Friday, February 20, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Inspired by Pinterest

Taylored Expressions maintains a fabulous array of Pinterest Boards sorted by product and some by theme.  It's a fabulous source of inspiration and the Baker's Dozen design team is tasked with showing you how we were inspired by a card.

First I saw this card by Stephanie Kraft.  You'll see right away that I totally copied the layout! The die on this card and the die on my card are part of the Beauty Lies Within 2 set.

I knew that I was straight up copying the layout but I wanted to be at least a little different. Sometimes when I am in love with a card, it doesn't only inspire me - I want to totally CASE it because it just couldn't be any better.  Then I saw this card by Cassie Trask and it gave me a number of other ideas. I wanted to use some sort of swirling color in my image.; I liked the hint of the flags on each side; and I love the splatter leading from the main image down to the sentiment.  (I quickly discovered that I haven't gotten any better at "splatters" so my splatter became sequins!)

I love this last release at Taylored Expressions. It's full of lovely dies and images for Easter, but so many of them work well for sympathy cards.  I have used their cross dies for sympathy, but decided this tree from Beauty Lies Within 2 works perfectly too.  I simply sponged a sunset behind it and left the rest clean and elegant.

Heartfelt Tree

I debated a long time over the sequins.  Sequins and sympathy just don't seem to fit.  But I loved how they filled in the space and finally convinced myself that is the look of tears or rain.  

Heartfelt Tree Close

I have a solid white circle behind the dies.  I sponged across the center with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, then I used Scattered Straw on the bottom - where the two colors merged I got a lovely orange. Across the top is Stormy Sky and it merged with the rose to give me a lavender.  I don't do much sponging and I don't know why - this was so simply and I love the sunset that it created.



  1. This is absolutely gorgeous, Kim! I love the sequins as they are very subtle and perfect to show raindrops or tears!

  2. Spatters are just not my thing either Kim! The sequins are doing a great job on this very beautiful card!I LOVE how the branches of the tree are cropped into a circle! ... and now I am inspired!

  3. Wow!! This is stunning!! I love the sponging behind the image and the way you used those sequins. Beautiful design!!

  4. Gorgeous card, Kim. The sunset and sequins are beautiful and that embossing folder makes a nice elegant and crisp background!

  5. Lovely card Kim, the soft sunset looks marvelous!

  6. Beautiful your wonderful scene you created.