Posts Tagged ‘Kraft’

Tuesday with Tara {take 144}

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Is it feeling a bit like spring where you live?  I’m seeing photos of flowers blooming (between snowfalls) all across Canada and the US- and I’m hearing birds chirping regularly in my own back yard!  I decided to pull out some of my favorite stamps, these scribbly birds by Dina Wakley, and make a springy card.

I wanted to try a reverse watercolor technique, but mixed it up a bit by using Distress Oxide as my ‘paint’ for it.  (I rubbed the ink pad on my craft sheet and misted with water, then painted with a water brush.) It gives a unique milky sort of look, but the color is so pretty and vibrant!  The birds were stamped in Archival Ink on a heavy white card stock, so I didn’t want to use too much water and warp my paper.

The background of my card features a large background stamp I forgot I owned (love finding those treasures!), which I inked up with Distress Oxide as well since it’s so amazing stamped on kraft… I love the mottled look I got by splattering it with some water afterwards!  I finished it all off with some splattering of ink in both the ink colors (peacock feathers & abandoned coral)

Whenever I’m trying something new I tend to do it twice just in case one of them looks awful… both my stamped panels turned out, so I decided to make a second, smaller card as well.  This one has a slightly smaller front panel with a stamped detail along the right inside panel.

This distressed dot border is also by Dina Wakley.  Love it with Distress Oxide on Kraft!

Here’s my two cards together- they’re very similar, but make a nice little card pair for spring!  I hope you like them!

Wishing you sunny days and chirping birds… and a spring that starts to feel like spring real soon!

Inky hugs,



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Tuesday with Tara {take 113}

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Confession time.  I make cards.  You probably know that much… but I’m terrible (I mean really terrible!) at sending them out to the intended recipient.  So naturally, I gravitate towards any sentiments that apologize for the LATE card I’m sending.  I was delighted to find one such sentiment in the Busy Beaver stamp & die set we used in our Canada Day blog hop! (Side note… we’ve got another blog hop coming up!  Watch for details coming soon!)

I took the sentiment and broke it up a bit, choosing to highlight the humor with a giant die cut word ‘dam’ and the (very Canadian) ‘sorry’ stamped onto the cut out log 🙂  I colored my little beaver with a mix of watercolor pencil crayons and some sepia color burst.  I brushed the same Color Burst over the die cut letters, which were already a kraft color but this warmed them up a bit.  I also added a subtle black edge to the letters with a watercolor pencil.

For the background, I spritzed a puddle of water onto watercolor card stock and dropped some Color burst into it, then spritzed again for a splattered look.  I then lifted and tilted it a variety of directions to get the drippy, splattery look you see on the finished card.

I mounted all the die cut elements with foam tape for a bit of dimension, and used some Nuvo Glitter drops on the beaver’s face for a bit of shine.  It’s simple… but whimsical and fun.  And hopefully will be an acceptable apology to whomever gets this late birthday card!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Busy Beaver Stamp & Die Set

Color Burst

Watercolor Card Stock

Watercolor Pencils

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Tim Holtz Sizzix ‘word play’ alphabet die