This tutorial was written by me on November 28th, 2009. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.
PSP Version used: PSP X2, but should work in other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.
Scrap kit of choice: I used a lovely FTU kit called "Pink Ice", download from Creative Misfits.
Template: #75 from Melissaz Creationz
Mask: Christmas/winter mask from Sabre's Quill and Parchment, download HERE
Tube of choice: I'm using the adorable art of Suzanne Richards with a valid license. You can purchase Suzanne's art from CILM
Font of choice: I used Frivolous.
OK, let's get started!
Put your mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open your template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Delete Raster 9 and copy of Raster 5. Image > Canvas Size > change to 750 x 650 so you have room to work. We'll resize later.
Highlight raster 1 and flood fill white.
Highlight raster 2, Ctrl+A+F to float, Ctrl+Shift+F to defloat. Open a paper of choice from your kit, resize if desired, copy and paste as a new layer. Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection, hit delete. Ctrl+D to deselect.
Repeat these steps for all the other layers, using as many different papers from the kit as you wish. When you've finished with all the layers, highlight raster 2 again. Using your magic wand with tolerance set to 20 and feather set to 0, click inside the circle. Selections > Modify > Expand > expand by 4. Select another paper for the center of the circle, resize if you want, copy and paste as a new layer. Selections > Invert > Delete. Alternately, you could add a new raster layer and flood fill the selection with a colour from your kit or tube, or you could leave it open, it's up to you.
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, place to the left of your tag.
Now highlight the larger circle on the right side of your tag. Selections, float, defloat. Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, and move it so the face is centered in the frame, resize if needed. Selections > Invert > Delete. Change the blend mode to Luminance Legacy. Duplicate this layer and mirror. Resize to fit in the smaller frame and once again change the blend mode to Luminance Legacy.
Now add elements of your choice, I used 16, 22, and 23. There are loads of gorgeous elements with this kit, so mix it up and have fun! Resize as desired, copy and paste each as a new layer.
Add a drop shadow of choice to all layers, I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 6 for most layers.
Using a font of your choice, add a saying to the top of your tag, I wrote "Have a sweet Holiday". Apply drop shadow.
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide your background and merge visible. Resize your merged layer by 85%.
Unhide your background layer and highlight. Add a new raster layer. Selections > Select All Choose a paper from your kit and paste into selection. Layers > Load/Save Mask > Load Mask From Disk. Find SabreChristmas2quill and apply using these settings: Source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, invert transparency unchecked. In your layer palette, right click your mask layer and choose Merge > Merge Group. Use your raster deform tool to push in the sides of the mask until you like what you see.
Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.
Hide your background layer and activate your crop tool. Choose the Merged Opaque button from the top right menu bar and then click on the green check mark. This crops away any extra canvas without cutting off any of your mask or drop shadows.
Resize your tag (all layers) once again if you'd like it smaller, then save as a jpg or png.
That's it, you're all done! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to hear from you if you try it!