The swirls were made with embossing paste. I had some ancient stencils from back in the day when stencils were about the only scrapbook supply for sale. They still work great though. I used tons of other stencils which you can't even see. There are faint number stencils on the lower half of the tag. I hope to get some Tim Holtz stencils when they are available. I used broken china distress paint on the left. The rest of the stencils I did with distress ink. I made the bottle-cap charm. It is the River Thames. The River Thames British graphic is from an etsy shop called GraphicDivine, from the 1" circle set "The British are Coming".
I haven't ever used the embossing paste before, but it was easy! Great to learn how it works!
Here's my other tag.
The diamonds were done with the embossing paste. I used broken china distress paint for the lower right corner stencil. The rest of the stencils I used with embossing ink. You can't see the number stencils very well but they are on the lower half of the tag. I used several stencils. The tag isn't so brown in person. I made the owl bottle cap charm with some graphics from an etsy shop called Ink Five. Very cute graphics!