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Tuesday with Tara {take 209}

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card came about when inked up some die cut bookprint paper for another card I was working on and then decided I liked it better for that project left white(ish)… so I pulled out my fave Good Idea floral stamp by Dina Wakley and it turned into this!

I’ve had a lot of health issues lately and along with them a pretty big creative block (not to mention lack of energy) so it was fun to just go with the flow on this card… let the quirky ideas come out, like when I looked at the big blossom I’d colored with Scribble Sticks and wondered if the faces on Dina’s washi tape would fit on the petals (I was drawn to the tape more than usual because I’m taking high doses of prednisone right now and have a big round moon face myself because of it). Spoiler alert- they fit and I kinda love the weirdness of it!

I finished off the card with a die cut ‘smile’ from Tim Holtz’s Shadow Script #2 set. Both the die cut and the flower/leaves are mounted on 3D foam squares for texture, to allow them to be slightly raised over the thin jute I wrapped around the card. A bit of glitter (Nuvo) and a metal charm finish it all off. And you know what, it’s quirky and it makes me smile, even with my steroid induced moon face 🙂

I hope you find some time to create something that makes you smile this week!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Foil and Flowers

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Kia back with you today to share this birthday card I did yesterday.

I received a Gemini Foil Press for my birthday, and this is the first card I have made using a couple of the dies that were included with the machine. Once I figured out how to turn it on, things went easier from there!

First up was the foil pressing, using Turquoise foil for the die frame and birthday greeting. The frame and sentiment turned out perfectly, so I attached the frame to my card base on an angle using foam squares.

I knew I wanted a stem flower, and I wanted it to be longer than my frame, so I reached for my Tim Holtz Wildflowers. In my Gemini Jr. I die cut one using vellum and the other using card stock. I coloured the card stock die cut using my Copics. I then glued the flowers to the frame using Nuvo glue, then attached the birthday sentiment, also with foam squares.

I just ordered this bird stamp set and dies from Raya, and knew exactly where I would perch this little one that I coloured using the same Copic colours. She is sitting on a foam square to keep her in place.

To finish my card I added a few crystals and a confetti sequin. I love how this turned out and I hope you enjoy it as well. Thank you for joining me today.

Tuesday with Tara {take 203}

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today’s card is one for which I didn’t really see the end result when I started… which is not normally the way I roll when I’m creating! Usually I have a general idea of which products I will be working with and what my layout will be. For this card, I had a new stamp set “Bee Kind” by Flora & Fauna, some shades of yellow Distress Oxide (Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade) and a honeycomb stencil I figured would work nicely together!

I started with a white card and a Life Changing Blender Brush, applying the inks from darkest to lightest randomly on my paper. I worked my way in from the bottom left and top right corners, leaving some white space. I then selected a honeycomb stamp from the set and filled in some of that white space with it. I grabbed the ‘bee kind’ sentiment and stamped in in Nocturn Versafine Clair, placing it so it was framed nicely by the stenciled background. I added a single bee stamp above the sentiment and the card sat like this for a while, before I finally decided what it needed and came back to it with this bold floral from Tim Holtz’s Wildflower Stems #1.

Once I had my focal point (see how backwards my technique was on this card!?) I finished the rest easily- adding a couple more stamped bees and the delicate “kindness matters” text along the stem (I love that you can curve clear stamps to match the line you are stamping them next to!)

I added a bit of shading on the bees with watercolor pencils (and a touch of Wink of Stella glitter pen) and a simple wrap of twine to finish everything off.

There’s a few smudges here and there, but I’m pleased with the end result on this one! I also can’t wait to play with the rest of the stamps in this sweet little set- there’s some very cute ones!

Inky hugs,

Tara