**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version. This tutorial is my own creation. Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials). If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **
PTU Poser – “Jingles 1” by English Rose Designs. You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.
PTU Kit - “Christmas Treasures” by Honored Scraps. You can purchase this fun little kit at Berry Applicious.
Mask of your choice
DS – Drop Shadow
Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5
Open Paper 4 in a new canvas. Double click on the layer to unlock it.
Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper. Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.
With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C). You will see dashed lines surround the canvas.
Click on the paper layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard). The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok. Next Paste onto the paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again).
You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper. Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it. The mask will now show.
Right click on the paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image. This releases just the mask. The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.
Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background. This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.
Add the paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas. Resize to fit the canvas.
Add Paper 1 to the canvas. Resize to fit the entire canvas. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a section of the bottom of the tag. Inverse the selection (Shift+Ctrl+I). Right click on the layer and select Rasterize Layer. Press the delete key to delete the paper from that section. You now have a floor. Use a soft round brush and the eraser tool to erase around the edges to give it a softer finish.
Add ChristmasStars2 to the canvas and resize to the width of the tag. Position at the top of the tag. Add DS.
Add Frame 5 to the canvas. Resize to about 250% of the original size and position in the upper right corner. Add DS.
Add Paper 5 to the canvas. Resize to fit over the opening in the frame in the element above. Move the paper layer below the frame. Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside the center of the snowflake frame.
Add the wordart HappyHolidays to the canvas. Resize to fit in the upper left corner. Add DS.
Add Fireplace to the canvas. Resize to about half the width of the canvas. Position toward the bottom left of the tag. It should slightly overlap the frame area above. Right click on the layer and select “Blending Options”. Turn on “Satin” at the default settings. This will darken the fireplace.
Add Tree2 to the canvas. Resize to fit in the bottom left corner overlapping the fireplace and fitting below the word art.
Add the full poser to the canvas. Resize to fit and position to the center of the canvas in front of the tree. Add DS.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the jolly elements from the kit. Resize the elements as you add them so they fit the proportions of your tag. Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety. In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz. In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used.
Here are all the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
Add name and any other text of choice.
Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!
Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!