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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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In this tutorial I used the amazing art of
Unfortunately Armando no longer sells his art as tubes
but it should be easy to find a substitute mermaid if you don’t have this one.

The kit is “Mermaid Kisses” from
Another beautiful marine kit from Dee with some beautiful elements!
You can purchase the kit at

I used mask 0120 by Simone at




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


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

Make a new layer, paste paper 8 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize it 95%.

Paste spray 5B, resize 80%, rotate 90 degrees to the right and position on the mask. 

Paste element 38, resize 80% and mirror, place in position at the top and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20b, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1a, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  You can duplicate the castle now, move the copy below the original, position so a little shows lower down and to the right of the original or you can do it later when you have more elements up.

Paste element 43, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 1b, resize 40% and place in position.  Click anywhere on your canvas outside of the frame with your magic wand to make a selection, invert the selection and contract it by 20, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 2 into it, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste element 63a, resize 70% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29a, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9c, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 50b, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62a, resize 75% and mirror, paste element 34, resize 50% and drag below element 62b.  Place both elements in position, merge element 62b down onto element 34 and apply the drop shadow.

Paste your tube, place in position resizing as needed and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 85%.

Paste wordart 3a, resize 85%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30b, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 71a, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.

Paste the following elements on the top, resized as stated and with the drop shadow:

Element 54c resized 35%.

Element 44 resized 25%.

Element 8 resized 15%.

Element 6 resized 20%.

Element 2 resized 30%

Element 28b resized 30%.

Element 51b resized 33%.

Element 3 resized 20%.

Element 41 resized 30%.

Element 15 resized 12%, mirrored and rotated 30 degrees to the right.

Element 61 resized 22%.

Paste spray 1, resize 70% and drag down below the tube and position towards the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, drag it down below the frame and position on the left.  Now move the group of fish swimming between the wordart art below the original copy of the bubbles.

Paste spray 4 above the bubbles, resize 80%,  mirror and place in position behind the tube.

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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