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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 Kurama Phoenix.
You need a license to use Kurama’s art, available at

I used an awesome dark kit called “Love Don’t Live Here” by
I absolutely loved  this kit!
You can purchase it at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 79 by

I used the font



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

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


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

Open Paper4-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and copy.   Make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  

Open Frame5-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and rotate 10 degrees to the left. 

Open Paper9-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and copy.   Select each of the three parts of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 5, make a new layer below it and paste the paper into the selection, do not deslect.

Open Paper5-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and copy.  Make another layer and paste this paper into the selection, deselect.  Change the blend mode on this paper to Luminance and apply the drop shadow to the frame.  Close out the background and mask layers and merge visible, open the closed layers and move the merged layer up a little.

Open House-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Tree-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45% and position on the left, duplicate, drag the duplicate below the house and position behind it, apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer making sure it’s on the top, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.   I resized my tube 75%.

Open DyingFlower-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 30%, drag down below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lantern-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WordArt4-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.  Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ribbon1-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 72%, drag down below the word art, position behind it and apply the drop shadow.

Open Plate-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 23% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, drag down below the ribbon, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Scissors-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30%, drag above the ribbon, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Razor-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 15 degrees to  the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

OpenSkullPin and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Newspaper1-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open RosewThorns-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open VooDoo-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 10%, drag down below the newspaper, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Pattern-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30%, drag down to just above the mask and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right.  I erased a little of the layer on the right that was too far out.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers. 

Open BloodPool-GI_LoveDon’tLiveHere, paste as a new layer and bring it up to the top to resize it.   Resize 45%, drag down to above the house and place in position, duplicate, flip the duplicate and position, apply the drop shadow to both layers. 

Open Fog-Gi_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, drag so its just below the lantern and place in position.

Open Crow-Gi_LoveDon’tLiveHere, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 30%, stand him on the word art and apply the drop shadow.

Open Keys-Gi_LoveDon’tLiveHere and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20% and apply the drop shadow, place in position erasing some so they are hanging on the word art.

 When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and save on a transparent background as a png.



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