VB .NET - User Control that is semi-transparent with semi-transparent bitmaps

I would like to create a user control (VS 2010/VB .NET) that is semi-transparent (maybe transparent) that contains several semi transparent bitmaps.  I've searched the internet and the forums in Experts Exchange and most of the stuff I've found is pretty old.  Can someone point me in the right direction, please?  Let me know if you need additional information and thank you!
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MEINMELAuthor Commented:
Nice information in these links, I didn't see these in my previous searches.  I'll give it a try and let you know.  Thank you!
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