Create Art/Be Brave Tag

Today over at A Vintage Journey it’s Tag Friday, there is no particular theme as it’s all about creating something you love, experimenting and having fun! I hope that you will join our tag challenge, it would be lovely to see you there!

Spending more time in my garden means that my art is being inspired by some of the beautiful flowers which are blooming at the moment, so today’s double-sided tag features purple poppies and rudbeckia.

The tag itself was made from a large Poster Card by Tim Holtz and I added some texture and colour to the edges of it by applying some Broken China Distress Embossing Glaze and then some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. As I planned to use Faber-Castell Gelatos on both tags, I applied some white gesso to the tag first; this enhanced the colours and made it easier to apply the Gelatos. When the gesso was dry, I scribbled Kiwi and Aqua Dolce Faber-Castell Gelatos over the top smudging the colour with my finger.

Next I removed some of the Gelato colours using a baby wipe through a Halftone stencil from Tim Holtz and I used the stencil again to add some Memento Inks; I used Cottage Ivy ink for the poppy background and Paris Dusk ink for the rudbeckia background.

I stamped a document stamp and a grunge stamp from two different Tim Holtz stamp sets using black Archival Ink and then some leaf stamps from Carabelle Studios using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink for the poppy tag and London Fog Memento Ink for the rudbeckia tag. To finish the backgrounds, I added some rub-on transfers from a Specimen Remnant Rubs set by Tim Holtz.

The flowers were stamped onto some Mixed Media paper using a Stamping Platform to ensure a clear crisp finish. The stamps are from a Flower Garden stamp set by Tim Holtz and are stamped using black Archival Ink. The foliage was coloured using Sap Green Kuretake watercolour paint and highlighted using Lime Green and Forest Green Winsor & Newton Promarkers.

I had fun painting the poppy using Colbalt Violet, Black and White Kuretake watercolour paints and I coloured the edges of the petals using Amethyst Winsor & Newton Promarker. I used Lime Green and Canary Promarkers to colour the centre of the flower and a white Uniball gel pen, a black Uni Pin marker and a Cool Grey Promarker for the stamens. The flower was stuck in place using a glue stick and some glue dots and I added the “Create Art” wording which was a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz that was edged using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

The rudbeckia flower was painted using Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Scarlet, Black, White and Burnt Umber Sienna Kuretake watercolour paints and a Canary Promarker. I used a black Uni Posca paint pen and a black Uni Pin marker to add the texture to the stamens. I added the “Be Brave” wording and edged both tags using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. To finish, I added an eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile machine to reinforce the hole as I’m using a book ring to secure all of my double-sided tags together as part of my Tag Journal (grin!).

For more Tag Friday inspiration, please pop over to A Vintage Journey where you’ll find some fabulous tags created by my fellow Creative Guides. I hope you are inspired to join us as I’m so looking forward to seeing your tag designs!

These purple poppies are a welcome addition to our flower bed and were totally unplanned; I think the birds must have brought them into the garden (grin!). They have been flowering non-stop since the beginning of July. I’m featuring them again as some of you had never seen them before so I thought I’d share some more information about them:

  • This particular poppy is called Papaver Somniferum “Hungarian Blue” and is an heirloom variety with single flowers.
  • They are gorgeous purple-violet shades with dark inner markings on each petal.
  • They are easy to grow being ideal as a cut flower and the dried seed pods can also be used in flower arranging.
  • They grow to a height of 90cm.

The rudbeckia has just started flowering and adds a happy vibrant yellow to our flower bed; this particular one is Rudbeckia Fulgida ”Goldsturm” and is also known as the Golden Cone Flower or Black Eyed Susan.

I hope that you are staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m pleased to join the Summer challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my summer flower tags.

I’m joining in the fun at Country View Challenges and their Do What Makes You Happy Challenge with my flower tags as although I always find making tags a bit daunting I always enjoy making them; they also make me smile when I look at them as they are always on display in my craft room.

I’m joining in the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this double-sided tag:     

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze (Broken China)
  • Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Kiwi, Aqua Dolce)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil (Halftone THS144)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy, Paris Dusk, London Fog)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set (Documented CMS226, Urban Tapestry CMS061, Flower Garden CMS215)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Carabelle Studios Art Stamp (Dans la nature, il y a … SA60175)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Specimen #TH94047)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Ranger Tonic Studios Stamping Platform
  • Kuretake Gambai Watercolour Paints (Sap Green No.53, Colbalt Violet No.139, Black No.20, White No.10, Lemon Yellow No.40, Cadmium Scarlet No.31, Burnt Sienna No.46)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Lime Green G178, Forest Green G356, Amethyst V626, Cool Grey 4 CG4, Canary Y367)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Black)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Quote Chips #TH96563)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • American Crafts Crop-A-Dile (Hole Punch & Eyelet Setter, Standard Eyelets – Black)

27 thoughts on “Create Art/Be Brave Tag

  1. Your tags are fabulous Jo and I so love the backgrounds you created using various mediums and techniques. Great colour combination too xx Hope you are safe and well x Enjoy your garden as this weekend has to be nice and warm xx

    Annie xx

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  2. Both tags are absolutely gorgeous, Jo. I love that stamp set, anyway and don’t use it half as much as it deserves. The flowers are so well drawn. You’ve done them proud. Gorgeous background textures and lovely colour.
    Rudbeckia is one of my favourite flowers. There’s something so beautiful about them. I can’t have them in my yard…but I love seeing other people’s in their gardens! Thanks for sharing yours.
    Cath x

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  3. The tags are so pretty. Thank for the info on the purple poppies. And I kept thinking your yellow flowers looked like Black Eyed Susans. My mother had a crop of those in her garden. Enjoy your day

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  4. These tags are beyond fabulous, Jo. They look so beautiful and I could study them for ages looking at all the details. As always I read how you made these and my head is spinning with all the techniques and some new ways I have never tried. What a marvellous workshop this would be (slowly and step by step!).
    The purple poppy is truly a beauty and the bees agree.
    One seed head has a thousand seeds and can spread everywhere – ask me how I know, haha!

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    • After visiting your blog I can see why you know about those poppies … ha ha 😀. So sorry I’ve been behind on my visiting, my tablet gave up the ghost and had to be factory reset so I’m gradually finding and adding all the information and blog links back. Thanks for your kind comments, it made it easier for me to add your information again – yay! I love to run a workshop to walk through the steps to create this tag, I think it would be so much fun! Thanks so much and sending you happy wishes! Hugs, Jo x


  5. Wow those gelatos have a really bold color. I have to say they pop right off your tags. Your garden must be looking amazing right now. Have a great start to your weekend and to August Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  6. This pair of tags is just fabulous, Jo – and I love them even more now that I see the garden inspiration photos. The flowers themselves look beautiful, and I love the layered stamping in the backgrounds. Utterly charming!
    Alison x

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  7. I always love your fifth Friday of the month because I know I’m going to be greeted with some amazing tags. These two are awe inspiring. I love the flowers, the fussy cutting, and the incredible backgrounds. So lovely and, as always, inspired by your real life.

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  8. Simply stunning Jo and a beautiful way to share the love and inspiration of flowers from your garden. Love that stamp set, the fine line detail is so impressive. Really beautiful share, I forget every tag Friday!!
    Sorry i’m late again, been dismantling the playhouse in the garden this weekend as the recycle/refuse centre has re-opened and we managed to get a drop off slot booked for Tuesday (today). My intentions were to do my catch up visits on Sunday but Freya had an allergic reaction to a sting, her poor wee nose and eyes became swollen so i’ve been looking after her. She’s doing much better today & the vet is happy that she appears to be recovering well thankfully… Fingers crossed this incident will stop her wasp chasing but i’m not holding any hopes..!
    Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Thank you for sharing these lovelies over @ Paperbabe Stamps Summer Challenge xx

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    • Oh my, hope Freya is feeling better soon! Ellie chases bees and wasps too, not sure how you can stop them. Sounds like you’ve been busy at home too 😀. Thanks so much and wishing you much happiness! Take care! Hugs, Jo x


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