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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Black Velvet




In this tutorial I used the layered tube “Black Velvet”
from pack 72 by
I just love this tube!
You can purchase Barbara’s tubes from

The kit is “Falling Dark” from
The kit is also available at

For the background, I used mask 0501 from

You will also need the 20-20 mask

Font is



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


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 650 and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 5 into the selection and apply Trese’s mask making sure the box “Invert mask data” is checked.

Paste element 2 and resize 70%.  Paste element 16 and drag it below element 2, resize 85% and position in one of the parts of the frame, select the interior of that part of the frame, expand the selection by 20, invert it and hit delete on the fireplace.  Repeat this with the two other sections of the frame.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, close off the white back and mask layers and merge visible, open the closed layers and move the merged layer into position.

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

Paste element 19, resize 85%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag below the ribbon, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 24, resize 80%, position on the left, duplicate and position the duplicate in the middle, duplicate again and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 23, resize 55%, drag below the ribbon, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34 on the top, resize 40%, mirror, flip and rotate 40 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any necessary adjustments.

Open the close up of the tube, duplicate it and close the original, apply the 20/20 mask and paste it as a new layer on your canvas below the merged layer, mirror and place in position.  Click on the mask layer to activate it and then click anywhere on your canvas outside of the mask to make a selection, go to Selections – Modify – Feather and set the amount to 80, now click on the copy mask and hit delete several times until it fades into the mask, deselect.

Paste element 20, resize 110%, drag below the copy tube, change the blend mode to “Overlay” and position on her left.

Paste element 17, resize 80%, place in position, erase the part that is over the copy tube and apply the drop shadow.

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











Monday, 27 July 2015

Aphrodite's Garden






In this tutorial I used the fabulous tube “Flaxen Femme”
from the layered pack 72 from
Barbara Jensen.
Barbara’s tubes can be purchased at

I used the gorgeous kit “Aphrodite’s Garden” from
The kit can also be purchased at

I used mask 1 from set 1 from

I used the font
Thors Hammer.




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



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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 10 into the selection,  apply the mask and resize 95%.

Paste element 6, resize 86% and move over a little to the right.

Paste element 26, resize 45% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Go back to element 6 and select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20 and paste paper 4 below it, resize the paper 65% and position it in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the element.

Paste element 30 above the curtain, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 60% and duplicate.  Mirror one copy, drag it below the arch and paper layers and position at the back, position the second copy above the curtain and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 29, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 15, resize 50% and mirror, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8,  resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 30% and rotate 120 degrees to the right, position below the harp, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate, position above the harp and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 10, resize 20%, position below the top bunch of grapes, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, position above the grapes and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 12, resize 25%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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, 25 July 2015

My Secret Garden (2)






In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use Jasmine’s art, they are available at

I used a freebie mini sampler kit “My Secret Garden” from
Gothic Inspirations.
The kit is available from
Please check out the fabulous full size
creative team inspiration kit and clusters a
 This kit was created for 

Thank you Jessica for being so generous with your
gorgeous sampler kits!

I used mask 52 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 5 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize it 95%, duplicate and merge the copy down onto the original.

Paste the mask from the kit, resize it 60% and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the music sheets, resize 43%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 4 and resize 35%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 5 into it.  Paste the tube, resize 50% and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame and the tube.

Paste splash 2, drag it to just above the music sheets, resize 90% and place in position.

Paste the lights, resize 60% and place in position.

Paste wordart 1 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 4, resize 45% and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste flowers 2, resize 50% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste the berries, resize 25% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste ribbon 1, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste flower 3, resize 17% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste timepiece 1, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste leaves 1, resize 50% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the butterflies, resize 55%, place in position erasing any that are badly placed and apply the drop shadow.

Paste splash 1, resize 65%, mirror and place in position.

Paste the hummingbird, resize 35%, 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, 23 July 2015

My Secret Garden






In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use to Dirk’s art, they are available at

I used a fantastic kit called “My Secret Garden” from
This is the first of Jessica’s creative team inspirational kits
and was created for
Also available is a pack of 10 clusters with 1 paper and
a free mini sampler.
You can purchase the kit and clusters at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 117 from

Font of choice.




Apart from the word art, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 625 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 12 into the selection and apply the mask.

Paste the bushes, resize 75%, position towards the top of the mask then use your pick tool to make them a little longer so the bottom covers about two thirds off the height of the mask and apply the drop shadow.

Paste tree 2, resize 45% and place in position.

Paste the pond, resize 75% and position at the bottom.

Paste frame 3, resize 35% and rotate 80 degrees to the right.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, paste paper 3 below the frame, resize 30% and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and place in position.

Paste the mirror, resize 45% and place in position.

Paste the tube, duplicate it, mirror the duplicate and then close it off.  Resize the original 80%, this is the main tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Go back to the mirror and with your freehand selection tool set to point to point with feather 0, draw a selection around the glass (don’t worry about getting it exact, you can tidy up with your erasor.  Open the copy of the tube and position it in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.    Invert the selection again, make a new layer and paste paper 12 into into it, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the paper to “Overlay”, lower the opacity of the tube to around 45 and apply the drop shadow to the mirror.    Do any tidying up you need to do then merge the tube down onto the mirror and then the paper down onto the tube/mirror.

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

Paste the pussy willow, resize 30% and mirror, drag below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

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

Paste the branch above the merged layer, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Paste the red apple, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

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

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

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

Paste the water, resize 85% and place in position.

Paste the waterdrops, resize 35% and place in position.

Paste wordart 4 on the top, resize 60% and duplicate, merge the copy down onto the original, place in position and apply a drop shadow changing the horizontal to 3, opacity to 75 and blur to 5.

Paste element 4, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the settings back).

Paste the monarch, resize 10% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate and rotate it 40 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  I dabbed around the side edges of the pond with my erasor size 100 and opacity on 10 to blend it into the mask.   When you are happy, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.