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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 tube “Poof” from
the latest pack 57 from
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube from


The kit is “Pirate Booty” by
This is a fabulous kit with some lovely elements and
can also be purchased at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 69 by Simone at

I used the font



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

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



Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 650 pixels and fill with white.

Copy paper 4, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. 

Paste element 12 as a new layer, resize 75% and rotate 90 degrees in either direction.  Select the interior of the element with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 4 and paste it into the selection, deselect.   Mirror the paper, apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move it up a little.

Paste element 25 as a new layer, resize 80%, drag below the merged layer, position on the left and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste element 9 as a new layer, resize 70%, drag below the merged layer and place on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and place it on the right, duplicate the original again and place it in the middle,  apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste element 33 as a new layer, resize 75%, drag below the tube, position on the left and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17 as a new layer, resize 55%, mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1 as a new layer, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3 as a new layer, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2 as a new layer, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24 as a new layer, resize 30% and duplicate, rotate one copy 90 degrees to  the right and the other 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8 as a new layer,  resize 45% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 30 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 35 as a new layer, resize 25%, drag below element 30, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6 as a new layer, resize 50%, duplicate,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste element 31 as a new layer, resize 25% and duplicate, mirror one copy, place one above the right hand skull and one between the ingots and the coins and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13 as a new layer on the top, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 32 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

 Check your layers again and when you are done, cropy your tag if necessary, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.











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