pp8. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all and paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.  Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_frame4, duplicate and close the original. Resize 65%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 30. Make a new layer below the frame layer and fill with colour #6c6861.  Do not de-select. Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize if necessary and position inside the frame a little towards the top and left hand side as this is the part you will see on the tag. Invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube. Apply Alien Skin, Xenofex 2, Shatter plugin. Click on “Settings” and choose “Big Cracks”, then change the “Piece Size” to 100.  Click on the random seed button until you find something you like.  Lower the opacity of the tube to around 50. Go back to the frame layer and apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5 and then merge visible. Copy the merged layer and paste on your canvas. Resize by 80% and unsharp mask. Move over a little higher and to the left.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_floor and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and apply the same drop shadow as you did for the frame. Move this down a bit, you can adjust the position later.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_leaves2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and rotate 20 degrees to the right. Drag down below the merged layer and position so the leaves are showing on the right hand side of the frame. Apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_leaves1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and then mirror. Place in position over the first leaves and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_tulle and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, drag down below the leaves layers and position so it shows along the top of the frame. Duplicate this layer and rotate 90 degrees to the right, position on the right hand side below the leaves layers. Duplicate this second layer, mirror and flip and position on the left hand side of the frame. Erase any parts that overlap and apply a drop shadow to each layer, vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 30, blur 3.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_blood2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%. Place in position on the right hand side, duplicate this layer twice, close off one of the duplicates and position the other on the left hand side. Apply the first drop shadow to both layers (V&H – 2, opacity – 70, blur - 5).

Open the closed off blood layer and bring it to the top. Place in position towards the bottom of the frame and then apply the same drop shadow as before.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_crestcharm and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%, place in position on the top, left hand corner of the frame and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_ribbon2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position on the crestcharm and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_feather3 and paste as a new layer. Place roughly in position, you can adjust it once you have your tube in position. Apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_cake and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_envelope and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_jewel4 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_pianokeys and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_sparkle1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position across the last three elements.

Open your tube, paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of your elements so far and make any necessary adjustments.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_feather2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, mirror, rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_ribbon1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_ring1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_cordially_invited_key and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positioning of all your layers and make any adjustments. Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Twilight Magic snag tags



Available here.

Twilight Magic





In this tutorial I am using the art of Caroline Jamhour.
You require a license to use Caroline’s art,
I purchased mine at Artistic Minds Inc. but
Caroline now sells at My Tubed Art.

I am using a really beautiful kit called “Forever Twilight” by
You can get the kit here.
As Schnegge says, this is a beautiful, dreamy kit, I loved it,
thank you Schnegge!

I used two masks in my tag, mask 11 and mask 22 by Gems,
you can get them here.
Both masks are in set 1.
I also used the 20-20 mask on the tube, here.
Save this mask to your masks folder in my documents – my psp files – masks.

Font used is Evanescent.
This is a beautiful free font, you can get it here.




Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating, essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used p05_ft_Schnegge. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply gemsmask22. Resize 85%.

Open another of the papers in a different colour and copy, this time I used p04_ft_Schnegge. Do the same as you did for the first mask, this time applying gemsmask11. Resize this layer 90% and lower the opacity to around 70.

Open branch01_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Flip, resize 80%, move over to the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open branch03_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to the right, resize 80% and apply the drop shadow. Position over the top of the first branch, later you can go back and erase the stalk that is too long at the bottom.

Open branch02_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 70%, place in position over the first two branches and apply the drop shadow.

Open mushroom01_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Mirror if needed, drag down below the branch and mushroom layers, resize as required and place in position. Apply the 20-20 mask to the tube (layers – load/save mask – load mask from disk, browse for the mask and make sure fit to layer is checked).  If you still have any harsh lines at the edge of your tube, grab your erasor brush, size 50 and opacity 10 and dab around them to blend them out.

Open branch01_ft_Schnegge again, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Again flip and resize 80%, mirror,  rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position on the right hand side and apply the drop shadow. You may need to erase some of this that shows on the left of your main tube later.

Open your tube again and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sparkles01_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and place in position over the tube. (I mirrored this element but only because otherwise she had a big bubble in the middle of her face).

Open lamp01_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. Again you will need to go back and erase some from the bottom when you have the rest of your elements in place.

Open clock_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Rotate 20 degrees to the right and resize 65%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open bottle02_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the ribbons and paste as a new layer, I used ribbon01_ft_Schnegge. Rotate 20 degrees to the right and resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open a couple of the flowers, resize and place in position. I used flower08_ft_Schnegge resized 50% and flower01_ft_Schnegge resized 35%.

Open unicorn01_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open butterfly04_ft_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the left (I did the unsharp mask twice on this layer as it was very blurry). Duplicate and mirror the duplicate. Place both butterflies into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check the position of your layers and make any adjustments.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and put it in my gallery!








Thursday, 3 November 2011

Steampunk Dreams




In this tutorial I am using the beautiful art of  Rossana Castellino.
You need a license to use Rossana’s art,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

I am using a kit called “Steampunk Dreams” by
You can get the kit here.
I just love steampunk, thank you Sarah!

You will also need Chili Designz mask
“Steampunk Evenings”,
which you can get here,
it was posted in February.

Font used is Camponile,
a free font which you can get here.



As always, don't forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating.  This is essential for a good looking tag (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_pp9.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open the mask, copy and paste as a new layer on your canvas. Resize the mask 30%. As you already have the canvas selected, go to selection float – selection de-float, selection – invert, click on the paper layer to activate it and hit delete, de-select. Delete the Chili mask layer.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_frame 1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%. Select the interior of each part of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 15.

Open a new paper and copy, this time I used sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_pp8. Paste the paper as a new layer below the frame, resize 80%, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Resize if required and position inside the left hand part of the frame, when you are happy with the position of the tube, hit delete to remove the excess. Open your tube again and mirror, copy and paste as new layer, do the same with this tube positioning it in the right hand part of the frame. Lower the opacity on both tubes to around 60. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off the background and mask layers and merge visible, you can then re-open the closed layers.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_frame2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%, drag down below the merged layer and place in position so its showing below the top, left hand corner of the frame. Apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_frame3 and paste as a new layer. Resize this also 35%, place in position so its showing below the bottom, left hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_beads1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and place in position again towards the top, left hand side. Duplicate this layer and position towards the bottom, right hand side. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_leaves2 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 80% and position so the leaves are showing at the bottom, left had side of the frame. Duplicate this layer and position below the top, left hand side of the frame. Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_greenery3 and paste as a new layer. Flip, rotate 10 degrees to the left, resize 80% and place in position on the top, right of the frame. Apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_greenery1 and paste as a new layer. Rotate 80 degrees to the right, resize 80%, place in position over the last greenery and apply the drop shadow. Erase the small part of the frame layer so that the end part of this element is over the top of the frame.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_clockface and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, position on top of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_steampunk-dreams_compass and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sub_pmt_steampunk-dreams_glasses and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube again and paste as a new layer. Place in position and apply the drop shadow. On my tube, as it was cut off at the bottom, I used my erasor on size 50 and opacity 10 and dabbed around the bottom of the tube to blend it into the mask.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text.  I used Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Chrome on my font. Export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and add it to the gallery!