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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


AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784


Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

CILM - CI-1360LM

Digital Chaos - DC-113

Dreamscape Imaging - DSI582

Elias Chatzoudis - EAS10253

Garv - KG2307


My Tubed Art - MTA_F133


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 am using the art of Angela Newman.
You require a license to use Angela's tubes
which I purchased from AMI.
Angela now sells her tubes/licenses at Mypsptubes.

I am using a fabulous new kit by Pimp’d Designz called
Shabby Little Me.

You will also need a mask.
I used Boundless Bliss grungemask 1.
Unfortunately Theresa no longer has her site but I believe she allows
her masks to be shared, you can get it here.

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

Open pd-glitter-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65% and unsharp mask (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50). Apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open pd-glitter-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%. Duplicate this layer, mirror and flip. Unsharp mask on both layers as before, place in position and apply the same drop shadow as the first glitter layer.

Open pd-frame-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 85%. Apply a drop shadow, this time with horizontal and vertical 5, opacity 60 and blur 10.

Open pd-frame-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%. Click inside the frame and expand the selection by 10. Open a paper, I used pd-pp-02. Make a new layer below the frame and paste the paper into the selection, de-select. Go back to the frame layer and apply the same drop shadow as for the first frame. Place you two frames and paper in position.

Open pd-swirl-02 and paste as a new layer. Rotate to the left 90 degrees and resize 50%. Unsharp mask as before. Position this layer as in my tag below the frame layers. Duplicate this layer, mirror and flip and place in position on the other side of the frames. Erase any part of the stalks that show from below the frames. Apply a drop shadow to both layers the same as the glitter layers.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, place in position on top of the frames and apply the same drop shadow as for the frames.

If you are using the same tube as me, which has a transparent skirt, apply the drop shadow on a separate layer and carefully erase the part of the shadow inside her skirt as it gives it a dark look, then merge the tube down onto the shadow layer. Draw a selection around the bottom part of the tube as in my screenshot below then go to edit -cut. Right click and paste the part you cut as a new layer, drag it down below the frame layer and position the two parts back together erasing any that shows below the bottom of the frame.  Doing it this way instead of erasing around the frame gives a nice clean look and keeps any part of the frame shadow showing over the tube.

Open pd-flowers-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the same drop shadow as for the frames and tube.

Open pd-ribbon-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 32% and apply the same drop shadow.

Open pd-heart-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 80% and paste and place in position, apply the same drop shadow.

Open pd-bird-01, paste as a new layer and mirror. Resize 50% and apply the same drop shadow.

Open one of the papers, I used pd-pp-07. Apply your mask to the paper, copy it and paste as a new layer above your white background layer. Resize 50% and place in position.

Crop your tag and resize if required.  Apply your copyright info and text and export as a jpeg.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any problems, please email me here.


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