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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

Add a Little Splatter!

Friday, March 11th, 2022

 

Happy Friday! I have a little inspiration for you for today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt, SPLATTER:

 

 

Making cards to show support for Ukraine is still on my mind, so I knew I wanted to make something with blue and yellow. I pulled out this pretty Filled In Florals set from Concord & 9th, stamping the large flower in stone blue ink from Catherine Pooler and the smaller one with juniper mist. Both flower centres are stamped in tiara, and the leaves in garden party. Before I did anything else, I did some splattering! I think splatter is a great way to add extra interest to a CAS card design. I used tiara and stone blue for my splatters, tapping a little of each ink out on some acetate then using a small brush and some water to make it splatter-thin-enough. Once the splatters had dried, I stamped my two part sentiment and put the card together.

 

 

What about you, are you ready to add some splatter to your next project? If you do, link up to the Facebook challenge page, and don’t forget to add the hashtag #snschallenge to your socials. And if you feel a shop coming on, remember you can use 10Lindsey to get 10% off your order!