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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 art of Jeff Haynie!
I just love these cats!!!
You need a license to use Jeff’s art, available at

The kit is called “Cleopatra” and is by
I have used this beautiful kit before, it’s one of my
favourites by Carita,
The kit can now be purchased at

I used two masks in my tag, mask DD_SM_5 by Dee from
and mask 0120 by Simone at

I used the Windows font
Impact.




Please check out my “About my tutorials” page before you start if this is the first time you have followed one of my tutorials.

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


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

Copy pp3, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Simone’s mask, resize 90%.

Copy pp4, make another layer on your canvas, paste this paper into the selection and apply Dee’s mask, deselect.

Paste el3 as a new layer, resize 40%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position the two frames alongside each other.   Select the interior of the frame on the left with your magic wand and expand the selection by 20, copy pp1 and paste it as a new layer below the frames, resize it 50% and position it in the frame so the writing at the bottom doesn’t show, invert the selection and hit delete.  Duplicate the paper, mirror it and move the copy into the right hand frame.  We will come back to these.

Paste el5 as a new layer, resize 60%, drag below the frame and paper layers and position at the top, duplicate, rotate the duplicate 90 degrees to the right and position on the right, duplicate this layer, mirror it and position on the left.  Apply a drop shadow to each copy of with vertical and horizontal set to 0, opacity to 100 and blur to 10.

Paste el19 as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow (the vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10 shadow).

Paste your tube as a new layer and bring it to the top, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 70%.

Paste el6 a new layer, resize 50%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste el15 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste el6 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste el17 as a new layer, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste el1 as a new layer, resize 45% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, position on the left below the pot, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right just below the tube, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste el7 as a new layer, resize 40% and position on the left, duplicate, flip the duplicate, drag it down below the first copy and position on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste el11 as a new layer,  resize 60% and flip, position between the two flowers and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments. 

Duplicate your tube, resize it 80% and drag it down below the frames, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position in the frames.  Select the interior of each frame and expand as before, invert the selection and hit delete on the tubes.  Change the blend mode on the tubes to “Overlay” and lower the opacity to around 40.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame that you used on el5.

Now crop your tag and add your copyright information.
Set your background to a colour that will show up on your tag and close off your forground, open the font, type your name and stretch it to fit nicely on your tag, convert it to a raster layer then go to select all - float - de-float.  Open pp1 again, paste it as a new layer and resize it as you did before, position it on the text, then invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess paper, deselect and delete the original text layer.  Apply an inner bevel to the text as in my screenshot below and then apply the drop shadow.  When you are done, export your tag on a transparent background as a png.











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