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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all My Friends & Followers

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May peace & love be with you and time spent with family & friends

be cherished forever!

♥ Chas

Thursday, December 11, 2008

G'Morning Everyone!

Well its exactly 2 weeks til Christmas..ugh! I have so much to do...but do you think I'm doing anything about it? No..I'm going downhill skiiing today and I can't wait. I'm a ski bunny for sure. Just wanted to let you know I'll be taking a break from tut writing, at least until the New year. I need to get some personal things in order before Christmas gets here, plus the Christmas parties have started and I'm too much of a party animal to miss those. I'm looking forward to the holidays this year..I'll be working but we have so much planned at work, that I'm sure it won't feel like a work day at all. I stopped at my favorite home craft antique store yesterday and was taken back by all the wonderful inspiration it gives me for decorating for the holidays. I love Christmas and collect old world santas, a love that my mother instilled in me. Have a safe day and remember to tell someone close to you, that you love them today. ♥ Chas

Friday, December 5, 2008

New Tutorial ~ O Christmas Tree


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Barbara Jensen. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE
PTU scrap kit by Seachell called Pink Winter ~ found HERE. Thank you Seachell! ♥
 Supplies HERE includes snow animation, poinsettia and wordart by Lori. Thank you Lori! ♥
Image for background is courtesy of Stock Exchange and can be found HERE
Animation Shop
Plugin Mura's Meister ~ Copies
EyeCandy 4000 ~ HSB Noise
Optional:  Plugin Filter EyeCandy 5 ~ Impact ~ Glass
 Font I used is P22 Corinthia, which is a pay font.
 
Grab a coffee and allow some free time......
 
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 Open up a new transparent image 650 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.
Open pinkwinter frame 1, resize to 391 x 500 pixels. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Rotate 90 degrees to left.
 Using magic wand, click inside of frame ~ selections modify ~ expand by 5.  Add a new raster layer
Open background image from supplies, colorize Hue 255, Saturation 0, (OR you may simply fill this layer with the color black)
copy 'n paste into the selection. Selections none.
Move frame layer above background layer. D/S frame with your favorite setting or 1,1,50, 5 blur, black
Open PinkWinter Tree ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
Centre in middle of frame. Duplicate. Move duplicate copy below the frame layer but above your background layer.
Using rectangle selection tool, delete any portion of the bottom of the uppermost tree tube layer to make it appear to extend beyond the frame.
Selections ~ none.  D/S.
 
Open Flake 3, resize 50% Copy 'n paste as a new layer
Using Mura's Meister Copies ~ Encircle ~ # 12, X = 60, Y = 60. Other settings remain.
Move this flake layer above your white background layer.
 Open silver branch 2, resize approx 45%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer to left of frame. Sharpen once.
Duplicate, mirror. Move down this duplicate layer above the snowflake mura meister copied layer.
Open silver branch 1, resize 50%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Place to right of tag above frame layer.
Duplicate, mirror. Move down this duplicate layer above the snowflake mura meister copied layer.
 
Open poinsettia provided in supplies. Resize 75%. Adjust Hue & Saturation ~ setting Hue 255, Saturation 0.  Adjust ~ brightness/contrast 20, 5.
Optional:  Apply Eye Candy 5 ~ impact ~ glass using the 'clear' setting preset.
Open knot bow 4, resize 70%. copy 'n paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to left.
Using rectangle selection tool, select the areas of the knot bow that extend beyond the frame 'n delete. Select none.
Using Lighten/Darken tool, right click on mouse to darken the edges of this bow to make it appear to hug the frame. Do both top 'n bottom of bow layer.
 
Open tube of choice. Resize if needed. Copy 'n paste as a new layer below the poinsettia flower layer.
Affect ~ Hue & Saturation ~ setting Hue 255, Saturation 0. D/S tube.
Move to right of frame. See reference tag.
 
Open wordart provided. Select wordart of choice. Copy 'n paste as the uppermost layer.
Place as desired. Selections ~ select all ~ Selections Float ~ defloat, add a new raster layer and
fill this layer with a silver pattern or any gold pattern that has been colorized using hue 255, saturation 0. Select none. Sharpen.
Move this silver wordart layer ever so slightly to right to make it appear the black wordart layer beneath it is its drop shadow layer. 
See reference tag.
 
Now personalize your tag with any embellishments you wish, using hue 255, saturation 0 to colorize. D/S with light setting as above.
 
Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
 
To animate:
 
Open animation shop.  Find snow animation and minimize for now.
Back to PSP, close off white bottommost background layer.
Add a new transparent layer above this bg layer.
Now close off all the layers ABOVE the black background.
Find the snowflake mura meister copied layer.  Using EyeCandy 4000, HSB noise
with settings below, hit OK.
 
hsbNoisesetting.jpg picture by Juicyfruit_010 
 Copy merged the transparent layer, the right silver branch layer, the black ground layer and encircled snowflake layer.
In A/S. paste as a new layer
Back to PSP, undo the HSB noise effect. Apply HSB noise again but hit random seed.
Copy merged the 4 open layers.  Paste in A/S after the current frame.
Keep undoing/redoing this effect for a total of 5 frames in A/S.
In A/S. select All ~ copy all frames and paste after the 5th frame of the animation to equal a total of 10 frames (to match the # of frames of the snow)
Select All again, propagate paste.
Open snow animation, select all, copy. Drag 1st frame of snow animation over top of 1st frame of working animation.
View animation for any errors.
 
Back to PSP, undo HSB noise. Close off the branch, black background, and snowflake layers.
Re-open ALL the layers ABOVE the black back ground.
Copy Merged.
In A/S, paste as a new animation. Make a total of 10 frames of this new top layer animation.  Select All, copy.
Drag the 1st frame of this top layer over top of the 1st frame of the working image animation. Place centrally.
View animation. Crop animation if needed. If happy, change animation properties to Opaque, white.
Change frame properties anywhere between 10 - 17. I used 17.
Optimize using Optimized Octree. Save as a .Gif.
 
 I hope you enjoy your new creation!
 

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Another Award ~ wo0t!

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Many thanks to Kirsty of Kirsty Scraps

for this honor. I'm tickled to say the least.☺

Now to pass this award onwards, I say wholeheartedly

I am addicted to Sabre's Quill & Parchment.

His work, his kindness and encouragement has

meant so much to me. Love his blog too! ♥ ☺

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Vintage Album


 
This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Jennifer Janesko. You can purchase a license to use her art at CILM.
FTU scrap kit by Adelina called DCA Adelina Freebie BlogParty  Thank you Adelina! ♥
Mask by Sabre called Braveheart Scrapkit Mask 1 found HERE Thank you Sabre! ♥
Optional plugin:  Xero ~ Porcelain
 Font used is The NautiGal, which is a pay font and cannot be supplied.
 
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 Open up a new transparent image 650 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all
Copy paper pp1, paste into selection, select none.
Open Sabre braveheart mask1, minimize
Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image, find mask 'n apply.
Delete mask from layer palette, layers ~ merge group.
Duplicate the mask layer 2 or 3 times.
Add a new raster layer above your mask layers, select all
Copy paper pp2 ~ paste into selection, select none.
Resize this paper layer by 80%.
Rotate 5 degrees to left. Sharpen. Colorize ~ Adjust hue 255, saturation 230.
Open beige lace ~ resize 600 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Rotate 95 degrees to left. Sharpen.
Back to pp2 layer, using magic wand click on outside of paper
back to lace layer, press delete to rid of any overhang. Select none.
 
Open doiley, resize 22% ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer, place BELOW the lace layer.
Open gold branch, resize 20%. copy 'n paste as a new top layer
Rotate branch using pic tool. Flip and place as desired.
Duplicate this branch ~ mirror ~ place as desired
On first branch layer, select All ~ selection float ~ defloat ~ add a new raster layer, flood fill with # 004000. Selection none.
Change the blend mode of this layer to Hard Light and reduce opacity to 67%.
Do the same with the other branch layer.
 
Open journaling paper ~ resize 24% copy 'n paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to right.
Paste the journaling paper again, rotate this copy 95 degrees to right. Resize 90%. Sharpen.
Open tube of choice ~ resize as needed ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer.  Rotate tube 5 degrees to right.
Place over top journal paper ~ change blend mode of tube to multiply
Drop the opacity of the tube to approx 50% and erase part of the tube that overhangs the inner part of the journal paper.
Erase small areas at a time (see reference tag)
When happy, change the opacity of this layer to 85%.
Try experimenting with different blend modes and different opacities to suit your tube.
 Optional:  Apply plugin Xero ~ Porcelain standard setting to tube if desired.
 
Open key cluster ~ resize 15% ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Open resized lace again ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Place over top journal paper.  On top journal paper, using magic wand , click outside the journal
back to lace layer, press delete. Select none.
Erase with the eraser tool more of the lace to make it look like its wrapping around.
See reference tag. Duplicate and rotate duplicate copy with pic tool. Sharpen.
Open brad, resize 10% copy 'n paste as a new layer. Place over top lace borders.
Resize 50%.
D/S all your layers with your favorite setting, except for the doiley use ~ 1,1, 50, 5 blur, #404040
 
Now to personalize your tag, add flowers of choice, butterfly, and staples, resized to your choice. Use pic tool to rotate staples.
D/S all your added embellishments, except the staples.
 
Resize complete tag by 90-95% bicubic if desired
 Add your copyright, watermark, URL and name
 
 Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.