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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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Earth

In this tutorial I used the beautiful art of Alicia Mujica.
You need a license to use Alicia’s art,
This tube and the license are available here.

I used a pretty kit called “Earth” by
You can get it here.
Thank you Cora!

You will also need a mask, I used HorsePlay’s mask 19, here.

I used Ulead Particle plugin.
This is a very nice free plugin and you can get it here.

I used the front “Evernight Stargazer”, here.


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The elements will need sharpening after resizing/rotating to take away the blurriness it cause, check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

Apart from the dirt layer,  I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Note regarding the Ulead plugin – I use PSP X3 and this plugin will not work unless you open paintshop as administrator (right click on your desktop icon and go to “run as administrator” and then click yes to the pop up box that opens). No idea why this is as it works fine in PSP9 and its taken me ages to figure out how to get it to work on X3.


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

Open pd12-pp-09 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 85%.

Open pd12-frame-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%.

Open the paper again or choose another and copy.  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, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame layer and merge it down onto the paper layer.

Open pd12-dirt and paste as a new layer.  Resize 85%, apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 50, blur 1. 

Open pd12-paper and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, drag down below the merged layer, place in position, erase the part that shows at the bottom of the merged layer and then apply the main drop shadow.

Open pd12-swirl-01 and paste as a new layer.  Rotate 90 degrees to the left and then mirror, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-greens-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open pd12-flower-02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-01 and paste as a new layer.  Rotate 90 degrees to the left, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-cloud and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag it down so its just above the merged layer and place in position along the bottom.

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

Open pd12-beads-03 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, drag down below your tube and tuck it in behind her.

Open pd12-beads-01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  As there was no blue in my tube, I re-coloured the beads (check out my Tips and Tricks page for techniques on re-colouring).

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments then close off your white background layer, the mask layer and your tube layer, merge visible and re-open the closed layers.  With your merged layer active, apply U-Lead Particle plugin, Firefly effect with my settings below.  I changed the colour to white because it worked best with the tube I used but you can play around with the colours. Click on the random button to change the position of the fireflies.




Crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, 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.  Of course I would love to see your result and include it in the gallery!





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