Yearly Archives: 2010

Photoshop tutorials

Snowy background scene in Photoshop

Hello everybody! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are now looking forward to the start of a new year and what it will bring.   Our young man (ginger tom) was also extra well fed on turkey and other bits. He takes on the role of Securicat while the big bird is cooking, he does it every year and very effective he is.  Never had it nicked yet.

I was busy with Photoshop making snowy backgrounds for a flier and thought you might like to know of a quick and easy way to make a snowy scene to use yourself for scrapbooking or other things.

The pdf instructions are below the picture. I hope they are useful to you.

In case I don’t post again until Saturday or later, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!



Snowball fight

My second cake was a bunch of snowmen having a snowball fight:

Having a jolly old time!

The sparkly lights were inspired by Veerle’s Magical Rainbow tutorial.

And this is probably my last post until after Christmas so I’ll take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope it brings us all health, wealth and happiness.

The background was inspired by two tutorials by the wonderful Abduzeedo. Many thanks to Lady Victoire for the Stars 4 brushes.


Last little teahouse this year!

We’re having a get together and are putting on our tealight villages this weekend so I made a last one to  vary the scene a little more.  I am still hoping to make a sleigh but time is against me getting it done before Saturday evening now, I think. It’s all good, though I am reaching the crisis of realisation. I have started  checking how many days left for posting around the world to friends and family in far flung places and the words ‘it’, ‘cutting’ and ‘fine’ can be re-arranged to neatly sum up the situation.

Anyhow, I made a couple of these latest tealight houses and they look lovely with all the others. These are two-storey with a front porch and a turret room, you’ve probably got one yourself…. ha ha.


Personalised chocolate bar wrappers

A great way to personalise and make a gift, even a small one, special, is to customise the wrapping.

As you know, many people buy their pets little presents for Christmas – well, in our house, our cat also buys presents in return! He likes to print a picture of himself and wrap up a bar of chocolate for his support team – ie, cat slaves meaning me and my partner!

I use two images – one for the general background and another to sit on the front of the chocolate bar. The only measurements you really need to take are  the size of the chocolate front, where your smaller image will be positioned, and that of the background to make sure it will cover the bar.

Print out the smaller image on to your background. Score around its edges and fold down. Roughly measure the sides of the chocolate (I’ve used Divine) and score another rectangle around your image to allow for the depth. Fold that and put your chocolate bar in place (remove the outer packaging and leave it in its inner foil).  From there on, wrap it like a little present.

I used various filters on the images and then printed onto Conqueror metallic champagne paper  to get a charming  old fashioned look then parcel-tied a length of  gold thread to finish it off ready to go into a Christmas stocking.

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