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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Kit- Red Delicious by A Taggers Scrap. Visit her blog here for info on where you can purchase this great kit. 
Tube- I'm using a great tube by Zebrush, which you can find at PFD here
Mask- BeautyofAutumnMaskbyTonya from the Misfits blog here
Font- Eight One or font of choice
Photoshop CS5 or font of choice
I am on a Mac, so when I use Command, you may need to use Ctrl

Here we go :)

Open a new canvas 700x700
Open frame 1 and place in center of canvas.
Place paper 20 under the frame.
With the frame layer active, choose your Magic Wand Tool (w) and click inside the frame.
Select>Modify>Expand by 5px. Select>Inverse.
Activate the paper layer and hit Delete on your keyboard.
Deselect. Double click the frame layer to bring up Layer Styles.
Add drop shadow of choice.
Open Leaves 2 and place on right of frame. You may need to angle it to get it just right.
Command+J to duplicate. Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal. Reposition to left side. 
Drop shadow both copies.
Add Brush to bottom of frame. Duplicate, flip and reposition as I have in my tag. Add drop shadows.
Add main tube of choice to middle of frame. I like a soft glow on my tubes, to do this:
Duplicate tube layer. On top tube Filters>blur>gaussian blur 2. 
Change blend mode to Screen, Opacity around 35%. 
Drop Shadow the original tube layer. 
Now decorate your tag with elements from the kit. From bottom to top I used:
(refer to my tag for placement)
butterfly house
bow 3
ribbon 2
flowers 2 (duplicate, flip, reposition)
sign post
apple 3
Add drop shadows and sharpen elements (Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen)

Now let's get our mask ready! Open your mask on a new canvas.
Add a new layer above it, and flood fill with color of choice, 
or use a paper from kit.
Make sure your mask layer is activated and Command+A to Select All, Command+C to Copy.
Activate the paper layer, hit Q to turn on Quick Mask mode.
Command+V to paste the should now be tinted red.
Hit Q to turn off Quick Mask mode and there should now be marching ants on your canvas.
Hit the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the layer palette (rectangle  with the circle in it)
Right click- convert to smart object
Right click- Rasterize layer
Drag completed mask to your tag canvas as the bottom layer
Resize it if needed.
I duplicated it once to make it darker.

With your Rectangular Marquee Tool (m), draw out a selection around the entire
tag, just slight smaller than the canvas. Image>Crop.
This will get rid of any stray pixels or drop shadows you don't see.
Image>Trim>Top Left Pixel Corner to remove the excess space.
Add your license and copyright info to the tag.
Add name and any other text of choice.
Merge, save as PNG and enjoy :)

Thank you for trying my tut. If you have any questions or would like to show me your results, feel free to email me ( or post them on my Facebook :)


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