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How to Make a Tag with Distressed Edges in Gimp

There are many fun ways in which you can learn to make your own tags, stretch your scrapbooking budget and also enjoy your creativity. This tag is very easy to make and you can change it in many ways, as you go on to learn the software a lot more.

This tutorial assumes that you have Gimp installed on your computer (a free software that can be downloaded online) and that you can at least understand the basics of how to use it. The tutorial is very simple, but it would be a good idea if you would go back and tied some of our previous tuts on Gimp and Inkscape as well.

►Fire up Gimp.
►Go to File, New and choose the size you want for your tag. For demonstration purposes, I will choose 640 x 400 px.
►Choose the rectangle tool and make a selection that fills your whole working area.
From the toolbox, choose the Bucket Tool, make sure the Foreground color is White and fill your selection with the color.
►Go to Select, Border.
When the little menu opens, make a border selection of 20 pixels and select the Lock selection to image edges, and click OK.
►Now go to Filters, Artistic, Cubism. When the menu opens, choose the following settings: Tile size: 2.0, Tile saturation: 2.5, and click OK.
Go to Filters, Artistic, Clothify and fill the edge with it. Then go to Filters, Decor, Fuzzy Border and choose a border size of 18, leave the rest of the selections as is.
►Now go to Colors, Colorize and give it any hue you like, by playing with the levers until you are happy with the results.
►If you want a transparent background for the edges of your tag so that you can add it to your scrapping projects, simply go to Layer, Transparency, and add an Alpha channel, then click the background with the little wand that is found on the top row of the Toolbox.
Then, when you have a fuzzy selection around your tag's background, hit Ctrl + X on your keyboard to "cut" the background. Then go to Filters, blur, to soften the edges.
Save as a PNG image.

You will now have a tag like this:

That's it!

Now, go ahead and use it for a scrap page like I did here. Enjoy!

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