Tuesday, 10 December 2013

FTU Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel was written by myself on 9th December 2013. It is my own idea and creation. Any similarity to any other tag or tutorial is co incidental.

Supplies Needed
Tube of choice. I have used the beautiful artwork of VeryMany at  VeryManyTubes.com

Gorgeous Ftu scrap kit is 'Winter Wonderland add on' by Gina at  Gina's Gems Scraps
Please leave a thank you :)

Font used is Angelic Serif

Filters Used
Tramages - Moving Screen

Open a new image 700 x 700.
In the centre of Canvas, c/paste Gold Frame re sized to 70%.
Click in centre of Frame with magic wand to float inner.
Selections - Modify - Expand by 3.
C/paste Paper 1 re sized to 70 %. Move behind Frame.
Invert the selection and hit delete. Select none.
D/shadow frame.

C/paste your tube. Apply a faint d /shadow.
I wanted my subject to appear to be sat within the frame so I duplicated ( the reason for the faint shadow :)
and moved the lower copy behind the Frame.
Using eraser tool I removed dress and wing on the right side up to the inside edge of frame on top copy and any tube that protruded the outer edge of Frame on bottom copy.

C/paste Wreath re sized to 90 %. Move to bottom of layer palette and position centrally in line with frame.
Apply a d/shadow.

Behind the Wreath, bottom left of canvas c/paste Ribbon Poinsettia re sized to 40 %. Using Manual color correction, change source colour from green to target gold. Duplicate layer and mirror copy to bottom right. Merge down. Duplicate again and flip copy to top. Merge down again. you should now have 4 poinsettias all on 1 layer. Re size this layer to 95% and d/shadow.

In the bottom right corner of the tag, above poinsettias behind wreath, c/paste and position Star Spray re sized to 30%. Duplicate and mirror copy to left. Merge down and d/shadow.

C/paste Green Ribbon re sized to 50%. Position bottom left of Frame behind the tube layer. Duplicate and mirror copy to right. Merge down and d/shadow.

On the the left hand side of canvas between the tube and the Frame, C/paste Snowflake Ornament re sized to 30%. Rotate right by 6 and d/shadow. Above this layer c/paste and position Jingle Balls re sized to 25% and d/shadow.

Lastly c/paste Star String re sized to 25%. Position above tube layer so that it looks as though it is being held from the hand. Duplicate and move copy over to the bottom right above the Ribbon. Change colour as we did for Poinsettias and use eraser to remove string on this copy. D/shadow both copies.

Merge all layers and sharpen your image. Adjust - Sharpness - Unsharp Mask 5.0 - 30 -5.
Now duplicate the image. Working on the bottom copy - Apply a Gaussian blur of  7 and then Tramages - Moving Screen (settings below) Reduce opacity to 50%.

Add name and relevant artist copyright and tube licence info. Save as Png.
Thank you for stopping by and trying this tutorial. I hope you are pleased with your tag.
Sal :) 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

PTU Ho Ho Ho ( CT Tutorial )

I have some news. Lori at Scrap it studio.com  has asked me to become part of her CT. I'm a little nervous about it as I've never done it before but here is my first tutorial using 1 of her fab kits. 

Supplies Needed

Tube Of Choice. I have used the super artwork of  Elias Chatzoudis

PTU Scrap Kit is 'Christmas 2012' By Lori at Scrap It Studio.Com. You can purchase her kits  HERE

Font used - GradoGradoo

Filters Used

Mura's Meister - Copies
Tramages - Mo Jellyfish
EyeCandy - Shadowlab
Dsb Flux - Linear Transmission

Open a new image 700 x 700. 

From the kit c/paste Frame 1 (red) re size to 108%. Position in the centre of canvas.
Apply Dsb Flux - Linear Transmission (settings below)
Duplicate layer. change blend mode on top copy to hard light then merge down.
Add a white shadow using  Eyecandy - Shadowlab - No blur-  Distance 3 -Direction 270 - Opacity 100.

Above this layer c/paste Frame 2 (green) re size to 110%. D/shadow.

C/paste Red Frame 1 again above the green frame and re size to 102%. Click in centre of red frame with magic wand tool to float the inner. Selections - modify - expand by 2.
C/paste paper 7 re sized to 60%. Invert the selection and hit delete. Select None. Apply Tramages - Mo Jellyfish ( settings below) to paper and move below Frame. D/shadow Frame.

C/paste Star element. Apply Mura's - Copies- Encircle (settings below) Move to the bottom left of tag behind the Green Frame layer. Duplicate and mirror copy to right. Merge down. Duplicate again and flip copy to top. Merge down again and d/shadow.

C/paste Tree element re size to 110% and position in the centre of image. Duplicate re size copy to 0% and position to the left of original. Duplicate again and mirror copy to right. D/shadow all 3.

C/paste your tube and position toward the right of the canvas above Trees. Duplicate, working on top copy add a gaussian blur of 3 and change blend mode to soft light, opacity to 60. D shadow bottom copy.

Continue to add elements of choice from kit. working around tube and Frame layers. D/shadow to your liking. I used ....

Snowflake 1 - 40 %. Make 3 copies. Position at the top of each tree.

Lights - 85% Top of canvas above Tree, behind tube.

Holly - 60% Position top left behind Lights. Duplicate and mirror copy to right.

Santa - 90 %. left side of tag behind left side Tree.

Candy Cane - Mirror. Centre of tag behind tube.

Merge all layers. Crop/re size to your liking. I usually sharpen at this point rather than each separate element as I go along. Adjust - Sharpness - Unsharp Mask 5.0 - 30 -5.
Add name and relevant artist copyright and tube licence info.
Save as Png.

Thank you for stopping by and trying this tutorial. I hope you are happy with your tag.
Sal :)

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