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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 used the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias’ art.
I purchased my license for this tube from PSP Tubes Emporium
but they are now available at Elias’ store here.

I used a fabulous kit which matches this tube perfectly called
“Halloween Hiijinkx” from
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask, I used Gem’s mask 22, here.

Font is A Weird Pary, here.




Remember to sharpen up those elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise they will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, 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_HalloweenHijinkx_pp7.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 85%.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_frame2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.  Move over a little to the right hand side.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below the frame and flood fill with black. Do not deselect.

Open your tube or the close up if you have one and mirror it, copy 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, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and lower the opacity of the tube to around 65%.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_fullmoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, drag down so its just above the mask layer, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_tree and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Erase a bit of the bottom of the trunk that is too long.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_flower2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_bow2, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 50%, position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_flower1 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_potion1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_potion3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkz_potion2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open sb_pmt_HalloweenHijinkx_confetti and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, drag down below the tube and position behind it, apply the drop shadow.

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

Open sb_pmt_Halloween_Hijinkx_skullcandles and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are done, crop your tag, 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 the tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here and also don't forget to send me your result as I would love to see it and include it in the gallery!

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