I started by adding Grunge Paste to a large tag through the Tim Holtz doily stencil.
Once that was dry, I painted over the whole tag and texture with gesso.
I used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. Because they're going over gesso, all the colours end up quite muted, but that was fine for me with this tag. In this second image, I think she's just reading a love letter she's received, and is pausing to let the thoughts sink in... good or bad news?
And the lovely Carte Postale stamp itself...
... as well as these fabulous postal ephemera labels.
And then there's the quote itself, in such delicate handwriting.
And I've got some blotches from Katy Leitch's Messy Art, stamped in Pumice Stone. Ink blots, or perhaps tear drops?
There's a shimmer of White Fire across the doily texture and on the edges of all the embellishments.
I couldn't do a tag all about letter-writing without adding a couple of pen nibs, also gilded with the White Fire.
I don't know.... I must have been having a girly day!
Artistic Stamper stamps: The Gibson Girls Plate #1; Katy Leitch sets - Carte Postale, Messy Art
Stampers Anonymous stamps: Random Quotes
Distress Inks: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Pumice Stone
Archival Inks: Coffee, Cobalt
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Doily
Idea-ology Muse Token
Size #10 Manila Tag
From my stash: Treasure Gold, lacy ribbon