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 Elias Chatzoudis, which you need a license to use. You can get it at PSP Tubes Emporium here. For this month, PTE is having a Fun in the Sun sale, and this particular tube can be found in that catagory. After the sale, you will be able to find it in the artist listing.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Under the Sea by Wicked Princess Scraps which you can purchase exclusively at The PSP Project. It was made to match the tube Anime Mermaid by Erica Leigh Currey, although I didn't use it for this tut. It's so cute, though, so check it out here.
Font of choice, I am using Twelve Ton Fishstick
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 a new canvas 750 x 750 pixels, white background. You can crop it and remove the white background if you'd like at the end. This just gives us a good canvas to work on and you can see what you're doing with the white background.
Open the Frame element, copy and paste as a new layer, resize by 70%.
Using your freehand selection button set on point to point and add, click around the frame, using the stars and the screws as points to click on. Once you get all the way around, double click on the last of the four points. You'll have marching ants around the frame sort of in the middle of the sticks.
Open a paper (I used 5), copy and paste as a new layer below the frame, resize by 70%, arrange how you want. Once you get it where you want it, go to selections, invert, make sure you are on the paper layer, and click delete on your keyboard, leave selected.
Open the closeup of your tube, copy and paste. If you want to mirror it, mirror it prior to copy and pasting. Arrange in the frame, click delete on your keyboard. Drop the opacity way down so you can just see the tube through the paper. Deselect.
Open your main tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize if needed. Add a drop shadow.
Add any other elements you'd like to it, adding drop shadows as needed. I added:
beach resize by 75%
water resize by 40%
boat 3 resize by 40%
cattail resize by 40%
foilage resize by 18%
Hibiscus resize by 20%
Crop, resize, add name, copyrights and credits as needed and save.