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Scraps n Company
Scraps and the City
PSP Asylum
Artistic Dreams Imaging
The PSP Project
Artistically Inclined Licensing

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Keith Garvey
Kathy Cyr

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

CT TUTORIAL ~ Joy To The World

NOTE: you MAY link to this tut. you MAY print it out for later use offline. you MAY NOT claim it as yours or take anything else from it. this tutorial is ©Ruby/Stormlight, written December 18, 2013.

Supplies needed:
-- PSP
-- main tube of choice (I used a lovely piece called Nativity by The Hunter.  you can purchase it at Scraps N Company here.)
-- scrap kit "Sweet Christmas" by ChaChaz Creationz.  you can also purchase this gorgeous kit at S&CO here.
-- the plugin EyeCandy 4000.
-- Jazzy's "basic" drop shadow setting of 2, 2, 50, 3.
-- mask of choice.  (optional - one with text around its edges if you want a similar look to my design.)  i used a mask by Gabee.
-- font of choice.

Now let's create! 

1.  Open a frame element of your choice.  If using the same kit I am, open element 28 (circle frame with "Merry Christmas" on it).  Duplicate, close original.   

2.  Expand canvas size to 550x550.

3.  Paste tube under frame.  Click your magic wand inside frame, selections > modify > expand by 10, invert, delete.

4.  Choose a dark colored paper from your scrap kit and paste it under your tube layer.  I used Paper3.  

5.  Apply your mask, and if using a mask like mine, you may need to check the "invert transparency" box.  (Make sure to look at the mask preview to see if you need to invert it or not.)  Merge as group.

6.  Use your raster deform tool to fit the mask around the edge of your frame.

7. [optional] If desired, lower the opacity of your tube layer on your layer palette to allow paper to show through.

8.  Let's add some elements!  All elements are resized with the smart size setting.  Remember to apply basic drop shadow after each element is placed unless it states otherwise:

16 (white pinecones) - 50%
51 (snowflake) - 40%
12 (pinecone) - 30%
46 (holly) - 25%
2 (flowers) - 75%.  Duplicate this layer, mirror the copy.  NO drop shadow.
59 (green ornament) - 50%
60% (white ornament) - 30%, mirror, place next to green ornament.

9.   Create a new raster layer for your name.  Choose a color from your tube and add your name on.

10.  In your plugins menu, go to EyeCandy 4000 > Gradient Glow and apply the following settings to your name:

11.  Create new raster layer for your copyright/watermark and add it onto your tag.

12.  Create one more new raster layer, floodfill with white and send it to the bottom.  Crop out any excess white space if needed and save as png.

And you're all done...enjoy your new tag!