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Tuesday with Tara {take 95}

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I want to share with you a tag I finished up… it started as an experiment with Distress Oxide (the background is all faded jeans on a black tag) and I finished it up with some new botanical layers from The new idea-Ology release by Tim Holtz.

My background was inked and stenciled with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide on black, then I added some simply stamped roses by Dylusions over it.  I decided to bring some spring to it with butterflies and flowers from the new botanical layers- so many great pieces in this package, it is stuffed full with 83 printed & die cut shapes!

I tied everything together with a bit more yellow… I inked up some book print with gesso using Distress Oxide in fossilized amber & Distress Ink in wild honey.  I blended the colors with a wet paint brush then spritzed with water to see a bit of extra Oxide action 🙂


I selected a sweet sentiment from this “everyday greetings” stamp set by mama elephant and glued my layers together, then finished it off with yellow silk ribbon and touches of nuvo glitter drops.  These are a fun addition that’s like a mix of glossy accents & stickles!


Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 90}

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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}

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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,