Note of Thanks – Taylored Expressions

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Cling and Clear backgrounds and this is one of my favorites!

Quick Tips:

  • Make space for a large sentiment by trimming a section out of your background.
  • Now you’re left with a section of background that you could either use for another card or…
  • Since these shapes are so simple, I fussy cut a few of the flowers and popped them up along the edges of the sentiment section for a little interest.

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Shell-fies – Lawn Fawn for Crafty Meraki

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This is one of those times that the idea that popped into my head when I saw these products actually worked out just as I envisioned it! Don’t you love it when that happens?!

In my head, the scene was a camera that someone had dropped into the ocean and this little group of underwater friends came upon it and started taking selfies with it.  Because obviously that is what an octopus would do, right?

Quick Tips:

  • This slimline card base is 3 3/4″ X 8 1/2″.
  • I started by blending the background with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and the Ocean Motion Stencil wavy border stencil by My Favorite Things. I also added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink along the edges to give it that “green-ish” underwater look.
  • Once I had the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Camera add on die cut, I added a light blending along the top with Twisted Citron and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Ink to give the impression that the camera had been underwater for awhile and was starting to grow some moss!
  • The ocean floor sand base was created using the Lawn Fawn Slimline Stitched Hillside Border dies – even when you’re using it on the narrow side of the card, it’s nice to have options of where you want the “hills” to fall.
  • I added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and splatters to give the ocean floor a sandy look.
  • I masked the smaller images of the octopus and his friends from the Ocean Shell-fie stamp set to create the “selfie” and die cut the larger images to add around the camera while they waited to see their picture!

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Aflutter – Taylored Expressions

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Enjoying a beautiful, sunny day here in Ohio!

I have a stash of ink blended panels that I made while trying out different color combinations – this card came together so quickly by just white heat embossing the butterflies from the Taylored Expressions Aflutter stamp set on top of one.⁠

This panel is blended with Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Inks.

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Sealiously Awesome Birthday – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

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I just had to create one more card with these super sweet seals!  This time they are having a pool party!

Quick tips:

  • There are two seal images in the Sealiously Sweet stamp set that are a view of them lounging from overhead – perfect for this kind of scene!
  • I lightly blended some Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink along the edges of my card base to give the impression of water.
  • For this card, I fussy cut the seals and popped them up with foam tape for some dimension – you could also keep it simple and make this a one layer card.

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Gus & Gertie – Taylored Expressions

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The adventures of Gus & Gertie continue! Now they are riding through a flower bed on Gus’ scooter!

Quick Tips:

  • I used the Doodle Flowers background to fill in the scene but masked off the top flowers.
  • You might want to color in the flowers to add a little more pop, but I liked leaving Gus and Gertie as the stars of this show! (Plus it’s quicker)
  • Some soft blue and green blending give the impression of sky and grass but still keep things light and bright!

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A-roar-able Friends – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

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Images that are just the right size to hold their own on a simple card front with a sentiment are some of my favorites!!

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Quick Tips:

  • These dinosaurs are simple enough to fussy cut – just use a black marker to run along the edges for a finished look.
  • Adding a very faint shadow under each image (I used C1 and C00 markers) and popping up the fussy cut images, gives just enough dimension to make these cards special.
  • My go to color scheme is usually pretty bright but I wasn’t sure if that was the direction I wanted to go here so it was Pinterest to the rescue! In this case, I tried searching for “dinosaur images” and found a perfect muted color scheme. Sometimes I also try searches like “illustrations” or “cartoons” depending on the look I’m going for.

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Tis the Season – Taylored Expressions

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One more card from the Taylored Expressions Frosty Kit!

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Wild Birthday – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

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This Savanna Safari stamp set from Sunny Studio makes me think of the Madagascar movies (I really should have found a spot for the hippo!).

Quick Tips:

  • Adding some faint ink blending gives the hint of scene while still keeping the card light and bright.
  • I chose to mask the lion for this scene but you could also use the coordinating dies to add an extra layer of dimension.
  • Try turning the border stamp from the Sunny Studio Tropical Scenes set and stamping in sections to fit around your animals and sentiment – you don’t have to use the entire image!
  • I added small dots with the tip of my Copic markers (the same colors I used for the lion) to create “dirt” to ground each of the animals in the scene.

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