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4/29/2013

Hawaiin Summer Gimp Tag Tutorial and EXTRAS

For this tag you will want the amazing Hawaiin Girl tube by Kent Stein which you can currently find at Artistically Inclined Licensing HERE.  You must have a license and display it within your creation to use any of the tubes from AIL.
I am using a PTU kit by Crystal's Creations called Summer Blast you can find HERE.
Pick up the FTU mask 382 by Insatiable Dreams HERE.


Let's get started!
1.  Open new canvas size 600x600.  Drag and drop the following Papers from kit into the canvas (R click ADD ALPHA CHANNEL to each paper layer in layers box):
Paper 2 (will be mask)
Paper 7
2.  Drag and drop mask into canvas.  Scale to 541x541. While it's the selected/active layer in the layers box, go to COLORS>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA.  R click on this layer in layers box, ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on paper 2 to activate layer.  SELECT>INVERT then hit DELETE on keyboard.  The paper is now the mask so you can delete the original mask layer.
3.  Drag and drop the following elements into canvas, scale to and place appropriately:
8-303x303
1- 400x376
12- 250x352 then duplicate, flip
7- 700x145 then duplicate, flip
2- 376x174
13- 400x402 *
19- rotate by 25 degrees scale to 512x332 *
21- 405x91 duplicate, flip scale to 258x58 and place above element 34
34- 259x410 *
4- 579x562
17- 91x114
5- 118x187 then duplicate, flip and rotate copy 20 degrees *
16- 84x64 *
18- 65x141 *
3- 99x81 *
14- 44x35 *
11- 52x52 *
Add drop shadow to elements with asterisk (*) by going to FILTERS>DROP SHADOW>LIGHT and SHADOW with settings at -3/4/6.
4.  Add tube of choice.  Remove extra layers.  I flipped the full size, COLOR>DESATURATE then up to MODE in layers box and chose SOFT LIGHT.  Scale other tube to 235x520 and add drop shadow to this layer same settings as before.  Add in the correct current copyright including copyright symbol, artist's name, website, and license number when applicable.  
5.  Using the rectangle select tool, make a selection inside the frame, so it's just in the middle of the frame.  Go to SELECT INVERT then click on the following elements in layers box and hit DELETE- 8, 12, 7, 2... SELECT >NONE.
6.  I am using a font called Strawberry Limeade in white, then R click ALPHA TO SELECTION grow by 2, add a new layer and fill with shades of blue using the blend tool.  Drag upwards on linear so darker shade is on bottom.  Go to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE with settings on correlated only and 20/20/20/0 checked.  Add drop shadow with same settings as before.  For an extra pop, click to activate the white text, go to drop shadow and put settings at 1/1/1.  
7.  While the background layer is selected, go to COLORS>INVERT to make it black.  Then use the rectangle tool to crop the perimeter of your tag.  When everything you want in the tag is in and the excess is out of the selection go to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.
8.  Save as .xcf so you can go back in and make changes if necessary, layer by layer.  When satisfied, export the image as .png

Thanks for checking my tag.  Leaving you a couple snags too.  Do not change or add to these whatsoever. Congrats, thank you and hugs and kisses in Hawaiin.  








4/28/2013

Arthur Crowe Head Music Facebook Cover Showoff


Look at the Facebook Cover and Avatar I made using the new tube by Arthur Crowe called Head Music.  I also used the matching kit, which is available with tube HERE.  You must have a license to use art by Arthur Crowe and you can get your license by clicking the License Request tab on the top of the site here- http://arthurcrowesfactory.com/store/

Sexy Jeans by Ismael Rac Tag Showoff!

Made this tag using a newly released tube by Ismael Rac called Sexy Jeans and the matching kit.  You must have a license to use art by Ismael Rac.  You can get the tube, kit and license all at http://store.xeracx.net/
Thanks for looking :)
xoxox

4/27/2013

Full Size and Tagger Vintage Romance Collab and CU Freebie

Above is my new kit, Vintage Romance.  It comes in both full size and tagger size and will be available soon to download!  It is PERSONAL USE ONLY and has 10 beautiful papers and 40 unique elements including an old phone, books, radio, clock/pocketwatch, skeleton key, luggage, jewelry, hearts, 4 ribbons/bows, one with a tag, locket, 6 flowers/foliage and 5 frames.  
This kit is part of a collab between me and Creative Scraps by Crys.  You can see her beautiful contribution below.  This collab is only available at Scrappin Dollars so check it out! Tagger HERE and Full Size HERE!  You can also purchase my kit separately at other stores I sell at.  


Now here is a CU Freebie I have for you.  It is only available for a limited time.  There is one textured paper, one frame, one spray of pink and purple circles and wordart!  Click the preview below for your copy.  Do not share.  Direct others here to my blog if they want a copy.  By using my creations you agree to my terms of use, which are within the zip file.    
If you like this freebie, leave some comment love :)
xoxox


4/22/2013

Fruit Picnic with FREEBIE Cluster!

Here's my new kit, which will be available soon to download.  Fruit Picnic- 12 papers and 45 elements! There's 17 fruit/flowers/foliage, 5 frames, 6 ribbons/bows, picnic table, blanket, plate, cup, fork, lemonade, napkin and an adorable little ant, plus much more! I hope you like it!  It's warm and colorful and like my friend Trish said, "Looks good enough to eat!" Find it at the stores I sell at- the links are all on the upper left sidebar here on my blog :)  

I made a cluster frame for you with the kit.  FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!  DO NOT SHARE THE FILE, just direct others here to my blog post to get a copy themselves.  Click the preview to get yours!  Leave me some love :)

xoxox

Check Out the T-shirt I Designed on Vistaprint!

Above is the t-shirt I designed for my Father-in-Law.  
I was looking everywhere for a place that I could print out a design on a shirt for a special gift for him.  I did a Google search and the first result that came up was Vistaprint so I clicked on it and found it incredibly easy to navigate thru.  There are tons of options of designs already available on the site, as well as the option to upload your own design.  I made the text of this shirt myself in Gimp and added it to the design.  I love how it turned out!  Definitely will use the site again to get more designs printed.
They have a promotion right now that you can get free business cards and a free stamp, and thought I'd share this deal with you.  
Just click the picture above to go check this deal out and get creative!
Visit Vistaprint today :)
xoxox



Tropical Blast Snaggable Facebook Cover and Avatar

Check out this Facebook Timeline Cover and Avatar I made using the new PTU scrapkit called Tropical Blast by Crystal's Creations!
It's for PERSONAL USE ONLY, do not share.  Direct others here to this blog post if they'd like the set.
Just click on the image to see it full size then R click and SAVE to your computer.  Add your photos of choice!


4/19/2013

Molly by FourXDesigns Facebook Cover and Avatar Showoff




Wanted to show off the Facebook cover and avatar I made using the new Molly tube by FourXDesigns!  You must have a license to use art by FourXDesigns... Just click RIGHT HERE to go check out all the amazing tubes that she has available :)
  P.S.  Come over to Facebook and you can request a set for yourself :)
xoxox


Pink Chick Tag Showoff

Check out this tag I made with the newly released tube by Tony Tzanoukakis called Pink Chick!  I used the matching kit called Pink Chick.  You must have a license to use this art, and all you have to do is click on the License Request tab to get your license while shopping for tubes at http://tonytz.com/store :)
Thanks for looking!
xoxox

Scrappin' Your ♥ Out Blog Train CU Freebie

Here's all the goodies you can get this month on the Scrappin' Your ♥ Out Blog Train!



LINK NOW EXPIRED*** YOU MAY NOW PURCHASE THIS AT STORES!
Here's a Commercial Use Frappe Cup/Cold Coffee Template.  DO NOT SHARE.  Direct others here to my blog to download this file for themselves.  By using this template or PNG example, you agree to abide by my TOU- which are available in the download.  Click the preview to get your copy.  It will be available for you to download until 4/27/13, then it is going into stores.  I hope you like it!


Follow the train by clicking the links below, if you get lost, click on the blinky to get back to Headquarters.



4/16/2013

FourXDesigns "Molly" and Love Isn't Colorblind Tag Tutorial

For this tag, you will want to use the scrapkit by me called Love Isn't Colorblind, which you can find in stores I sell at.  Look on the left column of my blog for links :)
You will want the new Molly tube by FourXDesigns, using art by FourXDesigns requires you to have a license and for it to be clearly legible in the finished tag. You can get both the tube and license here- https://www.fourxdesigns-store.com
I am using a freebie template by Millie which is on Creative Misfits Creations HERE
I am using freebie mask "MisfitsChoiceMask1" by George's Princess which is on Creative Misfits Creations HERE.


Let's get started!
1.  Open up the template, delete credit layer.
2.  Drag and drop the following papers from kit into the canvas (R click on each paper layer in layers box and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION):
PAPER 10
PAPER 1- 508x508, duplicate, one is going to be the mask at bottom of layers box.
PAPER 11
PAPER 5
For PAPER 10, place above layer 1 of template.  R click on layer 1 ALPHA TO SELECTION, up to SELECT>INVERT and L click once on PAPER 10 in layers box to activate the layer, then hit DELETE on keyboard.  Repeat these steps with PAPER 1 & layer 4, PAPER 11 & layer 8, PAPER 5 & layer 9.  Delete layer 9.  For layer 8, R click ALPHA TO SELECTION up to SELECT>SHRINK by 8 hit DELETE.  Shrink layer 8, 4 and 1 all in the same manner.  Then bring these layers each up one layer above the paper layers to basically "frame the papers." Add noise to the template layers we just changed by going to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE with settings on correlated only and 20/20/20/0. Add drop shadows to the layers we just changed by going to FILTERS>LIGHT& SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 3/3/9. Also add noise and drop shadow to layer 10.
3.  R click on layer 6 and MERGE DOWN to layer 5.  Duplicate.  R click ALPHA TO SELECTION then to SELECT>SHRINK by 4.  Add noise to copy of layer 5.  While layer 5 is activated, go to COLORS>DESATURATE, then to COLORS>BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST and slide both sliders to right.  Layer 5 is now white.  Move layer 7 of template to the bottom of the layers box, above the background layer.  R click ALPHA TO SELECTION, SEELCT>SHRINK by 4 and hit DELETE.  Add noise.  
4.  Drag and drop tube of choice into the canvas.  Place full body tube to right.  Using the close up layer (I chose white shirt) make two duplicates of this layer and click on the eye next to the layers you just duplicated in layers box to make them invisible because we will work with that next. For now, place the visible close up layer above the template layer 5 top, R click on template layer ALPHA TO SELECTION to help you line it up.  Make a duplicate layer of the close up tube and then use the flip tool.  Place this layer above template layer 5 bottom.  Once they're positioned right, R click on the close up tube layer that is on top and MERGE DOWN.  Then while the template layer 5 is still selected, go to SELECT>INVERT and hit DELETE on keyboard to delete the excess tube that sticks out from the circumference of the template layer.  FILTERS>ARTISTIC>SOFT GLOW then slide the opacity in the layers box to 60.  Click the eye to make the close up layers visible again, scale to 299x350 and place above PAPER 5 layer on the left side. Place the full close up layer on right side above PAPER 5 layer.  Merge these layers together then in the MODE box at top of layers box choose grain merge.  Add drop shadow to paper 5 layer with settings at 0/0/15.  Add drop shadow to the full body tube with setting at 4/4/15.  ADD COPYRIGHT INFO including copyright symbol, artist's name, website and license number when applicable. 
5.  For layers 2 and 3 of the template go to COLORS>INVERT.
6.  Drag and drop the following elements from the kit into the canvas, scale and place appropriately:
ELEMENT 37 LAYER>TRANSFORM>ROTATE CLOCKWISE- 225x429, duplicate flip to other side.
ELEMENT 26- 168x168, duplicate flip to bottom. Duplicate, flip to right side.
ELEMENT 9- 447x81, duplicate flip copy, merge two together, duplicate and place above.  Merge again.  Duplicate and place above.
ELEMENT 30- 44x45, duplicate flip and behind layer 3 *
ELEMENT 28, duplicate LAYER>TRANSFORM>ROTATE 180 degrees
ELEMENT 29- 167x172 *
ELEMENT 10- 75x148 *
ELEMENT 17- 99x58 *
ELEMENT 14- 55x82 *
Add drop shadow to elements with asterisk with settings at 2/2/6.
7.  Drag and drop mask 510x510, COLORS>INVERT, LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA, then R click on mask in layers box ALPHA TO SELECTION.  L clikc on paper 1 layer to activate, SELECT>INVERT and hit DELETE.  Paper is now mask so delete the original mask.
8.  Using the rectangle select tool, crop around the perimeter of tag, keeping your work inside the selection.  Go to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.  Delete white background layer.
9.  I am using a font called Vanessa Marie in white.  R click ALPHA TO SELECTION, add new transparent layer, click on blend tool, choose full saturation spectrum on linear, drag from left of text to right and let go.  Add noise to this layer, and drop shadow at settings 1/1/1.
10.  Save tag as .xcf so you can make changes per layer if need be, when satisfied save as .png

Thanks for checking out my tag and tutorial :)
xoxox






4/15/2013

Arthur Crowe's Aqua Blue Babe with Emo Style- FREEBIE Cluster!


Check out this tag I made with the newly released Aqua Blue Babe by Arthur Crowe!  You need to have a license to use his art and can get both the license and art at http://arthurcrowesfactory.com/store/
I used a PTU kit by Creative Scraps by Crys called Emo Style.  Below you can find the freebie cluster frame.  PERSONAL USE ONLY! Just click the preview to download and remember, DO NOT SHARE, just direct others here to this post to download the cluster frame themselves.  
Enjoy:)
xoxox


4/13/2013

CU Summer Mix 1

Here's a new CU mix for Summer that I have made for you.  There is one half a watermelon, a watermelon slice, a strawberry, raspberry, three different beautiful flowers, a frame and a paper included in this kit.
It is being loaded into stores as we speak!  Hope you like it :)
xoxox

How to Make a Simple Wavy Ribbon in Gimp with FREEBIE

I wanted to show you how to make a ribbon in Gimp 2.8.  
1.  Open a new image, size 900x900.
2.  Add a new transparent layer.  Using the paths tool, draw a line from left to right as shown.
Next, click in the middle of the path and drag it down a bit as shown.
Then just 100 pixels into the path on the left, drag that up.  And 100 pixels to the right, drag down as shown.
3.  In the layers box, choose the PATHS box.  The path is shown, R click on the path in the box and choose STROKE PATH.  Place settings as shown.
Click on Stroke.
Your canvas should look like this while still on Paths box:
4.  Delete the path by R clicking and choosing DELETE PATH.  
5.  Click on the LAYERS box.  Name the new layer "Ribbon" then r click and ALPHA TO SELECTION on the Ribbon layer.  Add a new transparent layer.  
6.  Click on POOL BOTTOM Pattern and click and drag into the selection.  Name this selection "Texture." Your canvas should look like the pic below.
Go to COLORS>DESATURATE with luminosity selected, hit OK.  In the MODE box at top of layers box, choose HARD LIGHT.  Then R click and choose MERGE DOWN.
7.  Add another transparent layer and name it COLOR.  Choose a foreground and background color within the same scheme.  I am using colors- ec364c and fe7c91.  Click on the BLEND TOOL and the setting should be as shown.
Click within the Ribbon selection and drag upwards about 100 pixels and let go.  
8.  Move the Color layer below the Ribbon layer in the layers box.  On the ribbon layer, go to Mode and choose SCREEN.  Then move the opacity slider to 28.   R click and MERGE DOWN.  Your canvas should appear as shown.
9.  Add another transparent layer.  With this layer, we're adding a bit more dimension to the ribbon.  Choose a blend called Flare Rays Size 1 and change Offset to 0, then click and drag from lower left corner of canvas to the top right of canvas.  Go to Mode and choose OVERLAY then R click and MERGE DOWN.
10.  Duplicate the layer.  COLOR>DESATURATE just to differentiate this layer for the next couple steps, then drag it up just so a little of the bottom of the ribbon is showing.  R click on this copy layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION. Then to SELECT>INVERT. 
11.  Add a new layer, name it Brush.  Click on brush in tool box and use settings as shown.
Click and drag the brush along the bottom that is showing of the ribbon.  SELECT>NONE then move the desaturated copy of the ribbon to the bottom of the ribbon, so just a bit is showing on the top.  R click on this desaturated copy layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION. Then to SELECT>INVERT. Again, L ckick once in the Brush layer then click and drag the brush in the canvas, but this time along the top that is showing of the ribbon.  DELETE THE DESATURATED COPY LAYER.  SELECT>NONE.  Your canvas should look like this:
12.  R click on the Color Ribbon layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION, up to SELECT>INVERT, click on the Brush layer once in layers box to activate then hit the DELETE key on keyboard.  
You now have your ribbon, so delete the Background layer.  Save as .png

You can change the paths up, the textures, the colors to get a ribbon specific to your project!  

Here's a CU FREEBIE using the tutorial above.  Do not share.  Direct others here to my blog to download themselves.  Click preview to get your copy and don't forget to leave some love!













4/10/2013

Flower Garden Forum Set Tutorial with Jason Lan Art

For this you will want to get the PTU tagger scrap kit called My Flower Garden by Crystal's Creations HERE.
You will want the tube called Helen of Troy by Jason Lan which is sold at Artistically Inclined Licensing HERE.  You need to have a license to use this art and have it displayed in your creation.
I use Gimp 2.8 which is a free program (see left sidebar for link to download Gimp) but any version will work, and you can easily configure this to your program of choice.



Let's get started.
1.  Open a new canvas size 600x250. Drag and drop the following papers into the canvas (R click ADD ALPHA CHANNEL to each paper layer):
Paper 2- scale to 650x200.  R click ALPHA TO SELECTION, SELECT>SHRINK by 9. Hit DELETE on keyboard.  Move this layer to top.
Paper 11- scale to 650x650
2.  Drag and drop tube of choice into the canvas.  Keep tube with pillow (scale to 369x332) and close up layer.  Place accordingly.  While close up is active in layers box, go to top of layers box, MODE to OVERLAY. Add correct and current copyright to tag- copyright symbol, artist's name, website and license number if applicable. Add drop shadow to tube with pillow FILTERS>LIGHT&SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings a 0/1/10
3.  Drag and drop the following elements from kit, scale and place appropriately:
ELEMENT 15
ELEMENT 35- duplicate, 133x73
ELEMENT 41- 355x81 *
ELEMENT 22- duplicate, 41x152
ELEMENT 5- duplicate twice so there's 3 total, 400x82
ELEMENT 7- 159x173 *
ELEMENT 2- duplicate, 36x79
ELEMENT 34-101x179 *
ELEMENT 43- 40x91
ELEMENT 36- 46x84
ELEMENT 31- duplicate, 218x110
ELEMENT 30- duplicate, 30x44
ELEMENT 1- 92x71 *
ELEMENT 8- 51x51 *
ELEMENT 20- 32x32
Add drop shadows to the layers that have asterisks (*) with settings at 1/1/1.
4.  I am using a font called Vaguely Fatal in white then just adding a drop shadow with prior settings.
5.  On the original background layer, R click ALPHA TO SELECTION, go up to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.  Save as .xcf so you can come back in layer by layer to make changes.  When satisfied save as .png
6.  To make the avatar, add a new white layer size 200x200 to the canvas and move it to upper right corner of the tag.  Move the full tube over so it is within this white square.  Add in copyrights (for avatar only copyright symbol, artists name and license is required).  R click on the white layer you added, ALPHA TO SELECTION then to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.  Then drag and drop Paper 1 into canvas and scale it to 200x200.  R click on this paper layer ALPHA TO SELECTION up to SELECT>SHRINK by 6 then hit DELETE on keyboard.  SELECT>NONE.  Using the same font, type in letter and add drop shadow again with the same settings.  Save as .xcf and when satisfied save as .png

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking!
PS- you can find avatar snags of this on my Facebook page HERE :)
xoxox



Freebie Bubbles Template and Tag Showoff using Xeracx 2013 Bubble


Here's a tag I made with the new Bubble tube by Ismael Rac and matching kit.
You can find them HERE.  You must have a license to use art by Ismael Rac and display it in your creation.
I made a template just for this tag- see the preview below.  If you want to download a copy of this template just click the preview below.  Leave some love if you do!  And do not share, just send others to my blog to download themselves.

4/09/2013

Hello Spring FTU Gimp Tutorial with Bunny by FourXDesigns


For this tag, you will want the adorable FTU kits by Dees'Sign Depot.  They're in 2 parts: part  you can find here- http://www.deessigndepot.blogspot.ca/ and part 2 here- https://www.facebook.com/pages/DeesSign-Depot/269017783186478 Thank you so much Dee for the wonderful kit!
You will want the tube called Bunny by FourXDesigns which requires a license to use.  You can get the tube and license from https://www.fourxdesigns-store.com
I used a FTU mask by Rieka that can be found on Creative Misfits Creations HERE
And I am using a template that I made just for this tag, you can get that HERE



1.  Open canvas 900 x 900, drag and drop tube into canvas, remove ears and all color layers but yellow.  Add copyright at this time, copyright symbol, artist's name, website and license number, if applicable.
2.  Drag and drop template into the canvas.  Place the up close layer of tube under the big circle layer of template in layers box and the full tube layer under the text fill layer of template.  R click on the big white circle layer of template and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION then L click one time on the close up tube layer to activate the tube layer in the layers box.  Go up to SELECT>INVERT and hit the DELETE key on keyboard, the tube should only show within the perimeters of that layer of template now. 
3. Drag and drop the following PAPERS into the canvas (R click ADD ALPHA CHANNEL to each paper):
18- scale to 800 x 800
17
2
Glitter 1, duplicate the second will be for text.
10
1
For paper 18, it will be the mask, so place at bottom of layers box, we will work with it in a bit.  
For paper 17, make 2 copies so there's 3 papers total.  R click on the white box and ALPHA TO SELECTION then activate paper 17 layer and SELECT>INVERT and DELETE on keyboard.  This paper is now the template layer so delete the original template layer.  Repeat with big white circle and small white circles in template with the copies of paper 17. 
For paper 2, make a copy so there's 2 papers. R click ALPHA TO SELECTION on big circle layer on template then activate paper layer SELECT>INVERT and DELETE on keyboard.  Repeat with small circle layer of template and copy of paper 2.  Delete the original template layers.
For the glitter 1 paper, R click on the Eff You wordart, ALPHA TO SELECTION go up to SELECT GROW by 2, SELECT>INVERT and while glitter 1 paper layer is activated, hit the DELETE key on keyboard.  Delete the original template layers.
Scale paper 10 to 700 x 884 then R click on back pink lines ALPHA TO SELECTION, click on the paper 10 layer to activate, SELECT>INVERT and hit DELETE on keyboard.  Delete original template layer.
R click on text fill ALPHA TO SELECTION to paper 1 SELECT>INVERT and hit DELETE.  Delete original text fill layer.
Add drop shadow for the two paper 2 layers by going to FILTERS>LIGHT&SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 2/2/9.  Also use this setting to give both the close up and full tube a drop shadow.
4.  Drag and drop mask "RR_SpringEaster Mask1" into canvas and scale to 774x759.  COLORS>INVERT then LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make it transparent.  Click on the paper 18 layer to activate then again  SELECT>INVERT and hit DELETE.  The paper will now be the mask.  Keep this at the bottom of the layers box.  Delete original mask layer.
5. Drag and drop the following elements from the kit into the canvas and place accordingly:
35- 292x285 duplicate, rotate 180
27
22
61-89x79 duplicate, flip
60
33
19
58
51-67x66, duplicate, flip
14
Add drop shadows with same settings as used before to the elements.
6. I used a font called Ichiro and R click ALPHA TO SELECTION add new transparent layer, fill with gradient between oranges and yellows color picked from tube.  SELECT>GROW by 2, add new layer, fill with white. SELECT>GROW by 3, activate glitter 1 paper copy in layers box, SELECT>INVERT and hit DELETE on keyboard.  Add drop shadow.
7.  Using rectangle select tool, make a selection around the tag, leaving everything that's in the tag inside the selection.  Crop the tag by going to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.  Delete white background layer,  save tag as .xcf so you can come back and make changes per layer if you need to.  When satisfied save as .png

Thanks for checking out this tut!  
Hope you like :)
xoxox






Freebie Template- Eff You Winter Hello Spring!

Here's a template I made... I hope you like it lol, it's called Eff You Winter Hello Spring!
Click the preview below to download your copy :)



4/06/2013

New Tagger Kit- Classic Beauty and FREEBIE

Check out my newest kit, called Classic Beauty.  It is sort of a tribute to all the greats in the movie industry, the gorgeous leading ladies in your favorite feature films.  It is for PERSONAL USE ONLY and is being loaded into stores tonight for you to purchase!  There are 10 papers and 45 elements in the kit, including 4 frames, 4 bows/ribbons, 5 flowers/foliage, behind the scenes/movie set elements as well as the performing side of the curtain- theatre seating and such, there's diamonds and jewels as well as cosmetics.  You will want to go check the LEFT side panel here on my blog to get the links to where I sell at to get this tagger sized kit for yourself!
Below I have left an ADD-ON for you, which is also PERSONAL USE ONLY.  It contains 3 papers, 1 frame, ribbon with diamonds, a flower, heart, star and wordart.  DO NOT SHARE, direct others here to this blog post to get the kit themselves.  Just click the preview below to download your copy and make sure to leave me a comment if you do!  Would love to see tags with it- you can email them to me (email is in TOU in the RIGHT side panel of blog) or show it off to me on Facebook HERE!

 
I really hope you like it :)
xoxox
 

Blooming Time Animated Gimp Tutorial

Here's a tag I made with the artwork of Suzanne Woolcott, called One Day at a Time.  You can no longer find Gorjuss Girls PSP tubes but you can check out the other merchandise available with Gorjuss Girls here- http://www.santoro-london.com/shop/gorjuss/
I used a very pretty pastel colored PTU kit called Blooming Love by my friend Crys.  You can find all her scraps and things on her blog- http://sinfullycreativescraps.blogspot.com/
I also used a FTU mask "MythMask36" from Creative Misfits Creations HERE
Follow the steps below to make this tag :)



1. Open program of choice.  I use Gimp version 2.8 and LOVE it! FILE>NEW sized at 900 x 900, leave the background white. 
2. Drag and drop the following from the kit into the canvas, scale to:
Paper 3 (R click in layers ADD ALPHA CHANNEL)
Paper 11 (same as above)
Element 24-duplicate and flip copy
Element 40-292x261, duplicate, rotate copy 112 degrees merge two layers together
Element 46-208x190 duplicate and flip copy
Frame 5
Element 9-136x412
Element 49-414x170
Element 38-87x88
Element 10-276x97
Arrange all layers as shown.  With paper 11, you will need to click on the fuzzy select tool and click inside of the frame layer while the frame layer is the active layer in the layers box.  To activate it, all you do is L click one time on that layer in the layers box.  Now once the selection is made, go to SELECT>GROW by 3 then SELECT>INVERT and activate the paper layer in layers box, then hit the DELETE button on keyboard.  The paper is now inside of the frame.  Just place this paper layer under the frame layer in the layers box, if it isn't under it already.
3. Add tube of choice.  To get the effect like I did with the paper, all you do is go up to COLOR>DESATURATE then in the MODE box at the top right corner of the layers box, choose OVERLAY.  At this time, remember to include all the correct copyrights to the tube you are using, including the copyright symbol, artist's name, website and license number if applicable.  This information must be clearly legible.
4.  Add drop shadows to all the layers except Elements 40 and 24.  Go up to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 3/3/7.  For tube layer try a softer shadow with settings at 1/1/17
5.  Drag and drop the mask into the canvas.  Scale it to 558x442 and place on LEFT side of tag.  Go to COLOR>INVERT then to COLOR>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make it transparent.  Duplicate and place the copy on the right side of tag.  R click an merge down (the two layers together).  R click on the mask layer in layers box and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION then L click once on the Paper 3 layer to activate the layer.  Go to SELECT>INVERT then hit DELETE on the keyboard.  The mask is now the paper/the paper is now the mask, so delete the original mask layer. 
6.  I used a font called Hello Again, using colors from the kit.  Use the color picker tool to get the colors off the element layers.  You will need to make a text selection PER LETTER to make every layer the color you have picked.  Depending on many letters in your name, you will have that many layers.  For annaica, there are 7 layers.  When you get all the letters typed out in the colors you have picked, merge all the letter layers together by R clicking and merge down, repeat until all letter layers are merged.  R click on this layer and go to SELECT>GROW by 2, add a new transparent layer and fill with white.  Add a drop shadow with settings at 2/2/3.
7.  Using the rectangle select tool, make a selection around your tag making sure that there are no drop shadows or elements sticking outside of the selection.  Then go to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.  Save your tag at this time as .xcf so you can come back and make changes at anytime. 
8. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU'RE SKIPPING ANIMATION-  if you prefer to skip the animation, you can add noise to the colorful text layer you created by going to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE with settings at 20/20/20/0 with correlated the only box checked.  Delete the white background layer.  Save (export in 2.8) the finished tag as .png
 
9.  ONLY CONTINUE IF YOU'RE ANIMATING THE TAG- click on the eye next to the colorful text layer you've created to make this layer invisible.  Delete the white background layer.  R click on any layer in the layers box and choose MERGE VISIBLE LAYERS. 
10. You should have 2 layers.  Make the text layer visible again.  Duplicate this layer so there's a total of 3 text layers.  Duplicate the other layer (tag background) so there's a total of 3 layers for that as well.  This makes a total of 6 layers.  Alternate the layers so it's text layer on top, next layer is tag back, next layer is text, tag back, text, tag back. 
11. R click on the top text layer and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION.  Go up to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE with settings on Correlated only and 20/20/20/0.  L click once on the next text layer in the layers box and repeat the noise.  L click once on the final text layer and repeat noise.  SELECT>NONE.
12. R click and merge the layers together, two by two.  Top two together, middle two together and bottom two together.  There should now be a total of 3 layers.  Make sure white is your background color in tool box then R click on each of the layers and REMOVE ALPHA CHANNEL. 
13.  Save your tag (export in 2.8) as .gif.  A pop up box will come up asking you what you want to do exactly.  I have provided a photo to guide you with this pop up box.
When you have it filled out, hit export.  If another window comes up hit OK. 
There ya go- you have made yourself a cool animated tag!
 
I hope you liked this tutorial!  Thanks so much for checking it out :)
xoxox
 
 
 

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