Thursday, September 29, 2022

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | 4 Cards feat. Create-in-Quad Peaceful Pines + Foil It Winter Blessings

Taylored Expressions has released the next in the Create-in-Quads Layering Stencils and you're going to love it! I'm thrilled to be introducing Create-in-Quads Peaceful Pines, the eighth of the Create-in-Quads series.

I'm sharing four cards in my video. They all feature the Create-in-Quads Peaceful Pines, Foil It Winter Blessings sentiment panels and coordinating Winter Blessings Dies. Three of the cards feature a portrait design and one has a landscape design. I selected Pink Champagne, Guava, Spearmint, Poblano Pepper and Chocolate Truffle inks for my stencilling. I love this pretty, non-traditional colour combo for holiday/winter cards!

After the stencilling was complete, I used my Mini Minc Foil Applicator with Deco Foil Sheets in Scattered Stars to create the stunning sentiments. They were then cut out using the coordinating Winter Blessings Dies. You can also find the original Winter Blessings sentiments HERE or in this video.

I love the way the Scattered Stars look on those letters! They provide so much dept to the sentiments and the sparkle adds that wow factor. I love how full this first panel looks with all the trees and snow.

After stencilling the snow very lightly with Spearmint ink, I added Happy Medium in Iridescent Glitter on top. It adds dimension and a festive sparkle which I love!

This second card also uses the Frame-in-Frame 3 Die, a former freebie but now available for purchase. I popped it up with foam strips and I love the way the snow extends up and over that frame.

This third card uses the largest of the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets, another favourite and often-used die in my stash. I love the detail it adds without bulk or distraction.

One other feature I added to all four cards was the use of the Gathered Stars Die cut from Pineapple cardstock. I used five different sizes of stars on the different cards and topped some of the trees with them. The pop of yellow is a pretty addition to the pink and teal trees.

My last card features both the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets and Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets, the latter of which was cut diagonally from vellum and matte silver foil

Thanks so much for watching!


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!