Posts Tagged ‘Tags’

Tuesday with Tara {take 344} Enjoy

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

Today’s card is inspired by the challenge theme “banners” and I wanted to use up some of the extras stamped & die cut pieces I had from the March Inspiration Hop (there’s still a couple of days to comment on my instagram post for your chance to win or you can go directly to my card here)!

I ended up going with what I call a scrappy style card, since I’ve used patterned paper & pre-made tags, and I also added a few pre-made & stitched banners for another fun element!

I had fun assembling the bits and pieces of this card, which includes bits from

– Birthday Banners by Hampton Arts &
Cupcakes Stamp & Dies by Hampton Arts
but wow… I did NOT have fun taking a photo of this thing and trying to get the colour right!  Please believe me when I say it looks better in person!  It’s very hard to get the different whites to match up, especially when they have slightly different finishes!
I hope you can imagine it and it inspires you to use up some of your scraps to make another card!  Don’t let all those creative bits you didn’t use the first time go to waste!
Inky hugs,

Tuesday with Tara {take 340} Hey Ombre!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

Hey you, happy Tuesday!

Over in our Facebook Challenge Group the theme of the day is OMBRE!  It’s always a fun theme, picking several colors that flow together… today, they are all the same color family working from light to dark.

Today’s cute card features some fun ombre accents on another trio of tags!  This time I chose to use Kraft tags (you KNOW I love me some Kraft!) with the adorable hot dog stamps by Tracey Hey.

I knew these sweet designs would look fabulous simply stamped in black ink, allowing me to play with a fun ombre look using shades of green Distress Paint on the edges of the tags!  I’ve used Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness together here, just brushed a different color along the edge of each tag and then added some splatters using the paint on one of the stamps in the set.

I cleaned off my brush between colors on a scrap of Cardstock and decided afterwords that it would be a fun touch to also stamp the balloons on that painted paper.  Since the ink was slow to dry on the painted surface, I added some embossing powder to speed things up and give it a bit of of shine.  The strings are some soft fabric wire which was easy to shape and then glue into place exactly where I wanted it.

I hope you like it and are inspired by this simple way to make an ombre card!

Inky (& painty!) hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 223}

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today I thought I’d share some Halloween tags with you! I made these a couple of years ago for a blog hop we had featuring Tim Holtz’s “Ancestors” Paper Dolls (which are on sale right now) and all my tags show how fantastic Distress Oxide Inks are simply stamped or stenciled on BLACK paper. Hope you like them!

Freaky Friday Tags

(see the full original post from Oct 13, 2017)

I’ve been enjoying getting creative with the Paper Dolls by Tim Holtz, and these new additions add a creepy touch to the mix. There are a few seasonal images included, with costumes and pumpkins, as well as some regular type portraits with creepy expressions!  It’s a nice mix if you want a variety of paper dolls to work with!  I chose to use some of the ‘regular’  images and make a creepy/romantic tag, pairing a couple of single dolls together.

My plan was to create a set of tags that could be attached to treat bags for Halloween- if it happens, this one will go on the one I give my husband!

The technique

I started with black #8 tags and Distress Oxide Ink, stamping a background pattern (numbers by Dyan Reavely) directly on the tag. Then I continued, applying the same ink through a stencil (birds by Dina Wakley) over it to create my background design. I am not a big Halloween crafter, so chose some ‘neutral’ designs that I thought would work with the overall feel I was going for.  It’s good to have basics in your stash!  I selected my paper dolls and chose to add a few spots of color to them with Distress Markers.  I didn’t have a perfect match, but wanted a monochromatic look for this tag so went with a similar shade of purple.  The ink puddled a little bit in some places, so I dabbed with a cloth until I got the desired look.

I wrapped some sheer black ribbon with twine to add texture. Then I finished it off with a metal embellishment (this fancy lock is by Prima) and some occasions chit chat stickers.

The tags

I created a couple more tags as well, which you can see all together here.   Here’s a shot of the backgrounds I started with… 

… and the set of finished tags:

There is still some time for Halloween crafting, especially if you keep it simple & spooky 🙂

Inky hugs,