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Waiting For Winter
This tutorial was written by me on November 29th, 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 one of Clarey's amazing kits, called "Winter Bliss". I've loved Clarey's kits for years and every time I get another one, I'm reminded why. They're so darn much fun to play with!! :-D You can get this wonderful kit from her store HERE. Thanks so much Clarey!
Tube of choice: I used a wonderful tube by Unholy Vault Designs. If you wish to use the same tube, you must purchase a license from MPT.
Mask of choice: I used one of Vaybs awesome Christmas masks, #7. Download from her blog HERE.
Font of choice: I used Miss Fajardose
Place the mask in your PSP masks folder or a folder of your choice.
Open a new image, 750 x 750, white background.
From the kit, open rectangleframe2 and resize 95%. Copy and paste as a new layer.
Using the magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 5. Open a paper of choice from the kit, copy and paste as a new layer. Move below the frame, invert selection and tap delete. Do not deselect.
Open crystalstrands and resize 60%. Copy and paste as a new layer above the paper layer and below the frame. Tap delete. Deselect and sharpen. Place all other layers within the frame below the crystal strands layer.
Open snowflaketree2: resize 60% and place on the far left side, within the frame.
Copy and paste frostyswirl, resize 60% and reduce the opacity to 68.
Add some of the snowdust layers, resizing each by approximately 60%. Move these below the tree.
Open the 3 baubles, then resize one 50%, the second 45% and the third 40%. Free rotate one of them 8 degrees left and another one 8 degrees right. Sharpen after you rotate. Arrange as seen in my tag then merge these three layers together. Resize the merged layer 75% and place on the top left side of the frame.
Open hangingribbon1 and resize 80%. Copy and paste as a new layer and duplicate. Move the original below the merged baubles and leave the copy above. Using the eraser on the top (copy) layer, remove the bits of ribbon covering some of the baubles so it looks like the ribbon is winding around them (see my tag for reference). Drop shadow the bottom (original) layer only.
Add the rest of the elements:
frostedfoliage1: resize 60%; free rotate left 90 degrees.
flower1: resize 30%
Add a drop shadow of choice to all elements. I used H&V 2, Opacity 55, Blur 8
Make sure you're happy with the placement of all elements, then hide the background layer and merge visible. Resize the merged layer 90%
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer and arrange on the far right of the frame, so it looks like she's sitting there. Drop shadow.
Activate the background layer and add a new raster layer. 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 to your satisfaction.
Crop and resize your tag then add your name and all applicable copyright and license info. Save your tag and you're done! Enjoy it!