Tuesday, May 16, 2023

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Stitched Easy Strips Dies feat. NEW Colours and Maps

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you're all excited for the new colour release from Taylored Expressions! I'm always thrilled to have new colours in my collection because colour always jumpstarts my creative mojo. I can look at older products in a new way, just by using different colour combinations. There are seven new colours and I'll be using six of those -- Dragon Fruit, Mango, Kiwi, Dill Pickle, Cotton Candy and Snow Cone -- with the new Stitched Easy Strips 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" Dies and Easy Strips Maps Vol. 2.

At the start of my video, I also share the new True Colors - May 2023 mini stamp set, True Colors Swatch Squares and True Colours Ink-spiration Cards - In Halves. Together, these are a fun way to create and record colour combinations that you can reach for at any time.

I created three cards for this video, all using patterns from Easy Strips Maps Vol. 2. This one use Dragon FruitMango and Snow Cone, which I feel are the tropical versions of the traditional primary colours. I love how much they pop, especially with the 1/2" Stitched Easy Strips. The colours are so bright, they almost look fluorescent!

After cutting out all the strips and glueing them directly onto the map, I trimmed off the overhanging pieces and attached the panel to a Sugar Cube card base. All of the sentiments are from the Hello Lovely stamp set and they were stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on Sugar Cube cardstock. 

I added a shadow behind the sentiment using Black Licorice cardstock and popped it on to the panel with foam squares. For the embellishments, I cut out the small blossom from the Garden Variety Dies in both Sea Salt and Oyster cardstock. I glued the two layers together and attached them to the card with glue dots. To finish, I added black enamel dots in the centres.

My second card uses the simplest map and it's my favourite one! In fact, I made my own version of this map when the original plain Easy Strips were released and you can watch that video HERE.

I decided to mix the original 1/4" Easy Strips with the new Stitched 1/4" Easy Strips and I love the contrast, as well as the way they intersect. Those little details really pack a punch and give this card its wow factor.

Just as with the previous card, the sentiment from the Hello Lovely stamp set was stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on Sugar Cube cardstock. A shadow was added behind it with a Black Licorice cardstock die cut, then popped on to the panel with foam squares

My third and final card uses one of the more complex maps. This time, I wanted to use the two new greens and two new blues -- Kiwi (my favourite of the seven new colours), Dill PickleCotton Candy and Snow Cone. This time, I used the original 1/2" Easy Strips and cut those from Kiwi and Cotton Candy. Then I used the new Stitched 1/8" Easy Strips and cut those from Dill Pickle and Snow Cone cardstock.

This background took some time to assemble but the results were definitely worth it! I love the combination of colours, as well as the detail on the Stitched 1/8" Easy Strips! As with the other two cards, this sentiment from Hello Lovely is really striking. I added one of the Subtle Sprigs cut from Poppy Seed cardstock and embellished it with Silver Matte Metallic Enamel Dots.

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