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.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Wisterias of Winter, a PTU kit by Soxsational Scraps. You can get it here.
Misunderstood template by Creative Scraps by Crys.
Font of choice, I am using
Mask: Vix Big Mask 001
Plugins: No outside plugins
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 your template, resize to about 580 x 528 pixels. Change the canvas size to 700 x 700.
Delete raster 5, copy of merged, merged and raster 4.
Flood fill raster 1 with white to make it a bit easier to see what you are doing while making your tag.
Make the layer, merged, active. Click inside it with your magic wand. Open paper 8, copy and paste as a new layer, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard. Deselect and delete the original layer. Add drop shadow.
Do the same for raster 3 layer using paper 11.
Do the same for raster 6 and raster 2 using papers 9 and 12.
Make the merged squares layer active, click inside with your magic wand, copy and paste paper 4, selections, invert, click delete on your keyboard, leave selected.
Open one of your close up tubes, copy and paste as a new layer. Arrange it within the squares, click delete on your keyboard. Deselect. Delete the original grey squares.
Duplicate the tube. On the top layer, adjust, blur, gaussian blur by 3. Change the blend mode to soft light.
On the original layer, adjust hue and saturation, change both to 0. Drop the opacity to about 60.
Add any elements you'd like. I used the following, with any amount I resized them by beside the element.
Flower frame, resize by 90%(erase bits that hang over right side.)
Winter flower scatter 3
Winter tree 3
Flower 3, resize by 17%
Polar bear, resize by 80%
Wonderland word art
Copy and paste paper 10 just above the white background layer. Add mask by opening your mask in psp, going to layers, new mask layer, from image. Find your mask in the drop down box, click ok. In the layers palette, delete the mask, click ok, then merge group. I then resized mine by 103%.
Add your full sized tube, crop, resize.
Add your text, copyright and credits as needed.