Posts Tagged ‘clean and simple’

Tuesday with Tara {take 237} Hogs & Kisses

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been seeing so many fab Valentine’s Day cards from the girls on the design team lately, I thought I should probably make a few myself!  Here’s a quick card I put together since I couldn’t wait to try out the new Falling Hearts die from Tim Holtz.  It is one large die that perfectly fills the front of a standard A2 sized card, plus 3 different sizes of individual hearts.

I cut the falling hearts on the front of a top fold dark pink card, then lined it with an off-white card which I cut just a smidge smaller so it would sit inside better.  I used some adhesive to attach the panels near the fold on the inside of the card and tied some ribbon around the front panels to keep them together.

Hogs & Kisses Card with Tim Holtz Falling Hearts die by Tara Nixon Cox

Once I die cut a few panels (you may be seeing a lot of this die, I kinda dig it!) I starting looking to see what stamps I had that would be fun to use along with it.  I noticed the Tim Holtz Funny Farm stamp set has several images I hadn’t used yet… including this little pig!  Together with his ‘hogs & kisses’ sentiment, he’s perfect for a cute Valentine!  I stamped once in Versafine Clair, carefully positioning him over the hearts.  I stamped him a second time on water color paper, then did some quick coloring with watercolor pencils in shades of pink.  After trimming him out, I simply glued him over the image I had stamped directly on the pink.  Looking at the front of the card, you’d never know I was ‘hiding’ a heart shaped hole under Mr.Piggy 😉

I had a few ideas for things to add… but I think it’s perfect in it’s simplicity!  I hope you like it too!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 225} Pretty Poppies

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing another card with you that uses some of the same products I featured on my card last Friday in our Poignant Poppies Blog Hop. I chose to make more of clean & simple card (inspired by the current AAA Challenge to make a card with maxi white space and an optional geometric element). Here’s what I came up with:

I stamped the poppy images in black permanent ink & did some quick water coloring with a few shades of red Distress Ink. While the images dried, I selected a shade of red card stock to be my card base. Next I embossed a simple sentiment from the stamp set in white on a scrap of black card stock. I had a general idea of my card layout, so added some geometric stenciling (using a Life Changing Blender Brush) to the background in a rough L shape.

I did some loose fussy cutting (ie. not so “fussy” LOL) of the poppy images and played around with the arrangement until I was happy with it. Once I settled on that, I trimmed the sentiment strip and added a bit of red twine. I added partial dimension to the poppies by adhering part of them with a flat adhesive and part of them with foam squares. This allowed me to tuck the flat parts under other layers and give a bit more movement to the card. Lastly, I finished it off with Distress Stickles in the flower’s centers, a bit of gold tone bling and some dots of white Enamel Accents.

I’m loving challenges to do CAS cards these days as they allow me to focus on my card design and take some of the pressure off to create something over-the-top amazing! I hope you like what I came up with 🙂

Inky hugs,


Clean and Simple With Birch Press

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I am here today, playing with a die set from Birch Press, showing that you can keep these very busy and intricate designs clean and simple. As an added bonus, if you visit my personal blog on Friday June 28th) you’ll see another card using the leftovers from the card I’m sharing here today.

I had some fun trying some different colours to put together for this card… I wanted something bright and fun so I used a deep purple/pink colour, a light blue and a lime green along with black and white.

While the Birch Press layering dies seem expensive, you have to remember that there are three dies in each set… and in many cases, the centres are cut free from the outside ring of the design and you can interchange them with other sets. I didn’t do that with this card… I used the entire Bali die, but I only used the cut out portion of the centre ring. I cut each layer out of a different colour of cardstock. I put all of the layers together using liquid glue to allow for a little time to play with the layers before they stuck together completely to ensure I could get the layers as close to perfect as possible.

I set aside the colourful ring and grabbed the Bali A die and put it through my die cutting machine with the embossing mat. This embossed the image in to my white panel instead of cutting it out. I then layered a piece of the bright green cardstock behind my white layer leaving a 1/16″ border on all sides and then layered it all on to a top fold white card. I then added the colourful ring to the centre of the design, lining it up as best as I could. I added a small dot of cardstock in to the centre of the design for a little more interest.

To finish off the card, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments in black VersaFine Claire ink on the blue coloured cardstock and cut it in to a strip. I put it on the front of the card, added flower centres from the Bali die layered together and topped it off with an iridescent gem.

This is a little sneak peek of the card that will be on my blog on Friday… I’ll hope you will pop by to see what I did with it….