I got up early to have another go, this time trying things that I remembered in the night.
I covered tags with cotton fabric and painted them with fresco Vanilla. I also restricted myself to 1 stencil, 1 sentiment, a few neutral fresco paints, distress and archival ink and a few embellishments. No kitchen sink this morning!
I stencilled my flowers with Irish Cream fresco and stamped the sentiment randomly with Brushed Corduroy distress. Then I gave it a thin wash of Vanilla fresco to knock it back a bit.
I continued to work with the stencil using both distress and archival ink, trying to build up layers.