Halloween Gatefold with Taylored Expressions

Welcome everyone! I have a fun Halloween Gatefold card to share with you today featuring products from TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS. These are so cute and really easy to make. If you are looking for Halloween cards – here ya go! And keep in mind TAYLORED EXPRESSIONS ships super fast so depending on when you are reading this , you have plenty of time to get some Halloween projects done.


I have a video showing you how to create this card that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.


You will need to start with a piece of OREO card stock measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Using my Scor Pal, I score one end at 2 1/8″, flip the card stock and score the other side at 2 1/8″ using my bone folder. That will give you a gatefold card. Super easy!

For the inside panel, I used the GATEFOLD REVEAL and die cut the center piece from OREO card stock and the flags you need to cut twice from JELLY DONUT card stock.

I like to do all my decorating before putting my pieces together.

The inside flaps of the card, I heat embossed in SILVER Embossing powder the spiderwebs from FLIP THE WEB.

The ghosts from CUTTING EDGE GHOSTS are stamped in OREO ink onto SUGAR CUBE card stock. Then lightly colored with copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut them out. The die for the group of ghosts actually only partially die cuts the ghosts so I trimmed them down to fit behind my window.

I used the CAPS LOCK BOO and die cut from COOKIE MONSTER card stock. Then lightly ink blended PLUM PUNCH with the blending brushes for an ombre effect.

I also used the super cool MINI-STRIPS-HALLOWEEN! These sentiment sets are amazing! I stamped this one on CANDY CORN card stock with OREO ink and used the coordinating die to cut them out. This die cuts all the sentiments at once into perfect strips! I grabbed the two that I will be using and can save the rest for later.

On a separate piece of OREO card stock measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, I white heat embossed the SHIPLAP background. I thought this kind of had a haunted house feel to it. I trimmed it down and added to the front flaps of my card.

For the sleeve or belly band, I used a piece of VELLUM measuring 1 1/2″ x 11″ and wrapped around my card front. I secured the pieces together with double sided tape and trimmed off any excess. Be sure to watch the VIDEO on how I put the fun window together for the inside !

How cute are these ghosts peeking through!?

I hope this inspired you! I love these colors together and this was such a fun interactive card to create. Plus super easy!


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Adding Gold To Your Cards

Welcome everyone! I’m not quite ready for summer to be over but that doesn’t mean I can’t start working on Fall cards. In today’s projects, I’m going to be showing you two ways to add gold to your cards. I know there are tons of different ways, but I’ll just be focusing on two.


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.


For my first card, I’m starting with the Mosaic Leaves stencil from Taylored Expressions. I spray the back with Pixie Spray which will leave the stencil tacky on one side. This helps keep all of those fine lines of the stencil in place while I blend.

I attach the stencil to a piece of Sugar Cube card stock and ink blend Sweet Basil, Toffee, Dijon, and Sweet Potato Pie using my Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes. Once I remove the stencil, I will lightly go over the areas again so the lines are not so bright white.

My first way of adding gold is by using Gold Metallic Ink from Hero Arts. I add a couple drops to my craft sheet, mix with a little water and flick onto my blended background.

Once dry, I trim my panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and add craft foam to the panel for some dimension. Then I can add it to a card base made from Buttercream Frosting card stock.

Using Gold Foil card stock, I die cut out a heart and added to the front of the panel with Gina K Designs foam squares. For my sentiment, I’m using the new Simple Strips Friendship stamp set. These are amazing because you can get so many sentiment cut in one pass.

I stamped the sentiments onto Chocolate Truffle card stock using Embossing ink. Then sprinkled on Taylored Expressions Gold Embossing Powder and heat set. Using the coordinating die, I die cut out all of my sentiments. I pulled out the ones I was going to use and the others I will put in a little baggie to use for a future card.

For my second card, I ink blended the same colors as before onto Sugar Cube card stock. Then using the Mosaic Leaves stencil, I added Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel in Gold. This is my second way of adding gold to my cards. The beauty of this is my panel didn’t have to be perfectly blended. The glitter gel will cover up those imperfections.

As before, I trimmed the panel down and added to a card base made from Buttercream Frosting card stock with craft foam and double sided tape.

Since we have so much going on with the background, I’m just going to add my sentiments to the front with some liquid glue.

I hope you enjoyed these couple ways of adding gold to your cards.


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Blender Brushes with Embossing Folders

Welcome back everyone! Yesterday I shared the new Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions and some stenciled cards using them. I have a video you can check out HERE where I did an unboxing and created two cards using the brushes. Today, I’m sharing a card where I used the Blender Brushes with Embossing Folders.

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I will admit I haven’t used embossing folders in years. I don’t know why I waited so long to try them out again because how cool does this look? When I created this card, I was so impressed with the background.

I am using the Brick Embossing Folder from Taylored Expressions with Sea Salt card stock. I inked up one side of the embossing folder with Earl Grey ink, inserted my card stock and ran through my Spellbinders Platinum machine.

After removing my card stock, I lightly applied some more ink over the top of the raised areas with Earl Grey ink and the Blender Brush. I was super impressed with this technique.

I used it for a background on my card to go with my images I colored and die cut using the Cutting Edge stamp & die combo and Do Something Creative stamp/die combo. If you saw my cards yesterday, leaving white space on a card is kind of a shocker here but I really liked this look with the background.

The sentiment is stamped on Oreo card stock with embossing ink and embossed with White embossing powder.

Why have I waited so long to play with embossing folders?? I definitely need to pick up some more. Good thing Taylored Expressions has some!

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Blender Brushes by Taylored Expressions

Welcome everyone! I’m so thrilled to be helping introduce the new Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions. I love ink blending and have really been enjoying using blender brushes to add color to my cards.


I have a video showing an unboxing of the brushes and the new tool caddy. I’ll be going through why I fell in love with these brushes, what makes them so amazing and I’ll be creating two cards with the brushes. You can check out the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

Taylored Expressions has an amazing deal going on too! But only for a limited time so be sure to snag that up! I’ll have shopping links throughout my post and also at the end of my post.

Not going to lie, one of the first things that caught my eye with the brushes are the handles. I mean, come on, it’s a rainbow! Not only is it appealing to the eye but it’s quite handy. You have a handle for every color including Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, Grey, Brown for neutrals. You just need to clean off your brush on scratch paper or microfiber cloth to switch shades.

There are 10 brushes in the set, all the same size brush heads. This is the size I would typically use anyway so I find this super helpful. They also come in fine, white synthetic bristles, not natural hair fibers. This makes them easy to clean.

The storage caddy I find super helpful as well. It goes together very easily and it spins! There is a slot for each brush and I find it quite handy to have on my desk when reaching for a new color.

Now onto my card! For this first card, I used the Be a Mermaid Stamp & Die Set( TE ) stamp set and Stencil – Taylored Expressions Go with the Flow( TE ).

I sprayed the back of the stencil with iCraft Pixie Spray( TE ) to temporarily adhere it to my TE Premium Cardstock – Sugar Cube( TE ) card stock. Then I ink blended TE Premium Ink – Salt Water Taffy – Full Pad( TE ), TE Premium Ink – Cookie Monster – Full Pad( TE ); and TE Premium Ink – Jelly Donut – Full Pad( TE ) Ink.

After ink blending, I added on Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Moonstone – Taylored Expressions( TE ) and let dry.

The fun mermaid tail was die cut from Sugar Cube card stock with my Spellbinders Platinum machine and then I ink blended Cookie Monster and Jelly Donut ink. My sentiment is stamped onto *Cookie Monster card stock* with TE Premium Ink – Oreo – Full Pad( TE ) and added to my card front.

My next card is a really quick and simple card where I was first testing out the brushes. I started with the Birds & Blooms Stencil( TE ) and ink blended TE Premium Ink – Lemon Meringue – Full Pad( TE ), TE Premium Ink – Fruit Punch Full Pad – Taylored Expressions( TE ) and Premium Ink – Taylored Expressions Mulled Wine Full Pad( TE ). I went pretty heavy on this round and once I removed the stencil I went back over the white space. I wanted to test out if I could achieve a light blend over the top without leaving fiber marks.Worked like a charm!

I’m also showing in my VIDEO how to create a ton of sentiments at once using the Simple Strips Background( TE ) .Totally genius idea!

One thing I want to say that I’m sure I will get asked is how they compare to xyz company brushes. I will not do that. I do not like to necessarily “compare”. I will tell you what I think of a product and how I used it but I will not say if one is better then the other. That is for you to decide. I’m a huge supporter of many companies and love them all for their uniqueness.

With that being said, I do love these brushes and give them my stamp of approval. Taylored Expressions is having an amazing deal for a limited time so be sure to head over there and check it all out. I will be picking up a second set myself . I’m also excited to try the cleaner tool as I don’t have one of those for any of my brushes.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you found my post\video informative and inspiring and will give these brushes a try. If you struggle with ink blending, I really do think brushes are the way to go. I’ve met Taylor in person and she is a wonderful human being and bonus, the company has extraordinary shipping turnaround!

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Faux Watercolor with Distress Inks


Welcome back everyone! Today I’m sharing a Faux Watercolor technique using Distress Ink cubes. I’ll also be using products from Taylored Expressions one of which I hold near and dear to my heart.


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. This is a labor of love lol. I’ve purchased some new equipment and used it in my creating and editing my video. I don’t have all the kinks worked out yet but I hope it still provides you great quality and instruction.


I love the look of watercolor but I have a hard time doing it. This is an easy technique that will get you similar results and doesn’t require a ton of time. I am starting with a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock using the smooth side of the paper. I’m stamping the Big Butterfly from Taylored Expressions with Embossing Ink from Gina K Designs. Then heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.

Using a sponge dauber, I’m going to apply Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Ink. Next, I’m going to spritz my card stock with clean water. This is going to move the colors around. You can tilt your card stock to get it to move more or use a paintbrush.

I’ll sop up any excess water with a paper towel but be careful. When you take away that excess water, you are also removing some of the intensity of the color. I don’t like to wait for things to dry, so I carefully sopped up some of the excess and then sped the drying time up with my heat tool. If you let it sit and dry on it’s own, the color will be more intense.

For my second card, I decided to spice it up a little. It’s hard to see this in the pictures but trust this butterfly has some shine going on!

I used the same steps as I had in the previous butterfly but instead of clean water, I mixed some Perfect Pearls in a mini spritz bottle. Then sprayed my background. Now, not only does my butterfly look like I watercolored it but it has a beautiful sheen to it from the Perfect Pearls.

Once both of the panels were completely dry, I used the coordinating die to cut them out. I used Thermoweb Purple Tape to hold them in place but be sure your card stock is completely dry or you may rip you card stock. Then I ran them through my Gemini Jr.

To finish off both of the cards, I started with a white A2 size piece of card stock made from the Sugar Cube card stock. I stamped a sentiment from the Look With Your Heart stamp set onto Buttercream card stock with Oreo ink.

This stamp set is near and dear to my heart. My son is Autistic and I adore each and every sentiment on here. My son works with a lot of people at school and they deserve to hear how amazing they are.

Once my sentiment was stamped, I attached the butterflies to the front of the card with foam tape for dimension.

I normally don’t stamp sentiments in the inside of my cards because then I’m not tied to any certain occasion but these cards were different. I couldn’t resist stamping this one on the inside especially since I knew who it was going to and why.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.

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