Friday, August 11, 2017

Cressida




Cressida

Gather 'round, my precious Tigerlilies! I have such a fun tut for you!
I wrote this tut on August 10, 2017. Any resemblance to existing tuts is purely coincidental. 
I used Jasc PSP9.

I am using the beautiful work of Ishika Chowdhury. Her tube Cressida can be purchased at www.scrapsncompany.com and you will need a license to use her work.
The Kit is Cressida by LilMzsBrainstorms. This kit is so exciting! Plenty of fun things in here for all your needs. 
I am using the font Drawing Nature from www.dafont.com
My mask is from MB & SW, but feel free to use your own mask if you wish.

Whenever I use a tube or kit element I always duplicate so that I am working with a copy and not an original.

Open paper 6 and resize it to 75%.
Add a New Raster Layer, but this time we're going to floodfill black. I know a lot of tuts call for white, but black is going to be an interesting variation.
Before you merge the layers after you apply the mask, go to Flaming Pear's Lacquer if you have it or to Inner Bevel and play with the effects until you have something you love. I liked my Lacquer effects with my mask because it reminded me of Northern Lights. 

For these elements, you may need to adjust size and placement depending on which tube you use. Or if you like other ones better, defo go for it and make the tag your own.
I always do a drop shadow on my items. Feel free to do a drop shadow to your liking.
Because the background is so dark, I chose a gray color to make the drop shadow stand out a bit more. You may want to use Adjust/Sharpen often.

Element 40 - resize 50%
Element 39 - resize 50%
Element 37 - resize 50%
I used Snap Art Watercolor, but you can apply a Gausian Blur in the Adjust pull down menu to achieve the same thing if you don't have Snap Art. 
Element 55 - 50%
Element 71 - do not resize
             Adjust/Add Noise/Gausian 70
             Adjust/Sharpen More   
Element 38 - resize 40%
Element 18 - resize 40%
Element 88 - resize 35%
Element 78 - resize 50%
Element 59 - resize 30%
             add noise 50
Element 67 - resize 30%
             Add noise 70
             Sharpen More
Element 72 - resize 20%
             Snap Art Watercolor
Element 87 - do not resize
             Erase as necessary to not obscure other layers.
             Add Noise 26
Element 77 - resize 30%
             I added another layer and used mirror and free rotate to place around the moth element. You may want to play around and see if having a couple of butterflies is nice for you too.

Add your credits at this point in time. 

For the name, I used black and applied my text - Drawing Nature is my font.
Then I did Selections?Modify?Expand?3
Then I added a New Raster Layer and Floodfilled with a cp;pr from the tube. 
I applied Lacquer to the bottom layer.
Then I chose Merge Visible, added a drop shadow and used Sharpen More. 
I pasted as New Selection and then moved my name around to fit into the tag.
I selected none and then I was done! 

I hope you had fun!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mermaid Sparkles



Gather 'round, my most precious tigerlilies! I have an amazing tut for you to try. It is super easy and the goodies from this kit are amazing! 

I wrote this tutorial on August 7, 2017. Any resemblance to existing tuts is purely coincidental.
I used PSP9 and AS3.

My tube is Airella from Misticheskaya. You need a license to use her work. I got mine at www.picsfordesign.com
My kit is Doll Mermaid 1 by LilMzsBrainstorms. I got my kit at www.scrapsncompany.com
This kit is so exciting! It is jam packed with goodies for all your tagging needs!

As with all my tuts, please feel free to use any elements you wish and make your tag your own. Have fun!
You also don't have to animate if you don't want to.

Besides the kit and a tube, you will want a font. I am using Wibble and I got it at www.dafont.com

OK, begin by opening a 600 X 600 canvas.
I used paper 8. I always duplicate and close the original so I am working with the duplicate and not the original. 
Resize the duplicate to 75%.
I thought the paper was a bit bright, so I went into layer properties and lowered the opacity to 75%. My eyes just may be googly. if it looks OK to you, you do not need to adjust the opacity at all.

Element 33 - move into place and add a drop shadow to your preferred settings. 
Resize your tube and place in between the background layer and the frame layer. Move the tube so that it is in the frame. My mermaid's tail is pretty fluffy, so I used free rotate and set it at 5 and adjusted her just a teeny tiny bit so she'd fill the frame better. You may have to mess with it a bit.

For this next series of elements you are going to resize all to 30% and place wherever you wish. You may need to mirror and rotate them depending on how your tube is positioned. 
You will also drop shadow as you like.

Element 10
Wlwmwnt 29
Element 86
Element 36
Element 44
Element 46
Element 65
Element 67


Element 32is going to be resized at 20%
Element 89 is going to be resized to 45%
Element 90 will be resized to 40%.

If you wish to use more elements, definitely go for it. 

When you are satisfied with the positioning of everything and of the placement, Merge All and add your credits. 

Now, this is how you add the glitter.
Using the freehand selection tool in PSP, draw around the things you want to glitter. I did not choose everything. I don't have a very steady hand so I like to Zoom In More and I tend to take a good while to do my outlining. Make sure your selection mode is at Add-Shift. It makes me so mad when it changes back to Replace, so I watch that setting very closely. 
When you do a freehand selection, you will see marching ants around what you did. 
When you are satisfied, go to Window and Duplicate two times.

On the first one go to Adjust and Add Noise. I used setting 60 and I had Gausian checked.
Then I hit Adjust Sharpen and sharpened my selections.
Then Select None.
I chose copy, and then carried it over to AS and selected Paste as new animation.
I repeated the procedure for the next two duplicates and I increased the Add Noise by 5 each time, so 65 and 70. You want to keep the noise fairly closely spaced.
Each time I carried it over to AS, I selected Past after current frame. 

When everything is copied, go to AS and select View and then Animation. 
If you are satisfied with your tag, save it as an MNG file. The reason for that is that MNG doesn't keep optimizing and it acts like a clean blank copy every time. 

Now it's time for the name.
Back in PSP, open a new canvas. I used 600 X 300. There was no way the font would be that massive, but I like a little elbow room. 
I chose Wibble font. I had it set at 72. For my shorter names I resized at 115% and for my longer names, I did not to resize down to 80% so as not to mess up the view of my mermaid's tail. 

Typre your name. 
Then go to Selections/Modify/Expand. Expand 4 and then select New Raster Layer and floodfill with a matching color from your tube or from the kit. 
Select None.
On the New Layer Adjust/Add Noise and take that layer to the bottom.
Select the top layer and apply Eye Candy 4000 HSB Noise and then glass. Merge Visible and add a drop shadow. Adjust/sharpen and copy.

Go to AS and Paste as New Animation.
Duplicate twice.

Now this part you need to be careful with. Click on the first frame of your name. Go to Edit and Choose Select All. Then choose Copy.
Then Click on the first frame of your MNG file. Choose Select all under Edit. Then Choose Paste Into Selected Frame. Now, this has a cool feature because you can position it how you want. You set the action by clicking with your mouse. You must use Selecte all And Paste Into Selected Frame or it won't work. 

When you are satisfied, save as a GIF.

I hope you had a good time with this tut!


Monday, July 31, 2017


Goldie

I made tags with Kelly Lynn's beautiful doll Goldie and the Kizzeb By Kelz kit AdoreMe. Check all the goodies out at www.kizzedbykelz.com!








Lubbie Lee



Gather 'round my precious Tigerlilies, have I got a beauty for you! 
This is such a lovely kit and tube to celebrate a wedding!
I am using a Selisan Al-Gaib tube called Lubbie Lee. I got it at Tiny Turtle Designs www.tinyturtledesigns.com and you will need a licence to use the tube.
The kit is Lubbie Lee from LilMzsBrainstorms and it is jam packed with everything you need for your wedding tags! You can get the kit at www.scrapsncompany.com.

I used RD Mask set 122 Mask 4, but feel free to use the mask of your choice. 

I used the font Stardust Adventure, which I found at www.urbanfonts.com but again, feel free to use a font you love.

Nothing is hard and fast about this tut.

I wrote this tut on July 31, 2017. Any resemblance to existing tuts is a coincidence. 
I used Jasc PSP9. 

Open Paper 13 and duplicate it. Close the original. Resize to 75% which will make your canvas 600 X 600. I like to leave my area big so I can see what I'm doing. If you are bound by size requirements, you can resize at the end. 
Make a New Raster Layer and floodfill it with white. 
Apply your mask. 
Before you Merge, click on Raster 1 and apply your effects. I used Xero's Fritillary. I just clicked Random until I found a pattern I liked. If you like a certain preset, go ahead and use that one.
I then applied Lacquer. Lacquer is a more obscure filter, so not everyone has it. Inner Bevel is a filter that does a lot of the same things that Lacquer does. Again, use the settings you like.

Element 95 - Resize 75% 
Adjust - Add Noise 66
Drop Shadow

You may be using a different tube than I did and that is totally OK. From now on, arrange your layers to suit your tube. Or, if you have a different vision and want to use other elements in the kit, go ahead and make it your own.

Element 3 - resize to 15%
Adjust - Add Noise - 66
Add your drop shadow

Element 20 - resize 30%
31 - resize 50%
Add noise
11 - resize 50%
42 and 43 - resize 40%
If you want to add some "bubbles" to your Champagne, use your magic wand and select the liquid in the glass. Add Noise. Than Select None and add your drop shadow.
91 leave as is but you may wish to add Lacquer or an Inner Bevel to make it stand out. 
34 - resize to 40%
27 - resize to 10%
81 - Lacquer
Add Noise
80 Resize to 22%
32 Resize to 25%
105 resize 25%
104 resize 25%
Add Noise
100 - resize 30%

Add your credits and make your arrangements how you like them. Then Merge All. 

For the text, I used Stardust Adventure.
I typed in my name and then applied Flaming Pear's Primus filter. They keep bugging me to upgrade to SuperBladePro, but I am too cheap to buy it. You can achieve the same effect with Inner Bevel or with Eye Candy Chrome and then Glass. 
Then add noise and Use Adjust - Sharpen More.

I hope you had fun! 

Fruity Sweet




Gather 'round, my precious Tigerlilies, I have a super dee duper cool tut for you! I am so excited about this one! You are going to love it! 

I wrote this on July 26, 2017. Any resemblance to existing tuts is coincidental. 

I used Jasc PSP9.
Materials such as fonts are entirely optional and you can swap out if you have something you like better. 
Feel free to substitute kit elements too. This kit is so exciting and it is just totally packed with all the best goodies! 
I am using a couple of weird filters, so if you don't have them, go ahead and substitute. 

Here's what I used:
Verymany Tube (You will need a license to use her work) Watermelon 2
RD Mask set 128 Mask 3
Alien Skin Snap Art Comics filter
Eye Candy 4000 Glass filter
Flaming Pear Lacquer filter
Ruge Boogie Font from Urban Fonts
The amazing kit from LilMzsBrainstorms Fruity Sweet

Open a canvas 600 X 600. I like to make mine really big so I can see what I'm doing. If your forum requires a different size, you can always scale accordingly. 

Floodfill with paper 4 and add a white raster layer.
Go to your paper layer and apply the Comics filter. I used Assorted, Industrial. 

Apply your mask and merge all.

Open Element 101 and resize it to 50%.
Apply the Flaming Pear Lacquer filter. You may need to mess with it a little bit until you get the effect you like. I use this filter a lot because there are so many things you can do with it. 

Get your tube set up and resized and Paste as a New Layer.

On all my layers I was using a dropshadow of 3 horizontal and 1 vertical. Feel free to use the settings you like. 

You may have to play with your layers to get them how you like. That is cool. 

Element 14 - resize to 50% and apply Eye Candy 4000 Glass filter.

Element 52 - resize 50%

Element 61 - resize 45% and use Glass.

Element 59 - resize 45% and use Lacquer.

Element 53 - resize to 45%

Element 17 - resize 45%

Element 31 - resize 35%

Element 54 - resize 30%

Element 3 - 50%

Merge all and Sharpen. Add your credits. I like to use Verdana for my credits because it is an easy to read font. 

For the name, I used a font called Ruge Boogie. I did a pink layer and a green layer to look a bit watermelony. I selected colors from my tube so it would match. Then I applied the Lacquer filter. 

You may have to play around with things a bit to work out what goes where. 

This was a total blast to write, and I hope you have fun working with it!

American Patriotic



Gather 'round my precious Tigerlilies! It's time for another tut!
Today I am using the amazing Lysisange's tube American Patriotic. You can get this tube at Scraps&Company and you need a license for it. 

I am also using a kit called American Patriotic from LilMz'sBrainstorms. This kit is jam packed with fun elements and cute papers. You will love this great kit!

If you have a patriotic mask, you might want to use it. 

I also used a font called Spangled which I got for free at urbanfonts. 

This tut does used some extra PTU filters. If you do not have the filters, feel free to substitute with ones you have. If you want to use elements that I am not using, feel free too. Take the kit and make it your own. There are tons of great things to play with! 

I made the tut in PSP9 and any resemblance to other tuts out there is coincidental. 

Set up your mask layers. I used a red, white and blue gradient. I wanted to make my background as bright and busy as I could, so the gradient die that for me. 
Apply the mask.
Before I merged my layers I went down to the bottom one and applied Xero's filter Fritillary. 
You may need to play with the settings until it gets how you like it.
Merge layers.

Paste your tube as a new layer and add your drop shadow.

Using Element 1, add noise and paste as a new layer and add drop shadow.
Then duplicate the layer, mirror it and flip it and arrange it so you have stars all over. 

Element 6 copy/paste as new layer and drop shadow.

Element 13 - add noise, paste as new layer and erase any stems that may be showing. 

Element 15 - paste a new layer and apply Flaming Pear Lacquer.

Element 23 - add noise, paste as new layer.

Element 81 - resize to 30% and paste as new layer. 

Element 14 - resize to 30% and paste as new layer.

Element 100 - resize to 20% and paste as new layer. Duplicate the layer and mirror.

Element 98 - resize depending on your tube's position. Apply Flaming Pear's Lacquer. Sharpen 

Add your credits. 

Now the lettering may get a bit fussy, but you can play with it and find what works easiest for you. I used red and blue for the filling in part. I filled in all the letters. 

I applied Eye Candy 5 Glass and made my glass clear. 

Then I went to Eye Candy 4 and applied Gradient Glow using white. Then I chose Select None for the text.
I re-did Gradient Glow except I changed the color to red.
Then I did it again with blue. 

You can use all kinds of different effects and colors. Play around. Have fun!

Flower Beach



Gather 'round my precious Tigerlilies, I have a new tut for you! 
I am using a tube by Alex Prihodko, which you can find at PicsForDesign. You will need a license to use this tube. 

The kit is so exciting! It is Flower Beach by LilMzsBrainstorms! You are going to have so much fun with this kit! 
You can use a mask of your choice. 
The font is Beyond the Mountains and I found it at urbanfonts.com

I created this tut June 24, 2017. Any resemblance to existing tuts is coincidental. 

OK, let's begin.

Now, keep in mind that this is what I did. Feel free to add or subtract and do other things to make the tut your own. If you want to use a different tube, go ahead. Enjoy yourself and do what makes you happy!

Open paper 1 and resize to 75%
Add a raster layer and flood fill with white.
Apply mask.

Resize the tube (mine was 40% but if you use a different tube, you may have a different resize) and paste as new layer.

The elements you use and the sizes and mirroring will depend on your tube and preferences. I chose mermaid-y elements, but if your tube is different, you may opt for some of the other elements that are jam-packed in this great kit!

Element 68 resize 55% mirror drop shadow copy/paste as new layer.
Element 3 resize 12%
Element 2 resize 17%

Element 35 
Mirror and resize to 40%
Now, we are going to do a different thing with the drop shadow. Choose a color other than black or white. I chose aqua. Check the box that says put shadow on a separate layer. 
Then merge the layers together and do another drop shadow but un-check the separate layer box and choose a light color. I chose white. It makes the clouds look a bit fluffier without darkening the sun. 

Element 29 resize 15%
Elements 43 and 44 resize to 15%
Element 45 resize to 45 and mirror
Element 99 resize to 15%
Element 94 leave as is but you may need to use the eraser tool and erase a bit of the rope. 
Element 75 resize to 23%
Element 74 resize to 15%
Element 73 resize to 11%
Element 6 resize to 17%

Element 7 - duplicate
Use the crop tool and crop one side of one  and crop the opposite of the duplicate. Resize each side to 12%

Element 86 resize to 17%
Element 9 mirror resize to 17%
Element 60 resize to 17%

You will want to play around with all these layers and place them where you think they look cool. When you have everything where you like it, merge and flatten, adjust sharpen, and add your credits. 

If you want it un-animated, you are finished and can add your name.

Here is what I did for the animation:

Use your freehand selection tool to put marching ants around what you wish to make sparkle. When you are finished make two copies. You can go to Window and select Duplicate twice.

On your first frame, choose Adjust, add noise and set up your noise how you like. Because my tube is so busy, I began with a lower number. I started at 50. I also chose Gausian and monchrome. When the noise was added I chose Select None. Then I went back to Adjust and chose Sharpen. 
I chose Copy and then took it over to Animation Shop and chose Paste as New Animation.

For the second one, I put the noise at 55 and followed the same procedure. When I got to Animation Shop, I chose Paste After Current Frame.

For the third one, I put the noise at 60 and followed the same procedure. 
Now, bear in mind that whatever you did in Frame 1 such as sharpening it, you have to do to all the frames or it will look off. 
Now view your animation. Mine looked like it was going too fast. I Chose Select All and then went to Frame Properties. In the little box there was the number 10. I changed that 10 to a 15. It slowed my image down enough. Be careful when you are adjusting time. A little adjusting goes a long way.  

Now for your lettering, back in Paint Shop Pro, set up your font. I used Beyond the Mountains.
I chose a color from my tube.
I used Flaming Pear's Lacquer on the normal setting, but I repeated it so the filter was applied twice. 
I used Eye Candy 5's Gradient Glow on the Baby Rainbow setting. I put the width down to 9. 
Then I added a drop shadow. 

Copy, carry over to Animation Shop and Paste As New Animation. Duplicate twice. 
Select all/copy
Then click on your image you are pasting your text into. Select all and then choose Paste Into Selection. You can move it around and set it where you like it. 

Then View Animation and save. 

I hope you had a good time doing this!