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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


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In this tutorial I used the beautiful tube with my namesake “Vivienne” from
You can purchase the tube at the new

The lovely kit is “Vintage Lilac” from
You can purchase the kit at

You will need mask 1 (96) from


Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 55, blur 10.


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

Paste the mask and resize 32%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 26 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste element 159, resize 65% and move into place.

Paste element 108, resize 85% and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 148, resize 30%, drag below element 108 and duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 79, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 9 and resize 25%.  Click anywhere on your canvas outside of the frame with your magic wand to make a selection, invert the selection, contract it by 5, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper 31 into it, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into place.

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

Paste element 107, resize 45%, position on the left below the merged frame layer, duplicate, flip the copy, move into place and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 145, resize 35%, position on the right below the merged frame, duplicate, mirror the copy and resize it another 90%, position above the merged frame and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 30, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 89, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 42, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 146, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3 on the top, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35, resize 12% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 91, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 124, resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then 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
You can purchase this tube called “Donna” at

The kit is “Rusted Liberty”.
This is a fabulous kit from
and can be found at

You will need mask frame (11) from

Font is
Most Wasted.





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



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

Paste the mask, resize it 32% and move up a bit.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 21 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste frame 5, resize 45% and move into place.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 30, paste paper 36 and resize it 30%, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete.  Paste element 114, resize 20% and move into place, hit delete to remove the top part of the wiring and apply the drop shadow.  Deselect, apply a drop shadow with vertical and horizontal both set to 0 , opacity to 100 and blur to 10 to the frame, and merge the frame down onto the light bulb and then again down onto the paper. 

Paste the tube (you will see I combined the head of the green layer with the black layer), resize 28%, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change the shadow settings).

Paste element 115, resize 25%, position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 76, resize 13%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 78, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 70, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 107, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 99, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 102, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 96, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 94, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 116, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 117, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 20% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 119 on the top, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 25, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.







In this tutorial I used the art of
This is tube 73-3 from

The kit is “Gradually Fading” from
This is an awesome kit that I have written tutorials on before
and it can be purchased at

You will need mask 1 by
Minja
and mask 0 (35) from

Font of choice.




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


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 800 pixels and fill with white.
Paste the Kopona mask and resize it 25%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 7 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste Minja’s mask, resize 75% and mirror.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, paste paper 21 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste element 58, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 47, resize 25%, place in position erasing the top part of the element and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 101, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste frame8, resize 35% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 15, make a new layer below the frame and paste paper  3 into the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into place.

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

Paste element 59,  resize 55%, position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 30%, duplicate, mirror one copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 79, resize 80% and move into place.

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

Paste element 28, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 96, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I recoloured the roses to match exactly the ones on his coat.

Paste element 94, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 86, resize 7%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 85, resize 7%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 53 on the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pastes element 99, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 23, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60 again, resize 30%, place in position erasing the part on the right with skull and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 90, resize 7%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 5, resize 10%, duplicate, mirror one copy and rotate one 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.  Again I recoloured these as I did the roses.

Check your layers and make any adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.   I used my Pick tool on Minja’s mask to make it a bit narrower.


























In this tutorial I used the beautiful tube “Valentine’s Day” from
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “Lovely Elegance”.
This is a beautiful kit by
and can be purchased at

You will need mask 1 (91) from
Kopona.

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 45, blur 10.



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

Paste the mask and resize it 33%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 18 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.  We will stretch the mask down longer when we have our elements in place.

Paste element 107, duplicate, merge the copy down onto the original and move down a little.

Paste the tube, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.   Open your eraser, set the size to 100 and opacity to 30 and run it around the bottom of the tube to blend it into element 107 and the mask. 

Paste element 115, resize 28%, position below the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 98, resize 35%, duplicate, mirror the copy then rotate it 60 degrees to the right, position both behind the tube and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste element 98 again on the top, resize 30%, mirror and rotate 60 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 100, resize 30%, duplicate, mirror one copy and rotate it 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 22 on the top, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 85, resize 15%, duplicate, mirror one copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 80, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 106, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29, resize 10% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 51, resize 8%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 97, resize 10% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 108, resize 25% and duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 73, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 44, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I recoloured the lipstick as it was a bit bright for my tag.

Paste element 2, resize 8%, duplicate, mirror the copy and resize it another 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each (the copy goes right at the top with the other butterflies).

Check your layers and make any adjustments including stretching the mask down longer if it needs it, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.














In this tutorial I used the tube “Lovely Teddy” from
She can purchased at

The kit is “By a Thread” from
and can purchased at

You will need mask frame 1 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 750 pixels and fill with white.

Paste the mask, resize 20%, select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 20 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer. Close all layers apart from these three, merge visible and reopen the closed layers.

Paste spray 4, resize 75% and move into place.

Paste element 1, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  We will come back to this.

Paste element 13,  resize 35% and move into place.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and paste paper 20 into the selection,  paste the tube, resize 75% and position in the element, invert the selection, hit delete and deselect.  Change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay” and apply the drop shadow to the element.

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

Paste element 61 above the clock, duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste word art 3, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 87, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 60% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32, resize 60% and position on the right, duplicate, resize the copy another 80% and position on the left below the merged layer and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 54 above the merged layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 99, resize 50% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 97, resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 65 resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 64, resize 30% and mirror, position below the two rose elements and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 88, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 above the roses, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 48 on the top, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 73, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 93, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.  Go back to the mask, select all, float and deloat it, invert the selection and hit delete on the clock element, deselect.

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 beautiful tube “Totem” from
You can purchase it at

The kit is the “Dead of Night Addition” from
Gothic Inspirations
and can be purchased at

You will need my  mask

Font of choice.



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


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by  800 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask and resize 90%.

Paste Smudged, resize 75% and move into place.

Paste Tree, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Arch, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Pillar, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Raven 1, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Ground, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Cloud 1, resize 75% and position behind the tube.

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

Paste Brushed Doodles, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste GrasswFlowers1, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Leaves 2, resize 80% and duplicate, mirror the original, position on either side and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Light, resize 110% and move into place.

Paste Dried Floral, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Umbrella on the top, resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow, draw a rectangular selection around the pole and hit delete, right click and “Paste as a new layer”, drag this part below the tube and join the two pieces back up. 

Paste Skull, resize 20%, position behind the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Candle, resize 25% and duplicate, mirror the original and position on the left,  position the copy on the right and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Ribbon 5, resize 40%, place in position below the right hand candle and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Leaves 1, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Flower 1 on the top, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Flower 2, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Spider 1, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Bling, resize 40%, mirror and move into place.

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














In this tutorial I used the tube “White Elf 2” from
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “Cashmere Christmas” from
and can be purchased at

You will need mask 39 from

You will need Animation Shop and my snow animation

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 55, blur 15.


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

Paste the mask and resize it 19%.  Select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer, paste paper 7 into the selection, deselect and delete the original mask layer.

Paste element 179, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 178, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 116, resize 50% and move into place.

Paste element 105, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 114, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 83, resize 40% and duplicate, position below the trees and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 79, resize 20%, position above the fence and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 155, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 177, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 159, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 192, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 80 above the tube, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 119, resize 50% and move into place.

Paste element 140, resize 30% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 130, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 115, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 52, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 66, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 84, resize 17%, duplicate, mirror one copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 72, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments I stretched the mask a little longer), then crop your tag and add your copyright information and text.

Starting at the top, close off all layers down to and including the tube and merge visible, close this merged layer, open the others and again merge visible.  Open the snow animation in Animation shop and resize it 90% (Animation – resize animation).  Copy the bottom merged layer and paste in Animation shop “As a new animation” and duplicate it 10 times so it has the same number of frames as the snow, select all the snow frames, copy them and paste on the left side of the merged layer, don’t go past the white tree.  Copy the top merged layer, paste in Animation shop as before, again duplicate it, select all the frames and paste on top of your animation tag.  When you are done, run the tag through the Optimization Wizard and save as a gif.






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