Posts Tagged ‘slimline’

Tuesday with Tara {take 285} Wild About You

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Happy Tuesday and happy February!  I’m kicking off the new month with some Valentine’s Vibes and a fun twist on a tropical stamp set, Toucan Paradise by Concord & 9th!  I pulled out a mix of pink, coral & orange Distress Oxide Inks (the new color, Kitsch Flamingo would be a great addition!) for a fun slimline card!

It felt really good to pull out these tropical stamps and cheerful colors in the middle of some chilly weather!  I used the three colors you see above, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral & Crackling Campfire (along with black & white) in Distress Oxide on the card base and with regular Distress Ink on the toucan (I found I lost some of the detail on his beak with Distress Oxides).  There’s a ton of great images in the set- flowers & leaves & fun texture stamps.  I dug through other stamp sets to find a tiny heart to add in a few of those.

I was tickled when I looked at the Picket Fence Slimline dies and looked at the tree window sideways and noticed it was perfect as branches for my bird to sit on!  My card base is the same oatmeal color as the top layer, but I did a bit of ink blending in Raspberry & Coral, then stenciled some hearts with Picket Fence Distress over it.  The top layer was adhered to the base card with some foam adhesive squares to make the background stand out a bit more.

I heat embossed the large sentiment, which was great for a tall card like this one, with Distress Embossing Glaze in Crackling Campfire over Versamark (clear) ink.

Do you enjoy making cards for Valentine’s Day? I have to confess, even through my many years as a single woman, I’ve always loved making fun Valentine’s and coming up with new ways to use my stamps to celebrate love & friendship!  Plan to join us back here on Friday for our February blog hop with more fun 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 283} Birthday Joy

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m bringing some birthday JOY to the blog with this cheerful, glittery card that just happens to be a perfect fit for my sister, whose birthday is this week!

I wanted to have as much glitter as possible on her card, so I decided to ink a fun rainbow in her favorite colors on a slimline card front and cover it up with glitter paste!  I’ve used three colors of Distress Oxide Ink for the blend on this card- Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet & Picked Raspberry.  I’ve used a fun Picket Fence Slimline ‘rainbows’ stencil and scripted a clear glitter paste over it (this is moonstone by Nuvo), and I love how it really accentuates the color blends on the card!

I’ve done a bit of mixing and matching again with the die cut sentiment on this card.  I wanted to keep it simple and bold by cutting in white and this mix of the scripty birthday and bold joy is really fun (especially since my sister’s name is Joy!).

I used the smaller slimline panel die from Picket Fence to cut out my background, which gave a nice crisp cut on this glittery piece.  I don’t know if this qualifies as a ‘clean and simple’ card, but I’m gonna claim CAS on this one. LOL.  I hope it makes the birthday girl smile!  (Love ya loads sister dear!)

Inky hugs,

Tara

January 2021 Slimsational Cards Blog Hop

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to the first SNS Blog Hop of 2021… the Slimsational Cards Hop!  Today we are celebrating the fun trend of slim line cards, which are cards that fit in a standard #10/legal sized envelope!  Often they are 3.5×8.5″, but sizes can vary slightly!

Today we are working with the Slim Line Die cutting system by Picket Fence Studios… in fact, we are giving away a set of dies to one lucky person who leaves comments on the blog hop & other social media posts!  The set includes two large layering dies- the largest of which is 3.5×8.5″ and is perfect if you want to make your card base just a tad bigger than that if your envelope allows!

Of course we have a special in case you are inspired to do some shopping after seeing everyone’s cards!  Celebrate the new year & use the code “finally2021” to save 21% on your order!  Happy Shopping!

In addition to the Slimline Cutting System, I’ve used some Tim Holtz dies.  I got the new Merry & Bright set shortly before Christmas, so this was a fun way to use it for a non-christmas card, using just the word Bright.  As soon as I saw the tree window for this set (which you could fit three of across the card front if you wanted!) I planned to pair it with one of the darling deer die cuts.  The  falling stars set was a perfect way to tie it all together.

Both the deer & the word were cut from a piece I had experimented on with gel printing.  Random pieces like this are great for die cutting, and I was able to get a few individual stars out of it too!  I layered the large Kraft layer over a card base made from crackle Kraft Core card stock- an older Tim Holtz product that I don’t believe is available anymore, but seemed like a great fit for this card!

I added a bit of subtle stencil details in the background… mostly because I wanted to try out my broken fence slimline stencil by Picket Fence 😉  I kept it neutral for a subtle look.  As you can see, I added a bit of Nuvo glitter to some of the stars.

I was playing around with sentiments I could use to pair with the ‘bright’ word… and leaning toward ‘the future is bright’ until I found this sticker in one of my small talk books.  Die Cut numbers for 2021 balanced everything out for me!  Tim Holtz’s Alphanumeric dies are a perfect, timeless font that goes with almost any lettering style (mine are the slightly smaller 1″ alpha, which I believe is discontinued).

If you’ve been making cards for a while, trying a new shape or size, like slimline, can really give a creative boost. Especially since it gives new life to older stamps & dies that you tend to use the same way or with the same sort of layout every time.   Years ago I used to make what I’m going to call now “mini slimline” cards that were 3×6, from 6×6 card stock.  It’s a much smaller size, but the design concept is similar!   Even if you’ve been creating slimline cards for a while now, I hope this hop can give you some fresh inspiration!  Next up, you’ll want to go visit Nancy to see her wintery card…

Here’s the full hop order in case you get lost along the way.

Once again, Happy New Year & happy hopping!
Inky hugs,
Tara