Posts Tagged ‘Dina Wakley’

Tuesday with Tara {take 205}

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

(This is a Throwback Tuesday post, originally shared Sept. 11, 2018.)

I recently shared a post on facebook and the feedback I got inspired me to use the encouragement for a page in my art journal.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, this page is for you.  It’s pretty simple paint and & scribble sticks by Dina Wakley and reminders from someone, somewhere who knows you can get through it.

You don’t have to solve all the problems today.

Be Gentle with yourself.  You are doing the best that you can.

When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.

Sometimes our STOP  DOING list needs to be bigger than our TO DO list.

You don’t have to figure everything out at once.

You can do ANYTHING, but not everything.

Focus on progression, not perfection.

Keep Calm.  No one else knows what they are doing either!

Carry on.


Inky (& painty!) hugs,



Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media Journal

Dina Wakley Paints in Ancient, Cheddar, TangerineFuchsia, Blackberry, Lapis, Night

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

Dina Wakley Stencil- swirls (and inspiration from ‘Giant Funky Silhouettes’ to draw my figure)

Gel Press Bliss

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday Crafty Friends,

I am so happy to be on the blog today sharing a couple of cards I created using the Gel Press, some Dina Wakley media paints and a couple of beautiful stamps from Picket Fence Studio. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

I love love love the gel press and all the wonderful things you can create with them. I will have a lot more projects using them in the future.

These cards came about as a happy accident, I literally was just playing around with the gell press, trying different colors and stencils, and man once you start on this journey, you really cannot stop doing the prints.

I pulled out all my products, my paints which are Dina Wakley Media, my gel press, of course, a stencil i had in my stash from a Tim Holtz tag kit and my ink roller. I cut down different sizes and types of paper I would need for pressing. By using different weights and types would give for more options in future projects etc. (The best tip  I heard is to have all your paper precut and ready to go before you start, I have caught myself without and had to stop midway through creating. Not fun when you are on a roll and covered in paint.) Which has happened to me lol, I sometimes just go for it and forget to plan and end up just grabbing random scraps from around my messy craft room and desk.

Once I had the backgrounds where I liked them, I set them aside too dry. I had recently purchased these two wonderful Picket Fence stamps from Scrap’n Stamp, which was just sitting on my desk waiting to be used. I felt the April girl would be the right fit for the look of the background. I decided to create two different versions of the card. For the first one, I stamped her on to a piece of collage paper that I had in my stash. I stamped her using Archival ink. The second image I stamped on to heavy weight white cardstock.

I cut out the image from the Collage paper and added her to the Gell press background paper I had previously created. I love how the paper just disappears and you are left with just the stunning image that popped and showcased all the stenciled texture. I pulled out my stamp press and added the sentiment using Versa Clair nocturn ink. I love how bold and crisp this ink is, I highly recommend it.

I popped up the inked panel, which measures 4 3/4 x 4, on to some teal card stock which I cut down to 5 x 4 1/8, using some foam tape and then adhered that on to a layer of black cardstock, just to make everything pop. To finish off the card and cover up some a little issues I added some really vibrant sequins from my stash and drew some sketchy lines with my black pen.

For the second card, I decided to change it up a bit and add some die cutting to the mix using the My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies. I love the added texture and interest it adds. I cut down multiple layers of card stock, once again using the black and teal cardstock, to layer both the focal image and the gell pressed background. I die cut the stamped image and inked background as I thought this would make it all pop. I adhered the teal and gel pressed background flat down to the black cardstock, which in turn I popped up on to the white card base. For the focal image, I popped her up on to teal layer and flat to the black. Giving just enough dimension to the card.

To finish the card off I layered the Tim Holtz sentiment stickers on to that same teal cardstock and strategically placed them onto the card trying ton to cover the image up too much. Finally, to bring it all together I added the same pretty sequins to just the right areas of the card, it just added that little extra something that was missing.

If you have not had the chance to play with a gel press I highly recommend that you do, you can even start off small as Scrap’n Stamp carries various sizes, one as small as 3x 5 and all the paint and supplies you need to get started. I do warn you though it is highly addictive.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend with a lot of time to have fun and create.


Tuesday with Tara {take 191}

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

After the week I’ve had I decided I needed to make some simple, bright & cheerful cards!  I love the variety of styles represented by the creative girls on our design team and I took my inspiration today from some of the cards I’ve seen Kia & Nancy E. making, though I definitely added my own twist. I wanted to focus on simple layers and white space, and I wanted to use my new Good Idea stamp set by Dina Wakley!  The large flower stamp in this set is really large, definitely sized more for art journaling than for cards, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me… I played around with placement and stamped it overlapping the edges of a plain white card, then stamped it again on a die cut Stacked Deckle layer.  I used a grey archival ink called Watering Can for a somewhat softer look than black would have given.  I repeated the process twice, switching around where the card fold was since I wanted to try a couple different design options.

For my first card, I decided to trim the edge of the card to leave room to reveal a strip of washi tape on the inside of the card.  I used this as my color inspiration and decided to do some watercoloring with my Dina Wakley paints, placing tiny amounts of Fuchsia, Lapis, Evergreen & Lemon on a palette.  I then painted my design with a wet paintbrush, which gave me a vibrant wash of color that matched the washi tape perfectly (since it’s also by Dina!).  I splattered a bit of the paint along the left side of the card to balance the colors a bit.  I finished off this card with the sentiment that came with the stamp set and a bit of Distress Stickles in the center of my flower.  (Once both cards were finished I applied the leftover paint to a page in my art journal as a base for a future page!)

For my second card, I went with a yellow flower and a few touches of pink.  I die cut a Miss You sentiment by MFT in a green cardstock that coordinated with the leaves and assembled my card, using a generous amount of foam tape around the edges to give extra stability.  I skipped the splatters on this card leaving extra white space.

These cards came together fairly quickly once I had the design concept!   I think that’s something a lot of people don’t realize, just because a card is simple doesn’t mean a lot of time and energy didn’t go into it.  I find simple cards often require more effort on the planning end because each of the few elements needs to be just right 🙂  Hope you like my cards and they brought some cheer to your Tuesday!  Here’s a final photo with the two cards together- at first glance you’d almost think I used different stamps!  Love the versatility of florals… and I love that I have some brave daffodils blooming in my garden so I could cut some for these photos 😉


Inky hugs,