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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am Vivienne, living in the UK and married with a son who now lives in Perth, Australia and a daughter who has given me two gorgeous grandsons! Paint Shop has been my hobby for more years than I can remember and I love making tags. I have always loved doing tutorials written by others and a couple of years ago started writing them myself. As well as tag tutorials, I also have a Tips and Tricks page where you will find tutorials on basic Paint Shop techniques. I hope you enjoy my blog and have fun with my tutorials. Please be sure also to check out the Tag Gallery and see some of the awesome results to the tutorials!

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Alicia Mujica - LDS1095

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AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

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Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

CILM - CI-1360LM

Digital Chaos - DC-113

Dreamscape Imaging - DSI582

Elias Chatzoudis - EAS10253

Garv - KG2307

KATNKDA - NK1759

My Tubed Art - MTA_F133

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My PSP Tubes - MPT1875

Myka Jelina - MK1328

Scraps and the City - SATC1209

Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

Suzanne Woolcott - SW169

Pics For Design - PFD_Dragonfly

PSP Project - TPP01390

Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

Verymany - VMT_Dragonfly

Zindy - ZZT439

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In this tutorial I used the cutest tube “Twinkle” from
You can purchase this little delight from

The kit is “Christmas Time” from
This is a lovely steampunky xmas kit and can be purchased at

You will need Christmas Mask 6 from

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Paste the mask, resize 45% and mirror.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 35 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste frame 11 and resize 25%, click anywhere on your canvas outside of the element to make a selection, invert the selection and contract it by 20, make a layer below the frame and fill with the colour #726041, make another layer and paste paper 8 into the selection,  deselect.  Change the blend mode on the paper to “Hard Light” and merge it down onto the colour layer, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the merged paper/colour layer and move into position.

Paste element 75, resize 55%, position below the merged layer and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 78, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 91, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 92, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 129, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 124, resize 35%, drag below the tube, duplicate and mirror one copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 128, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 127, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 123 on the top, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 37, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste element 99, resize 17%, drag down below element 128, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 100, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.














In this tutorial I used the art of
You can purchase Yuriko’s tubes from

I used the kit “Dark Secrets” from
Gothic Inspirations.
This kit is part of a collab with
And
You can purchase Jessica’s part at

I used the freebie animation 319 by Simone at a
(the animation is under Fog).

You will need my mask

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 790 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 90%.

Paste Moon, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Cloud, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Tree 2, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Bat, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Meadlow Lawn, resize 79%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Doors, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Necklace, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Leaves, resize 40%, place in position erasing some to shape around the top of the doors and apply the drop shadow.


Paste the tube, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Grass 1, resize 50% and mirror, drag below the tube, position on the right and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Foliage on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Pent, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Bottle, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Grass 2, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Grass 1 again, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Candle, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Grass 1 again, resize 10%, position just at the base of the candle and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Raven, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers, add your copyright information and text and crop your tag.   If not continuing with the animation, save as png on a transparent background.


ANIMATION:

Starting from the top, close off all the layers down to and including the tube (also include the name if you have put it below the tube as I have) then merge visible.  Close off the merged layer, open the others and again merge visible.

Copy the bottom merged layer and paste it in Animation shop “As a new animation”.  Open  the MNG file of Simone’s animation 319 also in Animation Shop and resize it 60%.  You will see the animation has 21 frames so you need to duplicate your merged layer until it also has 21 frames.

Select all the frames in the animation and copy them, activate your merged layer frames, select all those frames, right click on the first one, “Paste into selected frame” and paste the animation on your merged frames.

Back in Paint Shop, copy the top merged layer, paste it in Animation Shop “As a new animation”, again duplicate it so you  have the 21 frames, then select all the frames and paste it on the tag as you did the animation. 

If you look at Simone’s animation, you will see it is running a speed of 17 and the tag is running at 10 so we need to slow it down, to do this, select all the frames again,  go to Animation – Display Properties and change the speed to 17. 

When you are done, run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.














In this tutorial I used the pretty tube “Doriana” from
You can purchase the tube at

I used the it “Clockwork Xmas” from
I loved this Christmas kit with a steampunk twist!
You can purchase it at

You will need the Christmas Mask 2 from

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


Open a new transparent  canvas 750 by 800 and fill with white.

Paste the mask and resize it 60%, select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 21 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste frame 9, resize 25%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 59, resize 25%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 113, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 83, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 84, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 87, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 120, resize 60% and place in position.

Paste the tube, resize 43%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 20% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 15%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 50, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.











In this tutorial I used an awesome tube “Phoenix” from
What an amazing tube!
You can purchase it at

The kit is “Rise of the Phoenix” from
You can purchase the kit at

You will need my mask

Font of choice.





I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75,  blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 675 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 36 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 95%.

Paste element 110, resize 30%, move into position and change the blend mode to “Hard Light”.

Paste element 86, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 97, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 149, resize 25%, position below element 97 and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 148, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 102 just below the tube, resize 60%, duplicate and mirror the copy, position the original just above the sun and the mirrored copy behind the tube, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 78, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pate element 107, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 101, resize 45% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66, resize 15% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position below element 101 and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33 above element 101, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 17%, mirror and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.  Erase that part of the circle of flames that sticks on in front of element 78 to make it go behind the element.

Pate element 98, resize 70%, drag down below element 78, position so the skulls are hidden and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 161, resize 50% and place in position.

When you are all done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.











In this tutorial I used an awesome tube from
You can purchase Enamorte’s tubes from

I used the kit “Midnight Fall” from
This is the second tutorial in which I have used this awes kit!
You can purchase it from

You will need my mask

Font of choice.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.  I did some recolouring on the kit to better match the tube. 



Open a new transparent canvas 725 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 22 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 95%.  Move the mask over to the left.

Paste element 105, resize 60% (be sure to sharpen up well after resizing to bring the shine back, check out my Tips & Tricks page for more info), place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 61, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66, resize 50%, place in position erasing the bottom of the pole that goes below the window and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 108, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 68, resize 55% and position below element 108 to make so it highlights the text.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 73, resize 25%, position below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Pate element 35, resize 15%, duplicate and mirror the copy, position the original on the top on the right and the copy on the left below the tube, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 38, resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 101, resize 23% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 75, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 87, resize 15%, duplicate and mirror the copy, position either side of the tube and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 5 on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.











In this tutorial I used the tube “Steampunk 12” from
I just love Verymany’s steampunk tubes!
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “Steampunk and Cream” from
Another great kit!
You can purchase it at

You will need my mask

Font is




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 31 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 85%.

Paste element 73, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 130, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 131, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 9, resize 45% and place in position.   Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste paper 27 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste element 78, resize 12%, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste the tube, resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33, resize 28%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 112, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 75, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 111, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 8%, duplicate and mirror the copy, position the original on the top and the copy on element 60 and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 32, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27 below the top skull, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 51, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layer and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright and text and export on a transparent background as a png.







In this tutorial I used the beautiful tube “Polar Fox” from
You can purchase this lovely boy from

I used the kit “Silent Winter” from
You can purchase the kit at

I used Winter Mask 11 from

Font of choice.





I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 55, blur 10.



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 15 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask,  resize it 90% and move it up a little on the canvas.

Paste element 61, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 102, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 72, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 56, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 73, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 5, resize 30% and rotate 90 degrees in either direction.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it, open paper 32, mirror the paper then copy it and paste it into the selection, deselect.   Paste element 111 and rotate it 90 degrees to  the right then copy and paste as a new layer, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame then merge the frame down onto the snowflakes  and again onto the paper, drag this merged layer down until its just above the fence and place in position.

Paste element 106, erase the words Beautiful and Day, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 76, resize 60% and position just above the frame, duplicate, mirror the copy, resize it another 80% and move into place.

Paste element 42 just below the tube, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 101, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 88, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32 on the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 86, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 104, resize 45% and move into position.

Paste element 41, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 91, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 90, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.






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