Taylored Expressions: Happy Birthday

Hello Everyone!

Today,  I have a birthday card to share with you! This was inspired by one of the lovely staff members on the Taylored Expressions team! Ever wonder how TE ships our packages so fast?? Yup, that’s all due to their wonderful shipping manager, Meredith! To read more about her, visit the TE Blog [HERE].

Let’s get into how I put this sparkly 8th birthday card together…

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Taylored Expressions: June Release Day!!!

Oh, Shiitake!! Hold down the fort as it’s Taylored Expressions June 2018 Release Day!!!

Hello All and Welcome!

Today, I have two projects to share with you! Also, the new release is now available to purchase at the TE webstore. You can start building your “wish” list and “want” list! Ha, that’s what I do!

Let’s get started with this cute little mushroom…

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Taylored Expressions: Foil It Occassions Sentiments

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing with you a newer product of Taylored Expressions: Foil It Occassions Sentiments. These are tonered sentiments that are pre-printed on both cardstock and acetate. All of the foiling products can be found at the TE webstore.

Let’s get started with this foiled wedding card.

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These TE “Foil It” sentiments are terrific. They have a nice, even coat of toner, which allows for amazing foil coverage and results. In order for you to use these, you will need a heating element (i.e. MINC or laminator) and foil (any color you’d like). You can visit the TE YouTube channel (HERE), to see how Taylor explains how these are used!

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I wanted to make an elegant wedding card and foiling does the trick! I will say that any type of foil is very challenging to photograph, which never gives projects the attention they deserve, but in real life… foil is a jaw-dropping, eye-widening, and good sighing experience!

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Here I have used TE Shimmer White cardstock as the base color of my card. To create a frame around the center of my focal point, I used the TE Stitched Frame Stacklets 1. I also used the new TE Stitched Frame Stacklets 2, which paired perfectly with the foiled sentiment! Great die sets to have in your crafty repetoire!

There are two techniques I used to put this card together.

1.) The easiest foiling technique: As mentioned above, all one needs to foil these pre-tonered sentiments is a heating element and foil. I used a rose gold color of foil, placed it over the sentiment, ran it through my MINC machine, and viola! Amazing foiled sentiment!

2.) Two more challenging foiling stamping techniques: Have you ever played with liquid adhesive or deco foil transfer gel on stamps? If not, get ready as you’re in for a treat!

Before Thermoweb came out with their deco foil transfer gel, I desperately wanted to come up with a way to use the stamps I already had to foil with! Many years ago, a stamp friend introduced me to gilding flakes, which were adhered to paper using liquid adhesive. My favorite brand of gilding flakes and liquid adhesive came from the company, IndigoBlu. MAGNIFICIENT! Once foil made a come back into the crafting world, I had remembered that foil also adheres to anything “sticky”. One day, I experimented and gave this idea a try and to my surprise, it worked perfectly! I squeezed out a good amount of flitterglu, and then soaked it up with an ink dauber (sort of creating my own “adhesive ink pad”). Once my ink dauber was full of the flitterglu, I pounced it all over my stamp, like an ink pad, and then stamped away. The trick here is to make sure the adhesive is dry BEFORE foiling your image. If not, the foil smashes and doesn’t give a clean image. You do NOT need a heating element for this example, as foil will adhere to anything sticky. I just laid a foil piece over the sticky stamped image, ran it through my BigShot and then revealed an amazing foiled image! By running it through my BigShot instead of rubbing the foil with my finger or a bone folder, this eliminated any scratches/dents in the foiled image (awesome foiling tip, if I do say so). I’m a perfectionist and cannot have unwanted scratches! Ha!

Now, to thermoweb’s deco foil! When this item hit the market, I couldn’t wait to try the same technique I used with flitterglu with the deco foil transfer gel! The main difference with this technique is that you DO have to use a heating element. What were the results you say? Awesome, as you can see in the pictures above! I did the same technique as above, with placing a good amount of the transfer gel and using a dauber to soak it all up. Pounced with the dauber on the background stamp as if inking it with an ink pad, stamping it, and then waiting for the deco foil transfer gel to dry. Once dry, foil was placed over the stamped image and ran through my MINC machine. Viola! Perfection!

More tips/tricks: Always make sure you clean your supplies right after using any adhesive or other mediums, otherwise you will be sad. I use a stamp cleaner and dry cloth for both examples, and then I use warm soapy water. **Confession – I am a stamper that has to have all her stamps clean when done using them.**

Hope you have enjoyed learning about the new TE Foil It products as well as some foiling techniques! Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions! It’d be nice to see your results, so do not hesitate to share!

Have a terrific day,

-Noriko

P.S. Extra instructions can be found on the Taylored Expressions Blog and at the TE Webstore Make This Project! I laid out a step-by-step process before my blog post went live! 🙂 Happy foiling!

Supplies Used:

Foam Adhesive Sheets
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Stitched Frame Stacklets 1
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TE Premium Cardstock – Shimmer White
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Ranger Mini Ink Blending Foams
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Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Tombow Mono-Multi Liquid Glue
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Mandala Background 2
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Stitched Frame Stacklets 2
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Foil It – Cardstock Occasions Sentiments
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Deco Foil Transfer Gel
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Decor Foil Transfer Sheet – Rose Gold
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