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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 amazing art of
You need a license to use Enys' art, 
available at Creative Design Outlet
I used the tube and the graphic but the tutorial can
be done with just a tube.

I used a fabulous kit inspired by Amy Brown’s 93-1 from
The kit can also be purchased at

I used three masks, mask 84 from
mask 18 from
and mask 151 by

I used the font



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


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

Copy paper 01, make a new layer on your canvas select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Weescotslass’ mask, resize 95%.

Make another layer, the paper should still be in the memory, paste it again into the selection and apply Millie’s mask, deselect and put this canvas to one side.

Open a new transparent canvas 600 by 600 pixels, select all, paste the paper into the selection and apply Vaybs' mask, copy the mask and paste it onto your original canvas,  resize it 80% and position on the left.  You can now delete the second canvas.

You should have something like this.


Paste element 14 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2 as a new layer, resize 55%, rotate 10 degrees to the right and place in position.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 5 and make a new layer below it, copy paper 04 and paste it into the selection, deselect.  We will come back to this.

Paste your tube as a new layer, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 80% and mirrored it.

Paste element 13 as a new layer, resize 65% and rotate 10 degrees to the left, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 04 as a new layer, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 as a new layer, resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, position on the right, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and rotate it 10 degees to the left, place in position on the left and apply the drop shadow to each,

Paste element 09 as a new layer, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 01 as a new layer, resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 06 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15 as a new layer, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 05 as a new layer and bring to the top, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I recoloured this element to better match the tube.

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

Paste element 12 as a new layer on the top, resize 65% and place in position.  Duplicate, erase the group of leaves on the right hand side on the duplicate, drag it below the tube and position to the right of her.   Apply the drop shadow to both copies.

Paste element 16 as a new layer, resize 25%,  position behind the top leaf layer and apply the drop shadow.

Go back to the frame and paste your tube or close up as a new layer behind it. This copy needs to be the mirror image of the original copy.  Position the tube in the frame resizing as needed, again select the interior of the frame, expand the selection as before, invert it and hit delete on the tube to remove the excess, deselect.  I used the close up full sized.   Change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay” and merge it down onto the paper.   Go to Effects – Distortion Effects – Ripple and apply with the settings in my screenshot below.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame.



Double check your mask layers and make sure you are happy with their positioning.   If you  have a graphic, past it as a new layer above the mask layers and resize it 110%, change the blend mode to “Soft Light” and position it on the right so the tube is hidden but you can see the curtains in the top, right hand corner.  Select Weescotslass mask, float and defloat it, invert the selection and hit delete on the graphic, deselect.   Erase any that shows to the left of the clock and below the main tube.  Paste the graphic again, position it on the left, then repeat the above.  Erase any of this copy that shows on the right and below the main tube.  Lower the opacity on the main Weescotslass mask layer to around 70%.

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










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