Monday, July 23, 2012


For this tutorial you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro, I am using PSP X, you should be able to use any version.

Tube of choice, I am using the artwork of Ismael Rac which you need a license to use.

Scrap kit of choice. I am using Emo Funk by Ditsy Designs.

Font of choice, I am using Jolana

Plugins: Eye Candy 4000-Gradient Glow

Just remember that my choices of papers and elements is just a suggestion, change it up and make it yours! You don't have to follow mine exactly.

Let's get started!

Add your drop shadow to the elements throughout as you want to add it. I used 1, 1, 50, 5 on mine unless otherwise noted.

Open a new canvas 750 x 750, white background

Open frame 4, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 85%. Click inside with your magic wand tool, selections, modify, expand by 3. Open paper 5, copy and paste as a new layer, drag below your frame. Selection, invert, make sure you are still on the paper layer, click delete on your keyboard and leave selected.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize if needed. If you are using the same tube as me, I resized by 45%. Duplicate your tube, hide the top layer, drag the bottom one below your frame. Take your eraser tool and erase the bits you don't want showing outside the frame. Add your drop shadow to this bottom tube, and deselect.

Unhide the top tube layer and erase the bits hanging out of the frame that you don't want showing. You don't have to be super careful, because you'll have the tube below showing.

Open frame 3, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 75%. Fill it like you did with the frame above, using paper 6. Merge the frame and paper layers together, duplicate, resize by 65%. Put the larger one on the upper left, the smaller one on the middle to lower right. Make sure they are dragged down below the large frame and papers.

Do the same with frame 1, using paper 3. Resize the frame by 50%, merge together, duplicate and resize by 65%. Arrange the larger one on the bottom , to the left of the purple one. Arrange the smaller one up around the top. (See my tag for reference).

Do the same with frame 2 using paper 8.  Resize the frame by 45%, duplicate and resize the duplicate by 85%. Arrange the larger one on the top right, the smaller on the bottom left (see tag for reference)

Now, after you get them all arranged, you may find you have an empty space somewhere. If that is the case, just duplicate and resize on of your frames and arrange it into the empty spot, or just leave it empty if you like how it looks.

Now it's time to add elements. Use whichever ones you like. I used the following, and if I resized, I put that amount next to the name of the element.

Emo Heart 3, 45%
Sparkle Hearts 3, 30%, 
gradient glow width 3, soft corners 25, opacity 100
Emo Bunny 3, 45%
Sad Teddy 3, 28%
Word Art 1, 25%
Sparkles 2
Ribbon 3
Ribbon 2, 85, flipped

Copy and paste paper 4, drag it down to just above the white background.
Take your crop tool and crop your canvas so that it's the same size as the paper.
Open your mask, go to Layers, New Mask Layer, From Image. 
Find your mask in the drop down box, click ok.
Go to your layer palette, delete the mask, click yes.
Merge group. You may want to resize the mask a little. 
I resized by 105%

Crop, resize, add text, and copyrights as needed, and save.

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