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Tuesday with Tara {take 407} Inky Bouquet

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing one card in two color palettes, featuring Inky Bouquet stamps by Altenew & Distress Spray Stains as the medium!

I love this set because it includes a gorgeous bouquet as well as some fun ink splatter stamps and a variety of beautiful sentiments.  I love the ink splats because, to me, they give permission for some messy, inky coloring!  I decided to start with white embossing the stamp on two different papers.  The first card, with a brighter color palette, was done on watercolor card stock.

I spritzed over the entire image with Saltwater Taffy Distress Spray Stain, then selected a few colors to blend with it for my watercolor painting.  You can watch the process on replay of my Facebook Live Crafty Class HERE.  For both cards, I tied it all together by adding some stamped splatters in the same ink I used for the sentiment.

As you can see, the second card has a much softer color palette.  I used Kitsch Flamingo as my starting place, but the main reason it’s lighter is the paper.  This one, a smooth white, absorbed the color more than the watercolor paper.

I did both cards side by side in my Facebook Live and it really helps to demonstrate the difference between them!  I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your stash to see how they respond to your techniques.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these two cards side by side!  I really had fun making them!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 403} Sunny Camper

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a sweet & sunny little easel card that I made on Facebook Live last week!  If you joined me, thank you!  If you missed it and you want a little walk through on how to do make the card, you can catch the replay!

I just love this cute little Sunny Studio Camper stamp & coordinating die set!  I had the idea in my head to use it on an easel card but had to adapt my plan a bit when I realized how small the image is, soo…. I created a little scene on a circle I cut from Kraft card stock & paired it with a sunny sentiment.

I am not typically one who buys the matching stamp & die, but I love it when there’s sets like this that have a little bonus like the tree die!  For this card, I actually used another stamp & die set for the sentiment as well!  I used the Hello Sunshine set for the first time last year when we did our Sunflower blog hop, and it’s a really sweet little set with the die cut word and a variety of sentiments to mix & match with it.  It’s a really great price point (under $10!) and still available in the shop!

I colored up my image with Distress Watercolor Pencil Crayons (I know you’ve seen them a lot lately, but I’m working on learning how to best use these pretties!) and used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink stenciled on the background.

If you’ve never made an easel card before, I encourage you to watch the replay of my live class!  No hard feelings if you skip ahead to the assembly :). These little cuties are 4 1/4″ square and will fit in a standard A2 envelope.  I kept things really simple with 3D foam squares as my dimension to prop the easel up!

I hope you’re enjoying the summer sun & maybe some days away camping as well!  I look forward to seeing you back here on Friday for our August blog hop- it’s going to be fabulous!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Tuesday with Tara {take 402} Miss You

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a card made with some of the pieces you will have seen me prep in the last couple of Crafty Lives I’ve done on our Facebook page!  Two weeks ago I showed how I create these fabulous Crinkle Ribbons and last week I made some neutral toned inky backgrounds ready to be die cut as tags!

I finally succumbed to the temptation and got the mini brushstoke flower dies by Tim Holtz– they are sooo cute, but have intimidated me because they are so tiny!  I had some inked up (actually Dina Wakley Glossy sprayed up) backgrounds from a previous project and decided to cut a few of them out.  They turned out really cute and were such a fun addition to the smallest of the tags I die cut!

 

I paired the little tags with a bold sentiment that overlaps the tags, bringing them together as one focal point.  (This one by MFT is out of stock, but here’s another fab die set!).  The addition of one tiny flower behind the dot in the ‘I’ and a few pink jewels helps everything flow.  I stuck with neutrals for my background in contrast to the vibrant colors of the flowers and finished it off with a pretty yellow ribbon!

Hope you like it and that it gives you some inspiration to use up some of the fabulous inky scraps you have on your work space!  Pull out some die cuts and see what you can do to make a future project quick & easy!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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