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Sunday, 25 June 2017

True North!






In this tutorial I used a tube from
This tutorial comes with several different flags and
I have written another tutorial using it with the British flag.
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is called “True North” and is a freebie from
To get the kit you need to be a member of

I used mask 2 from set 16 by

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, pate paper 4 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 95%.

Paste spray 13, resize 75%, use your Pick tool to push it in at the side and make it a bit narrower to fit the mask and place in position. 

Paste element 53, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 68, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 38b, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25, resize 40%, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 25b,  resize 40%, mirror and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 69, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 37, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 21a and resize 30%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame and fill with black.  Paste the tube mirrored, resize 80%, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect.  lower the opacity on the tube to around 65 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 58 on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66b, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 65, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3a, resize 17%, drag below the canoe and duplicate, rotate one copy 20 degrees to the right,  mirror the copy and rotate it 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 36, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60 on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 56, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.




Saturday, 24 June 2017

Waiting Game







In this quick and easy tutorial I used the art of
You can purchase the tube at

I used the pretty freebie kit
from

You will need my mask

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0. Horizontal 5, opacity 65, blur 10.  I recoloured the kit to match my tube; you will find info on recolouring on my Tips and Tricks Page.



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 700 pixels and fill with white.  Make a new layer, select all, pate paper 2 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 85%.

Paste FrameE103 and resize 90%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 4 into the selection.  Open the tube, mirror it then paste it onto your canvas, resize and position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube and deselect.  I resized my tube 90%.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Luminance Legacy) and lower the opacity to around 65.   Select the interior of the frame again with your magic wand, expand the selection by 1, make a new layer, go to Effects – 3D Effects – Cut out and apply using the settings in my screenshot below, deselect.  Close off the white background and mask layers, merge visible then reopen the closed layers.




Paste the tube again, resize, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized this copy 78%.

Paste Winged HeartE1, resize 90%, drag below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ButterflyE101 above the merged layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste EnvelopeE1, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Stud HeartE1, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste NotepadE1, resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste BowE103, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste BowE101, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste FlowerE103, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ButterflyE102, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.



Friday, 23 June 2017

Made in Africa





In this tutorial I used the fabulous new tube “Lion” from
You can purchase this awesome tube from

I used the matching kit “African Beauty” from
Another wonderful kit with some awesome elements,
in particular some beautiful animals!
You will find the kit at

You will need mask 3 from set 156 from

Font is



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal  5, opacity 75, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 5 in to the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 47, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 95, resize 50%, drag below the element, place in position and change the blend mode to “Soft Light”.

Paste element 150, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 144, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 123 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 122, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 135, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 118, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 83, resize 22% and mirror, drag below the mask, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 140, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 89, resize 12% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 70, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 64, resize, 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 109, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 107, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 65, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow

Paste element 53, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 158, resize 50% and place in position.

Paste element 59 on the top, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 108, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.








Thursday, 22 June 2017

Alice Gone Mad!







In this tutorial I used the fabulous February 2015 bonus tube
“Alice in Wonderland” from
This tube is not currently available but there are other suitable
tubes that would work as well.
Enys’ tubes can be purchased at

The kit is “Alice Gone Mad” from
This kit is right I my street, I loved it!
You can purchase it at

You will need my mask

Font is




Other than the keyhole, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 15 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 90%.

Paste element 188, resize 25%, duplicate and merge the top copy down onto the original, place in position and erase the part that shows at the top  on the left side of the mask.

Paste frame 5 and resize 50%.  Select the interior the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 15, go to Selections – Load/Save Selection – Save Selection to Alpha Channel and click on “save”.  Make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 18 into the selection.    Paste your tube and resizing as needed, position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete and deselect.  I used layer 2 of my tube resized 90%.  Apply the drop shadow to the tube.   Activate the frame and apply a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 100, blur 30 making sure the “Shadow on new layer” box is checked.  Duplicate this shadow and merge the copy down on to the original.  Now go to Selections – Load/Save Selection – Load selection from alpha channel, load the saved the selection and invert it, hit delete on the shadow and deselect.  The purpose of this is to give a deep shadow inside the keyhole to give it depth.  Go back to the frame and apply the original drop shadow so we have a shadow on the outside of the keyhole also.  Close off the white background and mask layers and merge visible, open the closed layers and move the merged layer into position.  Phew!

Paste element 118, resize 25%, drag below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 185, resize 50%, duplicate and position on either side of the keyhole along the bottom edge of the castle.

Pate element 22, resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 155, resize 25%, duplicate and mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste elements 94, 95, 96 and 97 and resize each of them 15%.    Rotate one card 60 degrees to the left, one 50 degrees to the left and one 30 degrees to the left, arrange your hand of cards and apply the drop shadow to each.  Be sure to sharpen up these cards after resizing and rotating as they will be blurry otherwise (check out my Tips & Tricks page for info on sharpening).

Paste element 16, resize 15% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 104, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 152 on the top, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 154, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 168, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 167, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 143, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 64, resize 10% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 134, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 133, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 53, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 89, resize 15% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste elements 55 and 56, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 40, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 121, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 17% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 123, resize 30%, mirror and place in position.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.