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In this tutorial I used the art of Michael Calandra.
You need a license to use Michael’s art, available at

I used a new kit called “My Black Heart” by
This kit is amazing and has loads of more elements than
I have used in my tag.
You can purchase the kit at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 79 by

I used the font



Please check out my “About my tutorials” page before starting, thank you.

Unless otherwise noted, I used a drop shadow of vertical and horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 575 pixels and fill with white.

Open Paper7-GI_MyBlackHeart and copy, make a new layer on your canvas, select all, paste the paper into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Open Moon-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 70% and move up and to the right a little.

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

Open Grass-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 90%, drag down below your tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open WordArt2-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow but changing the vertical and horizontal to 2 and blur to 5.  To make the word art stand out better against the grass and also to bring in the mauve colour from my tube, I re-coloured it. 

Open Pin-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow (remember to change those settings back).

Open Kitty-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.    Mirror, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Daisy1-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open MagicalLights-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 60% and place in position.

Open Screw-GI_MyBlackHeart, paste as a new layer and bring to the top.   Resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Bottle-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 23%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Grass--GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.  Resize 65% and place in position.

Open Ivy2-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 52% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ivy1-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.  Resize 60% and rotate 30 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Book-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 33%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Ribbon1-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 55%, drag down below the book and position to the left of it, duplicate and move the duplicate over to the right, erase the part of the first ribbon that shows on the right of the book and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open Skul21-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lamp-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 32%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Spider-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Resize 18%, place in position on the lamp, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and rotate it 20 degrees to the right, drag down and position on the bottle but above the grass  and apply the drop shadow to both layers.

Open Bones-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer on the top.   Resize 45%. Place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Lock-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.  Resize 15%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Open Key-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.    Resize 14% and rotate 120 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  Again, I re-coloured the lock and key.

Open Rose-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.  Resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

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

Open Bats-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.   Drag down so they are just above the word art and resize 50%.  Now you can either duplicate this layer a few times and erase some bats so you have one on each layer or you draw a selection around each bat individually, promote it to a layer in your layer’s palette and then delete it from the original layer, either way, you want the bats on separate layers so you can arrange them individually on your tag, you can also mirror or rotate them.  Apply the drop shadow to all layers.

Open Smoke-GI_MyBlackHeart and paste as a new layer.  Resize 70% and position below the grass, using my tag for reference, erase some of the smoke at either end, then lower the opacity of your brush to 10 and with the size at around 50, dab around the ends to blend them in so you have no sharp edges.   When you are done with the smoke, go back to the grass and do the same thing, blending it in along the bottom edge. 
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When you are done, crop your tag, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.  








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