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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
Martin Abel.
You need a license to use Martin’s art, they are available at

The kit was inspired by this tube 29-2 and is by
You also find the kit at

You will need a background mask, I used mask 05 by

I used the font



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

I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


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

Make a new layer and fill with a lightish colour from your tube or the kit (I used #bac4e6) and apply the mask. 

Paste Element 04 as a new layer, resize 70% and duplicate.  Position the two elements like my screenshot below and apply the drop shadow to each.


Paste Frame 02 as a new layer and resize 55%.  Paste Paper 04 as new layer below the frame, mirror it and resize it 40%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection by 10, position the resized paper in the frame to show as much of the pattern as you can, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess.  Now paste Element 16 as a new layer, resize it 50% and position it also in the frame then hit delete again.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto Element 16 and then onto the paper and duplicate the merged layer.  Rotate the original layer 10 degrees to the left and move it over to the left.  Resize the copy 90%, rotate it 10 degrees to the right and position on the right.

Paste Element 13 as a new layer and resize 55%.

Paste your main tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized this tube 70%. 

Paste the tube again and mirror it, change the blend mode to “Overlay”, drag it below the first tube and, resizing as needed, position it on Element 13.  Activate the element, select it, float and defloat it, invert the selection and hit delete on the tube, deselect.  Erase any of the tube that is on the top gear of the element and apply the drop shadow to the element.    I resized the tube 80% this time.

Paste Element 02 as a new layer and resize it 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Erase some of the tube so it looks like the rope is wrapped around her.

Paste Element 17 as a new layer, resize 40% and duplicate.  Mirror one copy and position it on the right, rotate the second copy 90 degrees to the left, drag it below the rope and the tube and position on the left.   Apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Element 07 as a new layer on the top.  Resize 45% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and position on the right.  Apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Element 14 as a new layer, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 05 as a new layer, resize 27%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 12 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 01 as a new layer, resize 35%, rotate 90 degrees to the left and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Pate Element 06a as a new layer, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Wordart 02 as a new layer,  resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 10 as a new layer, resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Element 03 as a new layer, resize 25% and rotate 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments.  I enlarged my mask slightly.  When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.















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