At Taylored Expressions, we love to learn new techniques, polish up on old favorites, and be inspired by the creativity of our amazing design team.

TE Blog Design Team member Caryn Davies crafted some amazing Fall fruit using our Apple Stacklets dies and we wanted to share how she created them. We love how her juicy apple could be used as a 'poisoned' apple just perfect for a Halloween party or join a plump pumpkin on the table at a Thanksgiving feast!



To start, cut 8 pieces using your chosen die from the stacklets set - Caryn used the largest one for the pumpkin and the second-largest for the 'poison' apple.

For the apple, use an ink blending tool and some black ink to add dark shading to create the "poison apple" look. Use the same technique for the pumpkin using dark orange ink to add some shading and depth.

Next, score a crease down the center of each of the apples/pumpkins on the inked side of each die-cut.

Apply a strong adhesive to the back side of one half of each die cut and glue it to another piece, repeating until all eight pieces are glued together. (Caryn's tip: Use a wet glue for this as it gives some room for adjustment if the pieces slip at any point.)

If you want the decoration to be a hanging ornament, then it is at this stage that you will want to add some kind of twine or thread down the center and hold it in place with more glue. Once that has dried, the final two sides can be glued together forming your 3D shape. 

To give the apple some extra shine, run glue down each edge of the apple pieces and then sprinkle on some fine black glitter. 

To create green twine curls to add to the stem area of the pumpkin, squeeze liquid glue on a craft sheet and "pull" the twine through to coat it in a light layer of glue.  To make the twine stay in a curl shape, twist it around a paintbrush (or similar sized object) and allow it set for a short time. Carefully remove the curl from the paintbrush and push it into the central hole on the pumpkin.

Die-cut two leaf shapes from the Apple Stems and Seeds die collection for each project. Glue the stems together and fold out the leaves before "slotting" them into the center of the apple/pumpkin. A little glue on the end of the stem will hold them in place. 

We hope you've been inspired to create something beautiful for Fall. When you do, visit our Facebook Page and share with us!
Big thanks to Caryn for creating such a wonderful tutorial for us.
To catch more of Caryn's work, visit her blog,
Glitter Me Silly, or join us for more creative fun on the Taylored Expressions Blog!

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