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taylored expressions - pastel blender brushes + new stencils!

Hey, everyone! This week is a special release at Taylored Expressions! There are new Pastel Blender Brushes (!!!), a new Tool Tray, stickers, and 12 new stencils making their debut today. I have projects to share with you that I created with some of the new products. I had way too much fun using the new brushes and stencils!

All of the new products that I am sharing today are available to purchase RIGHT NOW at Taylored Expressions!


First up is a set of wintery cards created with the new Mini Slim Cable Knit stencil and Pastel Blender Brushes. I am so excited about having brushes for my lighter ink tones. I tend to have a heavy hand when I blend and so the darker color inks are really IN my brushes. That makes using lighter colors a challenge without really cleaning my brushes out (which I pretty much avoid doing, to be honest.)

I blended the background with Sprinkles and Spearmint inks and did a version both on Sugar Cube and Toffee cardstock. I love both versions, but you can see the color blends a bit clearer on the Sugar Cube cardstock - especially in the photograph. I also added a layer of Stickles Moon Dust Glimmer Gel through the stencil after I did the color blends to sparkle things up.


That cute bear is from the Fluffy Friends - Holiday stamp set and I colored him in with Copic markers. I used a white paint pen to add the polka dots to the bear's scarf and hat. The snowflake are die cut using the Make a Snowflake die collection from Sugar Cube cardstock and I added the 'warm winter wishes' sentiment from the Gus & Gertie Holiday Adventures stamp set onto a Stitched Circle Stacklets die cut.



This next set of cards features the new Pretty Petals stencil for the background. I first laid down a layer of Sugar Cube ink through the stencil onto Toffee cardstock and gave it time to dry before adding the pastel colored inks on top. Adding the white ink really helps the pastel colors show up on the Toffee cardstock.

For the card on the left I added Pink Champagne and Potato Chip inks - where the colors overlap it creates a peach tone. The card on the right is blended with Confetti Cake and Potato Clip inks - where the colors overlap it creates a green tone.


To create a spot for the card sentiment, I use the smaller Masking Stencils - Squares stencil with Toffee ink and my Blender Brushes. The 'thinking of you' sentiment is from the Handlettered Sentiments stamp set and is embossed in white on Toffee cardstock. I cut it out with the coordinating stencil and cut additional die cuts to layer together and pop the sentiment up on the card. The finishing touch on this card is a few Bits & Pieces - Clear Drop Drops scattered around the sentiment.



Using pastel colors on my projects isn't something I usually gravitate towards, but I really had fun playing around with using them for this release. The background on this rainbow card was created with the Paint Swatch stencil. I used Cupcake, Potato Chip, and Confetti Cake inks to create the rainbow blend - where the inks overlap, they create the additional colors in the rainbow.

After the background was complete, I added the rainbow using the Masking Stencils - Make a Rainbow set using Cupcake, Potato Chip, Mint Julep, and Confetti Cake inks. I wanted to add a layer of glitter and so I cut a stencil using the die cut and applied Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste through that to cover the whole rainbow design at once.


To keep with the sparkly look, the clouds are die cut from Sugar Coated 100% Wool Designer Felt and popped up with foam squares on each end of the rainbow. The sentiment is from the Over the Rainbow Sentiments stamp set and I added a few hearts scattered around it that are die cut using the Little Bits - Hearts die.



Finally, for today, is this Mini Slim flower bouquet card. The background is created with the Mini Slim Floral Lattice stencil paired with the Mini Slim Masking Rectangle stencil using Lavender Glaze ink. I added the inside rectangle first and then used the stencil insert piece to mask that area off and add the lattice pattern as a border around the edge of the card. Using masking stencils to create one layer backgrounds is definitely something I am really liking a lot.

I added the flower bouquet using the Bouquet Whimsy stamp set. I stamped the elements for the bouquet, cut them out with the coordinating dies, and arranged the bouquet on my card. Some of the pieces are adhered directly to the background and I popped some up with foam tape to add texture and dimension.


The sentiment is from the Simple Strips - Friendship stamp that I had stamped and die cut for a previous project. I had the extra strips in a Simple Storage for Simple Strips box and I loved being able to pull that out and pick out my sentiment from that! The finishing touch on this card is a few Bits & Pieces - Clear Drip Drops that are scattered through the flowers.

This card will be featured on the TE Blog tomorrow (Wednesday, 10/21) along with a video showing how I created the card from start to finish. Make plans to stop by the Taylored Expressions blog or TE YouTube channel and check it out!


Also, make sure to check out the bundle promotion that is going on for this release in the TE webstore:


The Pastel Blender Brushes + Stencil Bundle retails for $95 and includes the following:

  • Pastel Blender Brushes (set of 5)
  • Tool Tray
  • All 12 new stencils including: 9 standard (6″ x 6″) stencils and 3 Mini Slim sized stencils.
  • Exclusive ‘do something creative everyday’ sticker designed to fit on the Tool Tray. This sticker design is only available with the bundle and not sold separately.

The bundle deal is available now through, Sunday, October 25th or while supplies last.

Thank you so much for joining me today. Make sure you stop by the Taylored Expressions blog to see more and link up the the TE Creative Team blog posts for today. You can also find more details about the new release products! Stop back again, I will have more crafty inspiration to share with you soon!