This tut was written by me, Em Jay, on 4-29-10 with all rights reserved. Please do not copy and paste it in any group or call it your own. You can link to it using a text link to my blog.
This tut is written using a beautiful PTU kit created by Wilma4Ever
called Joy which can be purchased at Heartbeatz Store. It was written using PSPX, but is adaptable to any version and is for people with a good working knowledge of PSP.
Filters: Flaming Pear Flood
Open a new image 600 by 600, flood fill with white. Select all, add new raster layer, c/p Joy_Paper1 into selection. Apply a background mask of your choice.
C/P Joy_Frame5 as a new layer, add drop shadow with these settings, vertical/horizontal 1, opacity 85, blur 5; then add a second drop shadow using the same setting except change vertical/horizontal -1.
Highlight the mask layer, make a freehand selection around a part of the image starting below the center line and extending it so that it is slightly overlapping the frame on the left and bottom. Effects/user defines plugins/flaming pear/flood and use these settings View – 23,28,56,47; Waves - 53,52,71,82 and choose a dark shade of a blue from your image. I used #096967; Ripple - 90,100,83
Glue – normal, select none.
Highlight the mask layer again. Open Joy_Grass2, resize to 50%, c/p as new layer, duplicate. Using the deform tool, position both layers as seen in the sample image. Now, we don’t want those straight bottom edges. So, use the eraser tool with the default settings except change the size to 75 and opacity to 50. Highlighting the grass layers just erase a little of the bottom so that it looks like it’s blending in with the background. Then open Joy_Flower1, resize to 50%, c/p as new layer, duplicate twice. Position these flower layers in the grass. I mirrored one of them. Now drag all three flowers below the grass layers.
Open Joy_fishes and Joy_Critter1, resize both to 50%. Still having the mask layer highlighted, c/p both as new layers. I used the selection tool on one of the fish, cut, pasted as new layer so that I could separate the fish and position them where I wanted them. Add a nice drop shadow on the bee and fish.
Now close the frame layer and merge visible. We’ll now decorate over the frame.
Open all these images and resize to 50%, Joy_Bow3, Joy_Flower3, Joy_Flower6, Joy_Stones, Joy_Branch3, Joy_String. We will copy and paste them all as new layers. Move the stones to the bottom of the frame. I used the selection tool, edit/cut the lowest bottom stone and pasted it as another new layer. Place the orange flowers on the bottom right of the frame, duplicating twice, positioning them how you like them. Move the single stone that you cut off of the cluster to under the orange flowers. Move the string to the top part of the frame. Move the bow layer on top of the string. Move the yellow flower over the middle of the bow, duplicate twice, resize some more and position the little yellow flowers on the left of the frame. Move the branch to the right side of the frame, duplicate and resize the second one a bit. Move both layers below the orange flowers to hide the bottom of the branches. Now add a nice drop shadow on each of the element layers.
For my focus tube I used a beautiful cookie poser called SSLisa-Cookie-Candy Fae-butterscotch2, ©2008 LKDesigns http://sophisticatedscraps.blogspot.com/. I added it to the bottom left of the image, add a drop shadow.
Now it’s time to add our text. Choose a font of your choice. Reopen Joy_Paper1 and set your foreground/stroke to pattern and select the paper. Background color was taken from one of the little yellow flowers. Type the text on a vector, rotate it slightly to the right, add a drop shadow. Move it to the top right of the image and drag it under the string. Use the eraser to erase some of the string to make it look like it’s weaving through the letters. Add watermark and copyright info and you’re done.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!