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Friday, 29 April 2016

Tarred & Leathered




In this tutorial I used the fab tube “Tarred and Leathered” from
the latest pack 80 by
You can purchase Barbara’s tubes from her

I used a awesome new kit “Spellbound” from
You can purchase this kit also from

I used mask 0790 from
and mask 2 from set 37 from

For the animation, you will need Animation Shop and

Font is 




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 6 into the selection and apply Rachel’s mask.

Make another layer, paste paper 2 into the selection, check the “Invert Mask Data2 box and apply Trese’s mask, deselect and resize 85%.

Paste element 22, resize 120% and sharpen it.  We will come back to this.

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

Pate element 1, resize 60%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 50%, pps.

Paste element 44, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Paste element 6, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 55% and mirror, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.

Go back to element 22 and with your free hand selection tool, draw around the element something like my screenshot below, make a new layer below the element and paste paper 2 in to the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the element.  Duplicate the paper three times so you have four copies.  On each of the copies apply the Pool Shadow filter hitting on the randomise button until you get something you like.   Close of the three copies leaving the original open, right click on your tag, “Copy Merged” and paste in Animation Shop as a new animation.  Back in Paint Shop, close off that copy and open the next one, again right click, “Copy Merged” and paste in Animation Shop “Before current frame”.  Repeat with the other two copies.   Change the animation frame properties on each frame to 25, then run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.











Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Cutting Edge





In this tutorial I used fabulous layered tube “Huddled Up”
from the last pack 80 by
You purchase purchase the tube from

The kit is “Cutting Edge” from
I love the colours of this kit which is also available at

I used mask 5 from set 80 by

Font of choice.



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 10 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Duplicate the mask and merge the top copy down onto the original

Paste element 30, resize 55% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 88, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 1, resize 45%, rotate 90 degrees in either direction and move into position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 2 into it, deselect.  We will come back to this.

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

Paste element 4, resize 50% and drag below the tube duplicate, place in position either side of the tube and apply the drop shadow to each. 

Paste element 22, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 55%, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 1, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 40% and duplicate.  Position one copy on the right of the tube, drag the second copy down below the frame and paper and position on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 45 just below the tube, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 43, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Patse element 33, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, I pulled my mask a bit longer.

Paste the close up tube between the frame and the paper, resize 75%, change the blend mode to “Burn” and position in the frame.  Select the interior the frame again and expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on the tube, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 2 above the frame and resize 80%.

Paste element 13 on the top, resize 30% and duplicate twice, rotate and mirror them into different positions, place around the tag 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.






Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spanish Roses





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

The kit is “Spanish Roses” from
This is a really beautiful kit with several colour combinations.
You can purchase the kit at

I used mask 84 from

You will need the plug in “Copies” from MuRa Meister.
This is a free plugin and you can get it

You will also need a suitable photograph, I got mine from
(I searched “Spain” and found it on the third page).

Font is
Angelina




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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 31 and don’t move it all, resize 40% and flip horizontal (mirror).  Apply MuRa’s filter choosing “Encircle” from the drop down menu at the bottom on the left and apply a drop shadow with vertical and horizontal set to 9, opacity to 100 and blur to 20.

Paste frame 8, drag it below the roses and apply the same drop shadow.

Paste the frame again on the top and resize it 75%.  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 your photo and change the blend mode on it to “Hard Light”, resizing as needed, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect and apply the same drop shadow to the frame. 

Paste the tube, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow changing the horizontal setting to 5, opacity to 85 and blur to 10.  We will use this shadow for the remainder of the tutorial.

Paste element 19, resize 50%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, duplicate, mirror and flip one copy and then rotate it 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 28  and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I re-coloured this element.

Paste element 52, on the top, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I re-coloured this element also.

Paste element 17, resize 40%, drag below element 52, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 47, resize 60% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, 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, 22 April 2016

Dark Secrets for Two







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

I used an awesome kit called “Dark Secrets” from
This kit is Jessica’s part of a collab with
Jessica’s part can be purchased separately 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 700 by 700 and fill with white.

Make a new layer, paste paper 10 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  I erased some of the mask from the right hand side using a low opacity brush.

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

Paste tree 2, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste cross, resize 40%, place in position, apply the drop shadow and merge down onto the arch.

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

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

Paste mead lawn, resize 80%, drag below the arch and place in position.

Paste mesh, resize 60%, duplicate, flip one copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste grass 1 on the top, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste grass 2, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Paste word art 3, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste fog below the word art, resize 70% and move into position.

Paste sparkles on the top, resize 90% and move into position.

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