Posts Tagged ‘backgrounds’

Autumn Leaves Blog Hop

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Thanks for joining us- I hope you’re cozy with a warm beverage of choice (tea, PSL, whatever floats your boat…) and ready for some autumn inspiration.  We are celebrating colorful autumn leaves today!  There’s 7 of us with projects to share, which means 7 chances to win a $25 gift certificate to spend in the store!  Leave comments along the way and please feel free to share about the hop & leave some comments on facebook too 🙂  We are giving away THREE gift certificates and will announce the winners on October 2!

Today I’ve got a pair of cards to share with you, both feature the new Nature’s Wonder stamp set by Tim Holtz, which includes a variety of gorgeous leaves & simple sentiments.  Unfortunately it seems to have been very popular and is a bit tough to get ahold of… I’ve paired it with some autumn shades of Distress Oxide Ink (Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany, Crushed Olive, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade), Copper Embossing Powder and on this card, Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown.

My background started with a variety of stamped leaves, each inked in two of the Distress Oxide Colors.  I then used an Ink Applicator & blending foams to add more color to the background.  I painted each of the leaves with a water brush to give the background a watercolor feel, and I also spritzed a bit of water over it as well.  It was very pretty, but a softer look than I wanted… so I selected a stencil with a bold design (this is an old clockworks stencil by Tim Holtz) and applied the Nuvo Mousse with a palette knife.  The directions said it could be applied thick or thin, so I started as thick as I could get it for lots of texture… then applied some thin swipes along the edges the design was not on.  It’s beautiful how it picked up the texture of the watercolor paper!

I added simple layers to the card, some stamped/embossed images which I fussy-cut (hopefully dies for this set are in a future release!), burlap paper (from my stash- this stuff is mounted on cardstock and it’s fabulous) and a simple but bold text block with a sentiment copper embossed on it.

For this second card, I started with the same background base of Distress Oxides, but decided to add some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone over the stamped panel.  I simply smeared a bunch of it over the panel loosely just to see what it would do, and I kinda love it in all it’s imperfections!

My layers are different, but feature the same elements as my first card.  I like how this background turned out more vibrant than the first one, so I wanted to allow more of it to show under the cut leaves.  The glitter paste really picks up on the warm tones in my background!

And here’s the two cards together- along with some colorful leaves that have freshly fallen!

I hope you like my cards.  Autumn is my favorite season and you’ll be seeing a lot more autumn pretties from me in the coming weeks… but today, you get a variety of inspiration from our talented Design Team!  Enjoy!

Here’s the blog hop order:

Happy Hopping!  Be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win 🙂

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