Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taylored Expressions: Light of the World

One of the many things that first drew me to Taylored Expressions was their variety of faith-based stamps.  Check out their Spiritual section here.  They have cute flowers and elegant flowers, Christmas and Easter, hope-filled sets and princess sets!!  I love the stained glass set Light of the World.

TE Light of the World

I thought long and hard about adding a sympathy sentiment due to the soft colors in the stained glass, but I just kept coming back to how I feel when I look at stained glass - I rejoice!!

TE Light of the World CloseUp

I embossed the stained glass with a White Pearl embossing powder. To get a very soft background, I used a very watered down blue from a Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  I used a soft brush and swooshed it over the entire piece letting it pool where it wanted to pool.  (I did go back at the end and, using a finer brush, put a slightly less watered down version toward the bottom and around the outer frame - it just felt like it needed to be more grounded.)

Before the first layer dried I took pieces of paper towel and used a corner to pull up most of the blue from the cross and from some of the leaves.  I'm sure I could have painted around them to begin with but it was so much easier to color all over with the blue - and it picks up beautifully with a paper towel.

I really struggle with regular watercolors in small spaces so I pulled out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker in Olive Green to add some color to the leaves and my Zig Marker in Ochre to add a golden tone to the cross.

I took my pictures outside which is not my norm (mainly because my crafting typically takes place at 5 a.m. before I get ready for work!)  I had to do it this time because the sequins are iridescent and they take on really odd colors when I use my regular photo studio.  This is my favorite photo of the batch. I didn't use it as my main photo because of the shadows but it shows the soft metallic finish of the sentiment which is done with a platinum embossing powder.

TE Light of the World Photo 2


I used White Pearl and a Platinum embossing powder.  The paper is Canson Bristol Smooth which can stand up to the watercoloring.


  1. Beautiful card Kim. Love the soft coloring and the textures part... lovely.

  2. This is just gorgeous, Kim! Love the soft blue and you picked the perfect sentiment!

  3. Oh Kim, I think this is my new favorite from you! Your design is incredible and I love the soft colors. The partial embossed brick is a great addition!! LOVE this!!


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