Posts Tagged ‘distress’

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,


Tuesday with Tara {take 290} Inky Snarky Cats

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s word for our Random Acts of Cardness Challenge is ‘Snarky’ and of course I had to pull out the instant classic stamp set, Tim Holtz’s Snarky Cats!  Life has had a lot of distractions lately, so I’ve been struggling with inspiration and went looking for a sketch to inspire my card layout.  For this card, I found an older one I had saved by Freshly Made Sketches. I was looking for one that featured a large circle, since I knew the cats would fit nicely on a stitched circle die cut.

Initially, I had planned on simple black & white (or vanilla) for my focal point and a colorful background.  As you can see I strayed from that a tiny bit… inky fun will get me every time 😉

I love working with rainbows this time of year, and chose to create mine with Distress Spray Stain for these backgrounds.  I chose watercolor cardstock  for this because I knew it would be messy & wet!  I have limited colors of spray stains, so my simple rainbow included Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral & Wild Honey. (Side note- I have a wider variety of colors of the original Distress Stain Dabbers, some of which are still available in the SNS online store.  These are the same product in different bottles, one with a dabber top and the other in a spray bottle.  Both work great for this technique and I used a mix of both since that is what I had!)

For my first card, I sprayed/dabbed the ink directly onto my card stock and misted it with water to encourage blending, then lifted the paper to move the ink around a bit before drying it with a heat tool.  I’m impatient… you could totally let yours air dry if you aren’t in a hurry!

For my second card, I dipped my card stock in the puddles of ink that were left on my craft sheet.  Again, I added water to encourage blending.  I dried with the heat tool, then dipped it again (even added a bit more of some of the colors where there wasn’t much to pick up on my surface).  As you can see, this gives a lot more texture to the background and can give a more splotchy/messy effect.

Both card were finished the same way- with a sentiment that was stamped & embossed on black Cardstock with Wow’s Vanilla White Embossing Powder (my fave with an off-white card stock).  I finished up with a few dots of White Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Since Distress products are water based, products like crystal drops often pick up some color from the medium they are applied over.

Funny story…  as I was assembling the ‘slightly distracted friend’ sentiment, I got distracted.  Like right after I removed the foam backing from the sentiment I noticed I still had some ink puddles on my craft sheet and decided to add a bit of color to my cats.  So I inked up the simple black cats a bit (I had added a bit of ink around the edges of the circles earlier) and went to assemble my cards and I could not find my sentiment anywhere.  If you’ve crafted with me, you know I’m not exactly known for a tidy work space (ha!) but seriously, I JUST had it in my hand a few minutes earlier. After a bit of hunting and grumbling at myself I finally found it… stuck to the back of my card. LOL.  Some days it’s a miracle I get anything done!

Hope you have a creative day!

Inky hugs,