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Author name: Tara

Hi! I'm Tara and I've been creating and teaching classes in the paper crafting industry for 15 years in Western Canada. I closed my rubber stamp & scrapbook store in 2013 to get married & move to North Carolina, but my passion is still getting inky and sharing the love of this hobby wherever I can! I started out as a card maker, but over the years I have done it all- from cards & mini books, to scrapbooking & mixed media projects. I'm certified by both Ranger & Copic and I look forward to sharing some creative fun and maybe getting inky with you in one of my classes soon!

Tuesday with Tara {take 432} Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers.

Happy Tuesday!  Last week I got inky on my Crafty Live with the new Scorched Timber Distress, and I was determined to make something with one of my backgrounds for this week!   I kept things pretty simple and die cut one of the backgrounds (I believe this one features the two sprays together- Distress Spray Stain and Distress Oxide Spray) with my new Stitched Oblong STAX dies by MFT.  I love how the mix of the two sprays gives almost a dirty chalkboard effect.

I embossed a wildflowers sentiment (this is from an older Gina K set that it still in stock!) in white, then scattered a few mini brushstrokes flowers along one edge.  I’d pre-cut a variety of flowers in yellows & blue from some backgrounds so these were ready to go!

I added some subtle detail to the background with an Altenew stencil called “Leaf Bed” and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then decided to add it to a coordinating envelope as well!  I added a few sequins as a finishing touch…

I hope this brings a bit of sunshine to your day, especially if you’re experiencing the endless days of winter wherever you are…

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 431} Cardinals in love

Happy Tuesday!

It feels like the new year just started, but here we are with Valentine’s Day right around the corner already!  I’ve got one more card to share with you that can be used for the occasion, though I left a sentiment off it so it could also be used for an anniversary or just a thinking of you card for a bird lover.

I created a gate fold A2 card, scoring it at 2.125 from each end so they meet in the center.  On the left panel, I added a strip of patterned paper with a text print from my current favorite 6×6 pad.

I really wanted to use this Cardinal Pair stamp by Penny Black at Christmas, but never got around to it… so I was pleased that die cutting it in a heart shape allowed me to cut out or hide the ornaments.  I simply stamped it in black ink and then inked the edges with Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink.  I had pre-made some mini Brushstroke Flowers in shades of coral, so I decided to use them along with some crinkle ribbon I had dyed to match.

Because I had the flowers pre-made, this card went together fairly quickly!  Here’s one more photo with my ribbon untied so you can see the gatefold.

This card would be really pretty with red flowers as well, especially if you colored the cardinals in their shades of red & brown!

I hope you enjoy it!  Have a wonderful week and Valentine’s Day, however you celebrate it (or Wednesday if you don’t).

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 430} Yappy Pyramid Card

Happy Tuesday!

If today’s card looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you saw it in another color palette during our Dimensional Designs Inspiration Hop last month!  I never did give directions for the assembly of the pyramid, or photos of it laying flat, so I thought I’d share some of that with you today!

Here’s another angle of the pyramid card, showing how it ties closed at the back.

My card was formed from 3 squares (mine are 4 1/4″) which are scored diagonally.  The decorative pieces are cut from 4″ squares and I’m using 3 triangles on this card.  You also need two pieces of ribbon to tie it shut, but you could also use magnets or velcro or some other kind of closure!

Here is a photo the flat lay of the card- start with the square on the left and layer a second square against the score line, then repeat with the third square as shown.  From here I suggest folding the card into a pyramid and marking where you will need to adhere your ribbon so it matches to tie together.  You’ll want to adhere the ribbon underneath the decorative panels, so start with the ribbon then decorate!  (You can catch the live tutorial of the pyramid card on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page!)

Simply fold the card in half to mail it- this size fits in a 5×7 envelope.  I’m still experimenting with sizes to figure out what fits perfectly in an A2 envelope!

Here’s the details & links from how I decorated both cards:

I kept the decorating pretty simple on this one because I didn’t want to distract from the design and I also didn’t want to cover up the paper I stenciled!  I started with a vintage letter print from the new 6×6 pad by IO and layered on the Puppy Love Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions.  I chose to use Distress Oxide Inks because the patterned paper has a slightly glossy coating on it that I knew regular Distress Ink would not work on.
I’ve used Puppy Play stamp & die set, coloring the pups simply with Distress Watercolor Pencil Crayons and stamped the sentiment on a strip of Kraft cardstock, to match my pyramid card base.
I die cut some of the Prism Nesting Hearts from scraps I had on my workspace.  The card still seemed to be missing something, and bling was not doing the trick for me this time (so weird, it is almost always the right finishing choice!) so I die cut the word ‘hugs’ from some brushed gold foil cardstock, and a tiny heart as well for my finishing touches!
Hope you like the card and this little tutorial was helpful!  It’s really quite simple to assemble and very fun to decorate!
Inky hugs,
Tara

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