Posts Tagged ‘distress’

Tuesday with Tara {take 137}

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

For today’s card I was inspired to do two things… play with the color ORANGE and try a new background stamp technique with my Tim Holtz stamp platform.  I probably should have stopped a few steps before I did, but now that I’ve walked away from the project and am coming back to it, it’s growing on me.  Regardless, I had fun and did succeed with both those goals!  Hope you like the card, or can look past it and learn a fun technique 🙂

Let me first say that I saw this technique on a video shared by Unity Stamp Company… I looked for it so I could share the link, but haven’t been able to track it down.  If I find it, I’ll add the link here!  The stamp I chose may not be the best for this technique, but it was still fun!

I used a cling mounted background stamp (this is an OLD one by Hero Arts) and three shades of yellow/orange Distress Ink.  After lining up my paper with the stamp and securing it with magnets, I started with the lightest color and randomly inked spots over the background.  I repeated this with two more colors, gradually filling in the entire card surface.  I went back with the middle color to fill in any gaps that were still there and created a fun, multi-toned background in just a few steps!  Because Distress Inks layer and blend so well, there were no harsh lines where the colors met or overlapped.  I used full size ink pads, but you could probably get even better results with the mini Distress Inks!

When I went to assemble my card, I found the background had too much white space for the rest of the ideas I had in my head, so I kept going… blending some Distress Ink over it, stamping another background stamp & eventually adding a large splatter of Distress Stain. It got pretty ugly before I (hopefully) redeemed it. LOL. but, I added a pretty die cut (another old fave by Memory Box), book print, a sentiment stamp (another oldie by Art Impressions) and some pretty orange ribbon… and came up with this:

I finished it off with a light shadow with the black Stablio pencil and some glitter…

At the very least, I can say that I was indeed creating with abandon, as the sentiment says.  Maybe that’s not always the best advice… but it came out okay in the end 😉

I also have to say, apart from the Stamp Platform, I used a bunch of older supplies that hadn’t seen any love for a while to make this card. A new tool like the platform (and the new mini that is available for pre-order, which is awesome if the larger one is a bit over your budget!) can really give new life to the supplies you have already!

Hope you find time to be creative this week!  See you next Tuesday!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Distress Inks

Distress Stain

Cling mounted background stamp

White cardstock

Memory Box Poppy Die

Art Impressions Sentiment

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 119}

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving weekend and found time to relax and enjoy good food, family & friends!  My husband and I took a road trip to see some autumn colors and while we saw a lot of beauty, I think we were a few weeks ahead of all the color changes!  I did see a few bits of ‘ripe persimmon’ type shades on some trees, but they are not quite showing off the full glory of autumn!  I’m not sure what it’s like in your part of the world, but temperatures are still very warm here in the south.  I’m eagerly anticipating the change in temperatures and colors… so today I’ve created a set of simple cards celebrating my favorite season 🙂

I pulled out some shades of Distress Ink that I’m most looking forward to seeing in nature and used them as my palette for these two simple cards featuring the beautiful Lace Leaf Stamp Set by Concord & 9th.  Very little explanation is needed here- I simply stamped on watercolor card stock.  The large leaf with multi-colors was misted with water before stamping to enhance the watercolor feel I was aiming for.

I pulled out my current seasonal fave Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops to add some shimmer to the leaf and the sentiment.  It really plays well with the autumn colors!

The second card was directly stamped without misting with water, I changed ink colors without cleaning my stamp to get a bit more color variety in my simple pattern.

Both cards were embellished simply with ribbon or twine… and a cute metal embellishment added the balance I was missing on the larger card.

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

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Tuesday with Tara {take 106}

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card with a mixed media twist… a fun textured background!  I started with a simple little tag that had been inked up with Distress Ink on a previous play day… added one of the amazing new butterflies by MFT, stamped with Distress Ink and die cut from watercolor paper.  I added a simple sentiment by Mama Elephant (couldn’t find this one from the ‘everyday greetings’ set in the online store, but there’s a bunch of other good ones!) and some ribbon from my stash to finish it off.

I wanted a simple background, but I didn’t want a boring background, so I decided to collage a black and white piece and add some mixed media.  I trimmed a base of white cardstock and layered over it with torn book paper, tissue wrap (I used pre-printed, but I love that you can stamp plain with your own images for more variety!) & washi tape.  I then selected a stencil and spread plain white texture paste through it in a random pattern.  I love how it dries with a bit of transparency to see the design underneath it.  To tie everything together, I splattered a bit of metallic paint on my black & white background.


Another look at all the yumminess…
I hope today’s card brings a smile!  It features my ‘happy’ colors, which I am always drawn to!  If you are in one of the many areas of BC that are affected by forest fires and evacuations right now, you are on my mind!  Many of my family and friends are in the middle of this crisis and my heart is hurting for you… praying you are all safe with your loved ones!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Materials Used:

My Favorite Things Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set & Die Set

Mama Elephant ‘everyday greetings’ stamp set

Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron & Mermaid Lagoon

Watercolor Cardstock

Ranger Texture Paste

Tissue Wrap & Washi Tape

Colored Card & envelope