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This tutorial was written by me on November 26th, 2010 and is the result of my own ideas. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.
PSP Version used: X2, but should work in other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.
Scrap kit of choice: I'm using a gorgeous FTU scrap kit called Outback Christmas Sampler by Jo of A Tagger's Scrap. This is a freebie sampler and compliments her wonderful PTU kit which can be purchased from Stargazer Scraps. Given how awesome this sampler kit it, the full kit must be incredible!! Please remember to leave some love (a thank you) when you download. It's a small gesture in return for hard work freely shared.
Tube & close-up of choice: I'm using the tube "Santa's Chick" by Elias Chatzoudis which was part of my 2010 Christmas gift from MPT.
Mask of choice: I used another one of the wonderful Christmas masks (#6) created by Vaybs which you can download from her blog HERE.
Font of choice: I used Christophs Quill Swash
Let's get started!
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of you choice.
Open a new image, 800 x 750, white background.
From the kit, open frame1, resize 80%. Copy and paste as a new layer, move to the left.
Using the freehand selection tool, draw around the inside of the frame, like this:
Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer. Invert the selection and tap delete. Move this layer below the frame layer. Do not deselect.
Copy and paste the close-up as a new layer, resize as desired. Tap delete. Deselect. Change the blend mode to Luminance (L).
Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer, resize as desired. Move to the right side of the frame.
Add a drop shadow of choice to the frame and tubes.
Add your elements:
Any of the baubles: resize 23%. Free rotate some of them left or right 15 degrees. Sharpen.
candle2: resize 40%; duplicate, resize 85%; duplicate, mirror and resize 85%. Arrange as shown in my tag.
gift1: resize 60%; duplicate, mirror and resize 85%.
hollydeco: resize 60%.
poinsettia 1 & 2: resize 30%, duplicate and resize as desired.
snowflakedrift: resize 85%; duplicate, mirror and flip. Merge these two layer and move down to just above the background layer.
Apply a drop shadow of choice to all elements.
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide the background layer and merge visible.
Unhide background layer and add a new raster layer. Selections > Select all. Copy and paste a paper of choice into the selection. Deselect. Apply the mask and merge the mask group. Use the raster deform tool to change the size or placement to your satisfaction.
Crop and resize your tag then add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Now save your tag and you're all done!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see any tags you make using it!