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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Proud 2 Be Gorjuss

This tutorial was written by me on June 28, 2009. It is entirely my own idea and any similarities to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

What you will need: Scrap kit of choice, preferrably Red White & Blue. I am using the gorgeous FTU kit by Monti. You can find it at her site HERE. Click the bears to enter the site and then click on Scrap Kits. It's called BigBangBoom-BlogTrain-Kit.

Template: I am using template 3 by Stayyseee Productionzz. You can find that HERE.

Tube and font of choice. I am using the adorable artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can find it at her store HERE. Please do not use the same tube without a valid PURCHASED license.

My word art or make your own. I have posted mine here. It is saved as a png with a transparent background. Right click to save it to your computer. Photobucket

Ok Let's go.

Open your template. ShiftD to duplicate it and close the original. Image resize, and resize 80% Bicubic. Delete the top layer. Click on the layer called Dark Gray Rectangle to make it active in your layer palette. Selections, select all, selections float and paste a paper of choice. I used the Patchwork paper. Copy and paste onto your canvas. Selections, invert and hit delete on your keyboard. Selections, select none. You can now either delete the original layer or close the eye to hide it.

Go to the next layer up and repeat the steps as before. I used StarsNStripes-White. Keep repeating all of that until you have your layers covered with a paper.

For the white square, I used the Red Paper
For the black square, I used the blue paper.
For the white stars layer, I used the blue paper with the stars on it.
I also used the same paper on BOTH of the black stars layers.
The next layer is the Gray Star. Selections, select all, selections float, defloat. Open up the Stripes1 paper, but resized it to 60%. Copy and paste it on top of your selected star.Selections invert and hit delete. Make sure when you close that paper that you click NO when it asks if you want to save the changes to it!
On the star frame, I used the white paper.

Unhide the Gray Stripe layer, and add a paper of choice to it. I used the Flag paper and moved it up so the stars were showing in my selection before I did the selection, invert, selection delete.

I then added the heart out of the kit, resized 30% SMART SIZE and then 50% smart size. Place it over on your blue square.

Add any other pieces from the scrap kit that you want. I used a couple of butterflies, resized as above.

Go back through and give each layer a drop shadow. I am using V&H 2, Opacity 55 Blur 5.

Here's what mine looks like so far: Photobucket

Next add your tube of choice. I resized mine 60% BICUBIC. Place where you like and add a drop shadow. I used 1, 1, 100, 5 to make her stand out a little bit.

For the text, I put the blue and white papers in my foreground and background and typed each letter in a different color. Takes a little bit of time but it's not hard to do. I have included my text layer. You can get it above.

Add your name in a font of choice. I used A&S Jiggy Roman, which is a pay font so I can't supply it. I also used the white paper in the background and foreground null. Add a drop shadow and a gradient glow. I used both the red and blue from the papers for the glow.

Use your crop tool to get rid of the excess. If you resized at the beginnins, you shouldn't need to resize again. Add your copyright. Make sure it's legible. I a small white gradient glow using EyeCandy 4000 to make it stand out.

Hide your white background and save as a png.

Thanks for trying my tut. I hope you found it easy to follow.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New tutorial: Gorjuss Magic


You can click on my screen shots to make them larger.

This tutorial was written by me on June 14, 2009. It is my own idea and any similarities to another tutorial are purely coincidental. Please do not copy and paste it anywhere online. You may link to my blog for groups.

For this tutorial, I am using the awesome artwork of Suzanne Woolcott.
You can purchase it at her
store. Please DO NOT use the same without a
Scrap kit from Jessica. If is available
HERE. This kit has been
around for a little while but it's just beautiful!
Tube and font of choice. I used SnootyFox NF, which I can't supply.
Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient glow.

Open a 600x600 image. Flood fill white so you can see what you're doing.

Open Frame3 from the kit. Copy and paste it onto your canvas. Click
inside it with you magic wand. Selections, modify and expand by 5.

Open a paper of choice. I used Paper 24. Copy and paste on top of your frame layer. Selections, invert and hit delete on your keyboard. Drag the paper layer under your frame layer in your layer palette. Selections, select none.

Copy and paste your tube of choice. Duplicate it and move it down
under your frame.

Click inside the frame again with your magic wand. Selections, modify
but by 3 this time. Selections, invert and make your top tube layer
active. Use your eraser brush to erase whatever part of the tube is
outside your selection. Don't worry...with the selection there, it
won't let you erase too much!

Add a drop shadow to your BOTTOM tube and your frame. If you
dropshadow the tubethat you erased from, you will be able to tell you

At this time, I hid my bottom layer and went to merge, merge visible.
This way it won't resize the bottom layer! Image, resize by 80%, all
layers UNCHECKED. Now you should have something like this Photobucket

New you can add your embellishments of choice. I used the
fairydusttrail_JD. Paste as a new layer. Duplicate, Image mirror and
image flip. Merge those 2 layers together and drag it down underneath
your merged layer.

Add the SF Wordart. I gave this a fat gradient glow with a color from my tube with these settings:

Photobucket Photobucket

New, paste the flower branch1 and resize by 60%, all layers unchecked.
Image, flip and move it so there's just a little showing at the bottom.
Right click on that layer in your layer palette and duplicate, mirror.
Merge the 2 layers together and drag it down under the sparkle trail

You can no merge visible again, but make sure your bottom layer is
hidden. Image, resize and resize by 80% all layers UNCHECKED.
Add your copyright and your name. I added gradient glow to my name but
size 3.

You can now crop your tag to get rid of the excess white.

If you want a transparent background, keep your white layer hidden and
save as a PNG. Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

American Spirit

Since I am no longer selling scrap kits, I've decided to offer them for download to whomever wants them. I have more and I will get them up as time allows.

My Amerian Spirit kit can be downloaded HERE.

My Folder of Extra Tags

Here is a link to my Fotki where there are several folders of extras of tags that I have made for my group using the art of Suzanne Woolcott. These are free to snag, as long as you do not alter them in any way.

You will find that folder HERE.