Paper Crafts Crew #234 – Taylored Expressions Full Bloom Dies and Distress Oxide Inks

Paper Crafts Crew #234 – Taylored Expressions Full Bloom Dies and Distress Oxide Inks

Welcome back to the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge! This week we have a sketch challenge:


This is a cute sketch! I must confess I spent the weekend playing with the new Distress Oxide inks, and I decided I wanted to make something for this sketch using one of the backgrounds I had done with them. This sketch gave me the perfect opportunity to use the Full Bloom dies from Taylored Expressions that I've had ever since they came out. They are perfect for using with an arty background! Lookie:


GOJUS! (YILM!) I created two backgrounds for this, actually. The original one is the background piece and uses Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, and Painted Shutters. The other I created specifically for the flower petals and used Broken China and Faded Jeans.


The background was created by applied ink to a craft sheet, spritzing with water, and then picking up color by touching the card stock to the craft sheet, drying it with a heat tool, and repeating this over and over until you get the effect that you like, occasionally sprinkling a little water in placed with a brush and drying that. Lather, rinse, repeat! The colors are somewhat opaque, something like chalk ink, but with watercolor properties. They are VERY exciting and fun to play with! Once they are dry they don't rub off, but they can be reactivated with water. If you want to seal the results, you can use Distress Micro Glaze (I didn't do that here) and gently rub it over the ink. It won't run, but it will keep it from reactivating with water.


Once I had cut the flower die, it creates raised petals that are cut at the tip but attached in the center. You can leave them that way, but I wanted a bit more emphasis so I used the additional petal dies that come with it with a second background I created specifically for that purpose. For that, I used a different technique, using blending tools to create an ombre background from Faded Jeans to Broken China, overlapping in the center. i then spritzed with water, drying that, adding more color from the craft sheet, drying, sprinkling with water from a brush, and repeating those steps until I got a pretty background. I then cut the large petals from the Faded Jeans end, the middle petals from the overlap section, and the small petals from the Broken China section. I then glued these petals over the petals on the background with my Two-Way Glue Pen from Stampin' Up!, adding a Lily White Doodlebug Sprinkle for the center. You will want to add some glue under adhesive elements like this, as the soft, chalky finish you get from the Distress inks does not allow adhesives that are used on such elements to adhere as tightly as you might wish.


You should pay attention to the card stock behind the surface that you use this die on, because it does show. I decided that white was fine, but you could use something like black to make it more dramatic (I now wish I had, it might have boosted the intensity of the background a bit!) You also want to make sure not to put adhesive in the area under the die cut area because the petals won't lift up.


I stuck to the sketch pretty closely, so I gathered most of these elements from different die sets. This greeting is an old Hero Arts greeting, Friends Forever (C2784) that you would have to pry out of my cold dead hands. You can I love small one-line greetings for the subtlety they provide. I stamped it on Orange Fizz card stock from MFT because it was the PERFECT shade to match my background plus the Bo Bunny Country Gardens 6 x 6 paper that used on the header and one of the banners, which I found matched my background perfectly (serendipity!)


Some baker's twine adds a great finishing touch.


It's really so much prettier in person! The ink adds a beautiful texture that makes you want to touch it!

You can play along with our challenge by clicking on this link.

Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC,, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.

Enjoy! Ta!




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