Monday, 28 February 2011

FTU TUT ~ Girlz R Punk

My latest FTU tut, Girlz R Punk. 
You can find this tutorial on Creative Addictions, just click on the tag to go to the tutorial. 
You dont have to be a member to do our members exclusive tutorials ~ that section of the group is open to everyone.
I used the cute n gorgeous art of LadyMishka, license bought while she was selling at Pics For Designs.
You can now buy her work from PTE

Friday, 25 February 2011

PTU Tut ~ Deviously Cute

Click on the tag to see a larger image

This is a simple tutorial, but is written assuming you have a basic knowledge of PSP.
Tutorials dont need to be copied verbatim, you can use different elements and place them where you like.
Be creative, use a tutorial as a reference but its good to "make it your own".

You will need:

PSP - I used 9, but any version will do.
Template 289 by Missy here
A tube of choice - I used the artwork of Jasmine Beckett-Griffith, bought when she was with CILM.
You can now buy her tubes from CDO
The cute Lil Devils scrapkit I used is by Brooke of Sweet Diva Dzigns
This kit can be purchased from Butterfly Blush Designs
Font of Choice - I used PeaNoodles Girlfriends from here
AAA Filter Transparency Vignette here Dot and Cross
Eyecandy (any version) - gradient glow

Lets get started

Open the template, Shift & D together to duplicate it. Close the original.
Delete the top copyright layer.

Highlight the glitter cirlce edge layer, click inside with your magic wand tool
Selections, modify by 3
Copy & paste your chosen tube as a new layer ~ resize as necessary and place to your liking,
Selections, invert, delete, leave selected.
Copy paper 8 and paste as a new layer, drag both those layers underneath the glittered circle layer,
place the paper to your liking behind the tube, hit delete on the keyboard, de-select.
Add a heavy dropshadow to your tube layer -1, -6, 60, 4 with the "as a new layer" box checked

Highlight the glitter circle layer again & click inside with the magic wand, modify by 3, invert
Highlight the dropshadow layer, hit delete and deselect.

Highlight the rectangle2 layer, selections, select all, float, defloat
Copy & paste paper 4 as a new layer
Copy & paste your tube again, resize as necessary
Selections, invert
Highlight the paper and hit the delete button, move to the tube layer, delete and deselect.

Stay on the tube layer,
Apply AAA Filter Transparency Vignette with these settings: transparency 100, increase size 0, inverse box UNchecked.
Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds, horizontal, W = 2, O = 17, light from left/top, colour picked from your tube.
Add a slight dropshadow 0, -2, 50, 4 (uncheck the new layer box)
Delete the rectangle2 layer

On the Circle layer - selections, select all, float, defloat
Copy & paste paper 4 as a new layer, invert and delete as usual
Apply Dot and Cross with these settings: 72, 10, 2
Delete the circle layer

Repeat those steps (but dont apply the filter) for the rectangle1 and thin rectangle layers, using paper 9.

Use the manual color correction tool to change the color of thin rectangle1 to match your tube or paper.

Take your magic wand and click on just the pink letters of the wordart, use the color correction tube to change it to match the rest of the tag.

Apply a dropshadow of 1, 1, 50, 4 to all the layers except the tubes
Add any of the great elements in the kit, see my tag for reference

If you need to resize your tag, do it now.

Add the correct copyright info and your name.

To add your name on a curved line -

click on your elipse tool, use any color as your foreground color, background color null
draw out a circle and take your font tool, hover the cursor over the circle line you've just drawn until you see the arrows change to a A symbol.  Click there and write your name.

Then in the layer palette, click on the little + the vector 1 layer.
This will open up another 2 layers, click on the eye to close the new elipse layer
Right click on the Vector 1 layer, convert to raster.
Add a gradient glow and dropshadow to your name and move into position using the Move tool.

Delete the white background layer, merge visible and save as a png

I hope you liked my tutorial, I'd love to see your creations too.

Monday, 21 February 2011

PTU Tag ~ Memories

Dunno why I name my tags LOL, but thats just me I guess ;-)
It's strange tho, cos when I write a tut it can take me ages to come up with a name for it ~ and yet when I'm making a tag to post here a name just comes to me while Im making it.....weird huh ?  lol
Here's another tag I made using Mads' scrapkit Love Overdose.  You can buy this kit at Sigtag
Visit her store to check out all the other kits she has.
Click on the tag to take you there.
This time around Im using the stunning art of Camilla Drakenborg ~ she was one of the first artists I bought when they all went PTU.....I love her art, particularly this tube which you can buy at Up Your Art

Sunday, 20 February 2011

PTU Tag ~ Swoon

Here's my latest play with Madhatters scrapkit Love Overdose, which can be purchased at Sigtag
Make sure you check out all her other kits while you're there.
Click on the tag to take you to Mads' store.
For this tag, I used the awesome art of Al Rio. You can buy this tube from Treasured Scraps.

Monday, 14 February 2011

PTU Tutorial ~ Wild Thing

This is a simple tutorial, and is written assuming you have a basic knowledge of PSP.
Remember, tutorials dont need to be copied verbatim, you can use different elements and place them where you like. Be creative, use a tutorial as a reference but its good to "make it your own".
Click on the tag to see a larger image


1 tube of choice - I used the artwork of Gennadiy Koufay, bought when he was with CILM.
(At the time of writing, there's no info about where he will be selling his art in the future).
Font of Choice - I used Rat Infested Mailbox here
Vix mask 364 from here  346-365
Eyecandy (any version) - gradient glow
Wordart is optional, I one I used can be downloaded from WordArt World
The Color Me Wild scrapkit by Treasures by Terry
This gorgeous kit can be purchased from Butterfly Blush Designs

Lets get started

Open a new image 650 x 650, floodfill it white
Copy & paste paper 1 as a new layer
Layers - new mask layer - find the Vix mask364 in the dropdown list
Apply mask source luminance, invert UNchecked - click OK
Right click on the palette layer and merge group.

Copy & paste element Paw 1, resize 75 and place it bottom right of the tag
Duplicate this layer twice and place each pawprint up the righthand side of the mask
Highlight the middle pawprint layer, image rotate left 30
Merge down those 3 layers and apply a white gradient glow with these settings

Apply gradient glow again, same basic settings but in the colour tab change your settings to these

Copy & paste Heart 5 as a new layer, resize 70, rotate left 30 and place top left of the mask
Copy & paste Corset 2, resize 50, rotate 30 right
Copy & paste matching umbrella & purse elements, rotating the umbrella right 30 and place over the top pawprint, resize the purse 70 and place bottom left of the mask
I used Flower6 resized 70 and again rotated right 30 & placed it in front of the purse.
Copy & paste Paw Chains 2 & 3 and place far left of the tag

Place your chosen tube to the left of the tag
Apply dropshadow of 1, -1, 45, 4 to all layers except the mask, pawprints and tube
On the tube layer, apply a dropshadow of 2, 5, 45, 4

The wordart I have used is huge, so in order to avoid the edges pixellating I resized to 80 percent 9 times. This step is a personal choice, and if you're happy resizing in fewer steps thats fine.

Drag the wordart layer below the tube layer.
I have left it uncoloured, again personal preference ~ but you could floodfill the word WILD if you prefer.

If you want to resize your tag, do it now, BEFORE adding your copyright info.
Add your name, give it a gradient glow and dropshadow
Delete the white background layer, merge visible

Now, add your artists credits & save as a .png

That's it, you're done !!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

I’d love to see your results.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Valentine Luv

I just love the rich colours of this Love Overdose kit, which can be purchased from
Thanks Mad, for letting me play with it !

Ive used the gorgeous valentine angel tube by Keith Garvey, bought when he was with MPT.
You can now buy his art from the newly opened PTE (PSP Tubes Emporium).

With all the recent happenings with the licensing sites, many in the tagging world have been thrown into a state of confusion ~ but personally, I will support my favourite artists & buy their tubes from whichever store they choose to sell from.  It's not for me to tell someone where to work or who to work for, and I wont be drawn into the drama. 
PTE have announced that Keith Garvey & Elias Chatzoudis tubes bought from MPT can be used with a PTE license number.  Im still undecided at the moment whether I will do that or continue using my MPT license on tubes bought from there tho.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Overdose on Garv tag

I made this Valentine tag using the Love Overdose scrapkit by Madhatter, which you can purchase over on Sig Tag

The tube Ive used is, of course by the awesome Keith Garvey ~ someone give that man a knighthood LOL.
You wrote this tut when KG was signed with MPT, you can now buy his art from PTE
I will be posting more tags made from this gorgeous kit during February, so dont forget to come back and check them out.........better still, why not go on over to Sig Tag and buy the kit and make your own tags ~ I'd love to see what you come up with, and Im sure Mad would too.