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For a Friend

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

There’s nothing to pick up your spirits like a card from a friend, in your mailbox! A bright & cheery one is even better. I think I combined these elements in these pretty cards that are perfect for a friend, at any time. And of course, I worked it in for the Scrap ‘N Stamp word prompt of ‘friends’!

DOODLE FLOWERS BACKGROUND

Everyone in the Scrap ‘N Stamp design team recently received a box of goodies to play with! I have to admit that I didn’t wait – I dove right in, so you’ll be getting a sneak peek today of some new  products that haven’t hit the shelves yet! I was actually so excited that I created 2 cards, using the same products. Just because I could! I wanted to see the pretty new embossing powders on a white, and a dark background. Here they are!

For a Friend

I had started with the white background, but them immediately how how gorgeous the colours would stand out on a darker background! They’re still pretty on the white, but really pop on the blue!

CARD DETAILS

Start with your panel of cardstock – light or dark. I found it best to set up the cardstock and Taylored Expressions Doodle Flowers Background stamp in my stamp platform. Next, cover the stamp with Versamark ink, and press firmly on the cardstock. Repeat if necessary. Now the fun happens! Seriously, I felt like a kid in kindergarten again, I had such fun. I used the coming soon Embossing Powder set by Hampton Arts – you’re going to love! There’s a total of 16 different embossing powders, each colour has 2 – one matte, one glitter. To start, I sprinkled the matte green around the edges of the stamping, basically to colour the stems green. Remove any excess powder, and then add  your next colour. For the flowers, I chose to use the glitter version of the colours – pink, violet, yellow and blue.  I didn’t bother to shake off the excess of each colour as I went along – this meant that the colours mixed beautifully ! When you do shake off the excess powder, you can keep the resulting rainbow, and use it on another project. Here’s a close up look at the pretty results.

For a Friend

This background stamp leaves a wonderful oval in the middle, perfect for a sentiment. Stamp your chosen sentiment onto vellum with Versamark ink, and then cover it with gold embossing powder. Use a heat tool to set, and then die cut with an oval die. For my sentiment, I used one of my new stamps – again by Hampton Arts, but I’m not sure of the name! It’s a wonderful sentiment set, though.

Attach your embossed card front to a bright card base, and then attach your sentiment oval. Add a few embellishments to the card front for some sparkle, and to hide your glue behind the vellum. Again – I used new self adhesive gems from Hampton Arts, and sequins from  Studio Katia.

SNEAK PEEK!

In the photo below, you can see the vials that the new embossing powders come in, plus the new gems.

For a Friend

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Tuesday with Tara {take 334} Stencils & Snowmen

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

I did not set out to create a wintery card for today, but when it’s snowy outside it tends to make you reach for the snowy stuff inside!  When I sat down to play, I pulled out a variety of stencils and played around with backgrounds, some of which you will see on future projects because they just didn’t work with the Snowman Joy die that I decided I wanted to make something with again.

This time I cut my snowman from glittery Cardstock, which seems to suit him just fine!  I paired him with some tall glittery letters as well- the sweet Twiggy Hugs die by Memory Box.

The base layer is stenciled with MFT Candy Stripes, then a snowflake stencil (by Paper Rose) over the stripes.  I’ve seen some fun layered stencils lately and wanted to experiment… it kinda worked, but wasn’t quite a perfect pair!  It makes for an interesting layer on my card though!

I took the still inky snowflake stencil and applied clear texture paste through it onto the teal Cardstock layer as the base for my snowman.  It give a subtle, shiny but tinted snowy pattern that worked much better behind the die cuts!

I finished off my card with some stitched edges by MFT, a chit chat sticker by Tim Holtz and a bit of Studio Katia bling.

Inky (and snowy) hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 332} Celebrate!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Happy Tuesday & Happy New Year!  It’s my first Tuesday with Tara for 2022… it only seemed right to bling things up a bit and celebrate!

I love glitter paper for maximum bling with minimum mess, and the 6×6 pads by Memory Box give so many colors in one stack!   I’ve paired it with a solid Cardstock layer with the falling stars die by Tim Holtz cut from it, as well as some of the additional stars cut from the glitter paper itself.

I kept this card really simple, with an embossed sentiment by MFT and a little mouse who snuck in to help out with the sparkle, lifting a star as high as he can!

I had two things in mind when I was making this card… but I tried to keep it neutral enough that it could perhaps be used for a variety of occasions!  First, of course, was a card for the new year!  I try to make one every year and I tend to forget to send them to anyone, so… lol.  I think this will also be a cute card for a new baby or any other celebratory occasion!

It’s a pretty simple card overall, but it carries lots of punch with all the glitter!  I hope you like it and I hope 2022 is a year full of creative days for all of us!

Inky hugs,

Tara