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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

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My PSP Tubes - MPT1875

Myka Jelina - MK1328

Scraps and the City - SATC1209

Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

Suzanne Woolcott - SW169

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PSP Project - TPP01390

Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

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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 awesome art of Screaming Demons.
You need a license to use Screaming’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a fabulous scrap kit called “Love Affair” by
You can get the kit here.
Thank you Cora!

You will also need Weescotslass’ mask 352, here.

Font used is Dutch and Harley, a free font, here.

Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing and rotating to take away the blurriness it causes (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask, radius and clipping 3, strength 30).

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 70, blur 10 unless otherwise stated in the tutorial.

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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used pd12-pp-04. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and de-select, apply the mask. Resize 90%.

Open pd12-frame-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60% and rotate 15 degrees to the right.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used pd12-pp-06. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame layer and paste the paper into the selection, do not de-select.

Open your tube, duplicate it and close the original, mirror and copy and paste as a new layer on your canvas. Position the tube nicely inside the frame re-sizing if needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, de-select. Apply the drop shadow to both the tube and frame layers. Lower the opacity of the tube to around 60.  Close off the white background and mask layers and merge visible. Re-open the closed layers and move the merged layer over a little to the right.

Open pd12-tulle-01, paste as new layer and drag down below the merged layer. Resize 70% and place in position.

Open pd12-print-02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 55%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-greens-01 and paste as a new layer. Rotate 90 degrees to the right and then mirror, resize 50%, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-greens-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-key-01 and paste as a new layer. Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open pd12-print-01, paste as a new layer and bring to the top. Resize 60% and place in position along the bottom of the merged layer. Apply a drop shadow but change the vertical and horizontal to 2 and the opacity to 5.

Open pd12-kiss and paste as a new layer. Resize 40%, place in position and apply the original drop shadow.

Open pd12-flower-05 and paste as a new layer. Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Undo the mirror on your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize as required, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments then crop 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 png.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions, please email me here. I would love to see your result and feature it in the gallery!


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