This tutorial is © tagcatz designs 2015. It may not be copied or reproduced in whole or in part without my written permission.

This tutorial assumes a basic working knowledge of PSP and AS.

Scrap kit is by Chili Designz called Christmas Joy and is available at S&CO HERE.
The mouse is copyright to Maryline Cazenave and is available at CDO HERE
The animation is by SophisticatSimone, available at CDO HERE
The mask is FTU from Moonbeams & Spiderwebs and you can get it HERE It's mask 66
You'll need the plugin Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient Glow and you can get that HERE


Install your plugin before beginning
Put the mask in your masks folder
Open a new transparent image, 600 x 600 and flood fill with white
Open paper 6, resize to 600 x 600, copy, close and paste as new layer
Load your mask with source luminance, fit to canvas and hide all mask checked
Merge group
I moved mine up a bit, then dragged the bottom node to expand it down a bit
Adjust, blur, gaussian blur 8
Reduce the opacity to 80%
Open frame 8, resize to 450 height, copy, close and paste as new layer
You know to copy, close and paste as new layer, so I'm not going to keep repeating that!
Click your group layer to activate it
Open whichever snowflake you like, resize to 160 width and move to the top left peeking out from behind the frame
Open flower 2, resize to 220 width, move to the right side, just below half way down the frame
Open deco5, resize to 465 width, and move up a bit
Activate your frame layer
Open the lamp, resize to 110 width and move to the bottom right of the frame
Open flower 5, resize to 200 width, move down a bit
Open pine 2, flip horizontal (mirror), resize to 330 width and move down near the bottom of the lamp
Open another snowflake, or the same one if you like, resize quite small and put in front of the pine branch
Open whichever ornament you'd like to use, resize to 130 width and move down and to the right a bit
Open the berries, flip horizontal(mirror), resize to 330 width and move down in front of the ornament
Open berries 4, resize to 265 width and move to the top of the frame
Open the bow, resize to 280 width and move to the top of the frame, over the berries
Open the Christmas tree, resize to 500 height and move to the left side of the frame
Open your Maryline Cazenave tube, resize to 330 width and move down and to the left, mostly covering the tree
I also put the two candies down in front of the mouse's ornament - resize very small
Go through your layers and add drop shadows to your elements
I used 0, 3, 35, 6, black
Add the copyright info and license number for the Maryline Cazenave tube
Convert to raster
Effects, plugins, Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow:
On the color tab choose white
On the basic tab, 7, 25, 100, draw box checked
Reduce the opacity of this layer to 60%
For my text I used AL Anytime, #b10005 and then gave it the same gradient glow
Activate your group layer and merge down once
Go to AS and right click to paste as new animation
Duplicate until you have 16 frames and then minimize for now
Open the animation from SophisticatSimone
Edit, select all
Animation, resize animation and choose 50%
Edit, copy and then close
Maximize your background frames
Edit, select all
Edit, paste into selected frame - always use frame 1
Position and then click once to set in place
Minimize again
Back to PSP
Close the eye on the merged bottom layer
Click any other layer to activate it
Edit, copy special, copy merged
Go to AS and right click to paste as new animation
Duplicate until you have 16 frames
Edit, select all
Edit, copy and then close
Maximize your background frames
Edit, paste into selected frame - again frame 1
Position and then click once to set in place
If you wish to resize, click animation, resize animation and choose the size you want
Save as a gif file
Thanks for trying my tut!

tagcatz