Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

Tuesday with Tara {take 306} Cheers!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Y’all, I’m born & raised Canadian living my married life in the Southern States… and I’m over here feeling sorry for the heat you are currently enduring in Western Canada right now!   (My home town is facing another day of triple digits Fahrenheit again.)  I hope you’re staying cool and staying safe and hopefully enjoying a cold drink!  If it’s morning, an iced coffee sounds perfect.  If you’re reading this after noon (or sooner- no judgement here!) a fruity cocktail like the ones featured on my cards today would be amazing!  Cheers!

Today’s card inspiration started with this cute die cut sentiment from Lawn Fawn, Scripty Cheers.  There’s a ton of great products in the SNS store that you could pair with this, from shakers to stamps, but I chose to use an older Tim Holtz stamp set, Mini Blueprints 10 and this fruity cocktail.  I selected coordinating stickers from the larger version of the Snarky Small Talk Stickers for a fun twist.

I added some shine to my card by using pearl Cardstock for my die cut and adding Nuvo Glitter Drops to the drink (I had a minor crisis and ran out of Glossy Accents.  Guess I need to go shopping!) and a touch of bling with Studio Katia Crystals.  All of this works together with a couple of my favorite things… book print & thin twine.  Add a snarky sentiment and I really don’t think you can go wrong!

I often stamp & die cut at least two of something when I’m making a project, just in case I mess up my coloring or haven’t made a decision on color choices.  Today I took the extras and made a second card with them- it’s pretty simple, but I think it’d brighten someones day!  For this card I simply added the elements to a pre-printed card I had leftover from another project.

Here’s a look at the two cards together.

Suddenly I’m feeling a bit thirsty… Cheers!

Inky hugs,

Tara

All About Smooshing

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Happy Friday! Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice are on Sunday, but I hope you’ll be able to find a little time to craft this weekend, too. And maybe you will do some ink smooshing! A fun and simple technique that can lead to great results.

For my first card today, I used a smooshing technique that gives a little more control than usual over the end result.

 

All you need is a craft mat or similar waterproof surface (I use a laminated half sheet of cardstock) and a piece of clear acetate – as a former teacher, I do seem to have a few sheets still lying around. 😀 For colours, I used four distress inks: seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, evergreen bough and squeezed lemonade. For each colour, I smooshed the ink pad, spritzed with water, then used the acetate to pick up the ink and transfer it to my watercolour panel. This way, you can see exactly where you’re smooshing it! It also keeps the colours from blending too much, if that’s the look you want. Once I had my background the way I wanted it, I set it aside to dry and stamped this cute guy from My Favorite Things’ Puppy Kisses. Since I wanted him to really pop against the background, I didn’t worry about adding any shading or shadows, just coloured his collar with a couple of green Copics. I also die cut a few extra shapes, so I could layer them together and add a bit of dimension.

Once my smooshed panel was dry, I die cut it and a coordinating blue cardstock panel with MFT’s wonky stitched dies. For the heart, I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white, then watercoloured inside with more seedless preserves to increase the intensity. (As you can tell, I couldn’t resist adding a little Glossy Accents at the end. 😀 ) The sentiment is stamped with the same grey ink as my pup.

 

If you’ve received any happy mail from Scrap ‘n Stamp recently, you may have found a fun journaling card tucked in with your order. I decided to turn mine into a Father’s Day card for a work-from-home dad:

Of course I never throw away the leftovers from smooshing! I had a panel I had previously used to die cut an autumn leaf, but look how well it works with this journaling card! I matted the card in black and edged the smooshed layer with some of the same carved pumpkin distress ink I’d used for smooshing. “Nope. Not Today” is a snarky sentiment strip, while the busy stamp and the arrow are from deep in my stash. 😉

I hope these have given you some inspiration to get smooshing! Have a great weekend!

 

Whittle Things Blog Hop

Friday, June 4th, 2021

It’s JUNE, friends, and we are celebrating all the ‘Whittle Things’ with our blog hop this month!  Yep, we’re featuring the adorable Whittle dies by Poppystamps this month and believe me when I tell you, they are CUTE!

I’m sure you’ll have a wish list once you reach the end of the hop… and this weekend you can save 20% on all the Whittles and everything else by Poppystamps!  Happy shopping!

As always, we LOVE reading your comments and hearing what you think about the projects you see during our blog hops!  We’ll be randomly selecting one name from all those who leave comments to win a $50 gift certificate!

And now… let me share my creations!

I chose one set of dies to work with this month- the adorable Whittle Cactus Trio.  I’ve been trying to develop my green thumb as of late, and these seemed like a really fun way to work that into my card making!   I started out inking up some shades of green on Cardstock and then cut the trio out several times.  Since they are so tiny (the biggest of the trio is just 1.4″ tall) I doubled them all up two layers thick with some glue.  Then the ideas started flowing… so I made TWO cards to share with you today!

For the first card, I used a scrap of corrugated card stock to create a little planter for my cacti.  I experimented with several colors of Distress Paint, but my final product is primarily Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.  It makes a fabulous terra cotta pot!  Once I had the design, I inked up some book print for my background.  This is a simple ombre mix of Salvaged Patina & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I finished off the card with a cute little burlap flower embellishment and a sentiment from an awesome set by Heffy Doodle called Everyday Sentiment Duos.  It’s a super versatile set with a simple font you can dress up or down depending what you pair it with.  I inked the two parts of the ‘new home’ sentiment separately here, adding the smaller font on my card base & the larger font on Kraft across the top of the card.  Lastly, I splattered a bit of white paint for fun.

My second card uses the same elements as my first, but I positioned the cactus trio in a frame I made using one of the windows from the slimline die set by Picket Fence Studios.  I experimented with a variety of colors on this as well, finally adding Abandoned Coral Distress Ink to the mix (which is why it looks a bit dark & dirty compared to how vibrant it normally is!).  I stamped over the frame in the same coral ink with the MFT best friends cling background stamp.

Another sentiment from the Sentiment Duos (embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze) seemed like a great compliment to the design.

I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I’d painted a wash of yellows & oranges on, so I added a touch of the coral and used it as the base for my frame.  A little bit of yellow twine wrapped around the frame added a bit of fun texture.  I also played around with another burlap blossom, added ink and glue and formed it into a bloom for one of my cacti!

Aren’t they some of the cutest little cacti you’ve ever seen?  And just wait until to see what the girls have done with the Whittle dies they used!  Actually, you don’t have to wait… you can hop on over and see Chala, for starters!

Here’s the full hop order, with links to the rest of the design team!

Thanks for stopping by and joining our hop- have fun!
Inky hugs,
Tara