Oh, happy day!!


Good morning, friends! Emily here with you today to share a pair of cards that I intended to get made for the blog hop last week, but didn’t quite have the time to finish them. Both are using our new peony stamps (shocker) and my Zig watercolor markers (even bigger shocker). Let’s get started!

This first project was inspired by a catalog that I received from a paper goods store. The cover had a cascade of tissue paper peonies dripping diagonally down the front, and I knew I had to recreate it with my stamps. I started with a 5.5×5.5 inch panel of white card stock that I stamped with the Haute Stripes background stamp using Blue Diamond ink. My next step was to stamp the large “happy” sentiment from Brushed: Happy using Versamark ink  on some heavy vellum with some pretty cornflower blue embossing powder that I found in my stash. I fussy cut it and set it aside. The Ton Happy Wedding full size WM

Next came the super fun part: the peonies. The Happiest of Peonies and Loose Peonies sets are a perfect match for each other. (They’re the same images, but in different sizes. Yay!) In order to create my little swag for the corner, I simply heat embossed all of the floral images from both sets onto watercolor paper (my current favorite is Canson Montval Cold Press) using Versamark and white satin pearl embossing powder from my stash. I love pink and pale blue together, so I decided to color the blooms in various shades of cool pinks using my Zig markers and wet paintbrush. After they were dry, I simply arranged them on my card base and used a new trick I’ve just learned about to adhere them to my card base: Glad Press ‘n Seal. You simply place the Press ‘n Seal over your arranged bouquet, lift it up and flip it over, add your adhesive, then flip it back over onto your card base. I used scor-tape on my blooms, so I didn’t have to worry about dry time. I added my vellum sentiment using 1/8 inch scor-tape (it fits perfectly behind the “fat” lines on the sentiment) and added the “wedding” portion of my sentiment (also from Brushed: Happy) using Parisian Blue dye ink. The final touch was a few Light Blue Topaz sequins scattered here and there amongst the blooms. If I had it to do over again, I think I would have arranged the blooms in more of an ombre cascade, but c’est la vie.

The Ton Happy Wedding detail WM

My next project is inspired by a technique I’ve seen floating about on Instagram. To start, you heat emboss a piece of vellum with a lined image (like this one from Happiest of Peonies), then stamp it again on your card base in the same spot, so that you can lay your vellum over top of the card base and your image on the card base will show through as a very muted version of the image. I heat embossed this image in the corner of my A2 vellum panel using white satin pearl embossing powder, but if and when I do it again, I will use regular white EP or perhaps silver. I embossed the sentiment (from Fresh Cut Orchid) with platinum embossing powder.

The Ton Vellum overlay WM

I had created a top-folding card base using some Strathmore cold press 500 series watercolor paper, and so stamped my image from Happiest of Peonies in the same spot as on the vellum using some neon purple waterproof ink. Because the colors that show through the vellum are going to be far more muted than they are on the paper, I chose to use purple and fuchsia Zig markers so that the colors would still somewhat maintain their vibrant shade. After coloring the blooms, I outlined everything with a pale sky blue Zig marker and spread the color around with lots of water.

The Ton Vellum Overlay Detail WM

The final step was to adhere the vellum panel to the card base, making certain to align the outline image up with the stamped and colored image on the card base. I placed a strip of 1/8″ scor-tape along the top fold of the card base, then adhered my vellum to it. I covered it up with a strip of glitter tape in a complementary shade of pink.

Well, that’s all for me today! I’m so thrilled that Effie has added more peonies to our line up, because they are the most fun stamps to play with in my craft room! Have a fantastic week, friends!

Ink Blending is my fave…

Hi friends! Emily here today to share a card with you that showcases how beautifully our inks blend. It took me a while to jump on the ink blending bandwagon, but now that I’m in, I want to blend ink on every. little. thing. It’s a sickness.

Now, if you follow me on Instagram (I’m eamidgett), you will have seen a sneak peek of a blended panel that I was playing with last week. I have a slight obsession with aqua (turquoise, teal, pool, and all other variations included), and so wanted to make an entire ombre panel using the Minted Couture Color Collection. I started out just “playing” but ended up with a panel that I loved so much that I wanted to incorporate it into my blog post project.

The Ton Ombre Blended orchid card close up wm

These inks blend so very, very easily, even on less-than fantastic card stock. (which is what I used for this panel… as I said, I was just playing around.) Now, in my opinion, the key to blending with The Ton’s inks (as with most inks) is to use a very light hand. I keep my round blending tool at an angle, so as to attempt to avoid those unsightly little marks that come with too heavy a hand, and just start off very lightly adding color until I have the paper as saturated as I’d envisioned. If you’re using multiple colors, you can always go back in and blend the colors to get a smoother transition to each color. I started with the lightest color (Lofty Mint) on the top third, then the middle color (Bright Emerald), then the darkest shade (Hot Tourmaline), and I went back with a very light touch to add more of both colors at each point of transition.

The Ton Ombre Blended Orchid card wm

After I blended the panel, I die cut it with our Geometric Lattice Cover Plate Die (that thing is killer! So gorgeous.) I backed it with some silvery shimmer paper and adhered it to the card front. The next step was the flowers… Oh, how I love these orchids. My hubby has given me orchids on Valentine’s Day a few times, but my black thumb was able to make certain that, once the initial blooms died, no new ones returned. (sadface!) So it pleases me immensely to be able to figuratively “grow” my own garden of orchids with the Fresh Cut Orchids stamp set, and when stamped with the Orchid Couture Color Collection, they look almost real. I stamped them, fussy cut them, and then stamped the greeting (also from Fresh Cut Orchids) on a strip of white card stock using Noir Dye Ink. The card’s layout is so simple, it’s almost embarrassing. I simply arranged the orchids and leaves in a little spray around the end of the sentiment strip, then added a few Glass Slippers and Wedding Dress gilding to balance the layout.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! I’m going to be donating this, along with many other cards that I’ve been posting on my personal blog, to the Lasting Hearts Card Drive. What a wonderful cause. I know that many Instagram users have been posting their donations, and I’m so happy to be able to help, as well. If you’d like to know more information, you can check out Jennifer McGuire’s post HERE.

That’s all for me today. I hope you’ll try blending The Ton’s ink line, if you haven’t already! You’ll love the results!