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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Supplies:
Kit- Ginger Christmas by Gimptastic Scraps. Pick up this yummy kit here.
Tube- I'm using Xmas Virgo by Shawli. You can buy this tube here at TPP with a valid license.
Template- Collab temp by Pixie and Millie here
Mask- DBV Xmas Mask 6 by Vaybs here
Texture- Texture 2 here
Brush- Snow 10 by Dark Yarrow here
Font- The Wizard
Photoshop CS5 or program of choice
I'm on a Mac, so when I use Command you may need to use Ctrl

Here we go :)

Open up your template. Image>Duplicate. Close out original.
Delete layers 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and credits.
Image>Canvas size and increase to about 750x750 so you have room to work. 
Place paper 4 above layer 4. Right click paper and Create Clipping Mask. 
Drop shadow the template layer.
If you don't like where you clipped it, simply use your mouse to drag the paper layer around until
you are satisfied with it's placement. No need to release the clipping mask!
Repeat with the remaining layers:
layer 5 & 6- paper 5
layer 7- paper 8
layer 8- double click to open layer styles. Choose a green/white gradient, reflected. Rasterize layer.
Clip your texture to layer 8. Change blend mode to Overlay, opacity 90%.
layer 2- Command+U to bring up Hue/Saturation. Drag the Lightness slider all the way to the 
right so the word art turns white.
Filter>Noise>Add Noise 45%, Uniform, Monochromatic.
Open layer styles and add a 2px green stroke, outside.
Add tube and Command+J to duplicate. On top tube copy:
Filter>blur>gaussian blur 3px. Blend mode Screen, opacity 66%.
Drop shadow bottom tube layer.
Now decorate your tag with elements from the kit. I used:
Gift 2
Gift 3
Cookie 2
Bag
Mittens
Holly 
Cupcake
Bauble 2
Ornament 1
Candy Stick 2
Ball 1
Jelly bean 1
Jelly bean 2
Below the word art, add a new layer. Make sure your foreground color is white and add some snowflakes with your brush tool.

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 friend me on facebook (badge on left of blog)!!

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