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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Your Gift





In this tutorial you will need a body tube and close up tube.
 I am using the amazing art of Arthur Crowe.
You need a license to use Arthur’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a scrap kit called “Winter Love” by
This is a beautiful kit full of lovely elements,
you can get it here.
Thank you Sarah!

I used two masks, Gem’s mask 22, here and
Melissaz Creations mask 1, here.

Font used is Arlekino, you can get it here.


I always remind you lol but don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pp10 and copy. Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, paste the paper into the selection. Apply Gem’s mask 22. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pp6 and copy. Again make a new layer on your canvas, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Melissaz’ mask 1, de-select. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_frame1, paste as a new layer and resize 60%. Select the interior of each part of the frame and expand the selection by 10.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pp10 and copy. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_snowflakes1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and position towards the top interior of the frame. Invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess. De-select.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Close off the background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the closed layers.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position on the right hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branch4 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and rotate 10 degrees to the left. Position on the left hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_frame7, duplicate and close the original. Resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Make a new layer below the frame layer and fill with a dark colour from your tube, I used a dark brown from his hair. Do not deselect. Open your close up tube and mirror it, copy and paste as new layer. Position nicely inside the frame, resizing if needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess then lower the opacity to around 45. Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow. Merge visible, copy, paste on your original canvas and place roughly in position, you can adjust it later.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branch 5 and paste as a new layer. Duplicate this layer and mirror and flip the duplicate. Place in position along the bottom of the frames and apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Now we will put our main tube on so we can then position the rest of the elements around him. Don’t forget to apply the drop shadow to the tube. I put the shadow on a separate layer so I could erase the part along the bottom cut off edge.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_flower5 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45% and rotate 10 degrees to the left. Drag down below the tube and place in position on the left hand side, apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branches and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pear and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position on the right hand side of the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_branch1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and rotate 90 degrees to the left. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_ribbon1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_pinecone and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 40% and rotate 10 degrees to the right. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_winter-love_snow, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 55% and place in position along the bottom edge of your tube.

Check the position of all your layers and make any adjustments. Erase any parts like the stalk on the flower that are showing below the tube. Erase a bit of the snow that is over the red branch so the bottom part of the branch is above it.

When you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result!







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