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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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Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

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Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

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Myka Jelina - MK1328

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Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

Suzanne Woolcott - SW169

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Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

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In this tutorial I used the fabulous tube “Candy Cane” from
This is a bonus tube available at
Creative Design Outlet 
and is totally free if you purchase Barbara's Pack 7
or any tubes by Barbara to the value of $10 from the store.
Offer ends 31st December, 2107.

The kit is “Classy Christmas” from
and can also be purchased at

I used 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 700 by 750 pixels and fill white white.

Paste the mask and resize it 55%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste element 25, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 35% and position at the top, duplicate and position on the right, duplicate again, mirror this copy and position it on the left then apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 61, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 7, resize 50% and place in position.   Use your freehand selection tool set on point to point with feather set to 0 and draw a rough circle through the centre of the frame, make a new layer below the frame and fill with black.    Paste the tube, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect, lower the opacity on the tube to around 65 and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste the tube again, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50, resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, drag below the main tube and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the copy and move over to the right.

Paste element 2, resize 30% and position on the right, duplicate, resize the copy another 90% and position on the left below the copy of element 50 there, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 15, resize 25%, position just below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60 on the top, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 38, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 43, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 20%, 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 gorgeous tube “Baby Seal” by
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “Beachy Winter Dream” from
You can purchase the tube at

You will need Winter Mask 1 from

For the animation, you will need Animation Shop and my

Font is





I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 55, blur 15.

Open a new transparent canvas 775 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 31 into the selection,  deselect,  open the mask, mirror it and apply to the paper. 

Paste element 117, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 3, resize 35% and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 38 in the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

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

Paste element 161, resize 65%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 159, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 160, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 73, resize 25%, duplicate, mirror the copy and resize it another 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 124, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 51, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 182, resize 80% and place in position.

Pate element 180, resize 60% and position just above the basket, duplicate, bring the copy to the top, resize another 70% and mirror and position in front of the tube.

Paste element 110, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 121, resize 10% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.   If you are not proceeding with the animation, save on a transparent background as a png.



Animation:

Close off all your layers up to and including the paper below the frame, right click and merge visible.  Close this merged layer, open the previously closed layers and again merge visible.  Copy this bottom merged layer and paste in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Open the snow animation, you will see it has 10 frames so you need to duplicate your merged tag layer until that too has 10 frames.  Select all the snow frames and copy them, right click on the tag, go to “Paste into selected frame” and paste the snow onto the paper.    Back in PSP close off the bottom merged layer, open the top one and copy it, paste in Animation Shop “As a new animation”, duplicate it until  you have 10 copies and then select, copy and paste them on the tag as before. 

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











In this tutorial I use tube “Christmas Ball 2” from
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “Deep Gold Holiday” from
This kit can be found at

You will need Christmas Mask 2 from

Font of choice.




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


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 800 and fill with white.

Paste the mask and resize it 60%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 2 into the selection and deselect, delete the original black mask layer and move the paper mask up towards to the top of the canvas.

Paste element 125, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 76, resize 35% and apply the drop shadow.  Paste element 84, resize 20% and duplicate, position on the post erasing the bits that stick out each side, apply the drop shadow to each, merge the top copy down onto the bottom copy, merge down again onto the post and move into position.

Paste element 72, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 80, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 131, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 133, resize 55%, mirror and position behind element 131.

Paste element 133 again on the top, resize 50% and position along the front of the words.  Duplicate, resize the copy another 80% and move it down.

Paste element 6, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 15%, position below the word element and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 30%, position just above the word and apply the drop shadow.

Position element 3, on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 112, resize 25%, position between the two top copies of the snow and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 59, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60, resize 10% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 106, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 83 on the top, resize 25% and place in position.

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













In this tutorial I used the awesome art of
You can purchase Enys’ tubes from

The kit is “Black Star” from
Gothic Inspirations.
What a fabulous kit this is! 
I just loved it and for sure will be using it again!
You can purchase it at

You will need my mask
  
Font of choice.





I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 15.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 b7 800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 8 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

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

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

Paste Stairway, resize 40%, position below the castle and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Frame 8 on the top, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Frame 7, resize 55% and rotate 70 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Cluster 3WA, resize 40% and move into position.

Paste Mesh just above the mask layer, resize 25%, duplicate, mirror the copy and place in position.

Paste Black Stars, resize 80% and place in position.

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

Paste Charm, resize 25%, duplicate, merge the copy down onto the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Window above frame 7, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Rose 2, resize 20%, mirror and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Ribbon 3 on the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Rose 1, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste the tube just below frame 8, resize 58%, apply the drop shadow, place in position and erase the parts at the top, left side and bottom that show outside the frame then erase the parts of the frame that show above the bottom part of the tube out to the candles and the castle.  I also erased around that little group of leaves at the top of the tube to bring them above the frame.

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

Paste Sparkle Trail on the top, resize 80% and place in position.

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 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.







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