Sweet Surrender Gimp Tag Tutorial

I made this tag with my scrapkit called Sweet Surrender which is PTU and can be found HERE or HERE.
I used the art of Jose Cano, which requires a license to use and you can go to PSP Tubes Emporium to get the tube and the license.
The template is made by my good friend Crys, you can get that for free HERE!
I used FTU masks by the Creative Misfits :)  Click HERE to grab them for yourself!

Let's get started :)

1. Open Gimp, FILE>NEW size 800 x 800.
2.  Open the template made by Crys as a new layer.  
3.   Open and scale the following from the scrapkit (also R click on each paper layer in layers box and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL):
Paper 8- 600 x 600
Paper 4- 700 x 700.  Duplicate & scale them to 600 x 600
Paper 11- 700 x 700 and duplicate this twice 
Paper 10- 600 x 600 and duplicate
Paper 9- 300 x 300
4.  Move paper 4 and paper 11 to the bottom of the layers box, they'll be the masks... So open the Melissa file in the download and pick mask 1, you'll want to scale it up a bit so it's peeking out over the sides.  Then go to COLORS>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make it transparent, right click on this layer in layers box, choose ALPHA TO SELECTION.  Then click on paper 11 in the layers box and go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Delete original mask.  Now open the Aqua file in the mask download and choose mask 17.  Repeat the steps above with this mask and paper 4. 
5.  Raster 7 layer is going to be the paper 11 copy, with the border made from the paper 10 copy.  This is simple to do, just right click on raster 7 layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION, then click on paper 11 copy in layers box and up to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT CLEAR.  Do the same with paper 10, then deselct.  ALPHA TO SELECTION again, SELECT>SHRINK by 6 and EDIT>CLEAR. 
You will want to continue doing this with several layers of the template- raster 3 is paper 10 with border of paper 11 copy 2, raster 2 is paper 8 with border of paper 4 copy. For raster layers 5 and 6, just colorize to white, ALPHA TO SELECTION, add new layer, fill with pink, add noise by going to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE with levels at 20/20/20/0.  Raster layer 4 is paper 9 with border of paper 4 copy 2. 
6.  Now open your tube of choice, and place within the border and template layers.  This is when I went thru and started adding drop shadows too.  Go to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with levels at 3/3/3 and black as the color.  Do this with your tube to make it stand out more and with every border you've made.
7.  Now open the following and scale and position appropriately from the scrapkit:
Element 46
Element 3
Element 24- duplicate
Element 1
Element 32
Element 18- duplicate
Element 20- duplicate
Element 5
Add drop shadows to these elements also.

8. Add your copyright information to your tag- copyright symbol and artist's name, along with their website and your license number if applicable.
9.  For the wordart on the template, I opened paper 3 from the kit, scaled to 300 x 300 then right clicked on the LOVE part and chose ALPHA TO SELECTION then clicked on the paper layer in the layers box back up to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Added a drop shadow.  For the ME FOREVER part, I colorized the words to a bright deep pink and then ALPHA TO SELECTION and added a new layer, SELECT>GROW by 2 and filled that new layer with white.  Added a drop shadow.
10.  For my name I used a font called Glider Girls in a shade of red and just like the wordart on the template, added a new layer and filled with white.  Link the two layers and use the rotate tool.  Then added a drop shadow. 
11.  Save your file as .xcf so you can come back and make changes if necessary.  When satisfied, you can save as .png

Thanks for viewing this tutorial :)  xoxox

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