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Tuesday with Tara {take 254} Busy Beaver & Painted Flag

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  We are gearing up for our July Blog Hop, which will be a few days early since we wanted to celebrate Canada Day!  Plan to stop by tomorrow, July 1 for the fun!  Today I’m sharing two “throwback” cards with you, which I firs introduced for a blog hop back in 2017.  The theme for today in our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge is PAINT and that’s what I used to create these fun flag inspired backgrounds.  I hope  you enjoy!  First up is my Busy Beaver Card:

I created a background using some book print paper coated with white gesso, I then used a heart stencil (this one is by Dina Wakley) and some Distress Paint in two shades of red, Barn Door & Festive Berries, to create part of my ‘Canadian flag’ background.  I like combining two shades of paint for some subtle variety and texture.  I used the 1″ Alphanumeric Dies by Tim Holtz & Sizzix to cut CANADA out of my background as well, I love how easy it is when there are multiples of each letter to work with!  The rest of the card is from the Busy Beaver stamp & die set– I stamped on watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils to color this cutie up.  The maple leaf die is from a sweet little tag that was a gift with purchase (sold out years ago- sorry!).

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set- it comes with some sweet sentiments 🙂  This adorable Busy Beaver Stamp & Die set was created by Raya’s request to help us celebrate Canada’s big 150th Birthday!

My second card uses the same background as the first, but instead of the beaver I added the ‘kind is classy‘ sentiment by Concord & 9th.  I also use that cute little maple leaf tag!  This sentiment seemed perfect for my Canadian card, since kind is definitely a word that describes most Canadians I know!


Here’s another look at both of my cards together- I really love the imperfections of the painted background!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Today’s Theme is Flowers

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Happy Friday, and Day 12 of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Challenge! Today’s theme is Flowers. If you’re like me, you probably have dozens of stamps to choose from, for this theme. I recently received a new Taylored Expression Doodle Flowers Background stamp. So that’s what I’m sharing today.

DOODLE FLOWERS BACKGROUND

These flowers are so pretty, and happy looking, I had to let them take center stage. Even though, technically, the center is the only place they’re not!

Today's Theme is Flowers

It looks like a lot of colouring, but it comes together very quickly.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a piece of white cardstock. Use a blending tool to add Broken China distress oxide ink around the edges, getting lighter towards the middle. Next, set up the cardstock in your stamp platform. Place the stamp on top, and then pick it up with the lid. Cover the stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and the stamp onto the blended cardstock.

Remove the cardstock from the stamp platform, and colour the flowers & leaves. I chose my alcohol ink markers for colouring, using both Copic and Spectrum Noir. After colouring, place the panel back into your stamp platform. Place the sentiment stamp from the Penny Black Sentiment Collection set in the middle. Cover the stamp with Nocturne ink, and stamp. Next, cover the sentiment with clear embossing powder, and then set it with a heat tool.

Layer a piece smaller piece of yellow cardstock onto a blue card base, with glue. Next, attach your card front, using foam tape. Finish off the card front by adding a few enamel dots and rhinestones from your stash.

Today's Theme is Flowers

By adding the blended background ink, you add dimension to the card front, without adding an extra physical layer.

JOIN THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE

Have you joined this month’s daily challenge yet? There’s plenty of time to join – you can even go back & join days that you’ve missed! Today’s theme is flowers, but there’s a new theme each day. Simply choose the day/days you want to join. Create a project with that day’s theme. Then, link your project on the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge page HERE on Facebook. Use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE. Of course you can share on your other social media platforms like Instagram & Pinterest, too.  At the end of the month, one name will be randomly chosen from all participants to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp!

SUPPLIES

You can find the supplies that I used for my card, in the Scrap ‘N  Stamp online store. Don’t forget to use my Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, to save 10% on your regular priced order!

Today's Theme is Flowers

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Tuesday with Tara {take 249} Kind Wildflowers

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  We are in our final week of the May Random Acts of Cardness Challenge, and everyone who is participating over in the facebook group has been just amazing!  Today’s theme is TEXT, and I thought it a perfect one to use for this cheery graduation card I made.  I’m featuring some of Tim Holtz’s wildflowers dies inked in vibrant hues of Distress Oxide Ink over a book print background (literally a page from a thrift store paperback novel, trimmed to size).

The Wonderful World Stamp set by Taylored Expression is a great (sold out) one, with this ‘be kind’ sentiment and several others that are perfect for graduations.  I chose white embossing powder for the sentiment to keep things subtle, perhaps a little too subtle!

I inked the edges of the book page with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, as that was the color of the largest flower in my bouquet.  The ink helped the sentiment stand out a bit, and I added to that with some fine pink lines around the part.  I finished off the card with a purple layer and some purple crinkle ribbon, which I had inked up previously.

Using cut or torn pages from books is one of my favorite ways to add to text elements to my cards!  They don’t have to be expensive or ‘vintage’ books or papers to look great!  I grabbed this one off a bargain shelf at a thrift store and just tear pages out as needed- just double check first for questionable words that might show up!  (I have a larger book I use for bigger projects that is about a murder investigation… some pages just have to be skipped altogether.  LOL)  I can’t wait to see your TEXT projects over on facebook!

Inky hugs,

Tara