Taylored Expressions 4th of July Release Inspiration!

Hi Friends and Happy Taylored Expressions Release Day!! The 4th of July Collection is now available with 12 new products including stamps, dies and stencils!! Today, I’m sharing three Red, White and Blue cards using the Full Circle-Patriotic Stamp Set and the Starstruck Stencil and Cling & Clear Combo and Starstruck Dies. And because I have to rainbow everything and stars are my absolute favorite, I also snuck in an extra non-4th of July Celebration card using the Starstruck Stamp, Stencil & Clear Combo Set.

Right now through Sunday, June 6th (or while supplies last), You can get the Starstruck Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Starstruck Stamp, Stencil, & Clear Combo set and the Starstruck die collection. The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, June 6th.

So let’s get started with all the cardmaking inspiration and details!

Full Circle-Patriotic Stamp Inspiration

The Patriotic Full Circle Stamp Set is filled with 4th of July themed icons that are perfect for creating backgrounds or focal points to your cards and the best part is that it pairs perfectly with the Stitched Circle, Petite Scallop Circle and Inside Scallop Circle Stacklets! 

First Up…Coloring Time with all things Red, White & Blue!! The Full Circle-Patriotic Stamp Icon images are SO MUCH FUN to color!! I stamped the Full Circle-Patriotic image with Oreo Ink and then colored all of the little images with Copic Markers. The Full Circle image fits perfectly on the largest Stitched Circle Stacklet that I then adhered to a Cherry Pop Petite Scallop Circle Stacklet. I stamped the Happy 4th of July sentiment with Oreo ink to Sugar Cube Card stock that I then cut to size and layered to a Blueberry Cardstock Frame. To finish the card, I adhered the Patriotic Full Circle to a Pieced Circles Sugar Cube Card Panel and Blueberry Card Base.

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Let’s get those grills going and fireworks popping! For my next Full Circle-Patriotic card, I was inspired by 4th of July Cookouts and Firework Picnics. I stamped the top portion of the Full Circle-Patriotic image with Cherry Pop Ink and then the bottom half with Blueberry Ink. Then I placed the image behind two Inside Scallop Circle panel layers; one in Sugar Cube Cardstock and for the top layer a red Gingham Check stitched rectangle panel. With liquid adhesive and foam tape, I placed several Starstruck Stamped and Red, White and Blue cardstock die-cuts around the Inside Scallop Frame. For the sentiments, I white heat embossed Happy 4th to one of the red star die cuts and added a Let Freedom Ring Patriotic Mini Sentiment Strip. To complete the card, I adhered the layered decorated card panel to a Toffee Card Base.

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Starstruck Stamp, Stencil & Clear Combo + Starstruck Dies Inspiration

Next, I’m sharing a Starburst Red, White and Blue Fireworks Display using the Starstruck Stamp, Stencil & Clear Combo and Starstruck Dies.

Stamping & Stenciling: On Blueberry Cardstock, I stamped the distress star background in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Using the alignment guides on the stencil, I aligned the smaller stars stencil overtop the heat embossed card panel and used a White Blender Brush to add Sugar Cube Ink. I love how the Sugar Cube on the Blueberry cardstock created such a pretty light blue color. Then I aligned the second stencil to the panel and with a palette knife I added Silver Nuvo Drops for the to Star Splash Marks. Tip: When using Nuvo drops as your stenciling medium, be sure to wash your stencil and palette knife right away!!

Embellishing: I ran the Starstruck die through my die cutting machine several times with Cherry Pop, Blueberry and Sugar Cube Card Stock which left me with several shapes and sizes of stars that I layered inside and framed the outside of the white heat embossed star images. 

Finishing the Card: Using foam tape I added white embossed Red, White and Blue Patriotic Mini Sentiment Strips to the Starstruck Card Panel. 

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Hooray! Let’s Celebrate with the Starstruck Stamp, Stencil & Clear Combo! Using a collection of mini cube rainbow ink colors, I first masked & stamped the distress star outlines images and then added color and pattern to the inside of the star outlines using the coordinating clear stamp. I aligned the smaller star pattern stencil overtop, and used a Black Blender Brush with Poppy Seed ink to add the small black stars. Then I aligned the second stencil to the panel and with a palette knife, I added Silver Nuvo Drops for the star splash marks. To finish the card, I added a white heat embossed on Oreo Cardstock “HOORAY!” On the Block Die Cut and the Hip Hip Kiddo You Did It Building Blocks with Thin 3D Foam Squares and Liquid Adhesive.

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So there we are friends, a Celebration of Red, White and Blue (and a little rainbow too) using the new 4th of July Release at Taylored Expressions. I hope you enjoyed my projects today and it inspires you to use your stamps and stencils in fun new ways. Be sure to stop by the Taylored Expressions Shop to check out the entire release and the Taylored Expressions Blog for more inspiration from the entire Taylored Expressions Creative Team.

Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!

Quick Card Weekend: Two Cards with one Partial-Stamped Background Stamp Image

Quick Card Weekend is a reoccurring post theme in which I share little tips & tricks and musings about pulling together “Pops of Paper” with limited time.

Hi Friends, technically it’s not Saturday or Sunday but it is a long holiday weekend so it still counts right?! Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy way to create two cards from one partially-stamped background image with the Essentials by Ellen Stripe Background Stamp.

The key to this cardmaking trick is to start with a 6 x 8.5 or 5.5 x 8.5 sheet of paper, this way after stamping you can trim your background into two Portrait A2 card panels. 

Let’s Get Started! 2 Cards; Five Quick Steps

Stripe Ink Colors (on cards): It’s a Girl, Samba, Tiki Torch & Limoncello 
Stripe Ink Colors (instructions photo): Be Mine, Lime Rickey, All that Jazz and Flirty Fuchsia. 

  1. I placed a 6 x 8.5 cardstock sheet into my MISTI and positioned the striped background stamp near the bottom right edge of the cardstock. 
  2. I cut two long strips of copy paper to mask off the stripes before applying ink to each stripe image. I love how the copy paper “just sticks” to the clear background stamp—no adhesive or sticky paper needed. I also find that smaller inks/ink cubes work best for this type of “interval”-stamping so you can easily get into the masked off spaces.
  3. After stamping the stripes five times with four different colors, I trimmed down the stamped cardstock sheet to two Portrait A2 card panels. One panel with a full set of stripes near the bottom and the second panel with ¼-set of remaining stripes for a modern CAS look. 
  4. I stamped, colored and die-cut the cute little Salt & Pepper and Rainbow images from the EBE Love Notes by Julie Ebersole using a few Copic Colors: BG000/10/11/13, R20/21 and Y13/15.
  5. To finish the cards, I added the matching punny sentiment inside the stripes and then adhered the images using foam adhesive. The Salt & Pepper Images where adhered to an Essentials Rectangle Frame for a little extra pop and dimension. 

So there we are friends! A fun way to create two CAS A2 portrait card panels using background stamps and partial stamping. I hope you enjoyed my cards today and it inspires you to stretch your stamps in fun new ways. 

Big Paper Hugs!


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Taylored Expressions Release: Interactive Theater Fold Inspiration

Oh, my goodness…I am so excited about the latest collection of Interactive CardMaking Goodies at Taylored Expressions. This release is full of super adorable stamps, beautiful bold sentiments with interactive dies and pre-cut/scored cardstock that all go together to create fun and easy Theater Fold cards or you can use the stamps & sentiments on their own to create non-interactive card designs. 

You’ll be ready to start making interactive Theater Fold Cards when you purchase our Theater Fold Starter Bundle, available for a limited time only! The bundle includes one Theater Fold Frame Die and two sets of our Theater Fold Flaps (one each in Sugar Cube and Toffee), as well as a 6×6 Paper Pack in Playful Patterns – Bold! The Theater Fold Starter Bundle is available through Sunday, April 23, or while supplies last.

So how about some cardmaking ideas and inspiration. Today, I’m sharing three cards: a Theater Fold Card along with two non-interactive cards using the Bitty Borders, Oh My Word Hello and Oh My Word Happy Birthday Stamps & Dies. 

I went all in on the Rainbow Theme with the Over the Rainbow Die, Rainbow Inked Sentiments and bright and cheerful ink and cardstock colors: Watermelon, Lollipop, Candy Corn, Pineapple, Cookie Monster & Jelly Donut. 

Hello Friend-Bitty Critters Interactive Card

Theater Assembly: Using the Scattered Stars Stencil, I ink-blended Poppy Seed and Oreo Ink to add the stars to the Theater Frame Die Cut. Then I turned the frame over and attached the Theater “beams” to the back of the stenciled star frame. With my MISTI and an assortment of ink cube colors, I rainbow-stamped the Hello Sentiment to the two “curtain” rectangle die cuts.

Setting the Stage: I assembled the Theater Fold Flaps and added a Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Frame to the inside of the “stage” and decorated the stage with three rainbow arches, the water colored Bitty Border Critters and the “Just Peeking In” Sentiment. To the side stage panels, I adhered a few rainbow-colored heart die cuts. 

Curtain Call: After the inside stage was fully decorated, I fed the flaps through the sides of the Theater Frame and attached the Rainbow Hello Curtain pieces to the inside of the Stage and completed the design with a “Friend” Building Block Sentiment. Now when you pull the curtains back, the stage is set to receive a Happy Hello from the Cute Bitty Border Critters!

Supply List: Hello Friend Interactive Theater Frame Card

Bitty Borders-Welcome to the Neighborhood!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood with sunshine-colored rainbows and the Bitty Border Row of Houses.

Oh My Word-Happy Birthday!

Continuing with the Rainbow Everything Theme, I stamped the Happy Birthday Sentiment from Oh My Word-Happy Birthday in Oreo for “Happy” and Rainbow Gradient Ink Colors for “Birthday”. Then I used the coordinating die to cut the individual H-A-P-P-Y letters and Birthday sentiment. Using liquid adhesive, I added the Over the Rainbow Die Cut Pieces to a Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Panel. Then I adhered the Birthday sentiment to the bottom of the rainbow and scattered Happy across the rainbow arches. To finish the card, I added several white card stock star die cuts from the Little Bits-Grad Confetti die set. 

Supply List: Oh My Word & Bitty Borders Cards

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and inspires you Rainbow Everything and Jump in and make some fun and easy Theater Fold Interactive Cards. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!