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 Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.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.
I wanted to write this using her two freebie samplers but I could not fine the Sunshine and Lollipops one, so I used the PTU kit instead. So, items you will need to complete this project:
The Sunshine and Lollipops taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations, which is a PTU kit that is available at Gothic Inspiration.com.
The Horror Whorez freebie sampler by by Gothic Inspirations, which you may download from her blog at the link provided.
Tube of choice. I am using Clown, by Karen M. Koski, who just made her stunning debut at My Tubed Art. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at My Tubed Art.com.
Spiral mask of choice. I am using the Spiral Staircase mask by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack.
Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using the font century Gothic, which is a Windows System font and the Bloody Mess alpha which is a FTU alpha available at Free Digital Scrapbooking.com.
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 Paper4-GI_Sun&Lolli. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from Disk and select the Spiral Staircase mask by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. Make sure the fit to Canvas button is checked, then click on load.
Resize to 90%. Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.
Open Tule-GI_Sun&Lolli and add to main canvas, centered.
Open Frame3-GI_Sun&Lolli , Mirror and add to main canvas. centered. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Right, 15 degrees.
Open KarenMKoski Clown and copy the tube layer. Add to main canvas, centered. Image -> Free Rotate -> Rotate Right, 15 degrees.
Use you pick tool to line up the right side and bottom of the tube with the right side and bottom of the frame.
On the layers pallet, right click on the frame layer, Raster 3, and duplicate. With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the top half of the frame copy, Copy of Raster 3, and delete.
Selections -> Select none.
Erase the bit of the clown's shoulder that is overhanging the frame on the right hand side. Return to top layer.
Open Circles-GI_Sun&Lolli and add to main canvas, centered at H200, V400.
Open String-GI_Sun&Lolli and add to main canvas, centered.
Click on Raster 1, the paper layer to active.
Open second paper of choice. I am using Paper6-GI_HorrorWhorez. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load mask from Disk and select the Spiral Staircase Mask by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. Make sure the fit to Canvas button is checked, then click on load.
Resize to 85%. Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered. Free Rotate -> Rotate Left -> 25 degrees.
Click on Raster 2 on the layers pallet. Open Mask-GI_HorrorWhorez and add to main canvas, centered.
Click on Copy of Raster 3, the frame layer copy to activate. Open Splatter-GI_HorrorWhorez and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, centered at H200, V550.
Go to top layer. Open Knife-GI_HorrorWhorez, Image -> Flip, and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas, at H600, V550.
Using your pick tool, find the center right hand boundary box. Holding down the left mouse button, drag the boundary box over to H380 to invert the knife. Then move the knife to H550, V550.
Image -> Free rotate -> Rotate left, 65%
On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to black (#000000) and your background color to Orange-Gold (#cc690a). Using font of choice add the copyright information to your tag. For the Clown tube that information is:
©Karen M. Koski EnchantedCanvas.com Your MTA_License#
You should also add the background credit and tagged by information at this time.
I am using Gothic Inspirations, centered, and bold and free rotated the text left 77 degrees to match the angle of the frame.
Using the following settings add a drop shadow to your credits: Offsets 3 each, opacity 100, Blur 5, Color White (#ffffff). Repeat using offsets of -3 each, leave all other settings the same.
On your layers pallet, click on Raster 2, the tule layer. working upward, add a drop shadow of choice to each of the elements on the canvas, except the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 3, and the credit layer (of course). Note that you will once again half to do some touch up with your eraser tool on the clown's right shoulder where it overlaps the frame.
You can now save the artist's copy of your tag as a .pspimage file.
Using font or alpha of choice, add name of choice to the tag. I am using the Bloody Mess alpha, and have my name centered at H450, V600. I then added a drop shadow to match the rest of the tag.
Drop the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save as a .png file, and you are all done.
Note that if you are planning on using the tag on Facebook, you may wish to save it as a .jpg as Facebook does not handle .pngs well.
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.