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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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In this tutorial I am using the art of Suzanne Woolcott.
You need a license to use Suzanne’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a really lovely freebie kit called “Frost Bite” by
Pimp’d Designz.
The kit is day 6 of Pimp'd Designz' 15 days of Christmas freebies.
You can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 161, here.

Font of choice.




As always, remember to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical 2,  horizontal -2, opacity 60, blur 5.

Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open paper pd11-pp-01. Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open pd11-frame-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open pd-11-pp09 and copy. Make a new layer below your frame layer and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not de-select.

Open your tube and mirror, paste as a new layer on your canvas and resize if required, position nicely inside the frame,  invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Apply the drop shadow and lower the opacity to around 70.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow to that also. Close off your white background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the close layers and move the merged layer over slightly to the right.

Open pd11-print-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 85% and drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd11-town and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and duplicate. Using my tag reference, place in position either side of the merged layer erasing any that shows on the wrong side. Apply the drop shadow. I put my shadow on a separate layer and erased the part at the bottom that was on the snow.

Open pd-print-01, paste as a new layer and place in position.

Open pd11-tree2, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 65% and place in position. The tree already has a drop shadow so no need to apply another.

Open pd11-snowman and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-snow-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and place in position along the bottom edge of the tree.  If any goes over the merged layer, erase it.

Open pd-snow-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize also by 50% and place in position along the bottom part of the first snow layer. Again erase any that goes over the merged layer.

Open your tube again, reverse the mirror and paste as a new layer. Resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!





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