Have a “cool” Thanksgiving…

Hi, friends! Emily here with you today for a sort of non-traditional Thanksgiving card… Truth be told, I’m not one for making autumnal cards. I looooove fall and all of the wonderful things that come along with it, but somehow that has never translated into my cardmaking or crafting in general… I think it has something to do with the fact that I hate orange. With a passion. Which is really funny because I’m married to a ginger. (hahahaha) Anyway, I wanted to challenge myself to make a “cool” autumnal card with the pretty Autumn Foliage stamp set that I purchased but have never used… insert blushing emoji… so I pulled out my stamps, a bunch of pretty inks, and just got to stamping.

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I started by stamping the purple and yellow leaves. I wanted to keep the undertones cool, so I had to create some custom color combinations, and luckily The Ton stocks enough inks that I could create the exact look I was going for. The purple leaves were stamped with Cosmopolitan Pink, Pink Derby, and Grape Crush inks. The yellow leaves were stamped with the Citrine Collection. I fussy cut all of them and arranged them in a little bouquet, but decided some flowers were needed (like that was a big surprise, eh?), so I pulled out my Fresh Cut Dahlia set. The dahlias remind me of mums a little, so I thought they’d be perfect to create a little autumnal bouquet with the leaves. I stamped them in Peach Blossom, Cosmopolitan Pink, and Pink Derby inks, then fussy cut them.

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The next step was the background. A nice buffalo check just screams “autumn” to me, and with a little creative stamping, I was about to use the Haute Stripes stamp set to create a nice, thick buffalo check. In keeping with my challenge of keeping things “cool,” I decided to stamp it in True Navy. With my background stamps, I like to start by placing my cling stamp in my MISTI, then using a piece of scratch paper to stamp it once. I do this extra step to ensure that I get perfect placement. I then use a piece of washi tape to adhere my “good” card stock down, so that I can restamp if I need to. For my buffalo check, I stamped it once on the scratch paper, then lined up my good paper on the scratch paper, ensuring that the lines were straight, stamped it, then flipped it 90* and stamped it again, getting a nice, rustic little checked pattern. I die cut my buffalo check with a Stitched Rectangle die, popped it up with some dimensional adhesive on my card base, then added my cool autumnal arrangement. The last step was to emboss the sentiment, also from Autumn Foliage, on a flagged strip of card stock using Platinum embossing powder.

Well, what do you think? It reminds me of a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving tablescape…. checked table cloth, chic floral arrangement, metallics…. I hope you enjoyed this step into my warm color-challenged brain! Have a great week, friends!

Addicted to Coloring ?

Hello and welcome to The Ton blog today!

It’s TaeEun hosting the first Post as the newest DT member! I can’t say how much excited I am to be here with you!!! I’m looking forward to having fun and inspiring crafty experience with all of you and amazingly talented The Ton DT members! 

For whom doesn’t know about me and my card making style, I decided to show my love to color (mainly pretty floral images :)) in my first post.

I’ve chosen Nr.3 of the Large Peony collection as the main image and used a leaf from the Large Peony 1 to create my composition. I colored the image using 3 different coloring media. The Large Peony Collection with big and bold flower images is great to color with any coloring medium.

Let’s get started with the first card colored using Alcohol inks.

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To start off I stamped the image with an embossing ink on a glossy cardstock and heat embossed it using our Rose Gold Embossing Powder. This gorgeous embossing powder gives lovely light peach shade and I chose the color scheme for my flower consistant to it. The coloring of a heat embossed image using alcohol inks is possible, as the raised outlines keep the ink inside of the image. After dripping the ink onto the image, I carefully tilted the paper to move the ink to the desired direction. I used Sunshineyellow, Lemonade, Pink Sherbet and Shell Pink for the flower, Citrus and Botanical for the leaves.

For the background I stamped the Haute Stripes Stamp using Rose Quartz Dye ink on my card base. After stamping the sentiment from the Thanks a Bunch set in Noir Dye ink, I foam mounted the fussy cut flower image on the lower right corner.  My choice to embellish this card was  Cinderella’s Ride Couture Mix and of course I Dream in Peach Couture Mix.

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The second card for today has the same layout like the first one, but this time I’ve water colored the flower using Glitter brush pens.

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The peony was heat embossed in Rose Gold and the leaves in green. I wanted some yellow shade in the flower, so I used yellow Glitter brush pen beside Solar red and Pink Champagne to color it. For the Haute Stripes I used this time Lemon Drop Dye ink.  The red and yellow sequins I added are from the Flamenco Sunset Couture Mix. And this card features also one of the must-have-sequins: Glass Slippers.

Here is the close-up! I wish I could have caught the shimmer in the picture.

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The last card I have for today shows the same image colored with Prismacolor pencils on kraft. Blue pencils on a kraft cardstock is one of my favorite combinations.

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For this one layer card I stamped the peony in our Azurits Dye ink and the leaves in Soft Garden Dye ink. I then colored the flower petal by petal in blue shades with some purple accents. After I’ve finished coloring, I added beige border to pop up the image. The sentiment ‘grateful’ in Grape Crush Dye ink and ‘for you’ in Hampton White Pigment ink are from the Thanks a Bunch stamp set. To finish off I scattered some sequins from Midnight Frost Couture Mix and Glass Slippers sequins.

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Thank you so much for taking a walk along with me through this long post today!!!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and I could inspire you to have some coloring time!!!

Happy Crafting!

TaeEun

 

 

 

A love/hate relationship…

Hi friends! Emily here today with a fairly simple card… Clean and simple has been my MO recently, and today is no exception. While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I realized that not once during The Daily Marker 30 Day did I use my Copic markers. Everything was watercolored. So I resolved that I would use my Copic markers for my next blog post. I pulled out Graceful Rose and colored my little heart out.

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I started by stamping the rose image onto Copic friendly white card stock with Copic friendly ink, and then I began my coloring. For the bloom itself, I used RV63, 66, and 69, and for the leaves, I used G40, 43, and 46. I then fussy cut the bloom and began work on the greeting and card base. (For as quick as that explanation was, you’d never know it took me two hours to color and cut that flower lol!!!)

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For the greeting, I die cut one of the circles from the Stitched Circles die set and stamped the sympathy greeting from Large Peony 2 using Caviar ink. The card base was simply stamped with the Haute Stripes background using Crystal Pewter ink. I popped the circle and flower up with dimensional adhesive, then added some Fairy Pink and Twilight Rose sequins.

I hope you enjoyed this project! I discovered while creating it that I have a love/hate relationship with my Copics… I certainly can appreciate and love the smoothness of blending and the magnificent array of color choices, but I kind of hate how long it took to color this. My Zigs are so much quicker and I can achieve about the same amount of dimension and shading (I think) as I can with Copics in about 1/3 of the time. But they both each have their purposes, for sure. As with every medium, it’s totally personal preference!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, friends! 🙂

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.

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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:)

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

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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.

Hugs!

LauraJane:)

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!