Posts Tagged ‘dylusions’

Tuesday with Tara {take 50}

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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Happy Tuesday!  It’s that time of year again… graduation time!  I’m a proud step-mom who got to see her beautiful step-daughter graduate from high school last week, and this is the fun card I made just for her 🙂  I had a chance to play with a few things I don’t personally own (yet!) when I was back in BC last month, and this card features Dylusions Paints (love the thick, creamy texture and bold colors) in the background and Cat Crazy stamps & accessories for the main image.  I knew those two parts would go together, but the rest didn’t fall into place until I had time to create in my own home studio space.

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I used a giant (size 12?) tag as my card base- these turn out right around 5″ square when you fold them in half.  I used a few shades of orange & pink Dylusions Paints brushed together.  The cat was colored with a mix of colored pencils and gelatos.  Pretty simple coloring, but I added glossy accents on it’s eyes and Stickles glitter glue on the hat 🙂

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Though it’s a feminine card, there’s lots of Tim Holtz details on this card- more than I was aware of as I was making it 🙂  The flower die, arrow stencil (I used yellow texture paste and yellow stickles!) and dimensional letters, as well as the ‘dare to dream’ sentiment stamp are all Tim Holtz products!  The other sentiments are from a new one by Avery Elle I picked up in the shop- couldn’t resist that font <3 The ‘firefly’ stencils (at least that’s what I’m calling them for this card!) are by The Crafter’s Workshop.  Love them in yellow!  Lightning Bugs are one of my favourite things about living in the south 🙂

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Hope you like my whimsical grad card… it’s an exciting time and the future looks bright, and I think this cat looks like it’s ready to chase after it’s dreams 🙂

Leave me a comment this week and you could win this freakin’ cute stamp set by Lawn Fawn… seriously I may have squealed a little when I saw this (and clued in to how it worked. LOL) in the shop.  It’ll be perfect for graduates and other smart cookies you know (how cute would it on a little lunch box note on the first day of school!?)

Inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 39}

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  This week I was thinking about all the new Finnabair goodies in the shop and decided to make a mini piece of altered art inspired by her techniques and style.   It’s been a while since I played with this style, and I’d never tried incorporating a photo into my piece so I decided to pick a small canvas and a photo and go for it!


I started by coating my canvas (the lid from a box of greeting cards) with white gesso and trimming my photo and some white cardstock to the same size.  I applied texture paste through a stencil and adhered some torn corrugated cardstock with gel medium, then set it aside to dry.  While drying, I gathered some assorted embellishments for my project, including beads and some puffy heart stickers.  Color does not matter as everything will be painted with white gesso!


Use gel medium to adhere the photo to cardboard (I wanted mine to be slightly raised).  I decided to paint over the photo with gel medium as well to add texture and seal it in.  Arrange photo and embellishments on background and adhere with gel medium, then protect the photo with cardstock and paint everything with white gesso.  Set aside to dry (or use a heat tool to speed the process!)


Now to add some color!  I decided on shades of green for this project, so sprayed a few shades of Dylusions Ink Spray, focusing my aim on the embellishment clusters I created in two corners around my photo.  I dropped color from the Moonshine Mist by Lindy’s Stamp Gang (brown ink with green shimmer) over the Dylusions.


Lastly I added a bit of Distress Ink to the photo edges and some Perfect Pearl Mist in bronze.  I covered the photo again and sprayed the entire project.  The resins in the Perfect Pearls help to seal in the water based inks I used!  I also dropped a few spots of bronze directly onto my photo.


As a final touch, I added some metal photo corners to the photo, dropping a bit of Perfect Pearl Mist onto those to tie it all together.

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Materials used:

White Gesso

Texture Paste

Dina Wakley “essentials” stencil

Dylusions spray paints (shades of green)

Moonshadow Mist by Lindy’s Stamp Gang (I used one with green shimmer, this one has blue!)

Perfect Pearl Mist, bronze

Assorted embellishments (like Finnabair Mechanicals!)

Finnabair’s Glass beads & Micro beads

Gel Medium (glossy or matte… whatever you have handy!)

Cardboard, cardstock and something to alter (I used a box lid from a set of greeting cards)


How about a chance to win some fun Mechanicals this week?  Leave me a comment & let me know, have you ever created something mixed media inspired by Finnabair?  The winner will get this fun mix, perfect for spring:

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Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,