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Tuesday with Tara {take 355} Thankful Cacti

Happy Tuesday!  I’m so thankful you’re here on this Tuesday afternoon!

If you caught the fun “For The Boys” inspiration hop over the weekend, this card will definitely
have some familiar elements to it! (and if you didn’t catch it… it’s not too late!) I’m once again using the Mod Cactus Stamp Set by Tim Holtz paired with a simple palette of Distress Oxide Ink on a Kraft background, this time with a bit more whimsy.
The cacti were stamped the same as on my other card, inked with Twisted Citron Ink & the pots with Wild Honey.  I mixed things up and added some circular die cuts and a tag for the sentiment, then layered it all over a stenciled background- Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink Spray through a fun Vicki Boutin stencil!

It’s as simple as that!   Hope you like it!  If you missed my other card that uses a lot of the same supplies, you can see it on my Instagram or watch for it on my blog in the next few days.

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 304} Typed Father’s Day

Happy Tuesday!  Tara here, back with a Father’s Day card that went together really quick thanks to a background & card base I put together previously!  (Read about that background HERE– isn’t Salvaged Patina lovely with Crackling Campfire Distress Stain Sprays?). I really love this effect on the 3D typewrite texture fades embossing folder- I’ll be playing with this one some more and using the letters individually as well!

It really is a fabulous background, so I wanted to keep whatever element I added on super simple!  I remembered I have a vintage typewrite movers & shapers die by Tim Holtz (it’s retired, but there are other fun ones that are still available, like this from Hero Arts)!  I cut the die from black Cardstock and added a bit of ink to accents the details.  I used my computer to type & print the sentiment in a typewriter font.  I printed it in a few different sizes so I could pick the best fit, since I hadn’t measured first 🙂

I finished off the typewriter with a few highlights with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen for a subtle bit of bling for this masculine card.   Since I mail a lot of my cards internationally (when I actually remember to mail them- I’m the worst at that!) I kept this card fairly one dimensional.  The colors on the background have so much texture that I didn’t really feel the need to add it elsewhere!

I hope you like it, and I hope my dad will too when he finally gets it in the mail 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 274} Darling Deer

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a pair of simple Christmas cards that fit today’s daily challenge theme: wildlife.  I challenged myself to make two cards using the positive and negative die cuts from Tim Holtz’s Darling Deer dies together with a snowflake stencil by Paper Rose.

The first card uses the negative space of the deer.  I arranged them on an ivory panel and held them in place with washi tape before running them through my Big Shot.  I then inked up some of the white space with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink through the snowflake stencil, fading the ink as it came near to the deer.  I selected a gel print background I had created a while back and inked over the white space on it with the same Distress Ink to blend them together and adhered it behind the openings.  The shades of green and blue give a fun retro vibe to this otherwise outdoorsy card!  I finished off the card with a Christmas sentiment from the Festive Overlay stamp set, stamped in Mowed Lawn to coordinate with the green card base I mounted it on.

For this card I added the winter trees stamp by Paper Rose that I used for our Sweater Weather blog hop, this time stamped tone on tone for a more subtle effect.  I had some technical difficulties with my stamping and almost tossed this one, but in the end decided it still worked as a background!  I added a bit of Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the deer and a sentiment (from the winter trees set) in the same brown.  I had a scrap of the gel print paper left from the first card, so I trimmed it in a slight wave and mounted it to the bottom of the card for a bit more color and texture.

Here’s a look at the two cards together.  Once you have the design figured out (I find that really is most of the work when you’re creating simple cards) they came together quickly and would be easy & fast to reproduce.

Personally I’m not great at mass producing cards, so I’d love to play with a design like this and do pairs in multiple colors.  Using gel prints in the design and selecting colors from there would be a fun way to mix things up, but you could also use patterned paper from your stash.

Thanks for stopping by- I hope you have a great day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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