About Me

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!

Contact me

Follow me

My blinkie

My weather

World time

Popular Posts

My Licenses

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 a tube by
You can purchase the tube at
The child and dog are on separate layers.

The kit is part of a three way collab kit called “Home for Christmas”by
Dees'Sign Depot, Kissing Kate and A [Space] Between.
 I used Dees part of the collab.
The complete collab is free with a store purchase of  $7.50 during December from
Dees'Sign Depot store.


I used mask 14 from

Font is 




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 65, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas  750 b7 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 1 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask,  resize it 80% and flip it.  Duplicate the mask layer, flip and mirror the duplicate and erase the light part that is covering the original layer.

Paste spray 1b, resize 45% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50c, resize 65% and place in position.  Click with your magic wand anywhere on your canvas outside of the element to make a selection, invert the selection and contract it by 10, make a new layer below the element and paste paper 4 into it, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste element 6d, resize 80% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag below the window frame and paper, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 40a on the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube of the girl, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube of the dog, resize 17%, drag below the girl, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 60% and rotate 90 degrees in either direction, drag below the dog, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste item 37, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14a, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22 on the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste elements 12a and 12b, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste elements 33 and 34, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Paste element 13, resize 35%, drag below the window frame, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste wordart 2 above the tree, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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 art of
You need a license to use Enys’ art, available at

I used awesome “Holly” freebie sampler from
You can get the kit from Jessica’s site.
Be sure to check out the fabulous full size kit from

Font is





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



Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Paste smudged, resize 80% and move up and over to the left a little, duplicate and move the duplicate down and to the right.  You can adjust them later.

Paste splatter and move up and to the left, duplicate down and to the right using my tag for reference and erasing some at the bottom.  Apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste window, resize 28%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste drift, drag below the window and place in position.

Paste the tube on the top, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste stars, resize 40%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste clock, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ice on the top, resize 80% and place in position.

Paste pine, resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow and drag the original copy below the ice.

Paste holly, resize 35%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position,  apply the drop shadow to each and drag the original down below ice.

Paste ribbons 2, resize 65% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste berries, resize 40%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste rose, resize 35% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste berries 2, resize 25% and rotate 90 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste candle, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste bell, resize 10%, duplicate, rotate one 90 degrees to the left and the other 40 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste bling, resize 70% and place in position.

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



In this tutorial I used the art of
You need a license to use Eos’ art, they are available at

I used two of the beautiful Peppermint Pleasures clusters from
You can purchase the clusters, cluster frames and the kit
 independently or as a bundle from

You will need Animation Shop and my snow animation

You will also need a snow scene, I used a paper from
The “December Magic” kit also from
Dees’Sign Depot.

I used Christmas mask 6 from

Font of choice.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0 horizontal 5, opacity 65, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer and fill with the colour #d7a7b1.  Paste the mask as a new layer, resize it 40%, select it, float and defloat it, invert the selection, click on the colour layer to activate it and hit delete, deselect and delete the black mask layer.

Paste cluster 8, resize it 60% and place in position.

Paste cluster 7a, mirror it and place in position.  I re-coloured the flame. 

Paste the tube, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now, I pulled the mask out very slightly wider, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text. 

With your selection tool set to rectangle and the mode set to add, draw two selectins around the two open parts of the frame and get your two scenes in position.  Do not deselect.

Open the snow animation in Animation shop, select all the frames then go to File – Export frames – to Paint Shop Pro, your frames will then open in Paint Shop.  Back in Animation Shop go to File – Export frames – Break link with exported frames.

Now you need to paste each later of snow onto your tag between your scene and the cluster frame being very careful not to move them or the snow will jump.  When you  have pasted all the snow layers, invert the selection and hit delete on each one to delete the snow that is outside the frame, deselect.

Close off all the frames apart from the first one, right click on your tag and paste it in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Close off the first frame, open the second and paste it in Animation Shop “Before current frame”.  Repeat with each layer of snow.  Check your animation, if the snow is going in the wrong direction, select all the frames and go to “Animation – Reverse Animation”.

When you are done, run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.


In this tutorial I used the tube “Princess Anna” by
You can purchase the tube at

I used the fabulous “Floating on Air” freebie sampler from
You can get the kit from
Jessica’s blog.
Be sure to check out the gorgeous full size creative team kit inspired by
Chrissy Huddleston of
You will find the kit at

I used the Burning Love mask from the
 "Burning Love" freebie from
You will find it on the left under Freebies.

Font of choice.




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


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 2 into the selection.  Paste the mask as a new layer, resize it 25% and centre it, float and defloat the mask, invert the selection and hit delete on the paper, deselect and delete the Raspberry Road mask.

Paste smudge and resize 70%.

Paste brush, resize 65% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 4, resize 50%, rotate 10 degrees to the left and place in position.  Select the interior of each section of the frame, expand the selection by 5, paste paper 2 as a new layer below the frame,  resize it 45%, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  We will come back to this.

Paste the tube, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste wings, resize 65% and rotate 10 degrees to the  right, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 2, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 1, resize 50%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the compass on the top, resize 15% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste ribbon 3, resize 60% and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the candle, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste wild grass, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the staple, rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste the tube again between the frame and the paper, duplicate it and mirror the duplicate, position the two copies in the frame, select the interior of the two outer parts of the frame, expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on the tube copies, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the tubes to “Soft Light” and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste bling 2 above the windows, resize 60% and place in position.  Change your white background layer to black while you are doing this so you can see all the blings.

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 “Puppet Mistress” from
You can purchase the tube at

I used the awesome kit “Floating on Air” from
This is a creative team kit inspired by
Chrissy Huddleston of
You can purchase the kit at

I used mask 0501 from

Font is


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


Open a new transparent canvas 800 by 700 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 6 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask with the “Invert mask data” box checked and resize 95%.

Paste Flower Gateway Alt, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste tree, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste vine doodle, resize 45% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the clock, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste grass, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste flower 2, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 6, resize 80%, drag below the tube and place in position.

Paste web,  resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste pattern 2, resize 60%, mirror and flip and place in position.

Paste music, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the candle, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste lantern alt, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste bottle alt, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste word art 4, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any necessary adjustments.

Paste the bird on the top, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the dragonfly, resize 15%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste the spider, resize 12%, position on the web and apply the drop shadow.

Paste cloud 2, resize 60% and place in position.

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


Copyright

This site is registered for copyright with www.copyrighted.com.

The tutorials are, unless otherwise stated, my idea and written by me, any similarity to any other tutorial is entirely coincidental. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material on this blog, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Vivienne and Vivienne's Paintbox with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Search Blog

Blog Archive

I CT for






Talk to me!