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Squirrely has been my nickname since I was a child, both because it rhymes with my real name, and because I'm forgetful and just plain nuts at times. I've been tagging for 2+ decades off and on, and now that I'm retired/disabled I'm pretty much on most of the time now.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Shot Through The Heart" Snags

I had great intentions of tutting with this great tube and kit last weekend, but instead I took an unexpected trip to the hospital - FUN FUN FUN!  It's so close to Halloween now, I figured I'd make you some presents rather than make YOU make your own.

Have a great Halloween all, stay safe and don't drink TOO much.  I didn't abide to any of those rules myself on Halloween in 1979 and ended up married - yes, married.  Don't ask, just trust me.  Costumes and insane amounts of alcohol do NOT mix.

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Tube is "Heartbroken by Spazz.....Scrap Kit is "Heartbroken by Schnegge"










Saturday, October 25, 2014

Golden Vanilla - PTU late Autumn tut


Tube - This great 'sweater weather' tube by The Hunter is called "Vanilla Babe" and you can find her HERE at S&Co., please don't use without a license.
Scrap Kit - "Vanilla Pink Autumn" is one of the prettiest kits I've ever had the chance to play with. It was designed by Kizzed by Kelz to match Vanilla Babe, and you can find it HERE.  This kit can easily be used for winter tags as well.
Filters - EyeCandy 3.1 drop shadow (optional but it's what I write my tuts with) and Glow
Font - Hammerkeys (for the banner) & Serious Sally (for the name).

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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
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Throughout the tut I used EyeCandy 3.1's drop shadow of distance - 3, blur - 6, opacity - 35 with color #201a17, except where noted.

1.Open a new image, 650 x 650 and f/f with white so you can what you're working with. Open the frame VP21 and c/p as a new layer.

2. Open VPpaper18 and r/s 55%. C/p as a new layer below the frame layer in your layers palette.  Image - free rotate 2 degrees left. Cut off the overhang of the paper from the frame on the right side with your freeform selections tool and delete.  Select none. Add your d/s to your frame.

3. Open your closeup tube, duplicate and close the original.  R/s it as desired, if using this tube r/s it 50%. C/p as a new layer above the frame in your layers palette.  Position her so that her arms are inside the circle part of the frame.  To cover the bottom of the tube up, carefully trace around the bottom of the frame like so:

Promote selection to layer and select none.  Move this layer above the tube, and you'll notice in the bottom right of the promoted section there's an extra piece of the frame that cuts into her arm.  Just trace that out with your freeform tool and delete it.  Duplicate your tube layer and add a Gaussian Blur of 5, change the blend mode to soft light.  Add your d/s to your tube.

Now we're going to place the elements, refer to my tag as needed:
:::Open VP18, c/p as a new layer just above the mask layer in your palette.  Move it down a bit so it peeks out.
:::Open VP4 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the top left corner of the rectangular frame. Add a d/s of distance 5, blur 11, opacity 48
:::Open VP9, c/p as a new layer just above the frame layer in your palette.
:::Open VP53 and r/s 35%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the top left to cover the hole in the tag. Repeat the same d/s but change the opacity to 38.
:::Open VP126 and r/s 50%, rotate right 90 degrees.  C/p as a new layer moving it to 'rest' on the edge of the left side of the circle frame. Repeat the same d/s.
:::Open VP123 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer and sit on the top of the green leaves. Add same d/s except change the opacity to 28
:::Open VP17 and r/s 35%.  C/p as a new layer and sit this on top of the pink flowers, but move it down in your layer palette to be below the hanging tag layer. Erase any part that hangs over the tube.  Duplicate and flip and place at the bottom of the circle frame. 
:::Open VP26 and r/s 35%, mirror. C/p as a new layer and have this cutie sit on the bottom right of the circle frame.  Add a super light & large d/s of distance 13, blur 15, opacity 15.
:::Open VP3 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just below your tube layer.
:::Open VP36, c/p as a new layer and move it down to the bottom of your tag and layer palette.  Duplicate and mirror.
:::Open VP35, c/p as a new layer just above the previous layer and move it down on your tag.
:::Open VP73, c/p as a new layer just above the previous layer and move it down on your tag.
:::Open VP106, c/p as a new layer, once again just above the previous layer, but move this to the top of your canvas so it peeks out on the right side especially.  Move it up a teensy bit as well.
:::Open VP121 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just above the gold frame layer.  Move it so it's hanging across the top of the frame.
:::Open VP31 and r/s 35% and mirror. C/p as a new layer just below the puppy layer, and move it to the right so it rests on the circle part of the frame.
:::Open VP1 and r/s 40% and mirror. C/p as a new layer, drop it below the previous element in your palette and move it to the left of it, behind the puppy.
:::Finally, open VP50 and c/p at the top of your layer palette. Move to the right so none of the sparkles cover your tube but are noticable over the right sided elements.

4. Add your artist's © and your name.  I used the font Hammer Keys to type the word "Golden" on the pennant (color #423218), and added a glow (color #dad3be) to Bibi's name and used a 3, 3, 90 d/s with color #423218 to keep it soft.  Delete the background layer, merge and save as a png file.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!!








Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gratitude - PTU animated tut


Tube - I've used a great tube by DiHalem, "Native American" which can be d/l'ed at S&Co HERE  
Scrap Kit - The perfect match for this tube is from Bibi's Collection, also "Native American" which can be d/l'ed HERE.  This kit has everything you could of for a Native American or a Western tag in it's 131 elements and 10 lush papers.
Filters - Eye Candy 4000 Jiggle and (optional) Eye Candy 3.1 DropShadow
Font -  I've used Al Afternoon Delight
Supplies - Download HERE - includes a great mask from Kylie - KyLie_Mask183, and the Gratitude quote I found. Put the mask in your masks folder.

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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
A/S = Animation Shop
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Throughout the tut I used EyeCandy dropshadow of distance - 3, blur - 6, opacity - 30 with color #260c02, except where noted.

1. Open a new image 700 x 650, f/f with white. You can r/s or crop later if desired.  Open paper 1 and r/s to 700 x 700, c/p as a new layer onto your working canvas. Move it down until you start to see white at the top, then grab your crop tool and snap crop it to fit.  Find KyLie_Mask183 and apply, merge group. Duplicate this layer.

2. Open elems 57, r/s 82% and c/p as a new layer.  Open paper 7 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer and drop below the frame in your layer palette.  Arrange it so you see alot of sky inside the frame. Tap inside the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection 5 pixels, invert and tap delete.  Select none. Add a d/s to the frame.

3. Open elems 3, r/s 50% and then 25%. C/p as a new layer above the frame in your layer palette.  We want to have just the waterfall cascading over the side of the frame, so grab your freeform selections tool and trace around the frame sections that are behind the rocks.  You should have something like this:

Once done, highlight your frame layer and promote selection to layer, select none. Bring the promoted layer above the rocks in your layer palette. 

4. Open elem 72 & elem 130.  Copy 72 and paste as a new layer onto elem 130, merge visible.  R/s 50% and then 25%, mirror.  C/p as a new layer moving down on your tag to the bottom of the frame.  In your layer palette move it to just above your white layer.  Grab your push brush and give it these settings:

Gently push down the very bottom on the waterfall into the pool of water, as so:


When done, take your clone brush with the same settings and tap a few spots around the area you just pushed so it doesn't look so smooth.  Do not add a d/s to this layer.

5. Open your main tube and r/s as needed.  C/p it as a new layer and move it to the far right, but let it overlap the rocks layer a bit.  Add a d/s to you tube of direction - 344, distance - 3, blur - 6, opacity - 30. 

6. Now we'll place the rest of our elements, refer to my tag as needed...
:::Open elem 24 and r/s 50% and then 25%.  C/p as a new layer and move it down and tuck it behind your tube a bit.
:::Open elem 98 and r/s 50%, mirror.  C/p as a new layer just below your tube, tuck it behind the tube as well.
:::Open elem 23 and r/s 50%.  C/p as a new layer below the wolf layer. Tuck it behind your wolf a bit.
:::Open elem94, c/p as a new layer and move it down so it hangs below your pond, rocks and tube layers.  Move it down in your layer palette all the way to the bottom. Grab your pick tool and stretch out the nodes if you want to make it thicker or wider. No d/s
:::Open elem 2 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just above your mask layer and move it to the far left of your tag. Repeat the same d/s you gave your tube. Duplicate and r/s this one 80%. Move it below the first tree in you layer palette and tuck it behind it, as if it's further back in the forest.
:::Highlight the top layer in your palette, and open elem 9. R/s 50% and c/p as a new layer moving it above the frame layer. Repeat the same d/s as above. Duplicate and r/s this one 75%. Move to the left a bit and above the first bird.
:::Open elem 7 and r/s 50% two times.  C/p as a new layer, move it to the far right of your frame and drop it below your tube in your palette.
:::Open elem 35 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer and move it to the far right, drop below the pottery layer.
:::Open elem 15 and r/s 50%. Rotate right 90 degrees and mirror, then c/p as a new layer to tuck behind the pottery as well. Duplicate it and mirror, moving it up a bit on the left side of the frame.
:::Open elem 123 and r/s 25%. C/p as a new layer to the left side of the frame covering the bottom of the berry elem you just placed.
:::Open the included Gratitude quote I gave you.  C/p as a new layer, move it to the far right and drop it down in your layer palette to just above the mask layer.
:::Open elem 10, mirror and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving up slightly towards the top of the tags, over the birds.

7. R/s your tag if you desire now, all layers checked.  Add your artist's © info and your name. If you don't want to animate your tag, delete the white background and merge visible, save as a png file.

:::To Animate:::

8. Highlight the waterfall layer and rename this layer 10. Grab your magic wand set to 0 feather, and carefully trace around the waterfall and a bit where the waterfall hits the lake below:


Promote this selection to layer and duplicate it 2 more times. Rename these duplicated layers 11, 12, & 13. You should now have a total of 4 waterfalls, named 10 - 13.  Hide 11, 12, & 13 and once again highlight 10.  Go to EyeCandy4000's Jiggle with the following settings:


Unhide & highlight layer 11 and repeat Jiggle changing the Bubble Size to 11.  Hide layer 11, unhide & highlight 12 and repeat, changing the Bubble Size to 12. Hide layer 12, unhide & highlight layer 13 and repeat, changing the Bubble Size to 13.  Hide layer 13, unhide layer 10 and open Animation Shop.

9. In PSP copy merged, move to AS and paste as a new animation.  Go back to PSP & unhide layer 11, copy merged, move to AS and paste after current selection.  Back to PSP, hide layer 11 and unhide 12, copy merged and move to AS, paste after current selection.  Repeat with layer 13.

10. In AS you now have 4 frames. Go to animation and change the frame properties to 18, run your animation to be sure you like it and save as a gif file.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and would love to know what you
think of it in the comments below.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Frosty Snow Princess - PTU, animated tut.


 Yes, it's early for snow lol.  But I loved the movie and LOVE LOVE LOVE this tube so I had to play with it.

Tube - This gorgeous new tube is by Danny Lee, "Frost Girl" which can be found HERE.
ScrapKit - I've used a new delicate kit by Whisper In The Wind that matches this tube and shares it's name "Frost Girl", which can also be found at S&Co HERE
Template - Template 700 by Millie which you can d/l HERE. Great mask designer this lady :).
Filters - EyeCandy glow and drop shadow
Mask - WSL_mask84 can be found on Wee Scottish Lass' blog HERE
Font - Euphoria Script
Supply zip HERE which contains the snow animation. I've looked all over the internet for the original source of this snow to no avail.  I've had it since 2006, so if anyone knows the creator please let me know so I can credit them.

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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
A/S = animation shop
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Throughout the tut I used EyeCandy dropshadow of distance 3, blur 5, opacity 40 with color #273d41, except where noted.


1. Open Millie's template, duplicate and close the original. Delete the credit layer and layers 11, 12, 14 & 15. Unhide and highlight the white background layer. Open Paper 2 and r/s to 700 pixels wide, c/p as a new layer onto the template.  Highlight your crop tool and snap crop on merged opaque. Load the WSL_mask84 and merge group.  Grap your pick tool and pull the nodes out a bit so more of the mask is visible.

2. Highlight layer 1, s/sa/fl/defl/invert.  Open Paper 9 and r/s to 300x300.  C/p as a new layer and move up to cover layer 1 and tap delete.  Duplicate this layer and move it down to cover layer 2.  Select none and delete layers 1 & 2.

3. Highlight layer 4, s/sa/fl/defl/invert.  Open Paper 7 and r/s to 300x300.  C/p as a new layer and move to the right to cover layer 4 and tap delete. Duplicate and mirror.  Select none and delete layers 3 & 4.

4. Highlight layer 5, s/sa/fl/defl/invert.  Open Paper 1 and r/s to 300x300.  C/p as a new layer and move to the left to cover layer 5 and tap delete. Duplicate and mirror.  Select none and delete layers 5 & 6.

5. Highlight layer 8 and merge down with layer 7, s/sa/fl/defl/invert.  Open Paper 6 and c/p as a new layer onto your template and tap delete, select none.

6. Highlight layer 9, s/sa/fl/defl/invert.  Open Paper 5 and r/s 60%, c/p as a new layer and tap delete, select none.  Open El94 (igloo) and r/s 55%.  C/p as a new layer over layer 10, moving it up a bit to cover that layer and delete layer 10.  Open frame 1 and r/s 60.  C/p as a new layer and then Sharpness, unsharp mask with these settings:


Delete layers 9 & 10.

7. Open your tube now and r/s as desired.  C/p as a new layer and duplicate, Gaussian Blur of 5 and change the blend mode to soft light. Change the d/s to distance 7, blur 12, opacity 26.

8. Now we're going to decorate, so reference my tag and...
:::El 21, r/s 75%, c/p as a new layer just above the mask layer.
:::El 20  r/s 50%, c/p below the igloo layer and move to the left.  Duplicate, mirror.
:::El 51 r/s 50% and c/p as a new layer below your tube and move to the right. Duplicate and free rotate left 90 degrees. Drop this layer below the silver leaves on the left.
:::El 58 r/s 25% and c/p as a new layer below your tube layer and to the far left.
:::El 62  r/s 20% and c/p as a new layer moving it the left side, above and behind the music box.
:::El 84 r/s 20% and c/p as a new layer above your tube layer, moving it to the right side on the bottom.  R/s it again 75% and unsharp mask.
:::El 30, r/s 30% and c/p as a new layer and move it to the bottom right of your tube and tuck it behind the heart box, unsharp mask
:::El 43 r/s 65% and c/p as a new layer above the heart box and move it just to the left of your tube.  Add a d/s of distance 4, blur 8, opacity 35.
:::El 25 r/s 20% and c/p as a new layer moving it to the left top.  R/s it again 75% and unsharp mask, duplicate and mirror.
:::El 96 r/s 35% and c/p as a new layer just below your tube layer.  Move to the right, grab your pick tool & rotate it slightly to the left so it sits even with the circle.  Duplicate and mirror, moving this side down a little bit.
:::El 18 r/s 25% and then again 50%, unsharp mask as before and mirror. C/p as a new layer moving to the far right just below the lights.
:::El 11, r/s 60, c/p as a new layer above the tube layer and move it to the right.
:::El 105 r/s 75%, c/p as a new layer just below your tube layer and move it up slightly.  Don't add a d/s to this layer.
:::El 35  r/s 75%, c/p at the top of your layer palette. Move it down to the very bottom of your tag, then move it in your layer palette to just above your mask layer & rename it "floor".

9. Crop and r/s your tag now if desired - all layers checked. Add your artist's copyright info and your name (color #97d9e6 and add noise gaussian, 40 and monochrome). Add a white Eye Candy glow of 2, 100, fat, and a d/s of distance 2, blur 4, opacity 76.

10. Merge your tag and then Copy, open Animation Shop (A/S) and paste as a new animation.

11. In A/S open the included animation, sneeuw2006Bieke and note it has 10 frames and is very large.  Select all frames, r/s to size of your tag (maintain aspect ration UNchecked).



12. Duplicate the frames of your tag until you have 10 and select all.  Move to the snow, select all, copy and move back to your tag and paste into selection.  Run your animation to be sure you're happy with it, and save your tag as a gif.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and would love to know what you
think of it in the comments below.






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sometimes You Gotta Be A Player - new PTU tut


Tube - I've used Spazz' sexy ball player "Jackie", which can be found at the Spazz store HERE. Please don't use without a license.
Scrap Kit - I've used a fun, sports themed kit by Whispers in the Wind called "Ginger", which can also be found at the Spazz store HERE
Template - I created this template for this tut, download it HERE.
Masks - MPM_mask25 and MPM_mask82; you can d/l both at Millie's PSP Madness HERE
Filters - Xero Radiance and EyeCandy3.1 drop shadow (optional, but it's how I make all my d/s in my tuts)
Font - Angelina 
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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
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:::NOTE - Throughout this tut I used EyeCandy dropshadow of 5, 10, 30, except where noted.:::


1. Open my included template, delete layers 6, 7 and the credits, we'll resize layer.  On layer 1, s/sa/fl/defl and invert.  Open Paper 1, c/p as a new layer and tap delete, select none. Delete layer 1.

2. Highlight layer 2 in your palette, and open El6; r/s 65%. C/p as a new layer. Using your pick tool, rotate El6 so it more or less lines up with layer 2 and the bottom aligns with the word "Player". Delete layer 2.

3. Highlight layer 4 and s/sa/fl/defl. Open your closeup tube and c/p as a new layer positioning her face inside the football, Selections invert and delete.  If using a Spazz tube (which are very large), r/s the tube to 1300 in height to get the right size for your closeup. Select none. Apply Xero Radiance with default settings to your closeup tube.  Highlight the football (layer 4) and apply Penta jeans with the following settings:


4. Highlight layer 5 and change the brightness level to 255 to turn it white, then s/sa/fl/defl and lower the opacity to 50.  R/s your tube to be 400 pixels tall and c/p as a new layer positioning it so it fits in as best it can to layer 5.  Invert and delete the excess tube.  Drop this layer below layer 5 and select none.  Duplicate tube layer and mirror, merge these layers and change the blend mode to overlay.

5. Highlight layer 3 in your palette and open paper 5. Colorize and change the hue to 15 and the saturation to 149. R/s 40% and c/p as a new layer.  Using your pick tool, rotate the paper until it lines up pretty well with layer 2, and then delete layer 2.

6. Highlight layer 9 and change to a color that matches your tube - I used #dbcfc4.  Repeat this on layers 13, 12, and 11 and drop those 3 layers to bottom of layer 8.

7. Open your main tube and r/s as desired. Highlight layer 9 again and c/p your tube, moving it to the left so the bottom of her legs touch the bottom of layer 9.

8. Now we're ready to decorate so refer to my tag as you go along.  Highlight layer 5 and ....

:::: Open El10 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the right and resting the bottom on the bottom of the football.  Add a d/s of 5, 15, 35.
:::: Open El14 and r/s 20%. C/p as a new layer tucking it in between the A and the Y of the word Player.
:::: Open El18 and r/s 15%. C/p as a new layer dropping it under the stop watch and to the upper left of it.
:::: Open El25 and r/s 40%. C/p as a new layer and move it over to the flagpole. 
:::: Open El59 and r/s 25%. C/p as a new layer moving it also to the flagpole (be sure you don't cover your closeup tube's face). Position the charm so it's hanging under this bow.
:::: Open El36 and El35, r/s El35 90% and colorize by changing the hue to 15 and the saturation to 141. C/p onto El36 and r/s (all layers checked) 25%. Add the d/s to both layers. Open El50 and r/s 80% and c/p onto the flowers tube centering it.  Merge visible.  Now c/p the flowers onto your tag, r/s it one more time 80%, and move it to the far right.  Duplicate it and move this layer to far left and place it half under layer 8.
:::: Open El38 and r/s 75%, rotate left. C/p as a new layer just below your main tube layer and move down.
:::: Open El63 and c/p as a new layer, move to the far right and above layer 10.
:::: Open El74 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer and place behind your tube. Rotate it a bit using your pick tool.

9. Hide the background layer and merge visible.  R/s (all layers UNchecked) 90% and unhide the BG layer and highlight it.  Add a new raster layer and select all.  Open Paper 6, c/p into selection, select none. Apply MPM_mask82 to this layer, merge group.  Add a new raster layer and f/f with a color from your tag (I used #9c542d).  Apply MPM_mask25 and merge group.  Delete the white bg layer and merge visible, crop now if desired.

10. Add your name and your artist's © info, and enjoy your new sporty tag!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and would love to know what you
think of it in the comments below.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

FTU Halloween kit

As I sit here wrestling with what I think is the beginning of the flu (ick, eek, crap), I peeked over at the Creative Addictions Attitude blog and found my cute little Halloween kit has been posted for you to snag and enjoy, FTU of course!



There are 54 elements and 12 papers in fun Halloween colors, and even a little Chibi is there for you (ty Lady Mishka & Amy Marie) so you don't even need to add a tube if you don't want to.  To download, head over the Creative Addictions Attitude blog!  I'd love to see what you make with it if you'd like to share with me.

I've also got a cute template HERE
& some masks HERE,


all on the CAA Blog this month as well, along with other forum members goodies, so just go a'scrolling to see what else you can scare up to snag.

I'd really appreciate a quick note in the comments here or in the chatbox if you download and enjoy these goodies I make each month for you. It takes just a few seconds to say thanks for what takes me hours to create to for you for FREE!!

Have a FUN-tasmically safe and creative Halloween 2014!!!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PTU tut - Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlej....

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlej.....
(don't say it 3 times!!!)



Tube - I've used this fun & quirky closeup tube "Beetlejuice" by Andy Cooper which can be purchased at S&Co HERE.  Please don't use without a license.  It comes with a full body tube as well.
Scrap Kit - The matching kit I used is called "Spooker", and is by Designs by Joan which can also be found HERE in S&Co.  I used a tenth of the spooky and unique elements in the kit in this tut, and it's on sale right now!! 
Filters - (Optional) I always use Eye Candy's drop shadow, so that is what this tut is written with.
Mask - My SquirrelyMask11 can be found HERE. Please put it into your masks folder. 
Font - Emily Austin which can be found HERE 
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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
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For this tut I've used a d/s of 4, 10, opacity of 35 throughout, unless otherwise noted.
Refer to my tag for placement of elements.

1. Open a new image 650 X 630, f/f with white, select all and add a new layer.  Open Paper4 and c/p into selection, select none.  Apply the SquirrelyMask11 and merge group.
2. Open EL52 and c/p as a new layer, moving it a bit to left.
3. Open EL82 and r/s 72%.  C/p as new layer, drop it below the crypt layer in your palette and move it down a bit.
4. Open EL8 and r/s 75%.  C/p as a new layer dropping below your fence layer in your layer palette, and moving it to the right.
5. Highlight your crypt layer. Open EL84 - c/p as a new layer moving it in front of the crypt about in the middle of it.  Now open EL18 - r/s 60% and c/p as a new layer placing these also in front of the tomb.
6. Open EL22 and r/s to 625 width, c/p as a new layer.  Open EL55 and r/s this to a 635 width and c/p as a new layer moving it to the base of the trees, just covering the rocks.  Duplicate it and mirror, and move under the first dirt layer.
7. Open EL63  and r/s 75%.  C/p as a new layer and move to left front of your tag, even with the fence line.
8. Open EL49 and r/s 50% and then 25%, flip it and c/p as a new layer moving to the right, in front of the tree line.  Use your mover tool to rotate it a bit so it's leaning against the tree and sharpen it. Drop it below the candles in your layer palette.
9.  Open your tube closeup and r/s 50% and then again, 25%. C/p as a new layer and drop below the candle layer, add a d/s of 4, 10, 52. Using your freeform selections tool, point to point with a feather of 10, trace loosely around the bottom of your tube.  Tap delete once and select none. Now it appears she's coming out of the ground.
10. For the final touches, open EL43 and r/s 70%.  C/p as a new layer, with your mover tool, move it down a bit so the mist is lingering on the dirt in front of your tube.  Open EL110 (stars)and c/p as a new layer moving them up towards your sky.
11. Add your name with black, and give it a white no blur d/s of 2, 0, 90.  Add your artist's © and enjoy your new fun tag!!
Monday, October 6, 2014

Wicked Halloween tut - Urban Nightmare

Urban Nightmare


::Tube of choice - I've used a great Halloween/Goth tube by Spazz called "Ashley" which you can find at her store.  Please don't use without a license.
::Scrapkit - 'SkullsNRoses' by Kizzed by Kelz is such a fun Gothic kit that was designed with the Ashley tube in mind.  Below this tut is another tag I made with the kit so you can see more of what's in it.
::Mask - My own SquirrelyMask10 which can be found HERE.
::Animations - Simone at Scrappy Bit of Fun  made the ones I've used. They are SimoneAni80 - TheBlingSeries-010 & SimoneAni307.
::Filters - Eye Candy3.1 Glow and Drop Shadow - other versions may have these but I use the oldie ;). HERE is a safe download site to get it if you don't have it.
::Font - Zombified
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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
AS = Animation Shop
PP = paper    ele = element
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1. Open a new transparent image, 700x700 and f/f with white (we'll resize and crop later on). Open PP10  and r/s 75% - duplicate and move to the right, freeform selections tool to crop, merge down. 

2. Open ele116 and r/s 70%, c/p as a new layer and move slightly to the right, add a d/s of 7, blur 9, opacity 75. Open ele56 and r/s 60% and drop it below the stair layer. Position it at the top of the stairs.  Open ele60 and r/s 80% and c/p below the door layer in your layers palette. Move to one side to the door, duplicate and move this layer to the other side of the door. Move them down equally so their bottoms are aligned with the bottom of the stairs. Repeat the d/s Now open ele20, r/s 50% and c/p the as the top layer.  Move them so that the skulls are on either side of the door. Add a d/s of 10, 12, 75.

3. Open ele115 and r/s 60%. C/p as a new layer moving it down and to the left of the stairs on the bottom.  Let the skulls overlap the stair a bit.  Open ele27 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the far left side and drop below the skulls layer in your layers palette and add a d/s of 7, blur 9, opacity 75.

4. Open ele52 and r/s 25%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the bottom right side of the stairs. Open ele3 and r/s 40%. C/p as a new layer moving it to left of the left sided column (reference my tag).  Open ele119 and c/p as a new layer near the top and to the left of the door.  Drop this in your layers palette to just above your brick wall layer, add a heavy d/s. 

5. Open ele 50 and r/s 50%.  C/p as a new layer and move it to the middle of the barbed roses and drop it below in your palette.  Use EyeCandy glow of 2, 100, fat and color #9d9d9d. Go to Adjust and unsharp mask with the following settings: 


---Add the same heavy d/s 

6. Open ele90 (skulls chain rope) r/s 70% - use pick tool to make left side smaller by moving the left side nodes together:

---Sharpen with unsharp mask on default settings and repeat the d/s.

7. To make the sidewalk, highlight your white BG layer and add a new layer, select all. Open PP8 and c/p into selection, select none.  With your pick tool grab the middle node at the top and pull that down until it almost reaches the bottom step on the stairs. Pull the sides in with the side middle nodes so it's even with the brick paper, and change to your mover tool.  Using your freeform selection tool cut out the little bit of brick showing at the foot of the stairs. Merge the sidewalk layer down with the brick layer. In Masks, find the SquirrelyMask9 and apply it to this combined layer and merge group. 

8. Open your main tube and r/s as needed. C/p as a new layer placing her to the left of the ornament on the wall (ele3). Be sure you can see the TWISTED element above her head. Duplicate, Gaussian blur of 5 and change the blend mode to soft light. Add a d/s of 2, 12, 50 to the main tube layer.

9. Now open your closeup tube and r/s as needed. On the door layer, s/sa/fl/defl and then c/p your closeup tube so her face is centered on the door.  Invert and tap delete, select none, and then change the blend mode of the closeup to screen. Open ele58 and r/s 40%, c/p as a new layer and move it directly over your closeup tube on the door.  Change the blend mode to hard light. Lline up with the eyes of the skull with the eyes of your closeup tube.

10. Open ele 113 and c/p as a new layer above the brick/sidewalk masked layer.  Move it over towards the left until it just covers all of the brick layer, and up high enough so you don't see it under the stairs.  Lower the opacity to 69.

11. R/s your tag - all layers checked - to your liking.  Add your artist's © info. Type out your name with color #582754, covert to raster.  Add an EC Glow of 2, fat, opacity 100, color #3adf3a and add your heavy d/s to it.

:::::Ready for Animation:::::

12. Open Animation Shop.  Back in PSP we're going to be working with the close up tube layer and the skull layer.  Lower the opacity of the skull layer to 0, Edit and copy merged.  Move to AS and paste as a new animation.
---Back to PSP, change the opacity of the skull to 10 and the closeup tube to 90, copy merged.  Move to AS and paste after current selection.
---Back to PSP, change the opacity of the skull to 20 and the closeup tube to 80, copy merged.  Move to AS and paste after current selection.
Continue in this fashion until the tube's opacity is 0, the skull is 100, and you should have 10 layers in AS.

13. Stay in AS now. We need to have 20 frames in our tag, so tap Shift & D to duplicate the tag. On this one select all again, then Animation and reverse frames.  Edit and copy.  Move to frame 10 of your original tag and tap it to highlight it.  Edit, paste after selection, and you should now have 20 frames.  Select all once again, change the frame properties to 20. Run it to be sure it runs well. 

14. Open both the SimoneAni80 - TheBlingSeries-010 & SimoneAni307. Delete the first frame of each of these animations so they each now have 20 frames.

15. Working with Ani307, Select all and copy, move to your tag & select all and paste into selected frame. Keeping your finger on your mouse, move the candle flame to one of the purple candles on the stairs and let it go on the wick.  Repeat this step for each of the other candles until all 3 of them are 'lit'.

16. Grab the bling animation, Select all and copy, move to your tag & select all and paste into selected frame. Keeping your finger on your mouse, move the sparkles to be around the face/skull combo on the door and let go.

17. Run your animation, marvel at your talents and enjoy your new spooky tag!!
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Here is another tag I made with  'SkullsNRoses's by Kizzed by Kelz.  
I told you it was an awesome kit!!




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