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Saturday, June 30, 2012

50 Shades of Grey- PTU

Supplies-
Kit- I’m using the super sexy kit 50 Shades of Grey by A Taggers Scrap
Tube-  You’ll want a tube with a close up..I’m using a sexy Garv girl which I got when MPT was open, but you can now find Keith Garvey’s images at PTE
*In the example below, I'm using a bonus tube from Zlata M, and you can find the rest of her images at PFD*
Template- AquaKandi2 from the Misfit blog here
Font of choice
Photoshop CS5 or program of choice
I’m on a Mac, so when I use Command, you may need to use Ctrl
Here we go :)
Open your template. Image>Duplicate. Close out the original.
Delete credits layer. Move the kandi word art and word art back layers to the top.
Working from the bottom layer of template to the top, add papers/effects to each layer.
To replace the template layer with a paper, Command+Click the layer icon in the Layer Window. This will create a selection (marching ants) around it. Drag paper of choice to canvas. Select>Inverse. Hit delete on keyboard. Command+D to deselect. Delete original template layer.
For each layer I used:
Red Bars- paper 24
Red squares- Command+Shift+U to Desaturate (or open Hue&Saturation and move the Saturation slider all the way to the left)
Black circles- paper 20
Red circles- paper 18
Gradient back- Desaturate
Stars- Desaturate, add noise 25%, gaussian, monochromatic
Double click the Kandi Word Art layer to bring up the Layer Styles box. Apply Bevel & Emboss with the following settings:

Activate your Magic Wand Tool. Choose your Thin Glitter Frame template layer and click inside it. Add your tube close-ups inside the selection, under the frame. Select>Inverse. Hit Delete on the tubes to remove the excess. Deselect.
Hold down shift while selecting the close up tube layers, then hit Command+E to merge those layers into one. 
Command+J to duplicate the tube layer. Desaturate the top copy and change the blend mode to Screen. Duplicate that layer. Blend mode- Screen, Opacity- 50. Then apply Filter>Sketch>Graphic Pen with the following settings:

Add your main tube under the Word Art Back layer. Duplicate. On top copy apply Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur 2px. Blend Mode- Screen, Opacity- 60% or just play with it a bit to suit your taste :)
Once happy, add elements from the kit to your tag. From bottom to top I used:
handprint
sparkles
laces
fan
condom
champagne
creeper
cage
candle
classics
bondage heart
flower 3
flogger
Resize and add drop shadows as needed.
Activate your Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) and create a selection around your entire tag, slightly smaller than your canvas. Image>Crop. This will get rid of any extra pixels/drop shadows hanging out around the edges.
Image>Trim>Top Left Pixel Color. This will get rid of excess space around your tag. Resize your tag if needed. 
Add copyright and license info. Add name any text. Merge, save as PNG and enjoy :)
Thank you for trying my tut :) If you have any questions or would like to show me your results, feel free to email me (bananas_68@yahoo.com) or contact me on facebook!



Friday, June 22, 2012

*Freebie Kit*

In my spare time (lol) moving from Colorado to Japan, I somehow found time to make a kit!!!! This is a limited time freebie, so get it while it's hot! I don't know how long it will be FTU...we are without internet right now...so just until I can get to the library again and use their WiFi, lol :) Maybe a couple of days, maybe a week...I don't know.. so don't miss out!! 

**I decided to keep this FTU, thanks for the love, tags and comments everyone, they are much appreciated and make me want to keep doing this!!**
Get it here!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Urban Glam- New Kit :)

This kit was a lot of fun to make!!!! A little different from what I usually do, but I love how it turned out :D ..I really hope you enjoy!!!
And here are some tuts by my amazing CT using the kit:

Without a Cause by Leah from ALGT here
Urban Chic from Manipulated by Magik here (forum set) and here (tag)
Urban Glam Extras by Wicked Princess here
Urban Peacock by Tragedy's Creationz here
Urban Glam by Sugar Coated Tags N Tuts here

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Whatevs- PTU

Supplies:
Kit- Electric Youth by Gimptastic Scraps which you can find at Artistic Angels here.
Tube- Anna Liwanag which I purchased at PTE when they were open. You can now find her work at CDO here.
Template- Temp110 by Leah here
Font- Jailbird Jenna or font of choice
Photoshop CS5 or program of choice
I'm on a Mac so when I use Command you may need to use Ctrl

Here we go :)

Open your template. Image>Duplicate. Close out original.
Delete the credit layer. Rearrange Word Art layers to top of template.
Image>Resize to resize the template if you want.
Image>Canvas Size if you want to increase your work space...I changed mine 
to around 700x700 because I like room to work :)
Let's work the template from bottom to top-
Activate Square layer. Filter>Noise>Add Noise:
25%, Gaussian, Monochromatic.

Activate rect2 layer. Command+Click the icon in the layer window to create a selection around it.
Add Paper 1 over selection. Select>Inverse. Hit Delete on paper layer. Deselect.
Delete original template layer. 
Using the method above, add papers from the kit to the following layers:
Circle 4 & 5- paper 5
Circle 3- paper 2
Rect 1- paper 6
Circle 2- paper 1
Circle 1- paper 5
Star 3- paper 6
Star 1- paper 6
 On Star 4 & 2 layers, Command+U to open Hue/Saturation window. Colorize to black by moving
the Lightness slider all the way to the left. Command+F to add same Noise as before. 

Activate your top circle layer and create a selection around it.
Add close up of tube as a new layer above selection.
Select>Inverse. Hit Delete on tube layer. Deselect.
Shift+Command+U to Desaturate close up. 
Change blend mode to Screen.
Now double click circle layer to bring up layer styles box.
Add a 2px white Stroke, Outside, Normal, Opacity 100.
Add same stroke to the circle layer below that.
Add a purple stroke to the rectangle layer.
To the word art layers, add Strokes picking colors from the kit, but choose Inside instead of Outside.

Add main tube of choice. Command+J to duplicate.
On top copy, Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur 2px.
Change blend mode to Screen, Opacity 45%. Drop shadow bottom tube layer.
Now decorate your tag with elements from the kit.
From bottom to top I used:
glitter paint
cassette tape
 flower 1
flower 2
locker
button 3
arrow 2
notebook
pencil
chalk heart 1
chalk heart 2
whatevs
staple
Add drop shadows to elements and template layers.
Using your Rectangle Marquee Tool (m), create a selection around the entire tag, 
just a bit smaller than the canvas.
Image>Crop. This should get rid of any stray pixels/drop shadows.
Image>Trim>top left pixel color. This will remove excess space.
Add your copyright and license info.
Add name and any text of choice.
Merge, save, enjoy :)

Thank you for trying my tut! If you have any questions or would like to show me your results, feel free to email me at bananas_68@yahoo.com or contact me on Facebook.

Tattoo Love- PTU

Supplies:
Kit- Tattoo Love by A Taggers Scrap. This kit is jam packed full of fun!!! Visit Jo's blog here to find where to purchase this kit. 
Tube- I'm using the work of Ismael Rac which you can purchase here with a valid license. 
Mask- CircleMask1byTonya from the Misfits blog here
Font- Great Vibes or font of choice
Photoshop CS5 or program of choice
I use a Mac so when I use Command, you may need to use Ctrl

Here we go :)

Open a new canvas 700x700
Center Frame 7 on canvas
Resize and place Paper 2 below frame.
Click inside frame layer with your Magic Wand Tool (w).
Select>Modify>Expand by 5 px. Select>Inverse.
Hit Delete on paper layer. Deselect. 
Open layer styles and add drop shadow to frame 
Add tube above frame layer. Command+J to duplicate tube.
Move copy directly below frame. 
Using your eraser tool, erase the bottom of both tube tube layers so it appears tube
is coming out of the frame. 
Double click bottom tube layer to open layer styles and add a drop shadow. 
Decorate your tag with elements from the kit. 
From top to bottom I used:
bow 8
heart flowers
butterflies
flower 10
heart scatter
sparkle 2
glitter heart 2
heart deco 3 & 4
cupcake
clock
Add a drop shadow to your elements except the Sparkle

Now let's get our mask ready! Open your mask on a new canvas.
Add a new layer above it, and flood fill with color of choice, 
or use a paper from kit. I used paper 7.
Make sure your mask layer is activated and Command+A to Select All, Command+C to Copy.
Activate the paper layer, hit Q to turn on Quick Mask mode.
Command+V to paste the mask..it should now be tinted red.
Hit Q to turn off Quick Mask mode and there should now be marching ants on your canvas.
Hit the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the layer palette (rectangle  with the circle in it)
Right click- convert to smart object
Right click- Rasterize layer
Drag completed mask to your tag canvas as the bottom layer
Resize it if needed.

With your Rectangular Marquee Tool (m), draw out a selection around the entire
tag, just slight smaller than the canvas. Image>Crop.
This will get rid of any stray pixels or drop shadows you don't see.
Image>Trim>Top Left Pixel Corner to remove the excess space.
Add your license and copyright info to the tag.
Add name and any other text of choice.
Merge, save as PNG and enjoy :)

Thank you for trying my tut. If you have any questions or would like to show me your results, feel free to email me (bananas_68@yahoo.com) or post them on my Facebook :)


Thursday, June 7, 2012

CT tuts and a cluster frame freebie!!

While I have been getting settled in Japan, my amazing CT have been hard at work making stunning tags and goodies!!! Check out their blogs and make sure to follow them so you don't miss out on anything..they are a talented bunch :D

Spring Fae by BabyDragon here
Urban Glam by Sugar Coated Tags N Tuts here
(kit coming soon to PTE)
Sizzlin' Summer by Manipulated by Magik here
And a freebie Cluster frame by Amy of ALGT here
Sarah's Tags N Things made me this beautiful tag using my Summer Breeze kit, and wrote up a tut here. Thanks girl!!!


And today I checked my Facebook and found this awesome present waiting for me!! Cindy won a kit of choice from PTE, and chose my Ladybug Garden kit :D She made me this stunning tag and I just had to show it off!! Thanks so much!!




Monday, June 4, 2012

New kit!! Summer Breeze


I had some time during my move to work on a new kit :) I love how it turned out, and just couldn't stop adding stuff to it!!! Summer Breeze is a fun, flirty kit perfect for your summer tags. This tagger sized kit has 81 unique elements to play with-- no repeats!!!! With gorgeous shades of blues, purples, greens and yellow this is a kit you don't want to miss. You can purchase this kit at SATC and PFD. Hope you enjoy!!!!

Here are some tuts with the kit:
Happy Summer by KrazyTaggerGrrl Designs here
Summer Breeze by SugarCoatedTagsNTuts here
Sizzlin' Summer by Manipulated by Magik here
Breezy Babe by Sarah's Tags N Things here
Summer Breeze by Tragedy's Creationz here

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