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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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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 Lady Mishka
for which you require a license.
I purchased mine at PSP Tubes Emporium but
Lady Mishka now sells her tubes at

I am using a pretty new kit called “Aloha”

You will also need a mask.
I used Yez’ mask 069,
you can get it here.

Font I used was Borders and Ornaments Volume One,
which is a free font.

We will be using the same drop shadow throughout for this tutorial, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70 and blur 5.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing to counteract the blurriness resizing causes (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

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

Open pd-frame-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5.

Open pd-pp-02 and copy, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. De-select.

Go back to the frame layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-wave-01 and paste as a new layer on top of the frame layer. Resize 80%. Place in position using my tag as an example. Click on the frame layer and draw a rectangular around the bottom part of the frame something like my screenshot below.

 Hit delete, right click and “paste as a new layer” to paste back the part of the frame you deleted. Drag this up over the wave layer and position the two parts of the frame back together (get it close and then use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move it pixel by pixel). Go back to the wave and erase any showing below the bottom of the frame.

Open pd-net and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, drag down below the paper layer and place in position. Apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-palm-tree-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and rotate to the right 10 degrees. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-sun and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, drag down and position below the palm tree.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, bring the layer to the top. Resize as required,  place in position and apply the drop shadow. I rotated my tube 10 degrees to the left.

Open some of the flowers/elements, resize and decorate the right hand side of the frame. I used:

pd-flower-03 resized 35%
pd-flower-04 resized 45%
pd-flower-01 resized 55%
pd-bubbles resized 30%
pd-starfish-01 resized 50%
pd-shell-03 resized 20%.

Apply the drop shadow to each element with the exception of the bubbles and starfish.

Click on your bottom white layer, make a new layer and select all. Open one of the papers, I used pd-pp-09, copy and paste into the selection. Apply your mask.

Crop and resize your tag as required.  Apply 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, you can email me here.



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