"A Mother's Love" Gimp Tutorial and Template Freebie

Mother's Day is coming up! It's NEXT weekend! What are your plans?

I am just glad that I get to spend it with my kiddos :) I love them more and more everyday... A mother's love never stops growing. Now I have to show them off a bit! LOL

Here is a tag I made with this holiday in mind...

FIRST, before we begin the tutorial, you will want to download this template I made for this tag. Just click on the preview to go to 4shared! If you download, please leave some love :)

You'll want the kit called Mothers Celebration by Creative Scraps by Crys, which you can purchase HERE or HERE.

The tube I chose to use in this tag is a PTU tube by Regan Kubecek and it is called Baby Love, which requires a license to use from Dreamscape Imaging and you can purchase it HERE.

And I used a mask by Melissaz Creationz- go grab the FTU pack of 20 masks HERE.

Let's get started!

1. Open the template and delete the background layer and my credit info. Then go to IMAGE>CANVAS SIZE and adjust the size to 900 x 900. This will give you plenty of room to work with :) You may want to link all your layers and move them over a tad bit just to make it more centered.

2. Open paper4 in the scrapkit. Go to LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>ADD ALPHA CHANNEL. Resize the paper width-wise so it is stretched mostly across your canvas.

3. Open mask 1 from the mask pack from Melissaz Creationz. Go to COLORS>INVERT then LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA. Duplicate the mask layer and move both side by side and to the very bottom of all layers. Merge these layers by right clicking the layer in the layer box. Right click again and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on the paper layer to make it active. Go to SELECT>INVERT then EDIT>CLEAR. Then SELECT>NONE. Delete the masks you merged together and keep this new paper mask.

4. Open as layers the branches in scrapkit. Position it between the orange and green layers of the template. Add a drop shadow by going to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW and adjust settings to 1, 1, 3. Then merge the branches with the drop shadow. Duplicate this layer and flip it. Position them accordingly.

5. Repeat step 4 with the babys breath and flower 2 in the scrapkit, but don't worry about the drop shadow. However with these two, you will want to rotate them a bit. When you have both sides covered the way you like, click on the rectangle select tool and make a rectangle over bottom half of template. Then go to EDIT>CLEAR then SELECT>NONE. We don't want stems hanging out all over the place :)

6. Ok now above the green layers, you want to open as layers the heart and frame 5. Fit the frame over the heart and then use the magic wand tool to select inside the frame. Then you'll want to SELECT>GROW by 6. Unlink the layers and click on the heart layer. Go to SELECT INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. Merge the 2 layers and resize to 324 x 305 then duplicate and flip the copy.

7. Open as layers the bow (pink) and resize to 155 x 110 then place on the heart that you made in step 6. Duplicate and flip the copy, place accordingly.

8. Do the same with the ribbon 4. Place above the bow layer. Then duplicate and flip the copy. When they are placed right, use the rectangle select tool to cover the loose ends that go off to each side and EDIT>CLEAR on each ribbon layer.

9. Add the tube. I used tube 2 in the tube pack. Give it a drop shadow of 1,1,3.
10. Now open as layers the leaves 3. Rotate it and set it on one side of the tube and use the rectangle select tool again to crop off the stem end. Duplicate and flip the copy and place on other side of tube- these fit so nicely at the bottom of the tube. Just move them behind the drop shadow you added to the tube.

11. Open as layers the bird form the scrapkit. Resize to 153 x 124 and then flip it. Place it at the top of the green layers in template.

12. Add the butterfly from the scrapkit. Resize to 110 x 110. Duplicate and flip the copy and place on the left and right side of the template.

13. I used the font Tempus Sans for the text. I picked the color from the template. Then I added a new layer and right clicked in the layers box on the text layer ALPHA TO SELCTION and then went up to SELECT>GROW by 2 and filled the new layer with a light grew color. Then I went to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE and 20, 20, 20, 0. I clicked on the red text layer again and went to FILTERSADD BEVEL and the thickness was at 5. Then added a drop shadow to the grey text layer using 4, 4, 9 as the settings.

14. Do not forget to add your copyright information to your tag!!!!! Include artist's name, website and license number if applicable.

I hope you found this tutorial fun and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day :) xoxox

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