Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Tuesday with Tara {take 279} Christmas Bird

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

It’s Christmas week!  I can hardly believe we’re in the final days of our Christmas 2020 countdown.  Everything is so different this year, and I keep reminding myself it’s okay to have a slower pace (especially since there are no big gatherings to prepare for!) and just enjoy the season.  I was so late getting started on making Christmas cards this year that I almost feel I should keep going so I have them ready for next year, ha!   I have also been late in purchasing new wintery stamps & dies to create with, but these lovely holiday greens dies by Tim Holtz arrived just in time (and you can bet I’ll be using some of them for creations throughout the year!).

Today’s card combines a few cuts of holiday greens with one of the feathered friend’s dies, all decked out in red.  I’ve used some of the cut out letters from Sending Christmas Joy, by MFT along with a scripty ‘Christmas’ die cut.  (I’ve used an older Tim Holtz one, but any scripty word would work!). I love taking sentiment dies (and stamps) and mixing up the fonts together to change the feel of them.  It’s also a great way to change the way they fit on your cards, as this design would not have fit on an A2 card if I had used the bold ‘Christmas’ letters that were part of the original die!

I finished off my card by adding a bit of detail to the background to break up the solid red… by adding more red.  LOL. I grabbed a variety of small Christmas sentiment stamps from my stash (there’s some OLD wooden ones here, most from 10+ years ago) and stamped them randomly in red across the lower part of the card.  I didn’t want anything too bold to compete with my images, and this was a fun way to add a bit of texture to the card.  I also added some white Nuvo dots as berries to the branches, some of which picked up the red ink from my background and added bits of pink.  I often forget that this happens when they are applied on water reactive inks (like Distress) but in this case it’s a happy accident that just adds variety!

Thanks for stopping by- I hope the coming days are filled with joy & peace!

Inky hugs,


Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

I hope everyone is doing well! It has been a beautiful weekend.   It was made better by all the snowfall we have recently gotten…almost 30cm!  The first thing that came to my mind when I saw all the snow was…..Do you wanna build a snowman?  So, that is exactly what we are going to do for today’s card!

I  want to make a car in which the snowman “came together” on the front like you were building it.  I didn’t think I had enough room on a standard A2 size card so I thought I would use a slimline style.  The base for this slimline card measure 7″ x 8 1/2″ and then is scored at 3 1/2″.  I made two bases and I will adhere them together with scor-tape to create a gatefold / trifold type of card.

To create a snowy background I ink blend the two flaps (gate folds) with some Distress Oxide Inks in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and I will bring in just a bit of Black Soot to deepen the Faded Jeans around the top.  I use two types of blending brushes.  The standard foam brushes and Picket Fence Blending Brushes.  I like how much ink the standard foam brushes lay down and I love the way the Picket Fence brushes blend the colours together so smoothly.

Once the ink blending is done I add some water droplets with a find mist sprayer and some sparkle with the Hero Arts White Iredescent Shimmer Spray.  This will give the look of snowfall in the background by the water pushing the pigment out.  You can create larger snowflakes by unscrewing the sprayer and tapping the water directly from the straw.

Make sure you let this dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.  You want to make sure that the ink had dried and set before going on to the next step.

While I let the ink dry I die cut 3 circles in 3 different sizes to create the snowman’s body.  I also used my Silhouette machine and a cut file to create a hat, scarf and nose.  You can fussy cut your own accessories if you don’t have an electronic die cut machine.

Once my inked panels were dry I trim down each gate fold so that they measure 1 3/4″ and that they would close nicely against each other.  I then began to adhere the snowman parts to the card with some Gina K Connect liquid adhesive.  I encountered a bit of a snag in my plan and to find out what that is you will have to watch the video below.

The base and head of the snowman are adhered directly to the left panel of the card and the middle of the snowman is adhered down with foam squares to allow clearance for the snowman body to interlace into each other.

Now it’s time to decorate our snowman.  I adhere the hat and scarf with some more liquid adhesive and decided to use Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black for the eyes and buttons.

The card needed a bit of glitter so I used the Nuvo Glacier Paste in Winter White to create puffy snow on the bottom and the Nuvo Glitter Gloss to add some magic to the top hat.  The only thing left to do is to write a message on the inside.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Snowman card!  Remember to post the snowmen you build on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Page.


Tuesday with Tara {take 278} Wise Men Seeking

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Christmas is getting closer every day, and I was grateful for a chance to sit and make some cards over the weekend.  I wanted to keep working with my green inks and thought it might be a fun twist to do a green ombre background for this wisemen die cut by Tim Holtz.

I love taking traditional themes and adding my own twist to them, so for this card that included using book print as my background and Kraft card stock for my die cut.  I inked my background with Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough & Rustic Wilderness.   I chose the oxide inks for a softer look that blends nicer on a lightweight paper like book print.  For this project I used a foam blending tool.  Once everything was inked, I splattered a bit of water on the background as well as some heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water for a bit of shimmer.

I used Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops on the star and added some dimensional stars in the sky with it as well.  I don’t normally mix metallics on a project, but somehow it worked for this card  since my card base is a deep steel grey tone.  I finished everything off with some green ribbon, which I dyed with Rustic Wilderness Spray Stain,  (The greens of the background and the ribbon match better in person- I just couldn’t capture it quite right!) and finally a couple nickel toned embellishments by Tim Holtz from my stash.  It was my first time actually using one of the little stars and I love the look!

I really love this die cut and how it fills an A2 card front perfectly.  I’m sorry my photos don’t accurately capture the shimmer & colors on this card, but I promise it’s prettier in person 🙂

Wishing you peace & sending inky hugs,