This tutorial was written by me on November 7th, 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 used a phenomenal kit called "Winter Dreams" made by Teresa of Scraps by Randy's Sin. Please remember to leave some love (a thank you) when you download this gorgeous kit! It's a gesture that's greatly appreciated and a small price for hard work freely shared.
Tube of choice: I'm using the beautiful art of Anna Marine with a valid license. You can purchase her tubes from CILM.
Template of choice: I used an awesome Christmas template made by Cin of So Elegantly Wasted. Download HERE. Be sure to check out her other goodies, she has some wonderful stuff!
Mask of choice: I used a winter mask by Sabre. You can download his wonderful masks and many other fabulous goodies from his blog HERE.
Font of choice: I used WaterBrush
Let's make a new tag!
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open the template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Resize all 80%. Change the canvas size to 750 x 650 with the following Placement settings: Top: 85, Bottom: 85, Left: 110, Right: 0
Activate the white background layer and flood fill the blank area with white.
Delete the copyright layer as well as layers 1, 2, and 3.
Activate layer 16, select all, float, defloat. Open a paper of choice from the kit, resize as desired. Copy and paste as a new layer, invert the selection and tap delete. Deselect and delete layer 16.
Continue in this manner for layers 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15. Delete each of the original layers as you go.
For layer 14: select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #462d29. Adjust > Add/Remove Noise > Add Noise > Uniform, 38%, Monochrome checked. Repeat this process for layers 13, 11 and 6, only change the colour to #caebce.
For the snow princess layer, use the Change To Target brush and change the colour to #462d29. Click a few times until it's as dark as you'd like.
Copy and paste the tube as a new layer, move to the far left side of the tag. With Feather set to 10, use the freehand selection tool to draw a small selection at the bottom of the tube and tap delete to get rid of the harsh edge and give the tube a softer look.
Apply a drop shadow of your choice to the tube and template layers.
Add your elements:
rs_bulbs1: resize 20%
rs_birdie: resize 20%
rs_holly2: resize 25%
rs_jinglebells2: resize 20%, then 85%
rs_mistletoe1: resize 20%
Apply a drop shadow of choice to all elements.
Activate the 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 resize the mask if you wish.
Hide the background layer and merge visible. Crop and resize the tag to your satisfaction. Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Save as a jpg or png and you're done!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I'd love to see any tags you make with it!