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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Dead Inside





In this tutorial I used the awesome new layered tube “Rosette”
from the latest pack 76 from
This tube includes open and closed eyes which enables the animation.
You can purchase the tube at

I used the awesome kit “Dead Inside” from
This kit can also be purchased at

I used mask 71 by

Font is 

You will need Animation Shop for the animation.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixles and fill with white.

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

Paste element 12, resize 95%, move down a bit and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 60% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, duplicate, rotate the duplicate another 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 5, mirror it, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 60% and place in position.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 2 into it.  Paste your close up tube mirrored as a new layer, resize it 60%, 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.

Paste the tube with the eyes closed, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 50%, mirror, rotate 70 degrees to the left,  drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 40% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 3, resize 40%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, position the mirrored copy on the left of the tube, drag the original copy above the tube, duplicate and mirror the duplicate again, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 24, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Drag the two top roses above this element.

Paste element 19 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any necessary adjustments; I made my mask a tiny bit larger.  When you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text. 



Animation:

Duplicate the tube. Paste the open eyes from the tube layer, resize 80% (or the same as you resized the main tube), position them on the duplicate tube. To get them in the exact place, use your mover tool to get them as close as possible, then keeping the mover tool anywhere on the tag, use the arrow keypad to move them one pixel at a time.  When you have them in the right place, merge them down onto the copy tube.

Close off the original tube, right click on your tag, copy  merged and paste it in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Back in Paint shop, close off the copy tube, open the original and paste it in Animation Shop “Before current frame”.  Change the frame speed on both frames to 200 (Animation – Frame Properties).

When you are done, run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save it as a gif.











                              


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Booty






In this tutorial I used the fabulous layered tube “Fit to be Tied”
from the latest pack 76 from
You can purchase the kit at

I used the kit “Pirate Booty” by
The kit can also be purchased at

I used mask 1 from set 70 from

Font is




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


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

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

Paste element 11, resize 65% and rotate 10 degrees to the left.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 30, make a new layer below the element and paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 9, resize 90%, drag below the frame and paper layers, place in position, erase the bit at the bottom that shows below and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25, resize 80% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16, resize 80%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 20%, drag below the tube and position to the left of her, duplicate, move the duplicate over to the right by the chest.  I did some cutting and pasting of the tube’s feet when I had everything in position to bring them above this element and the compass.

Paste element 6, resize 40%, position below the tube and apply the drop shadow,

Paste element 4, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 31, resize 15%, duplicate a couple of times, mirror the duplicates, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 14, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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











Pumpkins




In this tutorial I used the gorgeous bonus tube “Star Dust” from
This tube is currently available free with a
 tube purchase of just $10 from

I used the awesome kit “Scarylicious” from
The kit can also be purchased at

I used mask 3 from set 8 from

Font is




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



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 3 into the selection, deslect and apply the mask.

Paste element 19, resize 60%, rotate 10 degrees to the left.  Open paper 4 and mirror it, select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, paste the paper as a new layer below the element, resize it  40%, position in the element, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper. 

Paste element 19 again, resize it 55% and rotate it 10 degrees to the right, select the interior and expand the selection as before, make a new layer below it and paste paper 6 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.   Move both merged layers into position.

Paste element 10, drag below the two merged layers, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 50% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 50% and mirror,  position on the right.  Paste the element again, resize this copy 40%, position on the left, duplicate this copy, drag below the other two copies and position in the middle at the back.  Apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 25, resize 35%, drag below the top two pumpkin layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22 on top of the pumpkin layers, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3 on the top, resize 55%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize it another 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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












Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Boo 2 U






In this tutorial I used a fabulous tube from
You can purchase this tube at

The kit is “A Big Boo 2 You” from
This is a really awesome kit that works really well
with this tube but you don’t need a tube at all as there is
gorgeous owl in a witch’s hat included!
You can purchase the kit from

I used mask 1 from set 1 from

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 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 41, resize 85% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 64, resize 65%, drag below the house and position on the left, duplicate, move the duplicate over to the right so some shows at the bottom and erase the top part of the element, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 78, resie 110% and place in position.  Try and position it so no bats are showing as we are going to the use the other bats in the kit.

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

Paste element 69, resize 90%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 58, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 80%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 39, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 59, 60 and 61, resize each of them 50%, place in position dragging the two outer ones below the leaves and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 36, resize 60%, position just above the leaves and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Paste element 2, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 11, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25a, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26b, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 2, resize 70%, drag down to just above the book and place in position.

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