SCT Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking Fall 2022 featuring Taylored Expressions
I'm back with another class from Crop and Create - this time featuring Taylored Expressions - one of my favorite stamp companies! I absolutely love their products from their stamps to their stencils and everything in between. One of my favorite things from them lately has been their layering stencils. They make it so easy to create backgrounds for multiple cards at a time just using some ink blending! This class was no different, but with it being Fall at the time - the layering stencils are Fall themed appropriately.
The class came with the stencils (which included a small coordinating stamp set), a full stamp set with sentiments, and a coordinating die to cut matching leaves to the stencil. One thing they often offer for their layering stencils (or even stencils in general) are foil panels that can be foiled then ink blended on using the stencils. I bought the coordinating foil panels for these stencils as well and have kept them with the class contents since I got it.
For my first set of cards, I decided to follow the directions of the class and make the cards as intended. Someone was nice enough to match Catherine Pooler inks to the inks Taylored Expressions used so that the colors were similar to the sample cards. I had all the corresponding CP inks needed, except I changed one that was more of a violet rather than a burgundy that would match the paper included with the class. I also added some additional cardstock colors. Burgundy, orange and Kraft came with the kit, so I added a brown and yellow to correspond to the other ink colors I'd be using.
I began the cards with a triple slim white cardstock sheet I had previously purchased from TE. It's perfected sized for the stencils so cutting down white cardstock isn't necessary. Now that I have the dimensions for the paper, I think I'll save money in the future just cutting down the cardstock I already have to use with the stencils. For each stencil, I used a different ink color. One stencil required the use of two ink colors so the acorns were a different color than the leaves. I didn't do that the first time because I was chatting with friends while making these cards and not watching the class video... I did a poor job of following the directions given in the book! I was able to fix it by using a distress oxide ink over the acorns I had already colored so that they were the right color! This worked well 1. because it was a distress oxide ink and 2. because it was the only tan ink I had - apparently I need to get a tan dye ink! I also used the coordinating mini stamp set to stamp the veins onto the leaves using a tone-on-tone technique.
After ink blending the panels using the stencils and stamping the veins, I took some gold pigment ink and watered it down. I used a paintbrush to flick specks of gold onto my panels before cutting them down to size. After cutting them down, I realized I was supposed to add some details with a white pen, so I did that before using a mini-slim die to cut the panels in order to give them a stitched edge look.
I altered the cards a bit more to make them unique to me, so after die cutting the panels, I cut down some papers to use as mattes for the panels, then adhered those to a coordinating cardstock color onto my card base. I stamped the sentiments using the sentiment set included with the class. Lastly, I finished off the cards by adding some die cut leaves from the matching leaf die set and adhering gold pearls as accents.
These cards turned out really great, and I can't wait to try other color combos before putting the stencil and coordinating products away for now before I move onto the next class. I'll definitely share those additional cards I create on my Facebook/Instagram so be on the lookout for that!
Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)
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