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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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Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

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In this tutorial I have again used a tube from Barbara Jensen’s
latest package 32.
You need a license to use Barbara’s art, available at her store here.

The kit I have used is called “Falling Dark” by
This is a gorgeous Halloween kit and works well with
lots of Barbara’s tubes.
The kit is also available at Barbara’s store.

You will also need a mask, I used Weescotslass’ mask 133, here.

Font is Nighmare, here.



My usual reminder to you to sharpen up your elements after resizing/rotating. If you are not familiar with this, check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

Unless otherwise specified in the tutorial, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 80, blur 5.


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

Open p2 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 90%.

Open el2 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%.

Open p1 and copy.  Select the interior of each part of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below the frame, paste the paper into the selection and deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame. 

Open e20 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 90%, drag down below the frame and paper layer and place in position.

Open e25 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e31 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and rotate 90 degrees to the left.  Place in position along the top of the frame.  Duplicate and mirror.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open e33, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 40%, place in position on the right hand part of the frame and apply the drop shadow but changing the vertical and horizontal to 1 and the blur to 3.

Open e19 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the original drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer.  If you are using one of Barbara’s tubes, duplicate and delete the original, choose your layer options, copy merged and paste as a new layer.  Resize your tube as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow (I resized my tube 75%).

Open e31 again and paste as a new layer.  Rotate 90 degrees to the left, flip, resize 80%, drag down below the tube and place in position on the bottom of the frame on the left.  Duplicate, mirror and erase the part that shows on the left of the tube. Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open e12 and past as a new layer.  Resize 27% and place in position on the left hand side of the frame.  Duplicate and mirror.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open e24 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65%, place in position on the left of the tube and apply the drop shadow.

Open e33 again and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position on the skulls and apply the drop shadow again changing the vertical and horizontal to 1 and blur to 3.

Open e23 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the original drop shadow.

Open e32, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 40% and rotate 70 degrees to the left, place in position in front of the candelabra.  Duplicate and move the duplicate over to the left and position in front of the skulls.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers with the horizontal and vertical on 1 and blur on 3.

Open e28 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.  Place in position and apply the original drop shadow.

Open e18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e21 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 90 degrees to the left.  Duplicate and mirror.  Place both layers into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open e34 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  You may need to erase a little of the stalk.

Open e24 again and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e11 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e4 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open e34 again and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50% and rotate 70 degrees to the left.  Drag down below the pumpkin, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your elements and make any necessary adjustments.  When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information and text, then export as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.

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






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