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Tuesday with Tara {take 318} Bookprint Hugs

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

We’re more than half way through September so I thought it was time to do a project that’s sorta back to school inspired… the theme over on the challenge blog is bookprint, and that’s what I’m featuring on the background of my card!  I did some autumn inspired ink blending over the Funky Leaves stencil by Picket Fence Studios- using shades of Distress Ink.  It’s a blend of Crushed Olive, Twisted Citron & Crackling Campfire.  Personally, I can’t wait to see the leaves changing all around me and this card just gives me a little hint of it.

I had some fun blending the same colors on a scrap of paper, from which I die cut the ‘hugs’ die by Honey Bee Stamps.  The ‘Bitty Buzzwords’ stamp & die sets is a recent splurge for me (I rarely buy the matching sets, normally pick one or the other) and so far I like it!  You see a bit of brown in my blend as well, since I didn’t get the tones I expected overlapping Crushed Olive & Cracking Campfire with each other.  I’ve been loving die cuts layered over vellum lately, so I was happy to find a small piece of vellum to work with here!

I finished off the card with a bit of twisted twine and some copper-toned sequins.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment on the same Kraft card base that I layered my bookprint onto.

I made a second very similar card, but it didn’t photograph well (something funky happened to my colors) but if you’d like to see it, feel free to check it out on my personal blog!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Fall Foliage with Tim Holtz

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Happy Saturday Friends!

Well, there must have been a glitch in the Matrix as we seem to have the word Fall show up twice for our Random Act of Cardness Challenge this month.  That’s okay!  Who doesn’t like a little extra inspiration?  Especially when it involves Tim Holtz!

Today I am using the Foliage 3D Embossing Folder  and the Funky Foliage Thinlit Dies by Sizzix and Tim Holtz.  These two products are perfect for fall themed cards.

If you would rather watch the video then read about the process you can click HERE

Now I must admit I had a general idea of what I wanted this card to look like and it didn’t come out exactly the way I wanted it, but that’s okay.  We aren’t always going to love every thing we create and I have learned to just enjoy the process with this one.

I started by taking the 3D embossing folder and apply Versamark Watermark Ink onto one side of the folder.  I then place a piece of 120lb white cardstock inside and ran it through my Gemini Jr.

Next, I applied Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls  to the side with the Versamark.  This really helps to bring out the dimension in the embossed piece.

I then die cut a frame using my Silhouette machine, but you can use a frame die if you have one.  I adhered that frame onto a part of the embossed cardstock that I liked and then fussy cut around the frame.  You can save the left over pieces to add to another card.   I also die cut the two mushrooms, sunflower, fern sprig and little floral and adhered them together with some Art Glitter Glue.  I also added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges to add dimension to the die cuts.

I have recently been challenging myself to add more layers and different textures and mediums to my cards.  I pulled out my burlap and will some to my card.  I pulled out some chalkboard cardstock in a hunter green colour and will use that to adhere all the elements on.  Before I do that I want to distress the edge with a paper distresser.  You don’t have to do this step, I just thought it would add more texture to the card.

To add even more interest I decided to use a decorative stitch with my sewing machine around the edge of the card.  I can now adhere the panel down to an A2 side folding card base.

The last step is to add a sentiment and I pulled out some of my word dies and thought “Smile” suited this card the best.

I love everything that is going on with this card, but there is something that it is missing and I can’t put my finger on it….perhaps you guys can let me know what you would add or do differently with it.

Well, that’s it for me for today.  I hope that you are inspired to create some fall cards of your own!

Take care and stay crafty!

~Chala

Tuesday with Tara {take 317} TWO

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card celebrates the BIG event in our lives last weekend… our grandson turned TWO years old!   I was faced with the challenge of making a card for him that was both creative and simple.  I hope you like what I came up with!

I combined two fun stamp sets for this card- a cupcake by Gina K Designs and a dog by Anita Jeram.  I knew I could add two candles to the cupcake but I wanted something simple with no coloring and I wanted a big number 2 on my card front!  I went with a simple blue & green color scheme- doing my stamping with Prize Ribbon Distress Ink and my ink blending with Twisted Citron.  My blending brush was a bit dirty (oops) so that’s why you see some color variation in the green part of my card!

I started by stamping the cupcake and dog on a panel of Cardstock that I cut 1/4″ smaller than my card front, spacing them so there was room on both sides and beneath the images.  I used another piece of scrap Cardstock the same size and sketched a large 2 on it, then cut it out (trimming and adjusting it here and there until I was happy with it).  I then placed it over the stamped images and used a bit of washi tape and some scraps of paper to roughly mask over the parts of the dog & cupcake that overlapped.  I should have done a proper mask, using a post-it note, or even better a product like Masking Magic… but I improvised with what was on the table next to me 🙂

From there, I just gradually added color over the entire background with my blending brush.  Once I was done, I lifted my masks to reveal my design!  In order to add a bit more texture, I splattered some water across the design.  I did forget that I had used water-based ink for my stamping as well… so as you can see, I got some splotches there too.  I decided to embrace it and add some blue splatters too for a bit of a confetti vibe!  A tiny bit of glitter on the candles was my finishing touch after adhering the panel to a blue card base.

I stamped a smaller pup from the set on the envelope to finish things off.  It turned out to be a pretty fun design, if I don’t say so myself!  The only thing I’d change is next time I would probably use a permanent ink for my stamping so it wouldn’t bleed with my spritzing 🙂

Wishing you a day full of inky fun!

Inky hugs,

Tara