Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday with Tara’

Tuesday with Tara {take 221} Give Thanks

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! It’s Thanksgiving in Canada next week and I’m looking forward to celebrating & enjoying a delicious meal with my family here in my southern home.

I had the opportunity to try out the Gina K Wreath Builder tool recently, and this image was what came of it. We stamped with a mix of three images from Sketchy Flowers by MFT, in three different colors of ink. I used the coordinating layering stamps to add more autumn colors to the mix.

The stamps & placement caused this to be a very symmetrical, square image. I had to get creative when deciding how to crop it to mount on a card, since it was also on a large 6” square paper. As I started trimming the image down, I decided to embrace the cropped corners and create a shaped card. I added a dark brown layer and trimmed the corners to match the shape, then mounted it to a square 5.5” Kraft card before cropping the corners on it to match. It’s been a while since I made a shaped card and I’d forgotten how fun they can be!

I had a different die cut picked out to use on this card, but changed my mind mid-process and decided to cut my own using the lowercase cutout alphanumeric dies by Tim Holtz. I cut them to fit a dark brown tag, which I layered over a second tag cut from burlap. It gives such great texture to this card!

Little details that finish things off include a bow on the tags from hand dyed crinkle ribbon in shades of brown and glossy Nuvo drops around the floral design in buttermilk.

Inky hugs,

Tara

Let’s get (Di)stressed Blog Hop

Friday, October 4th, 2019

EXPLORE DISTRESS OXIDE INKS WITH US!

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp October Blog Hop! We are thrilled to have you join us as we (Di)stress a bit this month… by having some inky fun with Distress Oxide Inks & Sprays! The Design Team has some gorgeous projects ready to inspire you AND this weekend you can save 10% on all things OXIDE (even the new sprays!) with coupon code “OXIDE10” (fine print: not valid with any other coupon, sale or promotion. Valid on in stock items only. Expires Oct. 6 at midnight)

Win Prizes

As you know, we love when you leave us some love by way of comments… so will once again be randomly selecting a commentor to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store! (winner will be announced Oct 22) Be sure to comment at all the stops along the way- the full link up is at the end of this blog post!

Be Inspired

It’s my privilege to kick things off once again with my project! I use Distress Oxide Ink probably on about 80% of my cards these days. But the funny thing is, I was a bit stumped with what to share! Thankfully, I found some time to ink up something autumn inspired. I also got to use the die cut letters that were left from the project I shared on Tuesday– bonus!

My card features a resist technique on book print paper, which I’d never tried with Distress Oxide Inks before. It was a bit touchy adding water to such thin paper, but it was fun to see it all come together! I started by clear embossing leaves from the Sketchy Flowers stamp set by MFT. I then added my first layer of ink with my Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios.

(Di)stress with Distress Oxide

One of my favorite things about Distress Oxide Inks is how the colors layer over each other, especially when you add water to help them oxidize! I brushed on another layer of color, then rubbed and misted some Spiced Marmalade onto my kraft sheet and dabbed it over the surface. I used a slightly damp rag to wipe the ink off the embossed design, revealing the white leaves. It felt like it needed just a bit more colour, so I used the coordinating solid images to help my design stand out.

My card base was made from a scrap of brown cardstock, sized approximately 7″ square before I scored it. I heat embossed one of the leaves on a lighter brown cardstock in metallic teal and copper. I love the look of two-tone embossing, though it’s been a long time since I’ve done it! Details like twine, bling and some splatters of Distress Oxide Spray in Spiced Marmalade and Distress Spray Stain in Antiqued Bronze finish off my card.

I really love how the Old Paper Distress Oxide ink plays so well with the alcohol ink colors in my letters! It also really softens up the brightness of the other colors.

I hope you like my card, and I know you’re gonna love the rest of the projects in this Blog Hop! Next up you are heading over to see what Kia has for you! Below you’ll find the full list of links for the team.

Hop Along


Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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