As for tags..well, I was a fan of scanlines when I started out. But they quickly became old. If you prefer them I can't really do anything about that. But I really hope you post your non-scanline versions here too if you choose to include them.
Naaah, about the scanlines I just sort of kept them since the tags were 'simpler'. If I start practicing making tags like the one in your signature I definitely won't use them going forward. Also, do you have any specific tips to give my icons contrast, other than just experimenting; I'm eager to learn any tricks.