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Tuesday with Tara {take 294} just a note

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a quick, happy little card featuring an adorable image by artist Anita Jeram.  I have always loved children’s books, and was so excited to see that Colorado Craft Company has partnered with Anita, who illustrated Guess How Much I Love You.  Her characters are so adorable and I know that the set I’ve used today “Wishing You Happiness” will be the first of many that I purchase…

I kept my card simple, but colorful to keep the focus on this cute little mouse with his note pad… colored simply with a mix of watercolor pencils and Distress Ink.  I had a scrap of background paper that I tweaked a bit, adding a bit of blended Distress Ink then stamping the MFT Best Friend Background over it.  I love a good text stamp, and this one is great because it has lots of phrases about friendship.

At the last minute as I was about to glue down my layers, I decided some soft yellow polkadots would be a fun addition to this card.  I grabbed the Dotty Lottie stencil I had used on my last card and added some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink very lightly across the panel of watercolor card stock.  It is not neon as it appears in my first photo, it’s actually quite subtle if it’s not in direct sunlight!

I hope you have a great day, and check out the new list of words for our #snschallenge on Facebook!  Today’s word is NOTE!

Inky hugs,


In the Pink

Hello all, Kia here with you today to share this card. I was suppose to post last week, but missed my day. Me bad! I am making up for that post today.

I am using Colorado Craft Company Big and Bold Anemone Floral stamp, which I stamped and heat embossed in white using Arches Cold Press watercolour paper.

I used Daniel Smith Opera Pink to watercolour the flower, going around the pieces on the flower that are part of the background. For the white background and the pieces of the background on the flowers I painted using Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White watercolour.

To ensure good coverage I did 3 layers of each colour. I then allowed the piece to dry, before doing splatters using the white watercolour. A size 8 brush gave me the large splatters, and a size 4 gave me the smaller splatters.

I then matted the piece with Gina K black card and attached to a pink card base. I then die cut the sentiment from watercolour paper and glued it to a strip of the black card using foam tape to attach to the card front.

I really like how this technique gives the stamp a new look, a good way to stretch my stamping dollars.

I also took note that the Opera Pink watercolour is very similar to Zig Clean Color Brushes “Pink”. You don’t need to have professional watercolours to make a card like this. The Nuvo Aqua Brushes also have a Pink that is very close.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today. Following are Affiliate links to the store for the products that I have used for this card, at no extra cost for you.

Let It Snow, Please

Hello all, Kia here today for our Christmas in July Random Act of Cardness Challenge. Today is Day 16, which is me, and my challenge is Gelli Plate Printing. If you do not have a Gelli Plate, now is the time. You will enjoy all that can be done with Gelli printing.

For my backgrounds today I decided to use Distress Oxide Inks, some using only one colour and some with two colours. One stencil of snowflakes was also used, and Saran Wrap, so minimal supplies. My Gelli Plate is 5 x 7 inches.

For my card above, this is done using Saran Wrap. I tear a piece bigger than my plate and crunch it up in a tight ball, then unravel being careful not to tear it. I apply my colours of choice direct to the plate, in this case Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet, and smooth them out with my brayer. I then place the unwrapped Saran over the plate and lightly tap over it to make sure the wrinkles will transfer.

No need to worry as your ink will not dry while the Saran is over it. I lift the Saran, then apply my paper, and smooth the paper with my hands before lifting my print. (I use Hammermill Printer Paper cut in half for this).  There is so much movement on the paper, it is fabulous.

I use my background I trim it up and attach to a piece of 80lb cardstock. I then trim that to the size I want for this particular card. In this case I trimmed to 4.75 square. I stamped the large snowflake from Colorado Craft using VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then sponged on Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet along two edges of the paper and added some Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch to this area.

To finish I matted with a light lavender then a dark purple cardstock on a Neenah cardbase and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Fantasia. A few Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew completed this card.

The card above is also done with Saran wrap and one colour. I simply moved the Saran in areas to move the ink below before pulling the print. I finished with attaching it to cardstock and cut the piece in two so I have a piece for the inside of the card as well.

Using VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone I stamped the Bramble Berry Branch from Penny Black. I did about 4 passes to ensure I had good coverage. I then painted on Nuvo Baked Cherry using Nuvo Aqua Pen from the Festive Season Set, and went over that with my Nuvo Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. It looks fabulous, I so wish the sparkle would show in pictures.

And finally for my last card for today, again I am using the Colorado Craft Snowflake stamp. For this background I used two colours and a stencil.

To do this I attach the Hammermill paper to my work surface at the top of my gelli plate with green tape. This ensures the paper will stay in place. I then applied Squeezed Lemonade, smoothed out with my brayer and took a print with the paper I have attached.

I then added Worn Lipstick, smooth it with my brayer and laid my stencil over the top, rubbing my fingers around the stencil to make sure it was making contact, then lifted the stencil and folder the paper back over the plate, smoothing out with my hands.

This is one of my favourite prints as it is unexpected for a snowflake. Once again I trimmed the print, attached to cardstock, then cut to size. I stamped the snowflake and heat embossed with Rose Quartz embossing powder, then stamped the sentiment using Red Carnation Ink. To finish I added Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops.

Following are some of the prints I made all with Distress Oxide Inks.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s challenge and I hope you can play along. Following are Affiliate Links for all but the Distress Oxide Inks, that I used for these prints.

Thank you for joining us today.

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