Video: Bokeh Burst Peony Hugs

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Hello everyone! I’m back with another project and video using our Bokeh Burst Round and Wild Peonies stamp sets.

I started off by Rose Gold embossing the large burst stamp from our Bokeh Burst Round set on a white card panel.  Then I embossed the outline images of the peony and leaves (except that one solid leafy image).  Then I colored in the outline images with zig markers. For the peony, I used Sugar Almond Pink and Peach Pink.  For the greens, I used May Green, Cobalt Blue and Marine Green.

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After I colored everything in, I die cut the florals and burst with the coordinating dies. Next I added stitching to the Burst panel using the largest die from our Double Stitched Rectangles (Small) set.  I was left with a nice thin frame which I set aside for another project. Next I blended some Caribbean Turquoise Dye Ink onto an A2 side folding base and then adhered the Burst panel onto the base. Next I popped up the sentiment and peonies over my die cut window and finished off the card by adding some Clear Drops in 7mm and 5mm sizes. I went for a scattered look with the drops.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s card and video! Thanks for stopping by!

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Video: Happy Engagement Peonies

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Hello everyone and welcome back for another card and video! For today’s project, I created a glittery floral card using our Fresh Cut Peonies, Poppies and Brushed Happy stamps.

First I started by stamping all the blossoms and foliage. For the large peony blossoms, I used my Mini Misti to help me position the second and third layers. I freehanded the rest of the stamping. For the large peony blossoms, I used our Peony Collection Inks and an additional darker hue (Lipstick Red) to get that raspberry hue. For the my greens, I used our Soft Garden, Bright Fern and Basil Mojito inks.

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Once the stamping was complete, I die cut the peonies using the coordinating dies.  For my poppy blossom and leaves, I fussy cut those elements. However, dies for our Fresh Cut Poppies will be available in two weeks!

Next I rose gold heat embossed the large sentiment from our Brushed Happy set and then used the coordinating die to die cut the happy.  Next I created a stitched border panel using our Double Stitched Rectangles (Large and Small). I used the largest die in the Large set and the fourth largest die in the Small set.  I applied some blue glitter adhesive paper to a top folding card base. I positioned the glitter paper so that it would show through the window of my navy border panel.  Next I popped up the border panel onto my card base using foam tape.

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Then I arranged and popped up my flowers and leaves at the corners of my card.  I adhered the Happy sentiment diagonally across my card adhering the areas behind the H and Y onto the florals. Then I embossed the engagement sentiment in the same Rose Gold embossing powder and fussy cut it. Then I popped it up right under the Brushed Happy sentiment. Lastly I added some clear Dew Drops in 7 and 5mm around my sentiment.

That’s all for my card today! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and video.

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Video: Morning Glory Hugs

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another card and video using our new Morning Glory Border and Brushed Hugs stamp sets.

I started off by stamping our Morning Glory Border stamp on watercolor paper (Strathmore 300 Series Cold Press) with our Noir Dye Ink.  It’s an intense black ink and is waterproof when it dries! I started watercoloring the florals and foliage with Schmincke and Winsor & Newton watercolor paints. For the flowers, I blended a red and yellowish paint. For the leaves, I stuck to one green watercolor paint. Generally, I like using different shades of one color to add more depth to my painting but I chose to keep the leaves simple on this card.

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After the panel was dry, I die cut it using the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangle dies to add stitching to the edges. The largest dies cut the panel into an A2 (4.25in x 5.5in) panel.  Then I heat embossed the large hugs sentiment over the painted panel and then completed the sentiment by stamping the “sending big” in our Noir dye ink.  I embellished the card by adding our Dew Drops (7mm and 5mm) around the sentiment.

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Don’t forget our new Challenge Blog! You can enter your projects for a chance to win a gift code to our shop!

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That’s all for today and I hope you enjoyed today’s card and video! See you next time!

 

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Video: Blue Poinsettia Holiday Card

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Hi everyone! I’m back with a video and post for this subtle blended poinsettia holiday card.

I started off by stamping the poinsettias in our Dusty Blue dye inks.  The centers of the poinsettias were stamped using our Smoky Quartz, Soft Garden and Bright Fern Dye Inks. Then I stamped 8 leaves in our Crystal Pewter and Smoky Quartz dye inks. I die cut everything with their coordinating dies and then assembled the poinsettias by adhering the leaves behind the florals.

Next I blended some Lofty Mint ink onto two corners of a separate A2 sized card panel using a stencil brush.  Then I stamped the sentiment (From Ours mini set) with our Noir Dye Ink. Next I white heat embossed the different berries and sprigs from our Coordinating Outline sets for our Fresh Cut Poinsettias and Holiday Cones in the same minty corners that I blended earlier.  Next I flicked some black splatters onto the panel – for the splatters, I smooshed our Noir Dye ink onto an acrylic block and added a bit of water and flicked the ink onto the panel with an aqua brush.

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Next I created a glittery border with our Glossy Fine Transparent adhesive paper and Double Stitched Rectangular dies (the two largest dies in the set). I popped up the border and poinsettias onto the blended panel with some foam tape.  Then I added some  Waltz White sequins to embellish the card.  I added some extra sequins to cover up some of the bigger black specks!

Thank you all for stopping by today! Join us here tomorrow for a final guest post from the fabulous Amy Tsuruta!

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Video: My Everything Cherry Blossoms

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Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly card and video feature!  Today, I created a multistamped custom cherry blossom scene with our Wild Cherry Blossoms and Vogue Skies sets.

First I started off by stamping some blooms in our Valentine Red Couture Color Dye Ink.  Then I stamped additional blossoms in Coral Cavern Dye and Peach Blossom Dye Inks.  Next I created masks for my blossoms and proceeded to stamp the leaves (Everglade Moss Dye Ink), branches (Found Topaz Dye Ink) and stamens (Dark Roast Dye Ink).  I overlapped certain elements and masked other elements to create depth and a more natural look to the scene.  Even though I was going for a more natural look, the color palette that I chose was not natural at all but I had fun stamping the blossoms in these nontraditional colors.

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Next I stamped the skyline from our Vogue Skies in our Warm Hazelnut Dye Ink.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment from our Wild Cherry Blossoms in our Rose Gold embossing powder.  Then I adhered strips of Rose Gold Burnished Foil Tape to the top and bottom edges of my A2 top folding card base.  To finish the card, I adhered some Smoked Citrine sequins (10,8,6,5mm) around my sentiment.

Hope you all enjoyed today’s card and video! See you next week for another video 🙂

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Video: Ombre Fabulous Day

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Hey, everyone! I’m back with a glittery card and video today created with our Bokeh Burst Star stamp set.

I started off by heat embossing the star stamp with some gold glitter embossing powder on an A2 sized panel.  Then I cut out the white area inside the star with my craft knife.  Next I took a side folding cardbase and blended the ombre background using our Red Sangria Hybrid, Coralline Hybrid and Beach Blondie Dye inks.  I clear heat embossed the ombre background to give it a bit of shine.

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Next I die cut the Fabulous sentiment on some Glossy Fine Gold Adhesive Paper and black cardstock.  I layered the two together with the glitter paper over the black but I made sure to offset the die cuts so that the black would show a bit under the gold.  Then I adhered the Fabulous word die over the star window.

To finish the sentiment, I stamped the Have A and Day (from our Basic Labels) on separate cardstock with our Noir Dye Ink.  After I stamped them, I clear heat embossed them as well to give it a similar shine as my ombre background.  Next, I fussy cut the labels and popped them up onto my star panel.

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Then I adhered two strips of the Glossy Fine Gold Adhesive Paper onto the edges of my cardbase.  Next, I popped up my star panel onto the base with some additional foam tape. Lastly, I added some shiny Glossy Black Sequins to finish off the card.

I love the ombre look  behind that bokeh burst!  I had this design on my mind for a while now.  This particular design was easiest to execute with the Bokeh Star stamp than the Bokeh Round or Heart sets.

I hope you liked today’s card and video!  I’ll see you next time!

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Video: Wonderful Tulip Bouquets

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Hello, everyone!  I’m back with a card and video on how I made some Tulip Bouquets!  I used our Basic and Family Label stamp sets to make a gorgeous set of cards for my family members.

I started off by stamping the large bloom in our Fresh Cut Tulips in our Ruby (Rose Quartz Dye, Soft Garnet Dye, Red Sangria Hybrid) and Citrine (Vanilla Frosted Cupcake Dye, Beach Blondie Dye, Amber Citrine Dye) Collection Layering Inks.  Then I stamped the smaller bloom in our Orchid (Soft Orchid Dye, Orchid Crush Dye, Grand Fuchsia Dye) Collection Layering Inks.  Next I stamped both leaves that come in the set in our Crystal Garden (Soft Garden Dye, Bright Fern Dye, Deep Emerald Dye) Layering Inks.

After I stamped all the florals and greenery, I fussy cut everything.  Next, I arranged the stems and foliage first and adhered them together with some glue.  Then I arranged and adhered the florals on the stems.  I took a piece of gold tissue paper and wrapped the bouquet.  For a nice added touch, I tied a piece of twine around the bouquet.

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Next, I gold heat embossed a side folding A2 sized black cardbase with our Stripe Addict Cling Background Stamp.  Then I die cut a rectangular stitched panel using the third largest die from our Double Stitched Rectangles which I adhered onto the center of my card base.  Then I popped up the bouquet onto the base with some foam squares and craft glue.

For the sentiment, I stamped the label stamps from our Basic and Family Labels in our Noir Dye Ink on separate cardstock.  Next I fussy cut the labels and then popped them up next to my bouquet.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Black Sequins to finish off the card!

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I created a set of these cards to give to several of my family members (I added some Nuvo Crystal Dew Drops to this card for my sister)!  I just love the bouquet and the depth that this card had so I mass produced the tulips and created several of the same cards.

Thank you all for stopping by today! Be sure to check out our blog tomorrow because we have a fabulous guest joining us 🙂

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News + 5 Brushed Sentiment Set Techniques

Hello everyone, Effie here!  It has been a crazy couple of weeks due to our new release but I’m so happy to be popping in today to officially announce on our blog about our recent PR news!  If you follow us on any of our social media platforms, then you might have seen our post about this.  The Ton is currently featured in the Better Homes and Gardens DIY Special Summer 2016 Publication!!

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Our Rose Terrace Background Stamp (which debuted during our December 2015 release) and Couture Color Ink Collection were featured in this publication (Page 64)!

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I am beyond excited about this publication opportunity.  It’s been an amazing ride since we first started in January 2015.  I hope for many more publications in the future!

Now onto my cardmaking post!  I tested out five techniques that can be applied to our new large Brushed Sentiment sets to get super chic results!  I only made one finished card for today’s post because I wanted to dedicate it to the actual techniques.

  1. Ombre Effect with White Pigment Ink
  2. Stardust Effect with Gold Glitter Embossing Powder
  3. (Half Tone) Hard Line Embossing
  4. Tone on Tone Ombre Stamping
  5. Watercolor Effect Stamping

TECHNIQUE #1: Ombre Effect with our White Pigment Ink

For our first technique, I stamped our Brushed Thanks in our Hot Tourmaline Dye ink twice.  Then I inked up the bottom half of the sentiment with our Hampton White Pigment ink and stamped over the original stamped sentiment (please see video at 1.17) – sorry I was not able to take a photo of this because I went straight into the next technique.  If I was to make a finished card using this technique, I flip the color scheme and have the darker color on the bottom and the white on top for a more grounded look.

TECHNIQUE #2:  Stardust Effect with Gold Glitter Embossing Powder

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This might be my favorite technique!  I piggybacked off the first technique.  After I stamped the pigment ink (at an angle), I spooned some gold glitter embossing powder onto the bottom portion of the sentiment and heat set it.  I’m a little obsessed with this look!

TECHNIQUE #3: (Half Tone) Hard Line Embossing

hard embossThis might be my second favorite technique (because I love any technique where I can add gold elements).  First, I stamped our Brushed Hello sentiment in our Grand Fuchsia ink.  For this technique, you don’t have to worry about the bottom half of the sentiment when inking it up in your colored ink since the embossed powder will cover that part.  After I cleaned my stamp of the Grand Fuchsia (don’t forget to clean your stamps prior to inking it up with your versamark or else you may end up getting ink on your versamark pad), I took the straight edge of a piece of scrap paper and masked the top portion of the sentiment.  Then I inked up the exposed part of the sentiment with versamark ink.  Then I spooned on some gold embossing powder and heat set the panel.

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TECHNIQUE #4: Tone on Tone Ombre Stamping

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This technique is on oldie but a total goodie and easy to execute.  First I inked the bottom portion of our Brushed Hello sentiment with Grand Fuchsia (loving this color today).  You have to ink it carefully at an angle so that you get that nice gradient.  Then I took inked up most of the sentiment with Orchid Crush and stamped the rest of the sentiment.  The colors blend into each other to create a gorgeous ombre look!

TECHNIQUE #5: Watercolor Effect Stamping

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This was not my favorite technique because of all the bleed.  However, I will test this out again on better watercolor paper (I used Canson XL for this one).  I started off by coloring our Brushed Happy sentiment with No. 4 Turquoise Green zig marker.  Then I spritzed the stamp a couple of times and stamped the sentiment on watercolor paper.  There’s only certain areas where the bleed is more severe and parts where there is no bleed (the h).  So perhaps, it’s a combination of paper quality and the amount of water.  If I can perfect this technique, it will be a nice one to use.

I created one finished card using the tone on tone ombre panel (I did record the process at the end of the video).

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After I finished the sentiment, I stamped our new Floral Border right above with Soft Orchid Dye Ink.  Then I trimmed the panel at the top and bottom 1/8 of an inch each.  Next I applied some (Medium) Gold Glitter Tape to the top and bottom edges of a top folding A2 cardbase.  After I adhered the panel onto the base, I added some Queens Pink Sequins in 8, 6 and 4mm.

Thank you all for stopping by today!

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Video: Glittered Dresses and One Layer Roses

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Hello, everyone!  I’m back today with a two cards and two videos!  For my first set of cards, I used our Haute Wedding Dress stamp set and a ton of glitter.  I am totally casing Ruby’s Anniversary Blog Hop cards where she made some pretty spectacular cards with this set using glitter.  I wanted to case her cards using our Adhesive Glitter Paper and some fine glitter dust.

I started off by stamping my 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 panel with the Haute Wedding Dress in Caviar Hybrid ink.  Then I stamped the dress onto some copy paper and then fussy cut the dress.  Next I used my cut-out dress as my guide when to cut out the dress shape using my silver glitter adhesive paper.  Next, I colored in my girl with some E00 and E79. After I finished my coloring, I adhered the silver dress over my stamped image on my panel.

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Next, I die cut our Fabulous Word die on some heavy weight 110 pound black cardstock.  Next I adhered the die cut over our dress and stamped the simple Hello sentiment right over the die cut with our Noir Dye ink.  Next I trimmed our stamped panel about half of a 1/4 of an inch.  Then I trimmed a black strip of cardstock and adhered this onto our top folding 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 cardbase.  I adhered a thin strip of silver glitter tape partially over the black strip on our cardbase. Lastly, I adhered the stamped panel onto the cardbase to finish off the card!

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I created the same card using each of the colors that our Glitter Paper comes in – Blue, Purple, Red, Gold and Silver.  Our Glitter Paper also comes in a convenient Mixed pack if you want to sample the different colors.

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I show you how I made this glitter dress card in the same video. Again, this fabulous card was inspired by the talented Ruby!  I used the same cut out dress guide that I made for the above cards to cut out the dress shape of a double sided Scor Tape sheet.  I had a colored stamped panel of the dress and adhered the adhesive onto the stamped image.  After I spooned on some of the fine glitter, I placed the panel in between a folded piece of copy paper.  Then I burnished the glitter into the adhesive really well with my bone folder. Then I proceeded to make the same card as the above cards!

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For my second card and video for the day, I used our Fresh Cut Roses layering stamp set.  Instead of layering the stamps together, I used individual layers to create a simple and quick card.

I started off with a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 A2 card panel.  I stamped our panel with the rose stamp with our Grand Fuchsia Dye ink (any of the first layers of roses from this set will do for these cards).  Next I created a mask for the rose using some copy paper and adhesive.  I adhered the mask onto our stamped panel and proceeded to stamp the individual leaf stamps over the mask using our Hot Tourmaline Dye ink.  Next I stamped the sentiment from the same set with our Noir Dye ink.

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Next, I used put down some pink glitter tape on the sides of my A2 side folding cardbase.  Lastly, I trimmed my stamped panel about a 1/4 inch on each side and adhered the panel onto the cardbase.

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I mass produced the same design and used all the different rolls of glitter and foil tapes from our Sampler Packs.  These card were super simple and fun to make.  The first layer (most solid) stamps in our Fresh Cut Roses set have some negative space in them so it already has a built in, extra layer!  So although it is a layering set, our Fresh Cut Roses do not have to be layered to get a gorgeous floral layout.

That’s all for today!  Thanks for stopping by and watching my videos!  We have a special post for you coming on Saturday so make sure you stop by this weekend!

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Video: Thank You Bouquet

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Hello everyone, Effie here! I am back today with a card making video as part of my 2016 New Year’s Resolution to create more videos for my cards. For today’s post and video, I created a large bouquet of flowers with several of our sets (Fresh Cut Peonies, Fresh Cut Dahlias, Fresh Cut Roses, Mini Wild Florals, Vintage Frames).  The video is a bit long because there was a lot involved in making this card (but well worth it!).

First, I started by stamping all of my floral elements.  I stamped our layered peonies in our Ruby, Orchid, Peony and Minted Couture Collection Inks.  Then I stamped my dahlias in our Citrine and Coral (I substituted the Spice Chai for our Red Sangria Ink – can you tell I love my food and beverages from my product names??) Couture Collection Inks.  Then I stamped the leaf clusters and other foliage in our Minted Collection Inks.

I heat embossed the vase in gold embossing powder and stamped and masked the stems inside the vase. After I finished my stamping, I fussy cut the vase and created a gold foil accented ribbon, bow and tags. The tag was created using a tiny sentiment from our Vintage Frames set.  This was a very labor intensive card – not something you can easily mass product but the final bouquet was created with a lot of effort and love.

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Next, I arranged my vase, florals and foliage on my 4×5 1/2 inch panel.  For any type of floral arrangements, I recommend that you plan your arrangements first (without adhesive), take a photo of your final bouquet and then adhere everything on your panel as planned.  This will save you some time from needless rearrangements. I also recommend that you use non-permament/repositionable adhesive because you may want to move some of the elements around later on.

Next, I created an A2 side-folding card base from white cardstock.  I used our gold foil tape and adhered strips to the right and left side for some bright gold foil accents.  The foil accents in the different parts of the card (sides, ribbon, bow and tag) bring the entire project together for a chic and polished finish.

I love how this bouquet turned out.  I was actually ecstatic over the results because the peonies, dahlias and foliage all came together so nicely.  My vision for our Fresh Cut series of stamps was to ensure that all the floral elements worked well with each other.  I’m excited that I have finally built up our floral collection to be able to create such a cohesive bouquet!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and video!  I missed a post for last week so I will be posting another video before this week is over.  So I hope you’ll return to check out my next project (and the rest of the DT projects this week) and maybe even subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!

-Effie