Posts Tagged ‘Dina Wakley’

Tuesday with Tara {take 136}

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Happy Tuesday and happy day-before-Valentine’s-Day!  Today’s card celebrates a love that’s kinda CRAY CRAY, if ya know what I mean… this card took on a life of it’s own as I worked on it, ending up very different than I visualized at the beginning.  But hey, sometimes love is like that too.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing 🙂

When I got my hands on Tim’s hipster animal stamps I got the idea that they would fit really well peeking through the heart frame in this large Dina Wakley stamp (which is on sale right now!)… so I’ve been waiting to figure out a way to put them together.  Today’s card is what I came up with.  I’ve got a few more ideas (and had several others that didn’t pan out), but I decided to keep this one fairly simple and let the colors and the hip chick speak volumes 🙂

This ostrich image just makes me smile, even though she kinda looks like a grumpy librarian!  I stamped her twice in black on white card stock, cutting the base from one image and the hat, scarf & beak from the other.  I stamped her again in Purple Distress Oxide so I could have colorful glasses to cut out, adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops to it once they were glued to her face.  Colorful glasses are my new favorite thing to do with these stamps & dies!  There is no way I would fussy cut those glasses, but they are amazing die cut! The other elements were all colored with Copic Markers and mounted with foam adhesive.  I kept her white for extra contrast.

Since I was working with a kraft card, I experimented with a variety of things and finally decided to stamp assorted words/sentiments in Distress Oxide in the open space of the square portion of the frame.  The heart frame was painted with Silver/Sterling paint.  I added some shading with stablio pencils in black & white and a few chit-chat stickers to give extra texture & pop.  As you can see, I cut the heart frame so it was open to the inside of the card and added a piece of colorful paper to show through the window.

This heart was my first attempt at the Distress Oxide technique Tim shared at Creativation, using them on Glossy/Alcohol Ink card stock and finishing up with Distress Glaze.  I’ll be trying it again and will share the link when I have more success!  I added a bit more watered down silver paint around the heart and finished with more stickers & repeats of the stamped words from the front of my card.

I had fun with this one- like I said, it’s not what I expected when I started creating… but I had fun doing it and I hope it encourages you to look at your stamps and see what sort of combinations you can end up with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope there’s a little bit of CRAY CRAY in it (the good kind, of course!) and a whole lot of chocolate…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley cling stamp “Handwritten Heart Collage

Dina Wakley sterling paint

Tim Holtz Hipster stamp & Ostrich dies

Distress Oxide Inks

Assorted words & sentiment stamps

Chit Chat stickers

Glossy/ Alcohol Ink Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Tuesday with Tara {take 133}

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday y’all!

Have you been watching all the exciting new product releases at the Creativation 2018 trade show?  I know my Facebook feed has been full of inspiration and videos showing the booths and fabulous new products… lots of drooling going on here!  It’ll be fun to see new stuff arrive in the store in the coming weeks & months!

We just finished having a big snow storm over the past week here in NC, and I was going to share a snowy card with you… but right now, flowers are more appealing!  So, I’ve got some art journal pages that started out at the Dina Wakely class I took several months ago instead 🙂  Dina showed us this technique (supposedly a background, but I can’t bring myself to cover it up) for abstract flowers, all about being loose with your brush & paint and letting the flowers come to life without over thinking the design… it’s harder than it sounds!

I started with a solid blue background, then roughly painted my darkest layer with a wide brush.  I added a lighter layer over it (notice the fabulous streaks I got painting over the wet layer) and finished with yellow centers.  I added leaves the same way, going from dark to light green, then brought in some umber for accents of brown.  Around the flowers, I added a layer of white-ish paint (loosely mixed bits of elephant and umber into it) and while that background was still slightly damp, I removed some of the color through a stencil with a baby wipe.  It adds such a fun texture- I love it!  I discovered that Scribble Sticks are simply AMAZING for adding splatter to a project… seriously, just flick the tip of the crayon with a wet brush and you have this awesome, vibrant splatter spots!  I love it, so of course I had to finish off the page with a good splattering!  (And did you see… theres a new set released! Yay for more colors!)

Here’s a closer look at the textures on this page with just some simple, abstract painting… this is on one of the handmade watercolor paper pages in the Media Journal.

As I worked on my page, I started wiping off my paintbrushes on the facing page in the journal… then picked up leftover paint on my palette (aka the craft sheet that was my work surface) and filled in the entire background with random bits of color, then added a few details and a word… and eventually a completed page was born!

And here’s the two pages as they sit, side by side, in my Media Journal:

I had fun creating these abstract florals.  To be honest, I didn’t love it at first… but it’s definitely grown on me, and I’ve been playing around with different brush sizes for a completely different look!  I hope you like it, and maybe it’ll encourage/challenge you to stop thinking and just CREATE something.  Try abstract florals… they’re kinda fun!  And keep an eye on the store to see some of the new products available for pre-order!  There’s so much exciting new stuff coming up, it’s going to be a creative year!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakely Media Scribble Sticks

Dina Wakely Media Journal

Dina Wakely Media Brushes

Dina Wakely Media Paints (assorted- can’t wait to get the new colors too!)

Dina Wakely Splatter Girl Stamp (stop thinking just create)

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 128}

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

It’s hard to believe there are just two weeks until Christmas… wow!  Today I’m sharing two cards that I created together. The design is the same, but the way I cut the background papers meant I could easily duplicate the card with just a slight variation.

The focal point of the card is a combination of the new Retro Merry Christmas die by Tim Holtz and a smaller version of the cardinal stamp by Dina Wakely.  I was pretty delighted to find how well they fit together 😉

The letters were simply die cut from black card stock (with Be Creative Tape on the back for easy gluing). I stamped the cardinal multiple times on white card stock and inked it up with a couple shades of red Distress Ink, just using an ink blending tool.  I avoided the beak and legs and used Distress Markers to add color there.  I used a black stablio pencil (blends easily with water and fingers!) around his eyes so he really looks like a cardinal, then finished him off with some Nuvo glitter drops to highlight his eye.

The background of the card features double sided paper from an old Christmas paper pack by Tim Holtz.  I cut two pieces to the size of my card base, then rotated them and trimmed them both at the same angle.  I then was able to flip the top portion and alternate patterns on my cards.  On the ‘solid’ part, I added  some stamped greenery (Tim Holtz) and text (Artful stamper).  Some rustic ribbon and die cut holly leaves with a touch of red bling finish off the card.

As you can see I also pulled out a ‘stitch’ stamp to add a bit of detail to the top portion of the card.  Here’s what the alternate card looks like:

I hope you like it!  These came together fairly quickly once I had my concept, and I really love the simple, bold features.  One of my favorite things about my home in the south is seeing cardinals in my own front yard on a regular basis.  They have always been a favorite seasonal symbol for me 🙂

Wishing you a blessed week as you prepare for Christmas…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used: (sorry, links aren’t working!  I’ll add them soon!)

Tim Holtz Retro Merry Christmas Die

Dina Wakley Birds on Branches (I’ve used a limited edition smaller version of the stamp)

Tim Holtz Holly die

Distress Ink in Candied Apple & Fired Brick, Vintage Photo & Forest Moss

Assorted Distress Markers

Double Sided Christmas paper (I used an OLD pad by Tim Holtz)

Silent Night Text Stamp by Artful Stamper

Greenery Stamp by Tim Holtz

Be Creative Tape

Red Bling

Rustic Ribbon

Nuvo Glitter Drops in Blizzard

Black Stablio Pencil