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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

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AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

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Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

CILM - CI-1360LM

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Garv - KG2307

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My Tubed Art - MTA_F133

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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

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In this tutorial I used a beautiful freebie mini kit called
“Heaven’s Newest Angel” from

The tutorial is designed to use a photograph of
a loved one or pet, I used a photograph of my sweet cat
 Rhea, who we lost several years ago
but it could also be used without the photograph with text as a
sympathy card.

You will also need a mask, I used 161 by

I used the font




I used a soft drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 45, blur 15.


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 2 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 23 as a new layer (you won’t see it as its larger than the canvas) and resize 22%.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Copy paper 2 and paste it as a new layer below the element, resize 15%, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the element and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste one of the word elements as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I used element 26 resized 30%.

Paste two of the roses as new layers, resize one 20%, resize the second 17% and mirror and flip it, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 25% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, drag below the merged layer and position towards the bottom on the right, duplicate, flip the duplicate and position towards the top on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 32% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22 as a new layer and drag it up to above the merged layer, resize 18%, rotate 70 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your photo as a new layer, drag it below the frame, resize as needed and erase any that shows outside the element.  You can play around with some plugins or blend modes on your photo,  I duplicated mind, applied Gaussian blur of 3 to the original layer and changed the blend mode on the copy to Overlay which gave a softer appearance. 

Paste element 14 as a new layer on the top, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, drag the text below element 14 and export on transparent background as a png.


























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

I used a fun Halloween kit which was inspired by the art of
Martin Abel (tube 43-2) by Angela at
The kit is also available for purchase at

I used two masks, 69 and 0149 from Simone at

I used the font 



Unless noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 6 into the selection and apply mask 69, resize 95%.

Make another layer, this time paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect and apply mask 0149, resize 90%.

Paste element 5 as a new layer, resize 75%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate. Place the railings in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste frame 3 as a new layer and resize 50%.  Select the interior of the frame with you magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 1 and paste it into the selection.    Do not deselect.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 35% and drag below the tube, duplicate and position either side of the tube erasing any that shows outside of the frame.  Apply the drop shadow to these two layers, the tube and to the frame, then repeat the shadow on the frame but changing the horizontal to -5.

Paste element 12 as a new layer, resize 60% and mirror, drag below the railings, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the settings back).

Paste element 3 as a new layer, drag above the railings, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 60% and duplicate, position on either side of the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer and bring to the top,  resize 50% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 30% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize it another 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 30 degrees in either direction, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text then export on a transparent background as a png.























In this tutorial I used the awesome art of
This tube is called “Mad Queen Alice” and can be purchased at

The beautiful kit is called “Saturnalia” and is from
You can purchase the kit at

I used two masks, mask 01 from
and mask 0120 from Simone at

I used the font



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, select all, paste paper 12 into the selection and apply Melissaz’ mask, resize 95%.

Make another layer and paste paper 13 into the selection, apply Simone’s mask, deselect and resize 95%

Paste element 71 as a new layer, resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the left.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5 and make a new layer below it, paste paper 13 into the selection and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move over to the left.

Paste element 25 as a new layer, resize 60% and repeat what you did with the first frame.

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

Paste element 58 as a new layer, resize 60%, drag below the two merged layers and position at the top on the right, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 28 as a new layer, resize 35% and rotate 50 degrees to the right, position at the bottom on the right, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position at the top on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 55% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, position at the top on the right, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position on the left, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 13 as a new layer and drag above the merged layers, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35 as a new layer, resize 70% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 39 as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 33 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 60%, position on the right and apply the drop shadow.

Pate element 34 as a new layer, resize 70% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36 as a new layer, resize 80% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 as a new layer resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste element 61 as a new layer, resize 70%, drag below the mask and position along the bottom, duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate, drag it right down to just above the masks and position at the top.

When you are all 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 beautiful art of
You need a license to use Janice’ art, available at

I used a kit inspired by this tube (1-1) by Angela of
The kit can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 63 from Simone at

Font of choice.




Unless otherwise noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 75, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Paste frame 1 as a new layer and resize 45%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste paper 4 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 one to the frame but changing the horizontal to 0, repeat this drop shadow on the frame.  Close of your white background and mask layers, merge visible, open the closed layers and move the merged layer into position.  I resized my tube 60%.

Paste element 4 as a new layer, resize 85%, drag below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the settings back).

Paste element 6 as a new layer, resize 85%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 35% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17 as a new layer, resize 60% and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, duplicate twice.  Mirror one copy, rotate it 10 degrees to the right and position it at the front.  Drag one copy below the candles and position so just a little shows to the right of them.  Drag the last copy below element 8 and position behind it.  Apply the drop shadow to all copies.

Paste element 9 as a new layer on the top, resize 15%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize it another 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste the wordart as a new layer, resize 55%, duplicate and merge the top copy down onto the original, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, resize 35% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate and rotate it 50 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments, I made my mask a fraction smaller, 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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