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Tuesday with Tara {take 432} Wildflowers

You belong among the wildflowers.

Happy Tuesday!  Last week I got inky on my Crafty Live with the new Scorched Timber Distress, and I was determined to make something with one of my backgrounds for this week!   I kept things pretty simple and die cut one of the backgrounds (I believe this one features the two sprays together- Distress Spray Stain and Distress Oxide Spray) with my new Stitched Oblong STAX dies by MFT.  I love how the mix of the two sprays gives almost a dirty chalkboard effect.

I embossed a wildflowers sentiment (this is from an older Gina K set that it still in stock!) in white, then scattered a few mini brushstrokes flowers along one edge.  I’d pre-cut a variety of flowers in yellows & blue from some backgrounds so these were ready to go!

I added some subtle detail to the background with an Altenew stencil called “Leaf Bed” and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then decided to add it to a coordinating envelope as well!  I added a few sequins as a finishing touch…

I hope this brings a bit of sunshine to your day, especially if you’re experiencing the endless days of winter wherever you are…

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 431} Cardinals in love

Happy Tuesday!

It feels like the new year just started, but here we are with Valentine’s Day right around the corner already!  I’ve got one more card to share with you that can be used for the occasion, though I left a sentiment off it so it could also be used for an anniversary or just a thinking of you card for a bird lover.

I created a gate fold A2 card, scoring it at 2.125 from each end so they meet in the center.  On the left panel, I added a strip of patterned paper with a text print from my current favorite 6×6 pad.

I really wanted to use this Cardinal Pair stamp by Penny Black at Christmas, but never got around to it… so I was pleased that die cutting it in a heart shape allowed me to cut out or hide the ornaments.  I simply stamped it in black ink and then inked the edges with Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink.  I had pre-made some mini Brushstroke Flowers in shades of coral, so I decided to use them along with some crinkle ribbon I had dyed to match.

Because I had the flowers pre-made, this card went together fairly quickly!  Here’s one more photo with my ribbon untied so you can see the gatefold.

This card would be really pretty with red flowers as well, especially if you colored the cardinals in their shades of red & brown!

I hope you enjoy it!  Have a wonderful week and Valentine’s Day, however you celebrate it (or Wednesday if you don’t).

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 425} Peace, joy & peach fuzz!

Happy Tuesday & Happy New Year 2024!

For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed challenging myself to make a card featuring the new Pantone Color of the Year.  This year it’s called “Peach Fuzz” and it was a bit of an extra challenge for me… but this is what I came up with!

The hardest part of this challenge for me can be finding the perfect color to use.  Since Distress Ink is a favorite of mine, it’s usually where I start.  I was thinking that Dried Marigold would be a great place to start, but it seems that’s one of the many items I still have packed away somewhere (definitely going to resolve to get my studio unpacked & organized this year!).  So, I started grabbing inks to see what I could blend together to get the right color.  Here’s what I need up going with:

I used a combination of Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar & Saltwater Taffy with some Sugary Gumdrop Mica Stain on top of the blend on some watercolor paper.  I also had some coral cardstock which I used as my third piece for variety. I selected a few of the mini brushstroke flowers  and cut them from each of the 3 papers so I would have some extra variety when layering the pieces together.

I paired the flowers with a sentiment is from an older Christmas stamp set by Tim Holtz called Festive Overlay– it has a great variety of smaller images & sentiments.  I always love when there is a good New Years sentiment since I’m so bad at actually sending Christmas cards in the mail…

I stamped on an ivory cardstock which I die cut with Prism Nesting Stitched Circles.  It’s layered onto a tag which I inked up using the same colors over a stenciled design I did with some sparkle paste.  Under that is a die cut piece of patterned paper cut with Prism Nesting Rectangles.  This paper is from an awesome new 6×6 pad called Vintage Letters and its got 12 different beautiful neutral papers.  The card base is a peachy piece from my stash which I used the same sparkle paste to stencil onto.

For finishing touches, I added some crinkle ribbon (which I inked up using a mix of Saltwater Taffy & Scattered Straw) and some sparkly fallback bling which came in a “Polar Wind” embellishment mix.

I had fun making this peach fuzz card – and it’s not the only one I made.  Visit my blog or instagram page to see another!

Wishing you many creative days in 2024!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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