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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Gorjuss Song In my Heart PTU


Hello, everyone! Another new tutorial for you all. I absolutely love fall! The colors, the crisp air and the bright blue skies. This kit inspired me to make a tag and I wanted to write it up.
This tutorial was written by me on August 21, 2010. Any similarity to another tutorial online is purely a coincidence. It is my own idea.
To complete this tutorial, you will need:

A fall tube of choice. I am using the incredibly cute artwork of Suzanne Woolcott, which you will find at her store. Please do not use the same tube without having legally purchased the tube! Artists need to make a living, too, right?

Template : "Goth At Heart" from dreamslanddesigns. You can find that on her blog HERE. Don't forget to leave a note when you download and take a look at all the other wonderful offerings she has on her blog!
Mask: I am using one from Babe's Designz, Mask 6, which you can find on her blog. Again, please don't forget to leave a thank you!

The beautiful scrap kit called "Autumn Music" by TC's Sweets. You can find it HERE and it's only 2.00, which is a bargain! Love this kit. Thanks, Sweetie for letting me use your kit!
Fonts of your choice.
PSP, of course. I believe this can be done in any version, however I am using PSP9.

Ready? Let's go!
Open your template. Shift D to duplicate it and then close the original. Hide your bottom white layer or just delete it, it's your choice. I usually just close the eye on the layers and delete them at the end.

Click on 1. Selections, select all. Selections, float, selections, defloat. Open up your kit and open up one of the papers. I used TCS-Augumn Music-Papers-013. Copy your paper and back on your template, paste it as a new layer. Selections, invert and hit delete on your keyboard. Now you can hide the 1 layer or you can delete it. Moving on to the next layer up, which is 2. Selections, select all, selections, float, selections, defloat and paste another paper of choice. I'm using paper 023. Selections, invert and tap the delete key on your keyboard.

Layer 3 and the Dot Frame, I just left as they were. Moving on up to the frame background layer. Repeat the same steps we did before, using another paper of choice. I used paper 012.

For the hearts...Click with your dropper tool to pick a color for your background and click to make black your foreground in your color palette. Go to Adjust, Color Balance, Manual Color Correction with these settings:

Do the same with the other 2 hearts or you can leave them all as they are...the choice is yours.

I hid the tag layer on the template but you could do a color correction on it if you want.
Click on Layer 1 and go to layers, new raster layer. Selections, select all. Selections, float and defloat. Copy and paste a paper into your selection. I used the same paper that I used on the top layer of my template. Selections, select none. Layers, Load/Save Mask from Disk. Use the drop down box to find the babe designz mask and apply it with these settings:


Right click on the mask layer and go to merge, merge group.

Add your tube as a new layer. Drag that layer to the top of your layer palette. Place it where you want and drop shadow it. I used (which is my standard drop shadow!)
Add any elements you desire, resizing (remember to always use Smart Size when resizing scrap elements!) and drop shadowing them as you go. I used the a butterfly, a ribbon, the bead string. and a music note.
Add your text and don't forget to add your credits/license number.
You can resize now...resize all layers and crop it to get rid of the excess canvas. Save your brand new tag!

Thanks for trying my tutorial. I hope it was easy to follow. I'd love to see your results, if you would care to show me!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Link Changed for Crafty Delight!

Crafty Delight scrap store has a new URL so I changed it in my post before this one to reflect the change. You can now find the store at http://www.craftydelight.com

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gorjuss Birthday Greetings PTU


This tutorial was written by me on August 8th, 2010. It is my own idea and any similarities to any other tutorial are purely coincidental. Please do not copy and paste this tutorial anywhere online. You may provide a text link to my blog so others can try it. Do not claim this as your own tutorial.

What you will need:
Tube of choice: I am using the adorable artwork of Suzanne Woolcott, purchased at gorjussart. Please do not use the same tube without the proper purchase & license!

Scrap kit: This wonderful kit is from TammyJo of CraftyDelight. You will need to purchase this kit but it is so worth it! I am using the tagger sized version of this kit but she does have the same kit available in full sized also! Thanks, sweetie!

Mask of choice. I'm using one from Babe's Designs. Mask 24. You can find that on her blog.
Font of choice and PSP program of choice. I am using PSP9 but this will work in any version.

Ok, let's go. Open a blank 600x600 canvas. Layers, new raster layer. Selections, select all. Open paper7 from the kit (or a paper of your choice). See at the top of the paper where it says 66%? We need to resize the paper by 66% Smart Size. Copy it and paste it into your selection on your working canvas. Selections, select none.

Apply your mask with these settings:

Merge, merge group.
Next open the birthday cake. Copy and paste as a new layer on top of your masked layer. Image, resize 30% Smart Size. Move it down your canvas a little bit. Right click on your cake layer in the layer palette and duplicate and go to image resize by 90% Smart Size and move it down a little.

Click on your first cake layer which should be Raster 1. Adjust, adjust blur -- gaussian blur 10%. Go to Effects, texture effects, mosaic antique glass with these settings:

Next add the presents you want to use. I used the blue gift with red trim resized by 20% Smart Size and arranged it over to the left at the bottom. Next, I added gift2, resized by 30% Smart Size and moved it over to the bottom right of my tag.

Next, I copied and pasted the blue curled ribbon and resized it by 50% and then resized it 40%. I moved it over to the left side and dragged that layer just above the raster 1 layer so it's underneath the cake.
Duplicate that layer and go to image, mirror and it will place it on the other side of your canvas.

Open Birthday Blue Bow and copy and paste onto your canvas. Resize it 25% and move it so it's on the curled ribbon (make sure the tails of the bow aren't going to catch fire from the birthday cake LOL)
Copy and paste your tube of choice. I resized mine by 80% Smart Size. Move your tube to your preferred location.
Now, go back and drop shadow all of your layers except your mask layer and your bottom cake layer that we used the mosaic antique glass on. I used

Hide the bottom layer and merge visible. Resize if you choose. Add your text with the font of your choice and drop shadow. Don't forget to add the copyright and license number for the tube you used. Crop your tag and save as a .png

Thanks for trying my tutorial! I should have more before too long!