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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Santa's train







In this tutorial I used the gorgeous cat  that
Comes with the tube “Christmas girl fairy with a cat” by
You can purchase the tube at

I used part of the collab “Hung With Care” by
This is an awesome collab between Simone and
The kit includes four animations and can be purchased at

I used mask 4 from set 53 by

You will need Animation Shop for the animation.

Font is 





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



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, pate paper 9 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize it 95%.

Paste frame 4 and resize 65%.  Click with your magic wand anywhere on the canvas outside of the frame to make a selection, invert the selection and contract it by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 4 in to the selection.  Make another layer, now paste paper 5 into the selection and deselect.   Change the blend mode on paper five to “Screen”, apply the drop shadow to the frame, close off the white background and mask layers and merge visible.  Re-open the closed layers and move the merged layer into position.

Paste element 40, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 39, resize 50%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 10, resize 50%, duplicate mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31, resize 30% and mirror and place in position.  Do not apply the shadow yet.

Paste element 50, resize 35% and place in position.  Again, do not apply the shadow yet.

Paste the small cat with the hat on, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 70%, drag below the cat and position on the right, duplicate, move the duplicate over to the left and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 18, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 12% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments, you need to be very careful about their placement leaving a gap for the train to run along.  

Crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.


ANIMATION:


Duplicate the toy chest and the drum, drag the copy of the chest up so it is immediately below the copy of the drum and apply the drop shadow to both of them.
Close off all the layers starting at the bottom up to and including the bottom copies of the chest and drum and merge visible.  Close of this layer, open the close layers and again merge visible.

Open the bottom layer, copy it and paste it in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Open the bonus animation.  You will see this animation has 24 frames, we want an extra frame so duplicate your bottom layer until you have 25 frames.   Resize the train animation 70%, then select all the frames and copy them (Edit – Select all – Edit – Copy).  Click on the first layer frame, then right click and “Paste into selected frame” and paste the train on your tag.

Now back in Paint shop, open the top merged layer of your tag, copy it and paste it in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Duplicate this layer so you have 25 copies, select all the frames, copy them and paste them on your tag using the toy box and drum to line it up.   

Go to View – Animation and check everything is ok and the train is well positioned.  If  not, undo and have another go (took me a few times to get it right). 

When you are happy, run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.




Saturday, 26 November 2016

Toys, Toys, Toys!





In this tutorial I used a beautiful tube from
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is
part of her awesome collab “Hung with Care” with
You can use these beautiful kits individually or mix and match them.
The collab is available to purchase at

I used Dees’Sign Depot’s mask 1

I used the font




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


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 9 into the selection, deselect, apply Dee’s mask and resize it 95%.

Paste spray 8 as a new layer and resize 85%.

Paste frame 5c and resize it 55%, duplicate it, resize the copy another 80% and put the two frames in position.  Select the interior of the larger frame, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it, paste paper 9 into the selection and deselect.  Duplicate the paper, drag it up so to just below the smaller frame and position inside that frame.  We will come back to these.

Paste element 34, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, drag below both frame and papers layers and position on the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, position on the left and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 40b, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50 on the top, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pate word art 5, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube with just the one puppy, resize 19%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 37a, resize 20% and mirror, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Paste element 38, resize 20%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 39, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the puppy without the hat, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 23b, resize 40% and mirror, position on the right, duplicate, drag the copy down to just above element 26 (the stack of parcels) and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 1 on the top, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33b, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36c, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the puppy without the hat again, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33a, resize 12%, drag below the puppy, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28b, resize 35%, position below the puppy’s paws, duplicate, rotate the duplicate 10 degrees to the right and position below the bauble, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 48 on the top, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Post the tube again between the larger frame and the paper below it, resize 42%, select the interior of the frame and expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on the tube, deselect.  Duplicate the tube, resize it another 80%, mirror it and position between the smaller frame and paper.  Change the blend mode on the tubes to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity to around 70.  Apply the drop shadow to the frames.

Paste spray 6 above the Christmas tree, resize 70% and place in position.

When you are all done,  crop your tag (be careful not crop into the mask), add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.







Thursday, 24 November 2016

Welcome Winter!






In this tutorial I used a beautiful tube from
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is part of the collab “Winter Stolstice by
I have already written a tutorial using
part of this awesome collab.
It can be purchased at

I used mask 2015 (3) from

Font of choice.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal  5, opacity 45, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 750 and fill with white.

Paste the mask as a new layer and resize it 27%.  Select the mask, float and defloat it, make a new layer and paste 9 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste frame 2 and resize 55%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into position.

Paste spray 5, receive 55% and place in position.

Paste element 48, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 4, resize 50% and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame,  paste paper 12 into the selection and deselect.  We will come back to this.

Paste the tube, resize 27%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I recoloured her hat and scarf.

Paste element 20, resize 40%, flip and rotate 10 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 19, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 38, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 20%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 55, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 25%, erase the chain from the top, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 12%, duplicate,  mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 51, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 39 on the top, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 3, resize 43%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 22% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste the tube again and mirror it, resize 50% and position between the frame and the paper.  Select the interior of the frame and expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on the tube, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Soft Light” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste spray 9 above the frame, resize 80$, position on the frame and erase the parts each side that are outside it. 

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








Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Solstice






In this tutorial I used a cute tube from
You can purchase the tube at

The beautiful kit is
part of the beautiful collab “Winter Solstice” with
You can purchase the kits at

I used Christmas Mask 2 from

You will need Animation Shop for the animation
(it is not difficult, give it a go!!!).

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 65, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Paste the mask and resize it 60%.  Go to Select ions – Select All – Selections – Float – Selections – Defloat, make a new layer, paste paper 5 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste spray 1, resize 65% and move into position.

Paste element 23, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste elements 13 and 15, resize each 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 45% and apply the drop shadow, duplicate, drag the copy below the original and place the parts in position.  When you have other elements in place you can erase the parts that overlap hiding the join. 

Paste element 22b, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 25%, drag below the barrel and chest, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 30% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Paste element 51 on the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 9, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4b, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 11, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pastes spray 13, resize 70% and place in position. 

Paste element 53, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Duplicate your copy of element 4a, mirror it, place in position in front of the watering can and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 43, resize 32% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29c, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Check your layers and make any adjustments then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.


ANIMATION:

Close the dog tube and merge the rest of your layers visible. 

Duplicate the dog and close off the original, we will work on the copy.  Open your Warp brush and set it to “Expand” changing the size to 75.  Hold your cursor in the centre of the dog’s chest and click once.

Change the warp brush to the “Contract” and change the size to 32.  Hold the cursor in the centre of each of the dog’s eyes and give two short clicks.

Now change the warp brush to “Push” with size set on 100 and strength on 50, hold the cursor just below the dog’s nose and push it very slightly.

Right click on your tag, “Copy Merged” and paste in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Back in Paint Shop, close off this copy of the dog and open the original, again “Copy Merged” and paste in Animation shop “Before current frame”.  Change the frame properties on this first frame to 200 and change the second frame to 100 (Animation – Frame Properties).  Run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.