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Most of my tutorials are written using PTU art and scrapkits! That however should not stop you from trying them. I understand not everyone can buy scrapkits and/or art but there are tons of FTU artist and freebie scrapkits that you can use. I only write tutorials as a guide. What YOU do with them is up to your imagination
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All Tutorials have been written in PSP 8. They are just a guideline on how to make a tag look a certain way and do not have to be followed word for word!
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Timeless Beauty



This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP
It was written using PSP 8 but can be done in other versions

Supplies:
Tube of Choice
*I am using the stunning work of Zindy S.D. Nielsen (of course...lol). You must have a license to use the same tube*

Noir Et Blanc PTU Kit
*This is a simply GORGEOUS kit by Addictive Pleasures (Tamie) and Pink Princess (Vicki). Please visit thier blogs to find out where you can purchase this kit*

Lets Get Started:
1). Open a 650*250 blank canvas

2). Copy and paste your paper of choice as a new layer

3). Copy and paste your tube of choice as a new layer
*Using your crop tool make sure you crop it back to a 650*250 canvas*
Duplicate your tube
On the duplicate layer:
Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle: 90
Strength: 100%
Ok
Change the blend mode on your tube to something that suits it
*I used Multiply on mine*

4). Select All
Selections
Select Selections Border
Both Sides Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 8
Copy and paste your paper of choice
Invert
Delete
Invert again
Do Not Deselect

5). Selections
Select Selections Border
Outside Only Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 4
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with another color from your tube
Select None

6). Now is the time to add any elements to make the forum set your own
Move them below your 2 frame layers

7). Add any wordart you might want
*I added Timeless Beauty to the top and bottom of my set*

8). Add the copyright information and any license information that is needed

9). Add your name
Save in your preferred format

Lets Make An Avatar:
1). Open an 150*150 blank canvas

2). Copy Merge your tag

3). Copy and paste onto your canvas
Position the portion you want to be seen in your avatar
Crop your image back to 150*150
Use the steps in Step 4 & 5 from your banner to make the border for your avatar except change the 1st setting to 6 and the second to 3 for the width

4). Add your copyright and license information

5). Save

All Done!

This tutorial was written by Carrie's Concoctions on June 18, 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is unintentional
Monday, June 13, 2011

Blue Butterfly

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP
This tutorial was written in PSP 8 but can be done in other versions

Supplies:
Tube of Choice
*I am using the gorgeous artwork of Zindy S.D. Nielsen. You must have a license to use the same tube*

Behind Blue Eyes
*This is a fantastic PTU scrap kit by Pink Princess Scraps. Please visit her blog to purchase this kit*

Mask #250
*This is a great mask by Vix. Please visit her site to see all her gorgeous masks*

Lets Get Started:
1). Open a 650*250 blank image
Open all your supplies in PSP
Copy and paste your paper of choice
Copy and paste your tube of choice
Position it where you want it
*Before we continue make sure you crop your image to 650*250 using your crop tool if your image is far larger than that like mine was*

2). Go to Mura Meister Copies
I used the *Wallpaper preset
I changed my Number slider to 5
*Please use what looks best with the tube you are using*

3). Duplicate the "Copies" layer
Hide the Duplicate for now

4). On the Original "Copies" layer
Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle O
Strength 100
Ok
and then
Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle 270
Strength 100
Ok

5). Adjust
Sharpness
Unsharp Mask
Radius 40
Strength 100
Clipping 5
Ok
Change the blend mode to Hard Light or whatever looks best with your tube

6). Unhide your duplicate layer
Layers
New Mask Layer
Choose your mask from the drop down menu
Source Luminance Checked
Invert Data Unchecked
Right click on the Mask layer
Delete
Ungroup Layers
Change the blend mode to Hard Light or whatever looks best for your tube

7). Copy and Paste your tube of choice
Position
Duplicate
Gaussian Blur of 5
Change the blend mode to suit your tube
*I used Hard Light*

8). Select All
Selections
Select Selections Border
Both Sides Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 8
Add a new Raster Layer and flood fill with a color from your tube
Do Not Deselect

9). Selections
Select Selections Border
Outside Only Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 4
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with another color from your tube
Select None

10). Add any elements from the kit to make the set your own

11). Add all copyright information and any license information needed

12). Add your name


Lets Make An Avatar:
1). Open an 150*150 blank canvas

2). Copy Merge your tag

3). Copy and paste onto your canvas
Position the portion you want to be seen in your avatar
Use the steps in Step 6 from your banner to make the border for your avatar except change the 1st setting to 6 and the second to 3 for the width

4). Add your copyright and license information

5). Save

All Done!

This tutorial was written by Carrie's Concoctions on June 13, 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is unintentional

Ok if you made it this far you are ALL DONE!

Looking for CT at Scrappy DoSigners

Hello my lovelies!
Scrappy DoSigners is looking for some CT members to create LO's
Do you love to create scrapbook layouts?
Do you wanna CT for a great group of ladies?
Then this is the CT for you!

If interested please email 2 samples of your work to:
CarriesConcoctions@gmail.com
Subject: Scrappy DoSigners CT Call

Hugs,
Carrie
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Emolution


This tutorial is animated. To see the animated version please click the link here http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k542/CarriesConcoctions/VeryMany_EmolutionBanner_Minxy.gif


This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop. It is done in PSP 8 but can be done in other versions.
* You might want to get something to drink, settle in and save OFTEN because this is quite a lengthy tutorial*

Supplies:
Tube of Choice
*I am using the gorgeous art of VeryMany. You can find thier art at PFD. You MUST have a license to use thier same art*

Lets Get Started:
1). Open a 650*250 blank image
Copy and paste your tube of choice
Position it where you want it
*Before we continue make sure you crop your image to 650*250 using your crop tool if your image is far larger than that like mine was*

2). Go to Mura Meister Copies
I used the *Line preset
I changed my Number slider to 5
*Please use what looks best with the tube you are using*

3). Duplicate the "Copies" layer
Hide the Duplicate for now

4). On the Original "Copies" layer
Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle O
Strength 100
Ok
and then
Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle 270
Strength 100
Ok

5). Adjust
Sharpness
Unsharp Mask
Radius 40
Strength 100
Clipping 5
Ok

6). Unhide your duplicate layer
Change the blend mode to Hard Light
*Or use whatever works best with your tube choice*

7). Select All
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a color of choice from your tube
Change the blend mode of that layer to Soft Light
*Again use whatever works best for the tube you are using*

8). Merge all these layers together and rename "Copies"

9). Select All
Selections
Select Selections Border
Both Sides Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 8
Add a new Raster Layer and flood fill with a color from your tube
Do Not Deselect

9). Selections
Select Selections Border
Outside Only Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 4
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with another color from your tube
Select None

10). Copy and paste your tube of choice as a new layer
Move it below your 2 border layers but above your "Copies" layer
Give it a drop shadow if you think it needs one

11). Add all copyright or license information needed

12). Add your name

Lets Animate:
1). Copy and paste your "Copies" layer into Animation Shop

2). Effects
Insert Text Effect
*I wrote out my text so that it wasn't hidden behind the tube*
Select Backlight
Click on Customize and play with the settings until you have it how you want it. I didn't want alot of bright light on mine so I just changed it until I was happy
Click Ok

3). Delete your 1st frame
*It will be empty except for your background. Deleteing it keeps the animation smooth*

4). Select All
Click on the last frame
Paste After Current Frame
*all of the 2nd set of frames should be highlighted*
Animation
Reverse Frames
*Check your animation and tweek the frame speeds if you want*

5). Go back to PSP
Close off your "Copies" layer
Copy Merged
Paste into Animation Shop
Duplicate your Merged image until you have the same number of frames as your animation
*You should have 40 frames*
Ctrl A to select all the frames
Ctrl C to copy them
On your "Copies" animation press Ctrl A to select All
Ctrl E to Paste Into Selected Frame
Make sure your tube layer matches up with your "Copies" animation layer before you click on it to place it

6). Check your animation
Save it if you are satisfied

Lets Make An Avatar:
1). Open an 150*150 blank canvas

2). Copy Merge your tag

3). Copy and paste onto your canvas
Position the portion you want to be seen in your avatar
Use the steps in Step 6 from your banner to make the border for your avatar except change the 1st setting to 6 and the second to 3 for the width

4). Add your copyright and license information

5). Save as a JPG

Ok if you made it this far you are ALL DONE!

This tutorial was written by Carrie's Concoctions on June 8, 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is unintentional

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fade To Grey Forum Set (Animated)

This tutorial is animated but since blogger doesn't like animation please click HERE to see the finished animation

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of both PSP and Animation Shop. It was written using PSP 8 but can be done in other versions
*You might want to get something to drink, settle in and remember to save OFTEN! This is quite a lengthy tutorial*

Supplies:
Tube and Closeup of Choice
*I am using the gorgeous art of Lady Mishka. This was purchased while she was still with PTE. You can now find her tubes at SATC. You MUST have a license to use the same tube*

Filters Needed:
*Mura Meister Copies*

Lets Get Started:
1). Open a 650*250 blank canvas

2). Copy and paste your close up on your canvas as a new layer
Effects~Mura Meister Copies
Choose the WallPaper setting
I changed my Number to 15 but use what settings you like

3). Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle O
Strength 100
Ok

4). Adjust
Blur
Motion Blur
Angle 270
Strength 100
Ok

5). Adjust
Sharpness
Unsharp Mask
Radius 40
Strength 100
Clipping 5
Ok

6). Using your Selection Tool draw a rectangle around your Copies layer
Selections
Select Selections Border
Both Sides Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 6
Add a new Raster Layer and flood fill with a color from your tube
Do Not Deselect

7). Selections
Select Selections Border
Outside Only Checked
Anti-Alias Checked
Border Width 4
Add a new raster layer and flood fill with another color from your tube
Select None

8). Make your Copies layer active
Using your preset shape tool draw out a thin rectangle
Lower the Opacity to 50 or so
I added the text Fade To Grey to it

9). Copy and paste your tube above the thin rectangle layer
Add a drop shadow of choice

10). Add all copyright information and any license number you need

**Before you start to animate crop your tag to 650*250. That is the canvas size you started with but the Copies filter makes the background actually bigger when you copy and paste it into Animation Shop**



Lets Animate:
1). Copy and Paste your "Copies" layer in Animation Shop

2). Effects
Insert Image Effects
Fade To Grey
Effect Length 2.0
FPS 10.0
*Should be a total of 20 frames*

3) Select All
Click on the last frame
Paste After Current Frame
*all of the 2nd set of frames should be highlighted*
Animation
Reverse Frames
*Check your animation and tweek the frame speeds if you want*

4). Go back to PSP
Close off your "Copies" layer
Copy Merged
Paste into Animation Shop
Duplicate your Merged image until you have the same number of frames as your animation
*You should have 42 frames*
Ctrl A to select all the frames
Ctrl C to copy them
On your "Copies" animation press Ctrl A to select All
Ctrl E to Paste Into Selected Frame
Make sure your tube layer matches up with your "Copies" animation layer before you click on it to place it

5). Go back to PSP
Add your name to your tag
Copy and paste your name layer into Animation Shop
Follow the same steps as above to get it onto your tag

6). Check your animation to make sure you like it

7). Save and you are all done!



Lets Make An Avatar:
1). Open an 150*150 blank canvas

2). Copy Merge your tag

3). Copy and paste onto your canvas
Position the portion you want to be seen in your avatar
Use the steps in Step 6 from your banner to make the border for your avatar

4). Add your copyright and license information

5). Save as a JPG

Ok if you made it this far you are ALL DONE!

This tutorial was written by Carrie's Concoctions on June 5, 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is unintentional
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rustic Spring


This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP
It was written using PSP 8 but can be done in other versions
**This is going to be a quick tutorial**

Supplies:
Tube and Image of Choice
*I am using the STUNNING work of Dark Yarrow. You MUST have a license to use these same image and tube. You can purchase her art from Dreamscrape Imaging*

Rustic Spring PTU Scrap Kit
*This is a fantastic kit by A Tagger's Scrap. Please visit her blog to see the stores she sells in*

Template #403
*This is a template by Divinie Intentionz. You can find this template on her blog and please leave her some ♥ if you download it*

Lets Get Started:
1). Open all supplies in PSP
Resize if you feel it necessary

2). Make your frame back layer active
Select All
Float
Defloat
Copy and Paste your image of choice as a new layer
Position where you want it
Selections~Invert
Delete
Select None

3). Make your Copy of Circle layer active
Select All
Float
Defloat
Copy and Paste your paper of choice as a new layer
Invert
Delete
Select None
*Do these same steps for square, rectangle 1, rectangle 2, circle 1, circle 3, thin rectangle 1, thin rectangle 2, thin rectangle 3, circle 2 and frame*

4). Copy and paste your tube of choice
Position where you want it
Give it a slight drop shadow

5). Now is the time to make the tag your own
Add any elements you want

6). Resize if you feel necessary

7). Add all copyright information and any license information you need

8). Add your name

9). Save in your desired format

All Done!

This tutorial was written by Carrie's Concoctions on June 1, 2011
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is completely unintentional

I Got An Award


Thank you Tasha for my award ♥

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If you know a blog that rocks and want to give them this award
Then send them a message saying..."Your Blog Rocks".
Since I have accepted this award from Tasha's Playground,
I must pass it on to 5 other blogs that I think Rock.
There are no rules to this award.
Only to send it to 5 people you think deserve this award.
Make sure you leave them a message.

Another GORGEOUS tutorial show off

This is another FTU tutorial by Tasha of Tasha's Playground!
The tutorial is called Strawberry Field and you can find it on her blog!
Gorgeous tutorial Tasha ♥

Slowly but surely...

I am trying to work myself back into my PSP and a couple CT's!
I have been going through so much RL stuff that its amazing. First I am trying to get to know my daddy's biological family which is hard for me because I already have a "family" so thinking of them as my family is difficult
Secondly, I have been blessed with a fantastic man in my life who is going to marry me (eventually, I am in no hurry) so that has been on my mind. As well as the normal day to day stuff!
Soooooooooo with that being said hopefully I will be back into the swing of things in no time
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as I took a much needed break from PSP and the PSP community

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