Monday, June 25, 2012

The Red White & Blue


1 tube of choice – I used the beautiful artwork of Elizabeth Austin which can be purchased from Up Your Art.  You must have a license to use.

Font of choice - I used  Mardian here

My Mask 8 here

Plug Ins used:
Brush Strokes – Cross Hatch

“The Red White and Blue” is a tagger size scrap kit created by Tasha  of Tasha’s Playground and is free for a limited time at Pics for Design.  You can visit her blog here.
Thank you Tasha for such an awesome kit.

This tutorial was written assuming you have a working knowledge of PSP.

~~ Lets get started ~~

Open up a 700 x 700 blank canvas.
Flood fill white.

Copy and paste Frame 4 as a new layer.
Resize 90%.
Click inside of it with your Magic Wand.
Selections/Modify/Expand by 4.
New Raster layer below the frame.
Copy and patse Paper 8 Into Selection.
Apply Brush Strokes – Crosshatch:
Stroke Length: 22
Sharpness: 6
Strength: 1

Close out your white background.
Merge Visible.
Reopen your white background.
Move the merged layer slight to the left and up a little.

New Raster layer.
Make your Selection Tool active set on Rectangle.
Create a rectangle approximately 350 x 300 pixels.
Copy and paste Paper 11 Into Selection.
Selections/Modify/Contract by 7.
Tap the delete key.

Move both the merged layer and the new frame you just made into exact position on your canvas – see my tag for reference.

Highlight the “frame” layer.
Click inside of it with your Magic Wand.
Selections/Modify/Expand by 2.
New Raster layer below the “frame”.
Copy and paste Paper 10 Into Selection.
Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur:
Radius: 5

Copy and patse your tube as a new layer.

Add your elements.  I used:
Fireworks 3:  Resize 40%
Fireworks 2:  Resize 30%
Stars:  Resize 60%/Duplicate
Jewel 2:  Resize 15%/Duplciate 3x’s
Lips 2:  Resize 50%/Mirror
Bow 3:  Resize 40%/Duplicate/Mirror
Butterfly 2:  Resize 30%/Duplicate/Mirror

Highlight your white background.
New Raster layer.
Select All.
Copy and paste Paper 2 Into Selection.
Apply the mask.
Resize 95%
Merge Group.
Move it up slightly on your canvas.

Add your credits.

Add your name.
Foreground: #932c2c
Background: #315792
Stroke: 2.0
Type your name.
Give it a slight Inner Bevel:

Resize all layers 80%.

I’d love to see your results.
Email me!

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