Posts Tagged ‘distress ink’

One Stencil, Two Cards

Monday, March 29th, 2021

It’s Lindsey back today with you, with two birthday cards featuring one Picket Fence Studios stencil – Waffle Squares. I have to admit, this stencil stumped me a bit when I first tried to use it… despite the name, it’s a circular stencil that doesn’t fill the entire card. As I learned more about ways to use stencils, though, I decided there were lots of ways to use it! Here’s my first example:

To start, I masked off the top and bottom of my card with some masking paper, then lightly ink blended a mix of three distress inks. Then I put the stencil over top and ink blended the same three colours, resulting in a tone on tone background. I couldn’t resist using my Snarky Cats again, and thought this one paired perfectly with the sassy sentiment from My Favorite Things.

For my second card, I used the stencil in a more traditional way:

Another thing I learned as I used stencils more on my cards: mask everything! 😀 If I hadn’t masked all around the edge of this stencil, there would definitely be a smudge somewhere. I added my sea critters, an embossed sentiment, and some bling from my stash for another fun and bright card.

Don’t forget you still have a few days to comment here and on Scrap ‘N Stamp’s design team blogs for a chance to win some Birthday Bash prizes! Thanks for checking in today, and I hope I’ve inspired you to have some stencil fun!

Supply list:
Picket Fence Studios Waffle Squares
Tim Holtz Snarky Cat
My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Birthday Greetings 2
My Favorite Things Beach Buds
Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire
Versafine onyx black ink
Copic markers
Neenah Classic Crest Solar white cardstock
Wow clear gloss embossing powder

Tuesday with Tara {take 292} Birthday Wishes & Giveaway!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  The birthday celebrations are continuing here on the blog (and also on instagram, so be sure to visit SNS & my personal feed-I’m “msespresso” for more chances to win)!  My card today is a slimline one, featuring the Make a Wish stamp set by Gina K.

Today’s card started with a background I made a couple months ago when I made this birthday card– I’ve used similar colors (but more of them!) and the same stencil & glitter paste.   This panel had a few smudges and imperfections, but it’s still so pretty with all that glitter I decided to use it anyways!  I used the Picket Fence Slimline dies to cut the panel and a circle window out of it.  I placed the die cut panel over my card base (which measures 3.5 x 8.5 inches folded) and stamped the cupcake inside the window with Archival Ink.

The stamp set which includes the cupcake is part of the Present Parade Giveaway, along with a Mini Slim Trifold Template & Dies by Taylored Expressions (together they are worth $48.75).

The mini slim set looks like a ton of fun in a little size- it’s designed to help you make a tri-fold card with die cut windows.  The mini slim cards measure a fun 3.5 x6 inches!  It’s a size I’m definitely going to try out soon!  You can enter to win this great prize by leaving a comment here on this blog post. You can also get extra entries over on Instagram- by dropping a like, comment and a follow on my post featuring this card & giveaway!

Okay… now that you’ve got all the Present Parade Details, let’s get back to my card… Once the ink was dry, I did bit of watercolor with Distress Ink.

I brought in a mix of yellow, pink & purple inks since I planned to add this die cut ‘wish’ word that was in my little scrap bin.  I finished it off with some glitter and then some paint splatters to add to the party vibes!

Since I had some pre-done pieces, this card actually came together pretty quickly… apart from the drying time of my paint splatters 🙂  There’s nothing like glitter, confetti and cupcakes to set the party mood!  I’ll be adding one of the sentiments from the stamp set to the inside to tie it all together.  Here’s another look at the entire card, I hope it makes you smile!  

Be sure to leave me a comment for a chance to win this fab gift in the present parade!  I’d love to know what you prefer at a party… cake or cupcakes?  And if you haven’t yet, check out the rest of the giveaways the team is sharing… and there’s more to come, so be on the watch for them!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 282} Illuminating Stencils

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Todays card is inspired by the Random Acts of Cardness word of the day “stencils” and the colors of the year, Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray.

Each year I try to create a card inspired by the color of the year… and for 2021 there are actually TWO colors to work with!  I started with the broken fence stencil by Picket Fence Studios and figured out the rest of my card from there, layering Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink through the weave texture with a Blending Brush.

I’d been planning to use both the stencil and these Colossal Cone Flowers by Gina K to make a slimline card, but decided to switch to a simpler, standard A2 sized card this time. I embossed the bloom over my background (which was dry, since I had stenciled it the day before & set it aside) in Opaque White Wow Embossing Powder and embossed the sentiment with the same powder on gray card stock. (TIP- Since I don’t have a lot of this paper in my stash, I stamped and cut the sentiment from the center of the piece I was layering over! Looking at my card you would never know there is a cut out from the middle of the gray layer!)

I once again took my blending brush and inked over the embossed area with more Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then added a bit of Fossilized Amber to the center of the flower for a bit of contrast.

Lastly, I decided to add a bit of splatter details to my card.  I didn’t have a gray paint, so I used some Perfect Pearls Mist (no longer available, but you can make your own by mixing the powder with water) in Pewter.  It’s a nice rich gray with a touch of shimmer- perfect :).  I also layered a bit of white Nuvo drops for additional shine & texture.  A bit of yellow twine finishes everything off.

I hope my card brings a bit of cheer to your day- I know I’ve been needing some lately!

Inky hugs,

Tara