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Friday, October 26, 2012
Supplies:
Kit- Kitsune by Gimptastic Scraps. Visit her blog here for this stunning kit. 
Tube- I'm using the work of Fumiko Barrows. I purchased this tube from Dreamscape Imaging when they were open, but you can now find her work at The PSP Project here
Mask of choice
Font of choice (I used Carpenter Script)
Photoshop CS5
I'm on a Mac, so when I use Command you may need to use Ctrl

Here we go :)

Open a new canvas 700x700
Place frame 4 in center of canvas.
Place paper 4 beneath the frame.
Using your magic wand tool (w) click inside frame..make sure to get in all the little
nooks and crannies :)
Select>Modify>Expand by 3 px. Select>Inverse.
Hit delete on paper layer, deselect. 
Open layer styles and add drop shadow to frame.
Place tube above frame and drop shadow. 
I used the eraser tool (Soft Round) and softened up the edges of the tube a bit.
Open Snow 1. Command+J to duplicate  a few times. Flip and reposition around the tube so
it appears she is sitting in the snow.
Add elements from the kit to your tag:
*from bottom to top*
bridge
branch 4
lantern
copy branch 4 (resized)
Flower 4
Leaf 1
Snowball- duplicate, resize, reposition
Add drop shadows to elements.

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 mask..it 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.

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 (bananas_68@yahoo.com) or post them on my Facebook :)



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