Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday with Tara’

Tuesday with Tara {take 265} Woodgrain Wishes

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s challenge word over on the SNS Challenge page on FB is ‘Woodgrain’ so it was the perfect chance for me to use the Lumber 3D embossing folder by Tim Holtz!  I’ve been trying to increase my stash of birthday cards, so I decided to keep things pretty simple and pair it with this gorgeous Birthday Wishes die by MFT.  Together, I think they make a fab little card that can be used for almost anyone!

For the embossed background, I started with some ivory card stock and Ground Espresso Distress Oxide, which I applied directly to the front side of the embossing folder so it would add color to the recessed portions of the design.  Here’s how it came out directly from the embossing folder.

I then used a blending tool to apply the same ink lightly over the entire background and misted it lightly with water.  I left the water splotches as they were for added texture, but also warmed things up a bit with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide in the lighter areas.

I die cut the sentiment out of a cilantro green card stock that was a few shades lighter than my card base, then inked part of it with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to give a subtle ombre effect.  I used Sticky Dots Adhesive Sheets to adhere it to the woodgrain panel, since it’s one of the easiest ways to adhere detailed die cuts like this one.

I decided to add just a small autumn touch to the card with a single leaf from the new MFT Autumn Blessings Stamp & Die set, which I stamped in Archival Ink & watercolored with Distress Inks. (In my experimenting I was reminded that regular Distress Ink is much better than Distress Oxide for vibrant watercolor.) In the die cutting process I somehow lost the dots from my i’s, so I pulled it all together with a bit of yellow bling and some yellow & green thin twine.

I hope you like my little card, and the little peek at the autumn leaves… you’ll be seeing more of them next week 😉

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 264} Fall Fairy Wings

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!   I hope you had a fabulous long weekend celebrating the unofficial end of summer and beginning of fall- and hopefully you got to take in our Live, Love, Lavinia Blog Hop!  (If you haven’t hopped yet, there’s still plenty of time to hop & comment for a chance to win!).

I had a lot of fun with the three dancing fairies in my blog hop project, but I also pictured them dancing on some falling leaves so I decided to pair them with these realistic leaves from the Tim Holtz Natures Wonders stamp set.  I stamped them on ivory card stock in a variety of Distress Oxide colors, positioning the fairies around them.  I’d never tried combining them before, but I added some shading to the leaves with Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks.  With the addition of a water brush it ended up to be a really fun combo that I will use again!

Once I finished coloring the leaves I die cut the panel with a deckle edge die and inked the edges with Speckled Egg Distress Ink. I then splattered some Distress Spray Stain the same color over the panel, followed by a bit of metallic spray for extra shimmer.

I finished off the image with a bit of Nuvo shimmer pen on the fairy wings and a bit on the leaves. I stamped a sentiment (from a fab new set by MFT) on a scrap of inked paper leftover from my poinsettia card- I love how it contrasts with the leaves and pulls out the blues in the background.  Lastly I layered it all onto an ivory card base.

The finished card is a fun design that is simple enough and lays flat for easy mailing!  There are hints of shimmer all over.

I’m looking forward to some more autumn creations and can’t wait to see yours!  Be sure to join us in the SNS Challenge group on Facebook and share your creations!  Today’s challenge word is Wings!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 263} negative space poinsettia

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Happy Tuesday and happy September!  We are kicking off another month of daily challenges with our Random Acts of Cardness with today’s theme, Foliage.  I’m using “Poinsettia Pieces” by Tim Holtz, which I got after Christmas last year, paired with a sentiment by Gina K Designs.  I thought the foliage of the poinsettia could have a non-seasonal vibe if I avoided traditional colors.  By sticking to shades of green, this card has an almost tropical feel to it, though with a different sentiment it would be lovely for Christmas too.


Since these dies are designed to showcase the negative space, I wanted to play with color and some for the background behind them.  I sprayed a variety of Distress Stains & Distress Oxide Sprays in shades of green and blue on watercolor card stock, then splattered with some water and spritzed with Perfect Pearls. It’s a subtle variety of colors with a pretty shimmer to it!

I cut the panel just slightly larger than the white piece I’d cut the poinsettia pieces from, then glued them together and onto a black card.  It’s easy to keep the design simple when you are working with such pretty, intricate dies.

I hope you like my card and are ready for a new month of inspiration with Scrap ‘N Stamp!  Be sure to check out the challenge page on Facebook and play along, and plan to stop back here on the blog Friday for our September Blog Hop!

Hope to see you then!

Inky hugs,

Tara