Saturday 8 October 2011

One Layer Hearts

Well its Saturday again - hurrah - even if it is grim outside and I'm trapped in the house all weekend due to parking issues and local sporting events - I don't care as I can play all day in my craft room.

As its Saturday I've started with my favourite challenge of the week - Less Is More - which as it's the second Saturday of the month is one layer week and it must feature hearts.

I've made a couple of cards - first off a very simple teeny-tiny card with my Chemistry set from There She Goes as I just love it at the moment.  Stamped in black, and coloured the hearts with lady bug momento ink using a waterbrush and a couple of copics for the cork and bottle.

For my second card, I've used some of my new found inky techniques.  I have to say the online class I'm doing is one the of the most useful things I've ever done and its really helping me get over my inky phobia - now if someone can tell me how to get the damn stuff off my fingers (or better still how not to get it on there in the first place!) I'd be very happy!!!

For this card I masked off a strip with post-its, stamped a solid heart using pearl ink and pulled it away quickly to get a stippled effect and some texture - I embossed it with clear gloss ep.  I overlapped a text heart and embossed with ultrafine silver ep.  The hearts are from a set by Srappy Cat.  I added a white pearl sentiment from Verve and embossed that with clear gloss too.  I sponged deep mahogany and scattered straw ink over everything roughly with a make-up sponge - this is the trick I learnt - don't worry about how smooth you get the ink - simply over-spritz it when finished with water or pearlised water.  I used pearlised (made myself using blond moments powder in a tim holz mini spritz with water).  I wiped the ink off the embossed areas whilst the ink was wet then dried the whole thing with my heat gun and hey presto - smooth inky finish the easy way!

Time for some lunch and the off to see who else is playing today.


  1. Hola Tara, fantastic cards!, but the first it's my favourite, beautiful idea,i love ypur love potion:D :D :D!!
    A hug from Palma

  2. Hi Tara a couple of fab cards xx Jan

  3. Two wondeerful cards, love the bottled hearts image, and the embossed hearts on the inked strip, a marvellous effect.

  4. 2 great cards, love the first one - good fun card.

    You can view my card here

  5. I'm glad to see you're having fun with inkiness... it's one of my fave techniques. The effects can be magical can't they!
    Super cards.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. Both of these a great cards, I love the potion bottle, such fun and the technique in your second card is brilliant. Will have to give that a try :)

  7. Brilliant cards Tara, love the potion cute :) I'm afraid I shy away from inky fingers to much to enjoy these lovely techniques..beautiful cards :)
    Jenny x

  8. Love both of your cards especially the love potion one.

  9. Love them both Tara but it`s got to be the love potion one for me.
    Lynne xxx

  10. Fun first card, but my fav is the more technical second one. Really great to get tips on how to add dimension on one layer.

  11. Tara - the love potion No 9 and hearts in a flask are just perfect for this challenge, and they satisfy the geek in me :) You beat me too it!!!

    Love the second card too - lovely rich colours.

  12. Both very different, but both very terrific Tara!
    Thank you
    Mandi LIM

  13. These are fantastic Tara and I especially like the hearts in a bottle! Vx

  14. Fabulous cards Tara
    Margaret x

  15. Both fab cards love them both x

  16. Both card are great, but my favorite is the first one

    Carol W

  17. Hi Tara
    Fabby cards as always ....thanks for my award ...sorry not thanked you earlier i have been away....
    hugs sylvie
    Trying to get back into the swing againx

  18. Two great cards, Tara! I really love the simplicity of the first card....and the techniques you used on the second card!

  19. Both great cards but my favourite is the second one... love the richness of it.
    Suzi B :)


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