Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

Tuesday with Tara {take 296} Paintbrush Tickles

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

When I got the Wishing You Happiness stamp set, I couldn’t wait to play with these little cuties with their paintbrushes… I wanted to pair them with some fun painty backgrounds and the recent live by Tim Holtz featuring Distress Paint was great inspiration!  I still haven’t watched the entire thing yet (I think it’s 3 hours long), but there’s some fantastic techniques to check out if you haven’t yet!  If you’re short on time like I almost always am, you can catch the technique I took my inspiration from starting at the 52 minute mark.  He calls it paint lifting and it’s a favorite technique of mine using stencils with paint- I’ve done it a bunch with Dina’s paints, but this was my first try with Distress!

I created a simple background on a piece of white card that was approximately 5.5 x 4.25″ using Distress Paint in Twisted Citron, Broken China ,Crackling Campfire & Chipped Sapphire.  I did some paint lifting through a couple different stencils (Dotty Lottie & Broken Fence) and I finished it off with a few splatters of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.

Taking inspiration from a different curved sentiment in this set, I decided to use a curved edge die to trim my background design and stamped the little mouse & sentiment along the curve.  For simplicity (and time!) I didn’t even color my image, just stamped with Twilight Versafine Ink for a nice bold image.

I chose to make the second card vertical with the smaller piece of my painted background along the fold.  Again, I left the card design very simple.  I love how you can really see my brush strokes in the chipped sapphire paint!

The splatters on this one were a bit bigger than I intended, but it makes the small piece a lot more interesting!  I love how these cards combine mixed media techniques with a clean & simple design.

Here’s a look at the pair of cards together… can you tell I was inspired by my sweet & silly grandson when I was making them?

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 294} just a note

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a quick, happy little card featuring an adorable image by artist Anita Jeram.  I have always loved children’s books, and was so excited to see that Colorado Craft Company has partnered with Anita, who illustrated Guess How Much I Love You.  Her characters are so adorable and I know that the set I’ve used today “Wishing You Happiness” will be the first of many that I purchase…

I kept my card simple, but colorful to keep the focus on this cute little mouse with his note pad… colored simply with a mix of watercolor pencils and Distress Ink.  I had a scrap of background paper that I tweaked a bit, adding a bit of blended Distress Ink then stamping the MFT Best Friend Background over it.  I love a good text stamp, and this one is great because it has lots of phrases about friendship.

At the last minute as I was about to glue down my layers, I decided some soft yellow polkadots would be a fun addition to this card.  I grabbed the Dotty Lottie stencil I had used on my last card and added some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink very lightly across the panel of watercolor card stock.  It is not neon as it appears in my first photo, it’s actually quite subtle if it’s not in direct sunlight!

I hope you have a great day, and check out the new list of words for our #snschallenge on Facebook!  Today’s word is NOTE!

Inky hugs,


One Stencil, Two Cards

Monday, March 29th, 2021

It’s Lindsey back today with you, with two birthday cards featuring one Picket Fence Studios stencil – Waffle Squares. I have to admit, this stencil stumped me a bit when I first tried to use it… despite the name, it’s a circular stencil that doesn’t fill the entire card. As I learned more about ways to use stencils, though, I decided there were lots of ways to use it! Here’s my first example:

To start, I masked off the top and bottom of my card with some masking paper, then lightly ink blended a mix of three distress inks. Then I put the stencil over top and ink blended the same three colours, resulting in a tone on tone background. I couldn’t resist using my Snarky Cats again, and thought this one paired perfectly with the sassy sentiment from My Favorite Things.

For my second card, I used the stencil in a more traditional way:

Another thing I learned as I used stencils more on my cards: mask everything! 😀 If I hadn’t masked all around the edge of this stencil, there would definitely be a smudge somewhere. I added my sea critters, an embossed sentiment, and some bling from my stash for another fun and bright card.

Don’t forget you still have a few days to comment here and on Scrap ‘N Stamp’s design team blogs for a chance to win some Birthday Bash prizes! Thanks for checking in today, and I hope I’ve inspired you to have some stencil fun!

Supply list:
Picket Fence Studios Waffle Squares
Tim Holtz Snarky Cat
My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Birthday Greetings 2
My Favorite Things Beach Buds
Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire
Versafine onyx black ink
Copic markers
Neenah Classic Crest Solar white cardstock
Wow clear gloss embossing powder