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Tuesday with Tara {take 356} Awesome Blue

Happy Tuesday!

Can we talk about how awesome you are?

I just love the versatility of the ‘awesome’ stamp set by PhotoPlay and today I decided to play with it in shades of blue.  Specifically, I used Prize Ribbon Distress in a variety of forms for this card!

Starting with the sentiment- I stamped it simply with Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Ink, then faded above it with a couple repeat stamps.  I didn’t add water or anything, just kept going to build a sentiment block which would be my card’s focal point.

I used Distress Oxide Again as the starting point for my chevron background.  This was my first time using the flip flop chevron stencil by Simon Hurley, and it’s so fun!  Since Distress Oxide is so fabulous on Kraft, I thought it would be a fun way to start.  This stencil. has gaps in it so you can flip it over and create a pattern with two different colors- or in this case, textures!  For the flop side, I used a texture paste and sprinkled Distress Embossing Glaze over it.  Heating to melt the powder while the paste was still wet added to the texture here!

As a final element for my card, I die cut one of the Tim Holtz funky insect dies from Kraft and colored it with more Prize Ribbon!  The top wings are Distress Oxide and the lower ones were painted.  I sprayed all the pieces with Mica Spray before gluing them together for a bit of shimmer!

I’m really pleased with how all the different mediums worked together on this card, it was a fun one to make as it seemed to have a mind of it’s own… pretty awesome!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 337} Meow & You

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a simple card I put together using one of the stenciled backgrounds I created a few weeks ago.  I used a combination of two stencils, a Window Panes design by MFT and a ‘nature’ design from Tim Holtz which I layered over it.  I worked with a few colors of Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool to get this subtle design.  Since this background didn’t work with my snowman card, I thought it would be sweet with the cats from this mini meows stamp set by MFT!

Since I had a background of full color, I stamped my images in simple black ink, just added a tiny bit of dimension with some Nuvo drops on the hearts.  I used the die cut stitched sentiment strips to add one of the cute sayings that is included with this stamp set.

It’s a super simple card, but it has some fun details that are sure to make the recipient smile 🙂 I added one more cat with another sentiment inside to carry on the theme… it should make a sweet, non traditional valentine for someone who loves cats!  Hope you like it too!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 312} Mod Cactus

Happy Tuesday!  The new Mod Cactus stamps by Tim Holtz are such a fun set, with a variety of unique 2 step stamping designs.

I had these die cut pieces leftover from my tunnel card project, so I selected a cactus stamp I thought fit well on the Kraft panel and pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks.  I inked and stamped the solid portion in a mix of Shabby Shutters, Cracked Pistachio & Spiced Marmalade and set it aside to dry fully.  While it dried, I searched for some Cardstock that picked up the colors in my image.

After trimming down a piece to layer on a white card base, I pulled out a Tim Holtz Doodle Art stencil and some clear texture paste.  I wanted a rough border down the cart and used a small amount of paste and a palette knife to smooth it through the stencil.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled some Distress Embossing Glaze over it.  I used a mix of Speckled Egg & Salvaged Patina glazes and saved the excess powder for my next card.  You may see some bits of orange in my design as well… just a little bonus from using a dirty stencil 😉

I finished off my card with some chit chat stickers. (I have a big stash of these and use them a lot… really want to add some stamps like the tiny text set to my collection so I have an endless supply!). I chose some sentiments that would hopefully be encouraging to someone going through a touch time right now.

And yes, I made a second card as well since I had another scrap of Kraft Cardstock on my desk that I thought I could fit 3 cacti on…

Aren’t they cute? All the ink colors & details are the same as my first card- as you can see I decided to add a bit of Studio Katia bling to the cacti as well!  I love the different designs on all the pots- so fun!

Here’s hoping you are “stronger than yesterday” and have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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