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Tuesday with Tara {take 357} CAS Throwback

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Happy Tuesday!  Today the challenge word in our SNS group is ‘CAS’ which stands for Clean And Simple and I’m sharing with you a throwback card in honor of the first day of summer.  Woo!  My card is a simple one layer (apart from that sentiment sticker and a few sequins) beach scene and I hope you like it!

You can find all the fun details, including products used, on my personal blog.  The stamp set, which has a great variety of sea shells in different sizes, is ON SALE right now too!  Check it out!

Happy first day of summer!  See you next week 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 347} Saltwater Taffy Smiles

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

Today I’m sharing a bit of created play with the latest Distress color bundle (which I was a bit slow getting my hands on), Saltwater Taffy!  It’s such a pretty pinky coral tone that really is a shade I’ve found to be missing in the Distress line on more than one occasion- and as I’ve played with it I’m really seeing that it changes depending on the medium and substrate (surface) you use it on. It’ll be a fun one, for sure!   As I do when I get most of the new collections, I get a bit overwhelmed at first and just start out playing- just trying it out and then figure out what I’ll make with it later!  Today that ended up being a delicate tag, which is a bit of a stretch for me… but I’ll be experimenting with the wild side of Saltwater Taffy later, too!

For the tag today I used the regular Distress Ink, Spray Stain, Embossing Glaze & Paint.  I stamped and embossed floral outlines stamps on a tag as well as a sentiment on a smaller white tag with the Embossing Glaze.  I colored some narrow crinkle ribbon (seam binding tape) with the Distress Spray Stain & let it dry overnight.

I smooshed Distress Ink (along with Peeled Paint and Salvaged Patina) on my Kraft sheet to watercolor the flowers loosely, then did a bit of a sheer white paint wash over it and brushed some Distress Paint over the edges of the tag when it was done.

The die cut cut butterfly is honestly a bit of a random touch… I rubbed it in excess ink on my Kraft sheet and then misted it with Mica Spray for some grungy shimmer!  The under layer has a bit of white pencil & distress glitter over Kraft.

All in all, this tag is a bit pretty and a bit grungy and a whole lot Saltwater Taffy!  Hope you like it- I’m looking forward to playing with this new color some more!

Inky hugs (and fingers!)

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 346} Amazing You

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022

Happy Tuesday! My card today is a bit of a continuation of the inspiration I got when I sat down to make a project for the Embossing Magic Inspiration Hop (which you can still check out!) so I initially broke the embossing powder into two different color palettes and made two backgrounds.  The first card is the one I shared on the hop and you can see the details on my personal blog as well!  Today I’m sharing the card I made with the second background!

For this card, the spotlight is on some die cut cut butterflies which were cut from heavy card stock then inked and heat embossed three times to give a substantial enamel texture.  I began by using the excess powder from creating my background- the top butterfly is a mixture of the three powder colors together.  The bottom butterflies started the same then I added a solid color in the final layer to make them each unique.  Because of the way I did this, you’ll see blends of colors across the wings, but plenty of sparkle and shine!

I finished off the card with an embossed sentiment on a small Kraft tag (actually- I combined two sentiments from the same set that I thought went really well together, one stamped and layered as a strip and the other embossed in yellow).

Working with pastels is a challenge for me, but pairing them with Kraft really works and makes the colors pop!  This is also the first time I’ve used two shades of Kraft together like this and I dunno… it’s kinda fun.  What do you think?

Inky hugs,

Tara