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Gnome for the Holidays Blog Hop

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day friends!  We’ve got a fun theme for you on this October evening… Gnome for the Holidays!  Each of us on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team will be sharing fun holiday projects with you today featuring gnomes.  As always, you can leave comments at each stop along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to spending the SNS Online Store!  It should be a lot of fun!

My card today features the fun Gnome Child set from Crafters Companion.  It includes stamps, dies and a coordinating stencil for adding details to the gnome image!  I paired my gnome with a background featuring the new Scribbly Snowflakes dies by Tim Holtz.  I was on the fence about getting these dies, but they really are a perfect whimsical combination with my gnome, and I’m sure I’ll find more fun things to mix them with!

I started with a pre-inked background I had made when I got the new Prize Ribbon Distress Bundle.  I made up several backgrounds using the Distress Spray Stains and shared one of my cards on this post.  (Side note- the next new color is being released NEXT WEEK!  Any guesses on what it might be?) Anyways, I simply arranged some of the snowflake dies over my background and die cut using the detail cutting plates.  I needed a little extra oomph since this background is on watercolor paper.

I had a little lightbulb moment looking at the stencil… what if I used a fun glitter texture paste through the stencil instead of just ink?  I dusted off my Copic Markers to quickly color this guy (I’m REALLY out of practice with them, so I colored several until I was happy with my blends) and grabbed some sparkly paste & a palette knife. Unfortunately, my paste has dried up and turned to gel on me so I had to find another option.  Since my image is pretty tiny, I decided to try some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.  I squeezed a small amount under the broadest part of the hat portion and swiped up, then repeated the process going down and IT WORKED!  I’m in love with the sparkly stripes on his outfit- it’s just so stinking cute!

I added about a hundred 3D foam squares behind my background layer (I’m not even joking. LOL) & finished off my card with a few fun touches… I wrapped purple twine around the card and hung a small hand cut tag with one of the sentiments from the stamp set “Jingle Gnomes” and layered one of the die cut snowflakes, glitzed up with some of the same Nuvo Glitter Drops I used on his outfit.  I also added some bling to the white card base under some of my die cut snowflakes.

Are you ready for some more inspiration?  Next up on the hop is Deborah, and I know she’s got something fabulous to share with you!  Happy hopping and have an amazing weekend!

Inky hugs,
Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 312} Mod Cactus

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  The new Mod Cactus stamps by Tim Holtz are such a fun set, with a variety of unique 2 step stamping designs.

I had these die cut pieces leftover from my tunnel card project, so I selected a cactus stamp I thought fit well on the Kraft panel and pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks.  I inked and stamped the solid portion in a mix of Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio & Spiced Marmalade and set it aside to dry fully.  While it dried, I searched for some Cardstock that picked up the colors in my image.

After trimming down a piece to layer on a white card base, I pulled out a Tim Holtz Doodle Art stencil and some clear texture paste.  I wanted a rough border down the cart and used a small amount of paste and a palette knife to smooth it through the stencil.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled some Distress Embossing Glaze over it.  I used a mix of Speckled Egg & Salvaged Patina glazes and saved the excess powder for my next card.  You may see some bits of orange in my design as well… just a little bonus from using a dirty stencil 😉

I finished off my card with some chit chat stickers. (I have a big stash of these and use them a lot… really want to add some stamps like the tiny text set to my collection so I have an endless supply!). I chose some sentiments that would hopefully be encouraging to someone going through a touch time right now.

And yes, I made a second card as well since I had another scrap of Kraft Cardstock on my desk that I thought I could fit 3 cacti on…

Aren’t they cute? All the ink colors & details are the same as my first card- as you can see I decided to add a bit of Studio Katia bling to the cacti as well!  I love the different designs on all the pots- so fun!

Here’s hoping you are “stronger than yesterday” and have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 310} Get Well Bloom

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a bit of redemption for the hot mess I made experimenting with blowing Dina Wakley’s Gloss Sprays to make backgrounds… I salvaged what I could from the messiest of the hot mess (like the ones I tried to smoosh together- big fail) and I did some die cutting!  My card today features one of the Colorize dies that Tim Holtz has been releasing, this one is called BLOOM and unfortunately SNS doesn’t have it in stock (but they are trying to get it!).  I’m using the die cuts together with some simple black stamping with a Heffy Doodle Get Well stamp and a big Best Friend Background background by MFT.

These Colorize dies (since bloom isn’t in stock, I’m linking to a random fave!) are pretty cool, you cut pieces for multiple layers which build up to complete the design.  There’s at least 3 pieces for each, thankfully they are marked on the back which color to cut them (according to the package design) so I stuck with the basics here, with my vibrant, messy, glossy twist!  I cut the pieces marked pink from pinkish parts of my paper and yellow from the yellowish parts, etc.  It ended up pretty cool and I love how the glossy bits (where the paint was thicker when it dried) really add fun texture!

As you can see, I added a bit of splatter to the yellow panel to bring a bit more of the gloss on the card.  I’ve been trying to create more ‘flat’ cards these days instead of constantly reaching for 3D foam to add texture.  This card still has plenty with all of those layers in my bloom!  I did not manage to resist the urge to add a bit of bling though… I swear these little Studio Katia crystals call to me!

Apart from putting the bloom die cut together, this card was stamped & assembled fairly quickly and I think it would brighten the day of someone who isn’t feeling well, don’t you?

Inky hugs,

Tara