Posts Tagged ‘Picket Fence’

Tuesday with Tara {take 282} Illuminating Stencils

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Todays card is inspired by the Random Acts of Cardness word of the day “stencils” and the colors of the year, Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray.

Each year I try to create a card inspired by the color of the year… and for 2021 there are actually TWO colors to work with!  I started with the broken fence stencil by Picket Fence Studios and figured out the rest of my card from there, layering Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink through the weave texture with a Blending Brush.

I’d been planning to use both the stencil and these Colossal Cone Flowers by Gina K to make a slimline card, but decided to switch to a simpler, standard A2 sized card this time. I embossed the bloom over my background (which was dry, since I had stenciled it the day before & set it aside) in Opaque White Wow Embossing Powder and embossed the sentiment with the same powder on gray card stock. (TIP- Since I don’t have a lot of this paper in my stash, I stamped and cut the sentiment from the center of the piece I was layering over! Looking at my card you would never know there is a cut out from the middle of the gray layer!)

I once again took my blending brush and inked over the embossed area with more Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then added a bit of Fossilized Amber to the center of the flower for a bit of contrast.

Lastly, I decided to add a bit of splatter details to my card.  I didn’t have a gray paint, so I used some Perfect Pearls Mist (no longer available, but you can make your own by mixing the powder with water) in Pewter.  It’s a nice rich gray with a touch of shimmer- perfect :).  I also layered a bit of white Nuvo drops for additional shine & texture.  A bit of yellow twine finishes everything off.

I hope my card brings a bit of cheer to your day- I know I’ve been needing some lately!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

January 2021 Slimsational Cards Blog Hop

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to the first SNS Blog Hop of 2021… the Slimsational Cards Hop!  Today we are celebrating the fun trend of slim line cards, which are cards that fit in a standard #10/legal sized envelope!  Often they are 3.5×8.5″, but sizes can vary slightly!

Today we are working with the Slim Line Die cutting system by Picket Fence Studios… in fact, we are giving away a set of dies to one lucky person who leaves comments on the blog hop & other social media posts!  The set includes two large layering dies- the largest of which is 3.5×8.5″ and is perfect if you want to make your card base just a tad bigger than that if your envelope allows!

Of course we have a special in case you are inspired to do some shopping after seeing everyone’s cards!  Celebrate the new year & use the code “finally2021” to save 21% on your order!  Happy Shopping!

In addition to the Slimline Cutting System, I’ve used some Tim Holtz dies.  I got the new Merry & Bright set shortly before Christmas, so this was a fun way to use it for a non-christmas card, using just the word Bright.  As soon as I saw the tree window for this set (which you could fit three of across the card front if you wanted!) I planned to pair it with one of the darling deer die cuts.  The  falling stars set was a perfect way to tie it all together.

Both the deer & the word were cut from a piece I had experimented on with gel printing.  Random pieces like this are great for die cutting, and I was able to get a few individual stars out of it too!  I layered the large Kraft layer over a card base made from crackle Kraft Core card stock- an older Tim Holtz product that I don’t believe is available anymore, but seemed like a great fit for this card!

I added a bit of subtle stencil details in the background… mostly because I wanted to try out my broken fence slimline stencil by Picket Fence 😉  I kept it neutral for a subtle look.  As you can see, I added a bit of Nuvo glitter to some of the stars.

I was playing around with sentiments I could use to pair with the ‘bright’ word… and leaning toward ‘the future is bright’ until I found this sticker in one of my small talk books.  Die Cut numbers for 2021 balanced everything out for me!  Tim Holtz’s Alphanumeric dies are a perfect, timeless font that goes with almost any lettering style (mine are the slightly smaller 1″ alpha, which I believe is discontinued).

If you’ve been making cards for a while, trying a new shape or size, like slimline, can really give a creative boost. Especially since it gives new life to older stamps & dies that you tend to use the same way or with the same sort of layout every time.   Years ago I used to make what I’m going to call now “mini slimline” cards that were 3×6, from 6×6 card stock.  It’s a much smaller size, but the design concept is similar!   Even if you’ve been creating slimline cards for a while now, I hope this hop can give you some fresh inspiration!  Next up, you’ll want to go visit Nancy to see her wintery card…

Here’s the full hop order in case you get lost along the way.

Once again, Happy New Year & happy hopping!
Inky hugs,
Tara

Shaving Cream Plus Inks

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Hello crafty friends, Kia here with you today to share Day 17 of Scrap’n Stamps 30 Days of Challenges which is to use Shaving Cream. I have a video for you to watch here.

In the video Lydia describes what she does once the shaving cream is applied to the card. I do not do this, I leave the piece to dry as I like a crisp look, which takes awhile. I left these for 90 minutes to dry, and they were still damp. So be sure to use freezer paper to wrap the panel when die cut to protect your plates, and when applying glue to the back place the panel on a paper towel.

 For the left card I used reinkers and alcohol inks for the middle and right cards.

As I wanted the backgrounds to be the star, I kept the cards clean and simple.

I used my Penny Black Elegant Stitched die for the card above and have added Nuvo Glitter Drops to the flower centres as well as a few falling from the sentiment.

Again, I used the Penny Black Elegant Stitched die on this card and the Hello die is cut 3 times, glued together, then I painted it with Nuvo Glitter Gloss.

For this card, on my card base I stencilled using my XO Mask stencil along with Opaque Matte Embossing Paste. I fussy cut the Heart and glued to the card base on the left side then used foam squares on the right side. The sentiment is stamped and glued to the card, and the you is glued on the left with a foam square supporting it on the right.

I have more of the backgrounds I made using this technique which can be found here.

  I hope you will play along today, and upload your creations to our Challenge Page.