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Tuesday with Tara {take 158}

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a card that started out with inspiration to create a one layer card… which changed into something else.  I did keep a one layer version to share with you as well though 🙂  I’m using some older, but new to me, color layering stamps by Hero Arts.  (check out this awesome sea turtle set which IS available… you could totally create cards with a similar vibe using it!)  As I said, I wanted to create a one layer card, revisiting a torn paper masking technique I really enjoy.  I mixed things up this time, masking off two edges of my card, blending shades of green & blue to create my ocean background, which I wanted to face as I moved away from the masked corner & edges.  I used Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio for the base layer…

Then I lightly stenciled over the masked layer with Iced Spruce and a Tim Holtz Doodle Stencil

Here’s how the background looked when I removed the torn paper masks:

This was my second attempt at the background, and the one which ended up remaining a one layer card.  For my first, I masked the top left corner and I found the balance just didn’t feel right… which is why I decided it needed some extra layers added!  For my stamping, I used the same colors of ink, with the addition of Watering Can Archival Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide.  Watering Can didn’t quite give the intensity of color I was looking for, so in some spots I stamped over it with Salty Ocean.

I added some shimmer to the stamped shells with a clear Zig Wink of Luna Pen and a bit of glitter with Nuvo Glitter Drops.  Here’s a look at my finished One Layer Card.

And here’s version 2.0- I added some additional stamped images (another starfish and the large seahorse) and some mesh ribbon and thin jute.  The sentiment was also layered up and additional bubbles were stamped in the Salty Ocean ink to balance the mix of colors.

I saw a quote by Picasso that made me smile considering this card making experience…

“I begin with an idea,

and then it becomes

something else.”

-Pablo Picasso

Works for me!  And I don’t know about you, but for me it happens all the time!  Here’s a close up of the layers on my second card:

Lastly, here’s a look at the two cards together so you can see the differences between them.

Hope you found some inspiration here today… and maybe you’ll try a one layer card this week (and maybe it’ll even stay a one layer card!  ha!)

Inky hugs,



p.s. see you back here on Saturday when we’re bringing you some Christmas in July with our next BLOG HOP!  Woohoo!

Thinking of You Card – Concord & 9th Lily Stamp Set

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Thinking of You Card – Concord & 9th Lily Stamp Set

Today’s card is a Thinking of You card  using Concord & 9ths Lily Stamp Set .  Nothing screams “Thinking of You” quite like Concord & 9th’s Lily Stamp Set.

The lily  stamp   has wonderful  line art,   thereby encouraging  this stamper to go wild (so-to-speak) with my own interpretation of the flower in terms of colour, shading and texture.

I  placed Concord & 9th  Lily Stamp on Tonic’s Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and inked the stamp with  Memories Black Dye Ink Pad.   Pressing the Stamp Platform  on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card Stock  for a crisp clear image.

Allow  the impression to  air dry completely before  using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers .

Colouring Technique:

I layered the  markers in stripes of colour. The  lightest shade around the petals edges working darker toward the centre of each petal. All five petals were coloured the same way, the only exception was when  a  section of a flower petal   fell behind  a petal that was in front. In order to add depth ,  a darker shade  was added  the the portion behind and a lighter shade to the area  in front. This makes  a cast shadow .

Where the colour stripes  were  side by side , the lighter of the two markers was used to blend the line. Making sure to clean the brush tip frequently. Once this was finished,  the solid image stamp and dotty pattern stamp  (both in the Lily Stamp Set) were inked with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Red Marker and stamped onto the freshly blended flower image.

The flower stem was coloured in the same fashion as the flower by adding stripes of colour , with the darker shades laid on the left hand side. The lighter,   on the right of the stem. The area  between each stripe was blended with the lighter shade of the two, making sure to clean the tip frequently.

The stamped image was outlined very lightly with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in No.036 – Light Blue. This colour was pulled out farther with No. 302 Haze Blue. An aqua brush with a fine tip spread the ink out a smidgeon further , essentially fading the line.

This was set aside to  air dry.

Added Touches:

Once the ink was  dry “Thinking of ” and “You”   stamps were inked with VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad and stamped onto the front panel. Seth Apter Embossing Powder – Deep Sea was dusted over the freshly stamped words and melted with a heat tool. VersaMark Watermark Pen was applied to the flowers Stamens. Stampendous Embossing Powder – Topaz was applied to the flower Stamens  Anther and Nuvo Embossing Powder – Jet Black was applied to the Stamen Filament. A heat tool was used to melt the embossing powders .

A small bow was tied with ribbon from my stash. The ribbon closely matched  the melted  embossed sentiment  colour. The ribbons tails were trimmed and  attached to the stem, just below the flower with a Glue Dot.

Finishing the Card:

Tonic Craft Perfect Mirror Card in Silky Sky was cut to  (14 cm  x 10.8 cm)   5-1/2″ to 4-1/4″ and adhered to a side fold portrait card  front with Be Creative Tape 5mm

The Zig coloured  panel was  trimmed to (14 cm x 10.2 cm)  5 – 1/2″ x 4″ , ensuring   the image  stayed centred. Be Creative Tape 5mm  was applied to the back of the  panel  and  adhered to the mirror card layer on the card front.

A (14 cm x .6 cm  ) 1/4″ x  5 -1/2″  strip of  Tonic Craft Perfect Mirror Card in Silky Sky  was  attached to the  inside card base , vertically to the   right hand  side edge with liquid adhesive.   A white card stock  panel for the inside card base was cut to (14 cm x 10.2 cm)  5-1/2 x 4″ and stamped with Hero Arts Ink. This was  attached flush to the score mark  with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used in Flower:

Petals ( light to dark):

No. 050 – Yellow, No. 052 – Bright Yellow, N0. 070 – Orange, No. 023 – Scarlet Red, No. 020 Red.

Stem (dark to light):

No.044 – Deep Green, No. 043 Olive Green, No. 046 Mid Green, Scant No. 051 – Lemon Yellow.


No.036 – Light Blue, No. 302 Haze Blue

This card in now complete.

Here is a video of the colouring process:

Thank you for stopping by. Until Next time – xo Karen

DT Fun with Flora & Fauna

Friday, July 13th, 2018

As you can probably tell, our design team is having fun with the new Flora & Fauna stamps in the store!    Today Nancy is sharing some cards she made with the adorable Panda Set, which you can pick up in the store here.  Check out all the details of her project on Nancy’s blog.  And don’t forget to check out the rest of the great sets by Flora & Fauna as well!

Jessica has also been having fun with new stamps, but she used the whimsical Mermaid Love set.  If you have to have it, here’s where you can find it in our online store!   Take a peek at more photos of her card on Jessica’s blog.

I’ve gotta say, the team has me very excited about this new company!  Can’t wait to get some to play with myself 🙂