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Tuesday with Tara {take 193}

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Happy Tuesday (a day late… so that would be Wednesday.  sorry ’bout that)!

For todays card I limited myself to a simple color palette, starting with black Kraft Core card stock and adding purple & white. My original plan was to have an open windows so you could see through to the inside of the card, but I’m actually still debating if this will end up as just a card front so there is room to write inside… I do love two-toned card stock as a base for a card, especially when you can see both colors from the front!

After die cutting one of Tim’s new Wildflower Stems, I selected a Stacked Deckle frame to cut in a size that would give a nice overlap. I then selected a sentiment (this is from an older set by Dina Wakley) to fit the window. I chose Wilted Violet Distress Oxide to stamp & stencil some color into my background (which is mostly inside the card) and added some coordinating jute for texture.  I chose a honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz for the natural design (it’s out of stock, but this similar one by Penny Black is available) and I applied some simple sponging with a mini ink blending tool.  I stamped my sentiment and a scribble from Media Marks in the same ink- it’s amazing how sponging and stamping can give these different variations of color with just one ink pad!  I decided to use a fine black pen to write over the stamped sentiment and give a sort of shadow effect, just to add a bit more weight to the words and make them stand out.

I added a few final details of white adhesive pearls and some Nuvo drops along the edge of my card.  Like I said earlier, I’m still debating if this will end up left as is, or turned into a card front (I would cut the front from the back and re-adhere them together with foam tape so the window is raised, but sturdy). For now I love it like this… and I guess it’s perfect if you don’t have much to say inside the card 🙂

I hope you like it!  I’ve got another card with a similar concept in process which I’ll share another time!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 191}

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

After the week I’ve had I decided I needed to make some simple, bright & cheerful cards!  I love the variety of styles represented by the creative girls on our design team and I took my inspiration today from some of the cards I’ve seen Kia & Nancy E. making, though I definitely added my own twist. I wanted to focus on simple layers and white space, and I wanted to use my new Good Idea stamp set by Dina Wakley!  The large flower stamp in this set is really large, definitely sized more for art journaling than for cards, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me… I played around with placement and stamped it overlapping the edges of a plain white card, then stamped it again on a die cut Stacked Deckle layer.  I used a grey archival ink called Watering Can for a somewhat softer look than black would have given.  I repeated the process twice, switching around where the card fold was since I wanted to try a couple different design options.

For my first card, I decided to trim the edge of the card to leave room to reveal a strip of washi tape on the inside of the card.  I used this as my color inspiration and decided to do some watercoloring with my Dina Wakley paints, placing tiny amounts of Fuchsia, Lapis, Evergreen & Lemon on a palette.  I then painted my design with a wet paintbrush, which gave me a vibrant wash of color that matched the washi tape perfectly (since it’s also by Dina!).  I splattered a bit of the paint along the left side of the card to balance the colors a bit.  I finished off this card with the sentiment that came with the stamp set and a bit of Distress Stickles in the center of my flower.  (Once both cards were finished I applied the leftover paint to a page in my art journal as a base for a future page!)

For my second card, I went with a yellow flower and a few touches of pink.  I die cut a Miss You sentiment by MFT in a green cardstock that coordinated with the leaves and assembled my card, using a generous amount of foam tape around the edges to give extra stability.  I skipped the splatters on this card leaving extra white space.

These cards came together fairly quickly once I had the design concept!   I think that’s something a lot of people don’t realize, just because a card is simple doesn’t mean a lot of time and energy didn’t go into it.  I find simple cards often require more effort on the planning end because each of the few elements needs to be just right 🙂  Hope you like my cards and they brought some cheer to your Tuesday!  Here’s a final photo with the two cards together- at first glance you’d almost think I used different stamps!  Love the versatility of florals… and I love that I have some brave daffodils blooming in my garden so I could cut some for these photos 😉


Inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 190}

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  It’s hard to believe we’ve almost reached the end of February already… all I can say is BRING ON SPRING!  I am so ready for some sunshine and to start seeing more green things popping out of the dirt!  Since I still had the same stamp & die sets by Tim Holtz I featured last week out on my desk, I decided to keep working with them… there’s so many fun elements to create with!  I’m embracing green this week though, using the leafy designs on each set together because they remind me of spring!

I started by inking up the white die cut foliage in Distress Inks: cracked pistachio and twisted citron.  I then took a cream card base and stamped the leafy stem as a background alternating with the two colors.  I used a water brush to pull color from the stamp and lightly color my images with the opposite color they were stamped in.  I then took one of the smaller images from the Media Marks stamp set and inked only a portion of it to fill in some of the empty spaces and finished off the card base by adding some twisted citron to the edges of the card.

I cut a strip of craft card stock to go the full height of the card and stamped the sketchy stripes in cracked pistachio Distress Oxide.  I then adhered the foliage with some glitter glue, knowing it would ooze out behind the design a bit and I wanted to add some glitter.  I smudged the glitter with my fingers and since I liked how it was looking I grabbed my tub of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste and decided to brush it over the entire strip and foliage. It’s a very thin layer, but has lots of sparkle that really picks up the light!

Once dry, I assembled it and added another sentiment sticker- because the white letters didn’t match my cream card, I rubbed some twisted citron distress ink over them.  I added a thin strip of foam adhesive behind the stickers to give a bit more dimension and stability.

I hope my card brings a bit of spring… or hope for spring to your day!

Inky hugs,