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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 used the art of Kurama Phoenix.
You need a license to use Kurama’s art, available at

I used a beautiful kit called “Dark Side of the Moon” by
You can purchase the kit at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 133 by

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first tutorial of mine you have followed, 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 Paper10-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. Resize 90%.

Open Mesh-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, move over a little to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open Moon-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45% and place in position.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Pentagon_GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, drag below the vine, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Cross-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Flowers-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon, paste as a new layer and drag above the tube.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I did some cutting and pasting to get the top bloom on the right hanging over the tab.

Open Beads-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Feather-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Frog-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Open Stars-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, drag below the tube and place in position. 

Open Owl-GI_DarkSideOfTheMoon and paste as a new layer on the top.  Sit the owl on the tab, zoom in and do some erasing around his feet so he is sitting on the tab.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.   Be careful not to crop into the moon.

This is the inner bevel I used on the font.












In this tutorial I again used the tube “Fireflies” by
Janna Prosvirina.
The tube can be purchased at

This time I used part two of the matching kit “Fireflies” by
I absolutely love this kit!
The kit can be found at

I used two masks in my tag, mask 79 by
and mask 209 by

I used the font



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

Unless noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical -2, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


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

Open and copy Paper9-GI_Fireflies-PartII, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Vaybs mask.  Move over a tiny bit to the right. 

Open and copy Paper4-GI_Fireflies-PartII, make another layer and paste this paper into the selection, deselect and apply Gems’ mask.  Resize 90%.

Open FairyDoor and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, move over to the left and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open LeafyFrame-GI_FirefliesII and paset as a new layer.    Resize 60%, drag below the door and position so it shows in the top, left hand corner.  Duplicate and position the duplicate on the right.   Erase the parts that overlap and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open Tree-GI_FirefliesII and paste as a new layer.   Drag up above the door, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WordArt1-GI_FirefliesII, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize  60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow but changing horizontal to 2 and blur to 5.

Open the tube and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the settings back).

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

Open Briefcase-GI_FirefliesII and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Flowerette-GI_FirefliesII and paste as a new layer.   Resize 27%, drag below the books, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

Open Ribbon4-GI_Fireflies and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Leaves1-GI_Fireflies and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, rotate 90 degrees to the left and mirror, drag up above the books, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Buds-GI_FirefliesII and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Key-GI_FirefliesII 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.   Open Glitter-GI_Fireflies and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and position just above the tube.

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















In this tutorial I used the tube “Unseamly”
from the layered pack 22 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube from

The kit is called “Pink Christmas” by
I love the colour scheme of this beautiful kit
which can also be found at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 220 by

I used the font
Amonite



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

Unless otherwise noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 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 90%.

Open el18, paste as a new layer and resize 70%.   Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20.  Open and copy pp8, paste it as a new layer below the frame, resize it 50%, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move up a little.

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

Open el28 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and rotate 40 degrees to the left.  Drag below the merged layer, position on the right and apply the drop shadow.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left. 

Open el15. paste as a new layer and drag above the merged layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el10 and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, drag below the bell, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el22, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 50%,  position on the left and rename this layer 22-1  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate,  position on the right and rename the layer 22-2.  Duplicate the original again, bring to the top,  position in the middle and rename 22-3.  Apply the drop shadow to each layer.

Open el27 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, position just above 22-1 and apply the drop shadow.

Open el12 and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 70%, position 22-2 and apply the drop shadow.

Open el27 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 75% and position above 22-3.

Open el21 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35% and position on the top.   Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position above 22-2.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open el24 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, position on the top and apply the drop shadow.

Open el20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el3 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55% and apply a drop shadow changing the vertical and horizontal to 1 and blur to 2.   Make sure you sharpen him up well to get his nice lustre back after resizing.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  I duplicated 22-3, dragged it up above the bauble and erased the top branch out so the bauble looked like it was between the branches.

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
























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

The kit was inspired by this tube 35-3 and is by
The kit can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 84 by

I used the font



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

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 85, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Open  and copy Paper _7, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.   Resize 105%.

Open Frame_4 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and move up and to the left.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and make a new layer below it.  Copy the paper again and paste it into the selection.  Open the tube, mirror it, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 70%, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and the frame.

Open Frame _1b and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45% and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame as before but this time expand the selection by just 5, make a new layer as before  and paste Paper_5 into it.    Undo the mirror on your tube and paste it again on your canvas, resize 55% and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow as before.

Open Wordart2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube again, this time resize it 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_5 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, drag below the main tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_27 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_28 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Spray_4, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 60% and position on the left.

Open Spray_2 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_1 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_15 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65% and rotate 80 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element 20 and paste as a new layer.    Mirror, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_25 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_9a and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_29 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_3 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Element_14 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, 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, then export on a transparent background as a png.
















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