Tuesday with Tara {take 90}

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Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a set of thank you cards to share with you- this post is a bit heavy on photos, so I’ll keep the words to a minimum to even things out a bit 🙂

I found myself needing some new Thank you cards for my stash, but when I started on two cards it turned into four… so I decided to share them all with you!  I’ve used a variety of paints and stencils on tags to serve as a focal point for my cards. I squeezed a bit of lime and white paint onto a tag, then used an old gift card to scrape the paints across the tags. A little paint goes a long way, so I grabbed some more tags and kept going!

Here’s a few shots from my process- added collage papers, applied Distress Ink over a mask, then added gold paint through a stencil.


I finished off the background with brown Distress Ink applied through a honeycomb stencil.


While the tags were drying, I die cut some shapes from cardboard and painted them gold as well.  I finished them up with a mix of wire, jute, and embellishments…


One the tags were complete, I added them to blank cards which I had stamped thank you on. I love how they are all so similar and yet unique. I also love that some of them are already in the mail for much needed thank yous!


Hope you enjoyed my cards and maybe they’ll inspire you to stock your card stash…

Inky hugs,

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Tuesday with Tara {take 89}

by Tara


Happy Tuesday!


This week I want to share with you my excitement about the new Distress Oxide inks by Ranger & Tim Holtz… it’s so fun when something completely new & different comes out on the market because it can really add new life to all the supplies you own already!  I brought home six of the new inks and most of my inky play you see here was with just two of them, peeled paint & faded jeans.  So hopefully this little sampling shows you that you can still have some fun with new supplies even if your budget is small (or you can go big and buy them all… don’t let me stop you!  Lol)


If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably have noticed that I LOVE working with/on kraft cardstock.  I was most excited to get my hands on Distress Oxides because of their unique properties as a hybrid ink which allow me to not just stamp but do background and blending techniques that will show up on kraft & black!  I love this!  Here is some simple  ink blending on kraft- I inked directly on the tag with a blending tool as well as rubbed the ink onto my kraft sheet, spritzed with water and pressed & dabbed the tag into the inky puddles.  Look at the gorgeous variety of shades I got from just two inks!  Love it!  And check out the funky oxidation look from mixing these inks with water.  Yum!


Here’s another tag that I stenciled onto, layering and misting my inks:


Again, this was on a kraft tag base!  I also did a bit of ink blending and stenciled on a black tag:


The black tag didn’t accept water as well as the kraft or a regular Manila tag, but the inks look amazing stenciled on it!

Heres another look at the two kraft tags… and I’ll show you the completed black tag in a week or two!



other supplies:

tags, kraft & black

Dylusions modern script stencil

Tim Holtz scribbles stencil

Non stick craft sheet (my favorite work surface- especially with Distress Ink products!)

ink blending tool

Tim Holtz handwritten thoughts stamp


inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 88}

by Tara


Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got a tag to share with you- hope it adds some happy to your day!  Links to products I used are at the bottom of this post 🙂



I wiped some white gesso on the tag as a base, stamped the cone flower in black archival ink and colored it with Distress Crayons and a water brush.  I added some washi tape and texture paste over that, adding some scratchy details with texture brushes.  The blossoms were stenciled with a combination of two fabulous Distress Ink colors (the same colors were used to dye my crinkle ribbon!).


I stenciled these moths/bees with texture paste then inked over them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink once they were dry.


Here’s a look at the tag without the ribbon topper:


Supplies used:

Inky hugs,