Archive for the ‘Tuesday with Tara’ Category

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

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

Tuesday with Tara {take 316} Whoopsie

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is another featuring the gorgeous floral outline stamp set by Tim Holtz.  As I mentioned earlier, I played around with it and made a bunch of backgrounds.   This card features one of my favorites.  It really reminded me of fabric, which is why today’s challenge word is CHINTZ.

For this card, I once again used the new Prize Ribbon Distress Ink.  I inked my stamp & misted it with water before stamping and repeated with a second stamp (there are three in this set) to create a pattern across my white card stock.  I then took a water brush and rubbed some Scattered Straw Distress Ink on my craft sheet as a palette and added some loose color to the roses.  I then took a bit of the blue and mixed it with the yellow that was left to blend a pretty pale green for the leaves.  Once it was dry, I used a blending brush to add more Scattered Straw to the edges and splattered over the surface with some Prize Ribbon Distress Spray Stain.

You can sort of see in the close up photo that I did a bit of ‘flicking’ color off my brush after painting the leaves, but it’s very a very fine splatter which adds to the texture but didn’t do anything for the design 🙂

I finished the card by mounting on some dark blue Cardstock and adding a sentiment by Heffy Doodle.  A bit of yellow twine and some bling finish it off!  I think this is my favorite sentiment (and will probably be the most used) sentiment from this stamp set.  I’m really the worst at making cards and not sending them… it’s forever a goal of mine to improve on that!

I hope you like my ‘chintz’ inspired card… can’t wait to see what others come up with!

Inky hugs,

Tara