Posts Tagged ‘tim holtz’

Tuesday with Tara {take 136}

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Happy Tuesday and happy day-before-Valentine’s-Day!  Today’s card celebrates a love that’s kinda CRAY CRAY, if ya know what I mean… this card took on a life of it’s own as I worked on it, ending up very different than I visualized at the beginning.  But hey, sometimes love is like that too.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing 🙂

When I got my hands on Tim’s hipster animal stamps I got the idea that they would fit really well peeking through the heart frame in this large Dina Wakley stamp (which is on sale right now!)… so I’ve been waiting to figure out a way to put them together.  Today’s card is what I came up with.  I’ve got a few more ideas (and had several others that didn’t pan out), but I decided to keep this one fairly simple and let the colors and the hip chick speak volumes 🙂

This ostrich image just makes me smile, even though she kinda looks like a grumpy librarian!  I stamped her twice in black on white card stock, cutting the base from one image and the hat, scarf & beak from the other.  I stamped her again in Purple Distress Oxide so I could have colorful glasses to cut out, adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops to it once they were glued to her face.  Colorful glasses are my new favorite thing to do with these stamps & dies!  There is no way I would fussy cut those glasses, but they are amazing die cut! The other elements were all colored with Copic Markers and mounted with foam adhesive.  I kept her white for extra contrast.

Since I was working with a kraft card, I experimented with a variety of things and finally decided to stamp assorted words/sentiments in Distress Oxide in the open space of the square portion of the frame.  The heart frame was painted with Silver/Sterling paint.  I added some shading with stablio pencils in black & white and a few chit-chat stickers to give extra texture & pop.  As you can see, I cut the heart frame so it was open to the inside of the card and added a piece of colorful paper to show through the window.

This heart was my first attempt at the Distress Oxide technique Tim shared at Creativation, using them on Glossy/Alcohol Ink card stock and finishing up with Distress Glaze.  I’ll be trying it again and will share the link when I have more success!  I added a bit more watered down silver paint around the heart and finished with more stickers & repeats of the stamped words from the front of my card.

I had fun with this one- like I said, it’s not what I expected when I started creating… but I had fun doing it and I hope it encourages you to look at your stamps and see what sort of combinations you can end up with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope there’s a little bit of CRAY CRAY in it (the good kind, of course!) and a whole lot of chocolate…

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Dina Wakley cling stamp “Handwritten Heart Collage

Dina Wakley sterling paint

Tim Holtz Hipster stamp & Ostrich dies

Distress Oxide Inks

Assorted words & sentiment stamps

Chit Chat stickers

Glossy/ Alcohol Ink Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Tuesday with Tara {take 131}

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  How is 2018 treating you so far?  I’ve decided it’s going to be a year where I do whatever I can to make it EPIC, so today I’ve got a resolution of sorts in card form.  Because of that (and because I still had a variety of purple items out on my work space) I’ve created once again with the color of the year…

Hee hee.  Bet you weren’t expecting a hipster goat card! I had fun creating with this stamp & coordinating layered die set by Tim Holtz,   I stamped it three times and colored simply with my Distress Inks and an ink blending tool, adding a bit of detail with a water brush. I like how easy it is to get the 3D accents and I always love adding a touch of shine with Glossy Accents to things like his glasses.

The kraft tag was simply inked through a stencil with Distress Oxide ink (it will never get old to me how awesome this looks on kraft!) and a bit of inky torn book print, washi tape & enamel accents finish it off.  I combined the ‘epic’ sentiment stamp with some chit chat stickers to make my ‘resolution’ type sentiment- Seriously, in 2018 we should go out and make EPIC things happen!  Feel free to start in your crafty space 🙂

Inky hugs,



materials used:

kraft tag

Tim Holtz Hipster stamps

Tim Holtz Goat Hipster die set

Distress Oxide Inks

Distress Ink

Ink blending tool

Patterned paper

white cardstock

kraft tag

krinkle ribbon (pre-inked in the stash)

black archival ink


Tuesday with Tara {take 128}

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

It’s hard to believe there are just two weeks until Christmas… wow!  Today I’m sharing two cards that I created together. The design is the same, but the way I cut the background papers meant I could easily duplicate the card with just a slight variation.

The focal point of the card is a combination of the new Retro Merry Christmas die by Tim Holtz and a smaller version of the cardinal stamp by Dina Wakely.  I was pretty delighted to find how well they fit together 😉

The letters were simply die cut from black card stock (with Be Creative Tape on the back for easy gluing). I stamped the cardinal multiple times on white card stock and inked it up with a couple shades of red Distress Ink, just using an ink blending tool.  I avoided the beak and legs and used Distress Markers to add color there.  I used a black stablio pencil (blends easily with water and fingers!) around his eyes so he really looks like a cardinal, then finished him off with some Nuvo glitter drops to highlight his eye.

The background of the card features double sided paper from an old Christmas paper pack by Tim Holtz.  I cut two pieces to the size of my card base, then rotated them and trimmed them both at the same angle.  I then was able to flip the top portion and alternate patterns on my cards.  On the ‘solid’ part, I added  some stamped greenery (Tim Holtz) and text (Artful stamper).  Some rustic ribbon and die cut holly leaves with a touch of red bling finish off the card.

As you can see I also pulled out a ‘stitch’ stamp to add a bit of detail to the top portion of the card.  Here’s what the alternate card looks like:

I hope you like it!  These came together fairly quickly once I had my concept, and I really love the simple, bold features.  One of my favorite things about my home in the south is seeing cardinals in my own front yard on a regular basis.  They have always been a favorite seasonal symbol for me 🙂

Wishing you a blessed week as you prepare for Christmas…

Inky hugs,



Materials Used: (sorry, links aren’t working!  I’ll add them soon!)

Tim Holtz Retro Merry Christmas Die

Dina Wakley Birds on Branches (I’ve used a limited edition smaller version of the stamp)

Tim Holtz Holly die

Distress Ink in Candied Apple & Fired Brick, Vintage Photo & Forest Moss

Assorted Distress Markers

Double Sided Christmas paper (I used an OLD pad by Tim Holtz)

Silent Night Text Stamp by Artful Stamper

Greenery Stamp by Tim Holtz

Be Creative Tape

Red Bling

Rustic Ribbon

Nuvo Glitter Drops in Blizzard

Black Stablio Pencil