Posts Tagged ‘Simple Card’

Tuesday with Tara {take 216} Without Coffee

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday with Tara! Today is the day a lot of kids & teachers are officially back in the swing of things with a new school year! I thought some more rainbows & coffee would be in order to help you get through the day! I’m sharing another fun rainbow card with the Coffee Understands stamp set by Picket Fence Studios, this one questions what we would do without coffee. As you can see by the sentiment, it’s probably best that we don’t find out the answer! ha!

Coffee Understands by Picket Fence Studios: Without Coffee

Simple Design.

There is something about this stamp image that makes me want to keep my card fairly simple. I love how long & lean she is (total opposite of me!). It looks like she’s got her priorities straight, coffee in one hand, ready to take on the world (or a classroom, at least)!

Bold & Colorful.

Just because a card is simple does not mean it can’t be bold & colorful! I paired bold black & white with a colorful rainbow panel I inked up with a variety of Distress Oxide Inks. The colors blend together so nicely and it ends up looking like I used a wider variety of colors than I actually did! Curiosity got me wondering what would happen if I stamped with a watermark ink pad over my inked rainbow… and I was pleased with how it came out! (I used Versamark, but I’m guessing this Gina K Embossing & Watermark Ink would work just as well!)

Coffee Understands by Picket Fence Studios: Distress Oxide Rainbow

Details.

As I mentioned earlier, I tried to keep this card pretty simple. The stitched details from the edge die (by MFT) are repeated on the white card front and the black strip beside it. I stamped with bold black ink and repeated the sentiment in watermark on the rainbow panel. A single cup design from the stamp set was also repeated to fill in the gaps. Then I chose a few colors from the rainbow to brighten up my stamped image. Repeating details like the stamp images and colors kept the design feeling simple.

I hope you like my happy rainbow, and that you have no reason to find out what your day, week or year will be like without coffee!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 194}

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got another simple, fun card for you that features a punny little rabbit from Tim Holtz’s Funny Farm stamp set & a background created with the new Alcohol Pearl Inks!  I actually picked this set of inks to work with the Funny Farm stamps, thinking they were nice neutral colors for an earthy sort of background to go with the farm animals… and then I paired my background with a blue bunny. LOL. So much for neutral & earthy!  I stamped the bunny on a strip of cream card stock and decided to add some blue media marks as a border along the edges with Forget Me Not Archival Ink… I reached for a brown pencil and grabbed blue instead and I think he’s pretty cute!  I kept thinking about the Velveteen Rabbit for some reason, though I’m pretty sure he was grey, right?

I wanted to show off as much of my background as possible, so layering the stamped image on a strip of burlap and adding a bit of Nuvo glitter is as fancy as I got.  For the background, however, I worked with the new Alcohol Pearl Ink Kit 4 and grabbed some coordinating colors (Stream, Aqua, Pebble & Rust) of regular Alcohol Inks from my stash (if yours look nothing like this it’s because I’ve had these for YEARS. As long as your bottles are sealed, they will last you a very long time!). Together with Blending Solution, I was ready to play!

I made a few different backgrounds with this mix of colors… this one was created by dripping the inks onto Alcohol Ink Glossy Paper and holding the paper vertically to let the color drip down the page.  I added some larger spots and a mix of both types of ink and some blending solution and just kept adding and dripping until I was pleased with it.  It’s really fun to watch the pearls drip- they shimmer so nicely!  Here’s a look at my full background before I finished the card.

And here’s an angled look at the finished card, to show you how the pearls shimmer…

So pretty, right? They look just as fab with other inking techniques as well… I’ll share some in a future post!

Hope you have a ‘hoppy day’ and maybe find a minute or two to play along with us on the Challenge Page before the month is through!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Simple Stamping – I’m a Puffer for You!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Hello friends!  It’s Chala here for today’s blog post.

Things have been crazy in my world and I got so wrapped up in life and trying to survive that I almost forgot my husband’s birthday!  (Bad wife, I know!)  But this made me realize that creating does not have to be super complicated!  Sometimes we are so enamoured with what others create and the techniques they use that we forget that there is nothing wrong with creating a simple card!  In fact, they are just as beautiful and for me….just finding time for crafting therapy through the chaos of my life is what is important.

So, I am here to share a super simple and quick card with you that received just as much praise from my sweet husband as some of the complicated cards I have created.

I will be using the Hero Arts “I’m a Puffer for You” stamp and die combo set.

I stamp some of the cute puffer fish images and party accessories with Memento Tuxedo Black  ink onto some white card stock.  I colour the images with my Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I then wanted to create a super simple ink blended background.  I wanted something that wouldn’t take the focus off the cute little images. To do this I used the Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon and my ink blended brush and blended the ink onto the middle top portion of an A2 size card base.

I cut an A2 size panel of yellow cardstock and adhered it to a top folding card with my adhesive tape runner. Then I die cut the ink blended panel with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle Die that is slightly smaller that the A2 size panel and adhered that onto of the yellow cardstock.

To  add a bit of interest and to give the background an underwater feel I spray it with some water and lift the water droplets up with my microfibre cloth.

I then lay out the images and sentiments that I wanted to use on the inked panel.  I use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.  I adhere the party accesories with some liquid adhesive  and pop the puffer fish images up with scotch 3M foam tape.

I also add one of the left over puffer die cut images onto the inside of the card and give all the puffer images a coating of clear Wink of Stella (because every card needs a bit of sparkle) and stamp one of the solid fish images onto the upper right hand corner of yellow envelope.

I felt like the card needed a little something special so I added these sparkling clear droplets.  You can also achieve this look by using Glossy Accents or Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  I didn’t have time to wait for those to dry so the sparkling clear droplets were perfect for this rush card!

 

Here are some photos of the completed card.

 

Thank you so much for dropping by for today’s blog post.  You can check out the video of how this card came together at my YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/6lt9_2ynXkk

 

Happy Crafting!

~ Chala