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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Shades of Blue





In this tutorial I used the tube “Betwitched” by
Barbara Jensen.
This gorgeous layered tube, which also comes with Hallowe’en and
Christmas options, is currently available as
a free bonus with a tube purchase of $10 from
The promotion runs until the 19th October.

The beautiful kit is called “50 Shades of Blue” by
This kit is also available in shades of pink and can be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 172 by

You will need the free plug in “Jeans” by
(it’s part of the “Garbage Collection”).

Font of choice.



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first time you have followed one of my tutorials, thank you.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.


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

Open pp1 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 95% and lower the opacity to around 65.

Open 8 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70% and move over to the right hand edge of the mask.  Duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and move it to the left hand edge.  Duplicate this layer and move it to the top edge.   Duplicate the top layer, mirror and flip it and move it to the bottom edge.

Open 17 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and position in the top, left hand corner.  Duplicate, mirror and move over to the right.  Duplicate each of these layers again, flip the duplicates and position along the bottom.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer. 

This is how your tag should look now



Paste your tube 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, pick your layers and copy merged.  I resized my tube 70%.

Open 16 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and rotate 90 degrees in either direction, drag down below the tube and move up a little.

Open pp8 and copy, select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not deselect.

Open your tube again, or the close up if you have one, paste it as a new layer, resize as needed and position in the left of the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  Paste the tube again but this time mirrored and position in the right part of the frame, delete the excess and deselect. 

Merge the top close up copy onto the bottom one, lower the opacity to around 65 and then merge it down onto the paper.  Apply Pentacom “Jeans” with Amount set to 45 and Border Width set to 3.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the merged tube/paper layer.

Open 6 and paste as a new layer  Resize 80% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, drag down below the merged layer and position on the right, apply the drop shadow.  Duplicate, mirror and move over to the left.

Open 20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65% and position on the right above the merged layer.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left above the merged layer.  Duplicate this layer, drag it below the merged layer and position at the top.  Apply the drop shadow to all layers.

Open 25 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and position on the left below the merged layer.   Duplicate and position on the right, still below the merged layer.  Apply the drop shadow to each.

Open 2 and paste as a new layer.  Drag above the merged layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 24a and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 27 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 25 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 30 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and position on the right.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and move over to the left.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open 26, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 22 and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 14 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 3 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the right.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 19 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 80 degrees to the left.   Place in position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right.   Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open 7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  If you are using the same tube as me, copy the gloves and paste as a new layer on the top, resize them the same amount as you did the tube, position them on top of the original gloves but over the jewel and apply the drop shadow.

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.












Wicked Witch




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

I used a quirky Hallowe’en kit called
“Voodo Majik” by
The kit can be purchased at
This kit is packed full with 100 elements and 20 papers
and is great value as
Lil Ole Me’s kits are always
priced at just 99 cents!

You will also need a mask, I used mask 11 by

I used the font



If this is the first of my tutorials you have followed, please check out my “About my tutorials” page
before starting, thanks.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 85, blur 5.


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

Open cm_p10 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Open cm_vm65 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and move up and to the right.

Open cm_vm50 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, rotate 10 degrees to the right and position also up and to the right.   Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Open cm_p1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 25% and position in the frame. Don’t worry that there is are some empty areas of the frame at the bottom,  they will be covered.  Invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper. Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Open cm_vm32 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, rotate 20 degrees to the left and apply the drop shadow.  Open cm_vm55 and paste as a new layer, resize 25%  and apply the drop shadow.  Position the spiders so they are hanging from the inside of the parasol, erasing any that are outside the parasol and erasing the webs that go over the outside of it.  When you are done, merge the spiders down onto the parasol and place in position on the left.

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

Open cm_vm89 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, drag down below the merged frame layer, place in position behind it and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm46 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm86 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and place in position.  This element already has a shadow so no need to add another.

Open cm_vm15 and paste as a new layer.   Drag up above the merged frame layer, resize 60% and position on the left.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open cm_vm26 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm100 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm34, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm29 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 43%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm77 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm54 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 32%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Opem cm_vm48 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm19 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm42 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm62 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cm_vm60 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 13%, 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 being careful not to cut into the mask, then add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.







Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Witchy





In this tutorial used the art of
Jessica Dougherty.

You need a license to use Jessica’s art, available at

I used a fabulous Hallowe’en kit inspired by this tube 19-1 by
The kit can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 84 by

I used the font


Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first time you have followed one of my tutorials, thank you.

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


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

Open pp4 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Open 7 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65% and move over a little to the right.

Open pp3 and copy, select the interior of 7 with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the element and merge it down onto the paper.

Open 20, paste as a new layer. Resize 90% and apply the drop shadow.  Duplicate and erase one word from each layer.  Make sure the word “happy” is below “Halloween” in your layers palette.

Open your tube, resize as needed and apply the drop shadow.  Arrange the two words and the tube to your liking on your tag.  I resized my tube 90%.

Open 1 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, drag down below the words and the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 14 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 13 and paste as a new layer.  Drag up so its between the two words, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 11 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 12 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45% and position below the tube.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate, resize it again 90% and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open 10, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open 2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down so it’s just above the mask, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open 2a and paste as a new layer.  Resize also 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. I  erased some that was too far out at the bottom.

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.












Sunday, 22 September 2013

Dark Ocean





In this tutorial I used the amazing art of
Gaetano Di Falco.
You need a license to use Gaetano’s art,
available at

The kit I used is totally awesome!!!
It’s called “Dark Ocean” and is by
I showed Jessica this fabulous tube and she
made this kit to go with it.
Thank you Jessica, I love all your kits but you 
have really outdone yourself this time!!
You can purchase it from

I used two masks in my tag, masks 79 and 89 by

I used the font




Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first time you have followed one of my tutorials, thank you.

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


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Open Paper5-GI_DarkOcean and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply mask 79.  

Now open and copy Paper130-GI_DarkOcean, make another layer on your canvas and paste it into the selection, deselect and apply mask 89.

Open Frame1-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and move up a little.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand,  expand the selection by 20 and make a new layer below it.  Open and copy Paper4-GI_DarkOcean and paste it into the selection, deselect.  Apply a drop shadow to the frame of vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 100 blur 10.

Open Ship-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, position in the frame and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the settings).

Open Ocean-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and erase any that shows outside the frame. 

Close off your background layer and both mask layers and merge visible then re-open the closed layers.

Open Mesh-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, drag below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open Leaves1-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, paste as a new layer and bring to the top, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I used the copy of the tube with the tail resized 75%.  When I had the rest of my elements in place, I dabbed around those hard edges with my erasor size set to 50 and opacity to 10 and blended them out. 

Open Wheel-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Staff-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position, erase the part that shows below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open WordArt1-GI_DarkOcean, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 80% and place in position. 

Have a recap with your layers now and get them better into position.

Open Candles-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position below the tube layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open Twig-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open Wood-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Again, I  blended the hard edge on the right out using my erasor.

Open Sand-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Place in position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and move it over to the right, apply the drop shadow to both layers.
 
Open Lamp-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Shells-GI_DarkOcean, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Vine-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Flower-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.    Mirror, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Erase some of the stalk so it looks like it’s twisted around Vine.

Open Shell1-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Shell2-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Check your layers again and blend out those hard edges on your tube if you need to. Change the background to black and check them again.   I also put Stone_GI_DarkOcean, reized 25% below the tube on the right hand side where I blended out that rock on the right of the tube.

Open Bubbles-GI_DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 35%, position immediately above the tube layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open Cloud-GI-DarkOcean and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and duplicate.  Position both copies along the bottom of the tube like mist. 

Check your tag again on a white and a black background and when you are done, crop it being careful not to crop into the masks, add your copyright information and text, then export as a png.