YOU WILL NEED:
* Tube of choice. I am using the artwork of Molly Harrison. You need a licence to use her art and you can purchase her artwork from CILM. Molly's art is particularly good for this tag!
* Accents are taken fom your tube - one detailed and 1 simple
* Font of choice - I used Santas Big Secret HERE
* DSB Flux Bright Noise filter HERE
* Mura Meisters Copies filter HERE
* A good working knowledge of PSP and Animation Shop
Set up your supplies ready for use. If you are working from an image and tubing yourself, you will need a tube of the full image, one of the subject alone, one detailed accent and one simple accent.
Open a new image 500 x 500 with a white background. Copy and paste the full tube (one with the most detail) to the canvas. Resize to 75% (depending on size of the tube you are using). Apply Gaussian Blur at the following settings -
Cut and paste your blur layer as a new image (control-c, then control-v). Add a new raster layer and floodfill with white. Drag the white layer to the bottom. Close the original canvas.
Copy and paste your detailed accent to your new canvas, above the blur layer. Resize layer to same % as before.
Apply Muras Copies at the following settings. Adjust the Shift X and Shift Y settings to make sure all of your image is on the canvas if need be.
Resize this layer at 80%. Reduce the opacity to 60%.
Copy and paste your simple accent above the detailed layer. DO NOT resize. Apply Muras Copies at the same setting as before.
Copy and paste the tube of the subject alone to your canvas. Resize to the 60% (or suitable size). Sharpen your tube if necessary and add a drop shadow if you want to (I used 1, -1, 45, 4 and #000080 for the colour). Position this layer and the simple accent layer to your liking. Close off the subject layer.
Activate your simple accent layer and duplicate twice. Apply the DSB Flux Bright Noise filter to each layer at the following settings. Remember to click on Mix for each layer before applying.
Close off the subject layer and the 3 simple accent layers. Activate one of the other layers and merge visible. Duplicate the merged layer twice. Merge a simple accent layer to each background layer. If you want to resize your canvas now is the time to do it. Sharpen if necessary.
With your top background layer active, select your text tool. Choose two complimentary colours from your tube. I used dark - #7495de and light - #adc2eb. Type your name with your text tool on the following settings -
Position your text and convert to raster. Apply a text effect of choice and a drop shadow (same as you used on your tube layer).
Add the appropriate copyright information and your watermark on another layer. Merge with your text and tube layers. Duplicate the layer twice and merge to each background layer.
Save image as an Animation Shop .psp file.
Open image in Animation shop. Save as a .gif and you are done. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.