Tuesday, March 29, 2016

All Squared Up

This tutorial was written
by Wicked Cupcake on March 29,2016
Any resemblance to another
tutorial is purely coincidental.
I am using a two tubes by Rene Kunert.
available here.

Supplies: Texture bokeh 2012 Pack by animekol
available here
Program: Paint Shop Pro X2

Open up textures or papers of choice
to use on your tag. Also, open up two tubes
of choice or a tube with a closeup will work too.
Open up a 700x700 new image.
Also open up a 250x250 new image.
Fill the smaller image with white.

Copy and paste the white image onto your 
larger new image. Duplicate this layer three
times for a total of 4 layers.

Arrange the layers so they form a larger square
with slight spacing between each of the smaller squares.
It might help to rename the squares in terms of their placement.
I did names such as top left, bottom right so I can keep straight
which one I am working with.

Choose a texture of choice & select a square with your 
magic wand tool. Do make sure you have that square layer
selected in your layer palette as well also. Paste your 
texture as a new layer. Selections - invert & press delete
on your keyboard. 

Now, copy and paste your tube or closeup as 
a new layer.Position so it is over the texture & square layers. Press delete 
again. Select none. Change the blend mode on the tube layer to
Overlay or one of choice. 

Repeat the above the steps with the other three squares. Use a different 
texture for each square. For the squares on the right side, I mirrored the 
tube I am using on them to have the faces facing right instead of left. 

Copy & paste your second tube of choice as a new layer. Make sure this layer is 
above the square layers. I resized the tube I used 95% but this is optional. 

Choose your text tool & select a font of choice. I used the color black for my 
text. Type out text of choice and adjust to a desired size. Convert to raster. 

For a moment, hide the text, second tube layer & the background layers. 
Select a square layer & right click. Select merge visible. 
Duplicate this layer & select the original square layer.

Go to Adjust - Blur -Motion Blur. Set the Angle to 315 and strength to 75.
Apply a Gauassian blur to the same layer of 5.00. On the square copy layer,
apply a subtle drop shadow.

Unhide the layers we had hidden. Crop your tag to desired size.
Add artist copyright information & name. Save as png. Thanks for 
trying my tutorial.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Delicate Pastel Cluster

I tried my hand at doing a cluster
frame today. I haven't done one in a 
really long time. For this one, I used
the wonderful PTU scrap 
Delicate Pastel by Chichi Designz.
Spring comes alive with this scrap
& will on your creations as well.
As spring reawakens, the soft &
vibrancy of it come alive.
You can download the cluster here.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Peaceful Spring

CT tag & wallpaper featuring the art of Molly Harrison
& the wonderful scrap Spring Day Blue Jay by 
Gimptastic Scraps. Enjoy a peaceful day
outside in the spring sunshine.
Nature has a way of calming our 
spirits when we are amidst her.
The wallpaper is 1920 & 1080 & available here.

Soft Flower Garden

CT tag featuring art by Anna Liwanag 
& the beautifully soft scrap
Soft Touch by Ladyhawwk Designs.
Step into a garden filled with
soft, calming flowers & scents.
The stress will disappear as you relax
in the garden. The colors are 
serene and soothing.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Time To Love You

CT tag featuring the art of 
Amy Brown, with her tube 67-1.
I am pairing it with the IB
Amy Brown 60-2 Scrap by Honored Scraps.
There is always time to love in with the 
magical creatures. For they will love you
to the moon & back.

Whispers Of Nature

CT tags & wallpapers 
featuring the new scrap Whispers Of Nature
Listen closely to Mother Nature &
her children..for they have wisdom
to share with us. During the day,
the animals come alive and are 
abound to interact with. But at night, the 
whispers change to those of their spirits.
The wallpaper is 1920x1080
& available here.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bubble Of Reality

This tutorial was written
by Wicked Cupcake on
March 24,2016
Any resemblance to another
tutorial is purely coincidental.
I am using a tube by Anna Marine
available here
I also used an animation by Rebel Dezigns
available in Animation Pack 89

Paint Shop Pro X2
Animation Shop
Muras Meister Copies
DSB Flux
 EyeCandy4000 Glass
VM Natural

Open a 700x700 new image.
Open up a tube of choice that also has a 
close up layer as well.

Select your Ellipse preset shape tool.
Make sure the circle shape is selected.
On your Materials palette, hide the 
Foreground color box. For the Background
or fill color, choose white or a light color
from your tube. 

Draw out a good sized circle. Go to Objects menu
- center on canvas. Convert
the layer to raster.

Copy & paste your tube as a new layer.
Apply Mura's Meister Copies Plugin with the 
default settings of Wallpaper( Rotate). 

On the same layer, go to 
Adjust - Blur -Motion Blur 
Angle 315 Strength 75
Now go to plugin DSB Flux-
Blast: Percentage set to 35 & selected.
Direction Left 

On your layers palette, select the circle shape.
With the magic wand tool, click on the layer to select it.
Back to the above blur layer. Selections - invert 
& press delete on your keyboard. Go back to selections
& select none. Lower the opacity of this layer to about 34
or to a desired amount. Merge the two circle layers together.

Apply the plugin EyeCandy4000 Glass. Choose the Bevel Profile
Flat & change the color to white or one of choice. I did adjust the Bevel
Width to 31.70 but that is optional. Now apply the plugin VM Natural - Bubble 
Planet. Click Randomize to choose a setting you like for the Bubble Planet effect. Then click apply. 

Back to the materials palette, choose white or another color
for the foreground color and hide background color now.
Make sure your caps lock is on & select your text tool. Set the stroke
width to 2.0 or a number of choice.
Choose a fat or chunky type font. Type out a word of choice.
Convert to raster.

Select your magic wand tool. While holding shift button down,
click inside each letter. You should be able to keep each letter selected.
Once you have them all selected, let go of shift button. Go to 
selections  - Modify - expand by 1. 

Copy & paste your closeup tube again - twice this time. Arrange the layers
side by side & underneath the selected letter layer. Once happy with how they
are arranged, go to selections - invert & press delete on your keyboard.
Select none. 

On the letter outline layer, add a drop shadow of choice. Merge the two word
layers together.  Duplicate the layer. On the bottom layer, apply a 
Gauassian Blur 5.00 to it.

Copy & paste a regular layer of your tube. Position so at least 
part of the tube is on the top word layer.

Select your font again. Stroke width set 0. Choose a color from your 
tag for the font color. Type out a quote or saying of choice. Position as wanted 
on the circle shape. Convert to raster layer. Add a drop shadow of choice to the 

Add copyright information & name to your tag. If you are going to animated, 
also add a white background as well. Crop your tag to desired size.  Continue 
below to follow the animation part of the tutorial.

To Animate:
Choose an animation of choice & open it in Animation Shop (AS) or the program of choice for you. 
Edit Select All - Animation menu - Resize Animation.
For the one I am using, I resized 55%. 
I chose to change the color on the animation I am using to better fit my tag. It is 
really easy to do. Go to the Animations Menu & select Replace Color.
Select Old Color under Replace & select the color from the animation you want 
to replace. Then under With, choose a color from your tag to replace it with. 
Click Okay. You may have to do this a few times if there are different colors on 
your animation.

Copy your tag merged & paste as new animation into AS. Duplicate by holding 
Ctrl & tapping L repeatedly to get the same number of frames as your animation.  To check the number of frames you have, you can see this on the bottom right 
corner of the program. 

Making sure the tag is selected, go to Edit & Select all. Then, go to the animation
& Edit - Select All & then Copy. Then Drag the first frame of the animation to the tag.  Don't let go until you are happy with the placement of the animation. 

To View animation, make sure all the frames are selected & go to View 
Animation. Once you are happy with it, save as gif. 
Thank you for trying my tutorial.

Signs Of Spring

CT tag featuring the wonderful scrap
Signs Of Spring by Gimptastic Scraps.
Spring is arriving & the Earth
is coming alive again with color
& plants everywhere.
The warm weather beckons
everyone outside to feel
its warm touch. There
is also a snag tag as well.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Light A Candle

CT tag featuring art by Andreea Cernestean 
& the IB Andreea Cernestean 5-2 Scrap by Honored Scraps.
In times of darkness, a single light can
help guide you on your path. If no
light is provided, then one can
always find a way to make a light.

Tulip Tiptoe

CT tags featuring the beautiful
& colorful scrap Tulip Tiptoe
The colors & flowers of spring
come to life in this scrap. 
Your day will brighten as you
design as the colors 
define springtime.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


CT tag featuring the gorgeous art of Rebecca Sinz
using her new tube Spirit Guides.
She listens close to the voices that speak to her.
They guide her in life and allow her
to help others that need it. For the 
voices are wise and can teach many things.

Missing Someone

CT tag featuring the beautiful art of 
Enamorte. For the tube, I am using one
that was given to Diamond Club Members 
during the month of December 2015.
It is an exclusive tube for the members.
I am also using the beautiful 
IB scrap by Ladyhawwk Designs
made to match the tube. The scrap
is available in the store.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Feel The Music

CT tag featuring the wonderful art of TheVintageAngel™ 
& the musical scrap IB Vinegar 10-3 by Gimptastic Scraps.
The angel heals through the music. Let the music 
embrace you in every sense and as you
sway with the dance, you shall heal.

In The Garden

New CT tag featuring art by Andreea Cernestean
& the scrap Garden Glory by Rebel Dezigns.
Discover the bounty of a garden
when you grow your own. 
Lots of delicious food &
aromatic flowers & plants 
can be found in a garden. 

Friday, March 18, 2016


CT tag & wallpaper using the wonderful 
art of Alena Lazareva  & matching
scrap by Ladyhawwk Designs.
You can find everything in their bundle 19.
Come visit their island and explore the
ocean with them. To swim with them
would truly be magical.
The wallpaper is 1920x1080
& available here.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Appreciate The Little Things

CT tag & timeline featuring art by 
Molly Harrison & scrap by Honored Scraps.
I am using their bundle 114.
The fairies know the importance
that little things play in our lives.
They want to remind us to 
take more time to appreciate them.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


CT tag featuring the wonderful March 2016
Bonus Tube by Alena Lazareva
& the matching IB scrap by Hungry Hill.
A bond between them that dates back
centuries and remains timeless. Cats have
been a favorite companion throughout
time after all. There is something about
the purr of a cat that is soothes the spirit.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Work Zone

CT tag featuring the art of Michael Landefeld
& the IB Michael Landefeld 16-1 Scrap by
Gimptastic Scraps. I have also used
an animation from the Animation Pack
192 by Rebel Dezigns. Because 
women can hold their own in
the work zone too. Sometimes,
we just have to get our hands dirty
to get a job done.

Bookworm Hannah

CT tag featuring the adorable tube Hannah
by Tezza, available here. She comes with
4 different hair color options. Isn't she just 
the cutest? She can't wait to read and discover
another adventure.

With her, I have used the scrap Bookworm