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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 tube “Firework” by
I purchased my license to use this tube from
PSP Tubes Emporium
but it is now available at

I used a gorgeous freebie kit called
“Steam Patriotism” by
This is a fabulous kit that can be downloaded
here.
Thank you for this gorgeous freebie!

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

I used the font




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

I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal -5, opacity 75, blur 5.


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

Open the paper ditz_spbgb and go to Effects – Image Effects – Seamless Tiling.  Make sure it’s on the default setting and then check the “Vertical” box under Direction, click ok.  Now click on the Foregrounds box in your material palette and open the patterns, look for the paper and open it, set the angle to 180 and the scale to 15 then make a new layer on your canvas, fill it with the pattern and apply the mask to it.  Resize 90%.

Paste ditz_sp17ib as a new layer and resize 45%.  This element already has a shadow so no need to add one.

Paste ditz_spe4 as a new layer, resize 37%, move up and to the left a little and apply a the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spe1a as a new layer, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spe5 as a new layer, resize 30%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spec2b as a new layer, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spec2 as a new layer,  resize 18%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste ditz_spea4 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spfc1 as a new layer, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spfc2 as a new layer, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ditz_spe3 as a new layer, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open ditz_spea3 and paste as a new layer, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments, then when you are happy, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.



 












In this tutorial I used the art of
Michi Arts.
This tube is one of two matching tubes forming Package 3
which can be purchased individually or as a pack from

I used an awesome kit inspired by this pack from
The kit can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 147 by

I used the font



Please be sure to 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 9, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


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

Copy  Paper06, make a new layer on  your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.   Resize 85%.

Paste Frame01 as a new layer, resize 70% 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 Paper03 and paste it into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste Frame 02 as a new layer, resize 70%, rotate 10 degrees to the right and place in position.  Select the interior the frame with you magic wand, expand the selection by 5 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 01 and paste it into the selection.   Paste your tube as a new layer and position in the frame resizing as needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the tube and the frame and change the blend mode on the tube to “Hard Light”.  I used the half body tube mirrored and resized 70%. 

Paste Element 20 as a new layer, resize 75%, drag below both sets of frames layers, position on the right and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Wordart02 as a new layer, resize 50%, drag above the merged frame 1 layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 11 as a new layer, resize 50%,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube again and bring to the top, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Again I used the half body tube this time resized 65%.

Paste Element 13 as a new layer, resize 40% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 25 as a new layer, resize 50% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 31 as a new layer, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 32 as a new layer, resize 40% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Element 30 as a new layer, resize 45% and duplicate, resize the duplicate 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Element 29 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 14 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position erasing part of the chain and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste Element 23 as a new layer, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I erased a bit to make it go between the candles. 

Paste Element 21 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 35 as a new layer, resize 30% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, drag it below the book and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Element 03 as a new layer, resize 40% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, position below the book and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 18 as a new layer on the top, resize 50% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layer positions and make any necessary adjustments, then 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 layered tube “Lion’s Den” from pack 57 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube at

I used a beautiful kit called “America the Beautiful” by 
You can purchase the kit at Mitrella’s store

I used the template “America” by

You will need a background mask, I used mask 28, also from

Font of Choice.

This tutorial is for advanced users of Paint Shop.




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

I used two drop shadows, one of vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 100 and blur 10 which I will call shadow 1 and the second of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5 which I will call shadow 2.


Open the template, duplicate it and close the original.  Delete the “info” layer.  Select the red and blue colours from the kit as foreground and background colours in your materials palette, it doesn’t matter which way round they are.

Select “teal circle”, float and defloat it, make a new layer, fill the selection with red, deselect and apply shadow 1, then delete the original layer.

Select “grey circle”, float and defloat it as before, make a new layer, copy paper 10 and paste it into the selection, deselect, apply shadow 1 and delete the original layer.

Repeat the above with “taupe strip” using paper 2 and shadow 1.

Repeat again with “grey strip” using paper 3 and shadow 1.

Repeat with “taupe rectangle” filling the selection with the blue colour.

Repeat with “light blue frame” filling the selection with paper 11.  Drag the rectangle you filled with blue above this frame layer and apply shadow 1 to both layers.

Make a new layer above these two layers and fill it with red.  Select “red ribbon”, float and defloat it, invert the selection, go back to the layer below it that you filled with red and hit delete, deselect and delete the “red ribbon” layer.

Make another layer and fill with blue, then select “blue” ribbon, float and defloat and hit delete on the blue layer, deselect and delete the “blue ribbon” layer.  Merge your new blue layer down onto your new red layer and apply shadow 2, then apply shadow 2 to “white stars”.

Merge “left teal” down onto “right teal” and then merge down again onto “middle teal”.  We will come back to this merged layer.

Click on “dotted circles” to activate it, make a new layer above it and fill with blue.  Select, float and defloat “America backing”, invert the selection and hit delete on the blue layer, deselect and delete the “America backing” layer.

Make another layer, fill with red, select “red stripes” and repeat the above hitting delete on the red layer, deselect  and delete “red stripes”.  Merge your new red layer down onto the blue layer below it and apply shadow 2.  Click on “America white” to activate it, apply shadow 2 and then merge it down onto the red/blue merged layer.

Delete “Beautiful emboss” and “Beautiful d/s” layers.

Click on “Beautiful white” to activate it, make a new layer above it and fill with blue, float and defloat “Beautiful blue”, invert the selection and hit delete on your blue layer, deselect.  Delete “Beautiful blue”, merge your new blue layer down onto “Beautiful white” and apply shadow 2.

Apply shadow 2 to “The” layer.   Now merge your three “word” layers together, you can either merge them down one onto the other or close all the other layers off and merge visible.

Resize 80% with “all layers checked” then enlarge your canvas to 800 x 700 pixels with the template centred refill the bottom layer with white.

Paste element 10 from the kit as a new layer on your canvas just above the white bottom layer and position it just at the bottom of the template.  Activate your Pick tool (deform tool in older versions of Paint Shop).  You will see nodes form around the flag, hold down the “Ctrl” key and pull the front, right hand node out a little (holding the Ctrl key will cause both sides to pull out the same amount”.  Release the Ctrl key and push the bottom middle node up a little to narrow the flag.  You should now have something like my screenshot below.  When you are happy with it, unsharp mask on the flap and apply shadow 1.

Paste your tube as a new layer between the template and the merged text layer and place in position. I moved the text layer down a little.  Resize your tube as needed, place in position and apply shadow 2.  I resized my tube 85%.

Go back to those teal rectangles that you  merged together, float and defloat the layer, make a new layer, fill with black and delete the original layer.  Open your tube again or close up if you have one and paste it as a new layer, place in position, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  I used the close up also resized 85%.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity to around 50.

Now use some of the elements from the kit to decorate behind the main tube and apply shadow 2 to each of them.  I used:

Element 27 resized 75%.

Element 34 resized 35%.

Element 38 resized 75%.

Element 33 resized 45%.

Element 22 resized 50%.

Element 6 resized 40% and rotated 20 degrees to the right.

Paste element 17 as a new layer, resize 80% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, position to the left of the tube, duplicate, move the duplicate over to the right, erase the parts that overlap hiding the join behind the tube and apply shadow 2 to each.

Paste element 24 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position an apply shadow 2.

Paste element 18 as a new layer, resize 75%, place in position and apply shadow 2.

Paste element 3 as a new layer,  resize 75%, drag right down below the flag and position on the right erasing any part that shows below the bottom of the flag.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position opposite on the left.

Activate the white background layer, make a new layer above it and select all, copy paper 3 and paste it into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Use your Pick tool on the mask as you did before pulling at one of the top outer nodes to pull both sides out a little.

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

































In this tutorial I used the art of
I purchased my license to use this tube from
PSP Tubes Emporium
but it is now available at

I used a fabulous kit called “Retro USA” by
I really loved this kit, it’s packed full with some
gorgeous elements, papers and wordart!
The kit can be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 0120 from Simone at

Font of choice.



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

I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer on your canvas and select all, copy paper 4 and paste it into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Paste element 49 as a new layer, resize 65% and position bottom left.  Duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position it at the top.   Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Paste element 45 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 58 as a new layer, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 70%.

Paste element 52 as a new layer, resize 65% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, drag between the flag and the rock carvings and position on the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left.  Apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 18 as a new layer, drag above the rock carvings, resize 65% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26 as a new layer, resize 45% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34 as a new layer, resize 45% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 83 as a new layer on the top, resize 75% and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 65% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33 as a new layer, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32 as a new layer, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 63 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste elements 67, 68 and 69 as new layers, resize two of the flowers 30% and one 35% then, using my tag for reference, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 29 as a new layer, resize 28%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 76 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments. I had to make my mask a tad bigger. 

Paste spray 5 as a new layer, resize 90% and position behind your tube.  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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