Tuesday with Tara {take 135}

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Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing with you an art journal page I made inspired by the current #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge over at the Ranger blog and all the love & hearts of the upcoming Valentines Day holiday. This page went with more of a self-love type theme though, since the current challenge theme is “Live in the Moment”.

I inked up some new to me Dina Wakley stamps (the Gals & Borders set) and some pre-stamped heart cut outs from another set (Collaged hearts) and knew I was working with hearts and girls… I played around with making a card at first, but the design kept getting bigger on me, so I decided on some art therapy in my Media Journal 🙂

The pre-stamped hearts were also pre-painted, so I started by choosing colors to work with them.  I went with a watered down gradient for my background, using a mix of three colors and a generous spritz of water to help them blend.  I then added stamped borders across the page, and a torn piece of book print as a central point which would peek under the tag… with a small collage hidden with the tag flap was down.

I added some journaling on the back of the tag- a to-do list of sorts to help remind me to live in the moment  The tag was painted first with some elephant along the top, then I added some fushia to the mix to darken things up.  I spritzed it heavily to get the drips so see along the top of the tag.

The heart ATC you see under the tag was dipped in the leftover paint and smooshed (pretty sure that’s the technical term!) a bit before it dried.

I finished everything off with some stickers from my stash, a touch of foil from the blog hop (there’s still time to comment and win some foil!) and some hand-written journaling.  Then I called it done, as Dina says: “Done is better than perfect” 🙂

So, whether you have a valentine or not, be sure to include some self-love and art therapy in the season!  Eat the chocolate, Ink the stamp, Paint the paper… you’re worth it!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media Journal

Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set

Dina Wakley Gals & Borders stamp set

Dina Wakley Paint in elephant, blushing & tangerine

Black Archival Ink

Book Print

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls & Tissue Tape

Getting Fab with Foil BLOG HOP

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Thanks for stopping by to check out our ‘Getting Fab with Foil’ Blog Hop!  I’m so glad you came to check out our projects, each of which will feature Shiny Transfer Foil by Ranger!  I know I’m looking forward to see what everyone did with this fabulous product!  I had fun, but look forward to experimenting more with it and the ladies are sure to bring inspiration!  The fun bonus on this hop is that each blog along the way will be giving away a package of foil!  So be sure to leave comments here and at each stop… we’ll be back next Saturday to announce the winners (who will have two weeks to contact the store to claim their prize).  The full list of creative ladies in todays hop is near the end of this post- for now, check out the cards I made…

First is my little ballerina card 🙂  I actually started with a large (size 8) manila tag, embossed with a doily pattern by Sizzix/Tim Holtz.  I inked up the tag with assorted shades of red/coral Distress Ink, leaving some spots lighter than others for dimension.  I then embossed a sentiment (Mama Elephant) on a strip of ivory card stock and figured out my placement with the paper doll (Tim Holtz) I selected.  I used a fine tip Sakura Quickie Glue pen to trace some of the design on my background, then placed the foil over it and rubbed over it (I used an old gift card as my tool).  I repeated this in several spots on the tag, experimenting with dry time to see what gave me the best results.  I was looking to get a sort of rough look to it, not a solid foil design, and for the most part that’s what I got.  These foils will work with a variety of tapes and glues, and since this glue pen is a combo temporary/permanent glue it really made a difference how long I waited to apply the foil!

I added a little bit of foil accent to the paper doll as well.  I had to wait a long time for the glue to dry on this surface – and some of the flaky bits you see are simply because there was some adhesive stuck to the foil (instead of the foil sticking to the adhesive).  It’s kinda fun though 🙂  As you can see, I finished it off by adhering my tag to a card and trimming off the tag top. A bit of thin lace from my stash and foam adhesive to place my doll finished off the card quite nicely.  I really like the look of the red foil on the red background.  You could almost say it was subtle if it wasn’t flashy. lol

My second card uses the same elements, but this time I used a black tag that had only been embossed, not inked.  The foil is much more visible on this card, with all it’s imperfections… it gives a tattered lace feel that I love for this one as a wedding, anniversary or Valentine’s Day card.

Again, I added a bit of foil to the paper doll… I kept the pieces very abstract as I didn’t want it to overwhelm the image.

It’s hard to photograph, but it really is shiny 🙂

Here’s my two cards together:

Now… have fun checking out the rest of the ‘Getting Fab with Foil’ projects!  And don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win some foil of your own!

 

Materials Used:

Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil- Basics

Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil- Holiday

Sakura Quickie Glue Pen

Tim Holtz Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

Distress Ink (assorted shades of red & coral)

Lace Trim from my stash

Everyday Sentiments by Mama Elephant

Grey card stock

Manila Tags- black & manila

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 134}

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Happy Tuesday!

I woke up this morning to find snow on the ground again… so I’m sharing with you a winter card which includes a hint of spring (or summer) that many of us are dreaming of!

Yep, Snowflakes & Butterflies!  I love this saying and when I pulled this stamp from one of my storage folders (I love the Stuftainers by Stampendous for my cling stamps) a card concept started forming for me… I wanted a wintery colored card with this design, a snowflake background and these awesome layered “Beautiful Butterflies” stamp & die sets by My Favorite Things.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who makes the sentiment (it’s a problem with cling stamps!  I usually try to organize them by brand, but this was in a misc. Christmas/winter folder).  If it looks familiar to you, please let me know and I’ll update!

My card is very simple- a gorgeous embossed background on pearl white card stock with the sentiment stamped in grey archival ink on a dusty green card stock.  The butterflies were stamped primarily with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink & Distress Oxide- it was fun to see how the two variations of the same color played together.  The larger butterfly has a layer of Broken China Distress Oxide to add a bit of pop.  The final detail layer was stamped in the same grey as my sentiment, then a bit of glitter finishes them off.  I added Nuvo Glitter Drops (in Blizzard, of course!) to the butterfly bodies and a few spots on the snowy background as well.  A touch of Rock Candy Distress Stickles adds that extra touch of shine.

It’s nice to know I can use my butterflies year round… even though I’m done with winter, I don’t mind looking at them on this wintery card 🙂

Thanks for visiting (and reading to the end)!  I’m excited to announce that we’ll be back on Saturday with a fun BLOG HOP for you!  Hope you’ll plan to join us starting right here on Saturday!

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

My Favorite Things Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set & Dies

Sizzix 3D Snowflakes embossing folder

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio & Broken China

Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio

Archival Ink (mine was from the Archival Distress Color Mixed Media Palette)

Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard

Cardstock & Adhesive