Tuesday with Tara {take 136}

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Happy Tuesday and happy day-before-Valentine’s-Day!  Today’s card celebrates a love that’s kinda CRAY CRAY, if ya know what I mean… this card took on a life of it’s own as I worked on it, ending up very different than I visualized at the beginning.  But hey, sometimes love is like that too.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing 🙂

When I got my hands on Tim’s hipster animal stamps I got the idea that they would fit really well peeking through the heart frame in this large Dina Wakley stamp (which is on sale right now!)… so I’ve been waiting to figure out a way to put them together.  Today’s card is what I came up with.  I’ve got a few more ideas (and had several others that didn’t pan out), but I decided to keep this one fairly simple and let the colors and the hip chick speak volumes 🙂

This ostrich image just makes me smile, even though she kinda looks like a grumpy librarian!  I stamped her twice in black on white card stock, cutting the base from one image and the hat, scarf & beak from the other.  I stamped her again in Purple Distress Oxide so I could have colorful glasses to cut out, adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops to it once they were glued to her face.  Colorful glasses are my new favorite thing to do with these stamps & dies!  There is no way I would fussy cut those glasses, but they are amazing die cut! The other elements were all colored with Copic Markers and mounted with foam adhesive.  I kept her white for extra contrast.

Since I was working with a kraft card, I experimented with a variety of things and finally decided to stamp assorted words/sentiments in Distress Oxide in the open space of the square portion of the frame.  The heart frame was painted with Silver/Sterling paint.  I added some shading with stablio pencils in black & white and a few chit-chat stickers to give extra texture & pop.  As you can see, I cut the heart frame so it was open to the inside of the card and added a piece of colorful paper to show through the window.

This heart was my first attempt at the Distress Oxide technique Tim shared at Creativation, using them on Glossy/Alcohol Ink card stock and finishing up with Distress Glaze.  I’ll be trying it again and will share the link when I have more success!  I added a bit more watered down silver paint around the heart and finished with more stickers & repeats of the stamped words from the front of my card.

I had fun with this one- like I said, it’s not what I expected when I started creating… but I had fun doing it and I hope it encourages you to look at your stamps and see what sort of combinations you can end up with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope there’s a little bit of CRAY CRAY in it (the good kind, of course!) and a whole lot of chocolate…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley cling stamp “Handwritten Heart Collage

Dina Wakley sterling paint

Tim Holtz Hipster stamp & Ostrich dies

Distress Oxide Inks

Assorted words & sentiment stamps

Chit Chat stickers

Glossy/ Alcohol Ink Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Blog Hop Winners!!!

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Apologies… I intended to announce winners from our Getting Fab with Foil Blog Hop over the weekend and time got away on me- but today I’ve got some names to announce!  Each of you will recieve a package of foil in the mail when you contact us at Scrap n’ Stamp within two weeks 🙂

In no particular order, the winners are:

  • Lisa from A Mermaid’s Crafts
  • Carla Hundley
  • Bunny Dobbie
  • Melinda Fox
  • Nancy Elrick (Your name was chosen twice!  Lucky lady!)

congrats!  Be sure to send an email with your mailing address (and please mention the foil blog hop) or contact us via this form. Congrats again!!!

Tuesday with Tara {take 135}

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Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing with you an art journal page I made inspired by the current #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge over at the Ranger blog and all the love & hearts of the upcoming Valentines Day holiday. This page went with more of a self-love type theme though, since the current challenge theme is “Live in the Moment”.

I inked up some new to me Dina Wakley stamps (the Gals & Borders set) and some pre-stamped heart cut outs from another set (Collaged hearts) and knew I was working with hearts and girls… I played around with making a card at first, but the design kept getting bigger on me, so I decided on some art therapy in my Media Journal 🙂

The pre-stamped hearts were also pre-painted, so I started by choosing colors to work with them.  I went with a watered down gradient for my background, using a mix of three colors and a generous spritz of water to help them blend.  I then added stamped borders across the page, and a torn piece of book print as a central point which would peek under the tag… with a small collage hidden with the tag flap was down.

I added some journaling on the back of the tag- a to-do list of sorts to help remind me to live in the moment  The tag was painted first with some elephant along the top, then I added some fushia to the mix to darken things up.  I spritzed it heavily to get the drips so see along the top of the tag.

The heart ATC you see under the tag was dipped in the leftover paint and smooshed (pretty sure that’s the technical term!) a bit before it dried.

I finished everything off with some stickers from my stash, a touch of foil from the blog hop (there’s still time to comment and win some foil!) and some hand-written journaling.  Then I called it done, as Dina says: “Done is better than perfect” 🙂

So, whether you have a valentine or not, be sure to include some self-love and art therapy in the season!  Eat the chocolate, Ink the stamp, Paint the paper… you’re worth it!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media Journal

Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set

Dina Wakley Gals & Borders stamp set

Dina Wakley Paint in elephant, blushing & tangerine

Black Archival Ink

Book Print

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls & Tissue Tape