Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday with Tara’

Tuesday with Tara {take 278} Wise Men Seeking

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Christmas is getting closer every day, and I was grateful for a chance to sit and make some cards over the weekend.  I wanted to keep working with my green inks and thought it might be a fun twist to do a green ombre background for this wisemen die cut by Tim Holtz.

I love taking traditional themes and adding my own twist to them, so for this card that included using book print as my background and Kraft card stock for my die cut.  I inked my background with Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough & Rustic Wilderness.   I chose the oxide inks for a softer look that blends nicer on a lightweight paper like book print.  For this project I used a foam blending tool.  Once everything was inked, I splattered a bit of water on the background as well as some heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water for a bit of shimmer.

I used Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops on the star and added some dimensional stars in the sky with it as well.  I don’t normally mix metallics on a project, but somehow it worked for this card  since my card base is a deep steel grey tone.  I finished everything off with some green ribbon, which I dyed with Rustic Wilderness Spray Stain,  (The greens of the background and the ribbon match better in person- I just couldn’t capture it quite right!) and finally a couple nickel toned embellishments by Tim Holtz from my stash.  It was my first time actually using one of the little stars and I love the look!

I really love this die cut and how it fills an A2 card front perfectly.  I’m sorry my photos don’t accurately capture the shimmer & colors on this card, but I promise it’s prettier in person 🙂

Wishing you peace & sending inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 277} Christmas Joy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is hoping to send some Christmas JOY your way with this bold & simple card design featuring a great die cut sentiment by MFT over a background created with assorted Rustic Wilderness Distress products.

The background was a bit of a ‘practice’ piece which I stamped, inked & stenciled on while working on some of my recent projects, so it has a variety of designs worked into it that ended up making a pretty fun background for a card like this!

I had hoped to make this card using one of the fun Iconic Christmas shapes that was featured in the blog hop, but I’m still waiting on mine to arrive in the mail… so I pulled out this cute Santa hat from the Festive Things die set by Tim Holtz.  I die cut it from red card stock as well as a scrap of white (the same pearly card stock I used for the sentiment).  Once I glued it all together and did some inking, I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the hat.  I found some chunky green glitter I bought last Christmas and added it around the hat in the ‘O’ for a bit of extra fun.

All in all, this card pieced together pretty quickly and you can bet I’ll be making some more with a variety of colors and shapes in the opening!  I also have plans for another card using the letters that I cut out from this one… tis the season!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 276} Peace on Earth

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Happy Tuesday & Happy December 1!

It feels good to finally be in the advent season, counting down until Christmas (and then to the new year shortly after that).  This year, more than ever, I’ve been drawn to the messages of Christmas- things like peace & joy.  I think we all can use as much as we can get and I love this Peace on Earth stamp set by Concord & 9th.  For today’s card, I’ve paired it with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink (I think it’ll be my color of the season!) and some gorgeous WOW embossing powder called Perissa.

This chunky embossing powder is perfect on a bold sentiment like this one, it’s got a fine copper base with chunkier pieces of gold & silver mixed in.  I embossed it on a pale grey card stock, which I die cut with a stitched circle die by Lawn Fawn.

There are several greenery type stamps in this set, so I chose to layer them to create a wreath design for my card.  I used both regular Distress Ink & Distress Oxide, following around the edge of a smaller circle die cut which I set on the card to guide me.  Then I added a final layer of smaller images with Embossing Glaze on them to finish it.  (I also added a few small leaves in another green to fill in a few spots that needed something extra.)The textures from the two different embossing powders really add interest & richness to this very simple looking card.

I finished off the card with what I first considered to be an ‘inside sentiment’ on this set, it just seemed like it fit perfectly at the bottom of my card front.  A thin green bow (inked with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain) adds a final touch of softness to the card.

Wishing you peace in your home & in your heart this holiday season… and inky hugs too!