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Tuesday with Tara {take 124} Distress to Impress Blog Hop

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Happy Tuesday!  Today we’ve got another fun blog hop, this one we are calling ‘Distress to Impress’ because all of our projects feature Tim Holtz’s Distress Crayons!  We will be sharing with you some fun ideas for these great coloring tools… and maybe you’ll even WIN a new set by leaving comments on all the blogs along the way!   You can also get yourself some new sets, saving 25% in the store until the end of the month!  Even the new metallics are on sale…yay!
To be honest, I really struggled finishing up this card… almost didn’t share it with y’all today!  BUT, I do love the background I created with the Distress Crayons, so even if you’re not loving my card (like me!) I hope you’ll enjoy the background technique I used!
First, I started with a simple collage of torn book paper on some cardstock, painted with a thin coat of white gesso. I pulled out an assortment of greens & blues from the sets of Distress Crayons I have…
I scribbled bits of color all over my background…  as you can see, I was very careful 😉
Then I misted some more water and got my fingers inky, smearing & blending the colors!  I added some extra depth of color by highlighting along some of the torn edges with more crayon.
I selected a couple different stencils and used a slightly wet rag (I just sprayed a bit of water in a corner of it) to rub through the stencil and remove some of the color.
… and my background was complete!  I really love how it turned out!  I trimmed the background to fit on a square card and used one of the crayons along the edges of the piece to finish it off, again just blending with my fingers. I think the finger blending worked so well because of the gesso underneath.  Love it!
I wanted to try the crayons on another surface as well, so prepared another piece of card stock with some torn foil tape layered on it.
Because the surface was shiny & slick, I used a blending tool to add color and keep my fingerprints off of it 🙂
I stamped some stars in black Archival ink on the foil tape and cut them out.  The ink did not dry and the black was a bit too harsh, so I embossed the stars in silver (this powder is slightly translucent, so they have a pewter look because of the black peeking through).
Even with the Distress Crayon added, the metallic foil shines through!
I embossed some stars on my background to tie it all together… added sequins and some glitter for extra bling.  It’s actually pretty sparkly for a masculine Christmas card!  LOL
I’ve got another piece from my background that I’m working with to create another card… with a little luck I’ll end up with something I like enough to share next week!  Now I happen to know that there’s some very creative pieces waiting for you on the following blogs… so please enjoy our ‘Distress to Impress’ blog hop!  It’s been a fun challenge working with Distress Crayons 🙂
Get hopping and prepare to be impressed:
Thanks for hopping along with us!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a set of Distress Crayons!  Stop back here if you happen to get lost along the way… 🙂
Inky hugs,
Materials Used:
Distress Crayons Sets 1, 2 & 9
Star stamp by Ken Oliver
Star background stamp by Dylusions
Silver Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Embellishment
sequins & glitter…

Tuesday with Tara {take 68}

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  I’ve got a simple card for you today, but I hope you like it!

moments-3I wanted to play a bit more with my new stamps & watercolor crayons by Tim Holtz, so I stamped off this pretty cone flower on a small piece of watercolor paper (this was a mini pad of pre-cut paper by Prima- such a handy size to play with!).  I scribbled my watercolor crayons onto my craft sheet and picked up the color with a wet paintbrush for this detailed image, then added extra water to the leftover color to create the subtle wash in the background.  I added a Dina Wakely sentiment along the flower stem- love this one, “don’t take these moments for granted.” A bit of Distress Stickles and metallic pen add a touch of shimmer to my blossom.


I wanted to keep the card design simple here so I didn’t distract from the images.  I selected some olive cardstock and misted Distress Stain over a stencil for a tone on tone design, then layered that piece to give a slim black edge.  Some purple jute thread and jewels gave the bit of texture I needed to finish things off.


Thanks so much for stopping by- and a shout out to my mom, who leaves me a comment every week 🙂  Love you mom!  I’d love to hear what any of you have been creating lately, or planning on creating… I’m still gravitating towards autumn colors and themes, but Christmas is going to sneak up on us, so I’ll be sharing some holiday cards with you soon!

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,



Tuesday with Tara {take 65}

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  I wanted to make something autumny (I’m just gonna pretend that’s a real word!) to share with you this week, but I had some new supplies to play with and this is what came out of it…  Hope you like it and find some beauty in the simplicity!


This card features all supplies by Tim Holtz- most of them from the new Distress Crayon Watercolor Kit, which includes pieces from several previously released products that you may already own (somehow I didn’t own any of them yet, so I jumped on purchasing the kit!).  Set 2 of the Distress Crayons is a great addition for me to the bright colors of set 1, I’ve used every color on this card, creating a background on a gesso painted base.  A mini stamp set is also in the kit, which includes clear stamp designs from the Perspective & Flower Garden cling sets.  I also used a flourish stamp from an older stamp set (need to look up the name for ya!).

Hope you like it- here’s a couple more photos of the card 🙂



I hope you have a fabulous, colorful Tuesday!

Inky hugs,