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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 the art of Elias Chatzoudis.
You need a license to use Elias’ art,
I purchased mine from My PSP Tubes
but they are now available from

I used the kit “Army Girl” by
This is a great kit with a ton more elements
than I have used in my tag and will go with several tubes.
You can purchase the kit at

You will also need a mask, I used mask april7 by

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting the tutorial, thank you.

I used a drop shadow throughout of vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 85, blur 5.



Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 500 pixels and fill with white.

Open SkyScraps-PP4 and copy.  Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 95%.

Open SkyScraps-E58 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60%, select the interior with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10.  Open SkyScraps-PP2 and paste as a new layer below the element, resize 40%, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Open SkyScraps-E50 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, drag down below the merged layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E64 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E17 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right.   Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open SkyScraps-E40 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open SkyScraps-E22 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, drag down below the tube and position on the left, duplicate, move the duplicate over to the right and erase any that overlap hiding the join behind the tube, merge the top copy down onto the bottom copy and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E2 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 67%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E1 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E57 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E71 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I erased some that showed between my tube’s legs.

Open SkyScraps-E4 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E6 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E7 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, drag down and tuck behind the boots, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open SkyScraps-E45 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, position on the barbed wire on the frame erasing some so it looks like it’s hooked over it and apply the drop shadow.

Open SkyScraps-E73 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 28%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

 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.


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