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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 Sky Scraps
for which you need a license,
you can get one here.

I am using an awesome kit called “My Immortal II” by
I love making Twilight tags!
Thank you Cora.
You can get the kit here
(at the time of writing this tutorial its on 50% discount).

You will also need a mask, I used Vix’ mask 349, here 
(you will find the masks under "Goodies").

Font used is Twlight,
a free font, here.



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

Drop shadow unless otherwise specified is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.



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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd-pp-01.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask.

Open pd-frame-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 30. Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill the selection with a dark grey, I used #2b2b2b. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize if required and position inside the frame, invert the selection and delete any excess tube.  My tube was in two parts, one with the vampire fangs and neck blood and one without so I put the vampire one in the frame and used the other one as the main tube. Apply the drop shadow to the frame and the tube and then lower the opacity of the tube to around 45.

Open pd-light-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 90% and position on the tube’s face, set the blend mode to soft light.  Close off the background and mask layers and merge visible, re-open the closed layers and move the merged frame layer over slightly to the left.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize and crop as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-moon and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, drag down below the tube and merged layers and place in position. Apply the drop shadow but change the opacity to 40.

Open pd-splatter-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position the splatters nicely so they show around the frame. Apply the original drop shadow to each layer.

Open pd-swirl-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and place in position. It already has a drop shadow so no need to add another.

Open pd-splatter-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and position on the right of the main tube. Again this element already has a drop shadow.

Open pd-flower-04 and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 55% and place in position. Apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-fog and paste as a new layer. Resize 70% and drag up so its just above merged layer, position along the bottom of the frame. Duplicate this layer and mirror the duplicate. Position so just a tiny bit is showing on the right hand side of the main tube and erase any that overlaps with the first fog layer.

Open pd-clock-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-greens-01 and paste as a new layer. Mirror and flip, rotate 20 degrees to the right and resize 45%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-ribbon-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Mirror and resize 50%, place in position. This layer also has a drop shadow so no need for another.

Open pd-flower-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and duplicate. Mirror the duplicate and resize by another 90%. Place both flowers into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open pd-key and paste as a new layer. Rotate 40 degrees to the left and resize 30%. Position between the two flowers and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-book-02, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd-candle-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, position on the book and apply the drop shadow.

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

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did writing it! If you have any questions, please email me here










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