Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Tuesday with Tara {take 232} Wood Slice Ornaments

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Happy Christmas Eve! It’s a wonderful, busy time of year, but I hope you find time to step back and find time to enjoy the beauty of it! Every year I like to give my family new Christmas ornaments, and this year I wanted to make them handmade. I noticed a lot of varieties of wood slice ornaments popping up online, so I’m adding mine to the mix. I hope you like them!

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I made several styles of ornaments, but first I’ll share the ones I used stamps on! This pair has some painting along with birds (by Flora & Fauna) stamped in Versafine Clair Ink. I left them to dry for a while and colored them simply with watercolor pencils. Having seen several tutorials that used pencils & gambol (which I don’t have) I also blended with a tiny bit of water. Snowflakes are falling… I started with dots of paint, but finished it off with Nuvo drops for texture.

For this one I painted the tree with paint and outlined it with a black Sharpie marker. This pair is already hanging on our tree 🙂

Here’s another set I made using stamps from the same Flora & Fauna Stamp set. For these, I painted a white background on the wood slice. I was curious if it would stamp/color better on raw wood or paint. Both worked fairly well, though I like the pencils on raw wood better!

Next, I tried Distress Oxide on the white painted background. The text is Versafine Clair Ink again.

For this next set, I painted a black background and layered die cut snowflakes over it. I really like how bold and simple these ones are!

Lastly, here’s a set of hand-painted ornaments, inspired by one I saw on Pinterest!

As you can see, I had fun making wood slice ornaments this year! There’s so many possibilities… you just have to raid your stash a bit and see what inspires you!

Inky hugs & Merry Christmas wishes,


Tuesday with Tara {take 230} White Christmas Throwback

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! As I was preparing for the blog hop and our December Challenge, I came across an old blog post featuring cards of the same theme. The best part is that I still like the cards, so I knew I had to share them here this month!

I made these cards for a class I taught back in 2010. Since it was so long ago, the exact products I used may not be available. However, many of you may still have these stamps & dies in your collection… or something similar that would allow you to create similar cards! Enjoy this throwback!

Now, on to my White Christmas cards!

White Christmas with Blue

This first one features the new Tim Holtz snowman, die cut out of sticky back canvas which has been attached to white cardstock to firm it up. I love the texture of the canvas here and the texture of Tim’s snowflake embossing die as well! We added a touch of Distress Ink here. The inside features a smaller oval with some snowflakes stamped on it (also Tim Holtz) and a sentiment on the oval as well.

White Christmas with Pink

This next card features more Tim Holtz goodness… his fabulous snowflake edge die! I LOVE this thing- it’s so pretty as an edge or as a focal point, as I’ve used it here. I added some Glitter Ritz to a snowflake (this one came with the snowman die) and a bit of bling and layered it over some Whitewash core’dinations cardstock. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

White Christmas with Pink

White Christmas with Kraft

This last card is my personal fave from the three… probably because I got to use kraft cardstock & the twine I love on it! I used the oval from the first card, which was dry embossed with snowflakes. Next I layered it over a piece of Basic Grey paper (from their ‘basics’ line) that I white embossed snowflakes on. The sentiment is Hero Arts again and the blingy pendant is by Maya Road.

White Christmas with Kraft

Hope you like my White cards! It was a fun challenge and it’s so nice to be reminded that white does not have to look cheap or boring. Especially at Christmas, it can be very elegant when you add texture and just a hint of colour 🙂 I’d love to know…. which card is your favorite?

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 228} Merry Birdie

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it’s officially less than a month until Christmas? I haven’t started decorating yet, but I’m finally getting inspired to make Christmas cards! Today I want to share a couple fun cards I made with Dina Wakley’s set Scribbly Holiday Birdie 2. I was so excited to see this set released in cling this year, as I got it as a limited release in clear a couple years ago and it’s a really fun one! For today’s cards, I worked with just one of the birdies, making two similar cards. I hope they make you smile 🙂

The Basics

On my first card, I used a background I had previously stamped using my Snowflakes Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th. I chose 2 shades of red and 2 shades of green Distress Oxide to stamp with for a bright & cheery background. I typically don’t work with a lot of red & green (together) on my Christmas cards, so I chose the brighter of the greens to highlight here for a whimsical twist.

This bird is pretty good size- the square watercolor panel I stamped on is 4×4″ and there are three different hats included in the set. I stamped in permanent ink and colored him ‘scribbly’ style with Dina’s Scribble Sticks, then blended with a water brush. The hat was stamped separately and layered over my bird for extra dimension (I added a foam square under the pom-pom).

The Details

This cute sentiment ‘tweet tweet merry merry’ comes with the Holiday Birdie Stamp set. When I pulled it off to use it, I realized I had trimmed it so I could use one of the ‘merry’ words separately. I decided to leave that word off and add a Shadow Script die cut to complete the sentiment. The sentiment & Holly berries were both embossed with Wow Apple Red embossing powder.

I stamped the holly leaves on book print and layered them onto cardstock for a bit more stability. To finish off the card, I added some glitter as well as some fun red & white twine from my stash.

Snow Birdie

My second card has the same birdie with bold, grungy snowflakes (an old Tim Holtz stamp set) in the background!

I love this fun red hat! Together with the red embossed sentiment and red & white twine, it gives some fun pops of colour.

I finished this card off with a little bit more glitter and some bling. Since I smudged some ink on the bottom of my white panel, I also added a wash of color for the birdie to stand on 😉

I hope my Merry Birdie cards make you smile! I’ve still got another hat I colored up, ready to go… so watch for it on an upcoming card!

Inky hugs,