Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My 1st tag & tutorial

Ok, I have taken the plunge into trying to create tags & write tutorials for them. The only tag I had done prior to this was my entry into a contest Cancer Moon Creations held earlier this year. Yes, I won that contest, but with only 3 entrants to the contest, I wasn't overly impressed by my victory - lol.

Anyway, Vella of Wench designs came out with this kit called Sweet Sundae Treats & that was it - I had to try my hand. It's very much like doing a scrapbook page, but on a smaller scale & I have done some siggys in my past, by request, so I think (I hope) I can do this fine. I am going to try to write the tutorial so you can not only duplicate my tag if you wish, but also learn how to make any tag, if you are a beginner like I am.

So - first a preview of the wonderful scrap kit I used:

Isn't it just delicious?

Now the tag & tutorial.

what I used:
tube of choice - I used a tube by Elias Chatzoudis called Sweet Pleasures,
for which a license is required. You can buy it at
template of choice - I used template145 from designs by Ali, which can be found
for free on her blog
scrap kit of choice - I used a kit by Vella of Wench Designs called Sweet Sundae Treats
which is available in both tagger
and full size
You can check out Vella's blog at
what I did:
1. Start with a blank transparent canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels, 300 dpi. I used PSCS4
but this tutorial can be used in other similar graphics programs.
2. Copy & paste the circle from the template. Highlight with magic wand & fill with paper
of choice (paper 15).
3. Copy & paste tube of choice & position in center of circle.
4. Copy, paste & position elements of choice (ice cream cone 1, tilted toward right,
semi-parallel to sign post of tube, & butterfly 2, tilted left, perched on sign edge).
Apply drop shadow to each element.
5. Select desired font, text colour & size. I used OttumHmkBold, 18 pt, black with a
chocolate style applied. Tilt text to approximately reflect lines of the tube.
6. Copy & paste copyright info of the tube along bottom edge of tag, ensuring text
touches but does not obscure tag. Add any additional information using Arial font,
3 pt or 2 pt.
7. Save tag & enjoy.
I'll be doing a second tag with this kit as well. Stay tuned & enjoy.

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