Tuesday with Tara {take 86}

by Tara

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Happy Tuesday!

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I love combining stamps that have been in my collection for years with newer tools, like an old favorite negative image stamp by Hero Arts from my stash as the background (inked with a couple shades of Distress Ink) and newer wildflower dies by Tim Holtz.

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I grouped together three of the dies, simple cut from black cardstock, to create a bouquet.  I added some neutral patterned paper from a 6×6 Prima paper pad to frame my focal point, adding a bit of Distress ink and distressing with a tool for texture.  A few wraps of thin jute string are another simple embellishment that adds a lot!

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I really like layering my word dies over a white duplicate to help them stand out.  It draws your eye to them without adding bulk. For tiny elements like words and florals, matte medium is a fabulous adhesive as you will not see it when it is dry!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a creative week…

inky hugs,

Tara

Throw Back Thursday – Art Impressions Girlfriends

by Raya

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Art Impressions are back in stock at Scrap’n Stamp! Thought it was a perfect time to re- share this colourful card that Tara originally posted Sept 2015 – where does the time go???

 

girlfriends… coffee… pumpkin spice latte season!

Sorry about the late post this week, hope y’all had a great long weekend (I worked most of it, which has thrown off my days-of-the-week radar!) and if you have Starbucks nearby, hope you’ve gotten a chance to enjoy some PSL!    This is a quick little card featuring a GIRLFRIENDS image by Art Impressions, which came with the sentiment 🙂  It’s been coloured with Distress Markers and trimmed (removing the fourth lady whose skin tone was a bit… off.  ha) then layered on a card base which is layered with some double sided paper from my stash.  A few Prima flowers & pearls finish things off!

Have a great week… see you next Tuesday!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 85}

by Tara

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Happy Tuesday & Happy Valentines Day!  I hope it’s a great day for you filled with time spent enjoying the people and things you love! ❤️

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Today I’m sharing the card I made for my Valentine, my husband, Brian. As you can see from the sentiment (by Hampton Art Stamps) I love him more than coffee (that’s a whole lot *wink*).

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I paired this fab sentiment, which I white embossed on a black die cut label, with a coffee cup die cut by Tim Holtz, which I inked up with a stencil & Distress Ink (offset in two colors to fill in the space) and finished with a corrugated sleeve & watercolor heart (a cutout left from a previous project).  Black paint splatter tied everything together for me!


IMG_9207I must confess, I wanted a fun & colorful background for my die cut pieces and was dreaming about the Distress Oxide inks that are coming out soon… have you seen how they look on kraft cardstock? Sigh. They are definitely on my wish list!  But since they are still on pre-order, I realized I had another option for a colorful background on kraft and pulled out my Distress Paints.

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After dabbing some color onto the card front, I misted it with water to blend colors and add some fun drippy details.  I alternated drying with my heat tool and adding more paint and water until I was happy with the blended background.  I set this aside to dry under some weight (sizzix bigz dies did the trick!) to make sure my card was flat before adhering my layers. Hope you like it!

Inky hugs,

Tara