Japanese Aurora Tag Tutorial Using Gimp

The kit I used for this is called HEART OF JAPAN, made by AW DESIGN and can be purchased HERE or HERE- proceeds go to the Red Cross to aid in the recovery of Japan.

The tube I chose to use is called Aurora and is by Unholy Vault Designs and can be purchased at PTE. You must use your PTE license when using this tube.

I used a mask from PACK 2 which is FTU over at TallChic D-Zines. You can get them HERE.

Let's get started.

1. Open a new image- canvas size 800 x 800 so you will have plenty of space to work in.

2. Open as new layer paper 6 from the scrapkit- a golden paper. Go to LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>ADD ALPHA CHANNEL.

3. Open as new layer mask 5 from the mask pack. Go to LAYER>SCALE LAYER to 616 x 400. Go to COLORS>INVERT then LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make it transparent. Right click on this layer in the layers box. Choose Alpha to Selection. Then click on the paper 6 layer in layer box to make it active. Go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. Paper 6 should now be your mask. Delete the original mask. Add noise to this layer. Go to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE and keep the settings at 20/20/20/0.

4. Open element 20 in the kit. Resize to 189 x 328 and position it on the right side. Then duplicate the layer and flip the copy. Position the copy layer on the left side. Both of these layers should be underneath the paper mask layer.

5. Open as layers paper 5 from kit. It is a rich, deep red shade. Do the same procedure as in step 2.

6. Open as layers element 46 from kit... it is a frame with 4 windows. We are going to cut 2 off... Just use the rectangle select tool to crop of the bottom half of this element so you're left with just the top 2 windows... When you have your selected area, just hit EDIT>CLEAR. Add a drop shadow to this by going to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROPSHADOW and settings at 4/4/9.

7. Use your rectangle select tool again to crop within the existing frames of element 46. Then hit SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. The red paper should now be behind the frame. You see the little space between the 2 windows? Well just use the rectangle select tool again to crop out this part. Now it should look right. There are other ways you can do this, but I find this the fastest and most effective way.

8. With the close up tube, I just moved her between the drop shadow layer and the paper layer. Then used the rectangle select tool to crop out any excess. I gave this layer a drop shadow and also used the rectangle select tool to crop out any excess of the shadow.

9. I found a Japanese proverb that I liked and used Tempus Sans font to type it out. I right clicked on the text layer in layers box, went to SELECT>GROW by 2 and added a new layer, with which I filled with white within the marching ants/selected area... then I added a drop shadow with the same privious settings.

10. Add your copyright info to your tag. Include the copyright symbol, artist name, artist's website, as well as your license number, if applicable.

11. With the second tube, rescale it to 279 x 448 and position it to the right side.

12. I used a font called Matura MT Script Capitals for the name on the tag. Just like the proverb in step 9, you add layers and fill the selections with the color. I did white text, grew by 2 filled new layer with black, grew by 3 and used a deep burnt orange shade for the next layer. I added noise to this layer, then added a drop shadow with same settings.

I hope you liked this tutorial! Thanks for viewing :) xoxox

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