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Saturday, April 11, 2015

CT TUTORIAL ~ A Dark Elegance

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, written April 10, 2015.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice.   I used Philomena by Oky Draft Art.  You can purchase her here.

-- scrap kit of choice (I used a great made-to-match kit by Designs by Joan.  you can get this kit here.) 
-- mask of choice.   I am using a mask by wynter.
-- the plugins Radiator III from the Visman set.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3 and color black.
-- font of choice.  I am using Walzer.

Now, let's create!

1.  Create a new canvas 775x775 and floodfill white.  Open a frame or a long, thin element of choice (I am using element 69).  Paste this into your canvas, resize if necessary.  If using the latter, duplicate three times and arrange to make the frame.  Merge these layers together.

2.  Duplicate your frame.  On your bottom copy, go to your plugins menu, select Radiator III under VM Distortion and apply the following settings:

3.  Select a paper from your kit.  Paste it in under the original frame layer.  Click on the outside of the frame with your magic wand, selections > modify > expand by 5 and hit your delete key.  Move this layer under your frame copy.

4.  Select a contrasting color/patterned paper from your kit.  Paste as your bottom layer.  Apply mask and merge group.  [optional - duplicate your mask layer and rotate the copy 90 degrees right.]

5.  Paste in your tube.  Apply Jazzy's drop shadow.  Resize as needed and place to your liking.

6.  Time to get your elements on!   Names/numbers apply to the scrap kit I'm using so if you're using a different one, use the elements of your choice.  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  Remember to apply Jazzy's basic drop shadow after each element is placed unless otherwise marked:

51 (window) - 30%.  place inside frame to the right hand side.
57 (staircase) - 55%.  place along frame's bottom.  use freehand tool to cut away excess outside the frame.
4 (chandelier) - 25%.  place in center of "scene" inside frame, but put this layer ABOVE the frame (distorted) copy.
73 (clock) - 20%.  place opposite from window.
63 (car) -  35%.  place under window element and move to the side so that only a portion of it is visible.  Use your freehand tool to remove excess showing outside the window/main frame.
14 (open rose) - 40%.  place at tube's feet and behind tube layer.
2 (jeweled flower) - 30%.
7 (sparkle flower) -  25%.
93 (sparrow) -  35%.  perch on upper right corner of frame.
98 (sparkle cluster) -  place on lower half of scene.  NO drop shadow.

7.   Create a new raster layer.  Type your name and position it to your liking.  In your plugins menu go to EyeCandy > Glass and apply the Depression-era Glass preset, but change the glass color to a color from your tube or kit.

8.  Apply Jazzy's drop shadow to your name layer.

9.  Create a new layer for your copyright/watermark and add it on.