This tutorial was written by me on July 10th, 2011 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 was written assuming you have a general knowledge of PSP, its tools and functions.
Scrap kit of choice: I used a gorgeous kit called "Lovely Poppies" by Cinnamon Scraps. This is a full-size kit, which makes it even more versatile! You can get it at Sophisti-Scraps. Thanks so much Laura!
Tube of choice: I used the wonderful art of Elizabeth Austin with a valid license. I adore Elizabeth's work!! She has a wonderful style that I just love. You can purchase her tubes from Up Your Art.
Template of choice: I used one of Mary's wonderful new "dotty" templates, #13. Download from her blog HERE.
Plug-ins used: Eye Candy 3 - Glass; Eye Candy 4000 - Gradient Glow
Mask of choice: I used one of Bev's wonderful masks, #25. Download from her blog HERE.
Font of choice: I used Ingrid Darling, a pay font.
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
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 Raster 2, change the canvas size to 750 x 750. Activate Raster 1 and flood fill with white.
Activate dot arrow 1. Select all, float and defloat. Open a paper of choice from the kit and resize 15%. Copy and paste as a new layer. Invert the selection and tap delete. Deselect and delete the original layer.
Repeat these steps for the following layers: dot arrow 2, small back 1 & 2, lrg back and lrg frame.
Change your foreground to #d01729 and your background to #b5ca2d. Change your foreground to gradient with these settings: From the drop down menu: select Foreground/Background; Style: Linear; Angle: 45; Repeats: 3; Invert checked.
Activate the mask layer, select all, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the gradient. Deselect and delete the original layer. Apply a light drop shadow, I used H&V 0, Opacity 20, Blur 10.
Change your foreground from gradient back to colour. Select one of the small frames, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with the foreground colour, deselect and delete original layer. Do the same for the other small frame, using the background colour this time.
Activate the large round paper layer in the middle of your tag. Open your tube and resize 85%. Copy and paste as a new layer and arrange on top of the paper. Duplicate and move the copy above the frame. Use the eraser to remove the bottom part of the copy that covers the frame. Activate the original tube and use the eraser to carefully remove the bits you can see beneath the frame. Apply a drop shadow to the bottom tube only. I used H&V 0, Opacity 58, Blur 15.
Activate the frame on the left side, using your magic wand, click inside the frame and expand the selection by 4. Paste your tube as a new layer once again (it should still be on your clipboard) and resize 85%. Move below the frame, invert the selection and tap delete. Apply the same drop shadow as above. Change the blend mode to Luminance. Duplicate and mirror, then move the copy below the frame on the upper right side.
Activate dot line 1, select all, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer. Activate the flood fill tool and make sure the Match Mode is set to RGB Value. Flood fill each dot, alternating between the foreground and background colours. Deselect and delete the original layer. Apply Eye Candy 3 Glass using these settings:
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Apply the Glass effect twice. Repeat for dot line 2.
Apply the glass effect once to all the frames as well.
Add your elements, I used:
leaves1: resize 15%, then 90%
flower2: resize 6%, then 90%
bird: resize 12%, mirror
ladybug: resize 10%, then 85%
butterfly: resize 15%; free rotate 12 degrees right and sharpen. Duplicate and mirror, arrange as desired
frog: resize 10%
wordart1: resize 10%
Apply drop shadow to all elements. I used H&V 2, Opacity 58, Blur 10.
Hide the background layer and merge visible. Unhide 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 adjust the size and placement of the mask to your satisfaction then reduce the opacity to 45.
Crop and resize your tag. Add your name, then apply Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow using these settings:
Under the Basic tab:
Glow Width: 3.00
Soft Corners: 25
Overall Opacity: 100
Under the Color tab: choose the Fat preset
Drop shadow your name using the settings above.
Add all applicable copyright and license information, save your tag as a jpeg or png and you're finished!
Thanks for trying my tutorial, I'd love to see your results! Email me. ♥