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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A Kiss for Luck



In this tutorial I used the art of Keith Garvey.
You need a license to use Keith’s art, available here.

I used a gorgeous St. Patty’s kit called “A Kiss for Luck” by
Gemini Creationz.
This is a great kit with loads of elements!
Check out Vicki’s site here for info on where to purchase her kits.

You will also need a mask, I used Designs by Vaybs’ mask 122, here.

Font is Abbess, here.


  
 Remember to sharpen up your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used gemini_akiss4luck_p6.    Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open gemini_akiss4luck_e50 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, move up and to the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akiss4luck_e43 and paste as a new layer.    Resize 80% and move over to the right.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.   I resized my tube 75%,.

Go back to e43 and select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and fill with a dark green, I used #3a680b. 

Open your tube again or the close up if you have one and paste as a new layer, resize and position inside the element, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, deselect.   I used layer 3 of the tube resized 80%.  Erase any of the ribbon from e43 that shows below your main tube, apply the drop shadow to the element and to the tube and change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay”.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e55 and paste as a new layer making sure its just below the main tube.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e54 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e53 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e24 and paste as a new layer.    Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e8 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e9 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e10, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e7 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e16 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e3 and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e22 and paste as a new layer.  Move it so its just below your main tube and rotate 40 degrees to the right, place in position so it goes across the close up tube and down into the crock of gold.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e61 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and position along the bottom of the rainbow.

Open gemini_akissforluck_e27 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place both butterflies into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed tutorial, you can email me here if you have any questions and don't forget to send me your result, I love to see them and include them in the gallery!






Thursday, 21 February 2013

Best of Luck






In this tutorial I used the art of Barbara Jensen.
You need a license to use Barbara’s art,
available from her store here.

I used a gorgeous kit called “Best of Luck” by
Crazy Carita.
The kit is also available at Barbara’s store.

You will also need a mask, I used Vix’ Big Mask 018, here.

Font is akaDora, here.



Remember to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating, otherwise they will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

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



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pp1.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Open el18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85% and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.  Move over to the right a little.

Open the paper again or another of your choice, I used pp1 again.  Select the interior of el7 with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, do not deselect.

Open your tube or the close up if you have one and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position inside the element, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, deselect.   Change the blend mode on the tube to “Luminance (Legacy)” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.  I used the close up resized 85%.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  If you are using one of Barbara’s layered tubes, duplicate it and close the original, make your layer choices and copy merged.  I mirrored the tube and resized it 75%.

Open el17 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85%, drag down below the main tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el9b and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el6 and paste as a new layer.    Resize 60% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el14, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers so far and make any necessary adjustments.

Open el12 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 90% and rotate 70 degrees to the right, drag down below el14, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el6 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el10, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el15 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25%, place in position, erase a little of the top part of the pin so it looks like its going through el14 and apply the drop shadow. 

Again, check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  If you are using the same tube as me, draw a rectangular selection around the tube’s hand something like my screenshot below, hit delete, right click anywhere on your tag and “paste as a new layer”, bring this layer to the top and position the two parts back together so the hand is over the banner.





When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then 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 and don't forget to send me your result, I love to see them and include them in the gallery!





Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Lucky You







In this tutorial I have again used Elias Chatzoudis’ new St. Patty’s Day tube.
You need a license to use Elias’ art, available here.

This time I used a really pretty kit called “Lucky You” by
There are some lovely elements in this kit, you can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 117, here.

Font is Wonderlust, here.




As always, my reminder to you to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating as it makes them a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2,  opacity 75, blur 5.



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

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_pp4 and copy.   Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_clovers 4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position on the right hand side and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_rainbow and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, rotate 20 degrees to the left and place in position.

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

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_frame 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, rotate 15 degrees to the right and place in position.   We will come back to this.

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

Now you have your main tube and the frame in position, go back to the frame and select the interior of it, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and fill with a dark green, I used #0d310d.   Open your tube again or the close up if you have one and mirror it, paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position nicely in the frame, invert the select and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Lower the opacity of the tube to around 70 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_print 2 and paste as a new layer making sure its just below the main tube..  Resize 90% and place in position along the bottom of the frame.


Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_bow 5 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_flower 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45% and duplicate.  Position one flower on the right above the bow and drag the second down so it’s just above the rainbow and position so it shows to the right of the frame.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_flower 3 and paste as a new layer.  Drag up so its just below the main tube, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_pot of gold and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_lucky-you_flower 4 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

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

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, when you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background.
 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 include it in the gallery!

Kiss Me





In this tutorial I used the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias’ art,
available from his store here.

I used a brand new kit  “Gaga Irish” by
There are loads of elements in this kit and you can get many
tags from it, I loved it!
You can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams’ mask 565, here.

Font is Water Street Detour, here.




Remember to sharpen up your elements after resizing/rotating as it makes them a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used SkyScraps-GI-PP6.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E64 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 85%, move up and to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E73 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, move up and to the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E60 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, move up and to the right, erase the bottom of the stalk, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left, apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E63 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open SkyScraps-GI-E50 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag down below the tube and place in position.

Open your tube again or the close up if you have one and paste as a new layer, mirror, drag down below E50.  Select the interior of E50 with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, position the tube inside, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.  If your tube doesn’t cover totally the interior of E50, before you deselect, make a new layer below the tube and fill with a dark colour.  

Open SkyScraps-GI-E11 and paste as a new layer making sure its just below the main tube.  Resize 75% and place in position.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E62 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers so far.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E68 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E70 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E24 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E23 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E25 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and place in position.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E5 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E6 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E1 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E32 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E66 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place both butterflies into position and apply the drop shadow to both.

Check the positions of your layers and make any final adjustments.

Open SkyScraps-GI-E54 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, drag down so its just above the mask layer and position in the top, left hand corner.  Duplicate 4 times and position around the edges of your tag, you can mirror, flip and erase some if they are in the wrong place.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer. 

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, you can email me here and don't forget to send me your result, I love to see them and display them in the gallery!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Revolutionary






In this tutorial I used a tube from Barbara Jensen’s pack 38.
I have used this tube before but as its layered it is very versatile.
If you wish to use the same tube, you will need a license,
available from Barbara’s store here.

The kit is called “Steampunked” and is by
I absolutely love steampunk and this kit is awesome!
The kit is also available from Barbara’s store.

I used two masks, Insatiable Dreams’ mask 565 here
and Vix’ mask 133 here.

Font is Ornatique, here.



Don’t forget to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

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



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

Open p10 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Insatiable Dreams’ mask.  Resize 90%.

Make another layer on your canvas, the selection should still be there, paste the paper into it again, deselect and apply Vix’s mask.  Resize 95%.

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position top, right and apply the drop shadow.

Open el11 and paste as a new layer.   Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el22 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, position top, left and apply the shadow.

Open el8 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  We will come back to this later.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  If you are using one of Barbara’s layered tubes, open it, pick your layers and copy merged.  I resized my tube 75%.

Open el5 and paste as a new layer  Resize 80%, drag down below the tube, place in position on the right, erase the part that shows below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el28 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and position so it shows to the right of the tube.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and place in position on the left.  Apply the shadow to both layers.

Open el14 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el28 again and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 70%, place in position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open el26 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and position on the left.  Duplicate and move the duplicate over to the right of the tube.  Apply the shadow to both layers. 

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el6, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el15 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, drag down below el6 and position to the right of it.  Duplicate, move the duplicate over so just a little shows to the left of el6 and erase the part to the right of it.  Apply the shadow to both layers. 

Open el17b and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el20b, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el30 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Click on el8 to activate it and draw a rough selection around the centre, something like my screenshot below.  Make a new layer below the element, open pp1, copy it and paste into the selection.  Open your tube again or the close up if you have one, paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position inside the element (you will have to close the element off while you move the tube), invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, deselect.  I resized the close up 70%.  Apply the shadow to the tube and change the blend mode to “Luminance (Legacy)”.




When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.  I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, I certainly enjoyed writing it!  If you have any questions, please email me here and, as always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!