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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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Arthur Crowe - AC495

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Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

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Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

Verymany - VMT_Dragonfly

Zindy - ZZT439

Zlata_M - zlatam_dragonfly

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In this tutorial I used a gorgeous tube called
“Getting ready for the show”  by
Enys Guerrero.
You can purchase the tube at

I used a kit that was inspired by the Anna Marine tube 48-3 by
The kit can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 141 by

I used the alpha which is supplied with the kit for my text.



If this is the first tutorial of mine that you have followed, please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting, thank you.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


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

Open and copy pp3, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 105%.

Open el2 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70% and move up and to the right a little.   Select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and make a new layer below it.  Open and copy pp2 and paste into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the element and merge it down onto the paper.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place roughly in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 75%.

Open el10 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, rotate 15 degrees to the left, drag below the tube and place in position.  Select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection as before and make a new layer below it.   Open and copy pp1 and paste into the selection.  Open your tube again or use the close up if you have one, mirror it and paste as a new layer, position in the element resizing as needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and the tube and lower the opacity on the tube to around 50.  I used the close up tube its original size.

Open el4 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 80%, drag down to just above the merged layer and position on the left.  Duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers. 

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open el14, paste as a new layer and drag up to below the main tube.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el8 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70% and position on the left.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate, drag it down below el4 and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open el6, paste as a new layer and drag up so it’s just below the main tube.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and position on the left, duplicate, move the duplicate over to the right and erase the parts that overlap hiding the join behind the tube.  Apply the drop shadow to both parts.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el3, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Go back to the copy of el4 on the right, draw an oblong selection around the top loop and hit delete, right click on your canvas and “Paste as a new layer”, drag up above the Trick or Treat element and join the two parts back up.

Open the alpha, draw an oblong selection around each letter in your name and copy and paste them on your tag.   Resize each letter 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export your tag as a png on a transparent background.  
















In this tutorial I used the art of Amy Matthews.
You need a license to use Amy’s art, available at

I used a fun kit called “Halloween Glam” by
Check out Vicki’s site to see where she sells her kits.

You will also need a mask, I used mask 1 
from the Halloween 2010 set by 
Vix.

I used the font



Please be sure to check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first tutorial of mine that you have followed.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.


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

Open gemini_halloweenglam_p3, rotate it 90 degrees to the left and copy it, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 85%.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e16 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 80% and position in the top, left hand corner.  Duplicate and position in the bottom, right hand corner.

Open gemini_Halloweenglam_e3 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 80% and move up a little.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand and expand the selection by 30, make a new layer below it and fill with black, deselect.  We will come back to this later.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 80%.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e25 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e8 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini-halloweenglam_e9 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e37 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e62, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 55%, rotate 80 degrees to the right and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e45 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, mirror, flip and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e37 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 37%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e68 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e38 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e28 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e41 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open gemini_halloweenglam_e63 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, drag down below the beads and position on the left.  Duplicate, move the duplicate over to the right.  Erase any parts that overlap hiding the join behind the bottle and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Paste your tube again, drag it down so its between the frame and black layer, duplicate it, mirror the duplicate and place in position on either side.  Select the interior of the frame again, expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on both tube layers, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the tubes to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity to around 70.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.  I used my tube in the original size. 

Again, check the positions of your layers and when you are done, drop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.









In this tutorial I again used the tube “Witchy” by
Janna Prosvirina.
You can purchase the tube at

This time I used part 2 of the kit “Witchy” by
The kit is available at

I used two masks in my tag, mask 79 by
and mask 4 by
(the top one of the masks posted on 2nd July 2011).

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first tutorial of mine that you have followed.

Unless otherwise stated, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.


Open both masks and rotate each one 90 degrees to the right.

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

Open and copy Paper4-GI_WitchyII, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Vaybs’ mask, resize 95%.

Open and copy Paper13-GI_WitchyII, make another layer and paste this paper into the selection, deselect and apply Chichi’s mask.

Open Bracket-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and move up.  Select the interior of the bracket with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Open and copy Paper1-GI_WitchyII, make a new layer below the bracket and paste the paper into the selection.

Open your tube, paste as a new layer and position in the bracket resizing as needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  I used the close up tube resized 75%.  Lower the opacity of the tube to around 50 and apply the drop shadow to the bracket.

Open SpellBook-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, drag down so it’s just above the mask layers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open Cat-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position, erase the parts of his back, tail and feet that show and apply the drop shadow.

Open SunFlower-GI_WitchyII, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Tab_GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, drag down below the sunflowers, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Sequins-GI_WitchyII, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ribbon1-GI_WitchyII, paste as a new layer and resize 50% .  Open RottingLeaf-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer, resize 18% and rotate 30 degrees to the left.  Put the leaf in position, duplicate the ribbon and position behind the leaf erasing any parts that overlap hiding the join behind the leaf.  Apply the drop shadow to each element.

Open Ribbon2-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open DriedFloral1-GI_Witchy and paste as a new layer.   Resize 37%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Leaf2-GI_Witchy and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Cloud-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, drag down to just above the spellbook layer and place in position.

Open Web-GI_WitchyII, paste as a new lay and drag up so its just below the sunflowers.  Resize 45%, place in position and apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal  2, opacity to 85 and blur 5.

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

Open Crow-GI_WitchyII and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow changing the settings back to the original ones.

Open Lights-GI_WitchyII, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 50% and place in position.

Check your layers again on both a white and a black background. When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text then export as a png on a transparent background.  















In this tutorial I used the layered tube “Christmas Wish”
From pack 47 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube from

I used a beautiful kit “Midnight Glam” by
The kit is also available at

You will also need a mask, I used Circle mask by

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting if this is the first tutorial of mine that you have followed.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.


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

Open and copy pp7, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. Resize 95%.

Open el5 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%,  rotate 20 degrees to the right  and move over to the right a little.   Select the interior with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Open and copy pp5, make a new layer below the frame and paste the paper into the selection, deselect.  Duplicate the frame and the paper, mirror them and move up and over to the left.   We will come back to these.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  If you are using one of Barbara’s layered tubes, duplicate it and close the original, pick your layers and merge visible.  I resized my tube 70%.

Open el22 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, drag down to just above the mask and position on the left.  Duplicate and position the duplicate on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open e9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate.  Place the duplicate below the frames on the right and the original above the frames on the left.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open el10 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open el11 and paste as a new layer.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I duplicate layer this and moved the duplicate over so a little showed on the right erasing what overlapped. 

Open el23 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el2 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el30 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, duplicate and position either side of the tube, apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open el21 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el16 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60%, drag down to just above the frame, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el4, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el8 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el29 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, drag below the chain, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el30 again and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% again and flip, drag down below el29, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open your tube again or the close up if you have one and paste as a new layer just below the frame on the left.  Select the interior of the frame again and expand the selection as before, position the tube in the frame resizing it as needed then invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  Duplicate the tube, mirror it and position in the right hand frame.  Change the blend mode on both tubes to “Soft Light” and apply the drop shadow to the frames. 


When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.





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