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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Winter Solstice





In this tutorial I used a beautiful tube called “Queen” from
You need a license to use Vinegar’s art, available at

I used the stunning kit “Winter Solstice” from
This kit is absolutely beautiful and can be purchased at

I used mask 3 from set 8 by
and Christmas mask 2 from

I used a Gradient Glow plugin on one of the word arts but
you can use a white shadow if you do not have the plugin.

Font is



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


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 800 and fill with white.

Open a new layer, select all, paste paper 4 into the selection, apply Rachel’s mask and resize 95%.

Make another layer and paste paper 1 into the selection.  Pate Fecnikek’s mask as a new layer and resize it 65%, float and defloat it, invert the selection and hit delete on the paper, deslect and delete Fecnikek’s mask layer.  I re-coloured this paper taking a sample from my tube.

Paste frame 1, resize 40% and move into position then paste the mirrored tube below it.   Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 30, invert it and hit delete on the tube.    Paste icicles 2, resize 80%, place in position and again hit delete, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, the icicles and the tube and lower the opacity of the tube to around 75.

Paste the main tube, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste bow 2, resize 60% and mirror, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste trees, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the fence, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste lil paper flower, resize 20%, position on the fence and apply the drop shadow.

Post berries, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste bird, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste cloud, resize 50% and drag down to just above the trees to make a little bit of mist, duplicate and put the duplicate around the bottom of the tube. 

Paste lil paper flower again on the top, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ground with snow, resize 80%, position along the bottom and apply the drop shadow.

Paste music pages, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the candle, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste button alt, drag below the candle, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste button,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the single pine cone, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the pine cones, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste rose bud, resize 20%, drag below the pine cones, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the beads on the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the swag cluster, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 4, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 11, resize 70% and duplicate, apply your gradient glow or white shadow to the bottom copy and the drop shadow to the top copy then merge the top copy down onto the bottom one.

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






1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Viv!! What a gorgeous dark and beautiful tag and tutorial. ♥Jessica

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