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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Midnight Mystique






In this tutorial I used the layered tube “Crouching Tiger”
from the latest pack 60 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase this gorgeous tube from

The kit is “Hidden Garden” by
This is a beautiful kit and is also available at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 141 by

I used the “Jeans” plugin by

Font of choice.



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


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

Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paper paper 3 and paste it into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 45% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, duplicate and close off the duplicate for now.  Select the interior of the original copy with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 1 and paste it into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Open the copy of element 15 and mirror it, again select the interior, expand the selection as before, make a new layer below it and this time paste paper 4 into the selection.  Paste your tube, or close up if you have one, position in the frame resizing as needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect and set the blend mode to “Soft Light”.  I used the close up resized 60%.  Go back to the paper below the tube, duplicate it and bring the copy above the tube.  Apply the Jeans plugin to the tube with the amount set to 62 and border width set to 10.  Mirror the paper and apply the Jeans texture again with the same settings then mirror it back and set the blend mode to “Soft Light”.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, close off all your layers apart from this copy frame, the tube and the two paper layers above and below the tube, merge visible.  Open your closed layers and put your frames into position.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 70% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, drag below the merged layer and place in position, erase any of the stalk and leaf that show and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33 as a new layer, resize it 90%, draw an oblong selection around the word mystique, promote it to a layer and then delete it from the original, deselect.  Close of mystique for now, place midnight in position and apply the drop shadow to it.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 10 degrees to the left,  duplicate, drag the original down below the merged layer and place in position, mirror the copy and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 60%.

Paste element 28 as a new layer, resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1a as a new layer, resize 25% and duplicate, position the original on the left and drag the copy above the tube, mirror it and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 23 as a new layer, resize 35% and position behind the tube on the right, duplicate, bring the duplicate above the tube and resize it another 90%, duplicate the copy, mirror it,resize it another 80% and rotate it 10 degrees to the left, place these two flowers in position and apply the drop shadow to all copies.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, resize 25%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your word mystique word, drag it up to between the two top copies of element 23, resize it another 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21 as a new layer,  resize 35%, drag below mystique, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place both copies in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 24 as a new layer,  resize 50% and mirror, drag between the copies of element 21 and position on the right, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position on the left, erase the parts that overlap hiding the join behind the elements above it and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 17 as a new layer and repeat all the steps you did for element 24.

Go back to element 31 and duplicate it, drag it up to just below the mystique word, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, I stretched my mask out a little larger, then when you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.




Sunday, 27 July 2014

Ready for the Show






In this tutorial I used the amazing art of
You need a license to use Enys' art, 
available at Creative Design Outlet
I used the tube and the graphic but the tutorial can
be done with just a tube.

I used a fabulous kit inspired by Amy Brown’s 93-1 from
The kit can also be purchased at

I used three masks, mask 84 from
mask 18 from
and mask 151 by

I used the font



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


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

Copy paper 01, make a new layer on your canvas select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Weescotslass’ mask, resize 95%.

Make another layer, the paper should still be in the memory, paste it again into the selection and apply Millie’s mask, deselect and put this canvas to one side.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Vaybs' mask, copy the mask and paste it onto your original canvas,  resize it 80% and position on the left.  You can now delete the second canvas.

You should have something like this.


Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2 as a new layer, resize 55%, rotate 10 degrees to the right and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 04 and paste it into the selection, deselect.  We will come back to this.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 80% and mirrored it.

Paste element 13 as a new layer, resize 65% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 04 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position on the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and rotate it 10 degees to the left, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow to each,

Paste element 09 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 01 as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 06 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 05 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I recoloured this element to better match the tube.

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

Paste element 12 as a new layer on the top, resize 65% and place in position.  Duplicate, erase the group of leaves on the right hand side on the duplicate, drag it below the tube and position to the right of her.   Apply the drop shadow to both copies.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 25%,  position behind the top leaf layer and apply the drop shadow.

Go back to the frame and paste your tube or close up as a new layer behind it. This copy needs to be the mirror image of the original copy.  Position the tube in the frame resizing as needed, again select the interior of the frame, expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on the tube to remove the excess, deselect.  I used the close up full sized.   Change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay” and merge it down onto the paper.   Go to Effects – Distortion Effects – Ripple and apply with the settings in my screenshot below.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.



Double check your mask layers and make sure you are happy with their positioning.   If you  have a graphic, past it as a new layer above the mask layers and resize it 110%, change the blend mode to “Soft Light” and position it on the right so the tube is hidden but you can see the curtains in the top, right hand corner.  Select Weescotslass mask, float and defloat it, invert the selection and hit delete on the graphic, deselect.   Erase any that shows to the left of the clock and below the main tube.  Paste the graphic again, position it on the left, then repeat the above.  Erase any of this copy that shows on the right and below the main tube.  Lower the opacity on the main Weescotslass mask layer to around 70%.

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










Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summertime Sadness







In this tutorial I used the beautiful art of
You need a license to use Helena’s art.
My license is from Dreamscape Imaging  but they are now available at

I used an awesome freebie sampler “Summertime Sadness” by
You can get the kit from
Thank you Jessica for this lovely free kit!

You will also need a mask, I used mask 1 from

I used the Jellyka font
Delicious Cake.




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


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 600 and fill with white. 

Copy paper 4, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask and resize it 90%.  When you have finished the tag we will pull this out a little more at the sides to widen it.

Paste the moon as a new layer, resize 65%, mirror and place in position.

Paste frame 2 as a new layer and resize 45%.  Click anywhere on your canvas outside of the frame with your magic wand to make a selection, expand the selection by 10, invert it and make a new layer below the frame, copy 3 and paste it onto the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste your tube as a new layer and position in the frame resizing as needed and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 80%.

Paste fabric as a new layer, resize 60%, drag below the frame and paper layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste tree as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ribbon 2 as a new layer and drag up so it’s between the frame and the tube, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ribbon wrap as a new layer, resize 40% and mirror, place in position, use your Pick tool to push it in slightly at the sides so it fits around the frame and apply the drop shadow.  You will need to do some erasing or cutting and pasting to bring the tube part over the ribbons but may be better to leave this until you have finished. 

Paste charm as a new layer, resize 80% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 2 as a new layer, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste heart as a new layer, resize 20% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ladybug1 as a new layer, resize 25%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments and widen the mask.

Paste wind as a new layer,  resize 70% and mirror, drag right down to just above the mask, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 1 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 70% and place in position.

Paste the bird as a new layer, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste fog as a new layer,  resize 70% and place in position below the bird and the wordart.

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
















Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Kisses






In this tutorial I used the beautiful bonus tube “Coming Untied” by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase Barbara’s tubes directly from

The kit is “Summer Kisses” by
Crazy Carita.
A gorgeous kit in lovely colours, also available at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 26 from

I used the free plugin 3D Shadow by

Font of choice.



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


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

Copy paper 5, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 95%.

Paste element 7 as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the left.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 2 and paste it into the selection.  Paste your tube as a new layer and, resizing as needed, position it in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay”.   Close off your white background and mask layers and merge visible, re-open the closed layers and put the merged layer into position.  I used the close up tube resized 60%.

Paste element 22 as a new layer, resize 70%, drag below the merged layer and duplicate, place both copies in position and apply the drop shadow to each. 

Paste element 12 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1 as a new layer and bring to the top,  resize 60% and rotate 20 degrees to  the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23 as a new layer,  resize 60%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 45% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 65% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19 as a new layer, resize 50%, drag it down to just above the frame and position on the left, duplicate, move the duplicate down and to the right and erase the part that overlaps with the first copy.  Apply a drop shadow to each changing the blur to 5 and opacity to 50.

Paste element 30 as a new layer on the top, resize 50%, use you Pick tool to make the text taller, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember  to unsharp mask after using the Pick tool and also remember  to change the shadow settings back).

Paste element 24 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, tuck behind the word art and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag below element 11, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26 as a new layer on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13 as a new layer, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 as a new layer,  resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27 as a new layer, resize 18% and duplicate, rotate the duplicate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste element 29 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply Locas 3D Shadow using  with the settings in my screenshot below.


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