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Tuesday with Tara {take 414} Sketchy Leaves

I absolutely love autumn!  One of my favorite things about moving south to North Carolina is that I can enjoy, decorate & make cards for autumn all the way through November. It’s especially nice because I love buying new autumn stamps… like these Sketchy Leaves by Tim Holtz!  I almost resisted them, but the big maple leaf caught my eye as I don’t think I’ve got one in all my other sets and it’ll come in handy for Canada Day, too 😉

I decided to start with some simple Distress Ink watercolor- blending a couple colors on the stamp and misting it with water before stamping on watercolor card stock.  I trimmed my card stock to size for a slimline card so I could fit more leaves on it, then had some fun with Mica Sprays over my colorful leaves!  I’ve used a trio of Distress Inks, Wild Honey, Crackling Campfire & Peacock Feathers.  I misted over them with two of the new seasonal Mica Sprays, Sugary Gumdrop & Wonderland, then added a some Antiqued Bronze to tie it all together with the copper embossed sentiment (by MFT).

The mix of the mica sprays is so pretty & shimmery, it was hard to capture in a photo!  It’s one of those combos I decided to try on a whim for this card, and I’m so glad I did!  I’ll be playing with these stamps some more over the next bit… keep an eye on my blog or instagram account for a peek!

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 401} Coffee soon!

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve used Papercut Cafe once again, I actually took inspiration from the cards I made for the Christmas in July blog hopbut wanted to feature one of my fabulous Crinkle Ribbons on a ‘anytime’ card!   The little coffee sentiment is from Colorado Craft Company- I think it’s a perfect fit!

This card features Prize Ribbon Blue and is super simple, except for fun neutral inky details (including text from a stencil) on the die cut circle.  I’ll be working on prepping some backgrounds and tags similar to the one you see here on my Facebook live this week, so we should have some fun elements ready to go for upcoming creations!

If you haven’t caught the blog hop yet, there’s still time to hop & comment for a chance to win!  And of course I’d love to see you live on Facebook this Thursday at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST.

Inky hugs,


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Tuesday with Tara {take 364} Crackle Fun!

Today I’m sharing two simple mini-slim cards with some fun crackle texture!  For both cards, I used the Curly Frond stencil/mask by Dina Wakley Media, together with Distress Crackle Paste & Distress Embossing Glaze.

It took a bit of trial and error to figure out how to make it all work (crackle paste dries faster than you expect!) but it was worth the mess!  Even the ones that “didn’t work” look pretty cool (I’ll be sharing another one on my Instagram later this week!)

As you can probably tell, the paste I worked with was white.   I applied the paste as thick as I could, while keeping it even, then quickly rinsed the stencil when I lifted it (next time I’ll have a tub of water ready for soaking).  I then sprinkled Distress Embossing Glaze over the design- the ‘hello’ card has Rustic Wilderness & Uncharted Mariner, the ‘thanks’ card has Salvaged Patina instead of the green, since it’s on that bright lime background!

Both were stenciled onto a die cut panel, then once the paste was completely dry I melted the powder that stuck to the crackle using my heat tool.   I’ll be sharing a closer look at both cards on Instagram today, so please check it out!

Plan to check back with us on Thursday this week for our August Inspiration hop… we have some stunning projects to share with you!

Inky hugs,


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