Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Studio Challenge

Hello everyone!!  It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we  have a fun, crafty question or theme so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for August is:
The Sky's the Limit! There are so many ways to create sky backgrounds for our cards and projects.  Often times, our blog readers are left staring at a beautiful sky and asking "How'd she do that?"
Show us one of your favorite ways to create a pretty sky background and make sure we know how to re-create it!

I have been known to use cloud dies, patterned paper, and brayering but my favorite technique is to use my handy dandy homemade cloud template and sponging!! 

Let me show you how I created my card for today.....

First I gathered my supplies....Tumbled Glass Distress Ink,  a sponge, and my homemade cloud template which was made with three punched scalloped ovals taped together (as you can see, it has been used quite often!!). 

I usually start in the upper left corner,  lay the template down on the white card stock, and start sponging around the template....

and work across the top of the card stock. Then start the second row by adjusting the template so you start in a different spot. That way the clouds look random instead of in rows. 

Continue until you have completed the sky area. You can sponge more ink if you want a darker look.

The Birch Tree Cutting Plate was used to cut the trees out of Crumb Cake card stock and then a Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad was run across the trees to add some shading. 

One of the Build a Scene-Rolling Hills dies was used to cut the was adhered with glue and then a little sewing was done across the top. 

The wheelbarrow, leaves, and pumpkins from the Taylored Expressions A Bushel and a Peck set were all stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copics, cutout, and popped up with foam tape. The birds and sign were cutout with the Birch Tree Accessories dies, and the sentiment is from the A Year of Sweet Sentiments set.  

The twine is the finishing touch. 

Now, you can see some awesome inspiration and lots of cloud ideas from the Baker's Dozen Design Team!!

Thanks for stopping by ...have a great day!!!!!

Supply List
TE Stamps: A Bushel  and a Peck, A Year of  Sweet Sentiments
Papers: Choice Snow White (TE), Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip  (SU) Patterned Paper Scraps (SU)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rich Cocoa, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Twine, Sewing Machine, Copics
TE Dies: Birch Tree Cutting Plate, Birch Tree Accessories, Build a Scene - Rolling Hills


*Vicki* said...

Wow Joan! This is such a brilliant design!! Love your clouds and the Fall theme is stunning!! I really love this time of year! HUGS :)

Unknown said...

Fabulous, Joan! Love your clouds and this amazing autumn scene!

Anne Temple said...

Fabulous card and your clouds are amazing looking. Thanks for sharing how you make them.

Anonymous said...

This is so darned cute!! I love the little scene!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh --- I needed that cloud tute !!! Thank you !!!!
I truly never add a sky because I'm just too nervous to mess up my colored image --- thank you!!!

Your card & scene is as fabulous, as ever !!
I love fall -- so this card was already a winner !!
Great colors & layers!!
The little details are perfect !!!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Joan, this card is STUNNING, outstanding work on this card, the background is gorgeous, I use a torn piece of paper towel, but your technique look so real, I'll have to try it, thanks for sharing and all this inspiration, have a great week..

Linda Palmer said...

Gorgeous card! I'm ordering the birch tree plates tonight! I love this card. Thanks for sharing.

Tammie Edgerton said...

This is awesome, Joan! Love your cloudy sky background and the colored images really bring your card to life!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the terrific tutorial on creating a cloudy background! Gorgeous card Joan!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

What a COOOOL idea! I've never seen a template like that, and your clouds are perfect. Love your Fall card!

I am totally cracking up thinking about the card I have scheduled for Thursday....You'll have to check my blog then. :-)

Kimberly S said...

Gorgeous card Joan! Beautiful cloud background you've created, and that die cut is amazing! The birds are so sweet, and I love all of the fussy cutting. :) hugs, Kimberly

Shannon White said...

Wowie!! LOVE your Gorgeous fluffy cloud BG Joan! Super template you use!! And What an Awesome Fall scene you created too!! Just Love every Fabulous detail Lady! 8-)


Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your cloud template- thanks for the visuals- and I love your fall scene- especially the trees..... I always love fall and the colors!

Mary Marsh said...

love the fall scene you created on this beautiful card Joan-thanks for sharing your cloud making technique

jimlynn said...

Great way to do those clouds!!! Thanks for the tutorial.
Love your card too!

Dana Joy said...

Such a pretty card Joan.

Maria said...

Gorgeous fall scene! Those clouds are awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Your layers are beautiful! Thanks so much for you cloud/sky technique, a simple but very effective idea. It's a lovely card.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Joan, I LOVE your cloud background! Just beautiful! And it makes an awesome background behind that cutting plate!!