Posts Tagged ‘Simple Card’

Tuesday with Tara {take 222} Thanks

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I challenged myself to make a quick card for today… and I pulled it off in ten minutes! I started with a challenge on Instagram (AAA Cards “one corner”) and decided to use only materials I could find leftover from other projects on my desk! Here’s what I came up with…

I used the die cut letters from the card I shared last Tuesday and a scrap of inky paper from the card I shared in our blog hop as my starting point. I found a leaf I’d die cut and never used and played around with the layout a bit. After selecting some wheat colored card stock, I stamped a couple leaves from Tim Holtz’s Nature’s Wonders stamp set. Of course, I used Distress Oxide- Crushed Olive and Walnut Stain. The Coffee Break stamp set by MFT has a great mix of sentiments, so I was happy to find one I could pair with the “thanks”!

It’s just a simple little collage in the corner… finished off with a few Nuvo Glitter Drops to highlight the blue tones in the inked scrap. I’m not sure if it’s still in the ‘clean and simple’ category, but it sure was quick to put together! Hope you like it- it was a fun challenge to use just supplies on my desk! I’ve got to get it tidied up so I can make the move to my larger space I just finished painting!

Inky hugs,


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


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,


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,