Posts Tagged ‘Paper Rose’

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,

Tara

November Sweater Weather Blog Hop

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Today’s hop celebrates Sweater Weather… these cooler temps let us pull out our favorite sweaters and bundle up in cozy clothes!

As always, we’ve got a prize to be won- a $50 SNS gift certificate for one lucky person who leaves a comment on a blog or social media post!  We also have savings for everyone!  Bundle up for great savings. Various products ‘bundled’ together (ie. stamp & die together) for a great price.  Check them out this weekend in the online store!

Today you’re gonna see cards from me twice along the hop (hope you don’t mind)!  I had an idea for two variations on this new Winter Trees stamp by Paper Rose and decided to share one on my personal blog- it could use some visits since I’ve neglected it a lot and am trying to give it some life again.

For my first card, I’m embracing the winter weather I know many of my friends in Canada are facing on a regular basic.   I selected a few shades of Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Speckled Egg, Shaded Lilac) and smooshed them onto my craft sheet, then misted them with water and picked up the color with my folded card base.  I dried with a heat tool and then dipped it again in what was left of the ink until I got some splatters I was pleased with.  I used an ivory card for this, but tried with another white card base as well and found it to be too absorbent for this technique.  Keep that in mind if you’re doing something similar at home, not all card stock is created equal and sometimes you have to play around with different mediums to get the results you want!  

The stamping on this card is all done with simple black VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.  I stamped over the trees once the background was dry.  I also stamped the MFT Buffalo Plaid Background over some book print paper and I really liked how it turned out, so I’ve decided to use a strip of it on my card.  I selected a scrap of blue card stock that matched my inks and layered it behind the plaid as well as die cutting an oval label (from an old Spellbinders set). I stamped one of the sentiments from the Winter Trees set on the label and tied it on the card with some thin purple jute.

And that finishes off my simple sweater weather card!  The cool colors definitely have me thinking about bundling up in something cozy 🙂

Next up in the hop you’ll visit Nancy– you’ve already seen a little peek at her card in our hop graphic, so you know it’s gonna be fab!

Here’s the full hop order, be sure to leave us some comments along the way and check back in a couple weeks for us to announce the winner!

Thanks again for joining us today!

Inky hugs,

Tara