I have been saving this until I had time to thoughly without interruption to read this. You sure put together an awesome tutorial too bad I do not have this software.
I have DIP I wonder if anyone has tried using this for this great idea. I see where some of the tools you used I do not have and am not familiar with what all DIP can do.
I really like how you added leaves this just gives it a little extra, very nice.
You mentioned that you were going to do some more. Are there some more tutorials?