Welcome

...to my Treehouse, where I do a bit of sharing goodies with my readers, and a lot of showing off of my CT tags. It's my little nest in the busy world of psp.

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.

I love to share what I make with you, and I LOVE it when you respond with love back for the shares. So have a look around, take what you like and enjoy yourself. Just watch for splinters.

My Blinkie

Say Hello!

Contact Form

Name

Email *

Message *

Blogs To Visit

CU Licenses

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Presents for you...

I opened up Facebook this morning and SWOOOOOONED right into my cornflakes looking at ViNina's new tube "Julie".  I love her hair for one thing, I've always wanted my hair that color and the cut is spunky, sexy and sweet.  When I got her, I found she had some BEE-u-TEE-ful colors for dress too.  She is my absolute new favorite tube and we can use her through every season and holiday - more bang for your buck! Win - Win - KaChing, and Win.

♥ ♥ ♥ AND Bibi had a matching kit, "Julie Love" - orange and pink?  WHAT?? ♥ ♥ ♥


Oh and it works so sweetly together, so I made you some snags with it to enjoy.  Please remember, never claim as your own, say "why thank you Squirrely" if you download, and don't share them.  Just send your friends here to download.  

While you're here, why not start following my blog (bottom right) because in February, I'm going to start making goodies for you and don't want you to miss them.  Scrap kits, templates, word art - who knows (hehe, I do) what I'll come up with.  And if you start following me before Feb. 4th, you could randomly chosen to WIN! a tube of your choice from me.


Here you go,  have fun with them....




 
  


Thursday, January 29, 2015

My blog gets lots of hits, but now I need some followers because the freebies are about to begin!
I have this contest posted on Facebook, but in case you're not there, here ya go!


The follow button is on the right side near the bottom. It's perfectly safe, and worth a tube to you, so show me you love me and can't WAIT for the freebies to begin!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Enchanted Entrance - a ptu tut


Tube -  I've used Danny Lee's absolutely adorable Cinderella-ish tube, Dancing Princess, which you can purchase and S&Co. HERE.  It's on sale at this writing too.  Please don't use Danny's tubes without a license.  
Scrap Kit - Kizzed by Kelz designed a stunner of a matching kit, also called Dancing Princess and also on sale HERE.  You will LOVE to have this kit in the summertime, it's SO pretty!! 
Mask - WSL_mask108 which can be found on the blog the the Wee Scottish Lass HERE 
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow
Font -  Karl Wright  
-------------------------------------------------
Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
-------------------------------------------------
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of 
direction 315, distance 5, blur 8, opacity 33 with color #000000.

1. Open a new image 750 x 600 and f/f with white, we can crop and r/s later.  Open paper 5, r/s 94% and c/p as a new layer and snap crop it to fit your canvas:


Apply the WSL_mask108 and merge group, duplicate and flip, then merge down.  Add a d/s of direction 315, distance 2, blur 3, opacity 40 with color #000000 and then sharpen.

2. Open elem 71 and c/p as a new layer. Tap inside it with your magic wand and expand by 5.  Open paper 18 and promote background layer by right clicking on it in the layer palette.  R/s 75% with all layers UNchecked, free rotate to the right 45 degrees. C/p this paper under the lace frame.  Add a d/s to the frame. 

3. Open elem 13 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer and move to the far right, duplicate and mirror, merge down.  With your magic wand tap inside one of these frames and expand by 5, add a new raster layer below the frame.  Open paper 14 and c/p into selection, select none. Duplicate and then mirror, merge down.  Add a d/s to the frame layer and then highlight the paper layer again.  

4. Open your closeup tube and mirror it.  C/p it as a new layer to the right side moving it so half of the face is in the frame, duplicate and hide this layer.  Highlight the paper layer once again and s/sa/fl/defl, invert and tap delete on the closeup, select none.  Un-hide the duplicate layer and r/s it 80%. Move it over to the left side frame and fit the entire face in the frame.  Once again select the paper and invert, tap delete on the tube, select none. Duplicate each closeup layer and add a Gaussian Blur of 6 to it, change the blend mode to soft light.  Change the blend mode of each original tube layer to hard light or whatever blend mode suits your tube.  Add d/s to the frame layer. Hide all the other layers and merge together all the frame layers, then un-hide the others again.

5. Open your main tube, r/s if needed and c/p as a new layer, centering the head with the top of the diamond lace frame.  Duplicate and repeat the Gaussian Blur to this layer, add a d/s to the original tube.

6. Now let's decorate things up a bit. We'll go left to right.
:::Elem 102, r/s 40% and c/p as a new layer moving it to the left side of the left frame.
:::Elem 25, r/s 25% and c/p it moving it to overlap the bottle on the left.
:::Elem 92, r/s 35% and c/p it in front of the rose on the left.
:::Elem 3, r/s 35% and c/p to the right bottom corner of the left frame.  Add the same d/s from step 1.
:::Elem 23, r/s 30% and c/p to the top of your layer palette.  Sharpen it and move it in front of the filigree heart.
:::Elem 64, r/s 50% and c/p below the brooch layer and move it a bit to the left of it.  Duplicate and mirror
:::Elem 80, r/s 50% and c/p below the leaf layer and move it to almost the center of the tag.  Erase any of the stem that's sticking out of the other elements.
:::Elem 54, r/s 40% and c/p as a new layer moving it to the right of the tube.  Grab the leaf that's on the right side and move it further to the right now.
:::Elem 52, r/s 20% and c/p moving in front of the clock a bit.
:::Elem 39, r/s 50% and c/p it to just above the frames layer.  Move it to the center bottom of the right side frame.
:::Elem 36, r/s 20% and c/p above the clock layer and place it in the middle of the right side frame.
:::Elem 38, r/s 60% and c/p just below the right leaf layer, move it to the far right of the frame.
:::Elem 83 r/s 50%. C/p it way down below the frames layer and use your mover tool to tilt it a bit to the right.  Put your name on this banner.
:::Elem 36, r/s 50%. C/p at the top of your layer palette and move it to the top of the right sided frame.  Duplicate and mirror over the left frame, merge down.  Add the same d/s you used in step 1 on these crowns.
:::Elem 44, r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer above the main tube layer and move it to the left side of the diamond shaped frame.  Add your d/s and then grab your free form selections tool and trace around her skirt part that the ribbon covers and promote it to a layer.  Move this layer above the ribbon.
:::Elem 72, r/s 95% and c/p as a new layer above your tube.  Move it down towards the bottom.

7. Crop and/or r/s as needed, add your artist's copyright information and your name to the banner if you haven't already, and you're done!



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Retribution - a PTU tut


Tube -  I've used The Hunter's sexy new tube, "Dark Angel 2" which can be purchased at S&Co HERE. Please don't use without a license.  
Scrap Kit - Bibi created a stunning kit to match this tube, or any other gothic tube you have, entitled "Black Angel" and also at S&Co HERE  (63% off at this writing!!)
Mask - gemmasks-228 which you can find HERE 
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow

-------------------------------------------------
Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
-------------------------------------------------
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of  direction 315, distance 5, blur 10, opacity 35 with color #000000.

1. Open a new image 700 x 700 and f/f with white, we can crop and r/s later.  Add a new layer and select all.  Open paper 4 and c/p into selection, select none.  Apply gemmasks-228 and merge group, duplicate. Change the blend mode of the duplicate mask to screen, merge down.

2. For this tut, I highly recommend waiting until the very end before you add any drop shadows.  Open elem 38 and r/s 65%. C/p as a new layer moving it down towards the bottom of the mask.  This will be your foreground where your tube will sit.  Now open elem 110 and r/s them 93%, c/p as a new layer. Move this up till the bottom of the branches touch the top of the leaves foreground.  Open elem 6  and r/s 60% and c/p as a new layer, rename this layer "water".  Move it around so it's in the center of your tag, and down just a bit. You'll likely have to move around all of these elements now to be sure there are no edges showing and the pieces all fit together nicely. You now have your background scenery in place, almost.

4. Open elem 116 and c/p as a new layer and move to the right over the rocks, duplicate, mirror, merge down. In your layers palette, highlight the leaves layer.  Open elem 46 and r/s 50%, c/p as a new layer and move it around until none of the edges show.

5. Move to the top of your layer palette now and open your tube, r/s as needed.  C/p it as a new layer. Open elem 38 and r/s it 50%. C/p as a new layer and drop it under your tube layer moving it to the left of your tube. Using a headstone worthy font (I used copperplate gothic) write something on the headstone. 

6. Let's decorate a bit more - 
::::Open elem 7, c/p as a new layer and place in the opening of the fence, above it in your layer palette
::::Open elem 81 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving it to the left so it overlaps onto the headstone and appears to come from the opening in the fence.  
::::Open elem 114 and c/p as a new layer below your tube.
::::Open elem 3 and r/s 40%.  C/p and drop below the rock/water layer on the far left.  Duplicate & mirror.
::::Open elem 106 and r/s 60%. C/p above the rock/water layer and move to the far left. Duplicate & mirror.
::::Open elem 63 and r/s 40%. C/p above your tube layer and place between the tube and headstone.
::::Open elem 97 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer wherever you like. I put 3 of them flying about.
::::Open elem 48 and r/s 85%. C/p just above the mask layer.

7. To create your name the way I did, open elem 81, duplicate and close original. Rotate right, then free rotate 30 right.  Using a thick font, type your name out with a color of your choice (I used #9c684b) onto the element and convert it to a raster layer.  Move it around until it covers up the colors you want showing.  S/sa/fl/defl and on the element layer, promote selection to layer.  Bring it above your name and merge down. C/p it onto your tag.

Crop and/or r/s as needed, add your drop shadows now and the artist's copyright information, and you're done!

Click here to check out my Facebook Contest!





Thursday, January 22, 2015

Love Yourself - a Valentines tut

Once in a great while, I get inspired to make a template, a mask, or some other tagging goodie to go with a certain tube I come across.  This tube screamed to me with her cute and sassy attitude, so I made this template to write this tut with.  I hope you like it, leave me some lovin' if you do!!



Tube - a real cutie by Andy Cooper called "Kiss Me", which you can purchase at S&Co. HERE 
Scrap Kit - Bibi's Collection matching scrap kit "Red Kiss" which you can also find at S&Co. HERE (63% off sale on now too!!)  
Mask - DBV109, a mask by Vaybs that you can find HERE 
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Glow & Drop Shadow, EC5000 glass
Font -  Tangerine XCn   
Supplies - My own "Love Yourself" template HERE
-------------------------------------------------
Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
-------------------------------------------------
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of 
direction 305, distance 3, blur 6, opacity 30 with color #000000.

1. Open my included template, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the credits layer and 19, 20 & 21.  Above the white background layer add a new layer and f/f with black.  Apply the DBV109 and merge group.

2. Open paper 1 and r/s 75%, rotate right.  Select layer 7 in your layers palette, s/sa/fl/defl and c/p the paper as a new layer, invert and delete, invert again. Add a new layer and open elem 13, c/p into selection, select none. On both the paper layer and the city layer, add a Eye Candy Glow of 2, fat.

3. Merge template layers 3 & 4 together, s/sa/fl/defl.  Open paper 5, r/s 55% and c/p as a new layer, invert and tap delete. Now merge template layers 5 & 6 together, s/sa/fl/defl.  Open paper 4, r/s 75% and c/p as a new layer, invert and tap delete.

4. Highlight layer 9 and s/sa/fl/defl. Open your closeup tube, mirror and c/p as a new layer positioning it so the face fits in the oval, invert and delete. On your tube, add Xero Porcelain with default layers, except make all channels 0. Now add Eye Candy 5 Glass - Set your Settings to clear with no drop shadow, change the Basic bevel to 41, and leave all of the other settings at their default. Open and r/s elem 60% and c/p as a new layer on top of your tube closeup, add your d/s. Open your main tube and r/s it as needed.  C/p it as a new layer to the right of the frame layer and duplicate. On this layer add a Gaussian Blur of 5 and change the blend mode to soft light. On the original tube layer add a d/s of 5, 10, 40.

5. Highlight layer 2, s/sa/fl/defl and add a new layer. Open paper 2 and c/p into selection, select none. Repeat on layers 18 & 14 using paper 2, and apply Eye Candy glass to these layers as well. Add a heavy d/s to the letters of  5, 5, 50.  Highlight layer 1, s/sa//fl/defl and add a new layer. Open paper 8, r/s by 50% and c/p as a new layer, invert and tap delete, select none.  Duplicate, mirror and flip and add d/s.

6. Now let's decorate your tag:
::::Elem 31, r/s 65% and c/p below the main tube layer.
::::Elem 131, c/p above your text layer and dangle it from the "f", duplicate, mirror and dangle this one from the "L"
::::Elem 8, r/s 46% and c/p it above the "mirror" layer, moving to the far left
::::Elem44, c/p moving it behind the text on the bottom left side
::::Elem 16, r/s 50% and c/p below layer 15 and move to the right of the main tube.
::::Elem 27, r/s 90% and c/p below layer 11
::::Elem 99, r/s 50% and c/p below the text layers and tuck behind the "self" in yourself.
::::Elem 114, c/p and tuck behind your main tube
::::Elem 135, r/s 50% twice, c/p as a new layer.
::::Elem 89, c/p as a new layer and move to the left a bit.
::::Elem 117, c/p as a new layer and move it all the way down in your layers palette to just above the background layer.
::::Elem 123, r/s 55% and c/p as a new layer bringing it all the way to the top and tucking it behind the paper layers.
::::Elem 90, r/s 50% and then 20% and c/p to the top of your layer palette.  Move over to the left side and "hook them onto" the frame layer.

7. Crop and/or r/s as needed, add your artist's copyright information and your name, and you're done!

Click here to check out my Facebook Contest!



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sexilicious Baby - a ptu tut


Tube - A super sexy tube called "Dempsey" by ViNina, which you can purchase at S&Co HERE.  Please don't use without a license.
Scrap Kit - Matching kit "Dempsey" by Designs by Joan can also be purchased at S&Co. HERE.
Template - Millie's template #680, which you can d/l on her blog HERE. Please be sure to thank Millie for her incredible generosity!!
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow; Eye Candy 5 glass
Animations - I've used another super freebie animation from Simone, #310 which you can d/l HERE.  Also thank Simone!

-------------------------------------------------
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 Shoppe
-------------------------------------------------
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of direction 280 distance 5, blur 10, opacity 53 with color #000000.

1. Open Millie's template, duplicate and close the original.  Change the canvas size to 700 x 647, you can crop or r/s later on. Delete the cr layer and un-hide the background (f/f in the white).

2. Highlight layer 3 in your layers palette, s/sa/fl/defl.  Open pp-3 and r/s 50%, c/p as a new layer and position within the marching ants, invert and delete.  Repeat these same steps with each layer as follows:
:::layer 4 - pp-6
:::layer 5 - pp-4

3. Open Elem-8 and c/p as a new layer just above the background layer.  Move to the right side, duplicate and mirror, merge down.

4. In your Materials palette, change your foreground color to #ff0000 (or a color of your choice). Grab your target brush with the following settings:

Open Elem4 and using your target brush, colorize the darkest lights on the entire element.  Go outside the lightbulb itself so you get the glow as well.  When done, highlight layer 6 in your layers palette and c/p Elem-4 as a new layer.  If animating - Duplicate this layer 2 more times for a total of 3, rename them 1, 2, 3 and hide all but layer 1. Don't add a d/s to these layers.

5. Highlight layer 6, s/sa/fl/defl and add a new layer. F/f this layer with the same color you used on your lights, select none.  Go EyeCandy5 Glass, under settings tap Clear and use the remaining default settings.  

6. Highlight layer 9, s/sa/fl/def and add a new layer.  F/f this new layer with the same color, and repeat this step on layer 10.  Add a little noise to these new layers of 67 Gaussian. Delete the original layers. On layers 7 & 8, adjust your brightness and contrast to -255 and contrast 0.  On each of these 4 new layers, s/sa/fl/defl, modify and expand by 2.  Add a new layer below and f/f with color #c9c9c9, select none.  Merge each layer with it's highlight layer, but keep the 4 layers separate in case you want to move them around a bit.

7. Open your tube, r/s as needed and c/p as a new layer just below the word art layers.  Duplicate the tube, and on the original tube layer add your d/s, on the duplicate add a Gaussian Blur of 5.  Change the blend mode to overlay on the duplicate layer.  If desired, move the word art around until it compliments your tube, and them merge all of the WA layers together and add a heavy d/s of 3, 3, 80. 

8. Now we'll decorate the tag:
::::Open Elem-3 and c/p as a new layer dropping it below the tube layer, duplicate and mirror. 
::::Open Elem-46 and c/p as a new layer above all of the 'paper layers'.  Add a heavy d/s of 10, 10, 65.
::::Open Elem-35, r/s 50% and then 75%. C/p as a new layer and drop it below Elem-46 in your palette.  Tuck it in on the left behind the large heart.  Duplicate, mirror, and move this one up just a bit.
::::Open Elem-77, c/p as a new layer just below the tube layers and move down and to the left.
::::Open Elem-121 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer above #3 of the lights layers.  Move over the bottom right.
::::Open Elem-7, c/p as a new layer.
::::Open Elem-122 and r/s 90%. C/p as a new layer and move down the center middle just below the bottom of your tube, now move it down in your layer palette to just above the white layer.  Add a light d/s.

9. Crop and/or r/s your tag to your liking, add your artist's © information and your name.  If you're NOT going to animate, delete the white background layer, merge visible and save as a png file.  Continue on if you're animating.....

10. Highlight light layer 1 and be sure 2 & 3 are hidden.  Using your freeform selections tool with feather set to 3, hold down the shift key & trace around intermittent light bulbs and their glow.   I traced around 12 lights pretty evenly spaced.  Holding down the shift key allows you to keep them all selected at one time.  Once they're selected, adjust your brightness and contrast on this layer with the following settings:


Select none. Now highlight light layer 2, and repeat this step, tracing around different lights.  Repeat again on light layer 3.  Don't worry if you don't have every light brightened, this is a quick effect and no one will notice if you miss a few.

11. Open animation shoppe and Simone's animation.  Note that Simone's animation has 21 frames and moves very fast.  We don't want the light layers to blink that fast; your friends would have seizures looking at it lol.  Follow my directions carefully to have 2 animations moving at different speeds without much fuss.

12. Back in psp, starting at the top of your layers palette, hide all layers above the 3 lighted frames, and then hide light layers 3 and 2.  Highlight light layer 1 and copy merged.  Move to A/S and paste as a new animation, duplicate this layer.  Back to psp and hide light layer 1 and un-hide light layer 2, copy merged & move to A/S. Move the slider at the bottom of your tag to frame 2 and tap on it to select it.  Paste your tag from psp 'after selected frame', duplicate this frame now and highlight the duplicated.  Repeat with light frame layer 3, highlight frame 4, paste after selected frame, duplicate this frame.  

13. Now you have 6 frames, but you need 21 to match Simone's animation.  Select all and copy, move to frame 6 and highlight, paste after selected frame.  Move to frame 12 and highlight, paste after selected frame, move to frame 18 and paste after selected frame.  You now have 24 frames, so move your slider all the way to the end and delete the last 3 frames.  Again, it won't make any difference that you've done this.

14. Run your animation and be sure you're happy with it, and if you are - great job! I hope you enjoy your snazzy new animated tag!!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

FTU tut - Creativity


Tube - "Gabrielle" is a dazzling new tube by Spazz with tons of layers, you can get her HERE
Scrap Kits - FTU "A Beautiful Life" cluster freebie by Kimeric Kreations HERE
.   .   .   .   .   .Raspberry Road's "Burning Love" freebie HERE
.   .   .   .   .   ."Be My Guest" freebie kit by Mediterranka Designs HERE
:::Please be sure to thank these wonderful designers so they continue to offer freebies:::
Mask - MPM_mask82 by Millie which can be found HERE. Place into your masks folder.
Word Art - This FTU beauty is from Kimeric Kreations HERE
Filter - Eye Candy 3.1 drop shadow - optional but I write all of my tuts with this.
-------------------------------------------------
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
-------------------------------------------------

1. Open a new image 700 x 700 and f/f with white, we can crop and r/s later. Add a new layer and select all. Open the "Be My Guest" kit and grab paper 5, c/p it into selection, select none.  Find the MPM_mask82 and apply, merge group. Select all again and add a new raster layer

2. Open the Burning Love freebie and grab the paper, c/p in selection, select none. Open mask 2 and r/s to 700 pixels width, c/p as a new layer.  S/sa/fl/defl/invert and highlight the paper layer and tap delete, then invert again. Open your close-up tube and c/p it positioning where you like it, invert and tap delete, select none. Change the blend mode to screen and merge down.  Delete the original black mask layer.

3. Open the FTU Kimeric Kreations word art and r/s to 550 wide, c/p as a new layer.  Move this a little bit to the right.  Move your close up a little bit towards the left.  Open your main tube and r/s it to about 450 in height, mirror.  C/p it as a new layer, dropping it below the word art layer and moving it the far right so you can see the close-up and the bottom of the tube is covered.  I ended up with a few white dots on my main tube's face from the word art, so just erase those. Add an EyeCandy dropshadow of direction 218, distance 5, blur 10, opacity 34 with color #000000.

4. Crop and/or r/s as needed, add your artist's copyright information and your name, and you're done!  How's that for a quick and easy tut with gorgeous results!





Sunday, January 4, 2015

Snowflakes on your Tongue - a ptu tut

Tube - I've used a sweet-as-sugar tube by Danny Lee called "Polar Bear" which can be purchased at S&Co HERE. Please don't use Danny's tubes without a license.
Scrap Kit - FW Tags' kit "Winter Garden" is the perfect winter kit because it has everything snow related in it that you could think of, I loved working with it.  You can find this too at S&Co. HERE (and it's on sale right now!!)  
Template - I've used Brutal Designs Valentine Template 3 which you can find on her blog HERE 
Mask - Mythical Designs MD_maskgrunge1 which can be find on Creative Misfit Creations blog, 11/14 post HERE and Mask_14-22 (in Mask Set 5) which can be found HERE on her blog in set 5
Filters - Eye Candy 3.1 Drop Shadow & Xero Porcelain.
Font - I've used 'Cute Love' HERE  
Supply Zip - includes wordart and snow.

-------------------------------------------------
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
-------------------------------------------------
Unless otherwise directed, add an EyeCandy drop shadow of 
direction 225, distance 5, blur 5, opacity 30 with color #000000.

1. Open the template, duplicate and close the original.  Delete raster layers 16, 13, 12, 11 & 9. F/f raster 1 with white, add a new layer and f/s this layer with #9eb7c3 for a winter sky.  Go to layers and find MD_maskgrunge1 and apply, merge group.

2. Highlight raster 14 in your layer palette. S/sa/fl/def/ and c/p paper6 as a new layer.  Center the olive green center inside the marching ants, invert and delete. Do not de-select, but invert again and add a new layer.  C/p element 2 into selection on the new layer, add d/s of 2, 2, 64. Unsharp mask with these settings:


Repeat these same steps with raster 15. Then delete the original layers.

3. Highlight raster 10 and open element 5, r/s it 40% and c/p as a new layer, moving it over until it covers raster 10, and then delete 10.  Duplicate the snowflake and r/s 50%, mirror and invert. You'll have to close a few layers to find it, but when you do move it over to cover the copy of raster 10, then delete the copy.  Add d/s to both flakes.

4. Highlight raster 6 & s/sa/fl/defl. Open paper 4 and r/s 75%, c/p so the blue part of the paper is in the marching ants, invert and delete, select none.  On the copy of raster 6, repeat these steps except use the white part of paper4.  Add d/s to both layers.

5. Highlight raster 7 and, change the hue/saturation to a color from your tube  (I used hue 15 and sat 162). Repeat on the copy of raster 7, merge down, add d/s.  Repeat this with raster 8.

6. Highlight raster 4, s/sa/fl/defl/. Open paper1 and c/p as a new layer, invert & delete.  Invert again & expand by 20, add a new layer and c/p frame 2 into the selection, select none.  Repeat this same step with raster 5 and frame 1.  Add d/s to both frames. Open element 7 and r/s 25%. C/p it as a new layer on the ring you colorized above frame 1, making it so the branch reaches across the top (reference my tag). To the bird, add a d/s 5, 10, 30.

7. Highlight raster 2, s/sa/fl/defl, c/p paper3 into selection, invert delete and select none. Repeat on copy of raster 2, but after you delete the paper, invert again and add a new layer. Open your closeup tube, cropping & r/s'ing as needed, then c/p it into selection, invert and delete and invert again.  Modify by expanding this too by 20 and adding a new layer. Open frame 4 and c/p into the selection and select none. Change blend mode of the tube layer to luminance legacy and apply Xero Porcelain with default settings.

8. Highlight raster 3 and go to Adjust, brightness and contrast and move the brightness down to -255.  Open element24 (house) r/s 40%, then c/p onto raster 3 moving it to the right side, add d/s.  Open your main tube and r/s if needed. C/p as a new layer and leave it in the center where it lands, duplicate and add a Gaussian Blur of 5 to the tube, change the blend mode to soft light.  On the original tube layer add a d/s in both directions so she stands out well.  

9. Now let's decorate a bit - 
::::Open element 33 and r/s 80%, apply mask MD_maskgrunge1 to this layer but with 'fit to canvas' checked. Before you merge it, r/s the mask layer by 110% and then merge group, no d/s on this layer.
::::Open element12 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving it down a bit below the bushes, no d/s on this layer.
::::Open element 38 and r/s 40%, c/p it and move to the left of the rocks
::::Open element13 and r/s 25%, c/p it below the trees layer in your layers palette. Move a bit to the right so it appears to be leading up to the front door of the house.
::::Open element16 and r/s it 50%. C/p it below the house layer on the right side.  Duplicate and mirror, move this one down a bit on your tag.
::::Open element37 and r/s 25% - c/p as a new layer under the rock layer and move it all the way to the right.
::::Open element 20 and r/s 75% and c/p as a new layer just below your main tube layer and move it over to the right a bit so you don't cover up the close-up face.
::::Open the included text I made for this tut, and c/p as a new layer moving it down so both ends are pretty even with your tubes feet.

If you don't want to animate your tag, crop and/or r/s as needed, add your artist's copyright information and your name, delete the white bg and you're done!

::::::TO ANIMATE::::::

10. Add your artist's © info and your name to the tag, merge all.  Open A/S and find the included snow file.  Select all on the snow file, and go to Animations and resize the snow to the size of your tag.

11. Back in psp, copy your tag, in A/S paste as a new animation.  Duplicate the frames by pressing ctrl L on your keyboard until you have 5 - the same as the snow.  On the snow, select all and copy.  Move to the tag, select all and paste into selected frame.  Save your tag as a gif file.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and your new winter-y tag!!


Fav Forums

I CT For

Search

Archives

Fav Designers

Scrappy Bit of Fun