Hey, crafty friends! It’s Taylor back again today with another dose of inspiration using our newest products! Today I’ll be sharing a bit about liquid watercolor and how I used it to color one of our new background stamps. If you haven’t tuned in during this mini release yet, then you’ll want to check out our special offer before it’s over at the end of the weekend.

When you spend $50 or more in the Taylored Expressions webstore, you will get a 6 x 6 Playful Patterns Black & White Paper Pack FREE now through Sunday, May 3rd.

Click the graphic below to check out what’s new this month!

Even though the release launched on Tuesday, we have more inspiration to share with you today!

  • The release includes 6 new products carefully curated to refresh your teacher and grad collection.
  • Everything is available at the TE webstore RIGHT NOW! Right now we are shipping orders on Mondays and Thursdays. We are working hard to get your orders out to you as soon as we can and keep our TE employees as safe as possible. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.
  • Receive FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more in the United States!
  • Earn a free, exclusive stamp set with purchases of $100 or more. Check out the “Big Thanks” set here!

To start this project I embossed the image with Black Fine Detail Embossing Powder onto watercolor cardstock. In the video below, I shared a couple tips for taming those flyaway bits of embossing powder. If you have trouble getting a crisply embossed image, I hope that helps!

After embossing the image, I used our liquid watercolor to paint it. I’ve shared my best practices in the video, but it’s important to note that you should either dilute the watercolor with water before painting onto your paper OR paint clean water onto your image before applying un-diluted color

Here’s a closer look at the stamp that I used in the video:

The Takes a Big Heart stamp features the sentiment ‘It takes a big heart to teach little minds’ in a fun and whimsical design. The design fills up an A2 sized card front and is great for any coloring medium.

Finally, after painting the image, I stamped small hearts from the All Tucked In – Valentine stamp set onto the background and used scissors to trim around the inverted scalloped edge of the image. I popped the panel up on the card base and it’s ready to send!

Here are a few more projects from our Creative Team members to inspire you:

There’s a new addition to the Tag Team collection and it’s perfect for sending a thank you to your teachers! The Clearly Crafty Tag Team – Teacher set coordinates with the previously released Tag Team dies to create quick and easy tags. You can also use the set on its own to create cards, treat boxes, and more!

Noriko Fairchild paired the Tag Team – Teacher stamp set with our Hello Sunshine patterned paper on this colorful card. I’m in love with the extra sparkly ‘thanks’ that Noriko added for her main sentiment using the Thanks Script die!

Jill Hawkins stamped a rainbow of pencils at a diagonal for this card created with the Tag Team – Teacher stamp set. She added the small typed sentiments to the pencils for a little extra detail. I also love how she used the Notepaper Border die to make it look like the card front was taken right out of a school notebook!

The Making a Difference stamp features a whimsical globe image that fills up your card front and features the sentiment ‘You are making a difference everyday’. Create cards to thank special teachers or other people who make a difference in your life. Wouldn’t this be a good one for our postal workers, grocery store clerks, and health care heroes too?

You don’t have to color in the Making a Difference image, you can stamp it in one color like Noriko Fairchild did here and then layer it over different colored cardstock or patterned paper. Noriko created a shaker card by stamping the image with White Stazon ink onto a piece of acetate, framing it with a Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 die cut, popping it up with foam sticky strips, and layering it over Hello Sunshine patterned paper and shaker fillings.

One last thing before I leave you today:

I’ll be going Live for another “T Time” at 1pm Central today on the Taylored Expressions Facebook Page and I’d love to connect with you! It’s always a bright spot in my week and today we’re talking about the gatefold reveal concept! Hope to see you there!

Thank you so much for joining us this week for our new teacher and grad product release! We hope you enjoy these new products as much as we have and have fun crafting and sharing joy with them! Stop back here on the TE blog this Saturday for a very special post to celebrate National Scrapbook Day. See you then!