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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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This tutorial uses the art of Myka Jelina and requires a license.
You can purchase Myka’s tubes/licenses here.

I used the beautiful kit Metallica by CBJ.
Please visit Jo’s blog here.

The tutorial uses Filters Unlimited 2.
You will also need a mask of choice and a font.
I used Monotype Corsiva.


Open a new canvas 650 x 600 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open CBJ_Metallica_TripleFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize by 50%. Go to Adjust – Sharpen – Unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50.

With your magic wand click inside each part of the frame and expand your selection by 8.  Make a new layer and flood fill with a dark colour from your tube.  Drag this layer below the frame. Back on the frame layer apply a drop shadow horizontal and vertical 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer. Duplicate the tube twice, resize/mirror the layers to your liking and position between the frame and dark colour layers. Add a drop shadow to each tube the same settings as before.  Remove the parts of the tubes that show outside the frame.

Change the blend mode on the right and left hand tubes to overlay, leaving the centre tube on normal.  Close all layers apart from the three tube layers and the background colour layer below the frame. Merge visible and then re-open the closed layers.

We are now going to apply some effects on the merged layer to give it an aged look.

Filters Unlimited 2 – Photo Aging Kit – Dust and Scratches. Move the texture slider until you get a look you like. You can apply the filter more than once to get a better effect.

Apply Filters Unlimited 2 – Photo Aging Kit – Dirt and Dust. I used the default settings for this, how much you need depends on how much dust you put on with the first filer.

Apply Filters Unlimited 2 – Photo Aging Kit – Coffee Ring. This makes a nice dirty coffee cup stain! As before, move the sliders until you get a look you like, you can position the coffee stain and change the size with the sliders. Again you can use the filter more than once.

Click on your top frame layer, open your main tube again and paste as a new layer. Resize and position to your liking. Apply the same drop shadow as before.

Open CBJ_Metallica_BeadCog and paste as a new layer. Resize by 50% twice, unsharp mask as before and apply a drop shadow vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 50, blur 3. Drag this layer down until its above your bottom background layer and position it to the left as in my tag.

Open CBJ_MetallicaFlowerB and paste as a new layer.  Resize by 50% and then by 80%. Unsharp mask with the same settings as before and apply the same drop shadow as you did for the frame and tubes. Place in position over the cog.

Open CBJ_Metallica_Rings and paste as a new layer. Resize by 50%, unsharp mask as before and apply the same drop shadow as you did to the cog. Drag this layer below the cog and flower layers and position. I erased a few down the bottom and around the flower.

Click on your top tube layer and open one or more of the butterflies. I used CBJ_Metallica_Butterfly3 which I resized to 15%, rotated 20 degrees to the left unsharpened as before but with the strength at 50 and added my drop shadow. I used the same butterfly again, this time rotated to the right.

Click on your white background layer and make a new layer, select all, open CBJ_Metallic_Paper5 and paste as a new layer. Apply your mask.

Crop your tag and resize as required.

Add your copyright and text. For the main font I used the paper 5 at a scale of 20 as the outline and a colour from my tube as the background. I applied an inner bevel – bevel 2, width 8, smoothness 10, depth 2, ambiance 0, shininess 10, angle 315, intensity 30 and elevation 60. I then applied the same drop shadow as I did on the frame.

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