Hello – Taylored Expressions

When I first saw this Pretty Posies Background stamp, my first thought was trying to recreate the look of blue willow china. Sometimes a solid stamp can just be a jumping off point to add more detail!

Quick Tips:

  • I started by stamping the image in a light shade of blue (good options here could be Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles or Confetti Cake inks from Taylored Expressions.
  • The coloring might look daunting, but it’s really quite simple because you don’t actually need to blend. Just choose three marker shades that work with your base color and add flicks of color. I worked lightest to darkest
  • You could also try this same look with another monochromatic color scheme – pink would be stunning!
  • The “hello” script is from a previous gift with purchase set but the Hello Script die would be a great alternative.

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Let It Snow – Taylored Expressions

Just because you’re starting to make Christmas and winter themed cards, it doesn’t mean you have to abandon your beach-y themed stamps! This Build A Background Waves set from Taylored Expressions works just as well for this penguin as it does in a summer scene!

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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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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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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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Tis the Season – Taylored Expressions

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One more card from the Taylored Expressions Frosty Kit!

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Grumpy Cat – Taylored Expressions

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I love finding fun and unexpected ways to combine stamp sets I already own!

Quick Tips:

  • The sentiment on this card wasn’t made for the Big Grumpy line – it came from Handmade Humor (a previous “free with purchase” set).
  • The “bushes” on this card are actually the leafy portion of the tree from the Treetop Background set, just flipped over!
  • The cloud background was created using the MFT Mini Cloud stencil and Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink (my new favorite sky color!)

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Flurry of Winter Wishes – Taylored Expressions

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I haven’t been able to step away from the new Frosty Kit from Taylored Expressions!

I’m pretty sure the little guy in the upper corner is supposed to be singing but he also looks a little surprised about being upside down, don’t you think?

Quick tips:

  • After cutting a few random circles from a card front, I lightly penciled them onto the card base and chose a few winter colors of Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Shaded Lilac) to add some color behind the circle.
  • In this case, I used blender brushes to get a nice fade back to white in each circle.
  • If you’re nervous about blending into the other circles (I was), just use post it notes to cover the circles as you go.

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Frosty Kit – Taylored Expressions

Snowed in Sayings – Taylored Expressions

Distress Oxide Ink colors – Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Shaded Lilac

 

Be Merry – Taylored Expressions

It might be 90 degrees outside but it’s been frosty in my craft room! Having so much fun with the Taylored Expressions Frosty Kit

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I pulled out all the stops to create the background:

  • I start by blending Chipped Sapphire, Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks. I used blender brushes so I could get the fade to white at the bottom.
  • Next I added Gina K Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel using the stencil included in the kit. You’ll need to complete that in two steps if you’re making a slimline card to give it time to dry.
  • Once the ink and glitter gel are dry, I stamped the snowflakes included in the kit with embossing ink and used Hero Arts satin pearl embossing powder.
  • The background was finished off with a few of the small snowflakes from the kit.

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So many ideas floating around in my head for this kit – be sure to check back for more.

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