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Tuesday with Tara {take 167}

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I wish I could say that autumn is in the air… and maybe it is where you are, but for me it’s just a bunch of wind & rain (Thank you Hurricane Florence!).  There are some leaves changing and falling thanks to all the wind though, and since autumn is my favorite season I’m embracing it and dreaming of pumpkin spice and all that!  Today’s card is another one using a mixed media panel I created, this time with some autumn colors added into the mix. (Here’s some more cards I made with the same starter panel technique: a pink funky one, a softer mint one & a summery blue/green one)

I inked the edges with some Distress Oxide because I love the contrast of Peacock Feathers & rust together.  I then sprinkled some Color Burst in Burnt Orange onto the panel and misted very lightly with water so it would retail the variety of colored flecks in the bottle.  I also added a few touches of Liquid Metals in Copper.  Yum.  I love how it picks up on the embossing paste especially!

I finished off my card with a Rust panel which I embossed a pretty sentiment onto (from the MFT pretty poppies set) and adhered a leaf which I die cut from book paper to tie in with those elements on the mixed media panel.  A bit of teal twine finishes off the panel- I mounted it with foam tape so it would lay flat on the textured panel.

I hope you like my card!  If you’re a lover of autumn leaves like me, be sure to check back on Sunday Sept. 23  for our next blog hop!  It should be pretty fabulous!


Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers

Color Burst in Burnt Orange & Liquid Copper

Mixed Media Panel (pre-made by me in black & white, more details on this blog post)

rust cardstock, book print paper (from a thrift store), thin teal twine

leaf die (I used a smaller version of this one from Tim Holtz/Sizzix)

Sentiment from Delicate Pretty Poppies Set by My Favorite Things (just realized now that I intended to order this new poppy set instead, but am loving the sentiments with the one I got!  A happy oops- all the poppies are gorgeous!)

Ivory Embossing Powder


Tuesday with Tara {take 158}

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a card that started out with inspiration to create a one layer card… which changed into something else.  I did keep a one layer version to share with you as well though 🙂  I’m using some older, but new to me, color layering stamps by Hero Arts.  (check out this awesome sea turtle set which IS available… you could totally create cards with a similar vibe using it!)  As I said, I wanted to create a one layer card, revisiting a torn paper masking technique I really enjoy.  I mixed things up this time, masking off two edges of my card, blending shades of green & blue to create my ocean background, which I wanted to face as I moved away from the masked corner & edges.  I used Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio for the base layer…

Then I lightly stenciled over the masked layer with Iced Spruce and a Tim Holtz Doodle Stencil

Here’s how the background looked when I removed the torn paper masks:

This was my second attempt at the background, and the one which ended up remaining a one layer card.  For my first, I masked the top left corner and I found the balance just didn’t feel right… which is why I decided it needed some extra layers added!  For my stamping, I used the same colors of ink, with the addition of Watering Can Archival Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide.  Watering Can didn’t quite give the intensity of color I was looking for, so in some spots I stamped over it with Salty Ocean.

I added some shimmer to the stamped shells with a clear Zig Wink of Luna Pen and a bit of glitter with Nuvo Glitter Drops.  Here’s a look at my finished One Layer Card.

And here’s version 2.0- I added some additional stamped images (another starfish and the large seahorse) and some mesh ribbon and thin jute.  The sentiment was also layered up and additional bubbles were stamped in the Salty Ocean ink to balance the mix of colors.

I saw a quote by Picasso that made me smile considering this card making experience…

“I begin with an idea,

and then it becomes

something else.”

-Pablo Picasso

Works for me!  And I don’t know about you, but for me it happens all the time!  Here’s a close up of the layers on my second card:

Lastly, here’s a look at the two cards together so you can see the differences between them.

Hope you found some inspiration here today… and maybe you’ll try a one layer card this week (and maybe it’ll even stay a one layer card!  ha!)

Inky hugs,



p.s. see you back here on Saturday when we’re bringing you some Christmas in July with our next BLOG HOP!  Woohoo!

Tuesday with Tara {take 145}

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a quick, masculine art journal page in my Dina Wakley mixed media journal.  I used one of the kraft pages, doodled with her scribble sticks and blended paint with my doodles for a fun background!  I added some stenciled designs in a deep blue and doodles with a white pen and added some color to a photo card for a fun image.  A layer of burlap adds some texture (this is from another page I cut a window out of) and gives a bit more contrast to my image.

Doodling on a page was a challenge… sometimes we rely too heavily on our tools and supplies like stamps and stencils.  Dina is a great inspiration with her products and her classes to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  My art journal is a great place for that, because it’s just a spot for me (and then I step out of my comfort zone again and share it with you!) to experiment and try new things and hopefully discover some techniques and mediums I really like!

Have a great week!

Inky hugs,