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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 a cute tube from
You can purchase the tube at

The beautiful kit is
part of the beautiful collab “Winter Solstice” with
You can purchase the kits at

I used Christmas Mask 2 from

You will need Animation Shop for the animation
(it is not difficult, give it a go!!!).

Font of choice.




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


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

Paste the mask and resize it 60%.  Go to Select ions – Select All – Selections – Float – Selections – Defloat, make a new layer, paste paper 5 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste spray 1, resize 65% and move into position.

Paste element 23, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste elements 13 and 15, resize each 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 62, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 45% and apply the drop shadow, duplicate, drag the copy below the original and place the parts in position.  When you have other elements in place you can erase the parts that overlap hiding the join. 

Paste element 22b, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 49, resize 25%, drag below the barrel and chest, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 46, resize 30% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.
Paste element 51 on the top, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 9, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4b, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 11, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pastes spray 13, resize 70% and place in position. 

Paste element 53, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Duplicate your copy of element 4a, mirror it, place in position in front of the watering can and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 43, resize 32% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29c, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Check your layers and make any adjustments then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.


ANIMATION:

Close the dog tube and merge the rest of your layers visible. 

Duplicate the dog and close off the original, we will work on the copy.  Open your Warp brush and set it to “Expand” changing the size to 75.  Hold your cursor in the centre of the dog’s chest and click once.

Change the warp brush to the “Contract” and change the size to 32.  Hold the cursor in the centre of each of the dog’s eyes and give two short clicks.

Now change the warp brush to “Push” with size set on 100 and strength on 50, hold the cursor just below the dog’s nose and push it very slightly.

Right click on your tag, “Copy Merged” and paste in Animation Shop “As a new animation”.  Back in Paint Shop, close off this copy of the dog and open the original, again “Copy Merged” and paste in Animation shop “Before current frame”.  Change the frame properties on this first frame to 200 and change the second frame to 100 (Animation – Frame Properties).  Run your tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.

























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