Posts Tagged ‘tim holtz’

Tuesday with Tara {take 220} Happy Fall Y’all

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Happy Tuesday, and Happy Fall Y’all! I hope the autumn season (short as it may be wherever you live!) is off to a colourful start for you. And if you’re in one of the places that recently had the colours replaced with white. Sorry… maybe if you just bundle up inside for a bit and look at some pretty cards, it’ll help!

I was inspired by a card made by our design team member, Nancy E. and the bold sentiment die she used. I don’t have anything like that of my own, but I do have alphabet dies and washi tape! The alphanumeric dies by Tim Holtz (the set I used is out of stock, but I almost used this one!) are awesome because there are multiples of the letters you use the most. By lining up my words and putting washi tape on the back of the dies, they stayed straight while I played around with my layout.

I actually used a pre-inked background from a previous creativity session for this card. This one features a fun blend with Alcohol Pearls Set #4. When I picked out the set, I thought it’d be great for masculine cards. It’s also fabulous for autumn!

Once my layout was figured out, I made some geometric cuts (inspired by some cards I’ve seen recently on Instagram & Pinterest). Next I arranged and die cut my sentiment. After adding some stamped leaves (Nature’s Wonder by Tim Holtz) around the sentiment, I decided to emboss them with some Avocado Wow Embossing Powder. It has a pearly pale green finish that is slightly translucent, allowing the blue ink I used to show through a bit. The combination of the two pearly finishes is quite pretty!

There’s another plus of using these alpha dies for a card that uses the negative space. I’ve got the cut-outs for a second card ready to go! To finish this card, I chose a dark olive green base. The neutral color of the Alcohol Pearls trio isn’t a green. However, I felt the combination picked up some green tones in it. I highlighted the green with the embossing Powder choice and the addition of some green & teal twine.

I hope you like it, and once again- Happy Fall Y’all!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 219} Lovely. Brave. Grateful.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a couple simple cards that once again feature the Hello Lovely stamp set by Concord & 9th and another simple watercolor technique. Mine is a variation of the technique Nancy E. used in our blog hop, so be sure to check hers out for some great tips!

Watercolour Technique

When I did my cards for the blog hop, I used an acrylic block as my palette, applying Distress Inks to the block and picking up the colour with a water brush. Instead of cleaning off my block with a cloth, I misted it with water and ‘stamped’ it onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. The shades of orange/coral on my block made such a pretty print, I knew it would make a great base for another card! I did add a bit more colour to fill in one of the corners, but otherwise loved the rough rectangle it created.

Details

I decided to keep everything else pretty simple… a black ribbon, die cut word and some bling. I inked the letters of some small talk stickers in the same colors as the background for a softer look. A kraft layer of the grateful’ die cut adds a bit of subtle dimension and ties it together with the card base.

Abstract Watercolour

My second card used an even more abstract background that covers almost the entire panel, rather than a block of color. I literally just used the watercolor paper to clean off my acrylic block after painting with the Distress Ink on it. There was not as much ink left on my block, so I stamped off multiple times to cover the panel. I started with just the yellows and oranges, then added the greens from another block to get this pretty mix of colours!

Details

Yellow crinkle ribbon (which I had dyed previously), a word charm and another Small Talk sticker are the little details that finish off this card.

This lovely stamp really is a versatile image, perfect for creating cards to show you are grateful or encourage someone who is doing something brave! I hope you enjoyed this fast & easy technique and will try it out yourself soon!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 212}

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve got a simple card for you today, with a mix of die cuts & heat embossing on a book print background. I began by playing around with the text in the ‘You’re in my Prayers’ stamp set by Taylored Expressions- this one has the large ‘prayers’ word with a variety of other pieces to fit with it. The bold lettering is perfect for heat embossing or ink techniques, but I decided to keep it simple and bold in black on teal cardstock.

I selected a variety of shapes from Tim Holtz’s Funky Florals #3 to die cut from the same cardstock, choosing a variety of pieces. These are designed to be stacked and layered, but I chose to use just the bold bottom layers and place them on a some book print which I die cut from Tim’s Stacked Deckle die. I played around with placement until I was satisfied with the balance of it, then snapped a photo before placing the pieces on adhesive dots for easy gluing. I was then able to refer back to my photo to get them in the best spots.

And that’s it- simple, but bold & bright. I always feel that simple is best for cards like this, that could be used as a sympathy card. I hope you like it and maybe it gives you a new way to look at some of your die sets and how they could be used as background images!

Inky hugs,

Tara