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Tuesday with Tara {take 304} Typed Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Tara here, back with a Father’s Day card that went together really quick thanks to a background & card base I put together previously!  (Read about that background HERE– isn’t Salvaged Patina lovely with Crackling Campfire Distress Stain Sprays?). I really love this effect on the 3D typewrite texture fades embossing folder- I’ll be playing with this one some more and using the letters individually as well!

It really is a fabulous background, so I wanted to keep whatever element I added on super simple!  I remembered I have a vintage typewrite movers & shapers die by Tim Holtz (it’s retired, but there are other fun ones that are still available, like this from Hero Arts)!  I cut the die from black Cardstock and added a bit of ink to accents the details.  I used my computer to type & print the sentiment in a typewriter font.  I printed it in a few different sizes so I could pick the best fit, since I hadn’t measured first 🙂

I finished off the typewriter with a few highlights with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen for a subtle bit of bling for this masculine card.   Since I mail a lot of my cards internationally (when I actually remember to mail them- I’m the worst at that!) I kept this card fairly one dimensional.  The colors on the background have so much texture that I didn’t really feel the need to add it elsewhere!

I hope you like it, and I hope my dad will too when he finally gets it in the mail 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 303} Whittle Cactus Trio

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Happy Tuesday y’all!  I just couldn’t resist… I had so much fun creating my cards for the Whittle Things Blog Hop that I just kept on going.  Here’s one more card with my Whittle Cactus Trio dies!

I wanted to highlight the dies as a trio, so chose a mini slimline as my base for this card.  It’s a fun size to work with, just 3.5 x 6″ so it let me look at my products in a new way!  I also wanted to pair the dies with the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Year Ten mini set for a fun birthday card.

I selected the hexagon stacked tiles dies by Tim Holtz as a base for my cacti and sentiment, originally planning to put one cactus on each hexagon.  I inked up a piece of white Cardstock with my trio of Distress Ink- Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade & Salvaged Patina, blending the colors together and splattering with water before I cut a variety of hexagons out of it.

Playing around with placement, I ended up with the one you see here, giving the sentiment it’s own hexagon rather than stamping it below the tiles as I originally planned. The little flower from the stamp set (stamped onto a scrap of the Abandoned Coral card stock) added a fun touch to my center tile.

As you can see, I’ve had a lot of fun with this little Cactus Trio!  If you haven’t visited our Whittle Things Blog Hop, there’s still time to get in on the fun- inspiration and a chance to win a prize!

Inky hugs,


Get snarky with MFT & Tim Holtz

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Hi there!  Chala here today to share MFT and Tim Holtz snarky cards featuring Gel Press Backgrounds.  If you have been participating in the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge then you know that today’s word is “Snarky”.  This is by far my favourite theme for cards.  I found the perfect sentiments to use at the Scrap’N Stamp store – the Tim Holtz, Small Talk – Snarky sentiments.  This tiny book is packed full of sarcasm and off the hip wit!  I couldn’t wait to get started!

If you are like me, you have a TON of stamps that you haven’t used in a while and I searched through my stash and found some of my very first purchased stamps, Crazy Cats and Bird Crazy.  These adorable old friends were perfect to use with these sentiment strips and my bank account was very happy to not have to purchase any new items.  However, with that said, as I was making these cards I did have a Scrap’N Stamp order arrive (tee hee hee- oops!) and the ironic thing was the new MFT Old Friends stamp set was in this order!  Well…old people and snark go together like Bengay and arthritis, so of course, I had to use these too!

I knew I wanted to have some fun focal backgrounds to layer the little Tim Holtz critters on and I haven’t used my Gel Press in a dog’s age, so I pulled out some stencils to create simple geometric backgrounds with Distress Oxide Inks.  The colour combinations I used were Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers as well as Seedless Preserve, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral.  I also pulled out some fun geometric stencils to use for some interest and layering.  I die cut the backgrounds out with the Wonky Stitched Square dies from MFT and backed them onto some coloured cardstock.  Then I  stamped out the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Copic coloured them.

The next step was to match up the Tim Holtz images to the gel press backgrounds and adhere them to the card bases leaving room for the sentiment strips at the bottom.  I took a different route with the Old people from the Old Friends set  I did some ink blending with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn and Tumbled grass.  This simple ink blending helped to ground the images and let them be the star of the card.

Once all the elements have adhered to the card bases it was time to flip through the sentiment book and find the perfect amount of snark for each card.  It was hard to choose as there were so many I loved, so I was happy to have this as a mass make session and ended up creating 20 cards!  The sentiment strips are adhesive on the back, but I always like to add a bit of extra liquid adhesive just in case.  Here is a quick look at some of the cards that I created.  You can see the flip through of all 20 cards I created by watching the video.


Thanks so much for joining me for today’s cards.  You can see the complete list of materials used and links below.



Tim Holtz Small Talk – Snarky 

Tim Holtz Crazy Cats

Tim Holtz Bird Crazy

MFT Old Friends

120lb Cardstock  

Art Glitter Glue   

Gel Press


Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat


Blending Brushes

Thermo-web Purple Tape

Gemini Jr

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copic Markers

Brother Scan’n Cut

Distress Oxide Inks

Distress Inks

Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion