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Friday, 31 October 2014

Joy to the World






In this tutorial I used the beautiful layered tube “Red Robin”
from the latest pack 63 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is “Joy to the World” from
A lovely kit in alternative Christmas colours.
The kit can also be found at

I used two masks, Wintermask 1 by
and mask 1, also by Dee,

I used the font



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 10 into the selection and apply mask 1.

Make another layer, paste paper 9 into the selection and apply the wintermask, deselect.

Paste element 19 as a new layer, resize 70% and apply the drop shadow.

Open element 28, duplicate it and close the original.  Resize 40%, select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 3, make a new layer on the bottom and paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge visible, copy and paste on your main canvas.  You can now delete this image as we won’t be needing it again. Duplicate the merged image and place the copies into position.

Paste element 12 as a new layer, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste element 2a as a new layer, resize 25% and mirror, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6 as a new layer, resize 28%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 20 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 55%, mirror and flip, position on the right and apply the drop shadow, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 40% and position on the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left.

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

Paste element 5 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, drag below element 14 and place in position.  This element already has a shadow.

Paste element 2b as a new layer, resize 25%, drag down to just above the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13 as a new layer on the top, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 18% and rotate 80 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste element 17 as a new layer, resize 75% and mirror, position just above the silver stars.

When your are all done, crop your tag being careful not to cut into the mask, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.










Thursday, 30 October 2014

Dance of Light





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

The kit is called “Dance of Light” by
This is a really awesome kit with loads of elements, papers and wordart
and can be purchased at

I used mask 18 by Millie at

I used the font



I used a drop shadow of vertica 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.


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

Paste Frame 8 as a new layer and resize 50%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below it and paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into position.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I used layer 2 of the tube mirrored and resized 85%.

Paste Mask as a new layer, resize 70%, drag below the merged layer and position on the left at the top, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and move down and to the right.

Make a new layer above the white layer, select all, paste paper 3 into the selection and apply Millie’s mask.

Paste Weeds N Things as a new layer on the top, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Skulls as a new layer, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Cloud 1 as a new layer, resize 60%, drag below the tube and position on the right.

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

Paste Leaves as a new layer, resize 65% duplicate, mirror one copy,  place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste WA2 as a new layer, resize 35% and place in position.

Paste Cross as a new layer and drag above the tube, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Photograph as a new layer, resize 15% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Flower 1 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Candles as a new layer, resize 45%, drag above Weeds N Things, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Flower 2 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Raven as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Rose Embl as a new layer on the top, resize 50%, duplicate and close off the duplicate for now, place the original in position on the skulls and apply the drop shadow.  Duplicate Skulls, drag the copy over the roses and, using my tag as reference, do some erasing around the roses so they are around them.   Open the duplicate roses,  bring to the top, duplicate again flip one copy and mirror the other,  erase most of them just leaving a few at the front, apply the drop shadow to each.

Make a new layer just above your white background layer and fill with black (this is just so you can see what you are doing).

Paste Play of Light as a new layer immediately above the tube,  resize 70%, position on the tube,  take your Eraser tool with size set to 50 and opacity set to 10 and erase the hard edges all around the element and blend them in. 

Paste Lights as a new layer, resize 70%, mirror and place in position, change your Eraser tube opacity to 100 and erase any that show outside the tag, I had some showing at the bottom.  You can now delete the black layer.

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

















Tuesday, 28 October 2014

La Vie En Rose





In this tutorial I used the layered tube “Inkling” by
Barbara Jensen.
This gorgeous tube is the current bonus tube
free with a tube purchase of $10 from
before 11th November.

The kit is “La Vie en Rose” by
This beautiful kit comes in a lovely soft colour scheme
and is also available at

You will also need a mask, used mask 63 by Simone at

I used the font



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 60, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28 as a new layer, resize 70% and place in position dragging one copy below the clock.

Pate element 6 as a new layer making sure its on the top, resize 55% and place in position.  Select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below it and paste paper 3 into the selection,  deselect.  We will come back to this.

Paste element 5 as a new layer, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 50%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24 as a new layer, resize 55% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4a as a new layer, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22 as a new layer, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30 as a new layer, resize 33%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and drag it below the original copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layer positions and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste element 15a as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, position on the right above the pink rose, duplicate and move the duplicate over the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste the close up as a new layer, resize it 80% and mirror it, drag it between the frame and paper layers, change the blend mode to overlay and position it in the frame.  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 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

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




 








Monday, 27 October 2014

Firefighter






In this tutorial I used the aweome tube “Raspberry Tart”
from the latest pack 63 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase Barbara’s tubes from

The kit is “Firefighter” by
I just love this kit, it has some great elements!
You will also find the kit at

You will also need a background mask, I used mask 141 from

Font of choice.



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


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 80% and duplicate, position one copy at the top on the right and the second at the bottom on the left.

Paste element 17 as a new layer, resize 80%, duplicate, merge the top copy down onto the original copy and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6 as a new layer, resize 55%, 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 the tube as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Erase any of the tube that shows below this element.

Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5 as a new layer, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 90 degrees to the right,  place in position and apply the drop shadow erasing some around the ribbon.

Paste element 20 as a new layer, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24 as a new layer above the tube, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30 as a new layer, resize 75% and rotate 70 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21 as a new layer on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25 as a new layer, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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