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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 Amy Matthews.
You need a licence to use Amy’s art, available at

I used a lovely kit inspired by this tube 40-3 by
The kit can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 89 by

I used the font



If this is the first time you have followed one of my tutorials, please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting, thank you.

I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 80, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 625 pixels and fill with white.

Open and copy pp3, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply the mask, deselect.  Duplicate this layer twice and close the duplicates off for now.  Go back to the original layer and duplicate it again, then merge this copy down onto the original.

Open el11 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 30% and rotate 90 degrees to the left.  Duplicate and line the two copies up on the left of your tag.  We will come back to these later.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer.  Resize as needed, place roughly in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 80%.

Open el20 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el15 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 80% and rotate 10 degrees to the right.  Drag down to just above the mask and place in position.  I duplicated this tube dragging the duplicate down to make it a little longer and then erasing the part that overlapped with the original and merging them together.  Apply the drop shadow.

Open el19 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el19a and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize also 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el13 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7a and paste as a new layer.   Resize 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55% and position on the left.  Duplicate, mirror and flip the duplicate and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open el10 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7, paste as a new layer and drag up to just below the tube.  Resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el2 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 30% and rotate 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el14 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 50% and rotate also 15 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Go back to the top copy of el1, select the interior of it with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and fill with black.  Paste your tube, or the close up if you have one, as a new layer and position inside the element resizing as needed, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect and merge down onto the black layer.   I used layer 1 of the tube resized 65%.

Now repeat this with the lower element and the tube mirrored.    Make sure that both tube layers are below both copies of el1 and merge one down onto the other, then merge the top copy of the element down onto the bottom copy.

Now select the interior of both parts of the merged element layer and expand the selection as before, open up one of the the mask layers that you closed and drag it up so it’s between this merged layer and the merged tube layer, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess mask, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the mask layer to “Multiply” and apply the drop shadow to the merged element layer.

Open el8, paste as a new layer and drag up above the merged element.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el18 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60%, place in position, erase the top part of the chain and apply the drop shadow.

Open el5 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el16, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 20% and rotate 10 degrees the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow

Open the font and type your text with the background set to #cab683 and the foreground closed off.  Convert your text to a raster layer and place it in position, then select, float and defloat it, open the second closed copy of the mask, drag it up above the text and position it so you have a nice colour gradient on the text, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Change the blend mode on the mask layer to “Multiply”, merge it down onto the text layer and apply an inner bevel as my screen shot below, then apply a drop shadow changing both the vertical and horizontal to 2 and blur to 5.



When you are done, crop your tag and add your copyright information, then export it as a jpeg with compression set to 5 or on a transparent background as a png.



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