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Tuesday with Tara {take 111}

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m celebrating the beauty in simplicity… with a simple floral card and a fun technique with Distress Oxide Inks!

Today I used a floral stamp by Tim Holtz.  Both the image and the sentiment are from the Distress Crayons Watercolor Kit, which was a great way for me to get some of beautiful images I didn’t have yet and try the Distress Crayons.  The technique I used would work with any open design image & Distress Oxide Inks.

I started with very simple stamping on Watercolor Cardstock.  These stamps have floral tops & stems separate, so it was easy to use two colors.

I then took my mister bottle of water and spritzed the images… got some beautiful wicking from these Oxide Inks!

I did a bit of extra blending with a wet paint brush, adding some color around the edges of the card stock as well since it looked so pretty puddled there… I then heated it with my heat tool and re-stamped the images over the blurred background.   I decided to crop my image down to 4×4 so I could layer it onto a square card.  My inky edges were finished by rubbing some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink on my Craft Sheet, spritzing it with water and dragging the paper through the puddles.  I love how the oxide inks sit on top of themselves with new layers, rather than combining together (since pink & green would make mud if they blended)!

I took inspiration from the sentiment and kept things simple… a bit of twine, Stickles & bling finish it all off!

I really like the softness of the watercolor look with this flower- hope you do too!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Watercolor Cardstock

Tim Holtz stamps (mine are from the Distress Crayons Watercolor kit, but the same images are in the mini bouquet set)

Distress Oxide Ink in Peeled Paint & Worn Lipstick

Mister bottle

Non Stick Craft Sheet

Cardstock- kraft, olive green & pink

Bling & Twine

Rock Candy Distress Stickles (pretty sure these are discontinued… but I have a stash!)

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 110}

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a set of cards to share with you that I created with my mom when she was visiting earlier this summer.  We wanted to make a variety of all purpose cards for her to use, and came up with a plan featuring the gorgeous Wildflowers dies by Tim Holtz.

I started by preparing some black card stock and adhering some wide Be Creative tape to the back of it (I have a large roll around 5″ wide, but you can also get it in sheets which is great for this purpose!).  I then cut the wildflowers from the adhesive backed card stock, which made these detailed images a breeze to adhere to the cards!

 

Next we took some pre-cut pieces of watercolor card stock and inked them up with Color Burst- we had a great time combining colors and adding copper Liquid Metals Color Burst to some of them!  As these were small pieces, I generally chose 2-3 similar colors to blend on each piece.  I love how easy it is to mist with water, sprinkle some powder and mist some more… The backgrounds were set aside to dry while we grabbed some pre-cut tags and stamped sentiments on them.

 

Once we had all our pieces, we assembled the cards- six in total from the seven floral dies we cut!  To some we added ribbon or a stenciled background, but they are all very similar.  This was a quick and easy card set, but I think the results are very striking!

Do you see the difference in texture on this next card?  This background was made with Distress Crayons and water instead of color burst.  It’s interesting how the crayon clings to the texture of the card stock.

For this last card we added a simple stamped background for a completely different look.

As I mentioned on the previous post I shared with pics of another group of cards Mom & I created, my cat Abbey was super helpful when I was trying to photograph the cards!  LOL  Here’s a photo of her helping that just cracks me up.

I was trying to get a ‘card set’ photo but after this one I just gave up… sometimes you just have to let your pet win the battle!  Anyways, I hope you like these simple cards and the simple contrast in the design.  They were a lot of fun to make!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a creative week,

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Tim Holtz Wildflowers dies

Be Creative Tape– large pieces/sheets to back card stock prior to die cutting

Black Card Stock

Watercolor Card Stock (I used pre-cut pieces)

Color Burst Brights

Color Burst Earth tones

Color Burst Liquid Metals (Copper)

Distress Crayons Set 2

Assorted Distress & Archival Ink

Assorted Sentiment Stamps

 

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 109}

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Guess what arrived after last week’s blog hop post went live?  My package that included the freebie stocking die, which I hope many of you will have arriving soon at your homes after you did some retail therapy in the online store 🙂  So, as promised, I’m sharing one final “Christmas in July” creation… on the first of August 🙂

I decided to go with a tag… which would be fabulous hanging on a gift bag or bottle of wine as a gift, or it may end up the focal point of a card later on!  I die cut the gorgeous stocking die twice, once out of kraft and once out of the silver glitter cardstock.  I taped up the back of the glitter die cut to keep all those detailed pieces from going anywhere, then layered the kraft die cut over it.  I love the contrast of the neutral kraft over that glittery base!

I inked up a manila tag with a variety of green & blue Distress Oxide Inks, then added a bit more shading a stamped sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  A few brown toned sequins worked well to mix with both the kraft & the glitter elements.

I pulled some pre-inked pieces of crinkle ribbon from my stash that coordinated nicely with my tag and added a little piece of Christmas idea-ology by Tim Holtz to finish it off!  All in all, it’s a pretty simple project, but something as detailed as this stocking die doesn’t need much to look complete!  Plus, I think I managed to make something completely different than everyone else who did the hop, which can sometimes be a challenge after you’ve seen their amazing inspiration pieces!  If you missed the hop, check it out HERE.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

 

Supplies I’ve used:

Dee’s Distinctively Stocking Die

Silver Glitter Paper

In the Making Retro Merry Christmas stamp (love that the words are separate so I can rearrange them!)

Distress Oxide Inks (a variety from set 1)

Manila Tag #8

Crinkle Ribbon (inked with assorted Distress Inks)

Christmas charm by Tim Holtz idea-ology