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Friday, February 27, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Garv Star



 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.
3 Tubes of choice by same artist.  I am using the seductive artwork of Keith Garvey. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU Anniversary Add On by Delicious Scraps found HERE
Kerstin's Glitter & Glamour Doodles found HERE
Plugin:  Toadies ~ What Are You
Font for the name is Vienna Extended LET which is a pay font.
 
  * * * * *
 
 Open up a new transparent image 650 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Open star frame of choice ~ resize 25%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Rotate 5 degrees to left.  Sharpen if desired.
Using magic wand, click inside of frame and pressing shift key on keyboard, select as much of the inside area as possible.
Selections ~ modify selection ~ expand by 1.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill black. Do NOT deselect.
Move this layer below the star frame.  
NOTE: This black layer is optional; not using this layer will keep the entire tag transparent.
 
Open main tube of choice, colorize using hue 255, saturations 0, 
copy 'n paste as a new layer over the black layer but below the star frame, positioning as desired.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete. Selections none.
You may add a light D/S to the star frame eg. 1,1,49, 4 blur, black
but select the drop shadow as a new layer before applying. By doing so,
you may opt to erase, using the eraser tool, any part of the drop shadow
within the transparent portion of the star frame.
The idea is to keep the star frame transparent but still having a slight D/S on the edge only.
 
Using the rectangular preset shape, with foreground color nil and fill color black,
draw a rectangular area approx. 515 x 190 pixels.
Objects ~ align ~ center in canvas.
Convert to raster layer.
Duplicate this layer.
On the original bottom black layer, use
Toadies Plugin ~ What Are You ~ setting X & Y = 20.
 
Open ribbon ~ resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer over top the uppermost
black rectangle. Position as per reference tag.  Sharpen.
Back to black uppermost rectangle, using magic wand, click inside this black rectangle
Back to ribbon layer, selections invert ~ delete ~ selections none.
Duplicate this ribbon layer ~ Image ~ Flip.
 
Back to uppermost black rectangle, click inside with magic wand again
Open two other tubes of choice, colorize each using hue 255, saturation 0 
 copy 'n paste as new layers ~ selections invert ~ delete for each tube layer.
Selections ~ none.
Drop opacity of these two tube layers to approx. 57 on your layer palette.
 
 Open bow ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, above ALL of the other layers.  D/S 1,1,49, 4 blur, color black
Open black felt heart ~ resize 10%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer over top the bow. Rotate 5 degrees to left. D/S.
Duplicate this felt  heart. Move the duplicate copy below the bow layer.
Back to the original felt heart layer, using your eraser tool, erase
part of the felt heart on the right side to make it appear to entertwine with the bow.
 
 Open  star glitter doodle, resize 20%.  Image ~ greyscale.
Image ~ increase color depth ~ RGB 16 bits.
Copy 'n paste as a new layer above your white background layer.
Rotate slightly if desired. Sharpen.
Still on this layer, using crop tool, crop merged opaque. Expand nodules slightly if desired. Click on center ~ ok.
 
 Add your copyright, URL, watermark & name.
 Merge all flatten. Save as a PNG or JPEG
 
Tip:   if you wish to keep the background transparent, simply delete your white background layer
and merge visible. Save as a PNG file. 
 
 Hope you enjoy your new creation!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oh My! Another Award!

Thank you Nae, Laura, Dawn & Mirella
The Premio Dardos award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day.The rules are:1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.2) Pass the award to other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award. Now I have to pass this on to 15 people, well instead
I chose one person who I feel is worthy of this award:
Congratulations Scarabe! ♥ Well deserved!
Hugz, Chas

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Irish Charm



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 sexy artwork of Keith Garvey. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU scrap kit by BlueDream Designs called Irish Charm. Thank you Bluey! ♥
Lucky Charm Frame by Clarey. Thank you Clarey! ♥ Note: download the tagger size
Green wreath & leaves from Piccolina Designs called Japanese Garden Elements Thank you Piccolina! ♥
Plugin:  VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission
 Wordart suppied HERE
Font for the name is Curly Cue found HERE
 
  * * * * *
 
 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 650 pixels and flood fill white.
Open IrishCharm paper 1, resize 80%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Adjust ~ Blur ~ Gaussian Blur ~ radius 26.
Using plugin VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission ~ setting  5, 0, 40
Drop opacity of this layer to approx 57
Duplicate this layer. Rotate to left ~ 90 degrees.
Merge this duplicate layer down and drop opacity again to 57.
 
Open Clarey LuckyCharm frame ~ resize 85%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
Rotate 90 degrees to right.
Using selection tool ~ freehand selection ~ point to point, draw a selection
just beyond the inside opening of the frame.
Open paper IrishCharm paper 8, copy 'n paste as a new layer
BELOW the frame.  Selections invert ~ delete.  Select none.
Duplicate this paper layer. On duplicate layer, change blend mode to multiply.
D/S the frame layer only.
 
Open tube of choice. Resize if needed. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Delete any overhang below the bottom edge of the frame using your rectangle selection tool.
Duplicate tube. Move duplicate copy above the frame layer. Erase
any part of this tube layer using the eraser tool.
D/S the duplicate tube layer but selecting the drop shadow on a new layer to
allow you to erase any undesirable dropshadow.
 
Open the green twig wreath from the Japanese Garden kit, resize 20%.
Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Duplicate wreath. Merge down.
Move wreath below frame & paper layers and to lower left of tag.
Using selection tool, freehand ~ point to point, draw a selection inside the wreath just beyong the inner border.
Open paper IrishCharm paper 6 or paper of choice, copy 'n paste as a new layer BELOW the wreath layer.
Selections invert ~ delete. Select none.
D/S the wreath layer only.
Merge down the wreath layer to this paper layer.
Duplicate. Resize 80-85%. Move duplicate wreath to upper right corner but above frame layer but below top tube layer.
Open my wordart, copy 'n paste as a new layer on top of this wreath layer.
 
Open the Lt twig green leaf from the Japanese Garden kit, resize 30%. Copy 'n paste as
a new layer on your tag, below the frame & paper layers. Duplicate as many times as desired.
D/S each leaf layer.
 
Add any other embellishments you desire. I added the LuckyCharm charm2, resized 10%, rotate 5 degrees to right.
Sharpen once. D/S.  Move above the wordart.
Resize entire tag as this point if desired.
 
 Add your copyright, URL, watermark & name.
For the name,  use black as fill color, foreground nil, write name on pot of gold ~ sz 36 px. Rotate slightly to right.
Use effects ~ 3D effects ~ cutout ~ setting 2H, 2V, opac 42, 2.50 blur, shadow color black, fill unchecked.
Add D/S if desired.
 
 
Merge all flatten. Save as a PNG or JPEG.
 Hope you enjoy your lucky charm!

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Just One More Night



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.
Image or tube of choice.  I am using the amazing artwork of Zindy S. D. Nielsen. You can obtain a license to use her work HERE 
 PTU scrap kit by Fanette Design called Just One More Night found HERE 
PLEASE NOTE:  Unfortunately this kit was FTU but is no longer.  :(
Berries Circle Mask by Essex Girl found HERE
Optional Plugin:  Xenoflex 2 ~ Constellation
Font:  Pappo's Blues Band found HERE
 
This tag is inspired by my best friend & boyfriend. I love you Sweets! ♥
 
  * * * * *
 
 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Open fanette flower frame element 17, resize 30% smart size.
Copy 'n paste as a new layer, moving it slightly down and to the left.
Using the selection tool ~ point to point, draw a selection around the centre of the flower frame, slightly
beyond the inner border.
Open paper 08, resize to 600 x 600 pixels. Copy 'n paste
as a new layer.  Selections invert. Press delete on keyboard.  Do NOT deselect yet.
Move this paper layer below your frame on your layer palette.
Open image/tube of choice, resize if needed, copy 'n paste as a new layer
above your paper but below your frame.  Press delete.
Selections none.
D/S the flower frame with setting of choice or 3/3/69/5 blur, black.
 
Open mask of choice or use the berries circle mask. Minimize.
Add a new raster layer above your white background.
Selections ~ select all
Open paper 08 again ~ copy ~ paste into selection. Select none.  Sharpen once.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from image ~ find berries circle mask, apply.
Delete mask on your layer palette, merge group. Resize this mask layer 98%.
Optional:  Add Xenoflex 2, constellation effect
with these settings:
2, 6, 8, 1, 100, 55, 45 degrees, fill with solid color black, random seed 1.
 
Open green leaf element 09, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer,
 place it to the right upper corner of your tag, on a layer above your masked layer. D/S.
Duplicate this green leaf, rotating the duplicate copy using your pic tool (deformatiion tool).
Open black flower element 20, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
above your green leaf as a center button. D/S.
Open green leaf element 23, resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
below the flower frame but slightly to the left.  D/S
Duplicate this green leaf ~ flip.  Place according to reference tag above.
 
Open fanette element 02 shadow black curled ribbon, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer
above your green leaves to the right.  Duplicate ~ Image mirror.
Add any other elements of choice. I used the black 'n white flower elements 44 & 45, resized 10%.
Duplicate these flowers,  group some and scatter others on different layers.
 
Open fanette element 47. Using selection tool, freehand selections ~ point to point,
draw a selection around the gingham ribbon to delete the diamonds.
Delete. Selections none.  You may opt to use this element as is instead.
Resize element 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer on top of flower frame.
D/S if desired.
 
 Add your copyright, watermark, URL and name.
 
 Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
 
Hope you enjoy your new tag!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Beautiful Award....

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This award comes from Shadow. Thank you, Sweetie! This is the most honorable award I've received yet. The premise of the award is: This seal is given to the blogs which are very charming. These bloggers, aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self promotion. This hope is that this trophy when the links are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Give the trophy to eight bloggers, who must choose eight other bloggers and add this text with your trophy. I would like to pass this award to the following blogger friends:
You all deserve this award wholeheartedly!
♥♥♥

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Beauty In You



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 Mirella called Beauty In You found HERE  Thank you Mirella! ♥
Please note: for the purpose of this tutorial, I used the taggers size kit.
Plugin:  Mura's Meister ~ Copies
 Font used is KatTailHMK, which is a pay font and cannot be supplied.
 
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 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Open the dotted black frame, copy 'n paste as a new layer on your working image.
Selections ~ select all ~ float ~ defloat
Open striped paper 11, resize to 500 x 500 pixels, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Selections invert. Select none.
Move this frame beneath the dotted frame. Rotate 5 degrees to left.
Back to dotted frame, rotate it 5 degrees to right.
Place frames to your liking.
On the lower stripped frame, using the magic wand, click inside the frame
Selections ~ modify expand by 5
Open paper of choice or Paper 10, resized to 500 x 500 pixels. Copy 'n paste
as a new layer. Selections invert ~ select none.  Move this paper
below the stripped frame.  You may opt to do the same with dotted frame as well.
Drop shadow both frames.
 
Open dotted paperbutterfly. Resize 50%. Copy 'n paste on your image.
Using Mura's Meister ~ Copies ~ setting: Encircle ~ # 12, Shift X = 65, Shift Y = 65, all other settings remain same.
D/S 2/2/50,5 blur, black
Move this butterfly layer above your white background.
Open sparkles blue.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer on top of the white background
but below the butterfly layer.  Resize it 110% smartsize.
 
Now personalize your tag with different ribbons, strings & stamp flowers.
I resized some 75% and others 85%. Place your elements
on different layers. See reference tag.  D/S each element.
Add the staple backwards element and the blue fastener. D/S.
 
 Add your copyright, watermark, URL and name.
 
 Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Received This Cool Challenge

I received this fun challenge from Mirella, Stevie & Lolita. Go to your picture folder on your computer. Find the 6th folder. Go to the 6th picture of the 6th folder. Post the picture on your blog and describe it. Pass the challenge on to 6 friends. Link to them on your blog and let them know they've been challenged. So here I go... here's the picture...

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This is my cousins wedding with her dad from August last year.

The picture doesn't do her justice, she looked absolutely stunning in person.

So I pass this challenge onto:

Mercy, Sabre, Kittz, Rockrose, Scrap'nJacks, & Nae.

Enjoy All! ♥

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Dingle Dangle




Click on tag preview to take you to tutorial ♥

Monday, February 9, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Photo Mask Blend






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.
Image of choice or I used the beautiful artwork by Lithium31 found HERE
 Photo Mask by me found HERE
 FTU kit by Kubivet called Nostalgie  Thank you Kubivet! ♥
 Valentine Word Art by BubbleScrap of Feb. 8, 2009 found HERE Thank you! ♥
 Font called Tall Films found HERE
 
  * * * * *
 
 This is an easy method to do blends, layouts or backgrounds using a photo mask.
 
Open a new transparent image 800 x 600 pixels. Flood fill white.
Open the PhotoMask supplied.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer on the working image.
Open image of choice. Be sure the image is larger in size than the photo mask (so that it covers the entire photo mask layer).
Copy 'n paste the image as a new layer.
Change the blend mode of the image layer to Screen on your layers palette.
Now centre the image by moving it over the photo mask to your liking.
 
Select the photo mask layer.  Using magic wand, click on the outer transparent area of the photo mask
Back to image layer, press delete on your keyboard to delete excess image.
Selections none.
Now you can change the opacity of your image, colorize it or leave as is.
I chose to colorize the image to black/white tone using hue 255, saturation 0.
 
Now let your imagination come alive...
 
I added a scrap paper from Kubivets Nostalgie scrap kit
by adding a layer above the white background.  Selections ~ select all
and pasting the paper into the selection. Select none. Sharpen once.
Add any elements you desire on top of your image layer.
I added the glass beads, reducing the opacity to give them a more transparent look.
I added the butterflies as well, resizing them and changing their opacity to hard light.
 
Now add the wordart as a new layer.  You may also use brushes on new seperate layers,
giving you the option to play with opacities and different blend modes.
 
Resize your tag now if desired.
 
Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
 
Hope you enjoy your new blend tag.

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Tutorial ~ You Are My Everything





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 stunning artwork of Barbara Jensen. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE.
FTU scrap kit by Jaelop Designs called Praise The Lord.   Thank you Jael! ♥  Please leave her some love when downloading.
Mini-WordArt Freebie3 by Pavlita of Feb 5, 2009 Thank you Pavlita ♥
 Font used is called Elven Common Speak found HERE
 
 * * * * *
 
 Open a new transparent image 700 x 600 pixels. You can resize later if desired.
 Do NOT fill the bg white so that you will be able to see the white frame used in the next step.
Open frame # 23. Resize 25%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer on working image.
Using the magic wand, click inside the frame (modify selections, expand by 5) OR using the selection tool, set to point-to-point, draw a selection
within the frame and add Paper 7, resized to 600 x 600 pixels, as a new layer.
Selections invert ~ delete. Select none.
Move this paper below the frame layer on the layer palette.
Drop shadow the frame using the default dropshadow setting of 10,10, 50, 5 blur, color black
and another soft D/S of 0,0, 50, 5 blur, black.
 
Open leaf 14, resize 20%, copy 'n paste as a new layer above the back ground layer but below the frame 'n paper layer.
Rotate this leaf 90 degrees to the right.  Move to bottom 'n right of frame.
Optional:  You may colorize the leaf using hue 14, saturation 113.  Also, you may change the contrast/brightness to -20/0.
Add D/S of 3, 3, 50, 5 blur, black
 
Open leaf 20, resize 20% and place according to my reference tag or to your liking. Use pic tool (or deformation tool)
to rotate the leaf as well to place at bottom of frame. D/S as above 3,3, 50, 5 blur, black.
Paste the leaf again as a new layer (the leaf is still on your clipboard) and rotate to left and place to left of frame.
D/S the leaf.
 
Open tube of choice.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer below frame layer but above the paper layer.
Move tube to left of frame as in reference tag.
Duplicate tube layer.  Move duplicate copy above frame layer. 
Erase any part of the bottom tube layer that may extend below the bottom.
Erase any part of the duplicate copy tube layer as well that may extend beyond the bottom of the frame.
D/S the top duplicate tube layer with default setting BUT select the drop shadow setting to a new layer.
Erase any undesired drop shadow. 
 
Open word art of choice. Pavlita has several to choose from, on her site.
Resize wordart 20% or to your liking.  Place to right of your tube.
 
Click on transparent background layer.  You may flood fill white now if you desire.
Add a new raster layer above this background layer.
Open paper of choice or Paper 2. Resize this paper to 600 x 600 pixels. Minimize.
Find the air brush, setting to default circular but change size to 300, hardness 50, step 25, density 100, thickness 100, opacity 100
Now click on foreground on your material palette, select pattern and find paper 2 (or paper you just resized)
Using the airbrush, now spray this paper pattern in random areas of your tag to give it the look of a masked background.
I like using this method when I get tired of using masks! lol
 
 
 Now customize your tag with different flowers and buttons, resized to your liking.
Remember to D/S each element as well (be sure to uncheck D/S to new layer.)
 
Also remember to sharpen your elements when resizing them
to give them that polished look.
 
Open bow ribbon 3. Resize 20%.  Place near bottom of frame, either above or below the flowers, to your liking.
D/S the ribbon with the default D/S setting of 10,10, 50, 5 blur, black.
 
Open feathers 24. Using selection tool, set to point-to-point. draw a selection around
one feather only. Copy 'n paste as a new layer on your working image. Resize feather by 20%.
Duplicate the feather a few times, resizing each layer to your liking.
 
Close off white background layer, choose bottommost blue airbrushed layer
and, using the crop tool, select crop to merged opaque layer. Click centre.
Re-open white background layer.
 
 
 Add your copyright, URL, watermark and name.
Add your favorite dropshadow to your name or the default setting.
Merge all flatten and save as a .png.