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Hey, everyone! There's a new craft kit at Taylored Expressions and I am excited to share it with you. This beautiful kit features a botanical images and sentiments to create cards to send your sympathy to your loved ones who have lost someone close to them. I have a few projects to share today that I created with the kit elements.

Here's more information about what's included in the Graceful Ferns Kit:


When your loved ones need you the most, you’ll be sure to have just the right card on hand with our beautiful Graceful Ferns Cardmaking Kit. Whether you need to send your condolences right away or reach out with words of encouragement and support after some time has passed, the cards you create with this kit will be perfect for sharing your heartfelt sympathy.

Our Graceful Ferns Kit comes in a zippered pouch with a custom sticker and includes:

  • Graceful Ferns stamp set
  • Graceful Ferns Dies
  • The Inside Scoop – Sympathy stamp set
  • Leafy Frond Die
  • A2 Envelope Pack (6 envelopes; 1 each of Jelly Donut, Peapod, Salt Water Taffy, Sugar Cube, Sweet Basil and Toffee)
  • Envelope Seal Pack (6 seals; 3 each of 2 designs)

Limited quantity available


This kit is fun to use with various techniques and I did my project using alcohol inks. Taylored Expressions is now carrying the Piñata alcohol inks by Jacquard along with their own exclusive alcohol ink cardstock. I did a simple technique with the alcohol inks (Rainforest Green, Teal, and Baja Blue) to create the background on this set of cards by dripping the inks onto the alcohol ink cardstock and using an air blower tool to move the ink around. I added drops and manipulated the inks until I was happy how they looked and then let them dry. You can use a heat tool to dry the designs, but keep in mind that the alcohol ink cardstock will warp/melt easily if you heat for too long or get the heat tool too close to the cardstock. Once the backgrounds were dry, I added white splatters with Copic opaque white ink.


I cut out leafy branches with the Leafy Fond die from Sugar Cube cardstock and layered them over the background design - I really love how the white looks over the colorful alcohol ink background! The sentiment is embossed in gold and cut out with the coordinating die. I added a few additional die cut layers to pop the sentiment up on the card a bit more. The finishing touch on the cards is Bits & Pieces - Gold Drips Drops scattered through the leafy branches.

**This project is featured today (2/22/22) over on the Taylored Expressions blog along with a video showing how I created it. Make sure to stop by to check it out!



For this next set of cards, I created with alcohol ink again to create the backgrounds. This time I only used one color of alcohol ink (Coral), using an air blower tool to manipulate the ink on the alcohol ink cardstock. It's amazing the effect you can achieve with just one color! The splatters on the cards are done with Copic opaque white ink.


I embossed the solid fern image three times for each card and cut them out with the coordinating die. They are added across the card front and I added the smaller 'with sympathy' sentiment stamped on a Stitched Banner Stacklets die cut from Toffee cardstock.

Sympathy cards are never the easiest to make, but having tools like the products included in the Graceful Ferns stamp set (and inspiration from the whole TE Creative Team) makes creating easy to do so I have cards ready when I need them.


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 Graceful Ferns Kit. Stop back again, I will have more crafty inspiration to share with you soon!