Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday with Tara’

Tuesday with Tara {take 245} Metallic Wildflowers

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today is Day 28 of our Random Acts of CARDNESS and the theme is METALLIC.  Let me tell you right off that I struggled with this one!  I’m in the process of moving my studio space and simply couldn’t find the materials I wanted for the technique I wanted to do.  I had to come up with a new plan using materials I could find to work with… here’s what I came up with!

I used the Tim Holtz Organic background die to deboss into black card stock.  (You can google/search on pinterest the sandwich you need to make it work with the machine you have.)  I used some metallic Nuvo mouse in Cosmic Brown (a copper tone) and rubbed it over the cardstock with my fingers.  I played around with thickness a bit and decided I liked it better for this card with a lighter touch.  It gives a nice shimmer and a little goes a long way!

Next, I die cut a variety of flowers & leaves from Tim’s Wildflower Stems #1 plus a flower from the original Wildflowers set. I colored them with a variety of shades of Distress Oxide Ink, which I later decided gave too soft of a color… so I added more depth with some Distress Markers and finally added some Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over them all to match it better with the antique looking background.

I finished it off with some yellow crinkle ribbon & little copper buckle.  I also decided to pop the main flower with some foam squares to add some extra dimension.

This card went through a lot of stages before I finally finished it… at one point I really didn’t think I even wanted to share it!  Thanks to some creative input I received, I was able to recover it so I could share with you today.  I hope it inspires you to find a creative way to work some metallic into your cards today!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 243} hold tight

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today is Day 14 of our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge for April 2020, and the theme is texture… so I pulled out a stencil and some transparent gloss texture paste to make this little card to share!

I’m featuring  one of the ‘Snarky Cat’ stamps by Tim Holtz here.  This one reminded me of some of us who are just hanging on, waiting for an opportunity to get out of isolation!  My initial plan was to use a stencil that had a screen door sort of look to it, the closest I found was this faded dots background by Tim Holtz.   I swiped the paste through the stencil on a piece of kraft cardstock, then removed and cleaned my stencil and set the paper aside to dry a while.  I don’t know how long it took to dry, I just walked away and did some other tasks for a while!  I inked up some cardstock and stamped this cat three times so I could add dimension to his face & eyes.  When I came back, everything was dry and I was able to cut apart my layers and start piecing the card together!

I wanted the focus to be on both the textured panel and the cat, so I kept everything else pretty simple!   None of the sentiments in the stamp set were fitting the vibe I wanted for this card, but I found a sticker that was a perfect fit.  I chose the black version of the sticker to make it pop.  Since I wasn’t quite getting the screen door effect I hoped for, I added some black & white twine for him to ‘hold tight’ onto.  As a bonus, things like twine & ribbon are great ways to add extra texture to a card!  I usually avoid combining white & ivory together like I have here, but somehow it all works together.

I hope you like my bits of texture, and I hope you are able to “hold tight & pretend it’s a plan” right now 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 242} Spring Hugs

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

If you’ve been following along with our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge, you may have noticed that today’s theme is TRIO.  I’m sharing my twist on the theme in todays card, which features a trio of circles, flowers & leaves. I’ve also got the added bonus of using a HUG sentiment on my card.

I’ve used flowers & sentiments from another Gina K set called Hugs & Wildflowers.  I had some scraps of paper that had been inked up with Color Burst previously and decided to die cut three MFT stitched circles from the piece.  I ended up using the tiniest circle, which was a good pair with the tiny flower I stamped!  Once again I’m also using a leaf die cut from Tim Holtz.  I anchored all the individual pieces to another stitched die cut, this time a rectangle.  (I used a set by MFT, but this one by Lawn Fawn is in stock right now.) The big hugs sentiment seemed perfect considering our monthly theme, and I added a few vintage ‘chit chat’ stickers by Tim Holtz.  I think these may have been one of the first sets of stickers he released years ago!

As a finishing touch I added some white paint splatters to the kraft card base, which measures 5.5″ square.  I hope you like it and are feeling my hugs from afar… can’t wait to see your ‘TRIO’ designs on our facebook challenge page!

Inky hugs,