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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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Look after my Heart

For this tutorial you will need a face tube and a body tube.
 I am using the art of Lady Mishka.
You require a license to use Lady Mishka's tubes
which you can purchase from

I am using a fabulous scrap kit "Damn Love"by 

This kit is a real bargain as it includes two of
Schnegge’s beautiful poser tubes as well as
many other elements I have not used!
You can get the kit here.

You will also need a mask.
I am using one of my favourite masks,
Monti’s circle mask.
You can get it here.




Drop shadows are very important in tags to give depth. We are going to use two different drop shadows in this tutorial, the first one with the settings vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70 and blur 10, I will refer to as drop shadow 1. The second drop shadow, with the settings vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5, I will refer to as drop shadow 2.


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

Open Heart03_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Position towards the top, right hand side of your canvas and apply drop shadow 1.

Open MeshHeart_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 55% and position slightly lower and to the right of the first heart. Apply drop shadow 2 (it needs to be a tighter shadow to show up the mesh).

Open Heart01_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, position over the top of the other two hearts as in my tag and apply drop shadow 1.

Open Stitches_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, place in position over the hearts and apply drop shadow 2.  

Open BlackWidow_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% and mirror. Place in position and apply drop shadow 2.

Open Frame05_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 85%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Make a new layer below your frame layer and flood fill with black. Mirror your close up tube, copy and paste as a new layer, position  inside your frame, invert the selection and delete the excess. Lower the opacity to around 35. Go back to your frame layer and apply drop shadow 1.

Open Keyring_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% and apply drop shadow 2. Position the key ring over one of the spikes in the frame and erase part of it so it looks like its hooked over the spike.

Open Arrow_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 95% and rotate 30 degrees to the right. Unsharp mask (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30). Place in position and apply drop shadow 1.

Open your tube, resize if necessary, place in position and apply drop shadow 1.

Open one of the papers. I used paper13. Click on your bottom white background layer, make a new layer, select all and paste the paper into the selection. Apply your mask and resize 90%.

Open Décor01_DamnLove_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and position down the bottom using my tag for reference. Duplicate this layer, flip and mirror it and position at the top of the tag. Erase any parts you don’t want showing and apply drop shadow 2 to each layer.

Crop your tag and resize if required. Add your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please email me here.



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