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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

LDS_584

AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

BJVIP18

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

MTA-1337

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 fabulous art of Barbara Jensen.
You need a license to use Barbara’s art,
I purchased my license for this tube at Scraps N Crap but
they are now available direct from Barb, here.

I used a totally awesome kit called “A Lil-Teal Bit of Love” by
You can purchase the kit here.
This is a beautiful kit in an awesome colour combo,
thank you Carita!

You will also need a mask, I used HorsePlay’s Pasture mask 8, here.

Font is 1SnappyDNA, here.



You will need to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will be a little blurry. Check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.  I used a strength of 50.

A wonderful thing about Barbara’s tubes is that you are allowed to re-colour them. I re-coloured several of the layers on this tube.  Again, check out my Tips and Tricks page for a little tut on re-colouring.  I also added some drop shadows to the individual tube layers.



Open a new transparent canvas 625 by 625 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used paper 10.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open el6 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and move up a little, duplicate and flip and mirror the duplicate.  Apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 50, blur 10 to each layer.

Open frame5 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used paper8.  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 but changing the opacity to 80.

Paste your tube as a new layer, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open el24 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and rotate 70 degrees to the left.  Place in position on the bottom of your tube towards the left, duplicate and mirror the duplicate.  Apply the last drop shadow to each layer.

Open el22 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and rotate 70 degrees to the left, place in position and apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 100, blur 3.

Open el18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.

Open el21 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open el16 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow. 

 Check the position of your tube now and if you have any showing at the bottom of this group of layers, erase it.

Open el17 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, drag down below the tube layer and place in position on the right hand side of her, apply the last drop shadow.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position to the left of the tube and apply the last drop shadow.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.  Take your oblong selection tool and draw a selection around the bottom part of this layer (check out my screenshot below), right click on your canvas and “cut”, deselect, right click on your canvas again and “paste as a new layer”.  Bring this layer to the top and join the two parts back together.




Open el12 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag it down below the tube, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.  Again draw a selection around the bottom part, cut it and paste it on the top and position the two parts back together the same as you did for el9.

Open el19, paste as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 70% (I applied the unsharp mask twice to this layer), place in position and apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5. 

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are happy, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.  I made a gradient for my text and applied an inner bevel and drop shadow vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.





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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