28 February, 2012

FTU- Irish Word Art

After making my Irish templates for St. Patty's Day, 
I had some left over word art I didn't use, 
or could get to 'work'.

I also included some word art that is on 
a couple of my temps.
The word art is on multiple layers which will allow you 
to colourise, dropshadow, etc. 
to your own preferences.

There is a PSP & PSD file in the zip.
Here's a preview:

All I ask is not to claim these as your own,
nor share them elsewhere. Direct people here, please.

Download here

I hope you are able to find a creative way to use them. =)
*hugz*

26 February, 2012

OMG! They're not HIM tags. LOL

Aside from my 2 most recent tutorials, 
I have been 'stuck' on making HIM tags. *blush*
BUT! Last night, I took the initiative to go through kits I've bought,
 with the intent to use and my tubes as well (I'm a tube & kit hoarder)
& try to get back on track making non-HIM tags.
I think I succeeded, at least with these two:

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The tube I used is the stunning Rebel Rider 3 from Jose Cano.
You can find it at PTE.
The kit I used is from Kristin at Toxic Desirez & is called Rebel Rider 1.
The template (Collab02) is an awesome temp from Tasha, Amy & Leah.
You can find it at Tasha's Playground.

The other tag I got made is this one:
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The tube I used is a beautiful pre-paid exclusive from Sky Scraps at SATC.
The kit I used is from Bello Scarto & is called Sorry Officer I Been A Bad Girl.
It can be found at SATC. 
The template is from from Tamie at Addictive Pleasures.
It's in her CM temp pack you can download from her blog.;)

As always, thank you for looking. =)
*hugz*

24 February, 2012

PTU- I Make The Rules

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This tutorial is borne from my own manipulated lil' mind. 
Any similarity to any other tutorial(s) is purely coincidental.
This tutorial was written for those who have a working knowledge of PSP,
and was written using PSP XI, tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed:
Tube of choice. I am using the beautiful artwork 
of Jose Cano, named Kat 2.
You can find this & many others of his tubes at PTE
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Scrapkit is Naughty Kitty from Kristin at Toxic Desirez.
This is a PTU kit & can be found by visiting her blog.

Template: CM_CollabTemp3_Chichi_Tonya at Creative Misfits
You can find the pack here. Its in the Cindy & Tonya collab temps.
* Show the love when downloading the temps. ;)

Mask of choice, or mine here: supplies.
* I have never made a mask before. I couldn't find one that 'worked', so
I made my own for this tutorial.

Font: swatch it. 

Filters: Tramages- Tow The Line
Penta- Jeans
Xero: SoftMood
Xero: Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow 

Let's do this! =)
Save your progress often.
Drop shadow used for this tutorial is 2 2 48 4.
Each time I add my papers, I crop my tag to canvas (CTC)-
(surround the whole tag when cropping) before adding gradient glows.
This eliminates those nasty 'phantom shadows' on the edges of your tag.;)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Delete the credit layer at the top.
Working from the bottom of the template, up:
Copy & paste paper of choice. Apply mask. Merge group.
If using my mask, resize 115%. Crop to canvas.

Delete Upper & Lower Halftone Layers.
The rotated black square- leave as is & add a drop shadow.

For the rotated pink square- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste paper of choice. 
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Delete the rectangle outline.
For the small black rectangle, add a drop shadow.

Next, on the pink shape- Selections- select all. Float- defloat.
Add a new layer & flood fill with gradient: Foreground: #f3e0e4, 
Background: #aa2e5e Angle- 45/ repeats- 1.
Select none & delete the original layer in palette.

Big Black circle- change the colour to #aa2e5e.
Add a bit of noise- Uniform/ Monochrome 65%.
For the Background Circle- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste paper of choice, resized 80%.
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 

On the Top Circle Back, recolour with #b9244e or something close to it.
Then on the Top Circle, Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste another paper of choice, resized 80%.
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Apply Penta- Jeans at the default settings.

Change the colour of the large pink rectangle to #b9244e 
(or whichever colour you used for the circle back above).
On the black rectangle, apply Tramages- tow the line at default settings.

For the Bottom Circle Back, recolour with #b9244e or something close to it.
Then on the Bottom Circle- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste another paper of choice, resized 80%.
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Apply Penta- Jeans at the default settings.

On the  Pink Rectangle Back- colourise again & add a drop shadow.
On the Rectangle, Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste another paper of choice.
Hit delete on your keyboard. Keep selected & add your closeup tube. 
Again, hit delete. Select none. Crop the tag to canvas.
Then duplicate your tube. On the bottom one, set to Luminance (L).
On the top, add a Gaussian Blur at 3. Then set to Soft Light.

Delete the symbol layer. On the Dotted Rectangle layer- change colour.
then, move this layer below your tube layers.

The white rectangle & black square layers- leave as they are.
Copy & paste your closeup again. Rotate 15 right.
On the black square-  Selections- select all. Float- defloat.
Modify- Expand by 2- Invert. Resize your angled tube 40% (or as needed).
Position as desired, hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Apply Xero-  SoftMood:
Now, copy & paste your main tube.
Apply Xero-Porcelain at default settings & add drop shadow.
For the wordart- recolour to your own preference.

Now let's add some elements. For each that I resized, 
I sharpened & added a drop shadow.
Ribbon 1- Resize 65%. 
Paw Prints- 45%.
Collar 2- 30%. Rotate 30 left & sharpen.
Duplicate this & drag one down below Pink Rectangle Back.
On the top one, erase part of the collar to make it look like it's 'looped' over the rectangle.
Add a drop shadow to the bottom collar layer.

Boa- resize 65% & place under your main tube. Add your drop shadow.
Whip 2- resize 50%. Mirror. Sharpen & place just on top of the boa, under your tube.
Add drop shadow.
Next, add the handcuffs, resized 25%.
Flower 3- 40%. Sharpen & add your drop shadow.

Crop &/or resize to your preferences.
Then add your copyrights & watermarks.

For the name, I used swatch it.
Apply a thin gradient glow set at 3:
Delete the white background on the bottom,
merge visible & save as a .PNG & you're done.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & creating your tag.
I'd love to see any results trying this. =)
*hugz*

Tutorial From My Kiss My Irish Ass Template

I got an email from Rochelle & she had made a gorgeous tag using my KMIA template.
She also made a tutorial to go with it.
Thank you so very much, Rochelle for my gorgeous taggie!
I love it, Sweetie. Check it out:
You can find this stunning tutorial here:
Make sure to check out the rest of her blog for more stunning tags & tuts.
Thank you again, Sweetie. =)
*hugz*

23 February, 2012

FTU- Template: Shamrock Scatter Frame Forum Set

I'm back with another forum set.
This is another one for St. Patrick's Day.
I think I am shamrock-ed out, now.=P
* The avi temp is just angled in the preview.
There is a PSP & PSD version of both pieces in the download file.
You can download this set here:

Let me know what you think of the set.
Have fun with it. =)
*hugz*

FTU- Template: Shamrock Forum Set

I have a funky forum set for you for St. Patty's Day.
I put a optional glass layer on this one.
This set is a bit bigger than my preview shows.;)

There is a PSP & PSD version of both pieces in the download file.
If you want to make a somewhat 'unique' (or funky) forum set,
you can download this temp here:

Hope you enjoy the temp set. =)

*hugz*

22 February, 2012

FTU- On Top Attitiude

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This tutorial is borne from my own manipulated lil' mind. 
Any similarity to any other tutorial(s) is purely coincidental.
This tutorial was written for those who have a working knowledge of PSP
and was written using PSP XI, tho' any version should work.

This is fairly simple & doesn't require too much effort.;)

Supplies Needed:
Scrapkit is Attitude from Tasha's Playground
This is a free to use kit. Make sure to leave some love 
when downloading. =)

Mask of choice. 

Tube: I'm using the always gorgeous artwork
from Keith Garvey. This one is called Menacing.
You can find this tube at PTE.
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license to do so
& have purchased the tube.

Filters: Xero- Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow 
Eye Candy 4000 HSB Noise

Fonts: Bleeding Cowboys & Sick Capital Vice. 

Let's do this! =)

Open up frame. Duplicate it & close out the original.
Image- Canvas size- 650 X 650.
Copy & paste a paper of choice. Move below your frame in layers.
Apply mask of choice. Merge group.

Copy & paste cityscape. This should fit perfectly in the frame. 
Move it below the frame in layer palette. Do not drop shadow.

Next, click inside frame with magic wand. Modify- expand by 16.
Invert. Copy & paste another paper of choice. Hit delete. 
Move this paper under the frame. Next copy & paste your closeup.
Position as desired. Hit delete. Select none.

Crop your tag to canvas (surround the whole tag & crop).
This eliminates any phantom shadows on your tag.;)
Next, on your closeup, duplicate.
On the original, change the blend mode to Luminance (L).
On the duplicate, add a Guassian Blur of 3. 
Set the blend mode to Soft Light. Change the opacity on both layers to 40.
Move your cityscape layer above your tube layer in the layers palette.
Add a drop shadow of choice to your frame.

Next copy & paste brassknuckles. Add drop shadow.
Add the dice next. Add a drop shadow.
Copy & paste skull. Resize 80% & rotate 15 right.
Sharpen & add drop shadow.

Next copy & paste your main tube. 
Resize if needed & place her to the right. Apply Xero- Porcelain:
Add a drop shadow.

Resize tag to your choosing.
Now add your copyrights & watermarks.

Next, using the Bleeding Cowboys font,  type out 'On Top' 
or whatever phrase you choose. Duplicate. 
On top layer, add HSB noise at the default settings.
On the bottom layer, add a thin light grey gradient glow. 
Add noise- Uniform/ Monochrome 65%. Add drop shadow.

On a new layer, type your name using the Sick Capital Vice font.
Duplicate. On bottom layer, add gradient glow:
Add noise again to this glowed layer.
Merge visible & save as a .PNG

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & creating your tag.
I'd love to see any results any of you have. =)
*hugz*

19 February, 2012

FTU- A Couple More St. Patty's Templates

I have a couple more St. Patrick's templates available for downloading.
The templates are larger than my previews shown here.;)
There is a PSP & PSD version in each of the download files.

Here's the first one:

You can download this template here:
Kiss my Irish ass template

This is the other template:
This one can be downloaded here:

I hope you have fun with them.
I'd love to see what you make with either of them. =)

*hugz*

St. Patty's Day tag from Angi

Check out this absolutely BEAUTIFUL St. Patty's tag from Angi:
She used the always stunning artwork from Ismael Rac.
You can find some gorgeous tags, templates & clusters by visiting Angi's blog here.
Thank you again, Sweetie. I absolutely love it! =)
*hugz*

16 February, 2012

FTU- Lucky Charms Template

I have a St. Patricks Day template available for downloading
The template itself is larger than my preview shown here.;)

There is a PSP & PSD version in the download file.
You can download this template here:
Lucky Charms Template

Have fun with it. I'd love to see what you make with it. =)

*hugz*

Arthur Crowe- Rawkalicious Amy Lee








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I made these just now and had to gift a few out. =)

The tube I used is the drop-dead gorgeous tube from Arthur Crowe.
You can find it at his independent store: Arthur Crowe's Factory.

The kit I used is from Kristin at Toxic Desirez & is called Rawkalicious.

As always, thank you for looking. =)

*hugz*

14 February, 2012

Yup another new look for the blog

I had to change my blog. lol
I've been wanting to go 'black-ish' for a while now 
& finally got a few moments to do so.
As per the 'norm'- I kept that Finnish hottie for my header.
I thought you all would still like the eye candy when visiting. =P
Thank you for stopping by. 

*hugz*

13 February, 2012

FTU- Template003

I have another template for you to snag.
This one has a bit of attitude.
The template itself is larger than my preview shown here.;)
There is a PSP & PSD version in the download file.
You can download this template here:
Template003

Have fun with it. I'd love to see any tags you make using it. =)

*hugz*

09 February, 2012

Ismael Rac- Beautiful Nightmare

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I promised Tragedy that not only would I do a tutorial with her amazing kit
 to benefit Garrett Blair, but that I'd also make a tag to show it off as well. =P
If you ever wanted a true 'Goth' kit, 'Garrett's Goddess' is the one to have.
And if you get this kit, you'll also be helping out an amazing artist as well.
So please, stop by Tragedy's blog to donate for this kit.

The artwork I used (named Dark N Sexy) is from Ismael Rac.
As always, thank you for looking. =)

*hugz*

PTU Charity - Garrett's Goddess Butterfly

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Before I begin, I normally don't make CT tuts, etc. for anyone.
BUT! Tragedy is my 'Sis' & had asked me to do this for her.
... And it's to help out Garrett Blair- who is an incredible artist...
So how could I resist? It's an honour for me to do this for both of them. =)

Okay, here we go...
This tutorial is borne from my own manipulated lil' mind. 
Any similarity to any other tutorial(s) is purely coincidental.
This tutorial was written for those who have a working knowledge of PSP.
This tutorial was written using PSP XI, tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed:
Tube of choice. I am using the incredible artwork of Garrett Blair, named Goth Butterfly
You can find his art at CDO. 100% of your purchases of his art go to him directly, 
to help him out in his time of need. So get over there & get some of his amazing artwork! 
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license to do so & have purchased the tube.
Scrapkit is Garrett's Goddess PTU Charity Scrapkit. 
This is a PTU for charity kit & can be found by visiting Tragedy.
She has two options for donations available. 
Either way, you'll get the kit & also help out someone in need.
Template: Missy_tagtemplate394 from Missy at Divine Intentionz.
Texture: from WikidWitch at Live Journal.
I found the one I'm using on this page
I'm using the middle large one- click on it then save once it loads.
* Show the love when downloading the supplies. ;)

Font: Font of choice. 
Filters: Xenofex 2: Constellation
DBS FLux- Linear Transmission
MuRa Meister's Copies
Xero: Porcelain
Xero: Radiance
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow (for text & parts of temp)

Let's do this! =)


Save your progress often.
Drop shadow used for this tutorial is 2 4 40 6.
If you are going to animate with a transparent background like mine, 
do NOT drop shadow any parts on the template.
Each time I add my papers, I crop my tag to canvas 
(surround the whole tag when cropping) before adding gradient glows.

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Delete the credit layer at the top.
Working from the bottom of the template, up:

For Raster 18: Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste paper 1 resize 80%. 
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Crop to canvas. Duplicate. On the bottom one, add thin Gradient Glow set at 3 in red:

Add noise- uniform/ monochrome/ 75%.

Raster 19- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste Paper 10 resize 80%.
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Crop to canvas. Add same thin Gradient glow set at 3 in black.

For raster 24- Adjust/ Hue/ Saturation to a blue colour.
Raster 23- noise- unifrom/ monochrome/ 75%.

Raster 20- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. Copy & paste paper 2.  Resize 80%.
Hit delete on your keyboard. Select none. 
Crop to canvas. Apply Xenofex 2 Constellation:


Copy of Raster 18- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette.paper 3. Resize 80%.
Crop to canvas. Duplicate. On the bottom one, add thin Gradient glow set at 3 in red.
Add noise- uniform/ monochrome/ 75%

Delete Raster 21 & Copy of Raster 21.
Move Copy of Raster 14 to just above Raster 14 in layers palette.
Merge down. Add new layer. Flood fill with gradient of your choice using the GB Colour palette.
Angle- 45/ repeats-5. Apply DBS Flux-linear transmission:


On your merged layers- Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert. 
Delete layer in palette. activate layer you just made above, hit delete. 
Select none.

Next, delete Raster 15 & copy of Raster 15, Raster 22 & copy of Raster 22.
For raster 8- Selections- select all. Float- defloat. Add a new layer.
Flood fill with gradient: #d5281a- foreground/  #800000- background
Angle- 45/ repeats-0. Select none.

Next, copy & Paste Feather 4, resized 35%. Apply MuRa Meister's Copies:


Go back to your layer below this one. Selections- select all. Float- defloat- Invert.
On your copies layer hit delete. Keep selected. Change your feather layer to Overlay.
Next copy & paste the texture. Resize 40%. Hit delete. 
Change this layer to whatever you prefer. I set mine to burn. Keep selected.
Next add your closeup or tube, position where desired, hit delete. Select none.
Crop to canvas. Apply Xero Porcelain to your tube layer at these settings:


Drop opacity down to 60%. Add drop shadow.
Next, add your main tube. Resize & position as desired.
Apply Xero: Radiance at these settings:


Add drop shadow.
Next, add some elements. Sharpen & add drop shadow to each.
Feather 2- Resize 40%. Duplicate. Mirror one & place to left of tube.
On the other, rotate right 60 & place near the top above the one closeup.
Copy & paste spider & resize 25%.
Flower 1- Resize 65%. Duplicate. position both like I have on my tag.
If you're not animating, apply Xenofex 2 Constellation to both (same settings as before).

Add your copyrights & watermarks.
Add your name. Duplicate. On the bottom add a gradient glow set at 3:


Then add some noise to this layer- Uniform/ monochrome/ 75%.
Add drop shadow. Delete your white background layer, 
Merge everything visible save & you're done.

For animating with a transparent background:
If animating, close both your flower layers.
Delete your white background at the bottom & merge everything visible.
Duplicate this merged layer twice. Close the top 2 layers.
Merge your flower layers together & duplicate twice.
Close off the 2 top layers of the flowers.
On your opened flower layer, add Xenofex 2 Constellation with the same settings as before.
Merge visible & rename this layer 1 & close off this merged layer.
Open one of the bottom merged layers & one of your flower layers.
Apply Xenofex 2 Constellation to this flower layer, but hit random seed first.
Merge these to layers visible, rename layer 2 & close.
Repeat with your last merged layers, hitting random seed for Xenofex 2 Constellation on the flowers.
Save this 'base' as an animation file.

Now, add your name on a blank canvas.
Duplicate. On the bottom add a gradient glow, using the same settings as 
shown for the non-animated tag. Add some noise- Uniform/ monochrome/ 75%.
Save this as a name file. 

Open both in Animation Shop.
For your name, click Animation (on the menu bar at top)- Insert Frames- Empty- 


On your tag, select all & change the frame properties to 20.
On the name file, select all & copy.
On the tag file, select all & CTRL & E keys.
Do NOT click until you have the name where you want it.
Position where you want & then click the mouse to 'set' it.
Save at these optimization settings & you're done.




I had to make one for Tragedy too: 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & creating your tag.
Most importantly, I'd love to hear that Tragedy got a motherload of 
donations for this awesome kit to benefit Garrett. =)
*hugz*