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Tuesday with Tara {take 268} hello, fall

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I’m back with another fall card today, this one is super simple & sweet.  I tried a variety of arrangements and adding different elements, but I kept coming back to just letting the few elements I currently have shine.  I hope you agree and like my simple autumn leaves card.

I started with another die cut skeleton leaf by Tim Holtz, which is cut from watercolor paper and inked with Crackling Campfire Distress Ink.  I really wanted some contrast to make the leaf pop, so I selected a rich teal card stock for my base.  On a whim, I decided to try the 3D Crackle Embossing folder and I ended up loving them together.  Once I settled on the base, I selected a sentiment (another one from Autumn Blessings by MFT) and contemplated a variety of inks & embossing powders… finally going back to simple black, which I chose to tie together with a piece of torn book print as a layer under the leaf.

I really think with the details in the die cut leaf and the crackle texture in the teal background, a simple design is perfect.  Simple & Sweet.  Hello, fall.

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 266} Yay, Fall!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Happy Tuesday and Happy OFFICIAL First Day of Autumn!  Yay, fall!  It’s my favorite time of the year as the days are getting cooler (my dog is happy too, since the heat and humidity are bearable to walk him in) and here in the south I’m beginning to see colors changing on some of the trees… so today’s card celebrates all of that!  I’ll say it again, yay, fall!

Today’s card uses some of the same materials as the card I shared last week.  The leaf & sentiment stamps are from Autumn Blessings by MFT and I’ve once again paired it with the Lumber 3D embossing folder.   The sentiment (perfect for today!) was heat embossed in copper on green card stock cut from a label die. I love copper with the autumn tones I used on the leaves- each which was watercolored quite imperfectly, but together make a pretty autumn display of color!  I was experimenting with Distress Oxide Ink & layering regular Distress Ink over it for a variety of tones for these leaves.  The woodgrain background was another experiment left from last week, this time much simpler.  I embossed on brown card stock then inked over it with a deeper shade of brown Distress Ink.  I learned with a design like this it is best to ink along with the grain of the design instead of against it as this gives more realistic shading (the back side of this same piece is not so pretty!).

I played around with a few different arrangements for my leaves, but am so glad I settled on this simple border intertwined with some thin jute.  Each leaf is slightly raised with a 3D foam square on one side and regular adhesive on the other.  I use this technique quite often to add dimension and depth without simply having a flat, raised layer.  I didn’t have any copper bling to add, but some warm brown gemstones adds extra shimmer across the card.

Yay, fall!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 242} Spring Hugs

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

If you’ve been following along with our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge, you may have noticed that today’s theme is TRIO.  I’m sharing my twist on the theme in todays card, which features a trio of circles, flowers & leaves. I’ve also got the added bonus of using a HUG sentiment on my card.

I’ve used flowers & sentiments from another Gina K set called Hugs & Wildflowers.  I had some scraps of paper that had been inked up with Color Burst previously and decided to die cut three MFT stitched circles from the piece.  I ended up using the tiniest circle, which was a good pair with the tiny flower I stamped!  Once again I’m also using a leaf die cut from Tim Holtz.  I anchored all the individual pieces to another stitched die cut, this time a rectangle.  (I used a set by MFT, but this one by Lawn Fawn is in stock right now.) The big hugs sentiment seemed perfect considering our monthly theme, and I added a few vintage ‘chit chat’ stickers by Tim Holtz.  I think these may have been one of the first sets of stickers he released years ago!

As a finishing touch I added some white paint splatters to the kraft card base, which measures 5.5″ square.  I hope you like it and are feeling my hugs from afar… can’t wait to see your ‘TRIO’ designs on our facebook challenge page!

Inky hugs,