Guest Designer: Laurie Willison

Hi again!  It’s Laurie Willison here with another guest post today.  I am a CAS stamper and usually go for the quick stamping stamps.  When I see black and white pandas….aside from the fact that they are super cute….they don’t need any coloring and that is right up my alley!  So today, I have created a quick and easy card, highlighting these adorable pandas from the set called Panda Can’t Even….


I used a light gray cardstock for the base and then layered a heart die with foam tape.  I stamped and fussy cut the bears and added them to the card with more foam tape for dimension.  Next, I added in the sentiment on a banner die.  The last detail I added was the red heart image from the set.  Easy peasy!


This set, Panda Can’t Even, includes 7 of the most adorable panda images,  along with sentiments in a gorgeous font, so the possibilities are endless.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today.  I will stop back in soon.  Have a great day!

Guest Designer: Marika Rahtu

Hello! It’s Marika here. Thank you for your kind comments left on the other two of other guest posts. You can find them HERE and HERE. I also want thank Effie for inviting me, it’s really been a blast and I’m looking forward other fun projects that we can do together.


A few words on this third card here. As you have noticed, I’m a colorist and I usually love to make the coloured image to be my focal point on my cards. As doing so, my cards are usually quite simple. What I love to do, I love to play with different coloring mediums and styles. In this card I used graphical look.


I was in a need of a masculine card for my dear colleague so I used monochromatic and played with different tones of greys in my work. I used Fresh Cut Tulips stamp set and stamped the tulips with two light inks to get the shape. Then I took out my colored pencils and added details using them. And by the way, if you are a bit scared on coloring, please, don’t be but if you still feel intimidated on shading different images, these layering stamp sets are wonderful way to improve your colouring and shading skills. The sentiment is from the set called It’s cray cray.

Here are the list of colours I used:

Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils: Warm Grey (272), Warm Grey (274), Warm Grey (275), Black (199).

Copics: N7 (for the black strip of card stock on the back)

Thank you so much. Have a great day!


Guest Designer: Marika Rahtu


It’s Marika here at the Ton blog again. Thank you so much for your kind comments left on my last GD post. They really made my day, thank you!


For this second post, I used the Wild Cherry Blossoms and Beautiful Butterflies 3 stamp set. This set includes very realistic outline images of cherry blossoms. One thing what is really fun with this set, is that you can organise these flowers in so many ways that there are endless possibilities to use this stamp set. I googled an image of a cherry blossoms and mimic the branch to match with the photo to gain more realistic look on my card. On my first post, I used cold tones, in this second I wanted to use warm tones and get more like a children’s book look and feel to my card. If you are interested in the exact colors that I used, here is the list of the colors I used:

Copics: R00 – E000 – E42 – E40 – G20 – G43

Polychromos: Ivory 103, Light Flesh 132, Medium Flesh 131, Pompeian Red 191, Burnt Ochre 187, Cadmiun Orange 111, Raw Umber 180, Walnut Brown 177, Earth Green Yellowish 168, Olive Green Yellowish 174

Sequins: The Ton


Technically, my card is quite simple. I used masking while stamping my flowers with a light yellow ink. Probably any light ink will do, I usually try to match my ink color to the color that I want my images to be at the end. If you are using darker colors, it really doesn’t matter what color is the ink that you use to stamp your flowers. For instance, I used the same yellow ink to stamp the leaves. I drew the branches but there is a branch in the set if freehand drawing intimidates you. I was just too lazy to cut enough masks to be able to stamp the branch as well. Then I laid the first layer with copics and added details with colored pencils. For some reason, I find it quite odd to add sequins to a card that is totally one-layer, so that’s why I stamped the butterfly to a piece of card stock, fussy cut it and added a bit of foam tape behind it. In that way I get a bit of dimension to my card and the sequins don’t look so lonely in it. The sequins used are from Pink Diamond Couture Mix. Love that it has different sizes of clear, sparkling sequins!! Since I had used quite soft and warm tones on my image, I stamped the sentiment with dark grey ink instead of black.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

P.S. Almost  – almost all snow has gone by now. Welcome spring!

Guest Designer: Marika Rahtu

Hello! I’m over the moon excited to be a guest designer here over at The Ton blog. First, I’d like to thank Effie for inviting me, it’s really been an honor for me. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.


I had so many ideas while I was going through the stamps to use for this guest post and for this first post, I decided to go for this beautiful set called Loose Peonies. I really fell in love for this Peony stamp set since it is so realistic. Unfortunately, the spring still awaits to come here in Finland so I can only dream of these beautiful blooms. While waiting the summer to come, I had fun colouring these dreamful blooms. I used my go-to-coloring method – copic markers combined with coloured pencils. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from The Ton’s It’s Cray Cray set.


I started by stamping the flowers and the leaves with light pink ink. Any light ink will quite well do, I chose to use light pink since I thought the lightest parts would be on the flower. Then I first laid the copic layers and added details with pencils. If you want to use the same colours as I used, I list the colors below.

Copic Markers: G20 – G43 – RV0000 – RV000 – V000 – V01

Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils: Ivory (103), Light Magenta (119), Pink Madder Lake (129), White (720), Earth Green Yellowish (168), Earth Green (172), Juniper Green (165), Warm Gray (270).

Hope you like what I created for this first guest post. Please, stay tuned for the two more to come!

Have a wonderful day!


Guest Designer: Svetlana Pavlova

Hello! Svetlana here again for my final guest designer post and I hope you are all having a good day! Today I have prepared two cards for you!
The first card is a shaker card! To create this card, I used the “Wishful Wildflowers” stamps. I’ve stamped the floral arrangements twice on the same place on the base of the card. Then with a circle die I diecut out the circle for the shaker window.
I used copics to color the flowers and only colored the leafs on the inside panel, I really wanted the inside panel to stand out. I’ve added the sequins and the sentiment and the shaker card is complete.
For my second card, I used Fresh Cut Sunflowers Coordinating Outlines clear stamp. On the watercolor paper I’ve stamped sunflowers with water-soluble ink and used the same ink to color the images.
Once it was all dry I used a black marker to outline the flowers and leafs. For the background I used zig watercolor pens. Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Guest Designer: Svetlana Pavlova

Hello everyone, Svetlana here! I just want to thank Effie for inviting me to be The Ton’s guest designer this month! I am so happy to have this amazing opportunity to work with The Ton stamps!


Today I want to show you a card featuring the new Marvelous Perfumes. These stamps are for true women – lovers of couture perfume! From the set I took a sentiment and used it to stamp my background with light ink and one inscription made in black ink, so that it was visible. Then I picked my couture bottle of perfume and colored it with copic markers. I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the card using foam tape.
I don’t know any single woman who only has one perfume bottle, so I made a simple bookmark to go with this card.
 I love how these turned out, I hope you do too. Thank you for stopping by today!

Guest Designer: Amy Kolling

Hi everyone!  It’s Amy Kolling here for my first guest post for The Ton!  I am so excited for this month and the opportunity to work with all The Ton’s awesome stamps.  For my first project, I decided to use the adorable Panda Can’t Even stamp set.  
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One of the hardest things about the Panda Can’t Even stamp set was choosing which panda to use!  I created my card with a certain person in mind… daughter.  I stamped the panda with black ink and hand trimmed out (but there are dies!).
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To start my card, I adhered a piece of black/white striped paper to a top folding white notecard.  To a white cardstock panel, I blended Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the center in a circular pattern.  The beauty of clear stamps is that you can curve them.  So for my sentiment, I curved the “you’re the greatest” sentiment and stamped it with black ink.  I stamped a few stars in red ink and then added some random dots with a black micron pen.  My panda was added to the scene with foam adhesive.
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To finish, I added 2 pinked edges of black cardstock to either side and adhered the whole panel with foam adhesive to the striped notecard.
Thanks so much for joining me here today!





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Guest Designer: Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone, Happy Saturday! It’s Taheerah and I’m so happy to be joining you again for one final time this month as The Ton’s Guest Designer! I’ve had such a great time sharing my creations with you!

One thing I’ve always loved are the layering stamp sets that The Ton come out with. They’re always so well thought out and the level of detail is astounding! When I saw the Party Fans stamp set I completely fell for how fun it looked, and I knew I just had to have some fun with it myself:


I went with one of my favourite colour combos -pink, mint and gold! Layering the fans really helped them come to life!


Once I’d stamped all my fans, I set about adding some additional touches to them. I’ve often seen the party fans that have gold foil accents in various patterns, so that’s what I set out to create with the help of my Quickie Glue Pen and some gold glitter!


I added some extra accents from the Friggin Fabulous set – an oldie but goodie! I then finished up with sentiments from the Brushed You stamp set. I love how there’s a ton going on on the card, but the sentiment really helps lead the eye and doesn’t let you get distracted too much by all the sparkle!

I hope you’ve loved seeing my work here this month! I’ve had such a great time and I want to thank Effie for inviting me to spend some time with you again. Please head on over to my blog to see some of my other work! Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer: Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone, Happy Wednesday! It’s Taheerah and I’m so happy to be joining you again this month as The Ton’s Guest Designer! I’ve been having a ball so far!

The Ton does flower designs like nobody else. There’s always something different or unique about them that sets them apart. The Dahlia Close-Up Cling Background stamp is a perfect example and I couldn’t wait to ink it up:

different-dahlia-card-by-taheerah-atchia-003With a design like this you really want to let it do all the talking. So I heat embossed the dahlia background with copper embossing powder (for a touch of on-trend), and then watercoloured it with Zig Markers.


With such a striking background, you don’t want the sentiment to distract too much, so I opted for one of the quotes from the Timeless Icons Sentiment stamp set. The subtle look of the sentiments matched the elegance of the design perfectly.


I’ve barely scratched the surface with both of these stamps! This card design could be easily turned into a coordinating set, and you could still keep it fresh by altering the colours of the embossing powder and watercolouring, and changing up the sentiments too!

I hope you’ve loved my work here today! I’ll be back again soon with something new to share – or head on over to my blog to see some of my other work in the meantime! Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer: Isha Gupta

Hello everyone. It’s Isha again! I am honored to be a guest designer for The Ton this month and I totally enjoyed creating with their stamps. Well!! As all good things come to an end, today is my last post here but you will be seeing more creations by me using these amazing designs. Thank you Effie for inviting me over.


For today, I used the “Fresh Cut Poppies, Thoughtful Poppies and Freestyle Stripes Cling Background” stamps from the new release. Did you check the 2017 Anniversary release yet? It’s awesome and there are lots of various styles to choose from.

guest_day3_clI went with some watercolor using distress ink using the layered flowers and leaves. It’s so much fun and I love the result. All the layers give a perfect dimension to the flowers and leaves. To create the subtle tone on tone background, I stamped the Stripes background onto a Gray cardstock using similar color of ink.

Hope you got inspired. Happy crafting!