Posts Tagged ‘Picket Fence’

Tuesday with Tara {take 208}

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you enjoyed our Turnabout Blog Hop over the weekend- and if you haven’t checked it out yet, there is still time to hop along and leave some comments for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the online store!

Today I’m sharing another simple card that uses the ‘Hello Sunshine’ Turnabout again, along with the same four colors of Distress Oxide Ink that I used on my card for the hop: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade & Wild Honey, along with a spritz of Distress Oxide Spray in Spiced Marmalade, but this time I stamped it on a kraft card base. The effect of the yellow & orange inks on kraft is a lot more subtle, but I had something different in mind for this one… I pictured the burst design as the flash from this adorable little camera image by Picket Fence Studios!

I fell in love with this “Capture Life in Color” stamp when I saw it, though I didn’t really know what I would do with it… except to make it colorful! I love pairing bright colors with kraft so I decided to give it a go. I stamped the image twice, once on white cardstock and once directly on the kraft base. I knew I would be fussy cutting the image, but thought the words would look best as part of the base rather than having a white outline around them.

After that, I did some very simple coloring with watercolor pencils (these ones by Nuvo have a nice mix of bright colors!), fussy cut my image and adhered it with 3D Foam Squares before adding some touches of glitter with Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold & Aquatic Mist. (always apply the wet stuff last! LOL). Once it sat for a bit, I decided to add some tiny pieces of washi tape and some heart bling to balance everything and add that extra touch of texture…

This card is super simple, but I think the colors and the message really POP! Hope it makes you smile, it’s a fun use for this Turnabout stamp design.

Inky hugs,


Picket Fence Peony Bouquet Gatefold Watercolour Card

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Happy Hump Day! It’s Chala here and today was such a fun day! I got to spend it on a field trip with my daughter at Bar-U Ranch. This ranch has been around since the 1800s and is one of Alberta’s National Historic Sites. I felt right at home and it made me want to get out in my yard to work, especially since we are finally seeing some of our perennials pop up!

My favourite perennials in my garden are by far my peonies! I love watching the buds come up and all the ants work away to help them open up. Since mine aren’t that far along yet I thought I would pull out this gorgeous stamp set from Picket Fence call Peony Bouquet. Immediately I knew I wanted to layer these flowers and create a gatefold card.

To create this card I will also be using masks and for this I use the Avery full sheet labels, stamp the images I am going to be using and then fussy cut them out. This takes a bit of time but is SO worth it and you can save the masks to use again!

My card bases (there will be two) will be Canson XL cold pressed watercolour paper 140lb. They are standard A2 size. I use my masks to lay out where I want to stamp on each card. The first one I will stamp normally. I am using my Tim Holtz travel stamp platform so that I can multi stamp for a better impression if I need to. I stamp my images with the AMAZING Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. I say this ink is amazing because it really is. It is my first time using it and the results are spectacular! Great impression with detailed stamps and it is perfect for this project as it is watercolour and water based marker safe. It is my new favourite ink!

The second card I am going to turn it backwards so that it opens from left to right and stamp. I line up the cards so that I can get an idea where to place the flower so that when I cut out the images they will nestle together nicely. This is really hard to explain and I encourage to head over and watch the video for clarification.

I will be doing some watercoloring with my Distress Inks in the following colours: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Broken China to give a light blue wash to the background and the inside of the card.

I like to tape my card base down with some Therm-o Web removable purple tape to minimize warping from the watercolouring. My watercolour process is to begin with the lightest colour to give me an idea of where I want the darker shading. I start with wet on dry and layer the colours as I go along. I also like to dry my project in between. Again, you can watch all of this go down by clicking the video linked at the end of this blog.

Once I have everything coloured and dry I give a wash of light blue to the panel. At this point I was not sure what I would be cutting out and wanted a cohesive look. Again, I dried the project completely before staring my fussy cutting.

Once I have the images trimmed out I place the two cards together to ensure everything works. I did have to trim a VERY small amount of on edge of my card in order for the cards to close and lay nice.

Now it is time to adhere the cards together. I am want to use a strong adhesive to make sure the to cards don’t come apart. My go to strong adhesive for this job is the Be creative scoring-tape. I only remove a portion of the backing so that when I am lining up the cards they don’t stick together when and where I don’t want them to. Once everything is line up nicely and I can then remove the backing completely. To see this trick in action….check out the video! 😉

My card was popping up…so, I thought I would run it through my Gemini Jr. to flatten it a bit. It worked…however, it did leave an impression of the flowers on the inside of my card….this didn’t bother me as I added a light blue piece of cardstock to the inside as a guide to where to write the sentiment and it covered most of it up.

I like to go back to my images with a black pen/marker (I am using a Copic multiliner) to darken the images and edges so that it looks neater.

I want the flowers to be the main focal of this card so my sentiment is very simple. I am stamping the Thank you sentiment from the Concord &9th Blooms Fill in set with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. I will then adhere it with some liquid adhesive on the right flap portion of the card. I think it works perfectly for this card and it was nice and handy from my last blog post! LOL!

The last thing I did was added some highlights with my white gel pen and some Sparkletz water droplets.

Here is a look at the finished card. I am very happy with how this turned out! I think maybe next time I might want to add some twine to wrap around it and tie a bow in front? 🤔 Or maybe not? Let me know your thoughts and what you would change or do differently.

Thank you so much for stopping by. As promised here is the video link!

Have a fantastic day!

~ Chala

Background Check Blog Hop

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp April Blog Hop!  We are so glad you are here with us today to get some inspiration on a fun variety of ways to create backgrounds using the Life Changing Blender Brushes that are new in the SNS online store!

Here’s the full hop order!  You’re at the beginning with me (Tara) and my card!  If you get lost anywhere along the way, just pop back here for the next link 🙂  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win fabulous prizes… we are giving away 8 Background prize packs and one $50 gift certificate to random commenters along the way! BONUS: You can have 20% OFF the brushes this weekend using the coupon code BRUSH20 (ends Sunday!)

I made two similar cards for today’s hop- here’s a look at them together:

For these cards I wanted to feature a simple ombre type background to let this HUGE stamp shine- it’s Glorious Garden by Tim Holtz and it comes with four simple sentiments and a grid block big enough for the design (I was super excited to see that, though I used it with my stamp platform).  I am brand new to these brushes and a pretty die hard fan of the Ranger Blending tools, but I found these easy to work with and create smooth ‘line free’ blends with my Distress Oxide Inks (for both cards I used Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers).  They were also really easy on the hands, which I’ve heard from a lot of people who struggle with gripping tools.  There are several smaller set options if you aren’t ready for the full set of brushes (or don’t have the budget- I totally get it!).  I think the 2 pack sampler would be a great start!

My ‘before’ photo of my first card is actually the graphic for the hop, but here it is again so you can check out those smooth blends… I only misted a tiny bit of water to add a bit of oxidization.

Here is what the stamp placement looked like in my stamp platform.  I used Versafine Clair and stamped twice to make sure my impression was perfect.

I wanted to keep these cards really simple, so just added a bit of ribbon with some lace behind it.  When adding ribbon to a top layer like this, I have a little trick I use to keep the knot (or bow) in exactly the right spot.  First, I cut the ribbon so it’s plenty long (at least 3-4 times the width of the layer, ) and tie the knot/bow in a loop, like this:

Then I find my perfect spot and snip the ribbon so it has overhang on both sides, which I will adhere to the back of my card.

The amount of overlap doesn’t really matter, as long as there is enough to tape securely (it may be 1/2″ on one side and 3″ on the other… nobody will know!)  Here’s another look at that card:

For my second card, I did a diagonal ombre and added a bit more oxidization with some wet, inky layers on my craft sheet.  I wanted the yellow to be in the big blossom this time, with the design coming up from the bottom right corner.  Here’s a peek at my background before I stamped on it.. love that subtle oxidization!

And here’s the finished card!

I went for yellow twine and a Tim Holtz charm to finish it off:

The cards are very simple, but the fabulous backgrounds and that gorgeous floral stamp really shine.  I hope you like them!  I’ll have a similar card design on a very different background to share with you on Tuesday, so please check back!  If you are ready to try your hand at creating fabulous, inky backgrounds, please join us on our Challenge Page!  We’d love to see what you create (and you’ll get another chance to win a gift certificate!).


Hop on over to see what Nancy E. has created next!

Have fun hopping!

Inky hugs,