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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Venezia!






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

I used the freebie kit
Venezia
 from
Thank you for sharing your beautiful freebies!

I used 4flowermask (3) from

I used the Windows font Impact.



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


Open a new transparent canvas 800 by 750 and fill with white.

Paste element 3, resize 85%, move over to the left a little and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2 and resize 70% and rotate 90 degrees in either direction. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 3 into the selection.  Open photo mask Canal Grand, mirror it then copy and paste it on your canvas, resize it 70% and position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete and deselect.  Go to Effects – Texture Effects – Blinds and apply using the settings in my screen shot below then repeat the effect with the Horizontal box unchecked then change the blend mode to “Hard Light”.   Close off your white background and element 3, merge visible, open the closed layers and move the merged layer into position.



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

Paste element 35, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 22% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 86, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45 on the top, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 27%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Fecnikek’s mask just above the white background and resize it 30%.  Enlarge your canvas if you need to.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Now check your layers and use your Pick Tool on the mask to make it fit the tag nicely. I made my mask narrower and taller.  Remember to sharpen it up after you have used this tool.

Paste element 77, mirror it and resize 90%, drag down to just above the mask, place in position erasing the part that shows at the top, recolour brown to better match the rest of the tag and apply the drop shadow (check my Tips & Tricks Page for info on recolouring).

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







Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Melancholia






In this tutorial I used the art of
I purchased my tube form Dreamscape Imaging
but Tatjana now sells her art at

I used a the fabulous kit “Winter Melancholy” from
This it’s a great lot for lovers of Gothic kits
and can be purchased at

You will need my mask

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 16 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 90%.

Paste element 90, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 102, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the main tube, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized mine 70%.

Paste element 83, resize 25%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 13%, duplicate, rotate the copy 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 61, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 116, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 109, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 15%,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 52, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 115, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pase element 152 on the top, resize 55% and place in position.

Paste element 43, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 117, resize 10% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.#

Paste element 125, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste element 4, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube again just above the mask and position it on the right resizing as needed (I had a close up tube which I resized 80%), click on the mask to activate it, select all, float and defloat the mask, invert the selection and hit delete on the tube, deselect and lower the opacity to around 80.

Paste the tube again, mirror it, position between at the top between the arches, again select, float and defloat the mask, hit delete on the tube and lower he opacity to around 50.  Repeat this with the tube again mirrored and resized 85%, positioned on the left, opacity around 50.

Add your text.

Paste element 16, resize 12%,  hang the spider on your text and apply the drop shadow.

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













Monday, 22 May 2017

Steampunk Espresso!







In this tutorial I used another of awesome steampunk cat tube from
You can purchase the tubes at

I used the kit “Steampunk Beauty” from
Wow! What a kit is all I can say!
This kit has some awesome quirky elements that I have never seen before
in steampunk kits, I loved it!
The kit can currently be purchased for just $1 at

You will need my mask

Font is



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



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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 36 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 79, resize 55%, position towards the top of the mask and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 100, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 103, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 53, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 17, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 15% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow then check your layers so far.

Paste element 10, resize 35%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow

Paste frame 13, resize 25% and move into position.  Select the interior the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, paste paper 31 below the frame, resize 40% and position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the paper and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste element 41, resize 30% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 142, resize 60% and rotate 15 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 114, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 on the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 80, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 78 on the top, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 120, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 83, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.   We will come back to this.

Paste element 43, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Go back to element 83 and erase the clocks that show on the left. 

Paste element 42, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 95, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 20% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 18% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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.






Friday, 19 May 2017

Exotic Allure!






In this tutorial I used the beautiful tube “Eastern Princess” by
You can purchase the tube from

I used the kit “Exotic Allure” from
This is a fabulous kit packed full with some amazing elements
to give you several different looking tags.
The kit is available at

I used mask 88 from

Font is 




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 55, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 7500 and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 37 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 102, resize it 50%, duplicate it, mirror the copy, drag it below the original and place the tubes side by side.  We will come back to this and erase part of the copy when we have the other elements in place. 

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

Paste element 151, resize 40%, drag below the tube and position on the left, duplicate, position the copy on the right and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 68, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 144, resize 20%, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste element 62, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 59, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 135, resize 15%, duplicate, mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 47, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41 on the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 129, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 124, resize 10%, place in position in front of the tube, duplicate, position the copy below the hookah and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 79, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 15%, duplicate and mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments taking care to position the tube where the two castle tubes overlap and erase the tall tower. 

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

Paste element 182, resize 40% and place in position.

Paste the close up tube just above the mask,  resize 80%, change the blend mode to overlay.  Select the mask, float and defloat it, position the tube to show her eyes, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube, deselect, change the blend mode to “Soft Light” and lower the opacity to around 40.  Open youru erasure, set the size to 100 and the opacity to 10 and run it around the edge of the tube to blend it in more into the mask. 

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