52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Wednesday 21 December 2022

Lavinia Stamps "Robin in the snow" Christmas Tag


Covid is still taking it's toll on me, the coughing hasn't eased at all, so I made a tag to distract me.

For the background, I started blending three Distress Oxide Inks, starting with "Tumbled Glass" then at the top to just over half way down I used "Blueprint Sketch" then finally at the top third, I used "Prize Ribbon".  Blend until the joins between the colours are seamless.

Using Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink, I stamped the Lavinia Stamps "Fern Branch" in first and second generation stamping.

Using a fan paint brush and water, I splattered water droplets over the top half of the tag, blotting the surplus off with a kitchen roll.

I used Dr. Ph. Martin's white bleed proof ink and a really fine paint brush to add snow to the branches.

I then stamped the bird, which is part of the Lavinia Stamps "Bird Collection".  I stamped in second generation stamping, again using "Acorn" brown ink.  I then added extra colour to the bird using Derwent Inktense water colour pencils.

I then moved on to the Lavinia Stamps "Small Lanterns" which I stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  

Using a white Posca Pen, i coloured the area within the lantern between the candle and the glass.  Once dry, I used a yellow and orange Posca Pen to add colour.  (By using the white Posca pen first, means that the colour doesn't distort).  I then used Pastel Pencils in white and a very light yellow to add light rays from the lantern.

I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment from their "Tiny Words - Christmas" stamp set, stamped in Versafine Clair "Twilight" dark blue ink.  While the ink was out, I inked up the edges of the tag.

Finally, using a white gel pen, I added a few snowflakes to the area around the branches.


  1. Sam gorgeous tag, as far as the covid well mine took 5 weeks to go.. take it easy and lots of water and rest..xx

    1. Thank you. This is the second time I've had it (in six months). I can't afford to be ill. I have family due for Christmas here x

  2. My favourite Christmas bird in a beautiful snowy scene

  3. This is extremely pretty Sam and your ink blending is seamless and love the three blues you have used. The pretty robin sitting on the branch and the hanging lanterns all look great, and the added snow and falling snow and splattering water for some extra texture really sets the scene. x