Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday with Tara’

Tuesday with Tara {take 309} blowing hugs

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

I know… that’s not how it works, we don’t blow hugs. We blow kisses… but my challenge word today is “BLOW” and my card is sending hugs, so it is what it is.

This card really feels to me like a comedy of errors.  Every step seemed to turn into a hot mess and yet somehow, I cleaned it up a bit and made a card.  All those errors were exhausting though!  LOL.

My mission was to use the Alcohol Ink Air Blower, since it was a new tool in my stash that I hadn’t used yet.  I had aspirations to share some fabulous technique with you and even attempted to record a video… but I hit a few bumps along the way.  The first of those being that I have no idea where my alcohol inks are right now.  Once I gave up on finding them (I’ve got an inner ear infection right now and “looking high & low” just makes me dizzy!) it occurred to me that I could try blowing some of my spray inks!

I selected my Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays since they are less absorbent than some of my others and I knew they would move around on the papers well.  It’s been a while since I played with them, so I had to re-learn a few things (like how they don’t work too well for smooshing two papers together to transfer ink!) but I finally started to figure them out and came up with this.  I’ve also got a whole pile of backgrounds that are ready to be transformed another day!

For this card, I simplified and skipped the color blending- working with just the Lemon Gloss Spray.  I poured a small puddle on a piece of white Cardstock and used the blowing tool to spread it out into a splatter design.  I was planning to use the Twiggy HUGS I had die cut from metallic orange card stock, so I knew yellow was a good choice! Once the paint was partially dried, I added some splatters of the Magenta Gloss Spray on top.  You can see where the colors blended together in some spots giving a bit of orange to the design.  These sprays really pop, and give off more gloss depending how thick they are painted!

I die cut a large stitched rectangle panel so I could mount it onto a white card base.  When I played around with the placement of the word, it just didn’t seem like quite enough (even with the addition of the sentiment duo by Heffy Doodle). Then I remembered the stitched circle from the Picket Fence Slimline die set, and decided to turn it into a shaker card.

This is where I had more of a hot mess… as I’m sure you can see by all the wrinkles (aka texture) in my shaker window!  I wanted to do a simple pocket style shaker, so I reused some packaging from one of my clear stamp sets.  I got the brilliant idea to seal the edges with my hair straightener (since I haven’t been using it on my hair with all the humidity lately!) and if I was a bit more patient it probably would have been a brilliant idea.

  • What I did right: place the plastic pocket between pieces of paper so that the plastic wouldn’t melt onto my straightener.
  • What I did wrong: forget to turn down the heat once it finally warmed up.

I doubt I need to say much more than that… since you can clearly see that things got a little too hot and got all wrinkled up on me!  So much for straightening, eh? LOL

I was pretty tired of the mess I was making at this point, so I decided to just go with it and share my lessons learned with you!  I did manage to keep it together when I stamped my sentiment on vellum and left it overnight to dry.  (I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink).  I finished it off with some sequins and a touch of Studio Katia bling, and overall I like it.  Maybe I’ll try it again and work out some of those wrinkles… If nothing else, I hope my hot mess makes you smile!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 308} Hold On Art Journal Spread

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Today I had the best intentions of sharing a new card featuring a new-to-my-stash product… but I’ve been sick with a super fun bug (ha) during the time I would have had to create!  So, I’m sharing a throw back post!  My challenge word for today is “lift” and I came across this fun art journal spread that’s a bit interactive, so I thought it was a good one to share!  I hope you like it- it’s from way back in 2017!

Hope you enjoy the throwback!

I hope you’ve had a great week and that you enjoyed our Freaky Friday Blog Hop (if you missed it, it’s not to late to check it out and comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the online store!  We’ll announce the winners on Friday!).

While the hop was happening, I was making a hot mess in an all day Art Journaling class with Dina Wakley!  We had such a fun time, and I tried some new things and stepped out of my comfort zone… it was fabulous!  Today I want to share with you the ‘big’ project we did in her new Mixed Media journal– a six ‘page’ spread with one continuous theme.  Wow!  Since this was a class, I’m not going to be giving you any step-by-step details, though I will encourage you to take a class with Dina if you ever get a chance, she’s a really great teacher!  If she doesn’t teach in an area near you, she’s got classes available online and some great youtube videos to check out as well!

As I said, we worked in the new journal and our spread started with a page of watercolor paper, then burlap (2 sides) then a large tag (2 sides-inserted with her Printed Paper Tape) and finally another page of watercolor paper.  I used images from the ‘Words in Faces‘ stamp set as my focal point.  My color scheme was primarily Lapis, Fuchsia and Cheddar paints from her collection.  I also used a variety of other stamps & stencils from her collection… lots of fun stuff to work with!

Space doesn’t allow for me to share a ton of close up photos… but I hope you can get a taste of the creative fun I had!  So many things about this stretched me out of my comfort zone, and I loved it!  Hopefully it inspires you to move out of yours this week… and make a hot mess 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 307} anniversary resist

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Hey friends!  Happy Tuesday… today I decided to continue playing with Sketch Greenery stamps & embossing powder and show you a simple resist technique.  But then when I was reaching for clear embossing powder (which I may or may not have to add to my craft shopping list!) I saw Distress Embossing Glaze and the rest, well that’s history I suppose!

I filmed another video while working on this background and card, and I’m hoping to get it edited and uploaded this week.  I’ll be sure to link to it here if I ever get it together!

I wanted to use stamps from the same set I used for the blog hop, sketch greenery but with some definite non-Christmas vibes!  I decided on a more tropical color scheme and it’s definitely a step away from my usual.  I stamped two different greenery images in Versamark Ink, then embossed with a mixture of two Distress Embossing Glaze colors- Rustic Wilderness & Salvaged Patina.  I love how the two colors mix together on some of the leaves, but I love the way the resist pops over the lighter Patina color especially!  I’ll definitely be trying some of my lighter colored glazes on this technique later on.

Over the embossed design I did some inking in yellows & coral/pink and it definitely is giving off those tropical vibes!  I had left an open space in my design, so I decided to make it the focal point instead of hiding it.  I started my blending with Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade (pale yellow) in the center and abandoned coral around the edges.  I blended between them with Fossilized Amber and finally decided to brighten up the corners a bit with some Picked Raspberry.  So fun!

The anniversary portion of the sentiment was embossed with the same Salvaged Patina embossing glaze.  It was a great match to the Cardstock I cut the MFT ‘hey’ from (I can’t get enough of this die!).  I layered it onto a white cut to tie the sentiment and card base together.

Of course, I had to use the full anniversary sentiment on the inside of the card- “You guys make marriage look easy peasy” just because it’s marriage goals.  I love this fun set by Heffy Doodle!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Inky hugs,

Tara