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Tuesday with Tara {take 136}

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Happy Tuesday and happy day-before-Valentine’s-Day!  Today’s card celebrates a love that’s kinda CRAY CRAY, if ya know what I mean… this card took on a life of it’s own as I worked on it, ending up very different than I visualized at the beginning.  But hey, sometimes love is like that too.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing 🙂

When I got my hands on Tim’s hipster animal stamps I got the idea that they would fit really well peeking through the heart frame in this large Dina Wakley stamp (which is on sale right now!)… so I’ve been waiting to figure out a way to put them together.  Today’s card is what I came up with.  I’ve got a few more ideas (and had several others that didn’t pan out), but I decided to keep this one fairly simple and let the colors and the hip chick speak volumes 🙂

This ostrich image just makes me smile, even though she kinda looks like a grumpy librarian!  I stamped her twice in black on white card stock, cutting the base from one image and the hat, scarf & beak from the other.  I stamped her again in Purple Distress Oxide so I could have colorful glasses to cut out, adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops to it once they were glued to her face.  Colorful glasses are my new favorite thing to do with these stamps & dies!  There is no way I would fussy cut those glasses, but they are amazing die cut! The other elements were all colored with Copic Markers and mounted with foam adhesive.  I kept her white for extra contrast.

Since I was working with a kraft card, I experimented with a variety of things and finally decided to stamp assorted words/sentiments in Distress Oxide in the open space of the square portion of the frame.  The heart frame was painted with Silver/Sterling paint.  I added some shading with stablio pencils in black & white and a few chit-chat stickers to give extra texture & pop.  As you can see, I cut the heart frame so it was open to the inside of the card and added a piece of colorful paper to show through the window.

This heart was my first attempt at the Distress Oxide technique Tim shared at Creativation, using them on Glossy/Alcohol Ink card stock and finishing up with Distress Glaze.  I’ll be trying it again and will share the link when I have more success!  I added a bit more watered down silver paint around the heart and finished with more stickers & repeats of the stamped words from the front of my card.

I had fun with this one- like I said, it’s not what I expected when I started creating… but I had fun doing it and I hope it encourages you to look at your stamps and see what sort of combinations you can end up with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope there’s a little bit of CRAY CRAY in it (the good kind, of course!) and a whole lot of chocolate…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley cling stamp “Handwritten Heart Collage

Dina Wakley sterling paint

Tim Holtz Hipster stamp & Ostrich dies

Distress Oxide Inks

Assorted words & sentiment stamps

Chit Chat stickers

Glossy/ Alcohol Ink Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Tuesday with Tara {take 134}

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I woke up this morning to find snow on the ground again… so I’m sharing with you a winter card which includes a hint of spring (or summer) that many of us are dreaming of!

Yep, Snowflakes & Butterflies!  I love this saying and when I pulled this stamp from one of my storage folders (I love the Stuftainers by Stampendous for my cling stamps) a card concept started forming for me… I wanted a wintery colored card with this design, a snowflake background and these awesome layered “Beautiful Butterflies” stamp & die sets by My Favorite Things.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who makes the sentiment (it’s a problem with cling stamps!  I usually try to organize them by brand, but this was in a misc. Christmas/winter folder).  If it looks familiar to you, please let me know and I’ll update!

My card is very simple- a gorgeous embossed background on pearl white card stock with the sentiment stamped in grey archival ink on a dusty green card stock.  The butterflies were stamped primarily with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink & Distress Oxide- it was fun to see how the two variations of the same color played together.  The larger butterfly has a layer of Broken China Distress Oxide to add a bit of pop.  The final detail layer was stamped in the same grey as my sentiment, then a bit of glitter finishes them off.  I added Nuvo Glitter Drops (in Blizzard, of course!) to the butterfly bodies and a few spots on the snowy background as well.  A touch of Rock Candy Distress Stickles adds that extra touch of shine.

It’s nice to know I can use my butterflies year round… even though I’m done with winter, I don’t mind looking at them on this wintery card 🙂

Thanks for visiting (and reading to the end)!  I’m excited to announce that we’ll be back on Saturday with a fun BLOG HOP for you!  Hope you’ll plan to join us starting right here on Saturday!

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

My Favorite Things Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set & Dies

Sizzix 3D Snowflakes embossing folder

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio & Broken China

Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio

Archival Ink (mine was from the Archival Distress Color Mixed Media Palette)

Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard

Cardstock & Adhesive

Tuesday with Tara {take 132}

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a simple one I created to showcase the beautiful blending you can achieve with Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil… it’s so pretty!  I used a Tim Holtz music stencil and selected three colors of Distress Oxide, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China & Wilted Violet.  I started by taping the stencil to my paper with washi tape and began with the blue, which would be my middle color.  My blend was most intense in the center, then I lightened it slightly where the colors would overlap.  I love the variety of shades you can create as you blend these vibrant colors together!  Here’s a peek at what I saw before I lifted the stencil…

I wanted this background to be the focal point of my card, and these tiny die cut birds by Memory box seemed like a perfect addition, cut from glittery paper.

I added a few spotss of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the music notes for some extra texture… and tied everything together with a bit more blue- a strip of glitter paper and a simple sentiment (love this one by Impression Obsession!) on a die cut panel stamped in the same Distress Oxide Ink.  A simple wrap of thin jute finished off the card with a touch of purple.

I love the gradient of colors through this stencil and am inspired to create a series of them with a variety of color combinations.  Hope you like it too 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Kraft Cardstock (5.5 card base)

Blue Glitter Paper (from this variety pack)

Tim Holtz Concerto Stencil

Memory Box mini birds die set

Impression Obsession ‘what if you fly’ stamp

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China & Wilted Violet

Ink Blending tool

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

purple thin jute