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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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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

Zlata_M - zlatam_dragonfly

Dees’Sign Depot – DD_CTVG

TinyTurtle Designs - TTD02490





In this tutorial I am using the art of Lady Mishka.
You need a license to use Lady Mishka’s art,
I purchased mine from PSP Tubes Emporium but they
are now available here.

The kit I have used is “Gateway to Annwn” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Marie!

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 230, here.

Font used is Celtic by Sam Wang, you can get it here


Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white. 

Open one of the papers and copy, I used SkyScraps-GTA_pp7.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Open the mask and mirror it, apply it to the paper and resize 90%.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_frame8 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5. 

Open SkyScraps_GTA_pp3 and copy.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection.  Do not de-select.

Open your tube and mirror, use a close up if you have one. Paste as a new layer on your canvas, resize as needed and position nicely in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete the remove the excess tube.  Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and frame layers and change the blend mode to the tube to “multiply”.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F16 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, drag down below so its just above the mask layer and place in position so the toadstools are  showing at the top and left hand side of the frame.  Apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F15 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 70%, place in position also on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F14 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and place in position so its showing on the right hand side of the frame. Drag down below the two mushroom layers and duplicate.  Move the duplicate over so a little of the leaves are showing below the toadstools on the left and erase the stalk.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F5 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, drag down below the tube, place in position to the left of her and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F6 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60%, place in position over the last layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F2 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_F7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps_GTA_Bird1, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and when you are happy, 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 png.

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





 




I have left this tutorial on for reference  but it appears unfortunately that Lina's kits  are no longer available.

Steampunk Age


In this tutorial I used the art of Myka Jelina.
You need a license to use Myka’s art,
you can get yours here.

I am using an absolutely awesome free to use kit called
“Steampunk Age” by Lina’s Designz.
There are many more beautiful elements in the kit than I have used,
it was difficult not to overload the tag!!
This is a fabulous kit, thank you so much Lina!
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 84, here.

Font used is Moulin Rouge, a free font, here




Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used LD_Steampunk_Age_Paper(2).  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Clock(2) and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, move over a little to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Clock(1) and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, move over to the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Tree and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and position on the right hand side over the clock.  Duplicate this layer, mirror, resize 90%, drag down below both clocks and position on the left.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer.  When you have the rest of your layers in position, you will probably need to erase some of the base of these layers.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Horse, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Fire_Flower and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Books and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Rusty_Scissors and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Burned_Cassette_Tape and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Steampunk_Age_Bird and paste as a new layer.  Resize 15%, place in position on the cassette and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers, don’t forget to erase any part of the tree that showing at the bottom. When you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required and add your copyright information.  For the text, I used a dark brown as the foreground with a width of 2 and LD_Steampunk_Age_Paper(1) scale 50 for the background. I then applied a light inner bevel and of course the drop shadow.

When you are done, export your tag as 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 and don’t forget to send me your result for the gallery!!




 





For this tutorial you will need a close up tube and body tube.
I am using the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias’ art,
you can get one here.

I am using an awesome kit perfect for the tube called
“Juicy Snapshot” by
You can get the kit here.
Love this kit Sarah, thank you!

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 133, here.

You will need Animation Shop for the animation.
I also used MuRa’s Filter Meister, Copies plugin but this is not essential.
Font of choice.


 

As always, remember to sharpen your elements are resizing/rotating as otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_pp2.   Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_frame3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and duplicate.  Close off the original layer for now.

Rotate the duplicate layer 10 degrees to the left.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5.  Open the paper again or choose another and copy, I used the same paper.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, do not de-select.

Open your close up tube, mirror, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed and position inside the frame. When you are happy with the position, invert the selection and delete the excess tube.  De-select and apply the drop shadow to both the frame and the tube layers.  Close off the white background and mask layers and merge visible.  Re-open the closed layers.

Close off the duplicate frame layer and open the original one which is not rotated.  Again select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, de-select.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer and merge it down onto the paper layer.  Apply MuRa’s Filter Meister, Copies with the settings in my screenshot below and resize 95%.  If you don’t have this plugin, you can duplicate the layer four times and rotate and position the duplicates to make your own arrangement.  Open the closed layer and adjust the position of the copies layer.




Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_frame6 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%. Drag down below the top frame layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_bow3, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 50%, place in position on the top, left hand side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_brad1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position on the bottom, right of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_brad2 and paste as a new layer.  Again resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_kiss1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and rotate 10 degrees to the right. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your main tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_camera1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_lolli1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_lolli2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_chocolate2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, drag up so its just above the main tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb-pmt_juicy-snapshot_chocolate1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if needed.  Apply your copyright information and merge visible.

Duplicate your merged layer and then apply your text.

On the duplicate merged layer, go to effects – illumination effects – sunburst.  Blow the zoom up so you can see clearly the camera the tube is holding, you can drag the preview into position from the right hand pane.  Settings are colour – white, Density – 90, Brightness – 70, Circles Brightness – 30.   Position the sunburst on the flash aperture on the camera by dragging the “cross” on the left hand preview and fine tuning the position using the horizontal and vertical arrow keys.

Right click on your tag, copy merged, open animation shop and “paste as a new animation”.

Close off the layer with the sunburst effect and activate the original layer. Again, right click, copy merged and paste in animation shop “before current frame”.   Change the frame properties for the frame without the sunburst to 100 and the one with the sunburst change to 20 (animation – frame properties).   Run your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.

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




 






In this tutorial I am using the art of Barbara Jensen.
If you wish to use the same tube as me, you will need a license,
I got mine here.

I am using a new kit called “Sexy and I know it” by

Unfortunately this kit is no longer available but I have left the
tut up for people that already have it or have a substitute.

You will also need a mask, I used Gem’s mask 180, here.

I used Bank Gothic font.
If you want the same effect on the text as me,
you will need Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass plugin.

 This is an easy tutorial written with detailed instructions for beginners. 


 
Remember to sharpen your elements after rotating/resizing to take away the blurriness it causes (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used tk-sexy&Iknowit-paper3.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all  (selections - select all), paste the paper into the selection, de-select (selections - select none). Open the mask in paintshop and minimise, go to layer - new mask layer - from image and browse for the mask, check the box "source luminance" and hit "ok". Go to layers - merge - merge group.  Resize the mask layer 85%.

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit-element14 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and rotate 10 degrees to the right (layers - free rotate, check "right" and type 10 in the box), apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 70, blur 3 (effects - 3D effects - drop shadow).

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit-element23 and paste as a new layer.  Resize also 65% and apply a drop shadow, this time vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit-frame5 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and move over a little to the left.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5 (selections - modify - expand).

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used tk-sexy&Iknowit-paper3.  Make a new layer below the frame layer (layers - new raster layer) and paste the paper into the selection (just right click on your canvas and go to "paste into selection"), de-select.  Go back to the frame layer and apply the last drop shadow and then merge the frame layer down onto the paper layer (with the frame layer active, layers - merge - merge down).

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit-element3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit-element25 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit-element18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open tk-sexy&Iknowit_wordart1, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

If you have used a part body tube as I have, go back to the tube, open your erasor tool, set the size to 100 and the opacity to 15 and dab around the base of the tube until the harsh line at the bottom has blended into the mask layer.

Crop your tag and resize if needed, add your copyright information and text.

I chose a very dark grey for my font and applied Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass (click on "clear" under settings).

Export your tag as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. As always I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!






Irish Fae


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

I am again using the fabulous kit “Secret Garden” by
I love this kit! Thank you Cora.
You can get it here.

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font of choice.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing to take away the blurriness it causes (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd12-pp-09.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask twice. Resize 85%.

Open pd12-frame-07 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pd12-pp-03.   Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer and merge down onto the paper layer.

Open pd12-castle and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, move over to the left a bit and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-plants-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, position over to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-plants-02 and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-plants-04 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position along the bottom of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-ribbon-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-vine and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-sparkle and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down below the tube layer and place in position.

Open pd12-flower-05 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, drag down below the ribbon layer and position on the right hand side, apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-overlay-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%. Drag right down until its just above the mask layer and position on the left hand side. Duplicate and position on the right hand side.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

 Check the positions of your layers and when you are happy, crop your tag and resize if required, apply 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 of course love to see your result!





 





I have left this tutorial on for reference  but it appears unfortunately that Lina's kits  are no longer available.


In this tutorial I have used the art of Lady Mishka.
You need a license to use Lady Mishka’s art,
I purchased mine from PSP Tubes Emporium but
they are now available here.

I am using an awesome free to use kit called
“Kiss me, I’m Irish” by
Lina’s Designs.
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Lina, this is a really lovely kit!

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 565, here.

Font used is Ale and Wenches,
a free font here.


 
I always remind you lol but remember to sharpen your elements after rotating or resizing as otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.



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

Make a new layer on your canvas and flood fill with the colour #6cba3b. Apply the mask and resize 85%.

Open LD_Kiss_Me_I’M_Irish_paper(5) and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and de-select.  Apply the mask again, resize 75% and merge down onto the first mask layer.

Open LD_Kiss_Me_I’M_Irish_Frame(2) and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%.

Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill with a dark green, I used #148414. Do not de-select.

Open your tube or the close up if you have one, mirror, copy and paste as a new layer on your canvas. Drag down below the frame layer, resize if needed and place in position in the frame. Invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and the frame layers.

Open LD_Kiss_Me_I’m_Irish_Bow and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, position on the top, right hand corner of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_Me_I’m_Irish_Button(2) and paste as a new layer.  Resize 25%, drag down below the bow layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube again, undo the mirror, copy and paste again as a new layer, bring to the top, resize if needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Pot_Of_Gold(2) and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Rainbow and paste as a new layer.  Rotate 20 degrees to the left and resize 75%, drag down below the pot and place in position.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Four_Leaf_Clover and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Bubbles and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Green_Rose and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Beer(3) and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Apple and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Cupcake and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open LD_Kiss_me_I’m_Irish_Dice, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 25% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, 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 png.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here.  As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!















In this tutorial I am using the beautiful art of Rossana Castellino.
You need a license to use Rossana’s art,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

I am using a fabulous kit by Pimp’d Designz called
“For Eternity”.
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

If you want to do the animations, you will need Animation Shop.
I used dbs flux bright noise filter for the sparkle but if you don’t have it
you can use adjust noise in paintshop.

Font used is New Romantics, a free font, here.

The animation part of this tutorial is for advanced Paintshop users.




Don’t forget that after you have resized/rotated the elements, they will become a little blurry so we need to sharpen them up again (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 40).


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 and flood fill with white.

Open pd12-pp-11 and copy. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Monti’s circle mask, resize 90%.

Open pd12-mask-bonus and paste as a new layer, resize 80%.

Open pd12-pp06 and paste as a new layer. Resize also 80%.  Go back to the mask bonus layer, go to selections – select all – selections float – selections de-float, expand the selection by 1 and invert it, go back to the paper layer and hit delete. Do not de-select. 

Open your tube, mirror it and then copy and paste it as a new layer. I re-coloured my tube to complement the kit.  Resize the tube, position it inside the selection and again hit delete to remove the excess, lower the opacity to around 40.  Go back to the original mask bonus layer and apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 80, blur 3. Close off your white background layer and “merge visible”. Re-open your background layer.

Open pd12-heart-03 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 70% and place in position. Apply the same drop shadow as you did for the mask bonus layer.

Open pd12-frame-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and rotate 80 degrees to the right. Move over to the left.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pd12-pp07.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select.

Open your tube again, undo the mirror, copy and paste it as a new layer. Resize as needed and position inside the frame. Apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10 to both the tube and frame layers.

Open pd12-key and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, drag down below the tube layer and position on the left hand side of the frame. Apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-ribbon05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position on the chain and apply the last drop shadow. Go back to the key layer and erase any of the chain that shows above the bow.

Open pd12-leaf-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 40%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate.  Place the leaves roughly in position and apply the last drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd12-flower-01 and paste as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-heart-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments. When you are happy, crop your tag, resize if required and add your copyright information and text.


Ok!   Hope you are still with me for the animation!  It’s not difficult but we are going to be doing two animations and putting our tag together in animation shop.

To make things a little easier, first will we merge some of our layers.

Close off the heart layer and all the layers below it. You should have just your copyright, name and the top flower layer open. Merge visible. Rename this layer “top” and then close it off.   (If you are going to do tags with different names, leave the name off also and add to the finished tag).

Leave closed your white background layer, circle mask layer  and heart layer and then open all the layers between the mask and the heart layer. Merge visible and rename “middle”.

Rename your bottom white layer “bottom”.

You should now have five layers, the “bottom” white layer, the circle mask layer, the “middle” layer, the heart layer and the “top” layer.

First we will do the animation on the mask layer. Duplicate this layer 3 times so you have four copies.  Apply dbs flux, bright noise on the bottom layer with intensity set to 20 and “mix” checked. Rename that layer “mask 1” and close it off. Open the second copy and again apply the bright noise filter hitting the “mix” button once. Rename “mask 2”.  Do the same for the third and fourth layers.

Open up your heart layer, click on it to activate it and duplicate it. Close the original and we will work on the duplicate. Activate your warp brush and with the settings shown in my screenshot below, click in the centre of the heart once. Because the warp brush makes it a little blurry, apply the unsharp mask but change the strength to 30.  That’s it lol, how easy was that. Rename these layers “heart 1” and the duplicate “heart 2”.  Note: I am using PSP X3, the warp brush may be in a different place in other versions.




The screenshot below is how your layers palette should now look.






Close off your “top” layer, both “heart” layers  and mask layers 2, 3 and 4.  What should be open is just your “bottom”, “middle” and “mask 1” layers. Right click on your tag, copy merged and paste in animation shop.

Close off “mask 1” layer and open “mask 2” layer. Again right click and paste “before current frame” in animation shop.  Do the same thing with the last two mask layers.

In animation shop, go to edit – select all – edit – copy. Click on the first frame of your animation and paste before current frame.  You should now have 8 frames of the noise animation. We need to do this because the heart layer runs a lot slower than the noise layer.

Back in paintshop, close off “middle” and all the mask layers and open “heart 1” and  “top”. Right click and “copy merged”.  In animation shop, paste “as a new animation”. Duplicate it 3 times so you have 4 frames.

Back in paintshop, close off “heart 1” and open “heart 2”, copy merged again, take into animation shop, click on the last heart frame to activate it, right click and “paste after current frame”. Duplicate this frame 3 times also. You now should have 4 frames, the first four with heart 1 and the second four with heart 2.

Go to edit – select all – edit – copy, click on the first noise frame and again go to edit – select all. Right click again on the frame and “paste into selected frame”.  Place the heart into position, click and it will paste into each frame.

Run your tag through the optimization wizard on the default settings and save as a gif.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and made it to the end even!!! If you have any questions, feel free to email me here. I would really love to see your result and include it in the gallery!




















 




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

I am using a lovely St. Patty’s Day kit by called
“Getting Lucky” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Sarah!

I you will also need a mask, I used Babes Designz mask 12.
Unfortunately Babes has removed her blog so I have uploaded the mask here.

Font used is Erin Go Bragh, here.



 
Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt+getting-lucky_pp1.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask making sure “invert mask data” box is checked.  Resize 85%.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_frame2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%.

Open your paper again or choose a new one, I used the same paper as the mask. Paste the paper as a new layer, resize 80% and drag down below the frame layer. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, go back to your paper layer, invert the selection and hit delete.  Save the selection to the alpha channel as we will need it again later (selections – load/save selection – save selection to alpha channel, ok).  De-select.

On your tube, copy and paste it as a new layer and bring it to the top, resize as required, place in position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube again, mirror it, drag down below the frame layer, resize as required, position nicely in the frame.  Open the selection again (selections – load/save selection – load selection from alpha channel - load).  Hit delete to remove the excess tube. Apply the drop shadow to both the frame and tube layers and lower the opacity of the tube to around 60.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_print1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, duplicate and close out the original copy for now. Mirror the duplicate and position just above the frame layer on the left hand side.  Open the original copy, flip it, drag it down to just above the mask layer and position on the right hand side.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_frame4 and paste as new layer, drag up so its just below your main tube layer. Resize 70%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_greenery1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 15 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_flower1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_flower2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_getting-lucky_horse shoe and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and then 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. As always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!







 

In this tutorial I am using the art of Celinart Pinup.
You need a license to use Celinart’s art.
The tube I have used was an exclusive tube from Pics for Design,
gifted me by a very sweet person, thank you! 
 Celinart now sells her tubes here.

Again I am using the very versatile kit “Citylicious” by
Sky Scraps.
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask here.

Font used is Parisian, a free font, here.



 
Remember to sharpen those elements after resizing!!! Adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30.

Drop shadow used throughout is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used SkyScraps-Cytilicious-pp3.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80%.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e69 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%. Select the four interior parts of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill with a beige colour taken from the element, I used #c0a97a. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position inside the element. Invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube, de-select.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer and change the blend mode on the tube to “overlay”.

Copy your tube again and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cutilicious-e76 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e10 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e14 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious_e20 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the flowers, I used SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e56 which I re-coloured beige.  Resize 30% and duplicate. Place both flowers into position, I moved one down below element 10. Apply the drop shadow to each.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e24 and paste as a new layer.   I resized this 33%, applied the drop shadow and then positioned it so my tube was holding it by erasing out the part covered by her thumb. The easiest way to do this is to blow your canvas up large and lower the opacity of the element so you can see what part you need to erase.

 Check the positioning of your layers and make any necessary adjustments. When you are happy, 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!
 




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

I am using a fabulous new kit by Sky Scraps called
“Citylicious”.
This is a great kit and will go with so many tubes!
Thank you Marie.
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 214, here.

Font of choice.



Remember that after resizing/rotating your elements will become a little blurry so you need to sharpen them up again (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used SkyScraps-Cytilicious-pp4. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 90%.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e60 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, select the interior of both parts of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used SkyScraps-Cytilicious-pp1. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer and merge the frame layer down onto the paper layer.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e28 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. You can adjust the positioning of your elements later.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e17 and paste as a new layer. Resize 50% and rotate 15 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e26 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e10 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e4 and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e14 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e29 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e12 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e62 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-Cytilicious-e84 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and place in position behind the tube.

Check the positioning of all your elements and make any adjustments. When you are happy, 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. As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in my gallery!





 



 
For this tutorial you will need a close up tube and a body tube.
I am using the amazing art of Arthur Crowe.
You need a license to use Arthur’s art.
I purchased mine here.
Also check out Arthur's new store, here.

I am using a fab kit by Pimp’d Designz called
“Outlaw”.
You can get the kit here.
Love this kit, thank you Cora!

You will also need a circular mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 209, here.

For the effect on the text you will need 
Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Chrome.
 You will need a fattish font, I used Hardy Ha Ha.




Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing them, otherwise they will be blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and flood fill with white. Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd12-pp10.  Make a new layer on your canvas, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open pd12-skyline, duplicate and close the original. Apply the drop shadow and then apply the same the mask. Resize 85%, copy and paste on your canvas. Merge down onto the first mask layer.

Open pd12-frame-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%. Select the interior of your frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and floodfill with a dark grey colour, I used #131413. Do not de-select.

Open your close up tube, mirror it and paste as a new layer. Resize as needed and position inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube. Apply the drop shadow to both the frame and tube layers and the lower the opacity of the tube to around 65.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-wings and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down below the main tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-ribbon05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-bike-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and place in position.

Open pd12-print-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, drag down so it just above the masked layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-fence and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Open pd12-frame-04 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-print-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, then crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information.

Open your font and type out your name, it doesnt matter what colour you use. Apply Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Chrome. Click on "Basic" and choose "Indoor - Office Space". Apply the drop shadow to the text.

Export your tag 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.  As always, I would love to see your result!








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

I am using a beautiful kit called “Whispers” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Sarah, my favourite colours!

You will also need a mask, I used Insatiable Dreams mask 228, here.

Font used is Jellyka, CuttyCupcakes,
a free font, here.


Resizing and rotating causes elements to become a little blurry so you need to sharpen them up after (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used sb_pmt_whispers_kit_pp2.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80%.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_frame4 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used sb_pmt_whispers_kit_pp3.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection.   Do not de-select.

Open your tube, mirror, copy and paste as a new layer. Resize as required and position inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube. Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and the paper layers and then lower the opacity of the tube to around 50.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_greenery and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, drag down below the frame and paper layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_swirl1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, drag down below the greenery, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_greenery2, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Flip, rotate 10 degrees to the right, resize 70%, place in position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_flower4 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_flower1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_tree and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_grass and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_jar and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_whispers_kit_bird, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 15%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and place both birds into position, apply the drop shadow to each.

Check the positioning of all your elements and make any necessary adjustments, crop your tag and resize if required, add your copyright information and text and export as 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.  As always, I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!


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