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Tuesday with Tara {take 198}

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing another card that features a fun, inky background with Distress Oxide Inks. Back when we had our blog hop at the beginning of the month I was torn between the color combo I used and this one… both of which featuring the springy shade “Squeezed Lemonade“. Today my combo includes Spiced Marmalade & Abandoned Coral, blended together with a Life Changing Blender Brush.

I stamped over the background with some floral images by Jane Davenport and added some ink through a stencil as well. I misted and splattered water and finally added a few more stamped images from Tim Holtz’s Media Marks set. It was a fun layered background, but was hard to know when to stop since I could have easily kept adding more layers of ink! I wanted a bold sentiment that would pull out the lemonade color, so I chose to cut this “miss you” by MFT out of a pale yellow cardstock by Lawn Fawn with a thin layer of white (which was also my base for the inked background). I adhered them together just slightly offset and brushed a bit of Wink of Stella over the letters for a hint of sparkle. I almost mounted the sentiment directly on the background… but in the end decided to add a kraft tag with some crinkle ribbon in darker shades of the same colors to finish it off.

It’s a simple card, but has some great details when you get a closer look! Here’s another angle of the blended background…

There is still time to join along in our facebook group and share your ‘Background Check’ creations! It’s been fabulous seeing what everyone is doing with this theme! Hope you’ll join us!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 196}

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card has a slight flash back vibe… it’s a similar design to the cards I made for our ‘Background Check’ blog hop and a similar background to the one I shared a couple Tuesdays ago, featuring new Alcohol Pearl Inks!

Once again, I’ve used the giant Glorious Garden stamp by Tim Holtz, this time I stamped it over a colorful alcohol ink background.  I worked with the new Alcohol Pearl Ink Kit 4 and grabbed some coordinating colors (Stream, Aqua, Pebble & Rust) of regular Alcohol Inks from my stash. This background was done with a felt applicator tool and some simple dabbing of the colors to create a mottled background on Alcohol Ink Glossy Paper.  It’s very basic, and a bit dark so I was worried the image may not stand out as bold as I wanted it to.  I stamped with Black Archival Ink because I knew I’d get great results on the glossy background.  My sentiment was pre-printed, just trimmed to size (I made a bunch of these years ago and had assorted sentiments printed onto kraft business cards) and inked a bit on the edges.  I finished off the card with a bit of shimmer… some Nuvo Glitter drops in Aquatic Mist.  This card came together really quick, especially since I’d created the background on a previous day and it was just waiting to be completed!

That’s a lot of the fun of creating backgrounds, like we are challenging you to do this month!  You may not always finish them, but they make things quick & easy when you are have a project to complete!  Hope to see your projects on facebook through the month of April!

Inky hugs,

Tara