Tuesday, September 13, 2022

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | 4 Cards feat. Triple Slim Celebrate Layering Stencils + Happy Hooray Sentiments

Taylored Expressions has released the next in the Triple Slim Layering Stencil Series and you're going to love it! If you're already a fan of the Create-in-Quads Layering Stencils, then you're sure to fall in love with this new addition. I'm thrilled to be introducing Triple Slim Celebrate Layering Stencil, the third of the Triple Slim series. These work exactly like the Create-in-Quads but result in three mini slim cards, as opposed to four A2 cards.

I'm sharing four cards in my video. They all feature the Triple Slim Celebrate Layering Stencil and coordinating Triple Slim Celebrate Candle Dies. Two of the cards feature a vertical design and two have a horizontal design. Also featured is new Happy Hooray stamp set with coordinating Happy Hooray Dies. I selected Cupcake, Cherry Pop, Candy Corn and Passion Fruit inks for my stencilling. The colours are perfect for fall birthday cards!

The Triple Slim Celebrate Layering Stencil features three designs -- confetti, balloons and candles. The first card features the paler of the two confetti panels shown in my video and I added details to both ends of the panel using the smallest of the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets.

I heat embossed the sentiment using gold tinsel embossing powder on Passion Fruit cardstock and layered it on a Cupcake shadow to coordinate with the mini slim card base.

My second card, also in the vertical format, features the falling balloons and I absolutely love the way the inks overlap. I framed this panel using the second-largest of the Mini Slim Thin Frame Cutting Plate, cut from gold glitter cardstock.

To create the sentiment, I stamped it first with Passion Fruit ink on Sugar Cube cardstock, then stamped it a second time using watermark ink and heat embossing it with sparkle embossing powder. I added a second layer of the die cut sentiment for a bit of dimension and attached everything to a Passion Fruit card base.

I love all the design possibilities using these three stencils. The coordinating Triple Slim Celebrate Candle Dies and Triple Slim Celebrate Balloons Dies can also be used to add varying amounts of dimension, whether it's by using liquid glue to stack layers of cardstock or by using glue dots and foam tape.

These next two cards feature two of the stencilled panels with a horizontal design. The different heights and patterns on these candles carries the eye across the whole length of this mini slim card and I love that you can use the coordinating Triple Slim Celebrate Candle Dies for even more options.

I kept this card simple and white heat embossed the sentiment on Cupcake cardstock and added gold pearls to some of the flames. The panel was added to a Candy Corn card base.

This final card features the darker of the two confetti panels and the second of the candle panel, die cut with the coordinating Triple Slim Celebrate Candle Dies. I layered the candles two stacks high, then glued them directly on to the panel.

As with my second card, I stamped this sentiment first with Passion Fruit ink on Sugar Cube cardstock, then a second time using watermark ink and heat embossing it with sparkle embossing powder. I added a gold glitter shadow, then attached the panel to a Cherry Pop card base.

I hope you enjoyed all of these ideas for the Triple Slim Celebrate Layering Stencil, coordinating Triple Slim Celebrate Candle DiesHappy Hooray sentiments and coordinating Happy Hooray Dies.

Thanks so much for watching!


Thursday, September 1, 2022

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | 4 Card Ideas feat. Thank You in Bloom Kit

Taylored Expressions has a new cardmaking kit and it's so beautiful! We can all use more thank you cards in our stash and this one is made to create fast, stunning cards. It not only has one but two sets of innovative layering stencils!

In this video featuring the Thank You in Bloom Cardmaking Kit, I create four cards -- two on Sugar Cube cardstock and two on Toffee cardstock. Since fall and Thanksgiving are quickly approaching, I chose a retro colour palette and the Toffee really adds warmth to these cards.

My four main colours are Rose Water, Honey, Granny Smith and Poblano Pepper. I also used Sugar Cube and Toffee as neutral colours. All six colours are represented in both ink and cardstock, except for Granny Smith which is only used in ink.

My first card features the Toffee panel with white heat embossing. I inked up the flowers in Poblano Pepper and Honey, but later covered the Poblano flowers with die cut Rose Water flowers, layered with a gold glitter shadow. I cut the stencilled panel with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and added a Petite Scallop Rectangle layer cut from Rose Water cardstock and attached these to a Poblano Pepper card base.

My second card features the large sentiment on its own, stamped in Toffee ink. Then I also used two of the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets to create detail and dimension. Instead of using the Thank You in Bloom Stencil, I used the Awesome Blossoms Layering Stencil to create the flower clusters.

I die cut the Awesome Blossoms and attached them to the panel with a combination of glue dots and foam tape. I added white enamel dots to the centres for detail and rounded two of the corners before attaching the panel to a Toffee card base.

I just love that my first two cards are so different from each other, even though they use the exact same colours. My next two cards will show you even more versatility with this card kit and all of the possibilities with the same colours, heat embossing and dimension.

My third card features the Thank You in Bloom stamp in Poblano Pepper on Sugar Cube cardstock. I stencilled the flowers in Rose Water and Honey, then added leaves in Granny Smith and Poblano Pepper. Then I used the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate to add dimension to the panel.

I secured the centre section directly to the Honey card base and popped up the outer frame with foam strips. Finally, I added a few rose gold sequins from the kit for shimmer and shine.

My final card for this video features the Thank You in Bloom sentiment heat embossed with copper embossing powder. Once again, I used the Awesome Blossoms Layering Stencil to create the flowers and foliage. 

This panel was cut using the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and attached to a Sugar Cube card base. I assembled the clusters differently from the second card and stencilled in a few of the tiny daisies to fill in the empty space before attaching the die cut images with glue dots.

Thanks so much for watching!


Friday, August 19, 2022

Ellen Hutson | Essentials by Ellen August 19th Release IG Hop!

Today's the day! The new Essentials by Ellen Release is now available in the shop and we're celebrating with an Instagram Hop. The Design Ambassadors and our guest for this month, Jeannie Lieu, have prepared loads of inspiration for you. We're giving away two $25 gift certificates and all you need to do is hop along for your chance to win. While appreciated, comments left here do not qualify.

My card for this hop features the Starry Skies, Happy Trails and Happy Trails More Sayings stamp sets from this release. I created the frame for the scene using the Essential Arches Hot Foil Stamps on Concord & 9th's Stardust cardstock and used the Essential Arches Dies to cut out the window.

In the background, I trimmed a panel of Concord & 9th's Midnight cardstock and gold heat embossed the Starry Skies and a sentiment from Happy Trails More Sayings. Then I set those pieces aside while I stamped the other images.

I used Catherine Pooler's Green Tea and Spruce inks to ombre stamp the trees from Happy Trails. I used sponge daubers to blend the two colours for a seamless transition. I also used Cove Blue and Juniper Mist to ombre stamp the raccoon from Backyard Party. He's so cute holding that mug from Happy Trails More Sayings!

The tent, which is also from Happy Trails, was stamped with Concord & 9th's Stardust and Midnight inks. The mug from Happy Trails More Sayings was stamped with Mushroom and Ballet Slipper, and the steam was stamped with Dove ink. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE or at the bottom of this post.

Since I didn't create blog posts for the eight reveal week cards, I'll share them here. If you already saw them on Instagram and prefer not to see them again, you can skip to the bottom for the full supply list or click on the new release badge at the top of this post to shop the new products.

My first card for Day 1 of Reveal Week featured the Through the Trees Die and Starry Skies stamp set. I love the versatile tree die that you can use singularly or doubled up to create a view of the sky from below, literally through the trees!

I created a background from Concord & 9th's Midnight cardstock and white heat embossed the tiny stars across the top and bottom of the panel, as well as one of the sentiments from Starry Skies. I also splattered white and gold paint, as well as adhered mini gold star confetti to add shimmer and shine.

To finish, I used the Through the Trees Die to cut two sets of trees from both Hero Arts Kiwi cardstock and Concord & 9th's Evergreen cardstock, layering them for a full forest effect. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE. 

My second card for Day 1 of Reveal Week featured the Essential Stars Hot Foil Stamps and I combined it with a sentiment from the Starry Skies stamp set. I heat foiled the largest star directly on the Ballet Slipper base panel. Then I heat foiled two more stars on Evergreen and Midnight cardstock.

To create variation, texture and visual interest, I left the Grapefruit star plain but I used the A2 Piercing Plate 2 on the Stardust star and included the border left by the Essential Stars Dies. I created movement for the stars, in keeping with the sentiment by randomly placing them so the eye follows them upward.

I white heat embossed the Starry Skies sentiment directly on the heat foiled Midnight star, then adhered all of them flat save the one with the sentiment. I also added mini gold star confetti for maximum impact. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

My first card for Day 2 of Reveal Week featured the Nature Walk stamp set with coordinating dies. If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I love pairing the Abstract Mountain Die with the A2 Piercing Plate 2 and that's exactly what I did here to create the background for the stamped images.

To create the background, I used Concord & 9th's Ballet Slipper, Grapefruit and Stardust cardstock, Hero Arts Kiwi cardstock, then Concord & 9th's Evergreen and Midnight cardstock. The Ballet Slipper, Kiwi and Midnight layers were texturized using the A2 Piercing Plate 2.

The ferns were ombre stamped using Catherine Pooler's Green Tea, Spruce and Juniper Mist inks. The mushrooms were stamped with Concord & 9th's Mushroom ink, then filled in with Ballet Slipper, Grapefruit and Stardust. The sentiment was stamped with Mushroom ink. To add a bit of sparkle, I glued teeny tiny glitter on to some of the dots on the mushrooms. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

My second card for Day 2 of Reveal Week also featured the Nature Walk stamp set with coordinating dies. This time, I used the darker colours from the colour combination used on the previous card. This time, I used Stardust, Kiwi, Evergreen and Midnight cardstock.

I die cut the Midnight panel using the Essential 4-Bar Rectangles. I also used the same die on Stardust cardstock to create the frame. I heat foiled the large Essential Stars Hot Foil Stamps directly on the Midnight panel, and also on Kiwi cardstock. Then I used the Essential Stars Dies to cut out the Evergreen border and heat foiled Kiwi star. 

I gold heat embossed both the sentiment and mushrooms, then filled in the mushrooms with Stardust, Green Tea and Evergreen inks. The base panel features a sheet of the Modern Graphics Vol. 2 paper pack, which I absolutely love. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

My first card for Day 3 of Reveal Week featured the Mondo Rhododendron stamp set with coordinating dies. Since this flower has so much detail, I wanted to keep my card simple. I used Dawn Woleslagle's watercolour stamping technique with daubers and Catherine Pooler's water-reactive inks in It's a Girl, Apricot, Green Tea and Spruce to add colour to the stamp.

Once the multi-coloured image was stamped on watercolour paper, I used a wet brush to spread the colour. I love that this technique doesn't require much skill or precision. Once the flowers were done, I used a bit of Juniper Mist ink to add a blue background around the flowers.

After using gold and white paint to create splatter and shimmer, I stamped the two-part sentiment. The scripted portion was stamped directly on the panel using Midnight ink and the second part was white heat embossed on Midnight cardstock and die cut using the Sentiment Strips Die. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

My second card for Day 3 of Reveal Week also featured the Mondo Rhododendron stamp set with coordinating dies. This time, I used the second image in the set and coloured it with Copic markers. Again, I used the same colour combo for all the other cards and you can find those Copic colours listed HERE.

I love this beautiful bird image and wanted to keep the rest of the card simple so I heat foiled one of the Essential Circles Hot Foil Stamps using Opal hot foil, then used the Essential Circles Dies to cut out the window. I stamped the sentiment directly on the white linen card base, then tucked a strip of striped paper from the Modern Graphics Vol. 2 paper pack.

It's pretty rare that I keep a card completely flat for mailing but this one didn't need any foam tape! I do love my foam tape so this surprised me but I love it when a design feels just right. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

My first card for Day 4 of Reveal Week featured the Happy Trails and Happy Trails More Sayings stamp sets with coordinating dies. I love the Star Wars stories and wanted to use this punny sentiment. The  marshmallow sticks looked like lightsabers so I created a little scene outside the heat foiled Essential Stars Hot Foil Stamps and Essential Stars Dies

In the window of the star, I once again used my favourite Abstract Mountain Die, cut from Concord & 9th's Ballet Slipper, Grapefruit and Stardust cardstock, then Hero Arts Kiwi and finally Concord & 9th's Evergreen. I gold heat embossed the sentiment directly on the die cut segments and love the way it looks!

The card base was cut from white linen cardstock and the top panel uses Concord & 9th's Midnight cardstock. The logs were stamped with Catherine Pooler's S'mores and Macchiato inks, and the marshmallow sticks were stamped with Macchiato. The marshmallows themselves and flame were stamped with Concord & 9th's Ballet Slipper, Grapefruit and Stardust inks. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

My second card for Day 4 of Reveal Week featured the Trippin' stamp set with coordinating dies, which was a gift with purchase during last year's Summer of Stamping. I also used a sentiment and steam accent from the Happy Trails More Sayings stamp set, and the Essential Stars Hot Foil Stamps.

The colours featured on this mini slimline include a white linen card base and oyster gray panel. The retro van was white heat embossed on Concord & 9th's Grapefruit cardstock and layered on Ballet Slipper for an extra pop of light colour.

The stars were heat foiled on Concord & 9th's Stardust, Evergreen and Midnight cardstock. I used the Essential Stars Dies to cut them out with varying borders and inserts for visual interest. All of the supplies for this card can be found HERE

If you were inspired by any of my cards this week, I hope you'll shop using my affiliate links. Thanks so much!!