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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,

Tara

 

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

Getting Fab with Foil BLOG HOP

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Thanks for stopping by to check out our ‘Getting Fab with Foil’ Blog Hop!  I’m so glad you came to check out our projects, each of which will feature Shiny Transfer Foil by Ranger!  I know I’m looking forward to see what everyone did with this fabulous product!  I had fun, but look forward to experimenting more with it and the ladies are sure to bring inspiration!  The fun bonus on this hop is that each blog along the way will be giving away a package of foil!  So be sure to leave comments here and at each stop… we’ll be back next Saturday to announce the winners (who will have two weeks to contact the store to claim their prize).  The full list of creative ladies in todays hop is near the end of this post- for now, check out the cards I made…

First is my little ballerina card 🙂  I actually started with a large (size 8) manila tag, embossed with a doily pattern by Sizzix/Tim Holtz.  I inked up the tag with assorted shades of red/coral Distress Ink, leaving some spots lighter than others for dimension.  I then embossed a sentiment (Mama Elephant) on a strip of ivory card stock and figured out my placement with the paper doll (Tim Holtz) I selected.  I used a fine tip Sakura Quickie Glue pen to trace some of the design on my background, then placed the foil over it and rubbed over it (I used an old gift card as my tool).  I repeated this in several spots on the tag, experimenting with dry time to see what gave me the best results.  I was looking to get a sort of rough look to it, not a solid foil design, and for the most part that’s what I got.  These foils will work with a variety of tapes and glues, and since this glue pen is a combo temporary/permanent glue it really made a difference how long I waited to apply the foil!

I added a little bit of foil accent to the paper doll as well.  I had to wait a long time for the glue to dry on this surface – and some of the flaky bits you see are simply because there was some adhesive stuck to the foil (instead of the foil sticking to the adhesive).  It’s kinda fun though 🙂  As you can see, I finished it off by adhering my tag to a card and trimming off the tag top. A bit of thin lace from my stash and foam adhesive to place my doll finished off the card quite nicely.  I really like the look of the red foil on the red background.  You could almost say it was subtle if it wasn’t flashy. lol

My second card uses the same elements, but this time I used a black tag that had only been embossed, not inked.  The foil is much more visible on this card, with all it’s imperfections… it gives a tattered lace feel that I love for this one as a wedding, anniversary or Valentine’s Day card.

Again, I added a bit of foil to the paper doll… I kept the pieces very abstract as I didn’t want it to overwhelm the image.

It’s hard to photograph, but it really is shiny 🙂

Here’s my two cards together:

Now… have fun checking out the rest of the ‘Getting Fab with Foil’ projects!  And don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win some foil of your own!

 

Materials Used:

Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil- Basics

Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil- Holiday

Sakura Quickie Glue Pen

Tim Holtz Embossing Folder

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

Distress Ink (assorted shades of red & coral)

Lace Trim from my stash

Everyday Sentiments by Mama Elephant

Grey card stock

Manila Tags- black & manila

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 134}

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I woke up this morning to find snow on the ground again… so I’m sharing with you a winter card which includes a hint of spring (or summer) that many of us are dreaming of!

Yep, Snowflakes & Butterflies!  I love this saying and when I pulled this stamp from one of my storage folders (I love the Stuftainers by Stampendous for my cling stamps) a card concept started forming for me… I wanted a wintery colored card with this design, a snowflake background and these awesome layered “Beautiful Butterflies” stamp & die sets by My Favorite Things.  Unfortunately, I have no idea who makes the sentiment (it’s a problem with cling stamps!  I usually try to organize them by brand, but this was in a misc. Christmas/winter folder).  If it looks familiar to you, please let me know and I’ll update!

My card is very simple- a gorgeous embossed background on pearl white card stock with the sentiment stamped in grey archival ink on a dusty green card stock.  The butterflies were stamped primarily with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink & Distress Oxide- it was fun to see how the two variations of the same color played together.  The larger butterfly has a layer of Broken China Distress Oxide to add a bit of pop.  The final detail layer was stamped in the same grey as my sentiment, then a bit of glitter finishes them off.  I added Nuvo Glitter Drops (in Blizzard, of course!) to the butterfly bodies and a few spots on the snowy background as well.  A touch of Rock Candy Distress Stickles adds that extra touch of shine.

It’s nice to know I can use my butterflies year round… even though I’m done with winter, I don’t mind looking at them on this wintery card 🙂

Thanks for visiting (and reading to the end)!  I’m excited to announce that we’ll be back on Saturday with a fun BLOG HOP for you!  Hope you’ll plan to join us starting right here on Saturday!

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

My Favorite Things Beautiful Butterflies Stamp Set & Dies

Sizzix 3D Snowflakes embossing folder

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio & Broken China

Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio

Archival Ink (mine was from the Archival Distress Color Mixed Media Palette)

Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard

Cardstock & Adhesive