Hey, crafty friends! Are you ready for Day 2 of sneak peeks? First, what did you think about the new products I shared yesterday? Can you see yourself using them to love on your crafty friends!? With summer coming right around the corner, the Creative Team and I are sharing projects that are sure to make a splash! Here’s what you need to know before you scroll:

  • This release includes over 25 new products including stamps (including our new clear collection!), dies, stencils, a new {Frame-worthy} design, and 3 new liquid watercolor additions. Everything will be available at the TE webstore on Thursday, June 6th at 9am CST.
  • Each day will feature a new how-to tip, technique, or process video from me.
  • Get a chance to win it before you can buy it by commenting with your answer to my Question of the Day (located at the bottom of each sneak peek blog post)
  • Last, but certainly not least – don’t miss this month’s special offer (details below).

We are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the introduction of TE Liquid Watercolors with our June Special Offer; 20% off all liquid watercolor, including the 3 new colors debuting this week. It’s the perfect time to stock up on the game-changing Liquid Shimmer and fill in the missing colors from your collection! Offer expires June 10th, 2019.

Now, onto today’s projects!

In today’s video, I’ll show you how to use create a splash-worthy background using our new Build a Scene – Waves background stamp. Plus, I’ll be using the coordinating dies included with the background stamp to create an interactive element with the new Be a Mermaid set and our previously released On a Hinge die.

In addition to creating fun and interactive ocean scenes, you can also use the background stamp to build lots of scenes without an interactive element.. You’ll see some more fun examples of the Build a Scene – Waves set from the TE Creative Team as you scroll through this post and visit their blogs!

Now let’s take a closer look at the project that I shared in the video…

I started by stamping the sand and waves onto Sugar Cube cardstock using my MISTI. These stamps are especially versatile because you’re able to vary the amount of sand vs. sky by shifting the stamps up or down on your paper and also by increasing the amount of space between where the water meets the sand. So many possibilities for scene building!

After stamping the waves I set out to create an interactive element with the mermaid tail by using one of the two small dies that are included with the background stamp. These two dies line up exactly with two different waves in the background and allow you to slip an element within the slit or opening. Even if your card doesn’t include an interactive element, the die still allows you to slip the image in among the waves for a more realistic look.

Also designed to work well with the Build a Background – Waves is the new Floaties stamps and coordinating dies. Are these little critters just adorable!?

The set includes four fun critters with their super cute floaties along with sentiments to match the splashy theme. The coordinating dies will definitely come in handy when it’s time to incorporate the image into a scene!

Melody Rupple made use of the slit die to cut an opening in the wave and tuck the puppy’s feet under the water so he looks like he’s floating among the waves. She also masked the waves and used the sunshine stencil on the skyline.

Continuing on with today’s splashy theme, we have two more background stamps that are sure to make waves in your stamp collection.

The Make a Splash Background and Rainbow Waves Backgrounds are both perfect for using with summer and beach themed projects and they fit in wonderfully with the mermaids and floaty critters!

The Make a Splash background is designed a little differently in that the splashes are left open and the stamp is actually all the parts between the splashes. You can see here that this design allowed Jen Shults to emboss the background with gold embossing powder and then fill each splash with liquid watercolor. Looks like the perfect pool for a mermaid to dive into!

Melody Rupple embossed the Rainbow Waves Background onto watercolor cardstock with white embossing powder and then did a watercolor wash over the top of the embossed image using liquid watercolors. It’s the perfect backdrop for her beautifully blended mermaid tails!

Last, but certainly not least, we have two new splashy stencils to add to the mix along with more mermaid inspiration…

The Splash stencil matches the Make a Splash Background stamp and gives you even more possibilities for this splashy pattern. The Sweet Scallop stencil is a scale pattern that is perfect for mermaid and other under the sea projects.

This time Melody Rupple color washed a beautiful backdrop and then applied white embossing paste through the Splash stencil. You’ll also notice the Build a Background waves inside her circle and her glittery mermaid tail to finish it off!

Heather Nichols used glitter paste through the Sweet Scallop stencil, but only through a portion across the middle of her card. She positioned the mermaid tail swimming off the side of the card and left a flurry of sequins and glitter in her wake!

The question of the day is: Where is your favorite body of water? It could be the gentle waves of the small lake near your hometown or the beautiful beaches of a faraway destination!

Today I’m giving away the Build a Background – Waves stamp and die combo set!

Leave your comment before Wednesday, June 5th at 8PM CST. One comment per person. Each comment will also be entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate! Winners are chosen at random and and announced on the TE blog on Thursday, June 6th.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the Taylored Expressions Creative Team has been up to using today’s featured products! You will definitely be inspired! And then we’ll see you back here tomorrow for one more day of sneak peeks!