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Tuesday with Tara {take 237} Hogs & Kisses

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been seeing so many fab Valentine’s Day cards from the girls on the design team lately, I thought I should probably make a few myself!  Here’s a quick card I put together since I couldn’t wait to try out the new Falling Hearts die from Tim Holtz.  It is one large die that perfectly fills the front of a standard A2 sized card, plus 3 different sizes of individual hearts.

I cut the falling hearts on the front of a top fold dark pink card, then lined it with an off-white card which I cut just a smidge smaller so it would sit inside better.  I used some adhesive to attach the panels near the fold on the inside of the card and tied some ribbon around the front panels to keep them together.

Hogs & Kisses Card with Tim Holtz Falling Hearts die by Tara Nixon Cox

Once I die cut a few panels (you may be seeing a lot of this die, I kinda dig it!) I starting looking to see what stamps I had that would be fun to use along with it.  I noticed the Tim Holtz Funny Farm stamp set has several images I hadn’t used yet… including this little pig!  Together with his ‘hogs & kisses’ sentiment, he’s perfect for a cute Valentine!  I stamped once in Versafine Clair, carefully positioning him over the hearts.  I stamped him a second time on water color paper, then did some quick coloring with watercolor pencils in shades of pink.  After trimming him out, I simply glued him over the image I had stamped directly on the pink.  Looking at the front of the card, you’d never know I was ‘hiding’ a heart shaped hole under Mr.Piggy 😉

I had a few ideas for things to add… but I think it’s perfect in it’s simplicity!  I hope you like it too!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 220} Happy Fall Y’all

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Happy Tuesday, and Happy Fall Y’all! I hope the autumn season (short as it may be wherever you live!) is off to a colourful start for you. And if you’re in one of the places that recently had the colours replaced with white. Sorry… maybe if you just bundle up inside for a bit and look at some pretty cards, it’ll help!

I was inspired by a card made by our design team member, Nancy E. and the bold sentiment die she used. I don’t have anything like that of my own, but I do have alphabet dies and washi tape! The alphanumeric dies by Tim Holtz (the set I used is out of stock, but I almost used this one!) are awesome because there are multiples of the letters you use the most. By lining up my words and putting washi tape on the back of the dies, they stayed straight while I played around with my layout.

I actually used a pre-inked background from a previous creativity session for this card. This one features a fun blend with Alcohol Pearls Set #4. When I picked out the set, I thought it’d be great for masculine cards. It’s also fabulous for autumn!

Once my layout was figured out, I made some geometric cuts (inspired by some cards I’ve seen recently on Instagram & Pinterest). Next I arranged and die cut my sentiment. After adding some stamped leaves (Nature’s Wonder by Tim Holtz) around the sentiment, I decided to emboss them with some Avocado Wow Embossing Powder. It has a pearly pale green finish that is slightly translucent, allowing the blue ink I used to show through a bit. The combination of the two pearly finishes is quite pretty!

There’s another plus of using these alpha dies for a card that uses the negative space. I’ve got the cut-outs for a second card ready to go! To finish this card, I chose a dark olive green base. The neutral color of the Alcohol Pearls trio isn’t a green. However, I felt the combination picked up some green tones in it. I highlighted the green with the embossing Powder choice and the addition of some green & teal twine.

I hope you like it, and once again- Happy Fall Y’all!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 212}

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve got a simple card for you today, with a mix of die cuts & heat embossing on a book print background. I began by playing around with the text in the ‘You’re in my Prayers’ stamp set by Taylored Expressions- this one has the large ‘prayers’ word with a variety of other pieces to fit with it. The bold lettering is perfect for heat embossing or ink techniques, but I decided to keep it simple and bold in black on teal cardstock.

I selected a variety of shapes from Tim Holtz’s Funky Florals #3 to die cut from the same cardstock, choosing a variety of pieces. These are designed to be stacked and layered, but I chose to use just the bold bottom layers and place them on a some book print which I die cut from Tim’s Stacked Deckle die. I played around with placement until I was satisfied with the balance of it, then snapped a photo before placing the pieces on adhesive dots for easy gluing. I was then able to refer back to my photo to get them in the best spots.

And that’s it- simple, but bold & bright. I always feel that simple is best for cards like this, that could be used as a sympathy card. I hope you like it and maybe it gives you a new way to look at some of your die sets and how they could be used as background images!

Inky hugs,