Welcome, welcome! Taylored Expressions has released a fabulous new card making kit, in collaboration with the lovely Lori Craig! Her illustrations are so beautiful! This particular kit is NOW available at the TE webstore! Just an FYI, if you love one the their kits, do not hesitate and wait as there are only limited quantities!
Here’s everything included in the Wheatfield Dreams Kit – which is available for $69:
- Wheatfield Dreams stamp set
- Wheatfield Dreams die collection
- Burlap Background stamp
- Foil It – Wheatfield
- Mini Embossing Powder – Copper
- 6 A2 Envelopes, 2 each of: Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil
- Packaged in a zippered pouch with a custom kit label
Limited quantity available. Most items are not available to purchase individually.
You will be able to purchase additional envelope seals (pack of 10) and new TE Liquid Watercolor colors (Honey, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil) separately.
Onto my projects for today…
Here, I have used the three new TE liquid watercolors to beautify this lovely sunflower image. I know sunflowers are usually yellow, but I decided to make it my own; make it stand out a bit. Utilizing TE 111LB Watercolor Cardstock, I was able to achieve a nice soft, but contrasted colored image. I am not a watercolorist, nor do I watercolor often…but, I went for it!
I started with wetting my watercolor paper first with clean water and then very slowly adding color. The liquid watercolors are HIGHLY pigmented without the use of water, therefore, I would place a drop onto an acrylic block and then slowly add a smidge to water to get the contrast of color I wanted. I started with a light color wash, let the panel dry, and then came back with a darker color wash. That is how I was able to get some depth and shading to my sunflower. I repeated that process on the petals, center, and stem.
I tried the “just let it go” technique…where I just let the water and color take the wheel. It was very hard for me to do this, but I’ve noticed that if you just “let it go”…the results turn out better!
Next, I created the background panel. I stamped the TE Burlap Background stamp and TE Pineapple dye ink onto TE 111LB Watercolor Cardstock. I then used TE Blender Brushes to apply a soft layer of dye ink to the background. I had the background design fade off towards the right side of the panel as my focal image was towards the left side of the panel.
Once the focal image and background were complete, all that was left to finish was the sentiment and a subtle addition to complete the look! I recently had a family loss, and I thought this sentiment was perfect for the person who might be going through it the worst at this time. *hugs* I white heat embossed this lovely sentiment onto a thicker strip of TE Vellum (I love vellum on cards).
I also decided to add a thin frame, from the TE A2 Thin Frame Cutting Plate die set, to add a subtle, but striking touch to the card to complete the overall design. I thought the frame brought everything in together, and I love how the vellum sneaks behind the thin frame, but behind the background card panel (prior to adhering it onto the card base) making it stand out even more so. Everything was then adhered to a top-folding, A2-sized card base made from TE Toffee cardstock.
I hope the recipient of this card knows how much care, love, and thought went into it. 🙂
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Next, up…FOILING!! Hehe. Can you tell how excited I am?! I know that foiling isn’t everyone’s jam, but I hope to make the foiling process a bit easier for you today. If not, I hope you can enjoy the creative process! 🙂
**Crafty Pro Tip: Turn on your heating device NOW, so that by the time you’re ready to foil, your machine is nice and HOT! I let mine warm up for at least 30mins while I am getting everything ready or while I am doing something else.
Within this kit, there are several pre-printed, tonered panels! Wahoo-ka-choo! One can chose to foil the pre-printed panels or chose not to foil them. For today’s handmade card set, I decided to foil them with my MINC machine. I prefer the MINC machine because it gets really hot for all different types of materials (i.e. cardstock, acetate, vellum, chipboard, etc.). I, personally, made the investment when they were first brought out on the market because I love to foil. There are many other ways to achieve these looks, but for my projects, I used my MINC machine (created by Heidi Swapp). 🙂
As I started to trial different color combos for a soft “wheatfield” background, I just kept going while I had the supplies out creating a handmade card set. First, I took each pre-printed wheatfield panel and ink-blended TE dye inks on top (Chocolate Truffle, Honey, Pineapple, Lemon Meringue).
If you have a great quality product, I do not think it matters if you foil first or last. I, personally, like to foil last because even though foil resists ink blending… the constant stroking of the brush bristles over the foil could dull the foil. I ink blend a lot, therefore, this could just be user error on my part. Trial it yourself and note how you craft and create and tailor your creative process to what works best for you! What I describe below is what works best for me and how my cards turned out.
Once the ink blending was complete on all three TE Foil It – Wheatfield panels, I foiled them all with Deco Foil Transfer Sheets – Gold. The benefit of letting my MINC machine warm up for 30mins+ was that by the time I was ready to mass produce and foil, the machine was ready to go as well producing beautiful results!!! Revealing the foil was the BEST part! Made my eyes glimmer and my smile get bigger every time! Ha!
Next, I stamped and white heat embossed a kindness sentiment onto thick TE Vellum strips to add to all the foiled panels. These were incredibly easy to mass produce because I did each and every step three times as I went along! To give the vellum strip a clean look, I like to tuck and adhere them behind the original panel prior to attaching the panel to a card base. Did you notice that? If you have looked at my prior card projects, I do it almost 100% of the time.
I chose three colors of TE cardstock for the card bases to coordinate with my ink blending as well as the colors in the kit: Chocolate Truffle, Mulled Wine, and Sweet Basil. These colors paired perfectly with the ink blended colors as well as the colors of the envelopes! *score* I love when everything coordinates well!!
If you have ever tried to photograph foil, you can image how hard it is to tell its beautiful story, but in the above picture I tried to capture it for you! In real life, these shine so beautifully!
Another thing I love about the TE card making kits is that one can mass produce so many cards at once. They also include items like envelopes and envelope seals for one to mail off the cards made to share joy in the mail! Then, the stamps/dies and other products that aren’t disposable can be used over and over, and for other reasons and for other projects as well! Their card making kits are a win, win!
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Thank you all for stopping by and hanging out with me for a little! I hope all is well with each and every one of you! Have a GREAT rest of the week and a FABULOUS rest of the day!