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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 used a tube called Comtesse Alana by SkyScraps.
You need a license to use this tube,
available at Scraps and the City store.
The tube comes with five colour options.

The kit I used was custom made for the tube and
is also called Comtesse Alana by
The kit is also available at Scraps and the City.

You will need the 20/20 mask,  here
and also a background mask.
For the background mask I used Insatiable Dreams mask 565,  here.

Font is Argonaut, here.




Remember to sharpen your elements after resizing as otherwise they will look a bit blurry; check out my Tips and Tricks page for more info.

I used a drop shadow of Vertical 0, Horizontal 5, opacity 90, blur 10.



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

Open snp-comptesse-papers08 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 85%.

Open snp-comptesse-elements50 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 55%.  Open one of the tube close ups and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and position on the element like my screenshot below.





Click on the element to activate it, then click anywhere on the canvas outside of the element with your magic wand to make a selection, click on the tube to activate it and hit delete, deselect.  Copy the tube and paste it as a new image, crop closely around the head and then apply the 20/20 mask to it.  Delete the original tube on your canvas and paste the masked tube in its place then erase the parts of the tube that show on top of the fingers;  it should now look like my second screenshot. Lower the opacity of the tube to around 65 and merge it down onto the element, apply the drop shadow and move up and to the right. 



Open snp-comtesse-elements17 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70%, drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements48 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open the main tube, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 58%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements12 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements27 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements06 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements19 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements34 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-element53 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements57 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements42 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comtesse-elements47 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comptesse-elements 35 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comptese-elerments38 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 12%, duplicate, place both layers into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open snp-comptesse-element04, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comptesse-elements11 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open snp-comptesse-elements 39 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open snp-comptesse-elements24 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 85%, drag down so its just above the merged layer and place in position.   Duplicate, drag the duplicate up so its just above the coffin, resize 80%  and place in position.

Check the positions of your elements again, I erased around the fingers on the the snake and the skull on the stake layers to bring them above them.

When you are done, crop your tag, 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 them in the gallery!








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