Welcome everyone! Feel free to leave me comments! Thank you for checking in!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas One and All. Please be safe.
I wish you a very Joyous Holiday Season and I can't wait to see you in 2010. Love 'n Many Hugs... Chas ♥

Friday, December 18, 2009

New Award ~ Gorgeous Blog

Thank you to Vix, ArtMama and Elizabeth for this award! I'm really appreciative for receiving this. Means so much to me. ♥ The rules are: Put the name and link of who gave you this award on your blog and pass it on to 5 blogs which you think are AWESOME...So hard to choose just 5! :=) So, I pass it on to... Blame Beaches Bright's Kreationz Candy's Treats Chatita's Tuts and to Sue's Tutorials

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Tutorial ~ NOEL


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version will do.
 Tubes of choice, preferable one being an image.
  I am using the artwork of Angela Newman. You can purchase a license to use her work at AMI.
FTU mini-kit called Noel en Or by Cajoline Scrap found HERE Thank you! ♥
Mask2 (Starry Night) by Vaybs found HERE Thank you Vaybs! ♥
Plugin: EyeCandy5 ~ Impact ~ Glass
Optional plugin:  Xenoflex 2 ~ Constellation
Animation shop
 Font used for name is VIP.
 
 
 * * * * *
 
1. Open a new transparent image 675 x 550 pixels.
 Open all the NOEL blocks, resize approx. 85%. Arrange. Merge visible. D/S 1/1/50/4 blur, color #404040.
Add a new raster layer, move to bottom and flood fill white.
Add another raster layer, selections ~ select all.
Open paper4, copy 'n paste into the selection. Selections none. Sharpen.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ source luminance & invert mask are both checked. Apply.
Merge group.
 
2. Open white christmas tree, resized 80%. C/P as a new layer above your masked layer.
Erase the bottom base of the tree that extends beyond the NOEL blocks.  D/S with a light setting or 1/1/45/5 blur color #404040.
Open floral arrangement (element 9), C/P as a new layer above tree but below the NOEL blocks.
 
3.  Open gold frame, resize 50%. C/P. Image ~ rotate ~ 10 degrees to right.
Using magic wand, click inside center of frame ~ modify selections ~ expand by 4.
Open image of choice, resize if needed, rotate 10 degrees to right, C/P as a new layer below frame.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ selections invert again. Do not deselect yet.
Add a new raster layer.
Using EyeCandy5 ~ Impact ~ glass ~ find setting ~ CLEAR NO DROP SHADOW 'n apply.
Selections none.  This will give the appearance the image is behind glass.
 
4.  Open nameplate (element 22) resize 25%. C/P. Rotate ~ 10 degrees to right.  D/S.
Add name in font VIP, fill color #8b3b34, alias ~ sharp. Rotate 10 degrees to right ~ convert to raster layer.
Open gold doves, resize one 25% and the other at 30%. C/P. D/S. Sharpen once.
 Add Gift box (element 3) 20%.
 
5.  Add tube of choice. D/S.
 
6. Optional: on masked layer apply Xenoflex2 ~ constellation with following:
(this looks best on backgrounds with white or light color)
Eliminate this step for dark or black backgrounds.
 
 
 
7.  Add copyright, URL and watermark.
If you don't wish to animate, close white background, merge visible, crop ~ merged opaque and save as a .PNG
 
 
8.  To animate, be sure white background is closed.
Copy MERGED and paste in A/S as a new animation.
In A/S, Effect ~ insert image effect ~
animation frame checked ~ find Scratches in drop down menu
settings: effect length = 2.2
frames per sec = 6
Click OK.
View animation.
Tweak these settings if the scratches aren't to your liking.
Animation properties ~ opaque white.
Optimize and save as a GIF.
 
 Hope you enjoy your Christmas creation!
Joyeux Noel!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New Tutorial ~ All I Want For Christmas

This tut is written for a beautiful tagger by the name of Carolyn
 

 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 or any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the seductive artwork of Olivia. You can purchase a license to use her work at CILM.
FTU Add-on scrap kit by Raspberry Roads found HERE Thank you! ♥
Wordart of choice or mine HERE
Plugins: Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation
EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name
Animation shop
 Font used for name is PF Champion Script Pro, a pay font
 
 
This tag is inspired by a beautiful tagger by the name of
 Carolyn from Kreative Mindz
Thank you for all you do! ♥
 
 * * * * *
 
1. Open a new transparent image 650 x 600 pixels, flood fill white.
Open frame of choice, resized to 500 px wide. C/P
Using rectangular selection tool, draw a selection beyond inner border of frame. Selections ~ invert.
Open paper1, resized to 600 px wide. C/P as new layer ~ delete ~ selections ~ none.
Move this paper layer below frame, mirror the paper and Sharpen once.
D/S frame with a light setting or 1/-1/45/5 blur, color #404040.
 
 2.   Add tube of choice as topmost layer. Open Xmas tree, resized 20%, C/P ~ mirror. D/S
Erase bottom part of Xmas tree that extends beyond bottom part of frame.
Add other elements of choice, drop shadow as you paste. Duplicate elements as desired.
Element 21 ~ 15%, element 10 ~ 15%, element 15 ~ 10%, element 19 ~ 25%
element 12 ~ 10% and again at 75%.
See reference tag for placement.
Add wordart.
 
3. If you wish to resize, do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
If you don't wish to animate, close white background, merge visible and save as a PNG.
 
 * * * * *
 
4. To animate name, duplicate name layer twice for a total of 3 layers.
Rename each name1, name2, name3.
 
 On Name1 layer, add white gradient glow of choice. Use Adjust ~ add Noise ~ 33, uniform, monochrome checked.
Add white dropshadow of 1/-1/50/5 blur color white.
On Name2, add same gradient glow, add noise ~ 38, D/S.
On Name 3, add same gradient glow, add noise ~ 43, D/S.
Hide Name3 and Name 2 layers for now.
 
 
* * * * *
 
5.  To animate:
 Delete the white background layer in PSP
Choose wordart layer on your layer palette.
Using Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation with following setting:
 
 
 
Copy MERGED 'n paste in Animation shop as a new animation.
 
Back to PSP, undo the constellation effect and hide name 1, unhide name2.
Choose wordart layer, add constellation effect again but hit random seed once.
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame.
 
Back to PSP, undo the constellation effect, hide name2, unhide name3.
Choose wordart layer, add constellation effect again but hit random seed once again.
Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame.
View animation for errors.
Change animation properties to opaque white.
Optimize and save as a GIF.
 
 Hope you enjoy your Christmas creation!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Tutorial ~ Old Cottage Christmas



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.
 Tubes of choice.  I am using the gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE
Freebie Add-On called Old Cottage by Katty found HERE
Snowflake Animation by QueenBrat found in her supplies of her tut HERE called Baby, It's Cold Outside
Mask of choice
Animation shop
Font for name is Santa's Big Secret BB found HERE
 
Thank you QueenBrat for permission to use your animation in my tutorial. I simply adore your creations! ♥
Please visit her blog HERE
 
This tag is inspired by the scrap kit. Thank you Katty for your ideas! ♥
 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 575 px, flood fill white. Can resize later.
 Add a new raster layer ~ selections ~ select All
Open brown paper5, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Sharpen. Selections ~ none.
Apply mask of choice.
 
2.  Open element9 (window frame), resize to 650 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Move slightly upward & to the right.
Using selection tool ~ rectangle, draw a selection beyond the inner panes of the window.
Open paper3, resize to 600 px wide, C/P as a new layer below the window frame.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ none.
Open main tubes of choice, resize one slightly larger than other to appear one is closer to window.
 D/S each 1/-1/69/4 blur color black
D/S window frame also.
 
3.  Open element6 (twigs), resize 600 px wide. C/P on top of window frame.
Add clock ~ 20%, key ~ 20%, red ribbon (element4) ~ 40%, green spruce ~ 20%
Duplicate spruce twig and rotate left 90 degrees.
 White Ribbon ~ 30%, White bow (element11) ~ 20%
 
Note: Colorize bow before adding to your tag by
Selections ~ select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ add a new raster layer.
Flood fill selection with color #8f0412. Selections ~ none.
Change blend mode of this color layer to 'multiply' and drop opacity to 85%.
Copy MERGED, paste as a new layer above window frame.
D/S all elements added except element3 (white ribbon).
 
4.  Open element14, (woodhearts), resize 10%.
Using rectangle selection tool, draw around one block.
Promote selection to layer by right clicking on your layer palette.
Selections ~ none.
On promoted selection layer, select ALL ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection ~ contract by 16 px. ~ delete. Selections ~ none.
C/P as a new layer on your working tag. Duplicate for as many letters as there are in your name. Arrange.
Use pick tool (deformation tool) to rotate some of these blocks.
Merge down these blocks to each other to create all blocks on one layer.
Using magic wand, feather 0, click inside center of each of these blocks ~ modify selection ~ expand by 5 pixels.
Open paper2, resized to 500 px, C/P as a new layer below the blocks ~ invert selection ~ delete ~ selections ~ none.
Colorize this paper layer Adjust Hue/Saturation 28/76.
D/S the block frame. Merge down the block frame to the paper layer.
Move this layer below the twigs (element 6) on your layer palette
to make it appear to be hanging from twigs.
 
5.  If you wish to resize your tag do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, URL, watermark.
Add your initials to center of each block.
For each letter, use Effects ~ 3D ~ cutout ~ V & H = 2, opacity 55, blur 6, shadow color  #591016. Fill interior unchecked.
 
6.  To animate:
 
 Close off white background layer on working image.
Find window frame layer on your layer palette, draw one rectangular selection beyond all the window panes.
Selections ~ Invert
Open snowflake animation by QueenBrat (in psp format)
Close off Frame 8. We will start with Frame 1.
 Unhide Frame 1 ~ Copy 'n Paste as a new layer
immediately below the window frame but above the Woolcott tubes. Delete on your keyboard ~ do NOT deselect.
Rename this layer Snow 1.
Back to QueenBrat Snowflakes, copy frame 2 'n paste above Snow 1 layer ~ delete.
Rename this layer Snow 2.
Copy in turn each frame from the snowflake animation 'n paste in sequence, remembering to delete first
and renaming each layer as you go ie.
Snow 3, Snow 4, Snow 5, etc.
 
7.  When done C/P all 8 layers, close off all your snow layers except Snow 1. Copy MERGED
Open Animation Shop ~ paste as a new animation.
Back to PSP, close Snow 1, unhide Snow 2 ~ copy MERGED
paste in A/S after current frame.
Continue this sequence until you have 8 frames in A/S.
When done, view animation for errors.
Change frame properties to 20.
To crop in A/S, find the crop tool, select it ~ find Options on toolbar ~ select it ~ choose surround the opaque area. OK.
On your animation, click in center to crop.  Always crop before adding white background.
Change animation properties to opaque ~ white.
Optimize 'n save as a GIF.
 
Hope you enjoy your cottage creation.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Being So Small



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 Vinegar. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
FTU mini-kit called Just Merry Christmas found HERE Thank you, Erika! ♥
Wordart HERE If this is your wordart, please email me via my blog so I can give you proper credit and/or remove.
Font for name is MoonDance Two, a pay font
 
 
Another quickie tut for you!
 
  * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image, 650 x 550 px. Flood fill white.
 Open element 1, resize to 600 px wide. C/P as a new layer. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip.
 
2.  Open element 7, resize to 540 px wide, C/P, place in upper half of tag. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip.
 
3. Open element 5 shadowed, resize approx 13%. C/P
Using magic wand, click in center of ribbon frame, modify selections ~ expand by 7.
Open paper, resized to 500 px wide. C/P as a new layer below the wreath frame.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete ~ invert again.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill with #4a3435.
Selections ~ none. Change blend mode of this color layer to Hard Light.
Sharpen the paper layer beneath this color layer.
 
4.  Open element 6, shadowed, resize to 500 px wide. C/P ~ rotate ~ 90 degrees to right.
Place over bottom portion of ribbon frame.
 
5. Open element 2 shadowed, resize to 225 px wide. C/P at bottom of ribbon frame.
Colorize Hue & Saturation ~ 253/105.
 
6. Open element 8 shadowed, resize 15%, C/Paste below the paper & ribbon frame.
Rotate with pick tool as desired. Duplicate & rotate again. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ resize 85.
Place as desired.
 
7. Open tube of choice, C/P where you wish.
Duplicate tube and close for now.
On original tube layer, use Adjust ~ brightness/contrast of -255/0.
Drop opacity of this layer to approx 34%.
Open duplicate tube layer and offset slightly down 'n to left.
Using eraser tool, erase part of the original tube layer at the very top around the 'fairy dust' only.
This lowered opacity effect creates a perfect drop shadow of your tube.
 
 8. Add wordart supplied, resize if desired. C/P.
Using adjust brightness/contrast, colorize this wordart 'black' using setting -255 / 0
OR white using +255 / 0, whichever looks best for your tag.
D/S only if colorizing it white.
 
 9.  If you wish to resize your tag do so now using 90% smartsize.
Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
 
Close white background, merge visible ~ crop merged opaque 'n save as a PNG.
 
 
  Hope you enjoy your new creation!