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This tutorial

was written by me, Gems, June 25th 2009

Any similarity to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

My tutorials are registered with Twinc

I am using the wonderful art of Suzanne Woolcott

You need a licence to use Suzannes work, which you can purchase through

Gorjuss Art

this was written in PSPX
and assumes you have a good understanding

Scrapkit from the wonderful Mirella @ Scrapity Scrap
and is called "Happy Birthday America"
Template#22 from Mirella also HERE

Plug ins - Eye Candy4 - Gradient Glow (optional)


Font i used - Oh my Stars + Arial Rounded


ok off we go!!

Open up your template- shift+D to duplicate, close original
delete the © top layer
Activate the white bottom layer of the template
go to image-canvas size and change to 700 pixels x 700pixels
leave the rest at default.
go to your flood fill tool and flood fill your new canvas area with white.
gemstut-4thjuly-screen1.jpg picture by GemsGorjussTags

now activate top thin slats,
go to selections-select all-float-defloat
now open up your flag and paste it as a new layer.
use your mover tool to move the flag around till you are happy with its placement
selections-invert-delete
select none
add a small drop shadow

now activate bottom thin slats,
go to selections-select all-float-defloat
Paste your flag as a new layer.
use your mover tool to move the flag around till you are happy with its placement
selections-invert-delete
select none
add a small drop shadow

now activate circle,
go to selections-select all-float-defloat
now open a paper of choice (i used blue stars) and paste it as a new layer.
use your mover tool for placement
selections-invert-delete
select none
add a small drop shadow

Follow the same process for the top, middle and bottom squares
using a paper of choice.

On the circle layer use your free hand selection tool/lassoo
and select around the edge of the frame
paste 3 tubes of choice giving each a drop shadow
go to selection-invert and make sure a tube layer is active-hit delete.
activate another tube layer hit delete
activate the final tube layer and hit delete
select none.
activate a square, use your free hand selection tool/lassoo
and select around the edge of the frame
past tube 1 as a new layer,resize if you wish
selection-invert-delete
select none
do the same for the other 2 squares

Use your pick tool to resize any elements you wish to add.
screeney1.png picture by debowen1968
I added the 2 pompoms and the ribbon and hanger.
add a drop shadow.

activate your top layer, go to your text tool and choose a clear big font
arial rounded works well
foreground and background colour set to black
text set to floating-apply the text, leave selected
go to layers-promote selection to layer
selections-modify-contract by 2
with the text still selected paste your flag or another paper as a new layer
selections-invert-delete
select none.
Use your mover tool to place your text where you want it.
go to effects - eye candy-gradient glow-colour set to white
apply these settings
gemstut-4thjuly-screen2.jpg picture by GemsGorjussTags

Add your © and licence info
hide your white background layer
on your tag layer go to layers-duplicate
on your duplicate go to
adjust-blur-radial blur
apply these settings
gemstut-4thjuly-screen3.jpg picture by GemsGorjussTags
un hide your white background.
make your top layer active

Go to your text tool and apply your name,
foreground is#272941
background is#972226
add a small drop shadow

Layers-merge-merge visible


Save as a jpeg or a png.

Thats it your done!!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and i hope you found it easy to follow?

any problems at all please feel free to shout!!

Hugs Gemsxx

Artwork©Suzanne Woolcott www.gorjuss.co.uk amideow Gems09