Tuesday with Tara {take 187}

Happy Tuesday!  Today I wanted to take a little break from Valentine’s Day creations and I was totally planning on avoiding the color RED as well… but when I pulled out this sweet stamp set by Jane Davenport and thought I saw tiny cherry blossoms it led to Lunar New Year (that’d be today!) and the next thing I knew I was making a RED floral card with good luck wishes for the new year!

 

I stamped the images on watercolor paper and started some simple coloring using Color Burst as my watercolor medium. It ended up a little bit too monochromatic, so I watered down some white acrylic paint and added a bit of detailing, which mixed with my red to create soft pink highlights.  I stamped the small blossoms image in Candied Apple Distress Oxide on the kraft card base (because I just can’t get enough of Oxides on kraft!) and then splattered some of the remaining white/pink paint on the card background and over the stamped flowers.

I had a scrap of book print with some green paint already on it, so I decided to add a bit more green to tie it in with the leaves from my florals, then added it as a strip along the left side of my card, which I wrapped some thin red twine around for texture.

I also had a piece of inked up watercolor paper that was red-ish which I die cut from the MFT inside & out stitched circle dies.  I pulled out some 3D gloss gel and swiped it over a MFT framework stencil to see what the result would be… turns out it looked fabulous.  The clear gloss over the watercolor intensified the color and really popped!  I inked the edges of the die cut circle with Black Distress Oxide to add more contrast and really love the results.

I added some red bling in some of the open spots of the stenciled design for even more shine & texture.  I found a really old punch (from back in the days before dies were affordable) with the Chinese symbol for ‘Good Luck’ which I added to the lower right corner of my card.  I searched through some Tim Holtz big chat stickers and found the same words in black & white (and English! LOL) I just had to black out the ‘y’ so it said luck instead of lucky.

If your January, like mine, got the new year off to a bit of a rough start… you have my permission (and invitation!) t0 join me in celebrating the Lunar New Year and another fresh start!  Good Luck!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

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One Response to “Tuesday with Tara {take 187}”What You're Saying

  1. A second chance to start a new year is a good thing! I love all of the reds & textures in your card, Tara! Gorgeous!

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