Spread Kindness

Edited on 12/31/2017

1. The tag was chosen as one of the Top Three by We Love 2 Create Challenge. What a happy surprise! Thanks, DTs, you made my day.
2. The tag was also chosen as one of the Top Three by Stamp and Stencil Pastel Challenge. It's indeed double happiness. What an honor! Thanks, DTs.

Hi Stamping Friends,

Time flies. It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The November Challenge Theme is Tag. Yay, this is basically like Anything Goes, isn’t it?

For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $20.

It’s approaching the most colorful season of the year. I’m challenging myself to make an autumn tag in a pastel way. The following is how I made my tag.

Tag Details

1. Apply several Distress Paints on stencil, flip the stencil and use the stencil like a stamp, i.e. press the colored stencil on tag. Let dry.

2. Apply gesso on tag to create pastel effect. Let dry.
3. Apply several Distress Inks over stencil on tag.

4.Randomly apply Embossing Paste over stencil on tag to create texture. Let dry.

5. Die cut leaves (by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous). Stamp music notes (by Hero Arts). Edge leaves by Distress Inks.

6. Heat emboss text (Simon Says Stamp) in white on black card scrap. Assemble the tag as shown on top.

Hope this tag is eye-pleasing to you. Let’s spread kindness by making and sharing tags/cards with one another. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.

Challenges to enter


  1. Absolutely love your tag and your technique.Also love what you stamped...it's so true. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  2. Beautiful stencil layeres with your Distress inks, Helen. Love how you added paste thru your stencils too. Your color combination is so pretty. Your beautiful sentiment is so needed globally. TFS your creative and thoughtful Tag. Hugs.

  3. Gorgeous tag, fabulous design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog! We hope to see you again!
    Sherry x - DT for Mix It Up Challenge Blog
    Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

  4. Beautiful work and thanks for the photo step-by-step tutorial too.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

  5. Such a lovely tag Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  6. Stunning tag with lovely detail. Thank you for entering it in our anything goes challenge at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog.
    Good luck
    Lynda x

  7. Oh,wow..so pretty..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT   http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  8. Gorgeous tag .... stunning colours. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  9. Amazing tag Helen... I love your tags
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Anila DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/...

  10. lovely tag!!! <3 thanks for joining in with us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge! :)

  11. Beautiful tag! The colors are wonderful and loving the textures. Thanks for joining us at Mix It Up! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  12. Lovely! Thanks for playing along with the Mix It Up Challenge!


  13. How absolutely lovely! I just adore your colour selection and techniques! Thanks for playing along with us at MIUCB!

  14. Lovely tag.. Thanks for playing with us at MMW!!

  15. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
    Thank you for joining the STAMPlorations mixed media challenge. xx Susanne

  16. Gorgeous!! Love all the stenciling to give this such wonderful texture and colour. The music stamping on the leaves is also very pretty. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.


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