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In this tutorial I used the beautiful tube “Ingrid” from
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “On My Mind” from
This is a really fabulous kit, I just loved working with it!
You can purchase it at

You will need “pretty heart” mask 2646*2498 from

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 55, blur 10.

Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Paste the mask and resize it 28%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.  You need to be very careful when you crop your tag when its finished as there are some very light areas on the mask that do not show up well on a white background, its best to change the background to a dark colour for the cropping.

Paste spray 5, resize 45% and move into place.

Paste spray 6, resize 80% and move into place.

Paste frame 2, resize 45% and move into place.   Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand to make a selection, expand the selection by 30, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 3 into the selection, mirror the full size tube and paste it on your canvas, resize 75%, position in the frame, invert the selection, hit delete on the tube and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay”.

Undo the mirror on the tube and paste it again, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 70b, resize 35%, position below the main tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 71, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 91d, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 2 on the top, resize 60%, mirror and move into place.

Paste element 84, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 53, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 10%, mirror and rotate 70 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow,

Paste element 19, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 52b, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 85, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 64, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 69, resize 20%, drag below the last two elements and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66 on the top, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31d, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 51b, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45,  resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 15% and duplicate, rotate one copy 30 degrees to the right and one 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments, then crop your tag (remember to change the background colour), add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.






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