Hello, hello! Welcome to Day 3 of sneak peeks for the June Release! More new goodies coming your way soon, but first the Creative Team and I are ready to inspire you with projects that celebrate the red, white, and blue! Wait… perhaps you live outside the U.S. and don’t celebrate the 4th of July? No worries… there are goodies for you today too… just keep scrolling. Before you start your scroll, here’s what you need to know:

  • 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. Now is 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.

In today’s video, I am going to show you how to create a fun background with the new Light up the Night stencil – and we’re going to make it SPARKLE! Plus, if you put your spy glasses on during the video you might just catch a glimpse of an amazing new tool we’ll be launching SOON!

The large American flag image in the Home of the Brave stamp set is the same size and shape as the Land of the Free stamp set that was released last year which means the Land of the Free die will coordinate with both images! We’re always looking to stretch your crafting dollar so this is a great product trio to invest in for multiple options to work with the same die. You can also think of this set for encouraging, remembering, and thanking a serviceman or woman in addition to celebrating our freedom with 4th of July cards or invitations to your annual Indepedence Day BBQ.

Here’s a closer look at the project that I shared in the video…

I started by stamping the USA American flag in the center of my cardstock and then creating a mask for it with the coordinating die. With the mask covering the stamped image, I brushed color onto the background through the Light up the Night stencil (*insert spy glasses here – did you see those blender brushes!?*). Then with the stencil still in place, I used my Stencil Pal to apply Nuvo Moonstone glitter paste. The glitter paste dries clear which allows you to see the color that was applied behind it.

I contemplated stopping at this point, but I felt like the USA needed to be a little more muted to match my background better and allow the glittery fireworks to be more of a focal point. So I cut the coordinating die from vellum, embossed the sentiment in the center with black embossing powder and then adhered the vellum over the stamped image with a tiny bit of liquid glue in the corders and behind the embossed sentiment to hide the adhesive.

Here are a few more projects from the TE Creative Team using the same Home of the Brave stamp set:

Jill Hawkins did a great watercolor technique with the map image from the Home of the Brave stamp set. She layered vellum over the watercolored map that is embossed with a sentiment from the same Handlettered 4th of July stamp set that I used in the video.

Keia Shipp-Smith used a Heart Stacklets die to create an eclipse effect on her card using the Home of the Brave stamp set. The heart perfectly frames the home that she die cut using the Little Bits – House die and the flag created with the Little Bits – Flag die.

Continuing with the patriotic theme, Heather Nichols is adding to her popular Banner Year series with Banner Year – 4th of July. So many possibilities with this set and Heather explored several of them on her fabulous cards:

This set includes a new banner to mimic the shape of bunting that is often found in 4th of July decor. It also includes new themed patterns to decorate the die cut banner, sentiments that fit onto the banners, plus fireworks stamps, star die cuts and the letters USA to add to the banners. Patterns from both Banner Year sets can be mix and matched for even more options!

Heather created patriotic cards with the banners and explored several different background options. She stamped the fireworks to create an all-over background for the card on the left and then added the banners over the map image from the Home of the Brave stamp set on the right. I love how her USA shaped image is stamped in Sugar Cube while the banners are stamped to look like the American flag (blue stars and red/white stripes!).

For this card with the Banner Year – 4th of July set, Heather did a cool watercolor background by applying liquid watercolors through the new Light up the Night stencil.

And last, but not least, the beautiful Wildflower Background, that has nothing to do with the 4th of July, but everything to do with the beautiful floral fields that grace our summers. So if you’re not celebrating the 4th of July, then this one’s for you!

The background stamp is designed to be the focal image of your card as it stretches horizontally to fill an entire A2 card front. Use your favorite coloring medium to bring the flowers to life on your projects!

Keia Shipp-Smith paired bright watercolored flowers with a bold black and white striped background. She embossed a sentiment from the Simple Strips Background stamp with white embossing powder onto Oreo cardstock and die cut it with the coordinating Simple Strips die.

Noriko Fairchild foiled the Wildflower Background onto Toffee cardstock by embossing the image first with clear embossing powder and then sending through her laminator to apply the pretty rainbow foil. I just love the shimmer and shine of foil and I love how she highlighed the sentiment by recessing it among the flowers! So clever!

My question of the day is: What is your favorite summer activity? Do you have a big BBQ, a neighborhood block party, an annual family vacation, a great time gardening? What do you look forward to in the summer?

Today I’m giving away the Wildflower Background stamp!

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.

And now you should be off to check ou the amazing projects that the rest of the Taylored Expressions Creative Team has creating using today’s featured products! Tomorrow is at 9am CST is the big release so we’ll see you then!