Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop


Hello, everyone and welcome to our Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoyed our Release Week!  We had so much introducing all of our new products to you this week: 15 new stamps, 13 new Couture Mixes and 14 new Couture Color Inks.

The festivities are not over yet because we have an amazing blog hop for you today packed with talented special guests and our awesome design team – a total of 15 stops!

  1. The Ton  <—- You are here 🙂
  2. Vera Yates
  3. Amy Tsuruta 
  4. Emily Midgett
  5. Lisa Harrolle
  6. Eunji Jung
  7. Laura Sterckx
  8. Mayline Jung
  9. Laurel Beard
  10. Jessica Frost Ballas
  11. Ruby Naz 
  12. Stephanie Klauck
  13. Keeway Tsao
  14. Kymona Tracey
  15. Michelle Short 

So for today, I made two cards to celebrate our Summer 2016 Release.

hop stacks

First up is my faux watercolored art print card created with our new Haute Stacks.  This set might be my favorite of this entire release!  I achieved the watercolor look by first inking up my stamp with the distress ink, spritzed some water and stamped on my watercolor panel.  Then I took a water brush and proceeded to blend the color.  I did this for each layer and for the stack of books.  For my peonies, I used Spun Sugar for my first layer, Abandoned Coral for the second and Fired Brick for the third layer.

After I finished stamping my stack of books with a gray distress ink, I added some additional shading to some of the books with black watercolor paint.  This gave the card the more artsy feel that I was aiming for.  Next I die cut my panel using the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangle dies.  I finished the card by adhering some Glass Slippers sequins.

For my next card, I created a shaker using our new Vogue Skies set and our Pyrotechnics set.

hop city2

I started off by blending my card panel with our Cali Blue Dye Ink, Azurite Dye Ink and Soft Amethyst Dye ink.  Then I heat embossed the fireworks display with our Rose Gold embossing powder and a silver glitter embossing powder.
hop cityNext I stamped the skyline at the base of my panel with our Noir Dye ink. I then stamped the Statue of Liberty and sentiment from our Vogue Skies over my skyline.  Next I created a black border frame using the two largest dies from our Double Stitched Rectangle dies.  This would serve as my shaker window.  After I adhered the acetate under the frame, I filled up the window with our new Black Tie Affair Couture Mix. The card was complete after I closed up the window.

We also have some giveaways to celebrate our hop: Four $25 gift certificates will be given away to random commenters.  You must comment on each hop participant blog to qualify for the giveaway. The comment period will close on Saturday, June 18 at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter.

Thanks for checking out our hop post for today!  Your next stop is Vera.  Be sure to check out all of the other stops on the blog for some amazing inspiration for our Summer 2016 Release!


88 thoughts on “Summer 2016 Release Blog Hop

  1. Jennifer K says:

    Beautiful cards, I love the gorgeous flowers on top of the books! I am excited to do the hop for this awesome release so here I go!


  2. DK says:

    Your stamps in this release continue to live up to your company’s description! I have so much enjoyed seeing all the creativity in this blog hop!


  3. chamorritacrafts says:

    Just finished the blog hop and the DT ladies did a fabulous job! Sooo… many beautiful cards made! Definitely felt inspired and ready to start crafting! lol… Awesome release and can’t wait to get my hands on those floral stamp sets!


  4. TracyM #6773 says:

    FABULOUS release and cards Effie!!!
    Your floral friend card is a DELIGHT, a piece of ART that should be framed and your second card is an exciting party, SO MUCH to LOVE!!!


  5. Maggie B says:

    Hi Effie ~ Your entire release has been absolutely amazing….I’m not sure how you do it. Your “faux watercoloring” (which is just MY kind of watercoloring!!) in the first card is simply lovely. But, as a native New Yorker, I’m definitely partial to the second card! Thanks for sharing and inspiring so many of us with your creativity! You clearly LOVE what you do!! ~HUGS~


  6. mariannebrinkley says:

    Wow! What a beautiful shaker card!

    I waited to come here last after I completed the blog hop. All I can say is I am out of adjectives to describe the beautiful, gorgeous, and oh-so-pretty cards madeby the design team. Wait…magnificent! I think I already used fantastic! Anyway, you get the idea! I am impressed with the release and your team!


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