Black Magic Wild Peonies

Hello and happy Thursday, everyone! Hope you are having a great week so far!

It’s TaeEun with my second The Ton post today. First of all I want to say thank you everyone for the warm welcome and encouraging comments on my first post.  It was so thoughtful of you all.

For today’s cards I used a technique called “black magic”. It is a kind of coloring technique on black with the help of white pigment ink. Some crafters use bright colors to color directly on black for this technique but I like the version of coloring in white stamped solid images on black paper.

I’ve chosen the solid peonies from our Wild Peonies stamp set, which includes 4 peonies  and some leaves in solid form as well as in outlines.


To make my first card I started off by stamping the big solid peony from Wild Peonies using Hampton White Pigment ink as the center of my peony cluster on a black cardstock. I then added the next peonies and leaves after masking previously stamped ones and at the end the fox from the Hey Foxy stamp set surrounded by the peonies.  Coloring was done with Polychromos  colored pencils for the peonies and with stardust and silver gel pens on the fox. I traced the outlines using black glaze pen to fix my coloring flaws :).

Here is the close-up!


To brighten the entire card I wanted to add some silver glitter. I used silver glitter tape from the Glitter sampler pack to adorn the side borders and Silver adhesive glitter paper for my sentiment. To make the double fishtail banner I adhered the Silver adhesive glitter paper  on a piece of white cardstock and cut it out. At first I tried to stamp a sentiment on that, but even an alcohol based ink couldn’t achieve what I wanted. So I wrote the sentiment by hand using a black glaze pen on the banner. I added some silver thread at both ends of the banner and foam mounted it onto the card. To finish off I scattered a few Black glossy sequins.


Do you like shaker cards? I like them but actually make them not that often. This time as I had the fussy cut black magic peonies in hand I thought it would make a beautiful frame for a shaker window. So I cut a circle out from a black A2 panel, adhered a piece of clear acetate on the back of the panel and arranged the peonies, leaves and the fox on the front. The background for the shaker window was made using the circle which I cut out. I stamped the Minor stripes on the circle using an embossing ink and heat embossed it in silver. I then placed the circle on the card base, adhered adhesive foams and scattered some Black glossy sequins and Spotlight couture mix to make my shaker element. The sentiment from the Basic lables stamp set was silver heat embossed on a scrap of black cardstock. To finish off the card I added a silver faux stitch line along the circle for more interest.


I added lots of clear glitter on my images which isn’t showing up so well in the picture.


That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed my black magic projects!

Thanks for stopping by!



A card for him

Hello all, It’s LauraJane today, sharing a card I made for my DH’s birthday.

Masculine cards are VERY difficult for me since flowers are not as appreciated by the male gendered in my home. However, my ten year old son tells me boy cards are easy!!!  “Just start with blue and have circles on it and then you’re done!” …So I went with that advice:))

Bokeh Burst – Round was the PERFECT set to start with.


  • Blue Grid Pattern paper is what I chose for my main panel.  I inked up the large bokeh burst in Hot Tourmaline stamped and turned the image, inked it in Parisian Blue  and stamped again, making sure the middle circle lined up.
  • Then I randomly stamped several of the smaller circles with the same colors, inking at least one of the edges to create the illusion of a ball or sphere.


    Example of inking variations on solid circle images to achieve a sphere looking image

  • Some of these I stamped a second time to get a lighter image in a different spot.  I chose to ink a few in Blue Diamond  and Cobalt Breeze Dye as well.  (Have I mentioned how FAMOUSLY these inks work?  I have found the Couture Color inks to be my FAVORITE dye inks.)
  • Now that this panel had a happy splashing of Bokeh burst and spheres, I ran it through the bigkick and a Double Stitched Rectangle Die and inked the edges with Blue Diamond .  Then stuck black fun foam behind it and layered several coordinating blue papers and adhered them all on a blue card base.

Feeling PLEASED with this so far:))

  • I stamped the HAPPY and BIRTHDAY from Basic Labels in Parisian Blue, trimmed them out and matted them on black CS and glued them in the middle of the burst.
  • HUGS is inked directly to the front panel in Deep Sapphire.  (I added more of a brushed look with some quick brush strokes from my black Zig brush marker.)
  • To complete the sentiment, “and KISSES” in  Noir Dye ink on the panel as well.

The good news is DH LOVED it, and I found stamping in BLUE to be very relaxing:))

Hope this encourages you to make some masculine cards too!




Lush Blooms

Hello Flower Fans of The Ton!   It’s LauraJane sharing a card featuring the beautiful Cherry Blossom Garden Cling Background.


  • I stated out with white A2 sized CS and stamped the Cherry Blossom Garden Cling Background in Orchid Crush .
  • Then I started coloring the solid blooms and leaves with Ziggys.
  • I chose to outline just a  few of the other blooms.
  • Next I ran the colored panel through the BigKick with two layers of the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.
  • The outer “frame” potion got a quick inking of Copic N3; being careful to leave the select outlined blooms white.
  • The smaller inside panel was colored in with Copic N1 throughout the remaining negative space; again being careful not to color the outlined blooms.
  • I then popped the panel up with fun foam and wrapped some gold thread around the lower portion and glued both the frame and panel to a cardbase..
  • Three layers of Fabulous Word Die were glued and stacked on top of each other, then adhered to the card front.
  • for the small sentiment, I stamped YOU ARE, from Basic Labels in Orchid Crush ; fussy cut and stuck it on the panel after layering a few smaller pieces of paper to give it a raised look.



Coloring the background was so much FUN. The various bloom sizes/shapes, solid and outlined make the Cherry Blossom Garden Cling Background a stamp of endless possibilities:))

Hope you have a Creative day!




Let’s Catch Up

Hello! It’s LauraJane and this is my first post for The Ton:) I’m excited to be here!

For today I have a card featuring my favorite Honey Bear and some delightful iced cream from the Sundae Bar.


I started out playing with the scrumptious Lemon Drop Dye ink and Minor Stripes BG  stamp. Yellow doesn’t get yummier than this ink! (I’m smitten with the vibrant colors obtained with all the Couture Color inks. Ha! I actually moved ALLLLL my other brands to the basement for resale, yep! I love them that much:))

…Back to the card:)


I did add some “Chocolate chips” Light Onyx and “Marshmallows” Hampton White  to the ice-cream using the sprinkle images from Sundae Bar.


Well, there you are! I Do LOVE that Bear!

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions please ask me in the comments section. I’ll do my best to answer them.