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Tuesday with Tara {take 152}

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

June is a busy month for many of us, and as a card maker I am usually thinking about Dads & grads this month… we had a big graduation in our family this month as my youngest step-son graduated from high school last week!  Exciting times of growth and changes and thinking forward to the future!

I’m a big fan of Dr.Seuss and the ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ sentiment on this stamp set by Tailored Expressions is one of the reasons I bought it, preparing to make a card for the big day!  Imagine my delight when the valedictorian referenced the book in multiple points through her speech at the graduation ceremony.  For my card, I chose to pair the sentiments with a globe die by Tim Holtz, which I cut from black, blue & green card stock.  (This is an older die, but you could get a similar look with stamps like this awesome set by Concord & 9th!) I inked the edges with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and rubbed some antique gold Art Alchemy Metallique by Prima.  This was my first try using this metallic paste and it’s pretty fabulous!  Here’s a closer look at the globe, which I finished off with the addition of a grad cap sticker.

I don’t often share the inside of my cards, but I combined stickers with another sentiment from the stamp set to personalize this one:

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of how vibrant Distress Oxide inks are on kraft card stock!  Love Salty Ocean for this card! The idea-ology stickers I’ve used aren’t in the online store (they are an older product you may have in your stash though!) but this fab chatter washi tape has a lot of the same elements and could be used in the same way 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today- be sure to check back tomorrow as we continue introducing the members of our new Design Team!  It’s going to be an exciting week!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 150}

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got another Art Journal page to share with you!  I’ve been trying to make use of my art journal when I have a new idea or technique I want to try or when I want to experiment with the way different mediums work together… and that’s how this page came about!  I stamped the large flowers with some Dina Wakley stamps (each petal is individual) and I was curious how Distress Oxide and Color Burst would play together… so I started by stamping these bold images into floral shapes with Abandoned Coral ink on the cotton watercolor paper in the Mixed Media Journal.  The square outlines are also from that same stamp set, inked with Cracked Pistachio.

Once my basic background design was set, I pulled out my Color Burst and a water brush.  I wet the area I was coloring with the brush first, then added some sprinkles of color and blended it out.  I deliberately tried to have variation in depth of colors… I love how it ended up with a sort of batik type feel!

This page in my journal falls behind a burlap page, and since I had some paint bleed through in a metallic color I decided to pull that into my design.  I started with a metallic gold tag and some die cut Paper Dolls… the sentiment seemed like a great fit since I’d used so many small pieces to make this page, and the background in particular!

From there I pieced together my collage in the lower corner of the page, adding some torn book paper across the page (covering up some not so pretty spots in some instances!) and a bit of outline with a black stablio pencil.  Finally, I did a bit of detailing on the green squares with my Gilt Paint.

I wasn’t sure where this would go when I started working on it, but I really love the funky, warm feel of the finished page!  I’m having a lot of fun with my Media Journal by Dina Wakley, it’s such a fun way to experiment with art journaling since there are so many great textures and types of pages in it.

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 149}

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I recently picked up some of the fun Color Layering stamps by Hero Arts and thought I’d share with you a quick little card I made with the results of my first trial run 🙂  This set includes all the stamps you see on my card… and I have to say I impressed myself because I used every single stamp in the set- a very rare thing!  The fish are stamped with two layers plus a third detail layer for their faces.  I decided to try out Distress Oxide inks, working with Spiced Marmalade & Abandoned Coral for the fish, Cracked Pistachio for the seaweed, Peacock Feathers for the bubbles & sentiment and a bit of Iced Spruce for the stones.

I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter drops for some shimmer…

A light wash of Scribble Sticks scribbles was added for a watery look… I stamped on a white background and hadn’t really planned to make it a card, I was just playing around with new stamps 🙂  I decided to trim it down and finish everything off with some twine and some seed beads.

Just some simple creative play… these stamps made it really fun and easy and I look forward to trying some more color combinations!  Check out some of the other stamps in the series that are in stock online- my faves are the sea turtle and the poppy!  But just do a search for ‘Hero Arts Color Layering’ to see all the pretties that are in stock 🙂

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

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