Tuesday with Tara {take 288} Kindness Engraved

by Tara

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Happy Tuesday!  Today’s word for our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge is ENGRAVED, inspired by the Tim Holtz 3D Embossing folder I’m using on my card.  I’ve seen it used several times in stunning metallic varieties, and I was ready to do that for my card.  Once I actually embossed it I started to think that it would look amazing as carved wood instead.  So I’ll save my metal for another day and I’m sharing a card with a more rustic affect.

I realize that I covered up most of my background… but once I started with my design I couldn’t help it!  I hope enough of the engraved effects show through so you can appreciate it.  Using a foam applicator, I added some black Distress Paint to the front side of the embossing folder before inserting my brown card stock and running it through my Big Shot.  Once I trimmed it down to size, (I find the 3D folders tend to warp the size a bit so often require a second trimming) I used the same applicator to add paint along the edges of the paper.

I wanted to use some more of my prepared Brushstroke flowers around a sentiment on my card and I decided on this one by Taylored Expressions, stamped simply in black on a Kraft tag, which I tore along the bottom.  I arranged the flowers and found some ribbon to match.  Once everything was assembled, I added a few bits of shimmer accents with a Nuvo glitter pen.

Once I had all the pieces, assembling the card went together fairly quickly.  I like to snap a quick picture on my phone of the layout I decide on before I start adding glue so I can refer to it when I’m finishing up.  What did we do before we had smart phones, anyways?

In a world where you can be anything, Be Kind.

Inky hugs,



Puppy Love Blog Hop Winner!

by Tara

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Thanks once again to everyone who left us comments on our Puppy Love Blog Hop! We appreciate every comment and love hearing from you!   A winner has been randomly selected…

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I Miss You

by Kia Gibson-Clapper

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Hello, Kia here with you for day 22 of the Random Act of Cardness challenge. Today the words are “Missing You”.

No doubt we all miss our friends. Like you I miss my friends a lot. I have seen some of them randomly, but not nearly enough. So, being a card maker, I remind them I am here by sending out cards.

Starting with the background, I inked the front of my stencil, which is from Picket Fence Studios, using Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry. I did not apply a heavy layer, as I wanted the colour light. Placing the stencil, inked side up, over Bristol card I then applied the Stickles with my palette knife, applying it randomly to the card front. The wet in the Stickles drags the ink along with it, which in turn gives the colour on the card.

I then set the piece aside to dry and moved on to the die cuts. From left over scrap paper that I used to make this card, I die cut the shadow for the sentiment and sponged on distress oxide in Picked Raspberry until it was dark enough.

Using White Glitter card I die cut the words, and attached them to the shadow using Nuvo adhesive.

Also from left over scrap I stamped and die cut the little bird, which represents my bird CC. This leads me to why I have eggs in my photos. CC has been laying them over the last few days. So far she has had 4, but with no male they are not fertilized, hence I remove them from her. This is her second clutch, which is quite normal.

To finish up I attached the stencil background to my darkish pink card base. I then attached the sentiment using foam tape, and the little bird using foam squares. A scattering of gems and sequins finished my card.

This was a fun card to make for today’s post, and I hope you enjoyed it as well. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I have used for this card, at no extra cost to you.