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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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In this tutorial I am using the art of Barbara Jensen.
You require a license to use the tube,
which you can get here.
It’s a fabulous tube with loads of colorways and options
all on separate layers to give many different looks!

The scrap kit I have used is Schnegge’s Scraps
part of the huge collab “Digital Chaos” which
includes fourteen kits by fourteen awesome designers
and is available to purchase at Digital Chaos.
Thank you Schnegge, this was a lovely kit to work with!

You will also require a mask.
I used Wee Scots Lass’ mask 10.
You can get it here.

Font I used was Passions Conflict by Rob.




I tell you every time lol but its important for a nice looking tag; don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating to get rid of the blurriness caused (adjust – sharpness – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10.

Ok, lets get started!


Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels and floodfill with white.

Open one of the papers, I used p04_DC_Schnegge. Copy the paper, make a new layer on your canvas, select all and paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize the mask 90%.

Open paperstar_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 85%.  Select the interior of the paperstar with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10. Open another of the papers, I used p09_DC_Schnegge, make a new layer below the paperstar layer and paste the paper into the selection. Go back to the paperstar layer and apply the drop shadow.

Now grab your tube, putting together what elements you like.  Remember Barb allows recoloring, I toned down the purple slightly as it was a little bright for the kit. We will add the pure black gloves in a bit so don’t include those at the moment. Paste your tube as new layer and resize, I resized mine 75%.  Place in position on the frame and apply the drop shadow.

Now we are going to make the tube look like she is popping through the frame. Go back to the paperstar layer and draw a rectangular section, something like my screenshot below.




Hit on delete, then click on your canvas and paste as a new layer. The part of the paperstar you deleted will be pasted back on the canvas. Bring this layer to the top and position the two parts back together. Check the position of your tube and erase any parts that show outside the bottom of the paperstar.

Now open the pure black gloves layer of the tube, paste as a new layer and bring to the top, resize it the same amount as you did your tube and place in position.  Apply the drop shadow to the gloves.

Open notebook_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and rotate 20 degrees to the right. Drag the layer so its just above the mask layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open hearts_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open flower02_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Mirror and resize 75%. Tuck it between the notebook and the paperstar and apply the drop shadow. You will need to bring the flower to the top so you can see where to position it and then drag it back down to above the notebook layer.

Open flower01_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position over the first flower as in my tag and apply the drop shadow.

Open ribbon_CD_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Rotate 80 degrees to the left and resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open bow02_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, drag the layer to above your paperstar layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open heartcharm_DC_Schnegge and paste as a new layer. Resize 22%, again you will need to bring the layer to the top to place it in position then drag it down to below the bow02 layer and apply the drop shadow.

Open heart02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75%, place in position on the left hand side of your tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open pen_DC_Schnegge, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 35% and rotate 70 degrees to the left. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the position of all your elements.

Crop your tag and resize if required, apply your copyright information and text and export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or a png on a transparent background.

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








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