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 Alehandra Vanheck (Christmas With Rabbit, which is an Exclusive Image at PFD) which you need a license to use.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using a PTU kit White Winter by Amy Marie
Font of choice, I am using Scriptina
Mask: Vix Big Mask 1
Plugins: no outside plugins
I do use Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow on all my copyrights/credits layers
I do this because some forums will make a .png tag show up with a black background and then your
copyright doesn't show.
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 a new canvas 1000 x 1000 pixels with a white background
Add the following elements to your tag, you can check my tag for an example
element 2 arrange on right
element 93 arrange on left
copy and paste your tube, resize 25% arrange in the middle
element 25 resize 65% arrange on left, duplicate & mirror
element 26 resize 75% arrange in center duplicate & mirror
element 3 resize 45% arrange on right
element 17 resize 45% arrange below poinsetta duplicate & mirror
element 74 arrange below other branches duplicate & mirror
Copy and paste paper 4 above the white background
apply your mask
I duplicated and merged the mask layer a few times to make it darker
crop and resize
add your copyright and credits as needed
add your text and save