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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 Jehsee.
You need a license to Jehsee’s art,
available at Dreamscape Imaging.

Again I am again using the fabulous “Cupcake Surprise” Collab kit
which comprises a set of kits from some awesome designers,
In this tag I have used the kits by Schnegge’s Scraps and PolkaDot Scraps.
You can get the kit here.

You will need a mask, I used Monti’s circle mask, here.

Font used is Melted DL, a free font here.
Tutorial includes the effect on the text which uses no outside filters
but you will need asfalt02 texture.
I have uploaded it here in case you don’t have it.
Put the texture in your “Textures” folder
(my documents – my psp files – textures).

Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating – check out my “Tips & Tricks” page for help with this.

Other than the text, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70 blur 5.

I re-coloured some of the items from the kits to complement my tube better, again see my “Tips & Tricks” page for help on re-colouring. 

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

Open one of the papers and copy, I used PDS_CS_paper7. Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, de-select and apply the mask. Resize 85%.

Open PDS_CS_print and paste as a new layer.  Open frame03_CupcakeSuprise_Schnegge and use your dropper tool to select the brown colour on this element.  Back on your canvas, make a new layer and floodfill with the brown.  Activate the print layer and go to selections – select all – selections float – selections de-float, switch back to the plain brown layer, invert the selection and hit delete, de-select.  Delete the original print layer, resize the brown layer 80% and move over slightly to the right.

Activate frame 3 again, copy and paste it as a new layer, resize 80%.

Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 2.  Make a new layer below the frame layer and flood fill with the brown again.  Do not de-select.

Open your tube, mirror it and then copy and paste it as a new layer.  Resize if needed and position inside the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Apply the drop shadow to both the frame and the tube layers and lower the opacity of the tube to around 55.  Close of your white background layer, the mask layer and the print layer and merge visible, re-open the closed layers and move the merged layer over a little to the left.

Open your tube again, undo the mirror, copy and paste as a new layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open heartcookies_CupcakeSuprise_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Drag down below the tube layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_CS_flower2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open beads_CupcakeSurprise_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open cupcake02_CupcakeSurprise_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open bakinsheet_CupcakeSurprise_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open rollingpin_CupcakeSuprise_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open PDS_CS_leaves1 and paste as a new layer. Resize 65%, drag right down until its above the brown print layer and place in position, erase any that shows at the bottom and apply the drop shadow.

Open deco-Cupcake_Surprise_Schnegge and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and position so a little is showing on the left of the merged layer, apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your elements and make any necessary adjustments. When you are happy crop your tag, resize if required and add your copyright information.

Select a nice brown colour for the background colour on your text, there is no foreground colour.  Open the font and type your name. Convert to raster layer. Go to effects – texture effects – texture, browse for the asfalt texture and apply it to the text with my settings shown below.

Apply an inner bevel with the following settings.

Apply the drop shadow but change the vertical to 0, place the text in position then export your tag 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, please email me here.  I would of course love to see your result and include it in the tag gallery!


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