Posts Tagged ‘distress’

Tuesday with Tara {take 174}

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I had a final autumn themed card ready to share today… and then I decided at the last minute I needed to create a poppies card for Remembrance Day!

I’ve used the Delicate Pretty Poppies by MFT again, this time I went with a Distress Watercolor painting on watercolor paper.  It bled a lot, but I was looking for a loose painted look… I stamped my images in Distress Ink (Festive Berries & Mowed Lawn) and painted in the color with the same ink and a water brush.  Once it was dry, I stamped it again in a slightly darker color to reinforce the lines of the images.

I added some splatter on the background by rubbing ink on a damp toothbrush and flicking it.  A bit of stickles finishes off the flowers… and a small story stick (by Tim Holtz) tied to some crinkle ribbon to add texture.

It’s pretty simple… but I like it.  I planned to add a sentiment, but decided to include one inside instead.

Inky hugs,

Tara

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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