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Vicki Boutin

Tuesday with Tara {take 350} Love you

Since today’s card is all about the challenge theme “words” I once again used a sentiment from the Bold Text #1 set by Tim Holtz. I then kept going and managed to fit even more words into this mini slimline card…

I absolutely look working with book print, so it was fun to cut the brushstroke flowers from book print as well as regular Cardstock, inking both with Distress Oxide Inks.  I mixed & matched both cuts to make this pretty blossoms really stand out!

As a final ‘words’ detail, I layered a black & white script print paper from Vicki Boutin’s Storyteller paper pad behind the cut out bold text.

This is one of those cards that is both simple and full of details at the same time… but I hope it makes you smile and you enjoy the eclectic mix I used to make it!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 333} Coffee Obsessed

Happy Tuesday!  Did you check out our Inspiration Hop over the weekend?  It’s not too late to check it out again- it was full of so many great projects from the team!  I’m back with another card using the Coffee House stamps by Anita Jeram together with Storyteller paper pad by Vicki Boutin.   I picked a totally different color combo for this card and I also am feeling a little more back into the groove with my Copic Markers again. LOL. Good to know I haven’t totally wasted that investment!

I couldn’t decide between a grey mouse or a brown mouse, so I did one of each and I then I settled on matching this pretty teal paper from the paper pad for the Bodum Coffee Maker.  I rarely even use mine (mostly when we’re camping) but now I really want one in teal like this!   I’ve used the Copic Markers BG13, BG15 & BG18 for this and it’s a fave color combo of mine.  It makes me happy… like coffee 🙂

I finished this card off with a few Clear Drops by Studio Katia– adding a tiny bit of sparkle by using Honey Gold Nuvo Glitter Drops as my adhesive.  I always like a bit of texture too, so a bit of thin twine tied in a bow to match the adorable coffee maker was a fun touch as well!  You can’t really see it well, but I added subtle dimension to the sentiment banner by adding some foam adhesive only in the center so it is flat at both of the outer edges, giving a bit of softness & height to it.

I hope you like it and that your day is more blessed than stressed 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 323} Fall-ish Thanks

Happy Tuesday!  I think I mentioned previously that I’m struggling a bit getting into Christmas card mode (but I’m aiming towards sharing as many as I can starting next week!)… So, when I pulled out this stencil I thought “candy cane stripes” and decided to give it a pink twist.  And then somehow I ended up abandoning that idea altogether and I paired it with some delicate skeleton leaves for a rather fall-ish card, with a feminine twist!

One of my favorite things about autumn is that my photo props for autumn cards can be found just laying around in the yard… I didn’t find any pink or coral leaves (though I have seen them!) but there were plenty yellow, and enough red that I just had to sneak one in.   This card is inspired by our challenge word, PASTE and I used some clear embossing paste on the striped design over some Distress Ink.

This stencil (another from the Vicki Boutin set I got) has rows of uneven stripes, which I love but I just wanted one along the edge for this card.  As you can see, I taped it off with washing tape and then inked through it.  I then swiped embossing paste over it before lifting the stencil to let it dry.   The gloss of the paste gives a nice sheen to it, similar to what you might get with clear embossing powder.

These skeleton leaves dies are some favorites of mine, and I couldn’t resist cutting them from a watercolor background I’d made and discarded during another project- there was just enough left to cut these 2 leaves and the ‘thanks’ as well!

Die cutting the ‘thanks’ sentiment happened out of necessity… I really wanted to stamp it with an ombre using the same kitsch flamingo ink and a yellow, but after getting a blah blend and then overstamping in a darker color that I didn’t line up quite right… yeah, I gave up and layered the die cut word over it to create a shadow effect.

Since I was aiming for an ombre color scheme here, I splattered some orange gloss spray (Cheddar!) over the card and tied it all together with some yellow twine.  I used some gold glitter glue to attach my sequins for a bit of extra fun.

I hope this fall-ish card makes you smile today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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