Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Taylored Expressions - new blender brushes!

Today's an exciting day for Taylored Expressions - they are launching their new Blender Brushes! These have been designed and customized with the paper crafter in mind - look how cute they are!

My favorite feature of these brushes are the colored handles - I have multiple brushes, all with black handles, and I've labeled them with a small color swatch on the back of the head, but since they're all facing different directions in the holder, it takes me a while every time to find the right brush for the color I need. These colored handles are so pretty, and make it easy to grab the right brush quickly! 

The white bristles are soft and dense, and of course once they're used for blending, they match the handles! 

Another fun product in the launch is this spinning caddy - it's got a space for each brush, and strong grips on the bottom of the base to help it stay put when you spin it. This is a great display unit, though I prefer to have the brushes allllll over my desk when I'm working rather than moving them in and out!

I've got a couple of card samples, and I'll have more to share over the next couple of days! A few weeks ago I shared a Pastel Stencil Press tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, and that's the technique I've used on these 2 cards. I inked up the stencil with Versamark ink, embossed it in my die cutting machine, and then used the brushes to apply PanPastels to the whole surface. 

The Versamark ink helps the PanPastel medium stick to the card - these soft brushes are perfect for this highly-pigmented dry medium - they picked up plenty of product, just with a light tap! Love that deeper color on the stencil lines.

The first card background is made with the inked stencil; the second card background is made from the inked cardstock beneath it. I used different PanPastel colors just for variety, but kept all the other card elements the same. 

For the butterflies, I brushed dye ink onto Canva-Paper - this is a heavy linen textured paper that has a bit of a coated surface - it will take watercolor, alcohol ink, and a variety of other coloring media, and it's my favorite for printing digital stamps as well.

I blended dye ink on the surface, and because it doesn't absorb, the colors blended together beautifully as a base for my butterflies. This is a layering stamp set, so I took one of the layers and misted it with water...

...then pressed it into the inked area to lift some of the ink away (blot the wet area with a paper towel for best results!).

I used the matching dies to cut out the inked butterflies, and added them to my cards on a bit of foam tape! Blending the butterfly 'base' is a great way to add a little more dimension to these layered images. I used the brushes again to add just a little Stazon Pigment ink to the edges.

I hope you'll check out the brushes, and be sure to visit the Taylored Expressions blog for more info, videos, and other links! 

If you're interested in ordering, here are a couple good things to know:
  • Customers will receive a free silicone cleaning tool with the purchase of the blender brushes and storage caddy. It will automatically add to qualifying orders and will not be available for purchase separately until a later date.
  • Through the end of June, shipping is free on orders over $50. The free shipping threshold will go back to the usual $75 starting July 1st.
With these two promotions combined, you will get the best deal by grabbing the brushes and caddy before July 1st. Brush orders will begin shipping July 1st. 

Thank you for checking in with me today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Ideas, Supplies, Machines, Paper & More

1 comment:

  1. NICE WORK, Dina!!! Your cards are LOVELY!!! LOVE the little caddy & colored brushes & the cleaning tool too!!! ;) THANKS for showing us!!! ;)<3