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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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Alicia Mujica - LDS1095

LDS_584

AMI - AMI5350

Arthur Crowe - AC495

Artistic Dreams Imaging - ADI-01632

Barbara Jensen - BJ0784

BJVIP18

Celinart - C1841P

Creative Design Outlet - CDO-1951

CILM - CI-1360LM

Digital Chaos - DC-113

Dreaming with Bella - DWB1607

Dreamscape Imaging - DSI582

Elias Chatzoudis - EAS10253

Garv - KG2307

KATNKDA - NK1759

My Tubed Art - MTA_F133

MTA-1337

My PSP Tubes - MPT1875

Myka Jelina - MK1328

Scraps and the City - SATC1209

Scraps & Co. - S&CO209

Suzanne Woolcott - SW169

Pics For Design - PFD_Dragonfly

PSP Project - TPP01390

Psp Tubes Emporium - PTE1351

Stickerchick – SC1875

TooshToosh - Toosh2548

Up Your Art - UYA0859

Verymany - VMT_Dragonfly

Zindy - ZZT439

Zlata_M - zlatam_dragonfly

Dees’Sign Depot – DD_CTVG

TinyTurtle Designs - TTD02490


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In this tutorial I used the art of
You can purchase Enys’ amazing art at

The kit is “The Guardian” from
Gothic Inspirations.
Anther amazing kit from Jessica!
You can purchase it at

You will need my mask



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


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by by 750 and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all paste, paper 10 into the selection, deselect, apply the mask, resize 90% and then go to Adjust – Sharpness – Sharpen.

Paste Smudged, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Ground, resize 50%, position along the bottom of smudged and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Moon Full, resize 45%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Castle 2, resize 45%, duplicate, resize the original copy another 80%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

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

Paste Tree 2, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste frame 3, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.    Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, paste paper 5 below the frame and resize it 40%, position in the frame, invert the selection and hit delete.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper.

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

Paste Word art 12, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Brushed Colours, resize 40% and position below the word art.

Paste Atlas, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Paste Skulls, resize 25%, position on the left, below the word art,  duplicate, position in the middle below the word art, duplicate again, mirror  this copy and position on the right above the word art, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Candles, resize 17%, duplicate and mirror the copy, position the original copy on the left behind the word art and the copy on the right behind the skulls.

Paste Flower 2, resize 10% and duplicate, position one copy behind the candles on the left and one above the candles on the right, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Mushrooms, resize 20%, duplicate and mirror the copy, position the mirrored copy behind the word art and the copy above it, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Piano, resize 35%, position below the top layer of the mushrooms and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Grass again, resize 15%, position above the word art on the left, duplicate, position above the skulls/keyboard on the right, duplicate again,  mirror this copy and position on the far right above the skulls, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste Ying and Yang, resize 7%, position behind the keyboard and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Leaves 2, resize 12%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Wooden Rose, resize 10%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

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

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

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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