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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  “Stocking Faery” artwork from
Amy Brown.
You need a license to use this art, now available at

The kit is “Together at Christmas” from
I love this kit, it reminds me of Christmas when I was a child.
You can purchase it at

I used mask 3 from the 2015 set by

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 45, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 750 by 750 pixels and fill with white.

Paste the mask and resize it 27%,  select all, float and defloat the mask, make a new layer and paste paper 3 into the selection, deselect and delete the original black mask layer.

Paste spray 11, resize 90% and place in position.

Paste element 18, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 57, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 2b, resize 45% and place in position.  We will come back to this.

Paste the main tube, resize 90% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 30%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 60, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 43, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 59, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14b, resize 17% and rotate 50 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 45, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 2, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 25, resize 15% and rotate 10 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41b, resize 17% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 53, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 14a, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 41, resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28f, resize 15%, duplicate and mirror the copy, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28e, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any adjustments.

Paste the tube again below frame 2 and position in the frame.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 30 and invert it then hit delete on the tube.  Paste paper 7 as a new layer below the tube, change the blend mode on the tube to “Overlay” and position the paper so a darker part of the paper is in the frame and hit delete, deselect and apply the drop shadow to the frame.

Paste spray 12, resize 25% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag down to just above the mask and place in position.

Paste spray 15, resize 25% and place in position.

Paste spray 4 just below the main tube, resize 70% and place in position.

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








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