Posts Tagged ‘card’

Tuesday with Tara {take 136}

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Happy Tuesday and happy day-before-Valentine’s-Day!  Today’s card celebrates a love that’s kinda CRAY CRAY, if ya know what I mean… this card took on a life of it’s own as I worked on it, ending up very different than I visualized at the beginning.  But hey, sometimes love is like that too.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing 🙂

When I got my hands on Tim’s hipster animal stamps I got the idea that they would fit really well peeking through the heart frame in this large Dina Wakley stamp (which is on sale right now!)… so I’ve been waiting to figure out a way to put them together.  Today’s card is what I came up with.  I’ve got a few more ideas (and had several others that didn’t pan out), but I decided to keep this one fairly simple and let the colors and the hip chick speak volumes 🙂

This ostrich image just makes me smile, even though she kinda looks like a grumpy librarian!  I stamped her twice in black on white card stock, cutting the base from one image and the hat, scarf & beak from the other.  I stamped her again in Purple Distress Oxide so I could have colorful glasses to cut out, adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops to it once they were glued to her face.  Colorful glasses are my new favorite thing to do with these stamps & dies!  There is no way I would fussy cut those glasses, but they are amazing die cut! The other elements were all colored with Copic Markers and mounted with foam adhesive.  I kept her white for extra contrast.

Since I was working with a kraft card, I experimented with a variety of things and finally decided to stamp assorted words/sentiments in Distress Oxide in the open space of the square portion of the frame.  The heart frame was painted with Silver/Sterling paint.  I added some shading with stablio pencils in black & white and a few chit-chat stickers to give extra texture & pop.  As you can see, I cut the heart frame so it was open to the inside of the card and added a piece of colorful paper to show through the window.

This heart was my first attempt at the Distress Oxide technique Tim shared at Creativation, using them on Glossy/Alcohol Ink card stock and finishing up with Distress Glaze.  I’ll be trying it again and will share the link when I have more success!  I added a bit more watered down silver paint around the heart and finished with more stickers & repeats of the stamped words from the front of my card.

I had fun with this one- like I said, it’s not what I expected when I started creating… but I had fun doing it and I hope it encourages you to look at your stamps and see what sort of combinations you can end up with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope there’s a little bit of CRAY CRAY in it (the good kind, of course!) and a whole lot of chocolate…

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Dina Wakley cling stamp “Handwritten Heart Collage

Dina Wakley sterling paint

Tim Holtz Hipster stamp & Ostrich dies

Distress Oxide Inks

Assorted words & sentiment stamps

Chit Chat stickers

Glossy/ Alcohol Ink Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Tuesday with Tara {take 130}

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas & New Years Eve and that perhaps the new year is off to a creative start… I picked up a New Years subway art stamp in the fall (for 46 cents y’all!  obviously I couldn’t resist that!) and have been looking forward to making a card with it to share with you.  I took my inspiration for this card from the Pantone 2018 color of the year, my new stamp and an image by Stampendous which I’ve had for several years and keep meaning to make a New Years card with…

Here’s the intro from the Pantone website: “Announcing PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, PANTONE® Color of the Year 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

I’ve always loved seeing what the color of the year will be, but I think this is my first time making a card inspired by it.  It was kinda fun, so I challenge you to do the same!  There’s a bunch of fab products in the online store that you can use to help inspire you… things like alcohol ink, pens, enamel accents & ink pads… you’ll find lots of pretty purples!  (And you can use the code SAVE18 to save 18% in the online store as a Happy New Year gift!)  The majority of the purple on my card came from the Color Burst watercolor background.  I actually used a combination of Copics & Colorburst pulled from the background with a waterbrush to color my image.  I’d never tried mixing the two mediums before on one image, and it came together pretty good.  I kept the coloring very simple (I’m out of practice with my Copic markers!) and added touches of glitter from a variety of pens and generous amounts of Nuvo Glitter drops.

I pulled embellishments from my stash… gears & bling and some Tim Holtz film ribbon helped me to pull it all together and add the bits of extra my card needed.  I even colored up some number stickers in purple and added Nuvo Glitter Drops to it!  As you can see here, I embossed part of my image in white on the background so I would have the tiny details there without fussy cutting them, then adhered my girl flat on the background, but raised her glittery mask with 3D foam adhesive.

Happy New Year, creative friends!  I love the hope & promise it brings and look forward to all the good things that it brings us!  (Here’s another shot of my card… I love how each photo picks up the glittery elements differently!)

Inky hugs,



Materials used:

white watercolor cardstock

black card stock A2 card

white embossing powder

New Year Subway Art Stamp by Stampabilities

New Years girl stamp by Stampendous

Color Burst

Water Brush

Glossy Accents

Nuvo Glitter Drops in Blizzard

Copic Markers

Assorted bling, stickers & gear brads from my stash

3D foam squares

Black Archival Ink

Bright Lights Blog Hop

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Welcome to our Bright Lights Blog Hop!  Today the team is excited to be sharing with you some projects featuring the string of lights die by Lawn Fawn!  Be sure to leave comments at each stop along the way… there are chances to WIN prizes, this time they’ll be from the next Lawn Fawn release on Dec. 14!  You’ve got until Friday, Dec. 15 to comment, winners will be announced next Saturday 🙂

This die set is a lot of fun and comes with a bunch of pieces, including two layers each for three different sizes of light bulbs!  I decided to use all of them on my card and cut them from a pearly white card stock.  The set also includes two different styles of toppers for the bulbs, I saved myself a step die cutting by trimming the ‘hanger’ part off of half of them.

I love the curly ‘string’ that’s part of this die set and did an inset die cut, cutting it from both of my background papers and piecing it between the two for a smooth background.  Adhering Be Creative Tape on the back of my papers before die cutting helped make it seamless!  I used the ‘merry’ word from the new Tim Holtz ‘Merry Christmas’ die, and cut ‘& bright’ out from Tim Holtz’s 1″ Alphanumeric Die Set.

My white snowflake background is the same as you saw here.  It’s hard to capture the shimmer, but here’s a couple more shots, in natural light and with a flash 🙂

I added the blue glitter string to the inside and a sentiment stamped in the corner to finish my card… hope you like it!

I think you’ll really be inspired by the different things everyone has created today!  Have fun along the hop 🙂  If you get lost along the way just check back here to find your next stop!

Have FUN on our Bright Lights Blog Hop!  And have fun shopping too…

Inky hugs,



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