Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Tuesday with Tara {take 279} Christmas Bird

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

It’s Christmas week!  I can hardly believe we’re in the final days of our Christmas 2020 countdown.  Everything is so different this year, and I keep reminding myself it’s okay to have a slower pace (especially since there are no big gatherings to prepare for!) and just enjoy the season.  I was so late getting started on making Christmas cards this year that I almost feel I should keep going so I have them ready for next year, ha!   I have also been late in purchasing new wintery stamps & dies to create with, but these lovely holiday greens dies by Tim Holtz arrived just in time (and you can bet I’ll be using some of them for creations throughout the year!).

Today’s card combines a few cuts of holiday greens with one of the feathered friend’s dies, all decked out in red.  I’ve used some of the cut out letters from Sending Christmas Joy, by MFT along with a scripty ‘Christmas’ die cut.  (I’ve used an older Tim Holtz one, but any scripty word would work!). I love taking sentiment dies (and stamps) and mixing up the fonts together to change the feel of them.  It’s also a great way to change the way they fit on your cards, as this design would not have fit on an A2 card if I had used the bold ‘Christmas’ letters that were part of the original die!

I finished off my card by adding a bit of detail to the background to break up the solid red… by adding more red.  LOL. I grabbed a variety of small Christmas sentiment stamps from my stash (there’s some OLD wooden ones here, most from 10+ years ago) and stamped them randomly in red across the lower part of the card.  I didn’t want anything too bold to compete with my images, and this was a fun way to add a bit of texture to the card.  I also added some white Nuvo dots as berries to the branches, some of which picked up the red ink from my background and added bits of pink.  I often forget that this happens when they are applied on water reactive inks (like Distress) but in this case it’s a happy accident that just adds variety!

Thanks for stopping by- I hope the coming days are filled with joy & peace!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 278} Wise Men Seeking

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Christmas is getting closer every day, and I was grateful for a chance to sit and make some cards over the weekend.  I wanted to keep working with my green inks and thought it might be a fun twist to do a green ombre background for this wisemen die cut by Tim Holtz.

I love taking traditional themes and adding my own twist to them, so for this card that included using book print as my background and Kraft card stock for my die cut.  I inked my background with Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough & Rustic Wilderness.   I chose the oxide inks for a softer look that blends nicer on a lightweight paper like book print.  For this project I used a foam blending tool.  Once everything was inked, I splattered a bit of water on the background as well as some heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water for a bit of shimmer.

I used Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops on the star and added some dimensional stars in the sky with it as well.  I don’t normally mix metallics on a project, but somehow it worked for this card  since my card base is a deep steel grey tone.  I finished everything off with some green ribbon, which I dyed with Rustic Wilderness Spray Stain,  (The greens of the background and the ribbon match better in person- I just couldn’t capture it quite right!) and finally a couple nickel toned embellishments by Tim Holtz from my stash.  It was my first time actually using one of the little stars and I love the look!

I really love this die cut and how it fills an A2 card front perfectly.  I’m sorry my photos don’t accurately capture the shimmer & colors on this card, but I promise it’s prettier in person 🙂

Wishing you peace & sending inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 277} Christmas Joy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is hoping to send some Christmas JOY your way with this bold & simple card design featuring a great die cut sentiment by MFT over a background created with assorted Rustic Wilderness Distress products.

The background was a bit of a ‘practice’ piece which I stamped, inked & stenciled on while working on some of my recent projects, so it has a variety of designs worked into it that ended up making a pretty fun background for a card like this!

I had hoped to make this card using one of the fun Iconic Christmas shapes that was featured in the blog hop, but I’m still waiting on mine to arrive in the mail… so I pulled out this cute Santa hat from the Festive Things die set by Tim Holtz.  I die cut it from red card stock as well as a scrap of white (the same pearly card stock I used for the sentiment).  Once I glued it all together and did some inking, I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the hat.  I found some chunky green glitter I bought last Christmas and added it around the hat in the ‘O’ for a bit of extra fun.

All in all, this card pieced together pretty quickly and you can bet I’ll be making some more with a variety of colors and shapes in the opening!  I also have plans for another card using the letters that I cut out from this one… tis the season!

Inky hugs,