Friday, 27 November 2009

Sweet Xmas (ftu)

This tutorial was written on November 27th 2009 by Susan aka Hippiedaze.
The idea for this tag is off my own head lol and any resemblance is purely coincidence.
General Knowledge of psp is required, tutorial was written in psp 9 but will work in other versions.

Supplies Needed

Tube/s of Choice, I used the artwork of Elias Chatzoudis, you must have a proper license to use his work please visit MPT - mypsptubes - HERE .
FTU Scrap Kit 'Elegantly Wasted Christmas Collab' by Aiya & Cin, you can find this fab kit @ My Juicy Bits Blog - HERE.
No Template Used.
Mask Used - WSL Mask #84 by Chelle @ Wee Scots Lass Creations - HERE.
Plugin Used - Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow for your name. (optional)

Save mask to your psp folder and open all supplies needed before we begin....

Lets Get Started ...

Open a new image in your psp workspace by going to file and click new, in the box that pops up set to 500x500 and choose white for your image colour then click ok.
(note- this is the size that i prefer to work with but use whichever size your comfotable with, the element resizing will be different to mine though.

Take one of the circle frames from the kit and paste as a new layer on your working canvas, go to image and select resize, choose to resize by 80% of original image and select smartsize, make sure resize all layers box is unchecked then click ok.
Now grab you magic wand tool from the tool palette and click inside the middle of the frame, you should see marching ants blinking all round the inner of the frame now so go to selections and select modify then choose to expand by 4, click ok.
Now choose a paper from the kit and paste as a new layer, you may want to resize a little but make sure the papers not smaller than the circle of marching ants, when your happy with size go to selections and select invert then hit delete on your keyboard, the excess paper will now dissappear lol,move the paper layer down to below the frame layer.

Take the merry christmas circle wordart from the kit and paste as a new layer on your canvas, go to image and select resize then choose to resize by 90% smartsize and click ok, the wordart should sit nicely around the outer of the frame.
Go to effects and select eye candy 4000, gradient glow and use the following settings to give the wordart a small glow :-
Glow Width - 3.00 ... Soft Corners - 25 ... Opacity - 100 ... Colour - White, click ok. (alternatively you could just add a white dropshadow).

Now take one of the tree elements from the kit, paste as a new layer and resize to your liking, go to image select rotate and choose free rotate left by around 15.00, place the tree near the bottom left side of the frame.

Next take the star swirl circle element and paste this as a new layer, resize just a little this time, I choose 90% smartsize and click ok, the stars swirl should be above the tree layer and overlapping the frame.

Paste your tube of choice as a new layer and resize as needed but change smartsize to bicubic in the pop up box when resizing tubes, place her where you like on the canvas or like mine near bottom right side and when happy with placement and size add a small dropshadow to your tube.

I also added the holly leaf element and resized by 20% smartsize, place holly where you like it on the frame and then go to layers and select duplicate then move the duplicated holly to a different position on the frame.

Add some baubles and candy cane elements and resize quite small then place where you like them on the tree like mine.

I used the red star element and resized small then placed on the snow part of the frame, i duplicated the star twice and evened the stars out.

Take one of the presents elements from the kit and paste as a new layer, resize as needed and place in bottom left corner of your canvas.

Activate the bottom white layer and paste a paper from the kit as a new layer, I didnt resize this time but do so if you wish, now go to layers and select load mask from disc then find the mask that we saved at the start, select this and put in the following settings :-
Source Luminace - Checked ... Fit to Canvas - Checked ... Invert Transparency - Unchecked ... Hide all Mask - Checked, click ok then go to the layer palette and merge group.
Grab yur deform tool and pull up the centre bottom node to about the middle of your canvas then go to layers and select duplicate, go to image and select flip then back to image and select mirror, your mask will be showing all the way around the frame now.

Choose a glitter splatter element and paste as a new layer and use your deform tool to pull out the nodes so you have some glitter showing around the frame.

I also added a doodle, resized this by 50% smartsize and placed in top left corner of canvas then go to layers select duplicate and then go to image and select mirror then flip so you have the doodle in the bottom right corner as well.

Lastly i added one of the gift tag elements, resize this as needed and place over her finger beside the snowman.

Now crop or resize your tag if you wish to in the usual way.

Add your name in a font of your choice.
Add artist info, copyright info and your own info.

All done.
Save your tag as a jpeg or png file.

Thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope you enjoyed it and as always id love you to send your creations, my addy is over there on the right>>>>