Creating a Chipboard Tag

In digital, many times, we re-create a real physical scrapbooking item for the computer screen.  Chipboard elements have always been a mainstay of the scrapbooking world.  And now, you can make a custom chipboard tag to suit your own layout!

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1. Select a chipboard overlay.  Amanda Rockwell has some amazing overlays in their shops.   This tutorial uses Bekah E. Designs’  chipboard overlay from a discontinued sampler.

2. Select a shape or create a shape.  This is a generic scalloped circle.

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3. Duplicate the shape by clicking on Layer>Duplicate Layer and use the 1st copy.  Disable the 2nd copy by clicking on the eye (you will be using this layer later on) in the layers palatte.

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4. Place the overlay over the shape and clip (CTRL>ALT>G).

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5. On the shape layer, add a slight bevel by double clicking the layer on the layers palette.

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6. Follow the settings below.  Select the shades of the highlight and shadows mode by choosing a darker and lighter version of the color of the chipboard.  This bevel will give some depth to the element.

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7. Select both chipboard and shape layers and merge by clicking LAYERS>MERGE LAYERS. This will force the bevel into the element.

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8. Turn on the 2nd copy of the shape by clicking on the eye again.

9. Transform the shape by clicking on EDIT>TRANSFORM>SCALE.  This shape needs to be slightly smaller than the chipboard element beneath it.

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10. On the top bar, change the width and height size to 90% each.  This will make the shape go down 10% in size evenly.

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11. Select a paper scrap to clip to that shape.

At this point, there are a variety of things you can do to the chipboard tag.  This particular look simulates a printed chipboard.  Add a tiny bevel on the top shape and it will give the look of paper pasted onto the chipboard.  Use a brush and take away some scratches from the shape and it will look distressed.  Add in some text or wordart for a custom tag.  There is no limit to what can be done to this element!  Use your imagination and create something unique!

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