Posts Tagged ‘card’

Tuesday with Tara {take 144}

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Is it feeling a bit like spring where you live?  I’m seeing photos of flowers blooming (between snowfalls) all across Canada and the US- and I’m hearing birds chirping regularly in my own back yard!  I decided to pull out some of my favorite stamps, these scribbly birds by Dina Wakley, and make a springy card.

I wanted to try a reverse watercolor technique, but mixed it up a bit by using Distress Oxide as my ‘paint’ for it.  (I rubbed the ink pad on my craft sheet and misted with water, then painted with a water brush.) It gives a unique milky sort of look, but the color is so pretty and vibrant!  The birds were stamped in Archival Ink on a heavy white card stock, so I didn’t want to use too much water and warp my paper.

The background of my card features a large background stamp I forgot I owned (love finding those treasures!), which I inked up with Distress Oxide as well since it’s so amazing stamped on kraft… I love the mottled look I got by splattering it with some water afterwards!  I finished it all off with some splattering of ink in both the ink colors (peacock feathers & abandoned coral)

Whenever I’m trying something new I tend to do it twice just in case one of them looks awful… both my stamped panels turned out, so I decided to make a second, smaller card as well.  This one has a slightly smaller front panel with a stamped detail along the right inside panel.

This distressed dot border is also by Dina Wakley.  Love it with Distress Oxide on Kraft!

Here’s my two cards together- they’re very similar, but make a nice little card pair for spring!  I hope you like them!

Wishing you sunny days and chirping birds… and a spring that starts to feel like spring real soon!

Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 142}

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Did you check out the Side Order Blog Hop over the weekend?  If not, there’s still time to hop along with us… leave comments and maybe even WIN your own Sizzix Side Order set 🙂  Check it out HERE.

I have to say- the hop really got me inspired for some spring & Easter creating!  And since I was having so much fun with my Side Order, I decided to make a card with it as well… pretty impressed with myself that this project uses ALL the elements in the set, plus an extra egg I had leftover from my art journal page 🙂

I created a simple grid, starting with the pair of chicks on an embossed background.  I trimmed the card stock to size, then measured my next panel (the chocolate bunny) which I also wanted to emboss using the tiny embossing folder that came in the set.  I made sure my paper was slightly smaller than the embossing folder and then adhered the bunny to the background.  I die cut the bunny out of yellow card stock, since it was handy, and inked it up with a couple shades of brown Distress Oxide.  I love the creamy, chocolatey look it gave me!

Once I had two pieces to start with, I cut the other two grid elements to match the height & width of the others.  This would be an easy card to mass produce once you had all your measurements!  I tried a variety of backgrounds for my butterfly panel… but in the end I went with a classic book print (torn from a vintage book!).

My pair of chicks show what you can get by cutting the entire die from two different shades of yellow and adding a bit of marker… they make a cute little couple!  I cut the text from a scrap of book print left from that panel.

Lastly, I used a stamped egg.  This colorful cut out inspired the colors in the card and helped me to limit my palette 🙂  As you can see, my grid did not end up square.  Since I was mounting it to a square card I added a bit of lace to add balance.  For contrast, I layered it all on a piece of patterned paper (from my extensive 6×6 pad stash- love those things!).

And that’s my card!  I hope you can find some time for Easter creativity and maybe enjoy a chocolate bunny or decorating eggs… and hopefully you see a bit of sunshine as well!  Have a blessed Easter!

Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 137}

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

For today’s card I was inspired to do two things… play with the color ORANGE and try a new background stamp technique with my Tim Holtz stamp platform.  I probably should have stopped a few steps before I did, but now that I’ve walked away from the project and am coming back to it, it’s growing on me.  Regardless, I had fun and did succeed with both those goals!  Hope you like the card, or can look past it and learn a fun technique 🙂

Let me first say that I saw this technique on a video shared by Unity Stamp Company… I looked for it so I could share the link, but haven’t been able to track it down.  If I find it, I’ll add the link here!  The stamp I chose may not be the best for this technique, but it was still fun!

I used a cling mounted background stamp (this is an OLD one by Hero Arts) and three shades of yellow/orange Distress Ink.  After lining up my paper with the stamp and securing it with magnets, I started with the lightest color and randomly inked spots over the background.  I repeated this with two more colors, gradually filling in the entire card surface.  I went back with the middle color to fill in any gaps that were still there and created a fun, multi-toned background in just a few steps!  Because Distress Inks layer and blend so well, there were no harsh lines where the colors met or overlapped.  I used full size ink pads, but you could probably get even better results with the mini Distress Inks!

When I went to assemble my card, I found the background had too much white space for the rest of the ideas I had in my head, so I kept going… blending some Distress Ink over it, stamping another background stamp & eventually adding a large splatter of Distress Stain. It got pretty ugly before I (hopefully) redeemed it. LOL. but, I added a pretty die cut (another old fave by Memory Box), book print, a sentiment stamp (another oldie by Art Impressions) and some pretty orange ribbon… and came up with this:

I finished it off with a light shadow with the black Stablio pencil and some glitter…

At the very least, I can say that I was indeed creating with abandon, as the sentiment says.  Maybe that’s not always the best advice… but it came out okay in the end 😉

I also have to say, apart from the Stamp Platform, I used a bunch of older supplies that hadn’t seen any love for a while to make this card. A new tool like the platform (and the new mini that is available for pre-order, which is awesome if the larger one is a bit over your budget!) can really give new life to the supplies you have already!

Hope you find time to be creative this week!  See you next Tuesday!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Distress Inks

Distress Stain

Cling mounted background stamp

White cardstock

Memory Box Poppy Die

Art Impressions Sentiment