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Tuesday with Tara {take 197}

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  As I was reminded of a project I shared here back in 2017, decorating Easter Eggs with alcohol ink, I thought it would be fun to use my paper crafting/ art supplies in another way on eggs.  This time I decided to start with simple plastic eggs, available almost anywhere this time of year and to do some simple decoupage on them.  I started with a matte gel (mine was by Prima, but this one from Ranger, or any ‘matte medium’ will work just as well!) as my adhesive to adhere torn strips of book paper to my eggs.

I worked in two steps, first covering about half the eggs, then finishing it off once the first part was dry.  This gave me a dry spot to hang onto while I worked and kept me from getting quite as much stuck to my fingers 😉  The eggs dried fairly quickly, though I let them sit overnight before moving on to the next phase…

I decided to experiment with different coloring mediums, but primarily wanted to see how Distress Oxide sprays (you can save on the new set of 12 sprays here) & ink pads would work!

I started by spraying some of the original Distress Stain Spray onto a couple eggs, then quickly realized I would need to start with a coat of gesso to make it work best, so I wiped off my eggs with a cotton cloth and applied white gesso to all my eggs, misting with water to make it less opaque so I could still see the text.  This was also a great time to apply a bit of gesso thicker to a few spots where words I didn’t want on my eggs had snuck in… )note to self, maybe don’t use a murder mystery as your collage paper next time. lol).  I didn’t snap a photo of this stage so you’ll have to use your imagination!  I applied the Abandoned Coral to two eggs, then sprayed one with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Spray and the other with Picked Raspberry.  I rolled them around in a box to capture all the angles, heat them with a heat tool, misted some water to get it to oxidize… and eventually finished them off by blotting again with a cotton rag.  I love the soft chalkiness of the color and the fun mix I got where the original spray shows through!  As a bonus, my fingers were nice and inky (though I did wash my hands between colors to keep my colors more pure).

Next I decided to see how the Distress Oxide Ink pads would compare- so I used a foam blending tool and picked my colors.  For this, I just applied ink & blended, then misted with water, wiped dry and added another layer.  Both techniques worked fabulous!  This photo shows that the colors are just as intense, though the inking is more mottled and organic looking on the eggs that I sprayed.  Whatever you use, be sure to mist with water as this will help set the oxide ink and keep the color from spreading over the other eggs (and onto hands that pick them up to have a closer look!).

I had some collage tissue I wanted to try as well, so I did some simple decoupage of torn tissue onto my colored eggs.  I thought about adding more to these, but decided to leave them as is to let the design and color of the eggs show through!

The tissue technique was much faster since it only took one step, but the final look will depend what color your original plastic eggs are 🙂  here’s a peek at my little basket of eggs-

I hope this inspires you to pull out your supplies and have some mixed media fun for Easter!  The possibilities are endless…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Background Check Blog Hop

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp April Blog Hop!  We are so glad you are here with us today to get some inspiration on a fun variety of ways to create backgrounds using the Life Changing Blender Brushes that are new in the SNS online store!

Here’s the full hop order!  You’re at the beginning with me (Tara) and my card!  If you get lost anywhere along the way, just pop back here for the next link 🙂  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win fabulous prizes… we are giving away 8 Background prize packs and one $50 gift certificate to random commenters along the way! BONUS: You can have 20% OFF the brushes this weekend using the coupon code BRUSH20 (ends Sunday!)

I made two similar cards for today’s hop- here’s a look at them together:

For these cards I wanted to feature a simple ombre type background to let this HUGE stamp shine- it’s Glorious Garden by Tim Holtz and it comes with four simple sentiments and a grid block big enough for the design (I was super excited to see that, though I used it with my stamp platform).  I am brand new to these brushes and a pretty die hard fan of the Ranger Blending tools, but I found these easy to work with and create smooth ‘line free’ blends with my Distress Oxide Inks (for both cards I used Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers).  They were also really easy on the hands, which I’ve heard from a lot of people who struggle with gripping tools.  There are several smaller set options if you aren’t ready for the full set of brushes (or don’t have the budget- I totally get it!).  I think the 2 pack sampler would be a great start!

My ‘before’ photo of my first card is actually the graphic for the hop, but here it is again so you can check out those smooth blends… I only misted a tiny bit of water to add a bit of oxidization.

Here is what the stamp placement looked like in my stamp platform.  I used Versafine Clair and stamped twice to make sure my impression was perfect.

I wanted to keep these cards really simple, so just added a bit of ribbon with some lace behind it.  When adding ribbon to a top layer like this, I have a little trick I use to keep the knot (or bow) in exactly the right spot.  First, I cut the ribbon so it’s plenty long (at least 3-4 times the width of the layer, ) and tie the knot/bow in a loop, like this:

Then I find my perfect spot and snip the ribbon so it has overhang on both sides, which I will adhere to the back of my card.

The amount of overlap doesn’t really matter, as long as there is enough to tape securely (it may be 1/2″ on one side and 3″ on the other… nobody will know!)  Here’s another look at that card:

For my second card, I did a diagonal ombre and added a bit more oxidization with some wet, inky layers on my craft sheet.  I wanted the yellow to be in the big blossom this time, with the design coming up from the bottom right corner.  Here’s a peek at my background before I stamped on it.. love that subtle oxidization!

And here’s the finished card!

I went for yellow twine and a Tim Holtz charm to finish it off:

The cards are very simple, but the fabulous backgrounds and that gorgeous floral stamp really shine.  I hope you like them!  I’ll have a similar card design on a very different background to share with you on Tuesday, so please check back!  If you are ready to try your hand at creating fabulous, inky backgrounds, please join us on our Challenge Page!  We’d love to see what you create (and you’ll get another chance to win a gift certificate!).

 

Hop on over to see what Nancy E. has created next!

Have fun hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 195}

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a card and told you I had another similar one in the works that I would share soon… well, today’s the day!  My previous card was in purple, today is a GREEN card, which I hope will send some good vibes your way 🙂

Like before, I die cut one of Tim’s new Wildflower Stems, this time out of a scrap of green cardstock I had which I thought would match the Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide I was planning to use.  I selected a stitched circle die to cut in a size that would give a nice overlap. I then selected a sentiment from Concord & 9th to fit the window.  I chose a grid stencil by MFT and instead of the sponging with a mini ink blending tool  I decided to try out one of my new Life Changing Blender Brushes.  (look for more about these in our upcoming blog hop this Friday!) I inked through the stencil and added a scribble from Media Marks in the same ink both on the card front and inside the card.  I stamped my sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink, which is a nice bold black.

I love the boldness and whimsy of this flower, so decided to keep my embellishments simple with just a few pearls & Nuvo drops.  It has a very ‘good vibes’ feel to me 🙂 Unfortunately I picked the wrong time of day to get good photos since they are heavy on the shadows, hopefully you can look past them!

Inky hugs,

Tara