24 November 2010

Old Fashioned Christmas (PTU)

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Old Fashioned Christmas 

This tutorial was written by me on November 24th, 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. 

Supplies Needed 

Scrap kit of choice: I'm using an absolutely gorgeous kit called "Christmas Past" by Stargazer Musings.  I really had a lot of fun with this kit, so many lovely elements!  You can get it at Aussie Scraps.

Tube of choice: I used an adorable tube by Z'ephir D'Elph with a valid license.  If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from Up Your Art.

Template of choice: I used template 113 by Bev of Horseplay's Pasture, download from her blog HERE.  Thanks for the great share Bev!

Mask of choice: I used Xmas Mask 9 by Vaybs.  Download from her blog HERE.

Font of choice: I used Christmas Card 2

Ready?  Let's begin!

Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.

Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original.  Delete the credit layer, change the canvas size to 750 x 750.  Activate the background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.

Activate the bottom rectangle, select all, float, defloat.  Add a new raster layer.  Copy a paper of choice and paste into selection.  Deselect and delete the original layer.  Apply a drop shadow of choice.  Do the same for the middle and top rectangle.

Activate the bottom photo frame, select all, float, defloat.  Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert the selection and tap delete.  Delete the original layer.  Do the same for the middle and top photo frames.

Using the magic wand, click inside the top photo frame.  Expand the selection by 4.  Open a paper of choice, resize 70%, copy and paste as a new layer.  Invert selection and tap delete.  Move this layer below the frame layer.  Apply a drop shadow to the frame.  Delete the original layer.  Do the same for the other two photo frames.

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer, resize 85% and mirror.  Move to the left side of the template.  Drop shadow.

Add your elements:

3 Ornaments of your choice: I resized each of mine 17%
Bow 6: resize 20%
Hollies 1: resize 70%
Postcard Holder: resize 30%
Poinsettia 1: resize 30%
Poinsettia 2, 3 & 4: resize 20%
Candy Cane: resize 27%

Apply drop shadow to all elements.

Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer.  Select all.  Copy and paste a paper of choice into selection.  Apply the mask and merge the mask group.  Deselect.  Use the raster deform tool to adjust the size to your liking.

Crop and resize your tag.  Make sure you're happy with the placement of all layers, then hide the background layer and merge visible.  Type "Merry Christmas" or another saying and place at the top of the tag.  Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information.  Save your tag and you're finished!

Thanks for trying my tutorial!

Hugs, Carol

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