Tuesday with Tara {take 145}

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Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a quick, masculine art journal page in my Dina Wakley mixed media journal.  I used one of the kraft pages, doodled with her scribble sticks and blended paint with my doodles for a fun background!  I added some stenciled designs in a deep blue and doodles with a white pen and added some color to a photo card for a fun image.  A layer of burlap adds some texture (this is from another page I cut a window out of) and gives a bit more contrast to my image.

Doodling on a page was a challenge… sometimes we rely too heavily on our tools and supplies like stamps and stencils.  Dina is a great inspiration with her products and her classes to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  My art journal is a great place for that, because it’s just a spot for me (and then I step out of my comfort zone again and share it with you!) to experiment and try new things and hopefully discover some techniques and mediums I really like!

Have a great week!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 144}

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Happy Tuesday!

Is it feeling a bit like spring where you live?  I’m seeing photos of flowers blooming (between snowfalls) all across Canada and the US- and I’m hearing birds chirping regularly in my own back yard!  I decided to pull out some of my favorite stamps, these scribbly birds by Dina Wakley, and make a springy card.

I wanted to try a reverse watercolor technique, but mixed it up a bit by using Distress Oxide as my ‘paint’ for it.  (I rubbed the ink pad on my craft sheet and misted with water, then painted with a water brush.) It gives a unique milky sort of look, but the color is so pretty and vibrant!  The birds were stamped in Archival Ink on a heavy white card stock, so I didn’t want to use too much water and warp my paper.

The background of my card features a large background stamp I forgot I owned (love finding those treasures!), which I inked up with Distress Oxide as well since it’s so amazing stamped on kraft… I love the mottled look I got by splattering it with some water afterwards!  I finished it all off with some splattering of ink in both the ink colors (peacock feathers & abandoned coral)

Whenever I’m trying something new I tend to do it twice just in case one of them looks awful… both my stamped panels turned out, so I decided to make a second, smaller card as well.  This one has a slightly smaller front panel with a stamped detail along the right inside panel.

This distressed dot border is also by Dina Wakley.  Love it with Distress Oxide on Kraft!

Here’s my two cards together- they’re very similar, but make a nice little card pair for spring!  I hope you like them!

Wishing you sunny days and chirping birds… and a spring that starts to feel like spring real soon!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

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Side Order Blog Hop WINNERS

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Thanks to all of you for checking out our blog hop- and for your sweet & generous comments!  We’ve randomly selected some winners (visit our Facebook page for a video of the drawing!) from the comments on all of the blogs, and they are…

  • Jane McGill
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  • Catalina Faustino
  • Jessica Pickeral
  • Cards Classic or Cute

Congrats ladies!  Please send us an email (or use this form) telling us you’re a winner in this giveaway and your mailing address so we can get the prize to you 🙂