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Tuesday with Tara {take 328} Winter Cardinals

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card will probably seem very non-traditional, but it really depicts the kind of winter I see most of the time since I’ve moved south!  I’m featuring the new Tim Holtz Festive Words dies paired with Cardinals dies by Impression Obsession over a background of Sketch Greenery stamped in assorted shades of green Distress Ink.  I used a mix of regular & oxide inks, misted with water on watercolor Cardstock to create a soft background.

My photo background is also the inspiration for the background of the card.  I went to a wreath making workshop with a friend and was able to use a large variety of different greenery to create a gorgeous fresh wreath for the holidays.  I love the mix of textures and colors together!

There’s a touch of shimmer mixed with all the earthy vibes, like a hint of fresh snow… with white pearlescent text and sequins scattered around.  Two of the cardinals are resting on the greeting while the third one, taking flight, is raised with a foam square.

I had a small piece of the background left after making my card, so I made a coordinating gift tag using the smaller ‘joy’ sentiment from the set.  I love the mix of the elegant background and the whimsical font of the greeting together!

Bonus, my hands were super inky after finishing this project 🙂

I noticed several of my last few makes have all been different shades of red & green… time to mix things up for next week!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 327} Christmas Holly

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a slimline card that showcases a fun Christmas banner I created that spans the entire width… and beyond!  It’s a good thing legal envelopes are little bit wider than the cards are!  Since the banner itself is really such a statement piece, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple.  I stamped a random repeat of holly from Sketch Greenery as my background in green on a Kraft base.

I inked the die cut ‘Christmas’ letters in the same green before adhering it to the banner.  Are you ready for my secret?  I totally cheated and bought a pre-made (stitched together) paper banner for just a few dollars and it’s long enough to do tons of cards!

I paired the banner with a big “Merry” from Tim Holtz’s Merry & Bright die, which is a favorite of mine!  My red glitter paper hadn’t arrived yet, (I have some now!) so I used some deep pink, pearly paper.   I finished it all off by with some green ink around the edges and some pink pearls!

It was simple, but I think it makes a bold statement 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 326} Cup of Joy

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is Sending you a Cup of Christmas Joy for today’s Random Acts of Cardness theme, coffee.

I finally took some time to play with the new Villainous Potion Distress Inks this week and I challenged myself to use them for this theme!  I first got inky, creating some background paper with a mix of regular Distress & Oxide Inks. I splattered a bit of silver over it and also inked up some thin crinkle ribbon to match.  Love it!

I pulled out the Coffee Understands set by Picket Fence Studios and the Sending Christmas Joy die by MFT.  While I love this big sentiment, sometimes it’s a challenge fitting other images with it on a card.  I played around with my layout a bit and decided on a 5.5″ square card with the girl from the stamp set stamped beside it, since she’s almost as tall as the text.  The tall to-go cup is a great fit to sit over the open “O” in JOY.

I decided to pull it all together with some snowflakes on the background, using Distress Oxide ink through a snowflake stencil (by Paper Rose) which is really bold on the Kraft card base.  I layered it all together and decided to keep it simple and call it done!  The offset layers are a fun & different twist, but the ribbon seems to balance it all out.

And yep… my fingers are still inky!

Inky hugs,