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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Magick in The Woods




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 Amberly Berendson,which you need a license to use, she's at My Tubed Art.
At the bottom of the page you will find an alternate version of the tag that I made using Caron Vinson artwork and you can find her at CDO.

Scrap kit of choice. I am using Magick In The Woods, a PTU kit by Wicked Princess Scraps. 

Font of choice, I am using Dagobert.

Plugins: No outside plugins used


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.


Let's get started!

Open a new canvas about 750 x 750 with a white background. 

Open fence leaves, resize by 55%, duplicate, mirror, arrange across the canvas, pulling them down a little closer to the bottom.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, arrange in the middle of the fence, resize if needed. I resized mine by 80%.

Open Mushroom house 3, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 65%, drag below the fence layer, and arrange it to the top left.

Open the hills element, copy and paste as a new layer drag it between the fence and house layers, resize by 65% (see tag for reference)

Open the tree element, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 75%, drag below all the layers, arrange on the left.

Open tree branches, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 75%, arrange just below the tree layer, duplicate, drag over between the tree and house layer

Open rock 2 and rock 3, copy and paste each of them as a new layer, resize by 75%. Arrange rock 2 under your tube so it looks like she's sitting on it, arrange rock 3 to the left & duplicate. Mirror the duplicate and resize it to about 80%.

Copy and paste trinket box as a new layer, resize by 25% then adjust sharpness, sharpen. Arrange on the stones to the left.

Copy and paste pebbles as a new layer, resize by 45%, arrange under the rocks, duplicate, mirror and arrange.

Open the rainbow, copy and paste as a new layer, drag behind the house and trees.

Open the dove, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 25%.

Open the fox, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 25%, arrange on rock on right side.


Crop & resize. 
Add your credits & copyright as needed
Add your name, and save!

Here's another example of the tag using another tube

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Love Vines




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(s) of choice, I am using the artwork of VeryMany which you need a license to use. You can find it at Pics For Design.  

Scrap kit of choice. I am using a FTU kit, Sweet Magnolia by Dallien Design

Font of choice, I am using Janda Elegant Handwriting

Mask of your choice.

Plugins: no outside plugins used


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.


Let's get started!

Open a new canvas 750 x 750 white

Open frame 8, resize by about 25%, copy and paste as a new layer.
Click inside it with your magic wand, expand by 5, selections, invert. Open paper 5, resize by 25%, copy and paste as a new layer, click delete on your keyboard.
Merge these two layers together, move over to the left, duplicate mirror & flip. You'll probably have to arrange the flipped one a bit to make it even with the left frame.

Open frame 6, resize by 25%, copy and paste as a new layer.
Click inside it with your magic wand, expand by 5, selections invert.
Open paper 15, resize by 25%, copy and paste as a new layer, drag below frame 6, click delete on your keyboard. Leave selected.

Open your close up tube, copy and paste as a new layer. I mirrored mine and resized by 80%.
Arrange it where you want in the frame, click delete on your keyboard.

Open your main tube, copy and paste as a new layer. I resized mine by 60%, depending on what tube you use, you many need to change that amount.

Add any elements you'd like. These are what I added with the resizing amount next to them. 
Element 7, 35%, duplicate, mirror
Element 14, 35%, duplicate, mirror
Element 16, rotate right by 90, resize by 90%, arrange on bottom
Element 27, resize by 25%, arrange on bottom left, duplicate, mirror arrange on right, near the middle
Element 25, resize by 25%, arrange on top left.

Open paper 6, resize to your canvas size. Copy and paste as a new layer, just above the white background layer.
Open your mask, go to layers, new mask layer, from image, find the mask in the drop down box, click ok.
Find the mask in your layer palette, delete. Answer yes to the pop up box, then merge group.

Crop and resize.
Add your copyright & credits as needed.
Add your name, save and you're done!

Save Yo Drama




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 Marilee Caruso Photography, which you need a license to use. She is at AIL

Scrap kit of choice. I am using Justice Vampire by Wicked Princess Scraps. 


Font of choice, I am using Zombified


Plugins: Xero Porcelain


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.


Let's get started!

Open your template, shift D to duplicate, then close the original.

Delete the credits layer.

Open paper one, click inside Raster 1 with your magic wand, copy and paste the paper, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard and delete the original Raster 1 layer. Deselect.

Do the same for Raster 3.

Do the same for Raster 6, but use paper 10.

Fill Raster 2 & 4 the same way, but use paper 4.

Now we'll fill Raster 5, but use paper 8 and leave it selected this time.

Open your close up tube, copy and paste as a new layer and arrange it in the circle. One you get it how you want it, click delete on your keyboard and then deselect.

Apply Xero Porcelain to the tube using the default settings. Duplicate your tube.
On the top copy of the tube, adjust blur, gaussian blur 3. Change the blend mode to soft light.

Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer. Once you have it where you want, apply a drop shadow of 5, 5, 100, 5 if you want a heavy drop shadow like I did on my tag, otherwise just use whatever you've been using throughout the tut.

Add any elements you'd like. I used:
Bloody Bling, erase the parts that hang outside the circular frame.
Broken heart, resize by 25%, rotate right by 20
Cemetary, arrange inside the bottom of the circle area, erase the bits that hang out, change blend mode to soft light, duplicate so it's a little darker.

Open paper 3, copy and paste as a new layer. Open your mask. Go to layers, new mask layer, from image, find the mask in the drop down box, click ok. In your layer pallet delete your mask, click yes to the pop up box, merge group to merge your mask together.

Add any text you'd like to yours, and your name, and copyright info. 

Crop & resize then save!

Template 22

New template for you to play with! 




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yo Ho Ho Pirate




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 Elias Chatzoudis which you need a license to use.  He has now gone independent and you can find his tubes here.

Scrap kit of choice. I am using a PTU kit, Pirates Wanted by Wicked Princess Scraps. 

Font of choice, I am using Twelve Ton Fishstick

Plugins: No outside plugins used.


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.


Let's get started!


Open a new canvas about 750 x 750 with a white background.

Open square frame, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 70%.

Click inside the frame with your magic wand, expand by 3, selections, invert. 
Open paper 1, copy and paste as a new layer below your frame, click delete on your keyboard. Leave it selected.

Open your tube, mirror it, then copy and paste as a new layer between the frame and paper background. Click delete on your keyboard. Change the blend mode to Luminance(L) and drop the opacity to about 65 then deselect.

Open the frame element, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 70%, rotate by 45, doesn't matter if it's right or left. 
Click inside it with your magic wand, expand by 3.
Open paper 5, copy and paste as a new layer, drag it blow the frame layer. Click delete on your keyboard, deselect.

Add your tube.

Add the following elelements:

Starfish swatch, resize by 30%
Torn cardboard, arrange at top, duplicate, flip.
Boat, arrange in frame, blend mode Luminance(L), drop opacity to 65
Treasure box resize 45%
Crates, resize 40%
Pouch 5, resize 35%
Chain, resize 18%
Bottle, resize 20%
Coin splatter, arrange on left, duplicate, drag to right, erase bits that show on bottom.

Crop, resize, add copyrights/credits as needed, add your name and save!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Handcrafted items by Me!

I just opened my own Etsy shoppe today. Please go on over and check it out, pass the link on to your friends. I just have one item right now, but hope to be adding more soon. I am selling hand crocheted shawls, each one done made to order, you pick the color and I make it. Check it out here

Times Past




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 Times Past, which is an exclusive collab that you can purchase at Designer Scraps. I am using Krissy's portion of the kit for this tut. 

Font of choice, I am using Pushkin

Plugins: No outside plugins used.


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.


Let's get started!

Open a new template 750 x 750, white background.

Open frame 1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 70%, click inside with your magic wand, expand by 3. Open paper 6, resize by 70%, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard & leave selected.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer just above the paper we just put inside the frame, arrange how you want, click delete on your keyboard, deselect.

Paste your tube on again, this time resize it by 45% (if using the same one as I am, otherwise, resize it to whatever size fits your tag). Arrange it over the top of the frame (see tag for reference).

Open bird ornament 2, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 50%, mirror, arrange somewhere on the top of the frame.

Open foliage, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 80%, arrange along the bottom.

Open flower 1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize about 25%, duplicate, arrange each on on opposite ends of the foliage. Duplicate one and resize that one by about 80%, arrange somewhere along the top of foliage.

Open clock 1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize to about 33%, arrange on the right side of the foliage, drag this layer below the foliage layer.

Open leather gloves 1, resize by 20%, arrange by your tube & foliage.


Crop & resize.

Add any text & copyright/credits needed.

Sweet Love




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 Yuvirae which you need a license to use.  You can get it at Aristically Inclinded Licensing

Scrap kit of choice. I am using Love Me, a PTU kit by Farrah's Designer Scraps. 

Font of choice, I am using 5th Grader

Plugins: No outside plugins needed.


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.


Let's get started!

Open new canvas 750 x 750 white background.

Open frame 1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 28%, rotate to the right by 80.

Click inside it with your magic wand, selections, modify, expand by 3.

Open paper 10, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 20%, drag below the frame and arrange it how you want. Selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard and leave selected.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange where you want it within the frame, duplicate. Make sure the original is below the frame, and the copy is above the frame, hide the copy.
Take your eraser tool and erase the parts of the tube you don't want hanging below the frame, then deselect.

Unhide the top tube layer, erase the parts hanging over the frame. 

Open Love Me Words, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 23%, drag down so that it is just above the white background layer.

Open ribbon 2, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 13%, duplicate and mirror, arrange them each on the bottom (see tag for reference).

Open flower 6, resize by 17%, arrange along the bottom center.

Open Scatter, copy and paste as a new layer, rotate to the right by 20, duplicate and mirror. Add drop shadow so that you can see the white ones. Arrange along the left and right sides, make sure to drag these two layers just above the words layer.

Add your copyright/credits as needed & your name.
Crop, resize and save.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One In A Million




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 David Alexander which you need a license to use.  You can find his artwork at Arttistically Inclined Licensing.

Scrap kit of choice. I am using Naturally Fresh by Krissy's Scraps and Imaging, which you can find at Designer Scraps.

One In a Million Girl template by Dee at Dee's Sign Depot

Font of choice, I am using

Plugins: No outside plugins


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.

Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.

Any time you fill a layer of the template with a paper, after you're done filling it and adding tubes, etc, if you don't need the original template layer, delete it to help keep your file size smaller. Obviously if you use one of the original layers like a frame that you just add noise and a shadow to, or you use your color changer to change the color, then you're going to keep that layer.

Let's get started!

Open your template, change the canvas size so you have some extra room to work. I changed mine to 875 x 800. 

Delete the info layer.

Make the black oval layer active, click on it with your magic wand, open paper 8, copy and paste as a new layer, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard. 

Do the same with the grey oval layer using paper 10.

Fill large grey rectangle with paper 4.

Fill the grey strip layer with paper 2, using the same method as we filled the other layers with papers.

Fill the stars layer and the black squares layer the same way using paper 12.

Click on the large grey strip layer. Select your color dropper tool and right click on the rectangle. Then set your foreground color to #97b6ae or another complimentary color. Then click on the color replacer tool and go over the entire grey strip layer to change the color.

Do the same for the black stripes and small stars layers using #e17b64 as your foreground color.

Change your foreground to #cc4c33 and make the white square layer active. Change the color the same way you did the above two.

Do the same on the small strips layer using color #6a523a.

Change the foreground color to #8daea5 and do the same as above on the text layer.

Make the white squares layer active. Adjust, add/remove noise, add noise with these settings: uniform, monochrome, 100%.

Now on the small squares layer in the center that we filled with the yellow paper, click on that, go to selections, select all, float, defloat, invert. Open your tube, copy and paste, arrange as you want in the first square, click delete on your keyboard. Keep pasting the tube and deleting as you go across, arranging it differently in the squares as you go across until they're all filled. Deselect.

Drag the small strips which are below the text up so that layer is directly below the text layer. 

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer below the text and small strips. Resize if needed (I resized mine by 85%) add a drop shadow & arrange.

Add any elements you'd like. I added the following: 

Vine 1, place just below the middle square area, duplicate & mirror.
Hummingbird 1, resize by 45% place around star & vine at the top
Sequin Mess, arrange just above the orange middle square area, duplicate, and move over, erase any parts that hang where you don't want them.
Mushroom 3, resize by 35%
Mushroom 1, resize by 45%

Crop and resize your tag. Add any text and copyrights/credits as needed and save!