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This image was made in Paint Shop Pro 5 with wood and hot wax. I began with a wood filled image, and in the centre made a cutout square using cutout and drop shadow. In this square I put large dingbat from Printers Ornaments One font, and again using cutout and drop shadow, gave it the appearance of carved wood.
I then opened another image and put another copy - same size - of the dingbat in that, and coloured in the leaves and flower.
I selected the flower, copied and pasted it onto the wood image, and adjusted it till it was exactly on the corresponding spot in the wooden dingbat. I selected the red flower, and gave it a coat of white hot wax. Still selected I used Cutout with white shadow colour and negative offsets.
I then did a red hot wax, and used Hue/Saturation/Lightness to adjust the colours to give a shiny effect. Another red hot wax was followed by adjusting Brightness/Contrast.
I followed the same procedure with the leaves, only using green for the second and third hot wax. I did not select the stalks of the leaves or the flower centre from the coloured image so that they stayed as wood.
For the four corner images I used another dingbat from Printers Ornaments One, and rotated it to fit each corner. These characters I made with floating checked on the text page, and red as the foreground colour. With each one, while still selected, I did a cutout with black shadow and the interior filled with red. I gave it two coats of red hot wax, colour adjusting after each coat. (Hue/Saturation/Lightness after the first one and Brightness/Contrast after the second). Finally I did a drop shadow with opacity at 100 and everything else at 1, with the lightest shade I could find in the wood.
The other border characters are from the same font. I did two copies of each one, exactly on top of each other. The first one was with floating unchecked, and I did a simple cutout and drop shadow with no interior fill, to give a carved look. Then, the second copy was done with floating checked, foreground colour as green. I defloated each one after I had rotated and moved it into place, and then did exactly what I did with the corner ones, only with a green interior fill and hot wax.
Two of the Paint Shop Pro User Group Study Sessions gave me the basics I was playing with here. Both can be downloaded from