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Tuesday with Tara {take 197}

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  As I was reminded of a project I shared here back in 2017, decorating Easter Eggs with alcohol ink, I thought it would be fun to use my paper crafting/ art supplies in another way on eggs.  This time I decided to start with simple plastic eggs, available almost anywhere this time of year and to do some simple decoupage on them.  I started with a matte gel (mine was by Prima, but this one from Ranger, or any ‘matte medium’ will work just as well!) as my adhesive to adhere torn strips of book paper to my eggs.

I worked in two steps, first covering about half the eggs, then finishing it off once the first part was dry.  This gave me a dry spot to hang onto while I worked and kept me from getting quite as much stuck to my fingers 😉  The eggs dried fairly quickly, though I let them sit overnight before moving on to the next phase…

I decided to experiment with different coloring mediums, but primarily wanted to see how Distress Oxide sprays (you can save on the new set of 12 sprays here) & ink pads would work!

I started by spraying some of the original Distress Stain Spray onto a couple eggs, then quickly realized I would need to start with a coat of gesso to make it work best, so I wiped off my eggs with a cotton cloth and applied white gesso to all my eggs, misting with water to make it less opaque so I could still see the text.  This was also a great time to apply a bit of gesso thicker to a few spots where words I didn’t want on my eggs had snuck in… )note to self, maybe don’t use a murder mystery as your collage paper next time. lol).  I didn’t snap a photo of this stage so you’ll have to use your imagination!  I applied the Abandoned Coral to two eggs, then sprayed one with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Spray and the other with Picked Raspberry.  I rolled them around in a box to capture all the angles, heat them with a heat tool, misted some water to get it to oxidize… and eventually finished them off by blotting again with a cotton rag.  I love the soft chalkiness of the color and the fun mix I got where the original spray shows through!  As a bonus, my fingers were nice and inky (though I did wash my hands between colors to keep my colors more pure).

Next I decided to see how the Distress Oxide Ink pads would compare- so I used a foam blending tool and picked my colors.  For this, I just applied ink & blended, then misted with water, wiped dry and added another layer.  Both techniques worked fabulous!  This photo shows that the colors are just as intense, though the inking is more mottled and organic looking on the eggs that I sprayed.  Whatever you use, be sure to mist with water as this will help set the oxide ink and keep the color from spreading over the other eggs (and onto hands that pick them up to have a closer look!).

I had some collage tissue I wanted to try as well, so I did some simple decoupage of torn tissue onto my colored eggs.  I thought about adding more to these, but decided to leave them as is to let the design and color of the eggs show through!

The tissue technique was much faster since it only took one step, but the final look will depend what color your original plastic eggs are 🙂  here’s a peek at my little basket of eggs-

I hope this inspires you to pull out your supplies and have some mixed media fun for Easter!  The possibilities are endless…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 187}

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  Today I wanted to take a little break from Valentine’s Day creations and I was totally planning on avoiding the color RED as well… but when I pulled out this sweet stamp set by Jane Davenport and thought I saw tiny cherry blossoms it led to Lunar New Year (that’d be today!) and the next thing I knew I was making a RED floral card with good luck wishes for the new year!

 

I stamped the images on watercolor paper and started some simple coloring using Color Burst as my watercolor medium. It ended up a little bit too monochromatic, so I watered down some white acrylic paint and added a bit of detailing, which mixed with my red to create soft pink highlights.  I stamped the small blossoms image in Candied Apple Distress Oxide on the kraft card base (because I just can’t get enough of Oxides on kraft!) and then splattered some of the remaining white/pink paint on the card background and over the stamped flowers.

I had a scrap of book print with some green paint already on it, so I decided to add a bit more green to tie it in with the leaves from my florals, then added it as a strip along the left side of my card, which I wrapped some thin red twine around for texture.

I also had a piece of inked up watercolor paper that was red-ish which I die cut from the MFT inside & out stitched circle dies.  I pulled out some 3D gloss gel and swiped it over a MFT framework stencil to see what the result would be… turns out it looked fabulous.  The clear gloss over the watercolor intensified the color and really popped!  I inked the edges of the die cut circle with Black Distress Oxide to add more contrast and really love the results.

I added some red bling in some of the open spots of the stenciled design for even more shine & texture.  I found a really old punch (from back in the days before dies were affordable) with the Chinese symbol for ‘Good Luck’ which I added to the lower right corner of my card.  I searched through some Tim Holtz big chat stickers and found the same words in black & white (and English! LOL) I just had to black out the ‘y’ so it said luck instead of lucky.

If your January, like mine, got the new year off to a bit of a rough start… you have my permission (and invitation!) t0 join me in celebrating the Lunar New Year and another fresh start!  Good Luck!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Shake Up Summer Blog Hop!

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp SHAKE IT UP Summer Blog Hop!  We are excited to have you here with us today and share with you each member of our team’s unique take on shaker cards!  You’ll see a mix of takes on ‘old school’ shakers as well as projects using shaker window & die combos, like the ones you can WIN by leaving comments along the way and by sharing about the hop on social media!  It should be a lot of fun, so let’s get started!

I decided to do a twist on an old school shaker, I wanted to find a way to create a shaker panel the full width of my card rather than a window in the center of the card.  I started with ‘hello’ edge die (by MFT) and cut it at an angle along the bottom of the card, leaving room for the coordinating ‘beautiful’ word below it.  I then used that angle as my guide to cut another panel the size that my shaker panel would be.  I pieced it back together with some clear plastic (I used the packaging from a stencil I’d purchased!) glued at the top and bottom then trimmed it to size.  Once my window was the right size, I had to figure out how to seal it off as a shaker- the clear edges kinda snuck up on me and I wasn’t sure how to tackle that.  I decided to let the white foam tape show on one side, but to camouflage it a bit by backing my window with white card stock.  Here’s a look at the hidden part of this panel so you can see how it went together.  I added a random mix of foam tape along much of the solid parts to give the whole card a smooth look.  The biggest part when assembling a shaker from scratch like this is to make sure there aren’t gaps in the foam tape around your window, you don’t want to leak any glitter 🙂

I cut my white panel to cover the inside (less about a 1/4″ at the top so it would fold flat), removed all the foam backing and then filled up my shaker window with a variety of sequins, glitter and beads/micro beads.  I think everything but the sequins were from Prima 🙂

Because that panel was such a stark white, I cut the ‘beautiful’ word and the Tim Holtz sand dollar & sea horse from white textured cardstock.  I love how the gold metallic wax picks up the texture!  The sea horse was inked with Distress Ink before I added the gold details to it.  I added a variety of greenery (aka seaweed) cut from Funky Flowers 2, all of which are watercolor paper painted with Distress Inks.  I grabbed an old Tim Holtz border/texture stamp and inked it up with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide to give some balance to the top of the card. After that, I just added bits of ribbon, twine, paint and sequins to complete the card.

I love glitter, but hate when it gets everywhere… I managed to avoid the mess with this card, and that’s something I like about shakers.  It’s like contained chaos.  🙂

I’m excited for you (and me!) to see what the rest of the girls have to share with you today!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the hop- and enjoy special savings on Shaker windows this week too!

Here’s who’s hopping with us this month:

Tara (SNS blog- you are here!)
Jessica
Kia
Laurie
Karen
Amy