Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Tag Tutorial - Halloweeny Sweetie - FTU

Tube of Choice - I'm using a beautiful Halloween version of Barb's work :)

Artwork © Barbara Jensen and used with license

Please go to Barb's site for more info on obtaining her tubes (note: her site has some adult content)

Scrapkit - FTU called Muwahahahaha by Creative Intentionz
You can download it from her blog

Mask - Vix_Mask147 - it's still my most popular mask to date :D

Thanks to everyone who has used and enjoyed it xx

If you don't have it already - go to my tutorial site

and look at the Goodies page, Masks

Mura Meister Copies - freely available on the Net

Xenofex 2 Constellation (optional) - not a free filter


Open a New Image - cop a guess how big?

600 x 600 pixels! Yeeeeees lol!

Then what?

That's right - add a New Layer

and floodfill White

Oh, never let it be said I'm nothing if not constant lmao!

Sorry, having a funny 5 mins...right...on we go...

Open Paper 13

Image, Resize and change to Pixels as opposed to Percent

then resize 600 x 600 Pixels


Then Apply my Mask - Vix_Mask147

to this paper layer

Layers, Merge Group

Open Balloon 1 (the black balloon)

Image, Resize (change it back to Percent from Pixels)

40% Smartsize


Position in the centre of the tag canvas


Mura Meister Copies

Have it on the Encircle preset

and change the Shift X and Shift Y sliders to 65

and the Number slider to



Open the Jack O Lantern

Image, Resize 60%


Position over to the left of the tag canvas (see mine for ref)




Open the Beware Sign

Image, Resize 60%


Move over to the left and below the Jack O Lantern layer

Open your chosen tube


Make sure it's above the balloon frame layer


and move the duplicate down below the balloon frame layer

in the Layer Palette

Add a good dropshadow to the bottom tube (hide the top tube for now)


using Magic Wand

Click inside the Balloon frame layer

Selections, Modify, Expand by 6

Selections, Invert


Taking your Eraser tool

Erase the bottom tube where it's at the bottom of the tag canvas (you

might want to hide the Balloon frame layer so you can see what you're doing)

Selections None

Unhide the Balloon Frame layer and top tube layer

and now, on the top tube layer, erase the legs of your tube so it looks

as though it's coming out of the frame :D This is a method very

familiar to my tutorial site followers lol! But hey! It works hehe xx

Right then, some finishing touches...

On the Balloon Frame Layer

Xenofex 2 Constellation on the Glimmer Preset

but change the Star Size to 2.00

and the Overall Star Density to 1



Open one of the Sweets elements (I used Sweet 4)

Image, Resize 20%


then Apply the Mura's as before


Move down the Layer Palette to just above the Balloon Frame

and then

erase the couple of sweeties at the bottom between the Jack O Lanterns

Now on all layers except tube and mask layers

- apply a drop shadow of

2, 2, 45.00, 5.00, Black

Now, crop the canvas

Apply your name in a spooky font and style of your choice

(I use a glitter fill which I can't supply - sorry xx)

then shadow as before


add your Artist/Copyright information


save your work as a Transparent PNG (delete the White Background)

All done xx

This tutorial was written on 20th October 2009 by Vix
It is a tutorial based on a tag of my own design created
this morning and
any potential similarities to other tag tutorials that
may be available is wholly unintended and completely coincidental.
Links to tube/scrap blogs or sites are added either through necessity or creator courtesy,
and it is entirely up to the individual (ie. You!) if you choose to visit these sites and/or download/purchase from them.