Posts Tagged ‘distress’

Tuesday with Tara {take 286} big love

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is inspired by the puppy love blog hop we have going on right now (if you haven’t already, check it out!)… but I wanted to feature a snarky cat stamp for this one!  I kept things simple using some leftover hexagon cuts and keeping my stamped image simple in black & white.

I chose this image because of the way his arms are, ready to hold a tall die cut flower from Tim’s Wildflower Stems #1.  I like how the flower fills the height of the card!  I inked it up using the same colors I had used on the background I cut the hexagons from- it’s a lighter tone because I simply used the ink left on my ink blending tool!

I stamped the cat’s arms twice and cut them out, adding a bit of foam tape for dimension near the paws.  It’s a little detail that adds a lot of fun!

I’ve kept this little valentine quite simple… and even left off the ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ in so it can be used for just a little love note anytime.  It’s fun to make cards with the leftover bits from other projects!  I keep a small box on my desk for cut outs like these to grab for quick-ish cards like this one :). Hope you like it!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 285} Wild About You

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Happy Tuesday and happy February!  I’m kicking off the new month with some Valentine’s Vibes and a fun twist on a tropical stamp set, Toucan Paradise by Concord & 9th!  I pulled out a mix of pink, coral & orange Distress Oxide Inks (the new color, Kitsch Flamingo would be a great addition!) for a fun slimline card!

It felt really good to pull out these tropical stamps and cheerful colors in the middle of some chilly weather!  I used the three colors you see above, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral & Crackling Campfire (along with black & white) in Distress Oxide on the card base and with regular Distress Ink on the toucan (I found I lost some of the detail on his beak with Distress Oxides).  There’s a ton of great images in the set- flowers & leaves & fun texture stamps.  I dug through other stamp sets to find a tiny heart to add in a few of those.

I was tickled when I looked at the Picket Fence Slimline dies and looked at the tree window sideways and noticed it was perfect as branches for my bird to sit on!  My card base is the same oatmeal color as the top layer, but I did a bit of ink blending in Raspberry & Coral, then stenciled some hearts with Picket Fence Distress over it.  The top layer was adhered to the base card with some foam adhesive squares to make the background stand out a bit more.

I heat embossed the large sentiment, which was great for a tall card like this one, with Distress Embossing Glaze in Crackling Campfire over Versamark (clear) ink.

Do you enjoy making cards for Valentine’s Day? I have to confess, even through my many years as a single woman, I’ve always loved making fun Valentine’s and coming up with new ways to use my stamps to celebrate love & friendship!  Plan to join us back here on Friday for our February blog hop with more fun 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 284} hugs

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is celebrating HUGS… something most of us are missing right now, so we’re happy to be sending some paper ones!

I challenged myself to use only images from a single stamp set, Hugs & Wildflowers by Gina K Designs. I’ve had this set for a while, but have only used it a handful of times. It’s quite a large set with a lot of images and words to use, so there are a lot of options!  I saw the large ‘stem’ stamp as a border design for this card, so I stamped it in greens and added some leaves.  Several flowers in this set are two step images, with a solid design you can stamp in color as well as an outline you can stamp over it.

I stamped several wildflowers directly onto my background and then added the largest as a dimensional element with foam squares.  The two partial images on the left side of the card were added as an afterthought, as I just wasn’t pleased with the balance of the layout and the balance of red on my card.  I love the loopy script of the ‘hugs’ word, but the size made it a bit tricky to fit with my design!

All the colors here are Distress Ink, I played with a variety of shades of red & green until I was happy with the mix.  You definitely can see some Crackling Campfire playing with the other colors on this card!   (Ask me if I’m excited about the announcement of a new Distress Color Bundle being released on February 1!  Yes, yes, I am!)

I cut the entire design on white Cardstock out with one of Tim Holtz’s Stacked Deckle dies.  I love the subtle design it adds with a bold black border.   As a finishing touch, I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter drops in Honey Gold to the flower centers and a few other spots around the card, you can never go wrong with a little sparkle!

Hope you like it and have someone you can hug today 🙂

Inky hugs,