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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

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AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

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Myka Jelina - MK1328

Scraps and the City - SATC1209

Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

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Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

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In this tutorial I used the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias' art.
My licence for this tube is from PSP Tubes Emporium but
you can now purchase it here.

The kit I used is a called "Peppermint Twist" by
Gemini Creationz.
There are some lovely elements in this kit, I loved the sweets!
Check out Gemini's blog here for info on where you can purchase
her kits.

You will also need a mask. I used Vix Big Mask 019 here
 (click on masks on the right and scroll down, its in Big Masks Set 2).

Font is 2Peas Winter Essentials, here.



Don’t forget to sharpen your elements after resizing/rotating as otherwise your tag will look a little blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 75, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 550 pixels and flood fill with white.

Open one of the papers and copy, I used gemini_PeppermintTwist_paper03.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_frame05 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and move over a little to the right.

Open another of the papers and copy, this time I used gemini_PeppermintTwist_paper08. Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection. Do not deselect.

Open your tube or the close up if you have one, mirror it, copy and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed and position inside the frame (I resized 80%), invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess tube.  Do not deselect.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_Snowfall and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and position nicely in the frame then hit delete to remove the excess.  Do not deselect.  When we have finished with the frame, you can erase any snowflakes that are stuck on the end of the tube's nose or other place they don’t look too good!

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_Icicles and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position in the frame and again hit delete to remove the excess.  You can now deselect.

Apply the drop shadow to the frame, tube and icicles and lower the opacity of the tube to around 75.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_bow01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open your main tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed (I resized mine 85%), place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_tree and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down so its just above the mask layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow, erase the part that shows below the bottom of the tube.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_decor02 and paste as a new layer.  Drag up above the frame, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_gift and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%.  Duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize another 80%.  Place both gifts into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_mintleaf and paste as a new layer. Resize 35% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_mintflower and paste as a new layer.  Resize 45%, place in position, erase the bottom part of the stalk and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_feltflower01 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_feltflower02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

 Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_sucker02 and paste as a new layer. Resize 40% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_candy02 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist-candy04 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shasdow.

Open gemini_PeppermintTwist_candy-03 and paste as a new layer. Resize also 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  When your 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, if you have any questions, you can email me here and don't forget to send me your result; I love to see them and include the in the gallery!

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