Posts Tagged ‘MFT’

Tuesday with Tara {take 221} Give Thanks

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! It’s Thanksgiving in Canada next week and I’m looking forward to celebrating & enjoying a delicious meal with my family here in my southern home.

I had the opportunity to try out the Gina K Wreath Builder tool recently, and this image was what came of it. We stamped with a mix of three images from Sketchy Flowers by MFT, in three different colors of ink. I used the coordinating layering stamps to add more autumn colors to the mix.

The stamps & placement caused this to be a very symmetrical, square image. I had to get creative when deciding how to crop it to mount on a card, since it was also on a large 6” square paper. As I started trimming the image down, I decided to embrace the cropped corners and create a shaped card. I added a dark brown layer and trimmed the corners to match the shape, then mounted it to a square 5.5” Kraft card before cropping the corners on it to match. It’s been a while since I made a shaped card and I’d forgotten how fun they can be!

I had a different die cut picked out to use on this card, but changed my mind mid-process and decided to cut my own using the lowercase cutout alphanumeric dies by Tim Holtz. I cut them to fit a dark brown tag, which I layered over a second tag cut from burlap. It gives such great texture to this card!

Little details that finish things off include a bow on the tags from hand dyed crinkle ribbon in shades of brown and glossy Nuvo drops around the floral design in buttermilk.

Inky hugs,

Tara

Let’s get (Di)stressed Blog Hop

Friday, October 4th, 2019

EXPLORE DISTRESS OXIDE INKS WITH US!

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp October Blog Hop! We are thrilled to have you join us as we (Di)stress a bit this month… by having some inky fun with Distress Oxide Inks & Sprays! The Design Team has some gorgeous projects ready to inspire you AND this weekend you can save 10% on all things OXIDE (even the new sprays!) with coupon code “OXIDE10” (fine print: not valid with any other coupon, sale or promotion. Valid on in stock items only. Expires Oct. 6 at midnight)

Win Prizes

As you know, we love when you leave us some love by way of comments… so will once again be randomly selecting a commentor to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store! (winner will be announced Oct 22) Be sure to comment at all the stops along the way- the full link up is at the end of this blog post!

Be Inspired

It’s my privilege to kick things off once again with my project! I use Distress Oxide Ink probably on about 80% of my cards these days. But the funny thing is, I was a bit stumped with what to share! Thankfully, I found some time to ink up something autumn inspired. I also got to use the die cut letters that were left from the project I shared on Tuesday– bonus!

My card features a resist technique on book print paper, which I’d never tried with Distress Oxide Inks before. It was a bit touchy adding water to such thin paper, but it was fun to see it all come together! I started by clear embossing leaves from the Sketchy Flowers stamp set by MFT. I then added my first layer of ink with my Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios.

(Di)stress with Distress Oxide

One of my favorite things about Distress Oxide Inks is how the colors layer over each other, especially when you add water to help them oxidize! I brushed on another layer of color, then rubbed and misted some Spiced Marmalade onto my kraft sheet and dabbed it over the surface. I used a slightly damp rag to wipe the ink off the embossed design, revealing the white leaves. It felt like it needed just a bit more colour, so I used the coordinating solid images to help my design stand out.

My card base was made from a scrap of brown cardstock, sized approximately 7″ square before I scored it. I heat embossed one of the leaves on a lighter brown cardstock in metallic teal and copper. I love the look of two-tone embossing, though it’s been a long time since I’ve done it! Details like twine, bling and some splatters of Distress Oxide Spray in Spiced Marmalade and Distress Spray Stain in Antiqued Bronze finish off my card.

I really love how the Old Paper Distress Oxide ink plays so well with the alcohol ink colors in my letters! It also really softens up the brightness of the other colors.

I hope you like my card, and I know you’re gonna love the rest of the projects in this Blog Hop! Next up you are heading over to see what Kia has for you! Below you’ll find the full list of links for the team.

Hop Along


Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 218} Repeat Wishes

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing two cards that came from some experimentation with the Retro Repeat die set by Tim Holtz. Since I’m still totally overflowing with inspiration from the girls in our Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop, I’ve also got some watercolor vibes happening in my first card.

Retro Repeat Dies

I started out just experimenting with the repeat dies to see how they worked. They cut out two rows of design, but the die includes a third which lightly embosses the next row so you can easily align the die to cut as many as you wish. It was pretty simple to work with, I just had to do a bit of trimming to my panel when I was done. (Let’s just pretend it was intentional for me to photograph the wrong die alongside my card. LOL. I’m experiencing some significant brain fog these days!)

Details

I decided to layer a colorful watercolor background behind my panel, so cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size I wanted and used a smooshing technique with Distress Ink on my craft sheet. I just kinda used the colors I had sitting there and it ended up being something I wasn’t crazy about. Ooops. You can always fix a background though- so I added some shades of yellow Distress Oxide (Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber) over the background with a blending tool, then used the same colors to smoosh more color onto it. The layer of yellow softened some of the muddy bits and brightened the yellows I already had, as well as increasing the textural look with some oxidization.

I chose some fun sketchy flowers (which have a two-step design like the stamps I used for the blog hop) by MFT to provide a focal point for this card. Using the same shades of yellow & green which were in my background helps tie it all together. I paired the ‘wish’ die cut from Tim’s Shadow Script #2 set with a sentiment sticker from one of the Small Talk sticker pads. (I have a stash of these, I’ve been collecting for years. They come in handy so often!)

A little tip

As you can see, the die cut opening only reveals part of my background, so I cut the bottom layer of the ‘wish’ die from the portion that would be hidden! I use this technique a lot when I’m working with layers on a card. If you’ve got a layer that won’t be seen, die cut something out of it! In a case like this, it’s a perfect coordinating element. Otherwise, you’ve got a start for your next project…

My final detail to tie everything together was to ink the Small Talk Sticker with the same yellows I stamped with. A few little Nuvo Jewel Drops finished this card off!

More Retro Repeat

I created a larger die cut with another of the Retro Repeat dies and turned it into another simple card. I came across this snarky sentiment as I was looking for something to go with ‘wish’ Since it was a larger sticker, I decided I’d keep this one simple.

Since my card base & ‘wish’ layer were cream, I chose to ink my white sticker with yellow again. A few enamel dots and some Stickles glitter glue add a bit more yellow to balance everything out.

There’s not much fancy about this card… but I think we can all relate to the sentiment!

I hope your week is off to a great start, and I hope you get some time to get inky & play along with our Watercolour Wishes Challenge on facebook!

Inky hugs,

Tara