Posts Tagged ‘distress’

Tuesday with Tara {take 304} Typed Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Tara here, back with a Father’s Day card that went together really quick thanks to a background & card base I put together previously!  (Read about that background HERE– isn’t Salvaged Patina lovely with Crackling Campfire Distress Stain Sprays?). I really love this effect on the 3D typewrite texture fades embossing folder- I’ll be playing with this one some more and using the letters individually as well!

It really is a fabulous background, so I wanted to keep whatever element I added on super simple!  I remembered I have a vintage typewrite movers & shapers die by Tim Holtz (it’s retired, but there are other fun ones that are still available, like this from Hero Arts)!  I cut the die from black Cardstock and added a bit of ink to accents the details.  I used my computer to type & print the sentiment in a typewriter font.  I printed it in a few different sizes so I could pick the best fit, since I hadn’t measured first 🙂

I finished off the typewriter with a few highlights with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen for a subtle bit of bling for this masculine card.   Since I mail a lot of my cards internationally (when I actually remember to mail them- I’m the worst at that!) I kept this card fairly one dimensional.  The colors on the background have so much texture that I didn’t really feel the need to add it elsewhere!

I hope you like it, and I hope my dad will too when he finally gets it in the mail 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 295} Framed

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s challenge word is ‘frame’ and I took an opportunity to feature a new to me set of Hexagon Frame dies by Penny Black.  Sadly, it’s no longer featured in the SNS online store, but I hope you enjoy the card anyways!

I paired some frame cuts with a fern from the Garden Greens die set by Tim Holtz, but any leafy shape would look lovely as well!  Once I had an arrangement I liked I had to find a sentiment to fit the small space… there are several that would be perfect in the hello sunshine stamp set by Concord & 9th!  I chose to stamp it with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink since I knew it would give me great color on the Kraft die cut panel.  If you haven’t tried stamping with Distress Oxides on Kraft you NEED TO DO IT!

The same green is the dominant color on the fern, which I had previously inked up on a piece of watercolor card stock.  You can see a bit of the shimmer I added with a Nuvo pen on the leaves and the inner frame.

Something about geometric shapes really lend themselves to simplicity, like I’ve done with this card.  I hope you like it and I can’t wait to see what you frame today!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 291} Lucky Me

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Good morning & Happy Thursday!  Today’s challenge word is ‘Lucky’ and my card is inspired by St. Patrick’s Day… and green beer!  I’ve used the mini version of the Tim Holtz Beer Blueprint stamp, and colored it up watercolor style with a mix of green & yellow Distress Stains.  I even mixed up a few different mediums to come up with something that resembled green foam to top them off…

Once I had my beer mugs colored, I had to figure out where to go with this… and I decided to make it into a fun card for my hubby.  I die cut some letters from a piece of watercolor paper I had inked up with assorted shades of green and also decided to pair it with a new-to-me ‘Best Friends’ background stamp by MFT.  I inked up a corner of the stamp with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink and lightly misted the stamp with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Spray, then stamped on a black card stock panel and misted directly on the the paper with the same spray, which gave me some pretty great splatters!

I die cut a Penny Black Hexagon Frame, which I colored gold with a Sharpie (note to self- time to buy some gold paper!).  I actually bought these frames more for the hexagon shape I’d get inside the frame, but it adds a nice little detail I really like and gave a nice anchor to my pair of mugs.  I pulled a small talk sticker out to complete the sentiment on my card.  Since the sticker was white and my card base is cream, I inked it up with a bit of yellow and green (for this I usually just pull out a foam applicator that still has a bit of ink left to keep the color really light!)

I wanted to add a little something extra to finish the card off… so I pulled out an old favorite that I was delighted to find is still available, Crackle Accents!  It’s like Glossy Accents, giving a clear glossy finish… but as it dries it has a fun crackle texture.  It’s a pretty fun detail to add on things like these die cut ‘Cutout’ letters!  This font is a really fun one that adds a bit of a whimsical touch to my card.

I hope it makes you smile and that you feel LUCKY however you spend your time this week… perhaps you’ll celebrate with a close friend or loved one and drink some green beer!  Cheers!

Inky hugs,