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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 mine from PSP Tubes Emporium but
they are now available here.

The kit I used is called “Let it Rain” by
You can get it here.

I used Vanderlee’s Snowflakes plugin for the rain.
This is a free filter and you can get it here.

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

Font is Jellyka, Le Grand Saut Textual, here.




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

I used a drop shadow throughout of 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 pp04.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 78%.

Open wa1 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and rotate 5 degrees to the left, place in position and change the blend mode to “Overlay”.

Open fr2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pp6.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame and paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

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

Open el23 and paste as a new layer.  Drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el1 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 75% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow, erase a part of the thread so the tag is looped around the umbrella handle.

Open el16, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Flip, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el11 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el27 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 80% and rotate 100 degrees to the right, place in position, erase the part of the stalk that is too long and apply the drop shadow.

Open el26 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80%, place in position, erase the end of the stalk that is too long and apply the drop shadow.

Open el17 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.  Flip, resize 50% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el25 and paste as a new layer.  Rotate 80 degrees to the right, flip, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el18 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el21 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Make a new layer on the top, apply Vanderlee Snowflakes plug with the settings as my screenshot below.




Now go to adjust – blur – motion blur and apply with the settings as my screenshot below. Duplicate and merge the duplicate down onto the first rain layer. 




Click on your mask layer to activate it, go to selections – select all – selections float – selections defloat, selections – modify, contract by 5, selections invert.  Activate the rain layer and hit delete, deselect. 

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 and don’t forget to send me your result, I love to see them and include them in the gallery!


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