Taylored Expressions Christmas Gifting Release Inspiration

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday! If a few of your favorite things are creating beautiful packages tied up in strings, tags, home decor and handmade ornaments then you are going to LOVE the new Christmas Gifting Release at Taylored Expressions

Today, I’m sharing several projects using the new Gable Boxes, Critter Clips, Accordion Tree Die Set and the Simple Tags Holiday Collection that makes it super easy to mass produce beautiful tags to dress up your holiday packages.

Accordion Christmas Tree Farm

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree how cute are you made of paper. I can’t get over how much fun these trees are to make…perfect for plate settings, mantles and anywhere you want to tuck in some holiday cheer. To make an accordion tree, you need three die cut trees folded in half and glue together with liquid adhesive.

For a little extra holiday charm, before piecing the trees together I used my MISTI to stamp Buffalo Plaid and Backstory Christmas Backgrounds to the Cilantro & Red Pepper die-cut trees with Cilantro and Cherry Pop ink. I used TE Gold, Red & Silver Glitter Cardstock along with Cilantro and Red Pepper Cardstock for the Star Tree Toppers.

I used three folded star die-cuts for each of the trees. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the stars together and to the top of the tree. To finish the Christmas Tree decorations, I used a Glue Dot to adhere the base of the tree to the Wood Accordian Tree Trunks. 

Accordion Christmas Tree Supplies

Critter Gable Boxes

The new TE Gable Boxes are such a cute little size, perfect for trinket sized handmade goodies and candies. The Gable Boxes come flat for shipping ease and require just a few folds and adhesive for your box to take shape. I decorated my Gable Boxes using the new Critter Clips-Christmas Dies and the Holiday Itty Bitty Tags & Sentiments and the Itty Bitty Tags 1 & 2 collection. 

For the Green Reindeer Gable Box, I cut all of the Critter Pieces from white cardstock and used Copic Markers to color the Reindeer and then adhered all the pieces using liquid adhesive. I wrapped a red polka dot ribbon around the Gable Box and used a Foam Adhesive Square to attach the Reindeer Critter to the box. As a finishing touch, I stamped the Itty Bitty Sentiment to the Itty Bitty Christmas tree and layered it with a Red Oval Tag from the Itty Bitty 1 Collection. 

For the Red Snowman Gable Box, using Sugar Cube ink I stamped the snowflakes that are included in the Holiday Itty Bitty Sentiments to a flat Gable Box. For a little extra snow, I added white dots using a gel pen. After the Gable Box was covered with snow, I assembled the box. For the Snowman, I cut the pieces from Sugar Cube, Oreo and Cherry Pop Card stock..the carrot nose & cheeks were colored with Copic Markers. I adhered the Snowman to the center of the Gable Box with Foam Adhesive. I then stamped the “Warm Wishes” sentiment to an Itty Bitty Tag, layered it with an Oreo Itty Bitty Tag and secured it to the Gable Box with Red/White Bakers Twine. 

Critter Gable Box Supplies

Simple Tags Holiday Collection

I can’t believe how easy it is to create colorful multiple tags at once with the Simple Tags Collection. Using the Simple Tags Holiday Layering Stencil and Itty Bitty Brushes, I applied Poblano Pepper with the first Stencil and Eggplant with the second stencil to both the Toffee & Sugar Foil it Panels. Then I cut all the tags at once using the Simple Tags Die.

Simple Tag Holiday Supplies

So there we are friends, several holiday papercrafting projects using the New Taylored Expressions Gifting Christmas Release. Be sure to stop by the Taylored Expressions shop to see the entire release along with the Taylored Expressions Blog for more Design Team Inspiration.

Plus, there’s a great New Release Promotion Happening:

When you purchase the Foil It – Simple Tags Collection (Foil It – Simple Tags Holiday – Sugar Cube, Foil It – Simple Tags Holiday – Toffee, Simple Tags Holiday Layering Stencil set, and Simple Tags die) through Sunday, October 24th, you will get a free exclusive video craft along class with Taylor!

This mini version of our Online Crafty Classes is a great way for you to put your new goodies to use right away making holiday tags at your own pace! Watch the video as often as you like and learn some new tag making tips and tricks!

Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with links to the class video on YouTube.

Although Taylor will recommend extra supplies (ink, foil, embellishments, etc.), you can use anything you have to make these projects uniquely yours!

Hurry! This offer is only valid through 11:59 pm (CT) on Sunday, October 24th, or while supplies last.

Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!!

Taylored Expressions Kit Release Inspiration-Gel Printing

Hi Friends and Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share with you a new-to-me technique and Taylored Expressions Kit!! It’s a Gel Printing Kit that includes all the things you need to get started Gel Printing fun background designs and in my case, die cuts full of color, design and texture. 


Gel printing is a technique that uses a gel printing plate (a soft and sticky plate made out of a polymer material) and a medium, like acrylic paint or dye-based inks, to create artistic prints and patterns. Everything in this project kit was hand-selected by Gel Print expert Lydia Fiedler to get you started creating unique gel print backgrounds for your cards!

The Kit retails for $69 and includes:

  • One 5″ x 7″ Gel Press Plate
  • Five 4 oz tubes of acrylic paint (blue, magenta, yellow, pearl metallic white and titanium white)
  • 20 sheets of Gel Print Paper (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
  • One 4″ Soft Rubber Speedball Brayer
  • One 2 oz bottle of gel hand sanitizer (for removing paint residue from the plate)
  • A hinged Storage Tin (7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 1″) 

Once you complete your kit purchase, you will receive an email (separate from your order confirmation email) with a link to the exclusive class video on YouTube. Watch it as often as you like and learn some great gel printing tips and tricks while discovering inspiration for more designs!

In addition to the Gel Print Kit, we are offering a new background stamp, several new stencil designs, and packages of Gel Print Paper!

TE Project Kit Inspiration

Now that you know what is all included in the Kit and Release let’s get started with some inspiration!

My Printing Process went a bit like this: Brayer on some color, add a pattern with a stencil or stamp (optional), Press, Breath and Let Perfection Go, Peel and Reveal. The Breath and letting it go before the Peel and Reveal is my best advice. Every print is original, challenging to replicate and sometimes not exactly what you were expecting. The second lesson…DO NOT THROW away your “ugly” prints because you can die-cut and scrap them into amazing designs and elements on your card fronts. 

Gel PrInt Die Cuts-Stars & RainboWs with the Trendy Triangle Stencil

For my first two cards, I explored adding just color to the Gel Plate along with adding patterns using the Trendy Triangle and Diagonal Diamonds Background Stamp. For my first set of prints, I brayered on Magenta, Yellow & White (I premixed Magenta and White for a light pink before adding it to the Gel Plate with a palette knife) to the Gel Plate for my first set of prints.

I cut the bright Yellow, Orange & Pink Gel Plate prints into stars using the StarStruck Dies and used the remaining scrap of the background as my Mini Slim Card Base. I attached all the stars using Nuvo Liquid Deluxe Adhesive to a Stitched Mini Slim Stacklet. To finish the card, I added the Reach for Stars Mini Sentiment Strip that I white heat embossed to Oreo Cardstock. 

For my second set of die cut print cards, I created four different Trendy Triangle prints in Blue, Purple, Pink and Yellow-Orange with the Make a Dash Stencil.

I used the Over the Rainbow Die to cut the beams from all four colorful gel press prints and adhered the rainbow beams to a white card panel. For a little extra dimension, I added a few leftover stars from the Mini Slim Reach for the Stars Card and a sentiment strip in Lollipop and White Heat Embossing from the Hello Summer Mini Strips set. To finish the card, I adhered the decorated panel to a second-general print in purples and blues. 

Gel PrInt-Trendy Triangles Stars & Rainbows Supplies

Gel PrInt-Wild Willow Botanical Print

For my last card, I used the Wild Willow Stencil with Blue & White Paints. If I remember correctly, I added Blue and White to the Gel Plate and used the brayer to even out the color. Then I adhered the Wild Willow stencil to the Gel Plate, removed the stencil, added a piece of Gel Print Paper, Pressed, Breathed, *Peeled and Revealed* the beautiful blue organic pattern.

I placed the Wild Willow pattern piece under a double scallop inlay of Sugar Cube and Sea Salt Cardstock using the Inside Scallop Rectangle Stacklets. For the sentiment, I cut the Signature Thanks die from Gold Foil cardstock (+ another in white cardstock for stacking) and the Signature Thanks Backer from Sugar Cube (three times & stacked for dimension) and Vellum Cardstock. I usually added a vellum layer to the top of white card stock backers to soften it up a bit. To finish the card, with liquid adhesive I adhered the stacked White & Gold Signature Thanks sentiment to the center of the card and added the decorated panel to a Blue Corn Card base.

Gel PrInt Wild Willow Supplies

So there we are friends, a fun new technique using the new Taylored Expressions Gel Print Project Kit! While this technique is a little outside my clean and simple comfort zone, I really had a fun time experimenting and playing with new products and enjoying the soothing flow of the entire process. 

Be sure to stop by the shop to see all the kit details and the Taylored Expressions Blog for more awesome inspiration from the entire Creative Team. 

Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!!

Taylored Expressions Virtual Stamp Joy Product Release Inspiration

Hi Friends and Happy Thursday! It’s a Two-Fer Release Week at Taylored Expressions! I’m here today sharing an encouragement card using the Virtual Stamp Joy 2021 Exclusives that are now available in the shop for purchase. 

For my card, I used the Chasing Rainbows Cling & Clear Stamp Set and Coordinating Chasing Rainbows Stencil.

To get started, I stamped the Rainbow Cling background with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used the Clear stamp to add the rainbow beams in Lavender Glaze, Confetti Cake and Gumball Inks. I added the sparkly raindrops using the Chasing Rainbow Stencil and applying Glitter Paste with a Nuvo Spatula and then coating with Sugar Cube Fine Glitter.

For the sentiment panel, Idie-cut the clouds using the Build a Scene-Rolling Clouds die in both Sugar Cube Cardstock and Vellum and adhered them to the center of the card panel. Since the color of the rainbows was a little blue in hue, I thought the sentiment was a perfect match for the card. For a finishing touch, I added a Bits & Pieces Full of Heart Embellishment above the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs! Be sure to stop by the Taylored Expressions Blog for more Creative Team Inspiration!

Chasing Rainbows Supply List