Saturday, April 27, 2013

Alopecia Awareness Tag Tutorial

Alopecia Awareness

No More Bad Hair Days
I'm Bald and Beautiful




This tutorial was written by me. 
Any similarity is purely coincidental. 
It was done using Gimp
 but can be done with any program





About Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease
 resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere 
on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round,
 smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp
 hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss
 (alopecia universalis).

Alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the
 population overall, including more than 5 million people in
 the United States alone. This common skin disease is highly
 unpredictable and cyclical. Hair can grow back in or fall out
 again at any time, and the disease course is different for 
each person.


Supplies: 
font of choice 
I used Clipper Script Fat here
( For my name on finished tag )

You can use your choice of supplies but these are the supplies I used


Template 99 by Rosey at Rose's place  here


Scrapkit ftu Alopecia Awareness Kit  by Angela of Queenies signatures n kits here


Word art by me supplied below

Right click and Save Image As


Mask of choice
I used WSL mask 203


Tube I used the art work of Ana Rasha
I belong to a group that has permission to use her art. 
Lazy_Acres · Lazy Acres on yahoo

NOTE: You can add ds as you go if thats what you like to do
 Autocrop each layer as you go

Let begin
Open template and delete  the credits and all word art layers
Resize white bg layer to 800 x 800 px and click image/ fit canvas to layers 
this gives us room to work . It will be cropped later

Copy and paste the word art I supplied or make your own.
 Position as you like it. See my tag for reference.

Make dotted line layer active,
alpha to selection
Duplicate dotted line layer ,
delete original dotted line layer
click on duplicate and fill with white,
select none
Autocrop layer


make Black Rectangle active 
alpha to selection
Duplicate layer 
delete original Black Rectangle layer
fill copy with black
select none 
autocrop layer
add text above the dotted line . I used the phrase " No More Bad Hair Days" 


make Purple Circle layer active 
alpha to selection 
Duplicate layer 
Delete original Purple Circle layer
fill the copy layer with color #000066 ( if you have penta.com filter-color dot , I added this to the layer)
Do Not select none yet
add new layer 
copy your tube and paste INTO ( make sure you past Into and not paste) 
position to your liking 
anchor and select none
autocrop layer 
Delete original Purple Circle layer

At this point I added ds to the word art, the dotted line , and black rectangle layers
 and merged these 3 layers together. I then moved them down slightly so my tube showed better.

Make Blue circle layer active , 
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
fill copy layer with white
select none

Make Left Rectangle active 
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
copy paper 8 and paste INTO 
anchor and select none
autocrop layer
Repeat these steps with Right Rectangle

Make Pink Rectangle active 
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
copy paper 1 and paste INTO , position and when happy 
anchor 
select none
autocrop layer

Make Black Rectangle active , 
alpha to selection
duplicate layer  and delete original layer
fill with color black
select none 
autocrop layer

Make Lrg Pink Oval active
alpha to selection 
duplicate layer and delete original layer
resize paper 4 to 600 px width 
copy and past Into , position and 
Anchor
select none 
autocrop layer

add elements as you like 
I used : 

flower bunch 2
rainbow
heart

Add your ds if you haven't already
Hide the white bg 
merge visible layers
autocrop layer 
resize if needed - I resized mine to 590 px width

unhide white bg , this is just so I can better see what everything looks like
Add new layer above bg layer
fill with color of choice or use a paper from the kit. 
I am using paper 1 
add layer mask ( make sure you have black transparent checked ) 
copy mask and paste
position and resize if needed
anchor when you are happy 

Autocrop Image 
resize to 600 px width
add copyrights and license number if needed 
Delete bg layer 
and save as

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial
any feedback is very much appreciated ( good or bad)
I would love to see anything you make with the tutorials I write
You can email me at cindydaisylover@gmail.com















Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Seeds Of Friendship Tag Tutorial

Seeds of friendship






This tutorial was written by me. 
Any similarity is purely coincidental. 
It was done using Gimp
 but can be done with any program

Supplies: 

Tube of choice 
I used a PTU tube . The art of Maryline Cazenave you can find the tubes at Creative Design Outlet here
You MUST have a license to use this tube.

Cluster frame freebie - The Avenue from Karra's Kreative Korner here
scroll down the page

Mask is one of Chas - mask3 from Creative Misfits here 
floral mask

Font of choice 
I used
 Passing Notes from dafont  here



right click and save image as 


Note: autocrop layer as you go and if you prefer , you can add your ds to your layers as you go too

Lets begin: 

Open new canvas , white 800 x 800 px ( this is just so we have room to play . We will crop it at the end)
add new layer 
copy cluster frame , resize to 500 px width , paste 
autocrop layer 

Open your tube
copy and paste 
resize and position to your liking
you can use my tag as reference if you like. 

add new layer above bg layer 
use the ellipse select too and make a circle that is slightly larger than the frame at the lower right corner. 
if you have a close up tube you can use it if not just use the same tube
 copy and Paste INTO ( make sure you paste INTO and not paste)
resize and position as needed. 
anchor
select none
duplicate this layer
add ds to the original layer
on the copy
mode/ overlay 
lower opacity of this layer to about 38 , play with it till you like the look. 

add new layer above frame layer and below tube layer
copy the word art 
paste , rotate and resize 
Mine is 400 px wide 
duplicate
on original layer ,alpha to selection , select /grow x2 
fill with color # ceb284
select none
on copy layer alpha to selection , fill with color #250c04
select none
filters/ decor/ add bevel ( make sure to unclick the work on copy ) bevel 2 width
merge the two layers and add ds

add ds to your layers if you haven't already 

hide the bg layer 
merge visible layers 
autocrop layer 
I resized mine to 590 width

unhide the bg and center your tag on the bg
If you want to add a mask ,
Add new layer above bg layer

Fill with a color or choose a paper and copy and paste  , you can use a texture too
right click on the layer /add layer mask/ make sure the black (full transparency ) is checked , click add

copy your mask and paste 
position and select none

autocrop image 
I resize if needed to 600 px width
add new layer and add your copyrights and license if needed 
when you are happy with it I delete the bg layer 
autocrop image , make sure its no bigger than 600 px at the largest side 
filters/ enhance/sharpen (20) 
add your name 
save as 


I hope you like the tutorial . I would love to see anything you create.
 You can email me at cindydaisylover@gmail.com



Word Art

Seeds of friendship





For personal use only 
just right click and save 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Romeo

My Romeo





This tutorial was written by me. 
Any similarity is purely coincidental. 
It was done using Gimp
 but can be done with any program



Supplies:

Cluster Frame - Dreaming Out My Window here

word art from Dees'Sign Depot - Wednesday word art #5 (Romeo ) - here

mask of choice
I used a mask from Aquarebel at the creative misfits creations blogspot it was a circle mask
but I can't find the link for it, sorry

font of choice
I used Praying Angel
you can find it at dafont  here

Background of choice

Tube of choice 
I have used a tube from Go Dark 
its a group permission tube (LazyAcres on yahoo a copyright compliant group )
so I can not share 

Lets begin:
NOTE: you can add your fav ds as you go 
I do mine at the end , whatever you like to do.
auto crop layers as you go

open new image 600 x 600 px white background

add new layer

copy your cluster frame and paste 
before you anchor , right click on the floating selection and resize so the height is 550 px. 
position as you like and anchor

add new layer
open your tube of choice
copy and paste , I position it so the top of the head is where I like it on the tag above the frame
if the tube is too large resize it , when you have it the way you want it anchor and move it below the frame.
 select none
If any or the tube is showing at the bottom edge of the frame , erase it. ( you can use the eraser for this or 
the rectangle select tool , whatever works best for you )
duplicate and move it above the frame, erase anything thats on the bottom part of the frame. We duplicated, so
 the top of the head will be above the frame.

make the frame layer active , use the fuzzy select too ( magic wand ) to click inside the frame
add new layer and move below frame and tube
select, grow x15 
copy the paper or background , color of your choice and paste INTO ( be sure you paste INTO not paste)
when you are happy with positioning , anchor and select none.

go to the top layer and make it active 
add new layer

open the word art
alpha to selection and fill with color from your tube or the frame
I used color # 0f1625 
before you select none dup the word art 
on the bottom layer while the ants are still marching 
select , grow x2 and fill with a lighter color
 I used color # d4eae3
click on the top word art layer and
filters/ decor/ add bevel -2 
merge the word art layers together 
( you can add a ds of your choice now or later )

copy and paste the word art 
resize and position as you like it then anchor and select none

If you like the way it all looks , add your ds if you haven't already done so
hide the white background layer 
merge visible layers
layer autocrop , resize to 550 px height

unhide the white background layer make it active 
add new layer 
fill with color or paste a  paper, background of choice
right click on this layer and add layer mask
open mask , copy and paste

delete the white bg 

merge visible 
autocrop image ( not layer but image) 
resize if needed to 600 px at the largest side

add copyright info and you license # if its needed 

Save it as a png for tranparent 
jpg if you want it to have a white bg

I hope you enjoyed this tag tutorial. I would love to see any tag you make with it
you can email me at cindydaisylover@gmail.com












Friday, April 5, 2013

Capture The Moment

Capture The Moment





This tutorial was written by me. 
Any similarity is purely coincidental. 
It was done using Gimp
 but can be done with any program


Supplies:
Template BP_template 176
can be found at Becky's Creations here

Word Art is from AK Designs here

scrapkit is a ftu scrapkit called SeaBreeze
from Mystic Raven Scraps here

font of choice
I used Easy Rider here

tube of choice
I used a tube from the artist Svetlana Makarova
Its a group permission for a group I belong to
 (Lazy Acres on yahoo here  http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Lazy_Acres/)
you must follow her tou


Lets begin
Note: you can use your fav drop shadow as you go. I just do mine at the end.
         Auto crop layers as you go

open the template
delete the credits layer and the shadow layers that she has marked as delete.
Also the flower petals unless you decide to use the flowers on the template instead of
the flowers from the scrapkit.
I kept the flowers and the button on the template layers for now as I used them as a guide.
 We will delete them as we go.
Make the lg square 2 layer active ,
right click , alpha to selection, you should have marching ants around it now.
Add new layer above this , don't remove the marching ants
open paper 1 from the kit
on the paper , click on colors
colorize, play with this to get a color to match your tube in a dark shade
copy it when you are happy and go to your template new layer and Paste INTO
( be sure you use paste INTO , not paste)
anchor,
select none
delete the template layer lg square 2

On your toolbox you need to click on the Move Tool ,
(this way the next thing you click on won't open the colorize option. )
okay , on to our template
make lg square 1 active
alpha to selection
add new layer as before
open paper 2 and paste INTO your new layer
anchor
select none  and delete the template layer, lg square
the grid I left as is , you can change the color if you like
Make the lg rectangle bg layer active
alpha to selection
add new layer and copy paper 1 in the new color you created
and paste INTO your new layer
anchor
select none
delete the template layer lg rectangle bg
Make lg rectangle layer active
alpha to selection , add new layer
open paper 3 , copy and paste INTO your new layer
anchor,
select none
delete the template layer lg rectangle
make ring layer active
alpha to selection ,
fill with color of choice, I used the dark paper color
select none
make this rectangle bg layer active
alpha to selection
fill with white or color of choice
select none
make thin rectangle active
alpha to selection
add new layer
use paper 1 with the color you changed to and paste INTO
anchor
select none
delete template layer thin rectangle
add new layer
open element MRS_Border1
copy and paste
rotate so it lines up with the thin rectangle
I resized mine to fit
( scale/ unclick the chain and just resize the width to fit )
when you are happy with placement and size
anchor

make thin rectangle stitch layer active
alpha to selection
fill with white or color of choice
select none
make sm square active
alpha to selection
add new layer and copy paper 2
paste INTO
anchor
select none
delete template layer sm square
make sm square stitch active
alpha to selection and fill with white or color of choice
select none

add new layer above the flower 2 layer
we are just using the template flower layer as a guide for placing the flower
open flower 5 from the scrapkit
copy and paste into position and scale as desired
when you are happy with placement and size , Anchor
delete flower 2 layer of template
repeat for flower 1
I duplicated and added another flower . See my tag for reference
make button bg active , alpha to selection
fill with white or color of choice
select none
add new layer above button  ( we are just using the template button layer as a guide for ours)
open button element  from scrapkit , I used button 2
copy and paste on new layer , scale
when you are happy with the placement
anchor
delete button layer of template
make lg rectangle layer active
using the magic wand click inside the circle
add a new layer
move below the lg rectangle
click select / grow 2
copy your tube and paste INTO
before you anchor resize and position it as you like
when you are happy with it
Anchor , select none
mode/ soft light
mode / screen
NO Drop Shadow to this layer

go to your top layer and add new layer
open butterfly element , I used butterfly 1
copy and paste ,
click filters /decor/add bevel -2
resize and rotate
when you have it sized and positioned as you like it
Anchor
add new layer
copy your tube ,
Paste and position as you like it
anchor
Add new layer
open word art
I resized mine to 400 px width to start with
copy and paste
click layer /transform/ rotate couter clockwise 90
position and resize if needed
when you are happy with it
Anchor
duplicate layer
alpha to selection the bottom of the two
click select /grow 2
fill with white
select none
on top layer of word art
click filters /decor/ add bevel -2
merge the two word art layers

click on background layer
add new layer
copy element berries
paste
click on layer / transform / flip vertically
position as you like ,
anchor
 I duplicated a few times and arranged them
see my tag for reference
Add drop shadow of choice  to each layer
( I use default for my main tube layer/ and
for the other layers I use  3/4/8/38 )
delete the white background layer
right click on any visible layer and merge Visible layers
click image / Autocrop image
scale to 600 px height
add new layer
add your credits to this layer and your license number if needed
click filters /Enhance/ sharpen - sharpness 20
Add your name and you are finished
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial
any feedback is very much appreciated




here is another version for the guys I know


artist Warren Louw
this is also a group permission artist
the group I belong to with permission is Lazy Acres on yahoo