For this tutorial you will need the following:
Paint Shop Pro, I am using PSP X, you should be able to use any version.
Tube of choice, I am using the artwork of Ismael Rac, which you need a license to use. You can get at his site HERE.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Christmas at Grandmas from Juicy Bits, which you can purchase at her store HERE.
Font of choice, I am using Zebra.
Mask: Monti circle mask which you can get at Monti's site HERE. My link should take you to her mask page, if it doesn't click the masks link on the left and the mask is just a little down the page.
Just remember that my choices of papers and elements is just a suggestion, change it up and make it yours! You don't have to follow mine exactly.
Let's get started!
Open a new canvas 650x650 white background.
Open element 19, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 70%.
Click inside it with your magic wand, selections, expand by 5. Open paper 02, copy and paste as a new layer, below the frame, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard. Leave selected.
Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, take your eraser tool and erase the bits that you don't want hanging over the frame, then go ahead and deselect. Add drop shadow to your tube and frame.
Open element 01, copy and paste as a new layer, rotate to the right by 20. Drag down below the frame and background paper. Add drop shadow.
Open element 29, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 50% add drop shadow and arrange over the left middle part of the frame.
Open one of the tag elements, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 50% add a drop shadow and arrange it so that it looks like it's hanging from the bow.
Open element 43, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 65%, add a drop shadow and arrange on the lower part of the frame.
Open element 26, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 30%, add a drop shadow and arrange it on the right lower side of tag.
Open both candy canes, copy and paste as new layers resize them both by 20%, then mirror one of them. Rotate one to the left by 20 and the other to the right by 20. Add drop shadow, then merge them together. Arrange on the right side of the little house.
Open one of the mugs, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 20% then again by 65%. Add a drop shadow and arrange on the bottom by the house.
Open a paper of your choice, copy and paste as a new layer just above your white background layer. Open your mask, go to layers, new mask layer, from image and apply the mask. Then on your layers palette, delete the mask layer and merge the group. Resize the mask if necessary.
Open your alpha. Take your selection tool and draw around the m, copy and paste as a new layer. Go back to your alpha, deselect, draw around the e, copy and paste as a new layer, ect until you get all the letters to spell Merry. Duplicate your r, then arrange the letters out. I rotated a couple of them by 20 to the left or right. Once they're arranged how you like them, merge them all together and then resize by about 50%. Add a drop shadow.
Do the same as above to get the word Christmas.
Add your copyright and credits as necessary.
Add your name or text.
Crop tag and resize as needed.
I always delete the white background layer and then save as a .png so it's transparent and I don't have the white background.