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Tuesday with Tara {take 215} Toucan Paradise

Happy Tuesday with Tara! I’ve got a card featuring the fun new Concord & 9th Stamp Set Toucan Paradise to share with you today! I fell in love with this set and the coordinating Tropical Vibes die set when I started seeing projects created with them on Instagram. (There’s also a matching die to this stamp set, but I don’t mind fussy cutting a bit so I am waiting on that one.) It was the leaves in both sets that grabbed me, but I have to admit this bold toucan has won my heart!

Ink Choices.

I had to put my own twist on this stamp set… stamping the great mix of leaves, flowers & textural elements with Distress Oxide Ink on a kraft card! I started by die cutting a square of patterned paper with Lawn Fawn’s Dotted Square Stackables and stamping my sentiment on it. Next I selected a variety of shades of green Distress Oxide Inks that I thought would work well with the patterned paper. I chose Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint & Cracked Pistachio. The first two were chosen to match, the third was chosen for the fun, tropical feeling it would add.


Since my die cuts were square and my sentiment was not, I stamped it along the right edge and added a strip of burlap along edge. This added texture to my card and gave me a focal point to stamp the leaves around & behind. It also gave a good place to rest my stamped toucan.

I love how the Distress Oxides stamp as layers on the kraft base, allowing you to really see all the shades of green I was working with.

I stamped my toucan in a couple different color variations before deciding on the palette for this card. In the ended, I went with Spiced Marmalade & Fossilized Amber as the colors for the beak as well as flowers & design elements added to the card background. Spots of Nuvo- Pale Gold Crystal Drops & Honey Gold Glitter Drops, add more texture & shine to this card.

You’ll see another card in the future with the other color variation I tried. Part of the fun with this Toucan Paradise stamp set is all the colors you can use with it! So many happy, tropical vibes can be created quickly & easily!

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but I hope this Tuesday with Tara card featuring Concord & 9th’s Toucan Paradise stamp set gives you a little bit of summer to hang on to! I had a lot of fun working with it and Distress Oxides on kraft.

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 144}

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}

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


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