Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Witchful Thinking

Witchful Thinking

This tutorial was written by Dianna Richards of Digicats (and Dogs)/Di Before Dawn Tutorials. Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Please do not rebroadcast, redistribute or otherwise claim this tutorial or any part there of as your own work.

Items you will need to complete this project:

The Witchful Thinking kit by Kiera's Creations, which can be purchased at It's mainly a full sized kit, although some elements are taggers sized.

Tube of choice. I am using one of the posers that is included in the kit.

Wee Scots Mask #248 which you can download HERE.

Font of choice. I am using the Spooky Magic font for the name, which can be downloaded from for, well, free.

Note that H# and V# refer to Horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas grid. Make sure you have View, Rulers checked in order to see the ruler grid.

When I say "Add to your canvas" I expect that you will copy and paste it as a new layer, unless otherwise state in the tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP. It was written using PSP X1, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

To begin, open a raster canvas, 800 x 800 pxls, flood fill white.

Open Paper_6, Resize to 800 x 800 pxls, then go do Layers --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk, and locate Wee Scot's Lass Mask #284. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Layers --> Merge -- Merge Group, then add to your canvas, centered.

Open Paper-2, Resize to 800 x 800 pxls, then further resize by 80%. Repeat the load mask process from above, selecting WSL mask #284 again, then merge  group, and add to your canvas, centered over the purple paper.

Open Gem Curtain 2, then add to canvas, centered.

Open WT Moon, resize by 50% and add to canvas, centered at H 170, V200.

Open WT Book, resize by 50% - HOWEVER - make the sure the resize all layers button is unchecked when you do it! Then go to Image, rotate, free rotate, and rotate left, 15 degrees. Copy and add to your canvas, centered at H250, V450.

Open Poser 4, resize to 35% (you can recheck the resize all layers button), and add to canvas, centered at H350, V400.

Add a drop shadow of choice to the tube. I am using Offset, V&H of 10 each, opacity of 60 and blur of 25.

Open WT_Cauldron, resize to 35% and add to canvas at H500, V550.

Open Flower_1, resize to 24% and add to canvas at H180, V600. Duplicate layer and the move the copy to H250, V650.

ON the layers pallet, click on the tube layer (which should be Raster6), then insert a new raster layer. Set the foreground color on your materials pallet to white, then using your paint brush, draw some wavy lines over the cauldron to make it look like it's steaming.

I have my brush set to size 10, hardness 50, step 10, density 100, thickness 100, rotation 0 and opacity 25. Blend mode is normal.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to black. As their is no copyright info included for the tube, go ahead and enter (c) Kiera's Creations and your "tagged by" info.

You can then save the artist's copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.

On the materials pallet, reset your foreground color to black (#000000) and your background color to #5c1651 (dark purple). Center your text tool at H550, V150, then click and using the font of choice, type in your name (or the name of choice).

I am using Spooky Magic, which is FTU font that is available at You may add a drop shadow - or a glow - if you wish to make the name stand out more.

Resize your tag to 75% -- make sure you've rechecked that resized all layers button -- to 600 x 600 pxls.

You can then either merge visible and save your tag as a .jpg file with the white background, or you can drop the white background, merge visible and save as a .png file. You're all done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have a problem, please feel free to E-Mail Me and I'll be happy to help you out.