For this tutorial you will need the following:
Paint Shop Pro, I am using PSP X, you should be able to use any version.
Three tubes of choice, I am using the artwork of Keith Garvey which you need a license to use. At the time of writing this tut, he was at PTE, but they announced they will be closing as of the end of August 2012. You might check his site here to see where his store is, as he announced he will be going independent.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Time Heals by Farrah's Designer Scraps.
Font of choice, I am using Scriptina
Mask: Vix Big Mask 20
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.
Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.
Let's get started!
Open the template, delete the top layer (my credits).
Change the canvas size to about 850 x 750, we'll crop it in the end, we just want room to work for now.
Make background one layer active, click in it with your magic wand, selections, invert.
Open paper 1, resize by 20%, copy and paste as a new layer. Click delete on your keyboard, leave selected.
Open your first tube, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange within the frame how you want it. Click delete on your keyboard. Deselect. Change the blend mode to Luminance(L) or another that suits you. Delete the original template background layer.
Do the same for backgrounds 2 and 3, using papers 8 & 3 and using a different tube in each one.
Now go back to frame 1 layer, make sure you are on that layer, click inside it with your magic wand. Add a new raster layer, flood fill with a color that compliments. Adjust, add/remove noise, add noise, with the following settings:
Uniform, monochrome checked, 100%. Make sure to add your drop shadow to the frame. Delete the original template frame.
Do the same for frames 2 & 3.
Once you get done with filling all the frames, Click on frame one, merge down onto the tube layer and again onto the background layer. Do this again for frame 2 and frame 3 sets. This way you have each tube, frame and background separate So that we can move them around a bit more easily.
Grab your crop tool, click on your tag, and drag the edges so that they are almost touching the edges of your tag, then double click on it. We're doing this because some of the papers may have hung over the edge of the tag and when we move the picture frames around the hidden bits outside your canvas will show and we don't want that!
Move your frames around a bit so they are more to your liking.
Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer. If you use the same tube as me, resize by 85%
Now we'll start adding elements.
Add whichever you'd like. I added the following and any amount I resized will be beside it.
Lace 2, 25%, erase any bits that hang too far over the frames, arrange along the bottom
Flower, 15%, arrange around the bottom middle, duplicate & mirror arrange on the top (see tag for reference). Duplicate the one on the bottom again, image, rotate to the right by 90. Take the eraser tool and erase most of the white bits from it.
Flower 2, 10%, rotate left by 88, mirror, duplicate, merge down
Crop it, then resize.
Open paper 5, resize to 600 x 600 pixels. Copy and paste as a new layer, drag it to just above the white background layer.
Open your mask, go to layers, new mask, from image, find the mask in the drop down menu,
click ok. Go to your layer palette, click on the mask and choose to delete it.
It wasn't dark enough or large enough but I wanted that paper and mask,
so I duplicated the mask a few times, resized it by 130%, then went to
Brightness and Contrast with the brightness set at -53 and contrast at 53.
Add your copyrights and credits as needed and your name and you're done.