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In this tutorial I used the art of
Kurama Phoenix.
You need a license to use Kurama’s art, available at

I used an awesome kit called “Gothic Journey” by
I love working with gothic kits and this one is just awesome!
The kit can be purchased at

You will need a background mask, I used mask 22 by
You will also need the mask

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting, thank you.

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


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and fill with white.

Open Paper5-GI_GothicJourney and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 95%.  I re-coloured the paper red and duplicated it so it showed up better on a black background. 

Open BrickMask-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and position on the right erasing a little off the bottom corner, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left, change the blend mode on both layers to “Hard Light”.

Open Tree-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers. 

Open gate-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65% and duplicate, place on either side and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I used the smaller tube resized 80%.

Open Sign2-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, drag down below the tube and position just to the right of her, apply the drop shadow.

Open Clock-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Sign1-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Mesh-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open DeadlyFlowers-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open DeadFlowers-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open Frame6-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25% and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and fill with black.  Open your tube again, or close up if you have one, paste as a new layer, resize as needed and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.   Apply the drop shadow to the frame and lower the opacity of the tube to around 50.  I used the larger of the two tubes with no resizing.

Open SkeleHand-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Barrel-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lamp-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ticket-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open Records-GI_GothicJourney, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Coffin-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Open Cobweb2-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, drag down to just above the clock, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Crow-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer on the top.  Mirror,  resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Keys-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Scissors-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, hook them over the fence and apply the drop shadow.

Open Spider-GI_GothicJourney and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25% and rotate 30 degrees in either direction, duplicate, mirror, place both spiders in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open Smoke-GI_GothicJourney, duplicate and close the original.  Apply the 20/20 mask then copy and paste on your canvas and position behind the tube.

Again, check the positions of your layers, make a new layer above the white background layer, fill it with black and check everything looks good on a black background.

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












2 comments:

  1. I love this! Thank you so much hun, you just inspired me to work with my own kit again. Hugs.

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  2. thank you Jessica! Had great fun with it! :)

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