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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,

Tara

 

Slimline Alcohol Ink Gel Prints

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Happy Sunday Funday!

Chala here and I am sharing some fun slimline cards using the Alcohol Ink Gel Print technique.

Today I pulled out several products to play around with including the Lavinia Boblong Printing Press, which is perfect for slimline gel prints, the Lavinia Leaf Mask, Mandala stencil, various Alcohol Inks, Pink Fresh Studio Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set and various sentiment dies, acrylic white paint and brayers.

This technique is easier to watch than explain, so I have created a video of today’s cards.  Go ahead and click HERE to watch and see how I created 6 fun cards!

If you are not into watching the video, I will do my best to explain.  You want to drip some alcohol inks onto the gel print and use the brayer to move the ink along the surface.  Be mindful of what colours you choose as you do not want to create mud.  The important thing to remember is to let the alcohol inks dry between the layers.

Once the ink has dried you can now use a stencil and lay it on top of the gel plate.  I like to use my brayer to help lay the stencil flat on the plate.  Next add a few more drops of alcohol ink and again, you can use your brayer to help blend the colours.  The more ink you use the longer you will have to wait for it to dry before proceeding with the next step.  After the ink has dried again, you can now remove the stencil.  To clean my stencils I use hand sanitizer, you can also use isopropyl alcohol or ink blending solution.

The next step is to use a small amount of white paint (although you can use other colours and eve add in perfect pearls to add shimmer) and brayer a thin layer overtop of the alcohol inks.  Then lay your carstock on top.  I like to use an old gift card to smooth over the back of the cardstock to ensure I am lifting as much of the image as possible.  Then slowly pull the cardstock back to reveal your masterpiece.

I continued this process with several backgrounds and even used Alcohol Ink Pearls to add a beautiful shimmer to the background.

I trimmed the backgrounds down to fit onto a 4″ x 8.5″ slimline card base and adhered with some Art Glitter Glue.

You can finish the backgrounds off by adding stamping or simple die cut sentiments or even fun Tim Holtz Paper dolls. The possibilities are endless!  For my die cut sentiments I heat embossed with either gold or clear embossing powder to help the sentiments stand out.

Here is a look at the finished cards.

I hope you enjoyed todays slimline cards and technique and that it has inspired you to give this technique a try!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

~Chala

Tuesday with Tara {take 321} Looks like snow y’all

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today the challenge word that inspired my card was STENCILS and I was excited as I just got some new ones from Vicki Boutin recently.  I’m such a fan of her colorful work and this Wild Soul Stencil from the Storyteller collection is the first product I finally got my hands on… I didn’t even notice it was a set of three! (I also got the 6×8 paper pad for some quick creations!).  I follow Vicki on Facebook and she often does tutorials, so I went looking for a fun stencil technique.  You can find the video I used as my inspiration on October 1- it’s a fun one.

So I started with the technique she shared using Distress Ink, a stencil and a bunch of water on a smaller scale since I was working with cards instead of scrapbook page.  Once it was ready, I trimmed it down to size and then as I was contemplating my card (and the SNOW my hometown in BC got yesterday!) I added a layer of snowflakes using this great stencil by Paper Rose.

Once I decided I wanted to embrace the snow theme I went digging through my supplies.  I recently got this big y’all die from Picket Fence (which I don’t imaging SNS will have anytime soon, but since I’m living in the south now it’s something I had to have it) so I found a sentiment to pair it with.  These sweet stitched snowflakes are from Memory Box, which I thought was a nice touch with the stitched edge on my background.  A few elements cut from book print adds a really fun touch, and I inked them in the same pale green (shabby shutters) Distress Oxide ink that I used with the stencil over the background.

This background has almost a tie-die feel to it… which I’m not sure is something I’ve ever seen with snowflakes before, but I kinda like it!  Hope you do too 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara