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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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Tuesday with Tara {take 413} Autumn Blessings

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s make is a tag bringing autumn blessings… but not just any autumn blessings, glowing ones 😉

After the spooky fun I had with the GLOW Grit Paste for our Ghostly Greetings Hop (missed it?  See it HERE) I wanted to try something different with my colorize pumpkins!  I paired them with a sentiment from one of my favorite autumn sets by MFT and had some pattern matching fun with this gorgeous lace frame stencil by Brutus Monroe.

I used pieces of ready-to-use Mixed Media Card stock by Vicki Boutin to cut parts of my pumpkins & the panel for the sentiment.  I chose to layer up just the short pumpkin and cut the tall one from a part of the paper that had a pretty foil design on it.  The stenciling was pieced together in stages so I wouldn’t smear the paste while it was still wet.  I played up the gold elements on the pumpkins by painting a bit of gold perfect pearls in the open spaces on the tag, as well as adding a bit around the edges of the sentiment.  I did this by simply dipping a wet brush into the perfect pearls powder, mixing on my Kraft sheet and painting!

Everything is simple, but elegant… but it gets fun when the lights go out:

Look at it GLOW!  This grit paste is so much fun and really unexpected when you first glance at it!  It definitely adds a new level of fun to your projects 🙂 I hope you love it!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

 

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Tuesday with Tara {take 409} Autumn AALL & Create

Happy Tuesday!

Last Thursday for my Facebook Live I made a last minute change of plans and decided to make cards with the new AALL & Create die cut leaves, which come pre-colored in a package of 62 pieces!  They are colorful & whimsical and are also available in black & white, ready for you to add color… but I decided to try some for a little something different and they were so much fun!

Today I’m sharing a card & tag which I put together using the die cut leaves, a framework background stamp that is also by AALL & Create and metallic sticker sentiments by Tim Holtz.  I used the stickers because they are what I had… but I definitely want to purchase some more ephemera by this company, including sentiment strips in three colors (black, white & Kraft) and themes like “bite me” and “sharp tongues” they look like fun!

For this card, I lightly sanded some white core cardstock then stamped the background twice in black to give a repeat design.  I adhered some torn book print across the middle and selected three leaves to adhere.  Two were adhered flat to the card surface and the third, on the left side, was raised up with some foam adhesive.  I chose a sticker based on it’s length, so it would cover two of the stems and once I had everything adhered, I spritzed the entire card front with some mica spray to add a touch of gold/ bronze shimmer!

The tag was a really quick project- the hardest part for me was selecting my leaves!  I tried really hard not to be too ‘matchy’ with these and since I was using a pre-inked & die cut tag, I also tried not to overthink it!  I selected short, one or two word stickers and ended up loving how it came together.  I’m still debating if it’s going to end up on a card front- this would fit really nicely on a mini slimline 3×6″ card.

I made two more cards as well- one of them I’ve already shared on Instagram, so please stop by there and see it!   These leaves were really fun to play with and I look forward to more projects with them soon!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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