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Friday, December 9, 2011

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This Tutorial was written on December 9th, 2011 by Ashly
It is of my own creation and any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental.

Please do not copy and do not post elsewhere.
This tutorial is written as if you have a general knowledge on how to use the program.

***What you'll need***
Program of Choice.
I am using Photoshop CS5

Tube of choice.
I am using the artwork of Very Many
This is an exclusive but, they have plenty of other awesome tubes as well.
You can view those for purchase HERE

Kit of choice.
I am using a PTU Scrapkit called, “Naughty Elves” by Designs by Sarah
You can purchase this for use at PMTWS HERE
You'll also need a sparkle of your choice.

Mask of Choice
I am using Mask366 by Weescotslass
You can find her masks HERE

Filters Needed
Xero – Radience
Eye Candy 4000 – HSB Noise (for animation)

~*~*~ Let's Get Started~*~*~

Open up a new canvas
600px x 600px.
Flood fill with white

Open Frame7
Copy and paste onto your canvas
Resize by 74% and rotate -10 degrees.
Move to the right side of your canvas.

Open up pp14
Resize to 600px by 600px
Copy and paste onto your canvas and drag below your frame layer.
Select inside each of your frames.
Select → Modify → Expand, by 3.
Invert your selection and press delete on your paper layer.

Open pp2
Resize to 600px by 600px
Copy and paste onto your canvas
Drag below your frame background layer
Apply your layer mask here.

Open your tube layer and get them all set up the way you want.
I did it with all the green layers showing, green eyes and black hair, merge visible so they'll all move together.
Copy and Paste onto your canvas.
I flipped mine horizontally.
Resize and reposition to your liking, this is in between your frame layer and your frame background paper.
Once you're happy with this.
Select your frame background layer and invert and then click delete on your tube layer.
Duplicate this layer.
On the top one
Filter → Blur → Gaussian Blur, radius of 5
Change the blend mode on this one to soft light and opacity of 50%
On the bottom one, change this to black and white.

Copy and Paste your tube onto your canvas again.
Resize and reposition to your liking.
Add a drop shadow.
This is positioned above the frame layer, so it's currently the top layer.

Filter → Xero → Radience.
Hit random a few times until you get something you like.
Filter → Sharpen → Unsharp Mask
All at default.

Now, we're going to embellish.
Do this to your liking, with a drop shadow of choice and positioned as you'd liked.
For animation purposes Make sure you have these three somewhere on there that you can merge together: Swirl1, Snowflake1 & Snowflake3.

I used the following, in this order, with drop shadow unless otherwise specified.

~Above Mask, below frame background~
Snowflake3 (no drop shadow)
Swirl1 (no drop shadow)
Snowflake1 (no drop shadow)

~Above frame, below top tube layer~
button2 (duplicated, resized and repositioned)

~Above the top tube layer~
branch2 (I erased a bit of this at the bottom of the flower used next)
button3 (duplicated, resized and repositioned)
Sparkle of choice (no drop shadow here)

Add your name.

Image → Trim
Top left Pixel color, all boxes checked
Resize if you'd like to

*****Most Important*****
Add your copyright information!

If you're happy with your tag and don't want to animate then you're done!!
Save to your liking!

If you want to animate let's keep going.

Go back down to your layers and merge the three I'd mentioned together so they're all on one layer.
Then duplicate that layer 3 times so that you have a total of 4 layers.

On the first layer
Filer → Eye Candy 4000 → HSB Noise

All at default except change the drop down to Smooth Fractal.
Click okay.

Do this with the other 3 layers, just hitting random seed on each one.

Go to your animation window and have them as each different layer there.
Delay set to .15 seconds, set to play forever.
Press play to see it go and if you're happy with it save it as a .gif and you're done!

Way to go!
Thank you for trying my tutorial!
I'd love to see your results!!
If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email!
Thanks so much and Huge Huggles!


  1. love this tag, thank you!!! :)

  2. would like to see a preview of this tag please

  3. Sorry about that! It for some reason ate my preview hahah but, it's all reposted now!


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