Friday, November 26, 2010

A Squirrel's Christmas

A Squirrel's Christmas - Dianna

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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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 Golden Christmas taggers kit by Tammy's Scraps which is a PTU kit available at

Tube of choice. I am using A Squirrel's Christmas Gift, by Judy Mastrangelo. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My PSP

Wee Scots Mask #337 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Tahoma which is a windows system font (or you can snag it at, and the Red Bow Alpha by Heaven Dreams.

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 X3, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

To begin, open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800 pxl, flood fill white.

Open paper of choice. I am using Golden Winter Paper4. Layers -> load/save mask -> load mask from disk and select mask of choice.

I am using Wee Scots Lass mask #337. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Edit -> copy special -> copy merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Golden Winter Element16, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V400. On the layers pallet, right click on Raster2 and duplicate. Image -> Mirror.

Open Golden Winter Element 4, and add to main canvas, Centered at H500, V500.

Image -> free rotate -> rotate right, 17 degrees.

On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer (Raster3) and duplicate. Image -> flip, then relocate the copy to H300, V300.

Open tube of choice. I am using a Squirrel's Christmas Gift by Judy Mastrangelo. This is was part of the MPT2010 Christmas Gift to it's customers. Copy Raster 2, and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Golden Winter Element 21, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Click on the Copy of Raster 2 layer to activate. Open Golden Winter Element 2 and add to main canvas, centered at H600, V400.

Click on Raster 5 to activate.

Open Golden Winter Berrys 1, resize to 75%, and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V500. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate right 20 Degrees. Relocate downward to V600.

Open Golden Winter Element 8, resize to 50% and add to main canvas, centered at H250, V600.

Using your eraser tool, erase any part of the berry stem that sticks out to the left of the bird.

With the Berry Layer selected (Raster 7) open Golden Winter Ribbon2, and add to main canvas centered at H300, V520.

On the layers pallet, click on Raster2 - the tree layer - to activate. Working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of your elements.

I am using offsets vertical and horizontal of 3 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15, color black (#000000).

Open Golden Winter Tag 1. Image -> Flip.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background color to dark red (#6f1313).

Using font of choice, add the copyright information to Tag1. Make it large enough to be legible once the tag is resized.

For the Squirrel's Christmas Gift tube, that information is:

(c)Judy Mastrangelo Your_MPTLicense#

You can also add the scraps credit and tagged by information at this time.

I am using Tahoma, which is a windows system font, 12 point, bold and centered, and then free rotated it 45 degrees. I then used my pick tool to do the fine tuning to fit the text onto the tag properly.

Layers -> Merge visible, then resize the tag to 75%.

On your layers pallet, click on Copy of Raster 3 to activate. Add the tag to your main canvas, centered at H200, V200.

Image -> free rotate -> rotate right, 45 degrees. Add a drop shadow to the tag.

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

Click on the top layer (the little bird) on your layers pallet to activate. Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to the tag. I have my name centered at H500, V625. You actual locations will vary depending upon the size and length of the name.

Add a matching drop shadow to the name.

You can now drop the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels), and save your tag as a .png file.

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.

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