Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's Winter Down Under

I thought since in some of the forums I'm in, many of the members are in the winter months now, while here in the States it's summer, I'd do a winter tut for them. It must stink seeing all these nice flowery pretty summer tags and tuts in the middle of winter! lol So for all my friends in cold winter places, this is for you! :)
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 it at his store here.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Winter Frost by Stargazer Musings. You can find it here. The stores she sells in are listed on the right side of her blog.
Font of choice, I am using
Plugins: no outside plugins used.
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 650 x 650 white.
Open snowball frame one, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 60%.
Open snowflake frame one, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 60%, arrange it over the snowball frame, add drop shadow.
Open diamond frame 1, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 60%, arrange it over the snowflake frame, add a drop shadow.
Click inside the snowball frame layer with your magic wand.
Selections, modify, expand by 3.
Open paper 22, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 60%. Selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard. Leave selected and drag the paper layer down below your snowball frame.
Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer. Arrange in the frame how you want it then duplicate it. Close the duplicate for now.
Make sure the original tube is below the snowball frame layer, take your eraser tool and erase the parts hanging over the bottom of the frame. Deselect and add a drop shadow to the tube and the snowball frame layer.
Unhide the duplicate tube, drag it above all 3 of the frame layers. Erase the bits that hang over the bottom of the frames. This way you don't have to erase the 3 frame layers where they go over the head area of the tube!
Add whichever elements you'd like to your tag. I used the following elements with a drop shadow added to each one.
Branch 5 element resize by 80% rotate to the left by 90
Cluster element resize by 80%
Curled ribbon 2 resize by 60%
Arrange these along the bottom of the frames.
Poinsettia cluster 1, free rotate to the right by 17 drag it just above the white background layer.
Scatter diamonds layer. Open up and take your selection tool and draw around the diamonds on the top right side. Copy and paste as a new layer into your tag. Arrange on the top left. Duplicate, image mirror. Merge these two down together, duplicate and flip. Merge these two layers down together, then drag that layer down so it is just above the poinsettia layer.
Add your name, copyright and credits as needed.
Crop, resize and save.

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