Sunday, November 4, 2012


Written by Gwenda on November 4th 2012
Any similarity to any other tutorial is purely coincidental

You will need:

Font of choice – I used A&S Christmas Script, found

Scrapkit is a Pay to Use kit called Almost Midnight by Nika of Devilish Designz.
Thank you Nika for letting me play with your gorgeous kits! This one just screamed Wintery Christmas night to me, hence the snow lol
You can purchase this kit

Tube of choice. I used  Winter Wings by Vintage Angel. You can purchase these beautiful tubes from CDO

Mask of choice – I used OMask046 LT.
I’m not sure where I got this mask, so I have supplied it. Please let me know if this is yours, and I will either remove, or supply credits.

You will also need snow. I have supplied this, but feel free to use your own if you have a preferred way of animating snow.

Mask & Snow can be found

New canvas 600 x 600
Fill white.

Layers – new raster layer.
Selections – select all. Paste Paper 2 into selection.
Apply mask OMask0461 LT
In layers palette, merge group.
Duplicate and merge both mask layers together.

Set Paper 2 as your foreground pattern, with angle 0, scale 100, and set background to Null
In preset shapes, find dodecagon (if you don’t have this, then choose any roundish looking shape). Set line width to 10.
Draw the shape on your canvas.
Go to Objects – align – centre in canvas
Convert to raster layer.
Adjust – add noise Gaussian 50, with monochrome checked.
Give inner bevel of choice. Sharpen.

Click inside shape with magic wand. Selections - modify - expand 3
Layers - new raster layer. Paste Paper 6 into selection.
Sharpen paper, and move it below the frame.
Dropshadow frame.

Element 17 – Resize 60% then 80%. Free rotate right 15 and paste above the mask layer, move to the left.
Sharpen. Duplicate – mirror and merge both together.

Element 50 – Resize 60%. Position to the right above Element 17 layer.
Sharpen. Duplicate – mirror and merge both layers together.

Element 12 – Resize 70%.
Adjust Hue & Saturation – colorize 146   73
Sharpen. Position above element 50 layer, to the right.
Duplicate – mirror. Merge both together. Dropshadow

Element 58 – Resize 75% and paste above paper 6 circle, to the left. Sharpen..
Duplicate – mirror, and resize 90%. Move it to the right and up a bit. Don’t worry about the overhang – we will get rid of that shortly.
Merge both tree layers together.

Element 2 – Resize 50%. Paste above the frame layer. Free rotate left 15. Sharpen. Dropshadow.

Element 77 – Resize 50%. Sharpen and position as desired on left of frame.

Element 69 – Resize 50% and position at bottom of tag. Sharpen. Dropshadow.

Element 37 – Resize 60% then 80%. Free rotate right 30. Move to the left. Sharpen.
Duplicate – mirror.
Dropshadow both.

Tube – Mirror and position as desired. Dropshadow.

Element 20 – Resize 50% then 40%. Position above the tube to the left. Sharpen.
Duplicate – mirror. Dropshadow both.

Element 16 – Resize 50% then 70%. Paste to the right. Sharpen
Duplicate – mirror. Dropshadow both.

Element 39 – Mirror. Resize 40%. Sharpen. Dropshadow.

Element 87 – Resize 50% then 60%. Position to the left. Sharpen.
Duplicate, and resize copy 80%. Move slightly to the right and down.
Dropshadow both.

Element 72 – Resize 50% three times. Sharpen.
Place to the right of the larger candle.
Duplicate – mirror, and in layers palette, move to sit above the smaller candle.
Dropshadow both.

Element 32 – Resize 50% three times. Sharpen. Paste as top layer.
Duplicate and resize 80%.
Dropshadow both.

Add any other embellishments of choice

Add copyrights

OK . . . now for the fun bit – the Snow!!

Click on the tree layer, which should be sitting just under the frame.
Go to Snow 484 x 484 and copy frame 1.
Back to your tag, and paste as a new layer. Rename SNOW1
It should fit exactly inside your frame. If not, resize the frame and the paper 6 circle to fit.

If you don’t want to animate, do not paste any more snow layers, but go directly to ***

Back to Snow 484 x 484 and copy frame 2
Back to your tag and paste as a new layer above SNOW1.
Rename this one SNOW2.

Keep doing this with all the snow frames from Snow 484 x 484, pasting each one above the other and renaming as you go.
You should end up with 10 snow layers and a really messy looking tag lol.
Don’t Panic! Tidy-up time.

*** Click on paper 6 circle. Selections – select all. Selections – float. Selections – defloat. Selections – invert. Click on the trees layer and hit delete. Click on each of the snow layer(s) in order, and hit delete.

Now in layers palette, go to each of the snow layers, and click the little eye to the left to close it. Do this to all snow layers except SNOW1.

Close off white background.

Open Animation Shop.

In PSP make sure all snow layers are closed off, except SNOW1
Edit – Copy Special – Copy merged.
Go to Animation shop. Edit – paste – as new animation.

Back to PSP.
Close SNOW1 and open SNOW2.
 Edit – Copy Special – Copy merged.
Go to Animation shop. Edit – paste – after current frame.

Back to PSP.
Close SNOW2 and open SNOW3.
 Edit – Copy Special – Copy merged.
Go to Animation shop. Edit – paste – after current frame.

Repeat this last step, closing off one snow layer and opening the next until you have 10 frames in Animation shop.

In Animation Shop.
Edit – select all
Animation – animation properties.
Check box opaque and change colour to white. Click OK.

Edit – select all
Animation – frame properties. Change display time to 5

Save as a gif file.

I hope this wasn’t too confusing, as it’s a lovely snow effect if you take the time to do it.
Thanks for trying this tutorial and I would love to see your results!

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