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Tuesday with Tara {take 247} Grungy Butterflies

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a throwback post that features some fun, grungy butterflies that fit our Day 12 theme for our Random Acts of Cardness: Flutterby.  I hope you’ll play along and show us cards with flying things!

Here’s my throwback card from 2016…

Today’s card is inspired by Tim Holtz again, this time a more recent project, the 12 tags of 2016 – March.  I changed things up a little bit as I’d already played around with a background and decided it would look good behind a grungy butterfly frame 🙂

grungy butterfly (2)My background was actually done when I was making this tag with Distress Crayons, and is a similar technique, but I took a tag with gesso and dry embossed it before adding color.  I like the texture you get with the color pooling in the debossed parts of the image.  I used mini butterfly dies (movers & shapers) which shows off more of my grungy cardboard frame, that had multiple inks splattered and rubbed on it.

grungy butterfly (1)

My card background started as an oops… I was using black gesso and dribbled some on the kraft 5×7.  I then decided to just dry brush (aka clean off my brush!) on the card and it turned into a fun looking background perfect for this image!

Have a creative week!

Inky hugs,


MFT Floral Blooms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Hello Crafty friends, Nancy F here today to share on the Scrap’n Stamp blog. I decided to do something a little different, yet still playing along with the monthly challenge. I am doing an all mixed media style card, from used books pages to gel pressing. So grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy it.

mixed media pages, stamped the floral  blooms on to pages of an old book and heat set it with some embossing powder. I then added gesso around the flowers

I started by stamping out these beautiful Flowers in bloom set from My Favorite things on to the pages of the book using my stamping tool and Versa Clair nocturn ink .  Then I heat set with clear embossing powder to help the image stand out from the writing, then repeated this process four times. 

I also had too many ideas flowing through my head by this point, from art journaling layouts to more cards. So stay tuned for more projects.

adding colour to the flowers with distress crayons and Dina Wakley paints

Now that all the stamping and embossing was completed it was time for the fun messy part, getting in with the paints and gesso. This is always my favorite part. 

To bring the focus more to the flowers I decided to add Dina Wakley media white gesso to the book pages, carefully going around the flowers. This really helped to mute the print down some and allow the flowers to pop. I decided to actually add some gel medium to the petals of the flowers, I felt this would seal the paper and allow me to wipe any mistakes away easily.

finishing off the edges of the book page with some ground espresso, and black soot

 I created three styles of cards with three versions of the painting. 

For the above, I would add my paint in and then wipe it away allowing it to stain the paper and give it a night tinted look. Once I was happy with how it looked I decided to distress the edges of the paper, using distress oxides and regular inks.

adding the flowers too some previously created gel pressed backgrounds

The cards themselves were larger than normal, cards measured 5 ½ X 7 ¾. I used some of my previously created gel backgrounds and really did not want to trim much off of them, thus keeping as much of the detail as possible. I chose the background to match or enhance the flowers.

A close up of one of the finished cards,

  Each gel pressed backgrounds were added to the card flat using a liquid adhesive. For a little dimension popped up the painted flowers using some foam tape. To complete the card I used a simple hello die and layered a few of them together to create dimension also adding a mirror layer to the mix.

I hope you were able to get some inspiration from the above and welcome your comments. Please also make sure to use the links below for your crafting needs. 

Have a Great Week! 

Tuesday with Tara {take 125}

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

I mentioned last week that I had a piece of my background paper left over that I was playing with… here’s what I came up using it!  It’s a simple Christmas card with a completely different feel than my last card.  Hope you enjoy!


The tree die cut is a negative space design, so after cutting it I trimmed it down to have a narrow border and glued it over the background paper.  Once that was dry, I trimmed again and layered it onto a teal layer of card stock.  I left the top & bottom edges of that piece so it could be trimmed to fit on my finished card.  I played around with several background ideas, looking for a way to add texture and shine without competing with the focal point.  I chose this fabulous snowflake embossing folder and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist, then trimmed it down to fit on a card base the same ivory color.

I wanted the sentiment on a round/oval shape die to match the round baubles on the tree, so die cut a lighter green oval and stamped with Distress Oxide in blue to tie it all together.  It’s a very simple layout, but there’s a lot of shine and texture 🙂

And another shot in direct sunlight to catch the shimmer and texture on the ivory background…

Hope this gives you a little inspiration for your Christmas card crafting… there’s a ton of great products in the online store if you need a little something new to give you a kick of inspiration!  Have a great week, and check back with us on Friday when we announce the winners of the blog hop giveaway!

Inky hugs,



p.s. today is the last day to comment to win on the blog hop posts!


Materials Used:

Sizzix embossing folder, 3D snowflakes

Memory Box Snowflake Tree Die

Oval die (Sizzix)

Merry & Bright stamp by Stampabilities

Turquoise Perfect Pearl Mist (get a similar look with new Mica Sprays!)

Distress Crayons, Gesso, stencil (see technique in last week’s post!)

Distress Oxide in Broken China