Posts Tagged ‘masculine’

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

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

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,


Tuesday with Tara {take 274} Darling Deer

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

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,


Tuesday with Tara {take 244} Kraft Evolution

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Happy Tuesday!   Today I’m sharing some cards for Day 21 of our “Random Acts of CARDNESS” Challenge which is KRAFT.  To be fair, it’s kinda  default of mine (I think the last 4 cards I’ve shared have included kraft card stock), but I’m sure for some of y’all it’s a challenge!  Today I doubled the challenge for myself and used the Evolution stamp set by Tim Holtz, which isn’t my typical style.  This set includes two large collage style masculine images that turned out to be pretty easy to work with!

I’ve been in the process of moving my studio space and while I have a work space moved to one room most of my supplies are still in another… I decided to make this project easier on my self and use some pre-inked backgrounds I found while I was making the move. This first card features a fun multi colored background done with Distress Oxide Inks.  I simply stamped over it in black and did a bit  more blending around the edges with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.  I chose to use the deepest shade in the background, purple, as a layer behind my image to mount on a 5.5″ square Kraft card base.  I stamped a text stamp by Finnabair along the edge of the card in black as well.  I deliberately stamped crooked to mimic the text in the main image.

I wasn’t really sure where to go from there…so I set the card aside for a bit and started on the next one, which is similarly stamped on an inked tag.  Once I had both images attached to base cards I added some ribbon, which I adhered with my tiny attacher- Tim’s little staple tool.  I wanted some extra stability on my ribbon so I could hang a large metal embellishment (one of Tim’s adornments from my stash).  I then remembered some little brads that were a perfect fit- a hat for this card and a mustache for the other.  A chit chat sticker didn’t seem to be enough on it’s own, so I layered it over washi tape and added a couple more staples.  Once I finished everything I added a touch of extra texture with clear paste through Tim’s CARGO font stencil.  Once everything was dry, I smeared a bit of Distress Oxide Ink with my fingers over the stenciled letters to help them stand out a bit.

This second card is on a 5×7 Kraft base which I had previously sprayed with some Distress Oxide Spray.  Since my tag was inked in greens, I tied it together with the background by inking my edges with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink.   My image is a bit splotchy here because I’d stamped it on a background that was still wet, but I decided I still liked the look and I’d just go with it!

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how these came out.  It’s great to have some masculine cards ready to go and these images are perfect for that!  I hope you like them too- and I can’t wait to see what you share with our Facebook group featuring kraft today!

Inky hugs,