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Water You Up To?

Monday, August 30th, 2021

And here we are… the last Monday and second last day in August! Today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt is WATER, and I’m sharing a couple of different watery cards with you today. In both, I tried to incorporate water in both theme and technique. Here’s my first one:

Not over my love of Whittles dies yet! Here I’m using Whittle Dolphin and Whittle Sunshine for my card, along with a sentiment from Whittle Sealife Sentiments. (Possibly the only thing I don’t love about Whittles is typing it over and over…) 😂  For the main panel, I did some two-step ink smooshing – first smooshing the bottom third in a puddle of salty ocean distress ink + water, making sure some “splashed” up the panel. Once that was dry, I smooshed the top part in some tumbled glass ink + water – which hardly shows in the photos. I used the same inks, plus some weathered wood, to watercolour my dolphin. The sun is coloured with squeezed lemonade and carved pumpkin. After I die cut my panel, I had enough left over to stamp and emboss the sentiment on a piece and cut it into a banner. For the card base, I swiped the salty ocean ink all around the edges of it to coordinate.

I made a number of smooshed card bases at the same time (sitting outside on our deck, it was lovely!), and used a second one to make another card.

For this one, I played with distress oxide inks and one of my favourite smooshing techniques – using plastic wrap! Keep in mind, I’m a clean and simple cardmaker… this is about as technique-y as I get. 😉  After smooshing my panel in tumbled glass, salty ocean and faded jeans oxides, I crumpled some plastic wrap and pressed it on top before letting it dry. (Plastic wrap, bad, I know; but I do save and reuse it, so there’s that.) For a little variety, I used wilted violet (along with weathered wood) to watercolour my dolphin, Whittle Happy Octopus and Whittle Shark. The panel is cut with a deckle die, as is the sentiment, even though there’s no die that exact size – I just cut it twice!

Thanks for checking in today, I hope your week is off to a great start!


Tuesday with Tara {take 314} Scenic Shells

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

I was really stalling on making this card because I had plans to pick up the new Prize Ribbon Distress Ink bundle this week… but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get them in my hands until Tuesday afternoon, which is a bit late for a Tuesday with Tara project to come together!  You can bet you’ll see some of it next week though 🙂

Inspired by the challenge theme, “beach” I chose colors to resemble sand and sea and blended them together.  I chose a few shells from the same Jane Davenport stamp set I used for the blog hop.  The real inspiration for this card goes WAY back though- to card set I made with a tutorial for the Ranger blog.  It’s no longer posted there, but I’ve got the full tutorial up on my blog for you to see!

Basically, it involves creating a simple torn paper mask and placing it over white card stock to do your ink blending over.  You could definitely use a straight cut or die cut edge as a mask as well, but I love the organic look of a torn edge and you can’t beat the value of using some scrap paper for it!

I chose to do a vertical card so my sand could be at the bottom of the blend.  I used Distress Oxide Inks this time and started in the middle, with Salvaged Patina, then added some Salty Ocean above it.  I worked from the bottom with Vintage Photo and then worked in a little bit of Wild Honey to soften the blend from brown to blue.  Instead of a stamp, I selected a stencil to add texture over the blend.  I used Picket Fence, but it ended up a tad yellow due to my lazy stencil cleaning…

Once I lifted my torn paper masks, I added my stamped images!  In retrospect, I probably should have allowed my Distress Oxide Inks to dry a bit longer before stamping, but it turned out okay.  A slightly smudged stamp isn’t the end of the world!

My finishing touches are a sentiment strip and some Picket Fence Sequins- aptly named Ocean Breeze (out of stock right now, but Spiked Ocean Water is equally fab and available!).  I hope this simple card is a reminder to you to always take the scenic route!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 312} Mod Cactus

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  The new Mod Cactus stamps by Tim Holtz are such a fun set, with a variety of unique 2 step stamping designs.

I had these die cut pieces leftover from my tunnel card project, so I selected a cactus stamp I thought fit well on the Kraft panel and pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks.  I inked and stamped the solid portion in a mix of Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio & Spiced Marmalade and set it aside to dry fully.  While it dried, I searched for some Cardstock that picked up the colors in my image.

After trimming down a piece to layer on a white card base, I pulled out a Tim Holtz Doodle Art stencil and some clear texture paste.  I wanted a rough border down the cart and used a small amount of paste and a palette knife to smooth it through the stencil.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled some Distress Embossing Glaze over it.  I used a mix of Speckled Egg & Salvaged Patina glazes and saved the excess powder for my next card.  You may see some bits of orange in my design as well… just a little bonus from using a dirty stencil 😉

I finished off my card with some chit chat stickers. (I have a big stash of these and use them a lot… really want to add some stamps like the tiny text set to my collection so I have an endless supply!). I chose some sentiments that would hopefully be encouraging to someone going through a touch time right now.

And yes, I made a second card as well since I had another scrap of Kraft Cardstock on my desk that I thought I could fit 3 cacti on…

Aren’t they cute? All the ink colors & details are the same as my first card- as you can see I decided to add a bit of Studio Katia bling to the cacti as well!  I love the different designs on all the pots- so fun!

Here’s hoping you are “stronger than yesterday” and have a creative day!

Inky hugs,