Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

Tuesday with Tara {take 234} 5 faves from 2019

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Happy first Tuesday of 2020! I wanted to start the new year of by sharing a few of my favorite cards that I created in 2019. It’s hard to narrow it down, so I just went with ones that still make me smile!

2019 was a hard year for me creatively, as I dealt with health issues that robbed me of energy and creativity (among other things)! My cards were, and continue to be, a lot more simple than they have been in the past… and that’s okay! I hope they still bring smiles to those of you who read my blog posts and to the recipients of the cards (when I ever get around to mailing them).

You can read the posts and see details on each of these cards linked below:

Here’s to a new year full of creativity and inky fingers!

Inky hugs,

Tara

MFT Floral Blooms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Hello Crafty friends, Nancy F here today to share on the Scrap’n Stamp blog. I decided to do something a little different, yet still playing along with the monthly challenge. I am doing an all mixed media style card, from used books pages to gel pressing. So grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy it.

mixed media pages, stamped the floral  blooms on to pages of an old book and heat set it with some embossing powder. I then added gesso around the flowers

I started by stamping out these beautiful Flowers in bloom set from My Favorite things on to the pages of the book using my stamping tool and Versa Clair nocturn ink .  Then I heat set with clear embossing powder to help the image stand out from the writing, then repeated this process four times. 

I also had too many ideas flowing through my head by this point, from art journaling layouts to more cards. So stay tuned for more projects.

adding colour to the flowers with distress crayons and Dina Wakley paints


Now that all the stamping and embossing was completed it was time for the fun messy part, getting in with the paints and gesso. This is always my favorite part. 

To bring the focus more to the flowers I decided to add Dina Wakley media white gesso to the book pages, carefully going around the flowers. This really helped to mute the print down some and allow the flowers to pop. I decided to actually add some gel medium to the petals of the flowers, I felt this would seal the paper and allow me to wipe any mistakes away easily.

finishing off the edges of the book page with some ground espresso, and black soot

 I created three styles of cards with three versions of the painting. 

For the above, I would add my paint in and then wipe it away allowing it to stain the paper and give it a night tinted look. Once I was happy with how it looked I decided to distress the edges of the paper, using distress oxides and regular inks.

adding the flowers too some previously created gel pressed backgrounds

The cards themselves were larger than normal, cards measured 5 ½ X 7 ¾. I used some of my previously created gel backgrounds and really did not want to trim much off of them, thus keeping as much of the detail as possible. I chose the background to match or enhance the flowers.

A close up of one of the finished cards,

  Each gel pressed backgrounds were added to the card flat using a liquid adhesive. For a little dimension popped up the painted flowers using some foam tape. To complete the card I used a simple hello die and layered a few of them together to create dimension also adding a mirror layer to the mix.

I hope you were able to get some inspiration from the above and welcome your comments. Please also make sure to use the links below for your crafting needs. 

Have a Great Week! 



Poignant Poppies Blog Hop

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to check out our November Blog Hop! The theme this month is Poignant Poppies. Yes, it’s all inspired by the flowers that we love (and their connection to Remembrance Day)! There are some beautiful stamps & dies in the SNS online store featuring poppies, and this weekend they are all on SALE! You can save 20% through Sunday, Nov 3- happy shopping!

challenge & prizes

We also challenge you to play along with our FB group and create a POPPY project! We’d love to see themes of remembrance, sympathy, thanks, friendship… or just some pretty flowers! As usual we’ll be giving away $50 gift certificates to the SNS online store. We will announce the random winner for comments/social media shares of the blog hop Nov. 19. The FB Challenge prize will be announced at the start of next month!

The full list of links for the blog hop will be at the bottom of this blog post. I hope you enjoy the hop and my card!

my card

It wasn’t intentional, but the primary elements I chose were all from My Favorite Things (aka MFT)! I’ve used the Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set, Framework stencil & Miss You dies. I decided to try my hand at ‘no lines coloring’ for the first time on this card. When I look closely I really wish I had practiced more before sharing, but it’s not bad for a first go at it! LOL

I stamped the poppies (blooms, stems & leaves are all separate stamps so you can create your own arrangements) with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Once that set for a bit (not because it had to necessarily, but I was nervous and decided to walk away from it!), I set in with my Copics, starting with an outline in my mid-tone color. I won’t go into details of my technique because I really don’t think it was that great… I actually think I’ll look for a tutorial to watch before trying again!

finishing details

Once I finished coloring my poppies, I selected Lawn Fawn’s Dotted Square dies to cut it out. I also cut a larger layer in black to frame my design. The white background needed some detail, so I chose to take a risk and stencil over/around my image. I used the MFT Framework stencil, Distress Ink in Scattered Straw & Vintage Photo and gently inked the white space with a Life Changing Blender Brush by Picket Fence.

I finished off the card with a bit of washi tape & bling to highlight the die cut sentiment. On the card base, I stamped a poppy and sentiment from the stamp set multiple times in Scattered Straw for some subtle detail, then added a strip of torn paper and red twine to anchor it all. On a simple card, those little details can make a big difference!

hop along

Our design team has some fabulous projects ready to inspire you- hop along with us! Be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store. Your next stop is Sandi! The full list is below in case you get lost along the way or need a second (or third!) look at any of these beautiful cards.

Hope you are inspired by my card and all the projects on our Poignant Poppies Blog Hop! Happy Hopping & Happy November!

Inky hugs,

Tara