Posts Tagged ‘distress’

Tuesday with Tara {take 246} Tropical Foliage

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  It’s Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) and we’ve taken the holiday as our inspiration to challenge you to create a TROPICAL card today for our Random Acts of Cardness!  (I considered going with TACOS or MARGARITAS as the theme, but this seemed like something more people could play along with… instead I’ll just have those for dinner tonight!)

My cards feature the fabulous  Toucan Paradise stamp set by Concord & 9th, which I stamped with classic Distress Ink on both mint & white card stock.  I wasn’t sure which I wanted to use for my card, so in the end I made two cards!  I paired my tr=opical foliage with a sentiment from Gina K Design’s Colossal Coneflower stamp set.  It’s got such a pretty script to it, so I inked it up ombre style to match my background.

These sentiments are perfectly shaped to fit in a circle, so I used a stitched circle die to cut it out from white cardstock.  I added a touch of Nuvo glitter drops to the ‘awesome’ and a combination of that and some white Nuvo Crystal Drops to my background, which I also splattered with white paint.  The finishing touch is some crinkle ribbon which I inked up with the same two shades of Distress Ink I stamped in- Peeled Paint & Broken China.  I absolutely love how the green & blue bleed together on the bias tape and dry with so many color variations!

Here’s my simple second card- the same inks & stamps on a white background, which I cut with an edge die and added to a green card which I white embossed the Paper Hug stamp on.  I kept this one super simple, the only extra I added was a few of the white Nuvo Crystal drops.

I hope you have an AWESOME day.  I hope you find time to create a tropical retreat in some small way… even if it’s just eating tacos or drinking a margarita!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 238} oh happy day

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I love it when my artwork pops up in my ‘memories’ on facebook.  The project I’m sharing with you today is from several years ago, but since it features a couple different techniques with stencils I thought it would be a fun one to re-visit!  It’s also just a happy little project that I hope brings a smile (and maybe a bit of sunshine) to your day!

enjoy this little throwback…

Today I’ve got a tag to share with you- hope it adds some happy to your day!  Links to products I used are at the bottom of this post 🙂

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I wiped some white gesso on the tag as a base, stamped the cone flower in black archival ink and colored it with Distress Crayons and a water brush.  I added some washi tape and texture paste over that, adding some scratchy details with texture brushes.  The blossoms were stenciled with a combination of two fabulous Distress Ink colors (the same colors were used to dye my crinkle ribbon!).

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I stenciled these moths/bees with texture paste then inked over them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink once they were dry.

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Here’s a look at the tag without the ribbon topper:

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Supplies used:

Inky hugs,

Tara

MFT Floral Blooms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Hello Crafty friends, Nancy F here today to share on the Scrap’n Stamp blog. I decided to do something a little different, yet still playing along with the monthly challenge. I am doing an all mixed media style card, from used books pages to gel pressing. So grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy it.

mixed media pages, stamped the floral  blooms on to pages of an old book and heat set it with some embossing powder. I then added gesso around the flowers

I started by stamping out these beautiful Flowers in bloom set from My Favorite things on to the pages of the book using my stamping tool and Versa Clair nocturn ink .  Then I heat set with clear embossing powder to help the image stand out from the writing, then repeated this process four times. 

I also had too many ideas flowing through my head by this point, from art journaling layouts to more cards. So stay tuned for more projects.

adding colour to the flowers with distress crayons and Dina Wakley paints


Now that all the stamping and embossing was completed it was time for the fun messy part, getting in with the paints and gesso. This is always my favorite part. 

To bring the focus more to the flowers I decided to add Dina Wakley media white gesso to the book pages, carefully going around the flowers. This really helped to mute the print down some and allow the flowers to pop. I decided to actually add some gel medium to the petals of the flowers, I felt this would seal the paper and allow me to wipe any mistakes away easily.

finishing off the edges of the book page with some ground espresso, and black soot

 I created three styles of cards with three versions of the painting. 

For the above, I would add my paint in and then wipe it away allowing it to stain the paper and give it a night tinted look. Once I was happy with how it looked I decided to distress the edges of the paper, using distress oxides and regular inks.

adding the flowers too some previously created gel pressed backgrounds

The cards themselves were larger than normal, cards measured 5 ½ X 7 ¾. I used some of my previously created gel backgrounds and really did not want to trim much off of them, thus keeping as much of the detail as possible. I chose the background to match or enhance the flowers.

A close up of one of the finished cards,

  Each gel pressed backgrounds were added to the card flat using a liquid adhesive. For a little dimension popped up the painted flowers using some foam tape. To complete the card I used a simple hello die and layered a few of them together to create dimension also adding a mirror layer to the mix.

I hope you were able to get some inspiration from the above and welcome your comments. Please also make sure to use the links below for your crafting needs. 

Have a Great Week!