Retiring from Kit Making (for now?)

As I mentioned on my Facebook fanpage a couple months ago, I have decided to close my personal store, which was the last place you could purchase my scrap kits. This was a decision that was months in the making and not one that I made lightly. I told myself after I left CDO last year that if during 2016 I didn’t get back into scrapping like I was in the past few years, then I would close my store down.

In the past year, I have created less than 10 kits in total. This is not because of drama or anything to do with the community at all. I want to put that out there. The community has been absolutely wonderful to me and I want to thank them for the support over the years. I’m not leaving it by any means as I plan to stick around as a tagger and my kits aren’t gone forever. I may find myself in other stores down the line, just not my own and something low-key where I am under no pressure to perform all the time.

This was a decision I made in regards to my personal life and where I’m at in terms of personal time constraints. I graduated back in May with my Bachelors and shortly thereafter, I started working full time as an Outreach Coordinator for a sexual violence resource center. The work I do is incredibly rewarding, time consuming, but is also mentally draining. Because of it, I found myself unable to create scrap kits like I had in the past. I simply don’t have the time or energy to devote to the creation of the kits or the advertising that comes with it. Scrapping was never a full time job to me and it just came to a point where I was wasting money keeping my store open.

With all of this being said, I’ll still be around tagging and creating little goodies as I go along. I may also get back into writing tutorials. I’m not going to make promises as to how often I’ll get things done and I will most likely not join any CTs unless I can just make pretty tags. I have a full time job that I love and that comes first.

Thanks for the support over the years and I hope you guys can understand that it’s just time for me to take the next step in my life! ♥

-Cassie aka Abstract

Run the Runway Template

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Hello! Since I’m not making kits anymore, I thought I’d revive this old blog and try updating with templates and other goodies as time allowed. I got inspired by one of my favorite drag queens, Miss Fame, so I made this template. It’s in psd format so anyone can use it. I just ask that you direct people here to download it.

Thanks!

You can download the template here: Box

Goth Girl

 

What you need:
Tube of Choice. I’m using the art of Jose Cano. 
Kit of Choice. I’m using a Free to Use kit called Goth Girl. You can find it here.
Style of Choice. I’m using the wonderfully free styles of Sonarpos. The one I use can be found here.
Font of Choice. I’m using Low Gun Screen. You can download it here.

 

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tut was created using CS5.

 

 

Open your tube. Create a new image with the dimensions of 600×250. Name it “Tag”
On your tube, close off all the layers except the first one. Copy and paste it into your tag. Go back and close off the top layer and open the second layer. Copy and paste that into your tag.
Now, in your tag, hit shift and click on the two layers you have. Right click and hit “Link Layers”. Now position how you wish.
Open a paper from the kit. I’m using P4. Copy and paste it into your tag. Drag it to the bottom.
Create a new layer above your tube layers. Select all, modify a border with 8 px. Flood fill with a color from your tube. I suggest hitting flood fill a few times to square it off. Deselect.
Now double click the frame you just made and pull up the Layer Style box. Under the Blending Options, drop the fill opacity down to 50%. Now, go to stroke and add a black stroke set to 3px.
Open a wire element. I used Wire2. Copy and paste it above your background layer. Drag it over to the left of the image. Duplicate and drag the duplicated layer to the right of the image.
Open Frame F4. Resize by 80%. Copy and paste it above your wire layers Position it in the center.
Open a set of stars. I used Stars3. Resize by 60% and copy and paste above your frame. Position to the left of the tube near the bottom. Duplicate, transform>flip horizontal. Move that star layer to the right.
Now, add your copyright info above the top layer. Rasterize layer.
Using the font Low Gun Screen, type out your name. Apply a style from Sonaparo’s 261.

 

 

If you are not going to animate, save as a .jpg

 

 

If you are going to animate, close off the bottom tube layer. Down in your animation window, duplicate frame twice. You should have 3 frames.
In the second frame, close off the top tube layer and open the bottome one.
Go back to frame one. Now, hit the tween button, it should look like a diagonal line of dots.
Tween with next frame and add 3 frames. Now go to Frame 5. Hit tween again. Same settings as before. Set frames 1,5, and 9 to display for .5 seconds.
Set the other frames to display for .1 second.

 

 

Save for web and devices. Enjoy!

 

Black and White Banner

 

 

 

You need:

Tube of choice. I’m using the work of Neoracer.

Background of choice. I’m using a background pack by Abstract Creations (me!) that can be purchased here.

Animation of choice. I’m using this one here. It’s my personal creation and I ask that you direct people here to get it.

Kit of choice. I’m using a FTU kit by Kristin. It can be found here.

Fonts: Wintermute.

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Paintshop Pro and Animation Shop. This tut can be recreated in photoshop if needed.

 

 

Open a new image 600×225

Open the fractal pack (or texture of choice) and choose one that you like the most. I’m using the Infinity image.

Desaturate or color using the target tool to match your tube. What I do to desaturate is set my foreground to black or white and use the change to target tool to color it.

I’m making my tag black and white but you can do whatever color you want.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Position how you want. Desaturate the tube.

Open your scrap kit of choice. I’m using a freebie from Kristin that can be found on the Creative Misfits Blog.

If you aren’t using the same kit, then feel free to improvise during the next few steps using elements from your kit.

Open Flower1. Copy and paste it into your tag. Resize by 75% and move to the corner of the tag. Duplicate this flower, mirror it and move it to the other corner. I rotated the second one a bit so it wasn’t exactly the same. You don’t have to do that.

Now open the Flame element.Copy and paste it under your flowers. Move it over to the right or left, your choice. Resize by 75% and position it right at the edge. Use mine as an example.

Open the Doodle element. Copy and paste it above your flame layer. Resize by 75% and position it so that it’s just above the flame layer on the side.

Merge the doodle and flame layer together. Duplicate your merged layer and hit mirror. Position a bit lower then the other layer is. Use mine as a guide.

Open the Glitter Trail element. Paste it just above your tube. Move it down to the bottom of the tag.

Activate your top layer. Now add a new raster layer. Select all, modify and contract by 8. Paste your background layer into the image. Hit delete. Deselect.

Crop merged opaque. Now make sure your new border layer is desaturated. Mirror the layer. Apply texture effects-MosaicGlass on these settings:

 

 

Now move that layer to just above your background. Go back to your top layer and add a new raster layer.

Select all>Modify>contract by 5. Invert and flood fill with a color of your choice. Deselect. Apply noise. I had mine set to 100% and random.

 

Add your copyright info and name. If you are not going to animate, save as a .jpg and enjoy!

If you are going to animate then let’s get to work.

 

Close off your bottom layer. (your background layer) Merge visible.

Open your bottom layer and close off your top layer.

In Animation Shop, open the animation with MNG in the name. If you animate in Photoshop, I have included the psd file as well.

Minimize that animation and go back to PSP. Copy merged. Paste into animation shop as a new animation. Hit Ctrl+L 3 times. Make sure you only have 4 frames.

Go back to your first animation in Animation shop (the one I provided). Resize so that it is 250×250. Select all Frames. Copy.

In your background animation, select all and paste into current layer. Paste again and move the animation someplace else on the background.

Go back to PSP. Close off the bottom layer and open the top layer. Copy merged.

In animation shop, paste as a new animation. Hit Ctrl+L 3 times. Make sure you have 4 frames. Select all frames. Copy and paste into current layer on the background animation. This is the one we just put the other animation into.

Set your frame properties to 20. Save as a .gif and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Zipper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tube of Choice. I’m using the art of KiwiFireStorm. You can purchase his art here.
Texture of Choice. I’m using this one here.
Animation of Choice. I’m using the Mist animation by Lovey. You can find it at the bottom of this post here.
Font of choice. I’m using Weltron and Shit Happens.

 

 

 

It is assumed you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written in CS5.

 

 

 

Open a new image with the dimensions of 625×225. Name the image “Tag”
Open your tube of choice, copy and paste it into the tag. Name that layer “Tube”
Open your texture and copy and paste it under the tube layer. Name it “background”.
Create a new layer above the tube layer. Name it “Frame”. Select all, modify border of 8 px. Flood fill that area with black. Do this a few times so that you have a clean line.
Add a stroke to the frame layer of 3 px using a color from your tube.
Create another layer between the tube and frame layer. Using your Rectangle Marquee tool, draw a rectangle out across the middle of the tag. Invert and flood fill with black. Deselect.
In the Layer Style window, drop the advanced blending down to 50% and add a stroke that is the same as the frame layer.
Above that layer you just made, using your text tool set to Weltron 24pt, make a line of dots. To do this, you just need to hit Alt+7. Don’t make the line too big, feel free to experiment with what size you want.
Rasterize the layer and move it to the top left corner of the tag. Duplicate that line and move it to the bottom right of the tag. Use my tag as a reference.
Activate those two layers and hit Ctrl+G to create a group. Name this group “Line Animation”
Open your animation. Delete the bottom layer. Select all layers and hit Ctrl+G to group the layers. Duplicate group, but find the “Tag” in the dropbox menu and hit ok.
Move that grouped animation above the background layer. Close off all the layers in that group except the bottom one (Frame 2)
At this point, add your copyright information.
Now, find a nice script font. I’m using Shit Happens. Type your name out at 100pt and in the color white. Add a nice dropshadow to it.

 

 

 

If you are not going to animate, save here.

 

 

 

To animate.
Open your Line Animation group. Create another frame in the animation window. In the firt frame, your lines should be where we placed them. In the second frame, move them to opposite ends. So the top one will be at the right and the bottom one will be at the left. You will have to do each layer by itself.
On the first frame, hit the tween button. Tween with next frame and add 18 frames. You should now have 20 frames total.
Now, go back to the first frame and open the group with the other animation. Make sure frame 2 is showing in the first frame. Go to the next frame and close off frame 2 and open Frame 3. Repeat this process going up the frame layers until you do each frame.
Set the display to .1 seconds.
Save for Web and Devices and enjoy!

 

 

 

Bad Girlfriend

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need:
Tube of choice. I’m using the art of Elias Chatzoudis. You can purchase his art here.
Scrap kit: I’m using a FTU kit by Vaybs. You can find it here.
Animation: I’m using an animation by Simone. You can find the one I used here.

 

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using CS5.

 

 

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600×250. Name it Tag.
Open your tube. Copy and paste the close up into the tag. Position it how you want.
Duplicate your tube. On the bottom layer, double click and bring up the Layer Style window. Click on the gradient, set it to overlay. Leave the gradient on the basic black to white one.
On the top tube layer, set the mode to multiply. Merge visible.
Open your paper of choice. I’m using Paper9. If you use the same paper, line it up so that some of the skulls are showing. Move the paper so that it’s under your tube.
Create a new layer above your tube. Select all, modify, border 8px. Flood fill with a color from your tube. Do this a few times to square it off. Apply noise set to 15%. Apply an outside stroke of 3px in black.
Open Element 46. Copy and paste into the tag above the background layer. Open another paper. I used Paper7. Copy and paste it under the filmstrip.
Close off everything except the filmstrip. Using your magic wand tool (tolerence set to 32), click inside the filmstrip. Click while holding shift down to get all sections showing.
Now, open the layer under your filmstrip. Expand by 5. Invert and on your filmstrip background layer, hit delete. Deselect.
Go back to your tube, copy and paste the full tube under your film strip. Hover your mouse between the tube layer and the film background layer. Hit alt and create a clipping mask. Set that tube to Luminosity. Then merge the tube down to the background.
Using your text tool using a pixel font of your choice (alias set to none), in black, type out the following:

 

 

She likes to shake her ass she grinds it to the beat
She likes to pull my hair when I make her grind her teeth
I like to strip her down she’s naughty to the end
You know what she is, no doubt about it
She’s a bad, bad girlfriend!

 

 

Now, rasterize that layer. Duplicate it a few times and position it between the tube and the filmstrip. Use my tag as a guide. Close off all the layers except your text layers. Merge visible. Reopen the other layers.
Open Element73. Resize by 50% and then copy and paste it above your film strip. Rotate it a bit, however much you would like, and position it towards the bottom of the tag.

 

 

Add your copyright information above the top layer. Rasterize your type. Remember to credit the lyrics. “Lyrics by Theory of a Deadman”

 

 

Now, above your copyright info,in a nice script font, type out your name in the same color you used for your border. Apply an outside stroke set to 2px and the color black. Add a drop shadow if you wish.

 

 

If you are not going to animate, save as a .jpg.

 

 

If you are, let’s clean this up a bit.

 

 

Click on your copyright information layer, hit shift and click on the word art layer. You should have highlighted all the layers except your name and the background. Hit Ctrl+G to group the layers up.

 

 

Open animation 71. Uncheck all the layers except the bottom one. Select All Layers. Hit Ctrl+G to group them up.
Now, right click on the group and hit duplicate group. In the drop down box, find your tag and then hit ok.
Go back to your tag. Now you can see we have some sparkles. Move that group just above the background layer. Position it behind your close up tube layer.

 

 

Now, down in your Animation window, hit the duplicate frame button until you have 31 frames.
Open the animation group. In each frame, open the layer that matches the frame number. Make sure you close off any other layers that are open in each frame. For example, in frame 2, you make sure the Frame1 layer is closed off and the Frame2 layer is open. So on for each layer.
Once you finish that, click on frame 1 in your animation window. Hold shift and click on Frame 31. Right click on the little arrow pointing down and set the delay to .1 seconds.
Save for Web and Devices. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Cutesy Banner

What you need:

Tube- I’m using the art of Cute-Loot. You can purchase her art here.

Texture-You can find the one I use here.

Filters-You will need DSB Flux-Electrosphere.

Font-Variex Regular

 

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tut was written using CS5.

 

Open a new image with the dimensions of 615×215 pixels. Name this image “tag”.

Flood fill with a color from your tube. Copy and paste your tube into the middle. Resize if needed.

Open your texture. Resize so that it’s 800×600. Copy and paste it over your flood filled layer.

Position it how it looks best to you. Set the overlay mode to screen. Merge the texture and color layer together. Duplicate and set the blend mode to screen. Move that layer above the tube layer.

Create a new layer above the tube. Select all, modify, create a border with 8px. Flood fill with any color you want. Do it a few times so you have a nice straight square. Deselect.

Hover over the layer with the border and hold Ctrl while you click to select the pixels in that layer. Invert. Go back to the duplicated texture, hit delete. Deselect and then delete the border you made.

On the top texture layer, rename that to border. On the bottom texture layer, rename it background.

On your border, apply this shadow:

 

Then duplicate the border and add the same shadow, changing the angle to -45.

Apply the same shadow to your tube.

Now, let’s copy and paste the tube again. This time over the background layer. Do this a few times, changing positions each time. Merge those layers together. Set the blend mode to Screen. Create a clipping mask by hovering between that layer and the background layer and clicking while holding Alt.

Merge down. Now, using your preset shape tool, find one you like and draw it out above the background layer, making sure it’s on its own layer. Use a color from your tube for the shape. I used a star because I like how it turned out. Duplicate and flip to the other side. Merge those shapes together.

Create a new layer. Hover over the shape layer and click on it while holding Ctrl. In your new layer, expand by 3 pixels and flood fill with another color from the tube. Deselect and move that layer under your shape layer. Apply noise set to 35%.

Copy and paste your texture above the first shape layer. Set the blend mode to screen and create a clipping mask like we did before. Merge it down into the shape.

Now, copy and paste your tube over that shape layer. Do it so that you will have tube over all the shapes. You may have to do more than one layer of the tube. Merge those tube layers together. Set the blend mode to overlay. Create a clipping mask with the tube and shape. Then merge down into one layer.

On the shape layer. Apply this inner shadow:

 

Duplicate the shape layer and set the blend opacity to 0% and change the angle of the inner shadow to -45.

Merge the shape layers together.

Create 4 new layers above the shapes. Select the pixels of the shape like we did before by holding Ctrl and clicking on the preview of the layer.

Name these layers Animation1, Animation2, Animation3, and Animation4.

In each layer, using DSB Flux-Electrosphere create new colors. Change the settings each time. Just play around with them.🙂

You should now have 4 layers of rainbow goodness. Set the blend mode on all of those to Overlay. Close them all off except Ani1. Select the Ani layers and the shapes (both top and bottom) and hit Ctrl+G to group them.

Let’s add our copyright above the border layer. Let’s add our name now. I just used a nice font with white and a shadow that matches the tube.

If you aren’t going to animate, save as a jpg at this point.

 

If you are, get your animation window open.

Create 5 frames. In your grouped layers, make sure Ani1 is open in Frame 1. In frame 2, only Ani 2 should be open. In frame 3, ani 3 open. In frame 4, ani 4 open. In frame 5, ani 1 should be open.

On Frame 1, tween with the next frame and add 3 frames.Do this again on Frame 5, 9, and 13. After you do that, delete frame 17.

Set the display time to .1 and save for web and devices. Enjoy!