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Tuesday with Tara {take 359} Bookmarks!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’m sure I’m not the only person who looks forward to summertime reading!  I used to read so much when I was younger, but I find these days I really have to make an effort and take time to read.  All too often, when I finally do take the time I end up using a piece of junk mail or a receipt for my bookmark.  Friends, we can do better than that!  ha!

Today I’m sharing some sweet & simple bookmarks I stamped.  I paired this little mouse by Anita Jeram (not currently in the online store- sorry!) with some paint splatters & a swoosh from this fun crafty set by Taylored Expressions.  I stamped the painty bits in Distress Oxide Ink, picking the colors based on the scraps of ribbon I could easily find on my work space to match with them!  Here I’ve used Mustard Seed and Wilted Violet.  Lastly, the mice were quickly colored in with some watercolor pencils and honestly, it’s as simple as that!

The stamp set comes with some cute little sentiments that I added to the bookmarks as well.   Before stamping, I cut the bookmarks out of some mini slimline stackables stitched dies by Lawn Fawn, and they are perfect for this!

Here’s a closer look at my cute little bookmarks!  Now I just need to make the time to use them…

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 358} Use Your Wings

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card took an unexpected turn and I really had to use my ‘wings’ to wing it and make it something I could still share with you today!  LOL

You see I was well on my way to finishing my fairly clean card design with a fun folded surprise for the SNS Challenge theme of the day ‘LIFT’, when I decided to finish things off with just a few splatters of white paint…

Do you see where this is going?  (Check out the reel I shared on instagram yesterday!)

First, let me introduce the star of my card- this funky bee by Tim Holtz.  I cut the body and wings from white glitter card stock and then colored the body with a bright yellow Copic marker.  Once everything was assembled, I added Glossy Accents over the body as well for some extra shine!  I paired it with a metallic sentiment from this sticker book (and you’ll see another sentiment later on as well!).  I mounted him diagonally on a light Kraft square, the same color as my base card and inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I stamped a script background (by Impression Obsession) in the same ink on the card base.

The fun hidden ‘lift’ is under that square panel: a simple square of patterned paper folded to create a pop up element.  I had every intention of sharing a simple tutorial of that but this card took a turn on me!   Once I assembled everything, ribbon and all, I decided that a bit of bling and a few white paint splatters would be a perfect finishing touch.

I pulled out my white Dina Wakely Media Gloss Spray and removed the lid to splatter a touch of paint.  And the next thing I knew that paint was in a puddle on my desk and all over my “finished” card!   Yikes!

It was about half a bottle of paint, so after I cleaned up my card the best I could (putting paper towel inside it so it didn’t stick together) I searched for random pieces of paper to dip and drip in it… who knows, maybe some fab technique will come of it?  LOL.  Once I’d used up all I had time or energy to do, I added a few more spots on my card to try to balance it out and it almost looks like I meant to do it.  Except I forgot about my folded bit and it totally stuck together and tore when I went to open it for a photo!  C’est la Vie, right?

I kinda had to laugh at my choice of sentiments, after the fact… and here I am, taking a chance and sharing my mishap with you.

The card itself is warped from all the paint and I’m not sure there’s really a good way to flatten it out, but I’m gonna tuck it under something heavy for a while and maybe it can still be useful to brighten a creative, but messy, friend’s day!  And if nothing else… I hope it makes you feel a bit better about your day!  ha!

Inky (& painty!) hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 356} Awesome Blue

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

Can we talk about how awesome you are?

I just love the versatility of the ‘awesome’ stamp set by PhotoPlay and today I decided to play with it in shades of blue.  Specifically, I used Prize Ribbon Distress in a variety of forms for this card!

Starting with the sentiment- I stamped it simply with Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Ink, then faded above it with a couple repeat stamps.  I didn’t add water or anything, just kept going to build a sentiment block which would be my card’s focal point.

I used Distress Oxide Again as the starting point for my chevron background.  This was my first time using the flip flop chevron stencil by Simon Hurley, and it’s so fun!  Since Distress Oxide is so fabulous on Kraft, I thought it would be a fun way to start.  This stencil. has gaps in it so you can flip it over and create a pattern with two different colors- or in this case, textures!  For the flop side, I used a texture paste and sprinkled Distress Embossing Glaze over it.  Heating to melt the powder while the paste was still wet added to the texture here!

As a final element for my card, I die cut one of the Tim Holtz funky insect dies from Kraft and colored it with more Prize Ribbon!  The top wings are Distress Oxide and the lower ones were painted.  I sprayed all the pieces with Mica Spray before gluing them together for a bit of shimmer!

I’m really pleased with how all the different mediums worked together on this card, it was a fun one to make as it seemed to have a mind of it’s own… pretty awesome!

Inky hugs,

Tara