Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

Tuesday with Tara {take 86}

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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

TBT- Industrial Florals

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY THURSDAY!!

I don’t know about you, but still being buried in a few feet of snow does not make me feel like Spring is right around the corner!  No early Spring flowers shyly blooming from under the veil of Winter’s frozen slumber, here!!  It’s more like—LAME–we need to go cut more wood for the wood burning stove and schlep it through two feet of slushy, wet snow!! 🙂

Oh, we’ll get our Spring flowers–but maybe not until April!!  So until then, I’m finding myself using flowers in some of my latest designs….if I don’t have any flowers outside (yet), I’ll create some inside!! 🙂

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I was inspired by Tim Holtz’s January Tag design and this is my take. Better late than never, right?  One of the creative goals that I set for myself this year is keeping up with Tim’s 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge.  Now, in what order I do them….? 😉

Background

I started with a piece of manila stock cut to about 4″×5.25″.  I smushed Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive and Mustard Seed DI’s onto my craft sheet and dropped some small piles of Pewter Perfect Pearls randomly over the ink.  I spritzed it all with water then pressed my manila stock into the wet ink and dried with my heat tool.  I repeated that process two more times.  This photo does not do the technique proud, but, it’s a very cool effect and the way the ink blends with the perfect pearls–Awesome!!

Rub Ons and Stencils

I used Words & Elements Remnant Rub-Ons on the right hand side and I used the Rays stencil with Antique Linen & Vintage Photo DI’s on the left hand side.  After applying the inks with my ink blending tool, I quickly dusted it with clear embossing powder and set with my embossing  heat tool.

Embossed Rays

The embossed rays gave this background a very subtle texture and image but ‘Big Design Bang’ nonetheless!

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I lightly sanded the rub-ons and distressed the edges.  I inked the edges and over the entire background with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.

Foil for the flowers

To make the industrial flowers, I adhered a piece of Foil Tape Sheet to a scrap piece of cardstock.  I then added texture to the foil cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then ran through the Big Shot machine again with the Tattered Floral Die.

Flowers and Molding

I cut a piece of Molding Film and covered it with a layer of Frosted Film then ran that through the Big Shot with the Tattered Floral die, too.

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Pretty fun, right?  Now, time to get inky and painty!!

The frosted florals that I ended up using, got inked with Orange Blossom and Sepia Archival Inks and the industrial florals got a light layer of Black Soot DP.

Assembly

I shaped the foil flowers with a pencil and I shaped the frosted flowers with my heat embossing tool.  I carefully applied heat to the frosted petals and quickly manipulated into a slight curve with my fingers.  After it cooled, it was time for assembly and layering! More fun pieces of embellishments coming right up!!

I “made” those rusty bits! It’s totally awesome!!  I was introduced to Crafty Notions Rusting Powder by Alison Bomber on her blog Words and Pictures (you gotta check out her blog–Awesome!).  I just started having the chance to play with this magical powder, but so far–it’s easy: apply layer of multi-medium to bit or piece of your choice and then sprinkle Rusting Powder to cover;  a bit stinky: spray vinegar over powdered pieces; and totally worth it: wait for bits & pieces to dry and become rusty.

Flower Assembly

I used a simple black brad and an antique brad to layer with my rusted pieces.  I punched a hole through the layers of flowers and manila stock to secure them all together with the brads.

That splatter brush is a fun tool!  I may have gone a little splatter happy on this card🙂

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I finished with a few Chit Chat stickers that I trimmed into little banners and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

Lots of elements in this one–But, they all work!!  With this card heavily inspired by Tim Holtz, it’ll fit right in over at the Anything Tim challenge at A Vintage Journeya new challenge blog on the block, and with all of the textures and the stenciling I did on this one, I’m going to send it over to Frilly and Funky for their Stencils and Textures challenge.

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I really am looking forward to actually having real flowers blooming in my yard but, not having to dig in the yard yet and being able to stay in my crafty dungeon to create, is one of the benefits of having a late Winter and two feet of slushy snow hanging around🙂

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a GREAT weekend and Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari

SUPPLIES I USED:

  • Distress Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Embossing Ink (Clearsnap)
  • Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490); Frosted Film (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology);  Foil Tape Sheets (Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions);
  • Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Sanding Block; Craft Sheet; Ink Blending Tool; Distresser
  • Chit-Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Remnant Rub-Ons (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brad; Antique Brad (SU)

Tuesday with Tara {take 72}

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  I’m not sure when they decided it was officially “time” but I heard Christmas music on one of our local radio stations this past week, and store shelves are currently overflowing with Christmas decorations.  It’s far from wintery outside here, but it’s a wonderful time of year to be creating Christmas cards 🙂  Today I have one that is great for using up smaller die cuts and embellishments you have, or for doing a bit of prep work and taking time (maybe while you watch a Christmas movie!) to create a bunch of little paper blocks that can be assembled onto cards later.  My blocks are 1.75″ square, but you could save yourself some time if you have a square punch in a size close to that.

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I’ve used die cuts by Sizzix/Tim Holtz- these minis are probably some of my most used dies this time of year!  I love the steel dies for cutting heavier & textured materials, like chipboard and burlap covered cardstock.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that kraft is my favourite neutral to work with, and this card I pulled it out for every block on my card, keeping things pretty neutral overall but with little bits of red & some sparkle to brighten it up.

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A ticket embellishment by Tim Holtz, some red bakers twine and some red bling, along with red embossing powder for my sentiment, bring the color to this card.  The olive green squares also add color, but are a step away from traditional red & green.

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Corrugated cardboard is always a fun way to add texture, and these tiny snowflake buttons add some elegance.  I can’t decide which block is my fave… but I’m looking forward to creating some more and seeing where they end up!

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  Dig into your supplies and see what you can create on tiny blocks to turn into fun patchwork cards.  I’d love to see a link to your creation in the comments!

Inky hugs,

Tara