Monday, February 29, 2016

Thomas Hoover & Michael Landefeld AOTW

This week, we have Thomas Hoover
& Michael Landefeld as AOTW at CDO.
I wanted to feature each one 
as examples of the goodies you
can find in the store. Remember, during
their week as AOTW, the tubes are on sale.
It's a great chance to get new goodies.
Be sure to check out their IB ( Inspired by ) kits as well which can be found at the above links with the tubes.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Devil Music

CT tag featuring the wonderful
gothic scraps Broken & BrokenII
The whole time I was designing this,
I had the phrase Devil Music
running through my head. Being a 
fan of rock & roll & heavy metal;
which has often been called 
Devil music, well it seemed to fit.


This tutorial was written
by Wicked Cupcake on
February 28, 2016
Any resemblance to another
tutorial is purely coincidental.
I am using a tube by Elias Chatzoudis.

Mura's Meisters Copies
EyeCandy4000 Gradient Glow
Animation Shop
Paint Shop ProX2

Open up a 700x700 new image.
Select a tube of choice. 

On the Materials palette,
hide the top color/stroke.
On the Fill color, choose
a main color from your tube.

Select a preset shape of choice.
For my tag, I am using the rectangle.
Draw out the shape to desired size.
Go to objects tab - align - center in canvas.
Convert this layer to raster.

Now, on the fill box on your Materials
palette again, choose a light grey color for it.
Back to the same shape. This time, draw out a slightly
longer shape and not nearly as wide. You just want a strip
of the shape. Convert to raster. Arrange it on the right
side of your tag but still make sure some of the original
shape is peeking through the other side of the strip.

Copy & paste your tube as a new layer between
the two shape layers.  On the  tube layer, apply the plugin 
Mura's Meisters Copies: Wallpaper rotate.

Select your magic wand tool. Select the original shape layer in your 
layers palette. Click on the original shape layer with it. Then
select the wallpaper layer in the layers palette. Selections
invert & press delete button. Select none.

Duplicate the wallpaper layer. On the copy layer, Go to Effects-
Art Media Effects-Brush Strokes. Default settings except I did change
the  color to the same grey I used earlier.
Move this layer below the original wallpaper layer. 
Lower the opacity on the original layer to 53 or to desired amount.

Click on the strip layer in your layer palette. Copy & paste your tube again.
The tube I am using has a grey layer so I am using that one here.
Select the tube with your magic wand tool. Now on the tube, 
selections - invert & press delete on the keyboard. Select none.
Merge the tube & strip layers together.

Select your font tool. Choose a font of choice to fit your tag.
I chose the color black for my text but this can vary depending
on your tag. Type out text of choice for your tag. Convert to raster.
If needed, apply EyeCandy 4000 Gradient glow to the text.
I used the color Fat & glow width 3.00 on mine. I also added 
a slight drop shadow as well.

Add Copyright information & name to your tag.You can also start
merging layers together. Be sure to leave the strip layer unmerged though.
We will be animating this layer.


Copy merged and paste into Animation Shop (AS) as a new animation.
Now back to PSP. Go to Effects - Image Effects - Page Curl.
Change the settings as I have them below. You can adjust which 
corner peels if you don't wish wish to peel from the top corner as well.

Once you have the corner peeling, click okay. Then Copy Merged &
paste in AS after current frame. Return to PSP. Undo the Page curl effect 
bu going to Edit Undo. You want to repeat this three more times by 
adjusting each of the number values up by 10. I have the screenshots
below to illustrate the values I used. After each one is applied, copy merged
& go to AS, paste after the last frame. 

Now staying in AS, Select the frames 2-5. Edit -Copy. Paste as a new animation.
Under the Animation tab, click Reverse Frames. Edit - Copy. Back to the main 
tag. Paste after current frame - make sure you are on the last frame. Now, on 
Frame 6, select it and right click - delete. It is only the 5th frame again & we 
don't need it a second time.

If you wish to slow down the animation, You can do this under Animation
Tab - Animation Properties. I changed it to 20 on mine. If you are happy with 
the animation, save your tag as a gif. 

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Bunnies & Bows

CT tags featuring the art of Anna Liwanag
I have them with the wonderful scrap
Bunnies & Bows by Gimptastic Scraps.
An adorable Easter themed kit
with touches of vintage in it as well.
Rediscover the whimsical fun
that Easter and a bunny can bring.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wings Of A Moth

CT tag featuring the art of Rebecca Sinz
using her tube Madame Moth.
Discover if the moth brings you 
dreams or nightmares upon its wings.
It shall be revealed only when
close your eyes to sleep.

Sit A Spell

CT wallpaper featuring art by Sara Butcher &
a coming soon scrap Wisteria by Hungry Hill.
The scrap will be released tomorrow as part
of CDO's Scrap Friday.
Surrounded by the beautiful garden, take time
to pause a moment or two. Talk with
friends or watch the fairies play
among the plants. Both are sure to
bring a smile to your face & renew your spirit.
The wallpaper is 1920&1080 
& available here.

Southern Creativity Takes Courage

CT wallpaper featuring art by Anna Marine
& a coming soon scrap Southern Charm
by Hungry Hill. The scrap will be
released tomorrow as part of Scrap Friday.
Indulge yourself with the delicate girly treasures
any true Southern Belle would love to have.
The wallpaper is 1920x1080 & available here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vintage Sultry

CT tag featuring the tube
Sultry by Mike Denning.
With her, I also used the 
FTU scrap Vintage Valentine
Comfortable in her own skin,
she waits patiently for her
cherished love. As she watches
her love, she is patient,
knowing soon she will be joined.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Broken Realms

CT tags & wallpaper featuring the 
two scraps Broken & BrokenII
by Chichi Designz. Embrace 
the gothic realm that comes 
alive in these two kits.Delve into
depths of darkness & come
alive amidst the blackness.
The wallpaper is 1920x1080
& available here.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Here & Now

CT tag featuring art by Angela Diegel
& IB Angela Diegel 23-2 Scrap by Gimptastic Scraps.
With touches of vintage & girly,
she just wants to twirl her umbrella
& dance around. Today she chooses
to focus on what is happening in
the here & now.

AOTW Cuddly Rigor Mortis& Ash Evans

This week, we have Cuddly Rigor Mortis
& Ash Evans as AOTW at CDO.
I wanted to feature each one 
as examples of the goodies you
can find in the store. Remember, during
their week as AOTW, the tubes are on sale.
It's a great chance to get new goodies.
Be sure to check out their IB ( Inspired by ) kits as well which can be found at the above links with the tubes.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Let Me Love You

CT tag featuring the new to CDO artist Angela Diegel
& the IB Angela Diegel 7-4 Scrap by Rebel Dezigns.
The tainted angel only wants to
 share her love with someone. 
She may be tainted but even she
is capable of feeling love.

Saturday, February 20, 2016



This tutorial was written
by Wicked Cupcake on
February 20,2016
Any resemblance to another
tutorial is purely coincidental.
I am using a tube by Molly Harrison.
The tube is a past AOTM exclusive
that was given to CDO Diamond Club
Members. You can find more of her
tubes available at CDO.

EyeCandy4000 Drip
VM Natural Splash!
VM Natural Speed

available here

Open a tube of choice.
Open a 700x700 new image.

Copy & paste your tube as a new layer.
Duplicate this layer once & hide the 
copy layer for now.

On the original tube layer, 
adjust - blur -Gaussian 10.
Then apply the plugin 
EyeCandy4000 Drip.
I used the setting Bleeding
with default settings for it.

Now apply the plugin 
VM Natural Speed with
default settings
Duplicate the tube copy
layer one more time.

Now on the middle tube layer,
apply the plugin VM Natural Splash!
with default settings. Change the 
blend mode on this to Screen.

On the top tube layer, apply
the plugin Xero: Porcelain with
default settings. Lower the opacity 
on this layer to about 53 or
to a number you are happy with.

On the bottom layer of your tag,
paste your tube again as a new layer.
Go to Mura's Meister Copies 
Wallpaper setting. Repeat the wallpaper if needed.

Go to layers -load mask - load mask from disk.
I am using the Vix_Mask452.  Select the mask in 
your mask preview. Click Load.
On your layers palette, right click on the mask 
& merge group. 
You may need to move the mask layer 
just slightly on your tag.

Make sure you are on the top layer
of your tag.
Select your font tool.
Choose a color from your tube
for the fill color box on your
Materials palette. 

Choose a font of choice.
Type out a word of choice.
Convert to raster.
Position the word on the tag where
you would like it. Lower the opacity
of the word to 67 or desired amount.

To the word, apply the plugin
EyeCandy4000 Drip. This time use the setting
Little Dribbles with default settings.

Crop your tag layers. Add copyright 
information & name. Save as png.
Thanks for trying my tutorial.

Flower Child

CT tag featuring art by Keith Garvey
& the scrap Flower Child by Gimptastic Scraps.
Embrace your inner hippie girl
and find peace in your life.
We can always use more peace
& calmness. A chance to 
pause and reflect on our lives.

Friday, February 19, 2016

On Guard

CT tag featuring the art of Mélanie Delon &
IB Jasmine Becket-Griffith 152-2 Scrap by Ladyhawwk Designs
& an Animation from Animation pack 108
by Rebel Dezigns. Two fantasy
beauties captured as we glimpse 
into their realm. One stands guard
while the other practices in secret.


CT tag featuring art by Jennifer Janesko
& the wonderful scrap On A Whim by Hungry Hill.
She is surrounded by touches of 
whimsey and touches of country.
Together, they showcase her style.
A style one cannot quite define
with words; for it is better 
illustrated by her.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


CT tag featuring the magical art of Joanne Schempp
& the scrap Luck Is... by Rebel Dezigns.
She is ready for the Irish holiday
of St. Patty's Day. It is raining 
shamrocks and lucky items around her.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Irish Mad

CT tag featuring the 
wonderful scrap
Alice In Wonderland by
Discover the luck of the irish
while exploring this 
green wonderland.