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Sunday, January 6, 2013

TUTORIAL ~ Abby New Year

NOTE: you MAY link to this tut. you MAY print it out for later use offline. you MAY NOT claim it as yours or take anything else from it. this tutorial is ©Ruby/Stormlight, December 30, 2012.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used the tube Baby Abby by Arthur Crowe. you MUST purchase a license to use any of Mr. Crowe's works. you can get info on license purchasing here)
-- scrap kit "Ringing It In" by Wicked Princess.  check out her tons of awesome kits at her blog here
-- a template by Pooker.  she makes lots of awesome templates.  check them out here
-- the filters Cut Glass by Crescent Moon and DSB Flux's Bright Noise
-- Jazzy's "basic drop shadow" of 2, 2, 50, 4, color black
-- mask of choice. i used one from the Creative Misfits blog.
-- font of choice.

Let's begin!

1.  Duplicate template, close original.

2.  Copy and paste a patterned paper on your template, arrange send to bottom.  Apply your mask, merge group.

3.  Copy and paste in a dark colored paper.  Magic wand the template's center rectangle, then return to the paper.  Selections > invert, delete.

4.  Use your deform tool to shrink paper slightly in order to make it look "framed". 
It should now look something like this:

5.  Click your magic wand around the paper, selections > invert, switch to rectangle layer, and hit delete.  Drop paper below rectangle.  

6.  Go to your plugins.  DSBFlux > bright noise.   Choose intensity 52 and direction lighter.

7.  Click on the skinny rectangles.  Apply a different patterned paper (I chose the stripes) to each one.

8.  Go to Crescent Moon > CutGlass in your plugins and use these settings on each of the "sand dollar" shapes after coloring them to your like:  

9.  Apply the following drop shadow to the "sand dollars": 

10.  It's tube time!  Copy/paste your tube into your file, then shrink your tube down some, depending on its original size.  (I shrunk mine by 50%)  Drop it below the rectangle layer.  On the rectangle layer, click with your magic wand, switch back to tube layer, and selections > modify > expand by 2, invert, delete.  Apply same drop shadow as in step 9 but lower the opacity to 50.

11.  Now choose at least four elements that you like (you may choose more if you wish).  Look at my tag for placement ideas or experiment with your own.  (Don't forget the basic drop shadow on each one once you are satisfied with placement!)  If you are using the same kit I am, steps 12-16 are written for them.  If you use a different kit, just use the directions and your elements of choice!

12.  Place the disco ball behind the rectangle/tube, resize if needed and play with the blend mode on it.  I chose lighten but use whatever works for the element you chose.
13.  Place mask element slightly to the left of your tube, then bucket and wands to the right.  You can choose height of placement.

14.  Place a bow or flower element on one of the sand dollar shapes.

15.  Add martini glass.  Duplicate bow or flower and attach to glass by merging down.  Place glass next to champagne bucket.

16.  Add hat and place with mask.

17.  Make new layers for name and copyright, and save as a png.

all done!