Friday, December 21, 2012


Written by Gwenda on December 21st 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 another Gorgeous PTU Christmas kit called Christmas Eve by Nicky of Inzpired Creationz. This has to be my favourite Christmas kit this year. It’s beautiful! Thanks Nicky.
You can purchase this kit

Tube of choice. I used Merry Christmas by Elias Chatzoudis.
You can purchase these great tubes from his store

Mask of choice – I used WSL138 by Wee Scots Lass.
You can find that

Snow – in my Supplies

A Christmas scene, or the one I used which is in supplies.

My background, which is in supplies.

Sparkle – in supplies

Open new canvas 700 x 700.
Fill white.

Layers – new raster layer.
Selections – select all. Paste Background (from my supplies) into selection.
Apply mask WSL138
In layers palette, merge group.
Duplicate, and merge both mask layers together.
Drop opacity to 80

Frame Border 2 – Resize 110%. Sharpen. Dropshadow.

9Sparkle9 – Resize 75% then 85%. Sharpen. Place to the left over the mask layer and slide up and left.
Duplicate – resize 35% and move to the right.

Paste Church Village Christmas scene as a new layer beneath the Frame and move up so the top edge is in line with the inner part of the frame. (We will tidy this up later)

Tube – Position to the right, above frame.

Snow 1 (from kit) – Paste above the tube and slide right.
Duplicate, and move bottom copy to the left and up a bit.
Dropshadow both.

Sleigh 1 – Resize 75% and position to the left.

Branch– Position above the frame bottom left.
Sharpen. Dropshadow.

Candle 1 – Paste above Branch layer and slide right.
Sharpen. Duplicate and move one to the right and up a bit.
Dropshadow both.

Teddy Bear Angels – Resize 60% and slide to the right.

Resize your tag 85%, all layers checked.

OK . . . Snow Time

 Click on the Church Village Christmas scene, 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 cover the inside your frame, with some overhang. If not, resize the frame and the Christmas scene to fit.

If you don’t want to animate, do not paste any more snow layers – just go to the Tidy Up part

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 above the Christmas scene, and a really messy looking tag lol.

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.

Tidy Up time . .
With magic wand, click inside the inner part of the frame. Selections – modify – expand 4. Layers – new raster layer. Paste Paper 1 into selection. DO NOT DESELECT.
Selections – invert. Click on Christmas scene and hit delete, then each of the snow layers and hit delete.

Add any other embellishments of choice

Add copyrights

Ready to Animate??

Open Animation Shop.
In PSP, close off your white background.

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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