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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 fabulous new bonus tube “Shrinking Violet” by
Barbara Jensen.
This gorgeous tube comes with loads of layers and is free 
with a tube purchase of just $10 at
until midnight on 23rd January.

The kit I used is called “Dots & Stripes” and is by
This fabulous kit can also be found at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 84 by

For the text I used the alpha 
that came with the kit.



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page if this is the first tutorial of mine you have followed, thank you.

Unless noted in the tutorial, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 8, opacity 80, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Copy pp5, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.  Resize 105%.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, resize 80% and move up a little.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below the element and fill with black, deselect.  We will come back to this.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place roughly in position and apply the drop shadow.  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%.

Pate element 21 as a new layer.   Resize 65% and rotate 50 degrees to the left, drag below the tube and position to the left of her, duplicate and move the duplicate over to the right.  Apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Paste element 14 as a new layer.   Resize 35%, position on the right and apply the drop shadow.  Paste element 7 as a new layer.  Resize 35% and mirror, place in position on element 14 and apply the drop shadow.  Merge this element down onto element 14 then duplicate it, mirror the duplicate and position on the left.

Paste element 22 as a new layer.   Resize 65% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position on the right and apply the drop shadow, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the left.

Paste element 9 as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11 as a new layer.  Resize 45%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6 as a new layer.  Resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12 as a new layer.   Resize 37%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer.  Resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pate element 27 as a new layer.   Resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 16 as a new layer.  Resize 40%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize it another 90%, place both elements in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 13 as a new layer.   Resize 28%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments. 

Duplicate your tube, without moving it out of position, drag the duplicate down until it’s just above the feather, go back to the original tube and erase most of it out just leaving her legs coming across the top of the elements. 

Paste your tube as a new layer again and drag this layer down between the frame and the black layer, resize as needed and position on one side of the frame, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the other side.  Select the interior of the frame and expand it as before, invert the selection and hit delete on each tube to remove the excess, deselect.  Lower the opacity on the tubes to around 40, apply the drop shadow to the frame and then repeat the shadow changing the vertical and horizontal to -5.

Open element 30, resize it 40%, draw a selection around the letters in your name and paste them on the tag, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each (remember to change the settings back).

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




















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