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Monday, October 10, 2011

Wo0p! Lovin' My New Blog Design

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Love the new blog design by Deb of Creative By Nature. She did a wonderful job and I'm so tickled. Thank you so much, Deb!♥ You're a sweetheart for helping me out.

The Treat ~ New Tutorial




This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
  Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the intricate artwork of Stefano Mazzotti. You can purchase a license to use his art at CILM (which is no longer open so please use a different tube).
PTU scrap kit # 3 by Lori  found HERE
Template by Deb of Creative Misfits found HERE
  Plugins:  Xenofex 1.1 ~ Baked Earth
DSB Flux ~ Linear Transmission
Font used is Velvenda Cooler found HERE

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 1.  Open template 2 by Deb. Shift & D to copy, save original 'n close.
Canvas size ~ 650 x 650 px.

2. Select raster 6, selection all, float, defloat, invert
open paper  8, copy n paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Duplicate this layer. On bottom layer apply DSB Flux plugin
Linear Transmission setting:
1, 2, 25 horizontal checked.
Delete raster 6 layer.

3.  Select raster 4, select all, float, defloat, invert
Open paper 11, copy n paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Apply DSB Flux linear transmission same as above.
Delete raster 4 layer.

4. Merge Copy of Vector 1 layer down to raster 5 layer.
Select all, float, defloat, invert
Open paper 10, copy n paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Sharpen once.
Do not delete raster 5 layer.

5.  Select raster 2 layer, float, defloat, invert.
Open tube of choice and paste as a new layer, delete. Deselect.
Change blend mode to screen and lower opacity to 55.
(Try other blend modes, depending on tube used.)

6.  Select yellow frame (copy of Vector1)
using Hue Saturation, change hue to 24, Saturation to 176.
Duplicate this frame and change blend mode to multiply.

7.  Select orange circle layer, using brightness contrast
change brightness to -255 and contrast to 0.

8.  To change color of raster 7 wordart layer to white,
use brightness 255 and contrast 0.
Drop opacity of this wordart layer to 40.

9.  Copy n paste tube of choice above wordart layer.
Duplicate, adjust blur, gaussian blur of 1. Change blend mode to soft light.
Drop shadow original tube layer only.

10.  Add elements of choice from kit.
Booo WA, spiders n bats. Resize to liking.
Add spiderweb, resize 85%.
Add a new raster layer above this spiderweb,
open gold glitter, minimize.
In your material palette, find the gold glitter under the pattern tab.
Flood fill this new raster layer with the gold glitter, setting angle 0, scale 100.
Back to spider web layer, select all, float, defloat, invert
back to glitter layer, press delete. Deselect.
Merge this layer down to the original spider web layer.
Drop shadow 1, 1, 95, 1 blur color black.

11. Select purple word art layer, float, defloat
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with color # 552e0b.
I only filled the words THE TREAT.
Using Xenofex 1.1, baked earth setting
crack length 40
crack width 4
variation 30
highlight brightness 5
highlight sharpness 10
Lighting direction 135  and 45.
Apply. Deselect.

12. For name, use Velvenda Coolor font, fill color # 552e0b.
Apply same baked earth setting as above.
Select all, float, defloat, modifty selection expand by 2.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill white.
Move this layer below name layer.
Add noise with setting of choice.
Drop shadow.

13. Dropshadow other layers with setting of choice.


14. Add your copyright, URL, & watermark.
Merge visible ~ save as a PNG.

Boo! You are done!

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Remember This Day


Supplies needed:
Tube of choice.I am using the ever-stunning artwork of Eugene Rzhevskii. You may obtain a license to use his artwork at PicsForDesign.
Limited Freebie Addon called Armful of Sunflowers by ET Designs found HERE . Thank you ET! ♥
Mask12 found in MaskSet 3 made by Rieka Rafita found on her blog HERE. Thank you Rieka! ♥
Plugin (optional):  VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission
Font:  Caramel Crunch, a payfont


1.  Open a new image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select All.
open paper supplied ~ paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open mask 'n minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask in drop down menu & apply.
Merge group. Close off mask.

2.  Open black photo mask. Resize 650 px wide. C/P as a new layer.
Selections ~ select all ~ float defloat ~ invert selection.
Open tube of choice,
C/P as a new layer, move to right. Press delete on keyboard to remove excess. Deselect.
Duplicate tube layer. Adjust ~ blur ~ gaussian blur ~ radius 2. Apply.
Change blend mode to 'soft light'.

Back to photo mask layer again, select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert selection
Choose tube again except resize it 50% 'n mirror. C/P as a new layer below the previous tube layer.
Place to left. Delete excess. Deselect.
Drop opacity of this tube layer to approx44% and change blend mode to 'screen'.

3.  On black photo mask layer, apply VM Extravaganza ~ Transmission ~setting 3, 0, 40.

4. Add wordart of choice resized 18%. C/P above tube layers.
Add other elements of choice.
D/S each element 'n wordart with setting 3/3/35/10 blur, color black.

I used the selection tool ~ point to point to cut out her hat from the tube, resize and D/S
plus cut out the yellow flower from the wordart to place on the hat. D/S

5. Select masked paper layer, resize it 95% and/or resize further using pick tool (deformation tool)
to adjust size vertically.

6.  If you wish to resize your image, do so now using smartsize 90-95% all layers checked.

7. Add copyright & name.
Use same D/S setting as above for name.

8. Delete white bg, merge visible
Save as a PNG

Voila! Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Love Is



Supplies needed:
Tube of choice.I am using the ever-stunning artwork of Camilla Drakenborg. You may obtain a license to use their artwork at UpYourArt
FTU Minikit by BelScrap called Octubre found HERE
Mask used found HERE If this is your mask, please notify me via my blog and I will gladly credit and/or delete.
Wordart supplied HERE
Optional Plugins: EyeCandy 4000 - ShadowLab
Font:  Filigree, a pay font


1.  Open a new image 625 x 625 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer, selections ~ select All.
open paper of choice or Fondo 10 ~ paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open mask of choice or the one supplied. Minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask in drop down menu & apply.
Merge group. Close off mask.
Still on mask layer, go to effects ~ edge effects ~ enhance. Apply.

2.  Open element Farola (light standard) resize 25%, C/P as a new layer - mirror.
Place to left over the light standard faintly seen on the masked paper.

3. Open paper Fondo 9 - resize 10% ~ C/P as new layer.
Selections ~ select all ~ float/defloat
open tube you're using ~ C/P as a new layer ~ placing slightly to right
and press 'delete' on keyboard. Deselect.
Change blend mode to 'soft light'.
Open word art supplied ~ C/P as new layer above blended tube.
Place to left of frame. Change blend mode to 'burn'.

4.  Open paper Fondo 9 again, resize 15% & again at 95% ~ C/P
as a new layer below the smaller frame.
Drop shadow with large blurred setting or
use EyeCandy 4000 ~ shadowlab ~ faint drop shadow setting

Use same D/S setting for smaller frame.

5. Add other elements of choice ~ resizing 10 - 25 %.
D/S elements

6.  C/P main tube ~ D/S using heavier/darker setting or the one below:



7.  If you wish to resize your image, do so now using smartsize.

6. Add copyright & name.
Use filigree, sz 90, fill color white, foreground nil,
add name, change blend mode to 'overlay' & duplicate.
D/S.

8. Delete white bg, merge visible
Save as a PNG

Voila! Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm Baaaack with a sneak peak....

... of a new tutorial "Love Is"

Here is the preview. I hope to be back soon with the written tutorial.


I sure have missed you all. It's so good to be writing again and what a stunning new tube by Camilla Drakenborg to start things off.
Please visit Up Your Art to find her licensed art for sale.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

From The Heart BlogTrain Has Begun



Many of you will know from your journeys on our train we have a very dear and sweet lady called Artmama
who was in hospital after having one of her seizures.
She was placed into an induced coma due to swelling of the brain.
Artmama is now out of the coma and thankfully on the road to recovery.
Doctors have informed the family that it will be a slow process that can take up to a year.
Artmama has now been moved into a nursing facility which is of course very expensive.
If you would like to help then please consider purchasing Artmamas store.
You can find it HERE

I too would like to say Thank You to all the Designers that have come together for this Fabulous Lady.
Artmama took me under her wing and encouraged me to write tutorials which I am forever grateful to her for.
I pray for her everyday and send best wishes to her family during this difficult time.
" I'll Stand By You... "
 Now onto the blogtrain...
You can find my part of the blogtrain by scrolling down or
finding the Masks HERE
MiniKit HERE
Papers HERE
Cluster Frames HERE
and FTU Sea Breeze Tutorial HERE!
Enjoy the FREEBIES!
You can catch a glimpse of the previews on the very bottom of my blog.

Blog train





















































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From The Heart BlogTrain ~ Masks 1-10

Click on preview to download from 4shared. 
Leave me some love if you do! ♥

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A Song for Artmama


A special song for Artmama whom I know loves 'Glee' and would love this song too.
We miss you, Artmama! ♥
Perhaps while you download, you could listen 'n enjoy too.
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From The Heart Blog Train Papers

Tagger Size Papers to coordinate with From The Heart Minikit. 
Click on preview to download the tagger size papers.

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From The Heart MiniKit

From The Heart Tagger Size Minikit.
Click on preview to download 'n leave some love too.

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Tribute To Artmama BlogTrain Tutorial ~ Sea Breeze

For a Sweet Lady who loves mermaids. We miss you! ♥
Click on tag preview to take you to tutorial

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From The Heart BlogTrain ~ Cluster Frames

These are Tagger Size Clusters made from FTU Artmama Scrapkits.
Click on preview to download the free cluster frames and leave some love if you enjoy them.
♥ 

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Another Award!



This Award Is to Acknowledge That 'Your Blog Rocks'. I Would Like To Thank WitchysHeart from http://creationzbywitchysheart.blogspot.com/  and Stu From Creative Crazy Scraps For Acknowledging mine. Thank you Both! ♥
Now the Rules Are I Must Pass This On To 5 other Blogs And Then Post In There Message Box That They have An Award to Pass It On.

Without further ado, I choose:
Dark Moon's Dream Scraps
Naughty Creations
Becky's Creations
Tyger's Tidbits
and Midnight Music Words

Congratulations to you All!

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An Award! Yay!!!

Wow!!! I just received an Award from Kelly! Thank you so much! http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
I received the award from Kelly of http://kelzkrazykorner.blogspot.com. You can see her awesome blog HERE



The aim of the award is to bring recognition to blogs with minimal followers.
Since I have accepted the award I must pass it on to at least 3 other blogs
(but not more than 5). They have inspired me and I feel they deserve a bit more attention.

The rules are to say thank you on my blog to the one who passed it on to me
with a link to their blog (see above). Pick the blogs to pass the award on to,
leave a note on their blog, and then list them with links to their blogs.

These are the blogs I am nominating:

Tori of http://toristidbitstutorials.blogspot.com/
Jill of http://created-by-jill.blogspot.com
and Dee of http://deessigndepot.blogspot.com/

Congrats Ladies! I love your work!




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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Artmama ~ From The Heart BlogTrain coming June 15th

FROM THE HEART BlogTrain will start June 15th as a special Get Well tribute to Artmama who has been in hospital after a seizure and now on the road to recovery. As part of her CT team, we wanted to show her how much we love and think of her and how much she has imprinted upon us in the PSP and digital world.  Here is a preview of what is to come... If you wish to participate, you have until June 11th to send your previews to Bits 'n Bobs. Contact Julie via her blog. Thank you.



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Monday, May 23, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Dream Garden



Supplies needed:
Tube with image supplied.


I am using the beautiful artwork of Alena Lazareva. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
FTU Scrapkit (for limited time only) called Totally Spring, a collaboration by ScrapofAngel & Florjuscrap which can be found HERE
Wordart & mask supplied HERE
Plugin: EyeCandy 4000 ~ Jiggle
Animation Shop
Font:  Sheila, a payfont


1.  Open paper 3, resize 650 x 650. We can resize later.
Mirror your background. Open mask of choice or one supplied. Minimize.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find mask in dropdown menu 'n apply.
Merge group. Do not dropshadow.

2.  Add elements of choice:
element 1 resized to 319 x 484 px ~ mirror
element 40, resized to 177 x 292 px, change blend mode to luminance (L)
element 39 resized to 600 px wide, change blend mode to luminance (L)
element 37 resized to 450 px wide, change blend mode to soft light

 and wordart supplied.
Add a soft D/S to your elements like 2/2/50/7 blur, color #33471b.
Be sure the ivy layer is above the easel layer.

3. Open image of choice resize to approx. size of 195 x 230, using smartsize.
These dimensions will vary according to image chosen.
 Be sure 'lock aspect ratio' is checked when resizing.
C/P image on easel above the ivy layer. Choose the deformation tool or pick tool on image,
hold 'SHIFT' key on keyboard, drag the right lower corner on image downward to
match angle of easel ledge. Still holding 'shift' key, drag the right upper corner of image downward to match
the bottom edge of image. The image should now look like its sitting on the easel naturally, like a painting.
Sharpen image if needed.

4.  If you wish to resize your tag do so now, using smartsize 90-95%
Add copyright info, URL, watermark and name.
Merge visible, save as a PNG. See unanimated version at bottom.

If you wish to animate, continue on...


5.  To animate the stream, draw a selection using the freehand selection tool on the masked background layer,
 choose settings freehand, add mode, feather 4, smoothing 0,
draw a selection as below, trying to avoid the overhanging leaves on the falls:


This is how the selection should look with the feather setting at 4.
This nicely blends the animation with the bg.
Using eyeCandy 4000 ~ Jiggle settings 'turbulence'
bubble size 7.17, warp amount 4.46, twist 3
Apply to your selection by clicking OK.
Selections ~ none (deselect).
Copy MERGED
Paste in Animation Shop as a new animation. This will be frame 1.

Back to PSP, undo deselect, undo jiggle effect,
repeat Jiggle by clicking random seed once, Ok
Deselect. Copy MERGED 'n paste in A/S after current frame. This will be frame 2.

Repeat this method 2 more times for a total of 4 frames in A/S.

6.  Working in A/S, Edit Select All ~ view animation, if happy
 optimize using optimized octree, error diffusion, change partial transparency to 40 px and choose blend with color 'white' or color of forum background.
Save as a GIF. You're done! : )

Hope you enjoy your creation!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Something To Listen To


I've had my heart broken like the rest of you and when I first heard this song, I cried. 'Adele' sings this song with such deliverance that I couldn't hold anything back. I wanted to share it with you too.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Win UpYourArt Tubes...Offer good til May 31st so hurry!


Purchase Artmama's store HERE or HERE and get 2 free tubes of your choice from http://www.upyourart.com/ In addition, on May 31st they will draw one lucky winner to also receive 5 extra tubes!!!!
Simply make make your purchase at either site then email UpYourArt at CustomerService@UpYourArt.com with your reciept.
You must include your Full name, login email, license number and of course your 2 tube choices!
Don't forget, you could also get an adddtional 5 tubes!
Now through May 31st!
Please join their FaceBook Group
They would love to have you as friend on Facebook
If you love them, Please 'LIKE' them.
Dont forget to visit their Society Pages for UYA exclusive tutorials and latest news!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Sweet Temptation


Supplies needed:
Tube or image of choice.


I am using the sexy artwork of Shawn Palek. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
FTU Scrapkit by Artmama called Anything Goes, part of the GI May blog train HERE
Silver staple attached below

Plugin: Xero ~ Porcelain & Radiance
Optional Plugin:  Superblade Pro (for name only)
Fonts: Susie's Hand found HERE & Pappo's Blues Band found HERE


1.  Open embellishment 04 ~ resize ~85% ~ all layers Unchecked
Rotate ~ free rotate ~ 15 degrees to left.
Add a new raster layer ~ move to bottom. Flood fill white to better see what we're working with.

2.  C/P embell 01 ~ move to upper left, above white bg
C/P embell 02 ~ move to lower right
embell 29 ~ resize 125 % ~ sharpen C/P to left of double-silver frame.
Duplicate ~ move duplicate to right of double-silve frame.
D/S with light setting or 1/1/45/4 blur, color # 404040

3. Add embell 17 ~ 95%
C/P embell 10 ~ 50%
Embell 20~ 80% ~ mirror C/P to right

4.  Select double-silver frame, using magic wand ~ add shift ~ RGB  ~ tolerance 10 ~ feather 0
Click inside opening of frame on left. Invert selection.
Back to tube/image layer ~ delete excess ~ deselect.
Do same for other opening of frame.
Note: check to be sure the tube layers don't overlap within the frame. If so, simply erase excess.

5.  When happy with placement of tubes, merge down to one another.
Apply Xero ~ Porcelain ~ setting 50, 128, 128 Red channel 0, green channel 255, blue channel 255.
Repeat.
Apply Xero - Radiance ~ setting: 224, 247, 11, 182. Sharpen once.

Note: if your tubes don't fill the inside of the silver frame, you may add a paper layer if desired (below tube).

6. To make the 'Sweet Temptation' wordart,
open paper 05 ~ resize to 500 px wide. Minimize.
In material palette, foreground ~ choose the pattern tab ~ find paper 05 ~ angle 0, scale 100.
Choose the selection tool ~ in the drop-down menu ~ select rounded rectangle.
Draw a rectangular selection approx. 164 x 54 px.
Add a new raster layer, flood fill with the foreground paper pattern. Deselect. Move below the double-silver frame and tube layers.
See reference tag for placement.
Duplicate 'n move duplicate slightly down 'n to right.
D/S these paper tabs 2/2/45/5 blur, color black.
Using font Susie's Hand, sz 48, foreground nil, fill color black, write word "Sweet" on one tab just made and "Temptation" on other tab.
Convert text to raster layer. Using 3D affects ~ cutout ~ V/H setting -1, opacity 80, blur 34, shadow color #202020.
Do same cutout affect for both texts. Add D/S 1/1/90/ 0 blur, color white.
Add staple supplied to one of the tabs.
Well done!

7.  Add embellishments of choice to customize tag, drop shadow as you go.
Embell 18 ~ 75%
Embell 19 ~ 60% mirror
Embell 21 ~ 100%
Embell 23 ~ 50%
Embell 09 ~ 95% Sharpen.

8. Add copyright information & name.
 Delete white bg, merge visible ~ then crop "Merged Opaque"
Save as a PNG

Hope you enjoy your creation!

New Tutorial ~ Pixie Dust


Supplies needed:
Tube and image of choice.

I am using the beautiful artwork of Rachael Tallamy. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
FTU Scrapkit by Artmama called Whisper which can be downloaded from the first issue of TaggersArt EMagazine HERE.
Pixie dust made by myself found attached at bottom
Plugin: Xero - Serious fog
Font:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Open embellishment 01 ~ resize 37%. C/P ~ move to left. Free rotate 12 degrees to left. Duplicate ~ mirror.
Move duplicate frame below original. Resize a further 90-95%.


2.  On original frame, draw a point to point selection beyond the inside of the frame. Invert selection.
Open image ~ resize if necessary ~ C/P as a new layer ~ delete excess.
Move image below frame
.
Invert selection again
apply Xero ~ serious fog ~ settings: severity 100, whiteout 50, mid-tones,  definition 1, strength 100
Deselect. D/S frame only using 2/2/45/5 blue color #404040.
3.  Repeat step 2 for smaller frame on right.

4. To customize your tag add embellishments of choice or
 
C/P embell  30 above white bg.

C/P embell 7 to upper right.
C/P 10
C/P embell 09 ~ resize 65% ~ drop opacity to 60%
C/P embell 28 ~ 50%
C/P embell 15 ~ 100%
C/P embell 26 ~ 50%
C/P embell 22 ~ resize 75% C/P ~ rotate 90 degrees to left.
C/P embell 15 ~ rotate 90 degrees to left ~ mirror ~ place above both frames to right.
C/P embell 16 ~ 70%
C/P embell 08 ~ 80%

D/S above elements with light setting as above.

5.  Add main tube of choice D/S
C/P embell 25 ~ 50%.
extract one of the single flowers from embell 25 to add in various areas ~ D/S
Add pixie dust (no D/S)

6.  Add copyright information & name.

Delete white bg ~ Merge visible ~ 'crop' MERGED opaque ~ save as a PNG
*crop merged opaque will crop your tag without cutting off any dropshadows*

Hope you enjoy your creation

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Gothic Fairytale


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
 Tube and image of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Jessica Galbreth. You can purchase a license to use her art at CDO.
This tube/image was available with CILM but at time of writing, was not available at CDO.
PTU kit by Artmama called It's Snow Wonderful found HERE or HERE.Thank you Artmama! ♥
Yes, it's a Christmas kit but I loved the versatile elements in this kit.

Supplies HERE includes mask and wordart.
 Font for name is Zapfino Extra LT Four, a payfont
 
 * * * * *
 
 1.  Open a new transparent image 650 x 600 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all
open paper 2 ~ copy 'n paste into the selection. Deselect.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group. Duplicate mask ~ mirror ~ flip.
Move duplicate below original mask ~ change color to black using brightness/contrast -255/0.
Drop opacity to 69.
Add effects ~ noise ~ random ~ monochrome checked ~ setting of 9.
Do same for original mask layer.

2.  Open frame embellishment 07 ~ 58% C/P ~ free rotate 10 degrees left 'n move to left
Duplicate ~ mirror ~ resize 80%. Move this frame below larger frame.

3.  Draw a point-to-point selection around the larger frame. Open image of choice,
rotate image 10 degrees to left ~ C/P as a new layer below large frame ~ delete ~ deselect.
Sharpen. D/S large frame 3/3/55/5 blur, black
Open embellishment 32 ~ brightness/contrast -255/0
C/P above image but below frame. Delete excess that extends beyond frame.

Repeat for small frame using a different part of the image omitting
embellishment 32.

4.  Add main tube as the uppermost layer. D/S 2/3/55/10 blur, black
Adjust brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3.

5.  Add embellishment 05 C/P over main tube.
Using deformation/pick tool, resize to fit across the bottom of both frames.
Sharpen & D/S 3/3/55/5 blur, black.
Add embellishment 11 ~ 50% C/P above ribbon.
Embell 33 ~ 75%
Embell 44 ~ 70%
Embell 02 ~ 25%
Embell 04 ~ 65%
Embell 03 ~ 65%

Add D/S to added elements 1/1/40/5 blur, black

6.  Add wordart C/P
Select All ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection  expand by 2
Add a new raster layer ~ flood fill with color # dad3c5 ~ deselect.
Move this layer below wordart. D/S

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark  & name.

Hope you like your gothic creation!

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Define Sanguine


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
Tube of choice. I am using the beautiful artwork of Katherine Barber. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 PTU scrap kit by Artmama called Sanguine found at Exquisite Scraps or on her blog HERE2020 mask HERE
No Plugins
Font for name is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart found HERE

 
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1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650. Flood fill white.
Open element 8 (tree) ~ resize 80% C/P to left of working image
Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert
open element 43 (wordart) ~ resize 80% C/P over top of tree ~ delete excess
repeat  again over another part of tree. Deselect.

2.  Open main tube ~ C/P above white bg
Open 20/20 mask, minimize
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from image ~ find 2020 mask 'n apply.
On your layer palette, duplicate the mask layer and then merge group.
You may have to apply mask one more time, depending on tube used.
Mirror masked tube (if using same one)

3. Open element 5 ~ 80% C/P to left of image. Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip
open element 7 ~ 80% C/P
apply the 2020 mask to this layer as well to soften the hard edges
or use eraser tool set at fuzzy soft setting sz 150 opacity 100 to erase the hard edges.
open element 25 ~ 75% C/P to top right of image ~ drop opacity to 38

4. Back to element 43 (wordart) which is already resized at 80%
further resize 60% C/P to right of tree, then drop opacity to 38
Add element 23, C/P as is
Add element 34 ~ 80% C/P to bottom of image ~ duplicate ~ mirro
Add element 14 ~ 75% C/P ~ rotate with pick/deform tool ~ sharpen
Duplicate 'n arrange duplicate.
Add element 13 ~ resize 40% C/P
Add element 15 ~ 25% ~ C/P under flower (element 13)
Duplicate a couple of times 'n rotate each leaf seperately ~ sharpen.
Add element 32 ~ 50% C/P above leaves but below flower (element13)
Add element 16 ~ 50% ~ C/P a couple of times, resize as desired
Add element 26 ~ 50% C/P 'n rotate with pick tool as desired ~ sharpen.
No dropshadows were used except a light setting on name only.

5. Add main tube again ~ resize 50% C/P
Optional:   Duplicate tube
On original tube layer ~ brightness/contrast -255/0 (changes tube color to black)
Close off duplicate tube layer.
drop opacity of original tube to 15 and move this 'shadow' layer slight left 'n upward.
Open duplicate tube.
The shadow is barely visible on the reference tag
but I wanted to give you the option to add a shadow via this method.


6.  If you wish to resize, do so now using smartsize.

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
To add name on curve,
on material palette, foreground black (fill nil)
select pen tool ~ point to point bezier curve ~ create on vector ~ line width 2
click to make first 'node' on left wing (see below) and
then click again to make second node (below butterfly)
and then drag the cursor (mouse) to right 'n downward while holding down the left click button on mouse,
 making a gentle curve as below:

When happy with curve placement, let go of mouse and it creates a smooth vector curve.
Select font sz 72, foreground nil, fill color #dcae64

Type name when you see a crescent shape on 'A' of center of curve.
Note:  You can easily move your text by moving the center node of the deform box either left or right
(the text will follow the path of the curve as you move it)

Back to layer palette, click on + sign (open the layers), close the new path layer then convert the text to a raster layer.
Duplicate text ~ merge down ~ D/S 1/1/55/0 blur ~ black.

I hope that makes some sense to you.  :+)

This blend looks best on a white background so merge all flatten and save as a JPEG
or delete white bg, merge visible and save as a PNG.

Well done!


Hope you enjoy your whimsical creation!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Life Is Sweet


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 
 FTU sampler by Kay Miller called Life Happens Sweetly found HERE Thank you Kay! ♥
Just scroll down to find download link
Mask457 by Insatiable Dreams found HERE (in Masks 12 set ~ page 2)
EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow
Font:  Weltron found HERE

Another quickie tut...
 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open up a new transparent image 700 x 650 pixels and flood fill white to best see what we're working with.
Add a new raster layer above the bg, flood fill with #ffa5b3.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply. Merge group.
Resize mask 90%.

2.  Open floral cluster ~ 25% C/P move upward 'n to left
Duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip ~ move slightly upward 'n to right.
Open ribbon 1 ~ 20% C/P

3.  Circle frame ~ 20% C/P move to lower left
Draw a point-to-point selection beyond inner opening of circle.
Add a new raster layer, move it below the frame on your layer palette
Open paper 2, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Sharpen.

4.  Open tube/image of choice. C/P as a new layer ~ arrange ~ invert selection ~ delete ~ deselect.
Brighten tube using brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3.
Sharpen tube only if needed.
D/S the circle frame 2/2/45/5 blur, color #404040.

5. Open wordart ~ 20% C/P as desired.
Apply eyecandy gradient glow ~ glow width 3, soft corners 0, overall opacity 100,
Setting at medium, color white.

6. Open flower2 ~ 10% C/P

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name using font Weltron. Apply gradient glow to name.
Open floral cluster ~ draw a selection around one of the white flowers seperate from cluster ~ C/P ~ resize 25%
Place flower on top of name for added effect.
D/S all elements added except circle frame & masked layer.
 
 Delete white bg ~ merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
 
Hope you enjoy your new tag!

New Tutorial ~ So Lovely




This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
Tube of choice. I am using the beautiful artwork of Rachael Tallamy. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 PTU scrap kit by Ninie's Designs called Lovely Things found HERE
Chichi Mask 2 found HERE
Light Effects CU freebie by designs by Sarah found HERE (scroll down a bit)
Plugin:  Adjust ~ Variations
Eye Candy 5 ~ Impact
Font for name is Alpha from the kit

 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650. Flood fill white.
Open element 35 ~ resize 450 px C/P on working image.
Draw a rectangular selection within the outer edge of the stamp frame.
Add a new raster layer. Move this layer below the frame
Open paper 6 and paste into the selection. Sharpen.
Open tube of choice ~ mirror ~ C/P as a new layer (arrange as desired) ~ invert selection ~ delete. Deselect.
Change the blend mode of the tube to overlay.
Using plugin Adjust Variations ~ change the color to a soft pink of your liking.
D/S the frame using 4/4/35/10 blur color #404040.

2. Add a new raster layer above the white bg. Select all
Open paper 4, paste into the selection. Sharpen. Deselect.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply. Merge group.
Resize if desired.

3.  Open element 19, resize 600 px wide. C/P above masked layer.
element 5 ~ 537 px wide C/P to left of working image
element 7 ~ 327 px C/P on working image to right. Duplicate ~ resize 75% ~ mirror.
Arrange. D/S both with same setting as above.
element 9 ~ 625 px ~ C/P near bottom D/S
element 23 ~ 233 px ~ C/P to left ~ duplicate ~ resize 75%
Slightly turn duplicate copy to left with deform/pick tool
sharpen ~ D/S both elements
element 24 ~ 595 px wide ~ C/P to right D/S

4. Open light effects by Sarah ~ resize 562 px wide C/P above frame layer. Duplicate 'n mirror. Arrange.
element 06 ~ resize 406 px C/P top left

5. Open tube C/P to left of image ~ adjust brightness/contrast ~ clarify 3.
Use plugin Adjust Variations to soften tube using pink setting of choice.
EyeCandy5 ~ Impact ~ prospective shadow ~ choose setting 'reflect in front, short'

6. Add element 28 ~ resize 680 px wide C/P ~ use deform/pick tool to fit image (if needed)

7.  To drop shadow main tube, draw a selection around tube that sits above element 28 ~ right click on layer palette ~ promote this selection to a layer
Deselect. D/S as desired. This avoids a dropshadow on the reflection below the tube.
Add elements of choice:
element 36 (wordart) ~ 587 px
element 8 ~ 210  px
element 16 ~ 210 px ~ duplicate ~ resize 75%
element 30 ~ 136 px ~ duplicate ~ mirror ~ arrange to make one flower
element 10 ~ 120 px wide ~ place on top of black flower
D/S each flower

If you wish to resize image, do so now using smartsize.

8. Add copyright, URL, watermark and name using alpha resized 15% or less.


9. Delete white background ~ merge visible ~ save as a PNG.
 
 
Hope you enjoy your creation!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Inner Storm


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Jennifer Janesko. You can purchase a license to use her art at CDO.
Cluster Frame by Dawn called Inner Storm found HERE Thank you Dawn! ♥
Pbs Mask2 by Punky Butts found HERE
  Thank you Punky Butts! ♥
Plugin: EyeCandy 5 ~ Textures
Xero ~ Porcelain
Optional: Filters Unlimited 2.0
 Font used is Filigree, a payfont
 
 * * * * *
 
 1.  Open the cluster frame, resize to 630 px wide.
Using the selection tool, point-to-point, draw a selection around the periphery of the frame.
Add a new raster layer, flood with gradient of choice using colors from your tube.
Deselect. Move this layer below frame on your layer palette.
Add texture of choice to the gradient layer using Filters Unlimited 2.0 ~ paper texture of choice.

2. Open tube C/P above the gradient layer but below frame.
Using magic wand selection tool, click outside of gradient layer. Select tube layer ~ delete. Deselect.
If using same tube, apply Xero ~ Porcelain standard setting or 50, 128, 128, 0, 0, 255.
Adjust ~ brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ strength of 3.
Drop opacity of tube to 77.


3. Add new raster layer, arrange to bottom. Flood fill with gradient 45 degrees, repeat 0 using colors
foreground #3c4e62, fill color #c6d2dd
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group. Resize masked layer 105%. Duplicate. Merge down.

Duplicate masked layer 3 times for a total of 4. Rename layers mask1, mask2, mask3, mask4.
Apply effect add noise ~ uniform, monochrome setting 43 to mask 1.
Apply same noise to mask 2 but change setting to 50.
Apply same noise setting 57 to mask 3.
Apply same noise setting 36 to mask 4.
Close off mask 4, 3 and 2.

4.  Add name using fill color #c6d2dd sz 72.  D/S 1/1/95/1 blur color black.

5.  To add copyright in curve as in reference tag, select eclipse tool ~ choose circle, create on vector, width 4,
foreground color black, fill nil, draw a circle beyond periphery of frame. Center to frame. Do not convert to raster layer.
Select text tool, (i used font Mr. Keningbeck sz 26) in same color blue, type copyright information by clicking cursor in top center of vector circle. You should see crescent shape on 'A' of your cursor.
Center lettering by using spacebar. When happy, click on + sign next to text on the layer palette, close off bottom circle layer.
Select text vector layer, pull down the center top 'node' on the working image to flip the text upside down, then 'mirror' the text.
Right click on text and convert to raster layer.
Well done! :+)

To animate:
Be sure mask 4, 3 and 2 are closed and mask 1 is open.
Select tube layer
Using EyeCandy 5 ~ texture ~ texture noise

setting as below:


Apply noise. Edit ~ copy merged
In A/S, paste as a new animation.
Back to PSP, undo noise effect to tube layer. Close off mask 1, open mask 2.
 Apply texture noise again to tube layer by clicking random seed once. Apply.
Edit ~ copy merged ~ paste in A/S after current frame.
Back to PSP, undo noise. Close off mask 2, open mask 3.  Repeat noise to tube layer by clicking random seed again ~ apply.
Edit ~ copy merged ~ paste in A/S after current frame.
Back to PSP, undo noise. Close mask 3, open mask 4. Repeat noise to tube layer by clicking random seed again ~ apply ~ edit ~ copy merged
Paste in A/S after current frame for a total of 4 frames.
In A/S, select all ~ view animation. If happy, change animation properties to opaque white or black.
Optimize using optimized octree. Save as a .gif.

 Hope you like your new creation! ♥

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Easter Basket


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but or any version thereof.
 I am using the sexy artwork of Zlata_M of Pics For Design found HERE
Freebie Easter kit by Artmama called Spring Into Easter found HERE Thank you Artmama! ♥
Easter basket found HERE
Vix_ Mask350 found HERE
Font used for name is Clive Barker found HEREWordart by me found HERE
Optional Plugin:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name only.


 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open a new transparent image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
We can resize later.
Add a new raster layer. Select all.
Open paper 10, copy 'n paste INTO the selection. Deselect. Sharpen.
Open Vix_mask350, minimize. Image ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask ~ apply. Merge group.

2.  Open embellishment 3, resize 80%, C/P.
Duplicate. On original layer ~ gaussian blur setting of 2.
Add embellishment 27 ~ 80% C/P to left ~ duplicate ~ mirror ~ flip.
Open embellishment 10 ~ 80%. C/P as a new layer. Move to left. Rotate with deformation tool (pick tool). Sharpen.
Duplicate ~ mirror.
Offset slightly upward.

3.  Open basket of choice ~ resize 12%. C/P.
Add main tube of choice. Resize. C/P.
Brighten tube using brightness/contrast ~ clarify setting of 3.

To erase bottom portion of tube, magnify your workspace with center wheel of your mouse to 200% or more.
To better visualize basket, drop opacity of your tube layer to approx 50% on your layer palette.
Using selection tool, point to point, draw a selection around fingers and bottom of pants that you wish removed. Delete. Deselect.
See below:

NOTE:  *Remember to increase opacity of tube layer back to 100% when done*

4.  Add embellishements of choice. Colorize embell 30 using 'color changer' tool. Change foreground to # 8ac93a. Flood fill brown ribbon with green foreground color.
C/P above basket layer but below tube. Add:
Embellish 29 ~ 45%
Embell 15 ~ 80%
 Embell 16  ~ 75%
 Embell 11 ~ 80%
Embell 6 ~ 80%

5. Add wordart of choice. D/S all your elements using 1/1/55/5 blur color black.

If you wish to resize, do so now.

6.  Add copyright, URL, watermark 'n name.

For name use a lime green foreground color, baby blue fill color. Font sz 72. Stroke width set at 1. Anti-alias smooth.
Type name. Convert to raster layer. Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify selection contract by 1. Apply favorite inner bevel setting. Deselect.
Using EyeCandy 4000, gradient glow apply a small yellow glow to name.
D/S using 2/2/55/5 blur color black.

Voila! You're done!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Sun Sand Sea


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
Tube of choice. I am using the beautiful artwork of Alena Lazareva. You may obtain a license to use her work at Up Your Art
 FTU Add-on by Cajoline Scraps called Sea Life found HERE Thank you, Cajoline ! ♥
Background image courtesy of Stock Exchange found HERE
Please credit www.sxc.hu if using same bg.
Beckys Mask023 found HERE Thank you, Becky!
Font used for name is Seawave found HERE
  * * * * *
1. Open a transparent image 700 x 650 px. Flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer. Select All.
Open paper 3 'n paste into the selection. Sharpen. Deselect.
Open becky_mask023, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Merge group.

2.  Open element 1 ~ 75% C/P below masked layer.
Open frame element 2 ~ 75% ~ mirror. C/P above masked layer.
Select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ invert.
Open border element ~ 20% C/P as a new layer. Place over bottom edge of frame ~ delete. Deselect.
Using Lighten/Darken tool on left sidebar, right click with mouse on this border along the outside edges
to darken, giving the appearance the border is wrapping around the frame.
Merge down to frame. D/S frame using 4/4/35/5 blur color #404040.

3.  Add other elements of choice. D/S each.
Using rectangular selection tool, draw a rectangle selection beyond inside of frame.
Add a new raster layer.
Open background image of choice or the one provided.
Copy image and paste into the selection. Deselect.
Move this bg below frame but above your masked layer. Sharpen.

4. Add main tube of choice. D/S.
If using same tube, use brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3. Apply twice.
This helps to brighten/lighten the tube.

If you wish to resize, do so now.

5.. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
I used font Seawave ~ sz 72, anti-alias smooth, direction ~ vertical, kerning -200.
Fill color white. Adjust kerning to fit your name if needed. Adjust width by pulling in side vectors.
Duplicate.
Add a light D/S 1/1/55/5 blur color #404040.



 6.  Delete white background. Merge visible. Save as a PNG.

Hope you enjoy your new creation!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Awesome News....

I'm thrilled to say I'm a CT tutorial writer for Up Your Art I'm tickled as all heck 'n two of my latest tutorials are in honor of some of the amazing artists affiliated with Up Your Art. Thank you for this privilege. ♥

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New Tutorial ~ Sunsational


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
Tube of choice. I am using the sexy artwork of Guy Powers. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit by Rosie's Playground called Bright Summer found HERE Thank you, Rosie! ♥
Gina Gem's mask5 found HERE Thank you Gina! ♥
Font used for name is 2Peas Sunshine found
HERE

Another quickie tut...
 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open element 32 (the sunsational wordart), resize 85% with all layers unchecked.
Move the wordart slightly downward.

2.  Open element 16, resize 85%, C/P as a new layer below the Sunsational wordart.

3. Open paper 2, C/P as a new layer. Move to bottom.
Add a new raster layer above the paper layer ~ select All.
Back to the paper layer, choose Image ~ crop to selection.

4.  Still on the paper layer, crop using crop 'merged opaque'.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find ginasgem_mask5 & apply.
Merge group.

5. Add flowers of choice.
Element 5 ~ 7%

6. Drop shadow all elements using 4/4/55/4 blur, color black.

7. Add copyright, URL, watermark & name.
I used different colors from the wordart to colorize each letter.
Add your favorite inner bevel setting. D/S.

8. Merge visible. Save as a PNG.


 Fait accompli!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Irish Wishes


This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 Corel PSP X2 version or any version thereof.
Tube of choice. I am using the stunning artwork of David Boller. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit by Cinnamon Scraps called Green Galore found HERE Thank you, Laura! ♥
St. Patty's mask by me found HERE
and 20/20 mask found HERE
Font used for background wordart is FFF urban found HERE
Font used for name is the Alpha from the scrap kit supplied.
Plugins:  Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Xero ~ Porcelain
 
  * * * * *
 
1.  Open up a new transparent image 700 x 660 pixels and flood fill white.  You may always resize later.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all ~ open paper of choice. I used paper 4 'n paste INTO selection. Deselect. Sharpen.
Open mask supplied. Minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image ~ find chas33mask. Apply. Merge group.
Resize 95%.
Open the rope frame, resize 75% C/PD/S using 4/6/35/10 blur, color black.
Open the heart frame, resize 80% C/P. D/S
Back to rope frame, erase any part of the rope that you do not want showing through the heart frame.

2.  Add other elements of choice resizing either 40 or 50%. D/S.
See reference tag.

3.  Draw a point-to-point selection around the heart frame.
Open paper 9, resize 80%. C/P as a new layer. Delete excess.
Move this below the heart frame.
Do not deselect yet.
Open paper 7 resize 80%. C/P as a new layer above the previous paper layer. Delete.  Deselect.
Change the blend mode to 'soft light'.

4.  Above your paper layers but below your heart frame, type the words "MAY ALL YOUR WISHES COME TRUE"
with font FFF urban, sz 8, color black fill, alias off.
Convert to raster layer. Object center to canvas.
Using plugin mura's meister ~ copies ~ use tiling preset but change gap to 2. Apply.

Open mask 20/20, minimize. Layers ~ new mask layer ~ from image, find mask 20/20 'n apply to your wordart layer.
On your layer palette, duplicate the mask then merge the group together.
Lower opacity to approx. 76%.

5. Add main tube of choice. Duplicate. Move copy tube layer above heart frame, leaving
original tube layer below heart frame. Close off copy tube layer.
Using point-to-point selection tool, draw a selection around the heel of her foot 'n delete.
Do same for copy of tube layer but lower opacity of this tube layer to better visualize where tube lies on heart frame layer.
Draw your selection ~ delete. Deselect. Remember to increase the opacity of your tube back to 100%.
D/S your copy tube layer same setting as above.

6.  Duplicate your top copy tube layer. On duplicate layer use
Xero - Porcelain ~ standard setting except change blue channel setting to 0 and increase green channel setting to 137.
Apply.

If you wish to resize do so now using 90% smartsize.

7. Add copyright, URL,  and watermark,
Add name using alpha supplied. I colorized mine with hue 69, saturation 117.
Resize all the alpha 75%. Using selection tool, draw a selection around letter of your name.
C/P as a new layer. Do this for each letter in your name.
Merge down each letter in your name, then D/S using 4/6/35/4 blur.

Move your name above the heart frame but below the top two tube layers.

Voila!

Hope you enjoy your Irish tag!