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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 another tube “Rusty Nail” from the
 latest layered pack 73 from
Barbara Jensen.
You purchase the tube from

The kit is “Tied and True” from
You will find this gorgeous kit also at

You will need mask 41 from
and mask 81 from

The font is the Windows font Impact but
you will need my curve shape.



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


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

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect, apply Millie’s mask and then mirror it.

Make another layer, select all and paste paper 5b into the selection, deselect, apply Moonbeams and Spiderwebs mask, resize 90% and rotate it 10 degrees to the left.

Paste element 21 and resize it 45%.  With your selection tool set to a rectangle, draw a selection that covers both open parts of the frame, make a new layer below the element and paste paper 6b in the selection, deselect, apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

Paste element 16c as a new layer, resize it 70%, drag it below the merged layer, duplicate it, mirror and flip the duplicate, apply the drop shadow to each and place these two layers and the merged layer into position (you can adjust them later).

Paste your tube making sure its on the top, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 5, resize 70% and rotate 140 degrees to the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.    I recoloured this element to match the green on the strap I picked for the tube’s wrist; if you need help with recolouring, check out my Tips & Tricks page.

Paste element 39, resize 50% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 6, resize 80% and rotate 40 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 40%, place in position, apply the drop shadow and do some erasing so the pearls run through it.

Paste element 1b, resize 40% and rotate 40 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 31a, resize 70% and place in position.

Paste element 32, resize 50%, recolour it black, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Go back to element 31a, select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10, make a new layer below it and fill with black.  Paste the close up of the tube, resize 80% and position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and change the blend mode on the tube to “Hard Light” and lower the opacity to around 45%.

Check your layers now and make any necessary adjustments.

We will now work on the text!

There are two ways of doing this, the correct way is to put the shape in your Preset Shapes folder which should be in your PSP Files in My Documents then close off your foreground colour, set your background to any colour, find the curve under your Preset Shapes and draw in the curve.   The easy way is to just open my curve in PSP and paste it as a new layer on the top!!   If you choose the easier way, resize the curve 80%.

It doesn’t really matter where you position the curve as you can move it when the text is done.  Open the font Impact and with foreground closed off and background any colour, hold your cursor on the curve until you see a curve shape show below the T, then type your name in lower case.  Font size you will need to work out for yourself, it depends on what version of PSP you are using and the length of your name but you can of course resize it.  I have done a screenshot for you below so you can see roughly where on the curve to start the text.  Now look on your layers palette and you will see the text as a Vector image with the curve below it, click on the little triangle on the left and it will open so the text and curve are on separate layers, now close the eye on the curve and turn the vector layer into a raster layer. Again, I have done a screenshot for you below.







Now select your text, float and defloat it, paste paper 6b as a new layer, resize the paper 50%, position it over the text, invert the selection and hit delete to remove the excess, then delete the original text layer.  Apply an inner bevel to your text as in my screenshot below, apply the drop shadow and move it into position.



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











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