31 July, 2012

Scrap-A-Licious Grand Opening

Get ready...
August 1st, Scrap-A-Licous will be officially open for business.

Stop in for some awesome specials, freebies & so much more.=)
Find us here: Scrap-A-Licious

24 July, 2012

Designer Call at Scrap-A-Licious

Kerry 'Purple' Pye is still looking for some awesome designers.
The new store will be opening this coming weekend. 
If interested in joining an awesome store, 
send an email to the address shown in the ad. =)

16 July, 2012

CT Call for the ART Store

Want to be part of the ART CT team?

Freebie Alert

I pulled my Emo Glam kit from the ART store & 
re-tweaked it & replaced a few items.

It is a freebie ONLY at the Artistic Reality Talent store.
Hope you enjoy the kit. =)
*hugz*

Want to win some awesome tubes?

WitchysHeart has an awesome promotion going on 
in the ART facebook group
Just post some tags you've made with your ART tubes to 
win some free tubes from the ART store.
Sounds awesome, right???

Well hurry your butts over to the group & show off what you can do.
There's only one day left before this contest is over.
Hope to see you there. =)

12 July, 2012

Tut- Making Styles in Photoshop

This is a simple/ basic tutorial on how to make 
glitter & 'satin' styles.

These are methods I've taught myself,
so feel free to play around with the settings
in your program to get a style 'look' you like best.;)

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 Photoshop & was written using PS CS3, 
tho' any version should work.

To make Glitter Styles:

Supplies Needed: 
Art Rage to make your glitter sheets
or you can grab my basic silver ones here.
There's 4 different sheets in my supplies 
in different hues of 'silver' (or grey).
They're 800 x 800 px in size at 300 dpi.
All are already seamless for tiling, 
so they're ready to use, recolour, etc.

* Before I begin, I'm assuming you have already made your
own glitter sheets, or are using the ones I'm giving you-
colourising them, etc to your own preferences.

In Photoshop, open your glitter sheet(s).
For each one:
Select- All. Then go to Edit & click Define Pattern.
Name it (or use the default name that's there)
& click ok.

When finished loading your glitter sheet(s),
close them since we won't need them any more.

Now, open a new image, 300 X 300 px, transparent.

Use your shape tool & pick out a shape you like.
I'm using the rounded rectangle shape for mine.

Next, draw out your shape in your canvas.

Then at the bottom in your layers menu (palette),
click on the Fx at the bottom like shown here:

Select the Pattern Overlay option:

A screen like this will come up:
Now, click the arrow next to the box that says 'Pattern' 
& find your glitter pattern you loaded:
Then click where it says 'New Style':
Another box will come up.
Name the style & click OK.

Then, click ok again in the top right of the Fx box.
Your style should now be loaded.

(Now, if you want to save the shape you applied the glitter to 
for a preview, add a new blank layer & merge visible.) 

Also, if you wish to add more styles (before we save them),
you can go to edit- Stepbackward to undo the glitter 
& add your next one for saving.

Now, to save your glitter style(s) you made,
click the little arrow like I have shown here:
Then click save styles.

Give them a name & click save.
You now know an easy-peasy way to make glitter styles.

To make Satin Styles:

* No materials are needed for this one.;)

Now, this is how I make my satin styles.
As before, draw out your shape on a transparent canvas.
Colour isn't important yet, since we'll be adding colour with the Fx tool.

As before with the glitter, click on the Fx at the bottom.
This time, select Bevel & Emboss:
A box should come up.

These are the settings I use in the top part of the box 
to get the effect I have:
You can play with these settings to 
get a different effect if you prefer.

On the bottom half of this box, where it says shadow mode, 
keep it on Multiply, but select your colour of choice.

Now, click on Color Overlay:

In the blend mode, add the same color as you did 
for the Bevel & Emboss settings. 

Click New Style over on the right 
& name it. Click ok. Then, click ok again 
in the top right of the Fx box. 
Your style should now be loaded.

To save the style, do the same as you did when saving 
the glitter style(s) & you're done.

If you want to create more, double click the Fx
in your layers palette (on the same layer as your shape)
and change the colour settings, click New Style,
name it & click ok.

Also, like with the glitter styles, if wanting to save your shape 
for a preview, add a new blank layer & merge visible.

I hope this tutorial is useful for some of you.
Have fun creating some sassy PS styles. =)

*hugz*

08 July, 2012

Another Absolutely Breath-taking set from Angi

Check out this breath-taking 3-piece set from my girl, Angi:



Thank you so much, Sweetie. 
These are just GORGEOUS! =)

You can stop by Angi's blog for some awesome 
cluster frames & templates.
And make sure to check out her amazing tags
for some inspiration. ;)

Thank you again, Sweetie! =)
*hugz*

Sleepwalking Past Hope Tag & Tut

My Sis, Tragedy did a wicked-awesome job 
using my newest kit- Sleepwalking Past Hope
for this wicked tag:
The tube she used is from one of the newest artists 
at the Artistic Reality Talent store & it works perfectly.

You can find this wicked tutorial on Tragedy's blog here.
And while you're there, check out her other awesome tutorials, too.;)

Thank you again, Sis for this wicked- awesome tag.
I love it! =)
*hugz*

Sleepwalking Past Hope PTU Kit

Dust off your doom & gloom tubes for this kit. 
Based off a song by HIM-Sleepwalking Past Hope- 
this kit is the 'warmer' side of Goth.

This kit is packed with lots of goodies for you.
With 30 papers, 106 elements, 5 frames, the possibilities are endless.
I have also included this bonus template with the kit:

I also have a set of CU styles based off this colour palette
that can also be found in the ART store:
Those can be found here.

I'd love to see any of your creations made with this kit.
Feel free to send them to me at:
manipulatedbymagik[@]dark-light.us
or MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

06 July, 2012

Swag Alley Blues- Tag & Tutorial

My Sis, Tragedy rocked my newest kit,
Swag Alley Blues with this awesome tag & tut:

You can find this awesome tutorial on her blog, here.

Thank you again, Sis for this rockin' tag! =)
*hugz*


04 July, 2012

FTU- Angel In My Heart

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I wanted to do something very special for my Sis 
Tragedy since she is like the sister I never had.
She made this elegant kit for Bone Cancer Awareness
in honour of her Grandmother.
I had been waiting for the right tube to come along
to do this for her. And thank you to Keith Garvey for it. =)

The image I used in this tutorial is Tragedy's (Christina's).
I had obtained her permission to use it for this tutorial & tag.
This is one of those tuts to pay honour to one of our own 
loved ones, so please use an image of someone 
close to your own heart to make it more special. 

With that being said, Tragedy- I love you, Sis! 
*hugz*

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: 
Scrapkit: I'm using the beautiful/ elegant FTU scrapkit 
from my Sis Tragedy, Hold Onto Hope. 
You can either get this from her blog here 
or find it in the ART store, where it is also free.;)

2-3 Tubes: I'm using the stunning artwork of Keith Garvey. 
You can find both these breath-taking tubes at PTE.
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Template: TEM2 from Tamie at Addictive Pleasures.
You can find it here on her template blog
(its in the templates 1- 5 pack).
* Leave some love when snagging the temp. ;)

Word art: from me, here.

Photo: personal photo of choice.

Filters: Xero- Soft Vignette
Xero- Radiance
DSB Flux- Bright Noise
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow 

Font: Gran Prix ES

Drop shadows used in this tutorial: -1 0 50 2, black 
10 2 50 8-  for the one Angel tube & dove.

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Delete the credit layer at the top.
Resize the template so it's 600 px in width.
Then, change the canvas size so it's 750 X 750 px,
with 80 px set for the top.

Next, delete these layers:
angel word 3
angel word 2
angel word

Now, working from the bottom layer of the template, up:

masked layer- Use your manual color correction tool 
to change the colour to the Lavender from the 
colour palette in the kit.

oval - Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 6, resized 70%.
Hit delete & select none. 

pink strip 1- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 2, resized 70%.
Hit delete & select none. 
Do the same for pink strip 2, using the same paper.

dotted oval- use your manual color correction tool.
Change it to a light gold colour from the 'gradient' in the colour palette.

rectangle 1- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste paper 12, resized 70%.
Hit delete & select none. 

dotted rectangle- color correction: change to lavender.

rectangle 2- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 8, resized 65%.
Hit delete & select none. 

glitter oval frame- Manual Color correction: Light gold.
Add noise: Uniform/ Monochrome/ 75%.
Add a drop shadow.

circle 1- Select all- float. Defloat. Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste paper 11, resized 65%.
Hit delete & keep selected.
Add one of you tubes. Resize 80%.
Use your eraser to remove the bottom half 
that extends past the circle. Select none. 
On your tube, apply Xero- Soft Vignette at default settings.
Add a drop shadow: 10 2 50 8

circle frame 1- manual color correction: #d9bae6
Add the same noise as before. Duplicate.
Move one below your tube & drop shadow.
On the one above your tube, use your eraser 
to remove the excess that covers the upper body.

circle 2- Select all- float. Defloat.
Invert. Delete this layer & paste paper 11, resized 65%.
Hit delete & keep selected.
Add your photo of choice or tube.
Resize as needed. Hit delete & select none.
On your photo, go to Effects- Photo Effects- Film & Filters
set it Glamour/ Champagne/ 20.

circle frame 2- manual color correction: #d9bae6
Add the same noise again. Drop shadow. 

Next, copy & paste the word art.
Add a thin gradient glow in light gold at these settings:
Duplicate. Move one below the tube layer.
On the top one, erase some of the wordart 
that is covering part of the tube. NO drop shadow.

Now, copy & paste your second (or third) tube. 
Resize 70%. Mirror.
Add Xero- Radiance at these settings:
Then add a drop shadow.

Next we'll add some elements.
For each one I added, I sharpened & added 
a drop shadow to, unless specified otherwise.

Doily- right click & send to bottom in layers palette, 
below the mask layer. Position it off to the left. 
Duplicate & Mirror. NO drop shadow.

Heart Ribbon- 25%
Rose 3- 30%
Feather 3- 35%. NO drop shadow.
Candle Trio- 23%
Bone Cancer Ribbon- 40%

Dove 3- 30%.
 Use the same drop shadow as for the first tube.

Feather 1- 20% 
Perfume Bottle- 40%

Add any other elements, if you prefer at this time.

Now, crop/ resize your tag to your own preferences.
Then, add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Now add your name. Add a bevel:
Then add a gradient glow:
Then add a drop shadow.

Delete the white background at the bottom.
Merge visible, save as a PNG & enjoy. 

I had made one for my daughters (its too girly for my son)
in memory of their father who left us 17 yrs. ago, 
as of the 10th of this month, from other causes.
I changed out the photo & a few elements for this tag:


Again, this is a special tribute tag to make for those we love-
who have left us or are simply dear to our hearts.

I really hope you enjoy this tutorial
& making something very special for yourselves. 
I would love to see any of your results. =)

*hugz*

03 July, 2012

PTU- Party Like Its 1776

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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: 
Scrapkit: I'm using Purple Kreationz's awesome kit 
called Big, White & Boom. It's her part of a collab 
at Scraps From The Heart that you can find here.

Tube: I'm using the lovely artwork of Keith Garvey. 
You can find this at PTE.
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license 
to do so & have purchased the tube.

Template: Template80-Leah from Amy & Leah's Gimptastic Tuts.
You can find it in their templates, here.
* Remember to leave some love for them for the temp.;)

Optional stock photo: IMG13- from me, here
or any other stock photos of choice. 
* You do NOT have to credit me for the image.;)

Filters: Xero- Radiance
DSB Flux- Bright Noise
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow 

Font: Mon Amour Script

Drop shadow used in this tutorial is 4 2 75 4, black.
Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Delete the credit layer at the top.
Change the canvas size so it's 634 X 475 px.

Working from the bottom layer of the template, up:

square 2- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P5.
Resize 70%. Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas. Then add a drop shadow.

square 1- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P15.
Resize 70%. Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add a drop shadow.

circle- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P11.
Resize 80%. Hit delete & select none. 

rect 6- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P10, 
resized 80%. Keep selected. Copy & paste IMG13 
(or image of choice). Resize 27% or as needed. 
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas. 
Add a drop shadow to the paper.
On the photo, duplicate. On the bottom one, 
change the blend mode to Luminance (L) at 70%.
On the top one, add a Gaussian Blur set at 3. 
Change the blend mode to Screen at 70%.

rect 5- Select all- float. Defloat. Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P2, resized 70%.
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas & drop shadow.

rect 4- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P5, resized 70%.
Hit delete & select none. 
Crop to canvas & add your drop shadow.

rect 3- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P7.
Hit delete & select none.

rect 2- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste PK-BWB-P8.
Hit delete & select none.

rect 1- leave as is.

word art- use your manual color correction tool 
to change the color to a darker red, with your source 
set to black & color of choice for the target.
Next, add a bevel at these settings:
Then add a gradient glow at these settings:

Use your magic wand to select the gradient glow. 
Add noise: Uniform/ Monochrome/ 50%
Select none. Then add your drop shadow.

USA- Add the same bevel as you did for the wordart, 
changing the light color to a darker blue.
No drop shadow.

Next, copy & paste your main tube. Resize 70%.
Add Xero- Radiance at these settings:
Then add a drop shadow.

Now we'll add some elements.
For each one I added, I sharpened & added 
a drop shadow to, unless specified otherwise.

PK-BWB-STAR- 30%. 
Rotate 17 left. Duplicate & mirror. 

PK-BWB-STAR2- 25%. 
Rotate 12 right. Duplicate & mirror.

PK-BWB-CUPPY- 40%
PK-BWB-BALLOONS- 60%
PK-BWB-MARTINI- 55%

PK-BWB-CANDY- 65% 
Rotate 15 left.

PK-BWB-FIREWORKGLOW- 60%.
Use your magic wand to select parts of the firework.
Apply DSB Flux- Bright Noise at Mix- 100. 
Select none. 

PK-BWB-FLAGPOLE- 75%

PK-BWB-RIBBON2- 80%. Duplicate.
Move one below the white strip the word art is on.
Add a drop shadow.
On your top one, use your eraser to remove 
the excess that covers the wordart.

PK-BWB-BUTTERFLY- 25%. 
Rotate 25 right. For my drop shadow, 
I used 10, 2, 50 8, black.

PK-BWB-FLOWER2- 45%

Add any other elements, if you prefer at this time.

Now, crop/ resize your tag to your own preferences.
Then, add your proper copyrights & watermarks.
* If using other stock photos aside from mine,
you'll have to add that in your watermarks.

Now add your name. Then add a gradient glow:
Then add a drop shadow.
Delete the white background at the bottom.
Merge visible, save as a PNG & enjoy. 

I hope you had fun with this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results. =)

*hugz*

01 July, 2012

Swag Alley Blues- PTU & Freebies

I have another kit newly added to the Artistic Reality Talent store.
...And I have a couple freebies for you also. ;)

This is my newest kit: A little Gangsta, a little PIMP, 
but Bad-ass & Blue:


Swag Alley Blues is a great kit to add to your collection 
for all your Gangsta or PIMPin' tags.
With 25 papers, 83 elements & 5 frames,
its packed with lots of goodies for you.

You can find it in the Artistic Reality Talent store here.
And while you're there, I also have a set of CU 
glitter styles for you as well:
These can be found in the ART store here.

Now for the freebies.
First, I have an add-on teaser kit for you:
You can download this here:

And I have a set of free CU Satin Styles for you as well:

These can be found here:

I'd love to see any of your creations with this kit or the add-on kit.
Feel free to send them to me at:
manipulatedbymagik[@]dark-light.us
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*