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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Aqua






In this tutorial I used the art of
This tube is called “Sea Beacon” and is available at

I used the freebie sampler “Aqua” from
Be sure to check out  the gorgeous full size kits
"Aqua I" and "Aqua II" at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 1 from set 2 from

Font is




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


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 2 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize it 90%.

Paste smudged and resize it 90%.

Paste frame 2 and resize it 55%, select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 1 into the selection.  Mirror the tube and paste it as a new layer, position it in the frame, invert the selection and again hit delete, deselect, change the blend mode on the tube to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity to around 65.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Undo the mirror on the tube and paste it again, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the grid, resize it 70%, drag it down to just above smudged, place in position and apply the drop shadow twice.

Paste corner cluster, resize 70% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste bling, drag up to just below the main tube, resize 80% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste string, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste hearts, flip, resize 80% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste word art 2 on the top, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the crows,  resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Don’t worry that they don’t show up to well at the moment.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Make a new layer just above the white layer and fill it with black so you can see what you are doing.

Paste cloud as a new layer just above the main tube, resize it 50% and position it on the tube.  Duplicate, drag the duplicate below the butterflies, lower the opacity to around 70 and position behind the crows so that they now show up better.  You can now delete the black layer you made.

Paste gem flower, resize 18% and duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.









Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Through the Keyhole





In this tutorial I used the art of
This tube was one of Enys’ bonus tubes at
and is not currently available

I used a freebie kit “Alice in Wonderland” from

I used mask 3 from the set 25 from

Font is 




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


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper (the last one with the chequered bottom) into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Paste element 25 and resize 70%.  Select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste paper 9 into the selection.   Paste your tube as a new layer and, resizing as needed, position in the element, invert the selection and hit delete on the tube to remove the excess, deselect.   I used layer 3 on the tube resize 80%.  Apply the drop shadow to the element and the tube. 

Paste element 14, resize 70%, drag down to just above the mask, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 8, resize 70% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 on the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 35% and rotate 50 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 55% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Go back to element 8, that’s the first flower element and erase the cream flower that is behind the second flower element.   Paste element 7 as a new layer on top of element 8, position it so you can see the top flower, erase all the other flowers  and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, copy your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.














Monday, 6 April 2015

Bee Cos!






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

I used a gorgeous kit “Just Bee Cos” from
As usual, the kit is huge with 75 elements, 15 papers
and 9 frames plus sprays and word art!
The kit is available for purchase at

I used mask 14 from

Font is 




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



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 11 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste spray 14, resize 85% and apply the mask.

Paste frame 4 and resize it 45%.

Paste your main tube and, resizing as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 75%.

Go back to the frame and select its interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste paper 6 into the selection.  Mirror the close up tube, paste it as a new layer, resize and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect, change the blend mode on the tube to “Soft Light” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.  Again, I resized this tube 75%.

Paste spray 16 between the frame and the main tube, resize 80% and place in position.

Paste element 68, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 75, resize 80%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

paste element 34, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 95%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste spray 13, resize 55% and place in position.

Paste spray 15, resize 70% and place in position.

Paste element 3b, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13, resize 30%, drag below element 3b, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31, drag up above element 3b, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 38, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 39, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste element 5, resize 40%, duplicate a few times, position around your tag and apply the drop shadow to each.

When you are all done, crop your tag if needed, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.






















Saturday, 4 April 2015

Tee-Tease






In this tutorial I used the beautiful tube “Tee Tease”
from the latest pack 69 from
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “Paint it Blue” from
This kit has some really nice elements and
is also available at

I used the mask 34 from

Font is



Apart from the butterflies, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 7 into the selection, deslect and apply the mask, duplicate and merge the top copy down onto the original.

Paste element 3 and resize 75%.

Paste the main tube and resize 65%.  Move the frame and tube into position and apply the drop shadow to the tube.

Select the interior of the right part of the frame with your magic wand and expand the section by 10, paste paper 10 as an new layer below the frame, resize it 80% and position it in the frame so some of the sparkly bits show, then invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  Now paste the tube again, position in the frame and again hit delete, deselect and change the blend mode to “Soft Light”.   Repeat this with the left part of the frame and tube mirrored.   Apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 13, resize 85%, drag down to just above the mask, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 22 above the frame, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 60% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 50% and duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 6, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 80% and rotate 40 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, on the top, resize 70% and duplicate.  Position one copy on the right, mirror the other, drag it below paint brush and position on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 10 make sure it’s on the top, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 55% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 40% and rotate 40 degrees to the left, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 10, opacity 65, blur 15.

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