Posts Tagged ‘Distress Oxide’

Tuesday with Tara {take 264} Fall Fairy Wings

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!   I hope you had a fabulous long weekend celebrating the unofficial end of summer and beginning of fall- and hopefully you got to take in our Live, Love, Lavinia Blog Hop!  (If you haven’t hopped yet, there’s still plenty of time to hop & comment for a chance to win!).

I had a lot of fun with the three dancing fairies in my blog hop project, but I also pictured them dancing on some falling leaves so I decided to pair them with these realistic leaves from the Tim Holtz Natures Wonders stamp set.  I stamped them on ivory card stock in a variety of Distress Oxide colors, positioning the fairies around them.  I’d never tried combining them before, but I added some shading to the leaves with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks.  With the addition of a water brush it ended up to be a really fun combo that I will use again!

Once I finished coloring the leaves I die cut the panel with a deckle edge die and inked the edges with Speckled Egg Distress Ink. I then splattered some Distress Spray Stain the same color over the panel, followed by a bit of metallic spray for extra shimmer.

I finished off the image with a bit of Nuvo shimmer pen on the fairy wings and a bit on the leaves. I stamped a sentiment (from a fab new set by MFT) on a scrap of inked paper leftover from my poinsettia card- I love how it contrasts with the leaves and pulls out the blues in the background.  Lastly I layered it all onto an ivory card base.

The finished card is a fun design that is simple enough and lays flat for easy mailing!  There are hints of shimmer all over.

I’m looking forward to some more autumn creations and can’t wait to see yours!  Be sure to join us in the SNS Challenge group on Facebook and share your creations!  Today’s challenge word is Wings!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 256} Mug of Sunshine

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m bringing you a big ol’ Mug of Sunshine, combining images & words from ‘Hello Sunshine Turnabout‘ by Concord & 9th with ‘I Like Big Ones‘ by Picket Fence Studios and a fab oldie, the ‘Rays‘ stencil by Tim Holtz.

For the card background, I inked the Rays with two shades of Distress Oxide ink, Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marmalade.  I blended them with a broad Life Changing Blender Brush.  I like to work from light to dark, so went from the outer edges of the stencil towards the center.  I heat embossed the ‘Big One’ mug in Letter It Navy Embossing Powder on deep yellow card stock, then blended some ink onto it for some shading.  I stamped the sunshine design in the same Marmalade ink over the image, then added the sentiment in navy ink over them.

I finished off the card base with some crinkle ribbon wrapped around a blue textured panel.  I added a few sequins for a bit of extra shimmer- these are from the Ocean Breeze set by Picket Fence Studios.

I hope my card brings some SUNSHINE to your day!  I know a lot of BC is getting a ton of rain right now… if I could, I’d gladly share some of my heat & southern sunshine with you!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 251} Feathered Friend

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card that showcases a fun little mixed media bird from Tim Holtz’s Feathered Friends die set, all ready to build a nest.  There are two birds in this die set and I love them both!  If you haven’t seen yet, I’ve used the larger bird on my beach scene card for our June Perfect Pearls Blog Hop.  (Check it out HERE– and be sure to visit the rest of the blogs too, there’s some great inspiration from our fabulous creative design team!)

I honestly just grabbed some scraps I had on my work space to die cut this cutie and added a bit of ink.  I love the combo of colored card stock, kraft & book print for her.  The ‘twig’ in her mouth was also a scrap I had from another project, I just added a few touches of perfect pearls to make it shine a bit 🙂

The background layer from my card was an inky mix of Speckled Egg and Old Paper Distress Oxide, mixed together on the same surface that had bits of turquoise Perfect Pearls left on it…  I love how the smooshing gave a bit of a marbled effect with the shimmer.  It’s subtle, but it shines when you hit it with the light!

A piece of frayed canvas gave me both a surface for the bird to stand on and some extra threads for it to carry.  Perfect little additions for a card that is on it’s way to my Mom (Happy Birthday Mom!).

I finished the card off with some heat embossing in a powder that is similar to kraft.  The color is almost too subtle to really pop in a photograph, but I still think it works!  My sentiment is by Gina K.  It’s a beautiful but simple script that works with so many designs.

I hope you like my little feathered friend!  Have a fantastic week 🙂

Inky hugs,