make steam using lights in a particle emitter.
Cripeman uses the marble shader and Aura to build an animated electrical effect, the type often seen in damaged fluorescent or neon tubes.
Surface Replicator and 3D Paint adds a family of little birds to a Carrara tree.
Cripeman adds a strand of lights to his Christmas Tree using the Spiral Tool and a Surface Replicator. He finishes with a postrender effect on the lights called Cross Screen.
How to make a tree from scratch.
How to make neon using text and Anything Glows and the Spline Modeler.
A couple of tips about displacement mapping in Carrara by Cripeman: