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Tuesday with Tara {take 390} irRESIST-able

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a fun resist technique with a CAS-ish feel- I hope you like it!

I’ve got two cards featuring Uncharted Mariner Distress products- the first card shows the Distress Spray Stain and the second shows Distress Oxide Ink.  I also took a photo of my backgrounds side by side so you can see how the two inks compare with each other.

For this technique, I’ve started with a glossy translucent texture paste applied through a stencil.  If you don’t have any, this texture paste is perfect!  I applied it on some pre-cut stitched rectangle panels as I planned to have a CAS-ish white on white base for my card.  Once the paste was dry, I selected some Distress mediums to use!  I also had pre stamped and cut a variety of sentiment strips from Tim Holtz’s Tiny Text stamp set– I arranged and stamped several at the same time then cut them into strips so I had a variety ready to use.

For this first card, my stencil is a fun “typo” alphabet.  I’ve misted over it with Distress Spray Stain in Uncharted Mariner.  Love those splatters!  This leafy sprig is from a die set that is a few years old, but still a favorite of mine- Wildflower Stems #1.

This card features Distress Oxide ink, also in Uncharted Mariner.  I blended it with a foam ink blending tool and splattered a bit of water over it for extra dimension.  The stencil is a fun mesh design & I love the addition of an inky bird silhouette.

As you can see in this last photo, there are slight variations in the colors & appearance of the Distress products even though they are the same color.  I love experimenting to see how different products will present & react using a similar technique!  If you’d be interested in seeing more products compared in real time, drop me a comment and we can work on having a live demo for you on Facebook!

Hope you have a beautiful Tuesday!

Inky hugs,


Somebunny I Love

Inspiration time for today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt: STENCILS!



This little guy is probably my very favourite bunny stamp – I have a little figurine that looks just like him that my grandmother gave me when I was very young. <3  To start the card, I blended shaded lilac, blueprint sketch and chipped sapphire distress inks using a My Favorite Things watercolour wash stencil. With the stencil still in place, I applied a layer of Nebula glitter gel over the inks. While that dried, I stamped and coloured my bunny with Copics before die cutting him and the crescent moon. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment, and coloured the strip with the leftover ink on my purple brush. Once the background (finally) dried, it was an easy task to put everything together.



I hope you’ll consider joining February’s challenge! Have a great week.


Let’s Celebrate!

I don’t know about  you, but one of the things I most celebrated with vaccinations in place, and infections going down was giving and getting hugs!!  Gosh, it felt so great to have that personal connection again ♥  Fist bumps and elbow taps are fine, but nothing can beat a big ol’ hug from someone you love! Whatever the reason, let’s celebrate and enjoy our weekend.


Honestly, I thought that I had my busy week in hand, but alas – not quite! I was supposed to share this project with you on Thursday, for my Scrap ‘N Stamp word prompt of ‘celebrate’. Which would have been fitting, as my hubby’s birthday was the day before. But I got my dates mixed up, and so here I am today.

I decided that hugs are definitely worth celebrating, as I said earlier. So I pulled out my Hero Arts Big Hugs Stamp & Die Cut set and glitter!

Let's Celebrate!

The red and gold are so rich looking together, aren’t they?


Start with a panel of red cardstock, and the Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil. Use Purple Tape to hold the stencil in place, and then apply Nuvo Glimmer Paste ‘Moonstone’ through the stencil, with a palette knife.  Be sure to immediately clean off your stencil & knife, for easiest clean up. Now, set this aside to dry while you work on the rest of the card.

Stamp the sentiment from the Big Hugs set in Versamark ink, and cover with red embossing powder. Set with a heat tool, and then snip banner tails on the right end. Next, use the dies included with this set, and die cut the words once from gold glitter cardstock, and 3 more times in black cardstock.  Use liquid glue to stack the layers together, with the gold glitter on top. This layering really makes the letters stand out! I offset the black layers under the gold, for a drop shadow.

Create a red card base, and glue a strip of the gold glitter paper to the left hand side. Pop up your glitter embossed panel on top, using foam tape or squares.  Next, glue a strip of the gold glitter under the sentiment, then pop it up on top with more foam tape.  Glue the ‘Big Hug’s die cut directly to the card front.

Let's Celebrate

Isn’t this gorgeous?!  I added a few rhinestones from my stash for some extra shine.


Come play along with the challenge, and let’s celebrate!  You’ll find the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge page HERE. Just create your project, and share a photo of it. Use the hashtag #snschallenge, so everyone sees it! At the end of the month, one participant is randomly chosen, and is the lucky winner of a $50 Gift Certificate to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!  Not bad, for doing something you’d already be doing anyway, right?

You can find the supplies to re-create my card, below. When you shop regular priced items at Scrap ‘N Stamp, be sure to use my Designer Code 10DEB, for 10% OFF your total order!

Let's Celebrate!

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