Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Christmas Advent ♥

CHRISTMAS ADVENT
Materials Needed

Template 'Countdown' - HERE at Dangerously Delicious Designz
Kit of choice - I used a PTU kit by Tiny Turtle Designs called 'Happy Winter' HERE
Tube of choice - I used Maryline Cazenave tube 52-2 - Buy it HERE
Plugins: penta.com & Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient Glow
Preset Shape: rectangle
Masks of choice: I used mine Mask 34 HERE and Mask 9 HERE - sylly creationz
Gradient of choice: I used a silver one which came with PSP.
Font of choice: I used KG Luck of the Irish for the name , and Fixed_01 for the pixel.

This tutorial may seem lengthy, as my template tutorials often do.
But, remember a lot of it is repetitive action.

1.
Open your template, Shift + 'D' key to duplicate the template; close original.
Image - Canvas Size - 800 x 800 if you like a big canvas like me. You can crop later.
Open your paper or pattern of choice - I used 'Happy Winter (7)', resize it if necessary.
Paste it over the 'center green square' layer of the template.
Selections - Select All,  Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat, Selections - Invert
Click on the paper you just pasted to the canvas and hit the delete key, deleting the excess.
Selections - Select None.
Add a dropshadow of choice. I used 0, 0, 40, 4.00
Hide/delete the original template layer.

2.
Now, click on the 'center creme border' layer to make it active.
Selections - Select All,  Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat, add a new raster layer.
Floodfill with a gradient or color of choice. I used a silver gradient that comes with my PSP.
Adjust - Add/Remove Noise - Add Noise - Random - 33% - Monochrome: checked.
Add a dropshadow of 0, 0, 30, 3.00.  Hide or delete the original 'center creme border' layer.
Use the same gradient on the 'Merry' and 'Christmas' text layers. Hide the original layers.
No dropshadow or noise needed.  I merged them and the 'Shine' layer together.
Adjust - Hue & Saturation - Colorize - Hue: 154, Saturation: 240

3.
Click on the template layer '25' to make it active.
Selections - Select All,  Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat, add a new raster layer.
Floodfill with the same gradient or color you chose again, and do not deselect it.
Selections - Modify - expand by 2.  Add a new raster layer and lower it beneath the layer you just made, then floodfill it with white.  Selections - Select None.
Add a dropshadow of 1, 1, 40, 4.00 to the white floodfilled layer.

4.
Using 2 colors from your kit/kits of choice, make your own gradient, or choose a gradient of choice.  I used colors #0648c2 and #bedcef and choose 'foreground-background' under gradients tab.
It will make you a gradient using your 2 colors of choice.
Make your 'black center square' layer active by clicking on it.
Selections - Select All,  Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat, add a new raster layer.
Floodfill this new layer with your gradient you made but do not deselect it yet.
Selections - Modify - Expand by 2
Add another new raster layer & lower beneath the floodfilled one. 
Now, floodfill again with the very same gradient.
Selections - Select None.  Add the same noise as above, and dropshadow 0, 0, 30, 3.00.
Now click on the other floodfilled gradient layer, add same dropshadow.
Effects - Plugins - penta.com - color dot - use the original settings.
Now paste the same paper used above in the first step above the penta layer.
Click on the 'black center square' layer again to make it active.
Selections - Select All,  Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat,
Selections - Modify - Contract by 10,  Selections - Invert 
Hit the delete key to delete excess.
Selections - Select None.  Add the same dropshadow one more time.
That was really the most involved & repetitive part of this tutorial. 
Phew!

5.
Now choose 4 colors from  your tag.
I used #0648c2 , #bedcef, #ea1818 and #facfcb for my colors.
Click on each of the 'squares' layers (creme, yellow, red & green squares) and using the same process as above, change the colors of your squares to match your tag.
Add a dropshadow of 0, 0, 30, 3.00 to each of those also.
Now, choose colors for your 'outlines' and 'numbers' layers, and same process again.
I added dropshadow of 0, 0, 30, 3.00 for my outlines, and added noise, same settings as above
With the numbers, I added a white outline around each number:
Selections - Select All, Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat , add a new raster layer
Selections - Modify - Expand by 2 - and lower this layer beneath the floodfilled number layer.
Selections - Select None.  Add dropshadow of 1, 1, 30, 3.00 and add noise, same settings as above.
I chose to delete all of the original template layers too, so those colors don't overlap.
I also changed the color of the 'side wordart' layer to #0648c2.
Effects  - Plugins - Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient Glow - Glow Width: 3.00
Then click on the 'Color' tab in the Gradient Glow box, and select 'thin' to add a thin line of white around the text.

6.
All of your template has been modified to your liking now, woohooo!
Activate your preset shape tool - rectangle.
Using the color #bedcef draw out a rectangle to the left of your tag.  Convert to raster layer.
Right click the layer in your layer palette and choose Arrange - Send to Bottom.
Position it exactly where you want it, using my tag as guidance.
Duplicate it - Image - Mirror.
Paste your tube over top of the rectangle layer and move the tube to position it.
Activate your rectangle layer again.
Selections - Select All, Selections - Float, Selections - Defloat, Selections - Invert
Click on your tube layer again and hit the delete key to delete excess.
Duplicate your tube layer.  Image - Mirror.
You should have your rectangle and tube on each side of your tag now.
With your tube layer still active, duplicate it.
Change the blend mode on the bottom to Luminance (Legacy)
Change the blend mode for the top tube layer to Screen.
Do the same to the tube on the left side of the tag also.
Add a border around your rectangle if you wish. I used my silver gradient again and added noise, same settings as before.

7.
Now grab the elements you want on your tag and paste them on where you would like them.
I used these elements from the kit I used, if you are using the same kit as me.
If not, skip to the next step after you paste your elements.

2 - snow cover
35 - reindeer in a red coat holding the lantern
36 - striped gift with a blue bow
37 - polka dot gift with a red bow
45 - snowman face
67 - red pole lantern
70 - 3 stars
73 - mailbox with snowball & bunny
89 - snow covered tree
99 - branch
121 - the red truck

I added a dropshadow of 0, 0, 20, 2.00 on mine.

8.
Paste your tube layer onto your tag. I added mine just beneath the Merry Christmas.
Open element 41 and paste your falling snow just under your tube layer so it covers the boxes, etc..
It should fit perfectly, if you are using the same kit.  If not, any falling snow works.
I duplicated and moved it over each of the side rectangles layers too.
Make sure to lower the snow layer just above those layers on the palette too, if you do.

9.
Using the darker blue and red, use a pixel font to type 'Merry Christmas' over the top, alternating colors each time you type the words.  I used the Fixed (version 1) which is linked up top.
Add your masks, your copyright information, sparkles and your name to finish the tag up.

©sylvie's tutorials.
Written December 10, 2019.

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