Friday, December 31, 2010

December 2010 DSO colour challenge

Despite getting an early start on the December 2010 colour challenge at DSO, illness sidelined me enough this month that I just finished the kit last night & set it to upload to Mediafire while I slept.
I really had fun making this one, & as usual, it is far from being a "mini" kit.

C-C-Cold is loaded into a main folder, but in case there is a problem with that download link, I'll also list the links for each of the 20 zips - 36 papers & over 300 elements.
Just a few gentle reminders - the zips are sized 28-30mb for the benefit of those on dial-up; the kit is strictly personal use only; don't share the download links, share the link to the post on my blog; please consider taking a moment to comment because it's easy to get discouraged when nobody bothers to say 'Thank you".
Today is the last day of 2010. Everyone stay safe tonight.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Christmas Wish

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Broken Sky Dezign has a cute tag kit A Christmas Wish, currently on sale at Digifoxs Studio for $1!

I've made you a set of 2 quick pages. I've also made a simple tag.

Enjoy Winter tag (I used PSCS4)
1. Open a new transparent canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. use circular selection tool to create a circle, fill it with the blue from the colour swatch included in the kit.
2. Create a new layer, using whichever selection tool you feel most comfortable with (I used the circular selection tool, holding down the shift, because i couldn't keep a steady enough hand to use the lasso), create a hill shape & fill with paper 7 set at 20%.
3. Copy & paste the tree, resizing as needed & positioning as desired. Apply an outer glow.
4. Copy & paste the snowboarding poser from Creations by Rain, . Position him on your hill.
5. Enter desired text. I used Kingthings Christmas 12 and applied a blue style. The poser credit information didn't look legible with that font, however, so I used Arial 3.
6. That's it - do a final save.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter's Blush

I may hate real snow, but winter theme kits do make pretty pages & tags. Kissed by Pix has a very nice new kit called Winter's Blush, available in full & tag size.

I've made a set of 2 quick pages using the full size kit.

I also made a tag in 2 versions, but in order to get the tag exactly as I envisioned, I imported effects from one software into another, so it's not a tag I choose to make a tut for.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winter Frost

Brrr. Pass the cocoa, someone, please.

I've been working with Stargazer Musings newest kit, Winter Frost.

I made a set of 2 quick pages, another January 2011 desktop calendar, & a tag with tutorial. The download link for the quick pages & calendar set is on mediafire.

Tag tutorial:
I used Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite because I knew I wanted to use styles. Make sure "show transform controls" is checked for easy resizing of elements.

1. Open a blank transparent canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Use circular selection tool to create a circle, & fill with the background of your choice (paper 3).
2. Choose a circular frame (diamond frame 1), copy, paste, resize & position so the circle is framed.
3. Choose a word art (word art 4), copy, paste, & resize to your liking. Set opacity to about 40%. Repeat 2 more times.
4. Choose a complementary background element (poinsettia cluster), copy, paste & resize, setting opacity to 70%.
5. Choose a poser. I used Snow elf 1 by Medievil Creations. Copy, paste, resize as needed, & position as desired.
6. Choose a decorative element (pinecone 1) 7 copy, paste, resize, & position as desired. Add a star (star 1) if desired.
7. Enter desired text. For the main captioning I used Kingthings Christmas 12 & applied a blue glass style. for the name I used Baroque Script 8 & applied a coloured foil style from Krissy's Scraps. For tag credit I used Arial size 3.
8. When you are happy with your final tag, merge visible & save.