August 2016 Guest Designer: Stephanie Klauck

Hi everyone, It’s Stephanie here and I’m back with one more card to share using the Ton stamps. I’ve had so much fun guesting for the month of August and definitely wanted to include a card using the Happiest of Peonies stamp set… it’s one of my favs!

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I stamped the flower image onto a white cardstock panel with black ink and then I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to colour the image in. I love peonies and have a bright pink one in my yard, so I wanted to colour the flowers with the same vibrant pink colour. I love how bright the pink and green are and that they pop right off the card front.

Once I had the flower coloured, I stamped the outline image a second time right over top with black ink and then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The raised texture, shiny texture of the outline makes the colours within the flower stand out even more!

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I stamped the sentiment from the Thanks a Bunch stamp set onto a white cardstock panel and then cut it out with a fishtail banner die along with a piece of vellum and gold glitter cardstock. I layered all of the banners together and adhered them onto my card base with the stamped panel, a strip of black and white striped paper and a strip of gold glitter cardstock. To finish off the card, I added some clear sequins with gold Stickles in the center.

Thanks so much for joining me this month on the blog!

August 2016 Guest Designer: Stephanie Klauck

Hi everyone, it’s Stephanie and I’m back with another card to share using the Grand Bows stamp set from the Ton. These bow stamps amaze me every time I stamp with them. They really look like dimensional 3d bows just by stamping a couple of layers with light and dark ink. I love that just by changing up the colour, you can make them work for lots of different occasions.
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I decided to create a birthday card with the bows on this card and used some aqua, green and pink inks to stamp the them. I started off with the largest bows and stamped two of them in aqua. I then stamped two of the medium size in green and one pink one using the smallest bow. I scattered them around the card front and made sure to leave enough space for the sentiment.

I used the birthday sentiment from the Happiest of Peonies stamp set and placed it on the card front as I stamped the bows to make sure I left enough room for it. Once I had all of the bows stamped with both layers, I stamped the sentiment in black ink.

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I decided to embellish the bows a bit instead of leaving them completely plain, so I used a white gel pen and added some polka dots to all of the bows. I then used a glitter marker and added sparkle to all of the dark areas of the bows. I finished the card by adhering it to a piece of silver glitter cardstock and then added the whole panel to a white top-folding card base. I also added some clear sequins for a bit of detail and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today. I’ll be back next week with one more card to share! 😉

MOMs love peonies. I hope.

Mother’s Day is in less than a week. Now, my mom is one of my favorite people, so coming up with a card that isn’t too schmaltzy but still adequately says what I’m thinking is always hard to come by. Not so when you can make your own!

I love having an alphabet set with a fantastic font that is chic yet very legible, and the Vogue Alpha sets fit that bill perfectly. I used the Vogue Alpha Upper set to customize the sentiment from It’s Cray Cray and created my own Mother’s Day sentiment. I wanted to let the flowers overlap the sentiment a bit to “frame” the sentiment, so I stamped everything in Versarmark and heat embossed it in clear. I used the smaller peony image from Sending Peonies, then filled in some of the space around it with foliage images from Mini Wild Florals.

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I think I must have been a florist in a past life, because I just love building bouquets. The images from Mini Wild Florals are perfectly proportioned to that gorgeous smaller peony image, and I love the effect mixing the two sets has. I colored the outline images in with my Zig Clean Color Markers and a wet paintbrush, then went around the edge of the stamped images with a pale minty Zig marker and blended out the color with a wet paintbrush to create a halo effect. So simple, but it really adds something to the card. The last step was to die cut my panel using the largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle dies to give that nice stitched border.

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My next project was inspired by the cover of a calendar I saw in Hobby Lobby. There is something so beautifully classic about pink flowers and black and white stripes… Just gorgeous. I stamped all of the floral images from Happiest of Peonies and Loose Peonies (LOVE that they coordinate so perfectly!) using Versafine and clear embossing powder onto a sheet of Strathmore 500 Series Cold Press watercolor paper. I then used my Zig markers in three shades of a rosy pink and a wet paintbrush to color them in and add shading. Now, the least fun part: fussy cutting all of those gorgeous flowers. As much as I grumbled about it, it really didn’t take that much time and it was totally worth it.

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After stamping my Haute Stripes onto a piece of 4×5.5 inch card stock (I wanted it to look slightly tall and thin, so I shaved that 1/4 inch off of the side) using Noir ink, I arranged my peonies cascading down the side and used Press ‘n Seal to pick them up before adding adhesive, then while still stuck to the Press ‘n Seal, reapplying them to the striped card stock. (That tip is seriously so fantastic. I have wasted so much time in the past trying to perfectly arrange my bouquet according to the picture I took with my phone, and this is such a time saver. If you don’t have any Press ‘n Seal in your craft room, get some ASAP!)

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I heat embossed the sentiment from Happiest of Peonies using Platinum embossing powder, then added just a few sequins from the Don’t Make Me Blush Couture Mix.

Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you have a fantastic week and, for the moms out there, a wonderfully happy Mother’s Day!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!