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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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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

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

Lost Love

For this tutorial, you will need a close up and body tube.
I am again using the wonderful art of Alicia Mujica.
You need a license to use Alicia’s art,
you can get one here.

I am using a lovely previously ptu but now freebie scrap kit called S.W.A.L.K. by
Candy’s treats.
You can get the kit here.

You will need the 20 20 mask, I have uploaded it for you here.
I also used Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font used is 1Snappy DNA, a free font, here.
You will need Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass for the effect on the text.


Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating, otherwise they will be a little blurry (adjust – sharpen – unsharp mask – radius and clipping 5, strength 30).

Drop shadow used is vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70, blur 5.

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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used CT-SWALKPAPER16.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply Monti’s circle mask.  Resize 80%.

Open CT-ENVELOPE1 and paste as a new layer. Rotate 15 degrees to the right and resize 45%. Move over slightly to the right and apply the drop shadow.

Open CT-SWIRL1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 75% and position slightly to the left.  Apply the drop shadow.

Open your close up tube, copy and paste it as a new image. Crop it if necessary, I cropped mine close to her hair cropping out the bit of scarf on the side. Apply the 20 20 mask to your tube twice. Copy it and paste it on your main canvas, resize so it fits nicely in the swirl. If you have any hair or anything showing outside the swirl, take your eraser brush on size 100 and opacity 20 and dab it around the edge of the tube to blend it in.

Open CT-SWIRLPATTERN and paste as a new layer. Resize 60%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open ct-flowerCluster and paste as a new layer. Resize 50%, drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open ct-Sequins and paste as a new layer. Resize 45%, drag down below the flower cluster layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open String-2, paste as a new layer and drag over the cluster layer. Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open one of the butterflies and paste as new layer. Resize 15%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate. Place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Crop your tag, resize if required and apply your copyright information.

Open the font, choose a lightish colour for your background and black for the foreground with stroke width set to 2. Write you name, I had mine set on size 40 and then I pulled it out a bit wider. Convert the text to raster layer and then go to selections – select all – selections float – selections de-float. Apply Alien Skin, Eye Candy 5, Impact, Glass choosing “clear” in settings. De-select and apply the drop shadow.

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


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