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 loved this challenge as I’ve seen some pretty amazing skies from my Baker’s Dozen teamies!  I decided to use stenciling and airbrushing for my sky and I’m going to show you a quick step by step.


I decided to make some puffy, fluffy, clouds, and Build A Scene Swirly Clouds were perfect for this!  I have Ciao and Sketch Copic markers and while my airbrush is made to work with Sketch markers, I adapted my gun with half of a 3D foam square. It holds the Ciao marker securely and makes airbrushing a breeze.


I die cut the Swirly Clouds and added a little smattering of tape to hold my “stencil” in place.  Time to airbrush away!  You can use a variety of colors but for my card, I used B02.  


Once you’re happy with the color, carefully peel your “stencil” away, die cut a few more clouds and attach them using 3D foam squares.  I love the layered look of the clouds!


I finished my card using Build A Scene Rolling Hills for the grass and this adorable bike from Bikes & Trikes.  I am in love with the “Wheee!” sentiment and thought it was perfect for my scene! 

ShellyAugStudioChall8Be sure to see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has whipped up for this month’s challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!

Charmaine Ikach

Jen Shults

Joan Ervin

Kerri Michaud

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess

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