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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!

My blinkie

My Weather

My Licenses

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

Dreaming with Bella - DWB1607

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

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In this tutorial I am using an exclusive kit and tube pack
"Soft winter Collection".
The collection includes two tubes by Zindy and
of course the beautiful kit by Creationz by Jo and 
is on offer at a reduced price until Christmas.
You can get the collection at Zindy's shop, here.
Thank you Zindy and Jo for allowing me to use this
awesome collection!

You will also need a mask, I used one of my favourite masks,
Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font used is Mordred,
a free font, here.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing or rotating to take away the blurriness (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 5, strength 50).

I wanted to keep my tag mono coloured so I re-coloured the tube and some of the elements from the kit.

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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used SW_Paper7.   Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 80% and lower the opacity to around 75.

Open SW_GlitFrame and paste as a new layer. Resize 30% and apply a drop shadow, vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

Open SW_GlitterFrm and paste as a new layer.  Resize 47% and align it up in the centre of the first glitter frame. Select the interior of this frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used W_Paper5. Make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection. Do not de-select.

Open SW_Snow and paste as a new layer. Position nicely inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess. Do not de-select.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as required and position inside the frame, again hit delete to remove the excess.  Do not de-select.

Open SW_Ice and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, position nicely in the frame and again hit delete to remove the excess. You can now de-select. 

Apply the same drop shadow as you did for the first frame on the two glitter frames and on the tube. On the ice, change the horizontal and vertical to 1.

Open Sw_FlakeFrm and paste as a new layer. Resize 43%. Drag this layer down so its just above the ice layer and apply the drop shadow changing the vertical and horizontal back to 2.

Open SW_SnowLeaves, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 30% and rotate 70 degrees to the right.  Duplicate this layer, rotate the duplicate 90 degrees to the right and then flip it. Place both layers in position and apply the last drop shadow to each.

Open SW_Flws2 and paste as a new layer. Resize 45% and rotate 90 degrees to the right. Place in position over the horizontal leaves and apply the last drop shadow.

Open SW_Branch and paste as a new layer. Mirror, resize 40% and apply the last drop shadow.

Open SW_RibbonPnk and paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to the right, resize 30%, place in position and apply the last drop shadow.

Open SW_Cones and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SW_Bird and paste as a new layer. Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of all your layers and make any adjustments. 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, if you have any questions, you can email me here. As always, I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!



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