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Tuesday with Tara {take 100} & you can win!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  Today marks 100 Tuesday with Tara blog posts here on the Scrap n’ Stamp blog!  We thought it would be fun to celebrate this milestone sharing 10 favorites from the past 99 posts… and a chance for YOU to join the fun and win $100 gift certificate to spend in the online store!  Woohoo!  (Thanks Raya!)  So, if you want a chance to win, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me your fave “take” or if any of these past 99 posts have inspired you to create!

Now… in random order, here’s a creative top 10 list of sorts:

1. {take 7}

2. {take 35}

3. {take 66}

4. {take 20}

5. {take 68}

6. {take 15}

7. {take 41}

8. {take 57}

9. {take 11}

10. {take 85}

And that’s it… click the link for each take to see the original blog post details!  I deliberately skipped over winter/Christmas projects, cuz I’m all about warm, sunny days this time of year 🙂

Thanks for sticking around!  Hope you saw something that made you smile… and I hope you’ll take advantage of a chance to win a $100 gift certificate by leaving a comment!  I look forward to hearing from you!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 93}

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
  • Happy Tuesday friends!

Today I wanted to share with you a bit of fun I’ve been having decorating Easter 🐣 Eggs with Alcohol Inks!

I saw a video online with a cute idea for tie dye egg decorating and decided to give it a bit of a twist, tweaking pretty much all the suggested ingredients and making it my own… here’s how it all came together!

I found some plastic eggs that looked and felt very similar to real eggs and decided to use them for this experiment. Alcohol Ink is not food safe and I figured these would be more forgiving than real eggs if I wasn’t 100% gentle with them.  The tie dye technique starts with wrapping the eggs- I used coffee filters that don’t fit my current coffee maker (they are great for crafting!) and tied them with a bit of twine.  The unbleached filters will hide some of the colors while the eggs are wrapped… but won’t affect the final result!

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Next, I dropped Alcohol Ink in several spots around the egg, allowing colors to overlap and blend. I then lightly squeezed the egg so the wrapper (and the still wet ink) made contact with the egg, then I set it aside to dry!

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This first egg has a mix of green, blue & yellow inks.  The next features almost primary colors from the Alcohol Ink Starter Kit– an awesome set if you’re new to these products, as it includes everything you need to start creating! (It doesn’t hurt that it’s on SALE right now, too!)

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I decided to take the same color combos and drop inks directly onto eggs as well, just to see how the results vary using the same color and different techniques. For these I dropped the colors around the egg and rolled them around in a coffee filter and my very inky hands… I then crumpled the filter around it to give some extra texture to the egg. Here’s a look at how the two techniques came out:

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Here’s a couple more tie dyed eggs with different color combos- these ones did not have quite so much ink on them, so were unwrapped after only an hour or so drying time.  Each had one or two paler shades in the mix as well, so the overall effect is less vibrant.
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My verdict… tie dye eggs are fun & easy! I plan to play around with more color combinations, and I plan to use my fabulous tie dyed coffee filter wrappers on a card or art journal page!

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Have a happy, blessed & creative Easter!
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Inky hugs,

Tara

Colors I used:

Kits are designed with colors that look fabulous together, any of them would be awesome for this technique but here’s a couple I would love to try…

Spring break & Beach Deco

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 85}

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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