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Tuesday with Tara {take 38}

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Have you heard the news? Prima is in the house! There are a ton of fabulous new products listed in the online store, and it’s heavy with fabulous Finnabair goodness!   The tag I’m sharing with you this week has a few of those new items used on it,  plus several other great Prima products, but there are so many others that I would love to have in my hands to play with!

Two of my favorite products to use as flower centers are the art ingredients micro beads in “pollen” and glass beads in “plum” both of them look amazing when you dab a bit of soft gloss or matte gel in the center of a flower and place a few beads in it.

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Seed beads make fun little accents like buttons on dresses!

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The background of my tag was created with the Art Basics Modeling Paste through a stencil, applied along one side of a watercolor tag beside the Julie Nutting doll I had stamped on the other side of the tag.  I like to stamp first when I’m doing something like this so I can apply paste around it, though if you are mass producing you can get a feel for where the paste fits best and do it first 🙂  Once the paste was dry I used Prima’s watercolor brushes to blend out some color I added directly from a Distress Ink Pad (Peeled Paint).  I like the brushes ability to give as much or as little water as you want, and I wanted to take advantage of the drippy look you can get on watercolor paper!  (You can get a similar effect if you try out any of the new resist papers or canvas pieces that are new in the shop… so many awesome ones!)

The doll was colored with watercolor pencils and the dress paper pieced from patterned paper (6×6 pads and smaller are great for this because the patterns tend to be on a smaller scale) and a bit of lace trim was added to finish it off.

Here’s another look at the whole tag:

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And I’ve got another giveaway, ending Sunday March 27.  Simply comment on this blog post or on our pinned facebook page post for a chance to win.  Please leave any comment you like, as simple as YES you want some new Prima goodies too 😉Prima prize 1Here’s the prize you could win this week!   Some Ephemera and a clear stamp 🙂
Good luck!  Please tell your friends about the giveaway and be sure to check back to see if you won!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 37}

Happy Tuesday!  I wanted to share something GREEN in honor of St. Patrick’s Day coming up this week, so I’m sharing this card I made for  my awesome family back in BC.  It’s simple, but has some fun textures I hope you’ll enjoy!

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I used the mini globe sizzix die by Tim Holtz, cut from chipboard, painted with Distress Paint and sanded lightly.  I did some finger painting to add some blue to the globe base and Viva Decor Inka Gold to make the land shimmer in green!

The tag was created using Ranger Texture paste through a fun scripty stencil onto a kraft tag.  Once dry, I masked off a section at the bottom (a post it note or piece of low tack washi tape works great!) and inked the entire tag up with some green Distress Ink.  I lifted my mask and stamped the sentiment with black Archival ink.

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As you can probably see from the shadows, I cut the ‘land’ from the rest of the die and raised it with foam adhesive.  (I do apologize for the shadows- I forgot to take pictures until I was ready to send this off in the mail and had to work with less than perfect light!)

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This last photo is just to show the awesome shimmer you get from the Inka Gold paint.  love that stuff!

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Materials used:

Tim Holtz Simple Sentiments Stamps

Tim Holtz mini globe sizzix die

Crafter’s Workshop alphabet script stencil

Kraft Tag, patterned paper, kraft card, chipboard

Ranger Texture Paste

Distress Ink & Paint (assorted black, blue & green shades)

Viva Decor Inka Gold Paint (love this yellow green color I used on the globe!)


The winner of our Memory Box Die giveaway last week is…

Mary-Frances Gray

Congrats!  Send us a message with your mailing address so we can ship off your prize 🙂

This week, you could win this fabulous stencil:


We are trying something new with a giveaway widget this week…please feel free to share this giveaway with your friends 🙂

UPDATE: I messed up the rafflecopter link a bit (oops) so used to select from comments & fb likes… and the winner is “Julie aka mom” yay!  My mom is my most faithful blog fan, & leaves regular comments, so it’s exciting to see her win!  

Hope you have a fantastic week!  See you next week,

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 8}

Twinkle Twinkle and happy Tuesday!  This is a simple & small card that would make a fun non-traditional baby card.  I wanted to show you a fun way to create your own embellishments with some basic supplies and stamps or dies that provide the shape you are looking for, so here it is in pictures…


I stamped this mini blueprint image 3 times because I wanted to get some dimension.  A die cut shape would have been great if I had a star the size I wanted, but you can use what you have to fit your project!  Each stamped image was painted with Penny metallic paint by Dina Wakely.    yum!

My top layer was treated to something extra with Texture Paste through a small detail stencil.

It was *almost* dry when I added another layer of Penny paint over it… sometimes I’m not so good at waiting for things to dry 🙂  I used tiny foam squares to layer my pieces together, and added some paint on the white squares so they wouldn’t stand out on my project.

I used a sepia Archival Ink to add some depth around the edges of my star.  It was applied with a foam inking tool.  I wanted just a bit more shine and thought I should try something besides the crackle paint I seem to always use lately… so I grabbed some transluscent texture paste and wiped it over my star.  I had to walk away this time… dry time is a bit longer, but once it’s clear it’s ready to go!

Yeah… that added some nice shine to it!  I think I’d try an even thicker layer next time!

The same Penny paint was applied with an inking tool, through a star stencil, onto my craft cardstock before I diecut the ‘twinkle’ word from it.  I then painted a couple layers of it onto the cut out shape before gluing to my card with Matte Medium.  Extra copper touches were added to finish off my card… a generous smear of Distress Stickles to the card base had already dried before I assembled everything.  Copper Thread (from We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy collection) tied around the kraft added another metallic touch.

It’s a simple card with lots of fun metallic touches that really do add some twinkle!  This card is just 4×4, so it’s a perfect size to send a quick note or attach to a gift!

Hope you have a creative Tuesday!

Inky hugs,


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