Posts Tagged ‘Magenta’

Tuesday with Tara (take 82)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you`ve had a great week and are enjoying seeing all the exciting new releases at the Creativation (formerly CHA) trade show!  I know my wish list is growing every time I look at what all the artists are sharing… so many fab new products and designs!


Today I`ve got a fun, simple card.  The technique is super basic… black stamping of a fabulous image (another from Magenta!) on eye catching patterned paper.  That`s it- but with the right stamp, it`s all you need to put together a great, quick card.  Cute embellishments don`t hurt either.

I`ve got a few projects in the works that I`m looking forward to sharing with you!  Hope you have a creative week!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara (take 81)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I`ve got something different to share with you… it`s by no means a new type of project, but it`s something I haven`t created for years and I`ve never shared any with you before- today I have a few ATC`s to share!

An ATC is an Artist Trading Card and it`s a mini piece of art (2.5×3.5 inches) designed to be traded.  I recently reconnected with some stamping friends I met online probably 15 years ago, and one of them had the great idea to host an ATC swap. The only guideline we were given was to use postage stamps as our inspiration… Here are a few of the ATCs that I`ve made so far for our swap.  I selected a couple rubber stamps to be my focal point- these funky birds are by Magenta, and I thought they would look great in black & white with a bold watercolored background.  I want each card to be unique though, so I`ve played around with a variety of colors, all created on Watercolor paper with Color Burst.

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Since these are so small, there wasn`t much room to add details or embellishments!  I added a bit of Distress Ink through a stencil and a simple text stamp under some washi tape to frame the vintage postage stamp I finished them off with.

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It was hard to capture it, but the birds have a light shimmer from Perfect Pearl Mist.

Here`s two more ATC`s I made with the same supplies.

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My close up shot of these shows off the Perfect Pearl shimmer a bit better…

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These were fun, and I`m looking forward to creating the rest of my set to swap… it`s great to be doing something NEW for 2017 and I can`t lie, it`ll be great to get some happy mail!

Now a side note… have you been keeping up with all the sneak peeks of new products coming out at the Creativation trade show (formerly CHA)- there is a bunch of fabulous new products, and I`ve been having a ball watching Tim Holtz share his on Facebook live.  I`ve shared a few links on our Facebook page, so check it out!

Here`s hoping you have a fantastic, creative week.

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara (take 80)

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you`ve had a fantastic week and a great start to 2017… maybe you even got some creative time in!  Here in the south we`ve been hit with WINTER STORM 2017 and actually had a couple snow days where we didn`t venture far from home… between that and football season, I`ve had some extra time to hide out in the creative studio and get a bit inky.  I`ve been pulling out some supplies that are still new (aka unused) despite being in my stash for a few years.  The floral stamp I used on this card is one of those- it`s a stunning image by Magenta and it felt great to finally ink it up!


I hadn`t used my Distress Sprays for a while, so I decided an embossing resist would be fun with this image.  I heat embossed the flower in white, then misted it with three shades of ink.



My cardstock absorbed the ink very quickly, but I loved the look even if it wasn`t what I was expecting!  I really wanted the images to stand on their own, so a simple sentiment (by Dina Wakley) embossed on cardstock was my finishing touch, along with a few dabs of Glossy Accents in the flower centers.


If you haven`t made any resolutions or goals for 2017, Keep Taking Chances seems to me like a great one!  Especially creatively 🙂

Have a creative week!

Inky hugs,