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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 tube "Valerie Virgin" by
Barbara Jensen.
I just love this tube!
It’s from the latest pack 47 and you can get it from

The kit is “No Tricks Just Treats”is by
Another fun Hallowe'en kit!
It can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 141 by

I used the font



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

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


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

Open pp6 and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 110%.

Open el12 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 90% and move up and to the left, apply a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 0, opacity 100, blur 20.

Open el10 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 90%, move up and to the right and apply the last drop shadow.

Open your tube and paste as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow but change the settings to the horizontal and vertical 5, opacity 85, blur 10 ones.  If you are using one of Barbara’s layered tubes, duplicate it and close the original, pick your layers and copy merged.  I resized my tube 70%.

Open el28 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70%, drag down below the tube, position along the bottom of the window frame and apply the drop shadow.

Open el27 and paste as a new layer.   Mirror, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el23 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el15 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el14 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el18 and paste as a new layer.  Resize 75% and duplicate.  Position one web on the gravestone and drag the other down and position it on the window frame.  Apply a drop shadow to both changing the vertical and horizontal to 2 and blur to 5. 

Open el2, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Mirror, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el11 and paste as a new layer.  Mirror, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el23a and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35% and rotate 90 degrees to the left.  Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el24 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 75%, place roughly in position and apply the drop shadow.  We will come back to him later.

Open el9 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el16 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open el7 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 25% and duplicate.  Rotate the duplicate 30 degrees to the left, place both sweets into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open el25 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40% and duplicate.   Mirror the duplicate, place both spiders into position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Open el4 and paste as a new layer.   Resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check the positions of your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  Erase part of the snake so it looks like it’s wrapped around your tube. 

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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