52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Friday 16 June 2023

Sweet Poppy Stencils "Botanicals Thistle Stem" Tag

t seems quite some time since I last made a tag, so I decided to have a play making this one. 

I started with a cream coloured blank tag.  On my glass mat, I dabbed the following Distress Oxide inks:  Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire. I strized each one with a little water then ran the tag through the colours, after each colour, I used the heat gun to dry the tag.  I continued doing this till the surface was covered.

I inked the edges of the tag with "Chipped Sapphire" Distress Oxide Ink and then edged it with Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink.

Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" I multi stamped the Sweet Poppy "Botanical Thistle Stem Stamp". I coloured the image with Van Goch Pastel Pencils and a white gel pen.

*Edited to add

I forgot to mention the spotlight area.  I used a die cut circle of plastic and Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink with a finger dabber to create the dark ring around the thistle and bee.
Starting in the middle and working my way outwards and rotating the tag, so that I was always working in the same direction.

I used a white gel pen around the inner edge.  I also used a white Pastel Pencil to lighten the area within the circle.


  1. This is gorgeous and love the colour combination Sam and the thistles are beautiful..the spotlight around one of them looks great too. x

  2. Wow, you make it sound so simple. I just love it Sam. How did you do your spotlight area? Fabulous work. Tracey Randell from Annie's group xx

    1. Ah, sorry about that, I forgot to detail it.

      Using a die cut cirlce of thin plastic, I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" with a finger dabber, around the edge, working my way around from the middle of the circle off the edge, turning the tag on occasion so that I was working in the same direction all of the time.

      I used a white gel pen for the inner edge of the circle. I also usd a white pastel pencil to make the inner circle area a bit lighter.

  3. Gorgeous background colours and stamped image,the spotlight area is beautiful

  4. It's fabulous. Popped over from FB to read the details!

  5. Absolutely stunning Sam you are extremely talented and just love this xx