Video: Watercolored Poinsettia Banner

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Photo taken against our Soft Gray Wood Backdrop Board, 16x16inch

Hey everyone, Effie here again! I’m back with another card and video using our Poinsettia Banner set.

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This is a wonderful set to have if you need to make a quick (and gorgeous) holiday card. Our Poinsettia Banner features a beautiful two and a half tiered banner/ribbon with festive holiday florals integrated into the banner. The set comes with two main sentiments (Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas) and additional add on sentiments that you can stamp in the middle tier. If you want to keep the card more simple, you can forgo stamping any of the add ons. **If you plan on stamping any of the smaller sentiments in that middle tier, make sure that the ribbon in the middle curves upward when you stamp as the sentiments are meant to stamp in that direction. If the middle ribbon is smiling upwards, you’re good to go. If you stamp the banner upside down (curving downwards), you’re going to have a difficult time stamping the coordinating sentiments in that middle section. 

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For my project I started off by gold heat embossing my large Poinsettia Banner on cardstock. Then I colored in the images using Tombow dual tip brush markers. These are waterbased inks that have the ability to blend. They are similar to zig markers but they do not have a real brush tip. Next, I made sure to add shading to my banner to give the image more depth. Once I finished coloring in the banner and florals, I stamped the sentiment using our Noir Dye Ink. Next I die cut the banner using the coordinating die.

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Next I created a watercolored panel for my banner. I created a bright Turquoise (color burst) wash onto an A2 watercolor panel (Canson XL 140lb). I expedited the drying process with my heat gun. Then I splattered clean water drops onto the panel and lifted the color with a clean paper towel. Then I dried the panel once more and splattered some Prussian Blue color burst watercolor onto the panel creating additional texture.

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Photo taken against our Gray Stone Backdrop Board, 16×16 inch

I made sure to dry the panel once more before I popped up my banner onto the watercolored panel with dimensional foam tape. Next I adhered the entire panel onto a side folding A2 cardbase. Lastly, I added Clear Dew Drops (7mm and 5mm) for added interest to the card.  I hope you liked today’s project!

Thanks for stopping by and making The Ton a part of your day!

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THE TON CHALLENGE

Be sure to check out our challenge blog for this month! We have a fun Caffeine Mood Board. Pretty pictures of floral arrangement and a cup of coffee along with some fun and clean elements are filling the mood board. Head on over to The Ton Challenge blog  for more details and inspiration! As always one winner will get $50 gift certificate to The Ton Shop and get the chance to be a guest designer at The Ton Challenge blog!

*Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.*

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October Caffeine Mood Board

 

Video: Watercolored Rose Close Up Eclipse Card

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another card and video! Today, I’m watercoloring our Rose Close Up and creating an eclipse card using our Brushed Hugs die.

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I started off by rose gold heat embossing our Rose Close Up cling stamp onto an A2 watercolor panel (Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper). Next I watercolored the large rose using the wet on wet technique. For my paints, I used Peony Color Bursts on the petals and turquoise on the edge to give it a glow. After I finished painting, I set the panel aside to dry. Once it was completely dried, I die cut the Brushed Hugs onto the panel. I also die cut the Brushed Hugs on a separate piece of black cardstock.

I adhered the watercolored panel (minus the hugs die cut) onto a side folding A2 base first. Then I adhered the black die cut in the negative space. I made sure to include all the bits as well. Next I adhered the watercolored hugs but I made sure to offset it just a bit so that the black would peek through. Lastly I added some Clear Rhinestones to add a bit of dimension.

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We are also proud to be one of the many sponsors for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Our very own Vera is the brainchild of this truly amazing drive. The purpose of this card drive is to collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. Head over to Vera’s blog for more information on how to participate!

Thanks for stopping by and making The Ton a part of your day!

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THE TON CHALLENGE

Be sure to check out our challenge blog for this month! We have a fun Caffeine Mood Board. Pretty pictures of floral arrangement and a cup of coffee along with some fun and clean elements are filling the mood board. Head on over to The Ton Challenge blog  for more details and inspiration! As always one winner will get $50 gift certificate to The Ton Shop and get the chance to be a guest designer at The Ton Challenge blog!

*Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.*

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October Caffeine Mood Board

Video: Watercolored Sunflower Garden

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Hey everyone, Effie here! I’m popping in with another card and video today using a project created from our Sunflower Garden and Fresh Cut Sunflowers sets.

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I started off by white heat embossing the large 6×6 cling stamp onto an A2 watercolor panel (Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper). Next I watercolored the petals of my sunflowers using a combination of Gamboge and Tangerine color bursts. For my sunflower centers, I used a combination of Sepia and Burnt Umber color bursts. Next, I created a mixture of Terre Vert and Burnt Umber for a deep olive green which I used to watercolor the rest of my background.

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While this panel dried, I stamped some beautifully layered Fresh Cut Sunflowers and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Inks used on sunflowers: Citrine Collection, Crystal Garden Collection, Found Topaz Dye Ink, Aspen Cocoa Dye Ink

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Next I adhered my layered sunflowers onto the right edge of my watercolored panel. I trimmed off the excess florals and adhered the panel onto a top folding A2 110lb base. Next I created my sentiment banner from our Basic Banners set and coordinating dies (the thanksgiving sentiment is from our Holiday Add On set).  Lastly, I popped up the sentiment banner and added Clear Dew Drops to finish my card.

We are also proud to be one of the many sponsors for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Our very own Vera is the brainchild of this truly amazing drive. The purpose of this card drive is to collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. Head over to Vera’s blog for more information on how to participate!

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Thanks for stopping by today and making The Ton a part of your fabulous day! I’ll be back tomorrow with another post and video!

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THE TON CHALLENGE

Be sure to check out our challenge blog for this month! We have a fun Caffeine Mood Board. Pretty pictures of floral arrangement and a cup of coffee along with some fun and clean elements are filling the mood board. Head on over to The Ton Challenge blog  for more details and inspiration! As always one winner will get $50 gift certificate to The Ton Shop and get the chance to be a guest designer at The Ton Challenge blog!

*Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.*

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October Caffeine Mood Board

 

 

Video: No Line Magnolias + Giveaway Announcement

Hello and welcome back to our blog! I wanted to pop in today to share this card and video that I made for World Cardmaking Day.  I am also announcing a new giveaway to celebrate today and also announcing the winner of our October Release Giveaway. Be sure to scroll down for all giveaway information.

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This card was a huge experiment for me. I have never done no line watercoloring with such a bold background. I’ve seen so many watercolor artists on Instagram painting this way so I decided to try it out. The artists on Instagram usually draw their images in pencil and then watercolor over their drawing. However, for my project, I stamped our Magnificent Magnolia cluster a light ink (Vanilla Frosted Cupcake or Ballet Slippers will work) and applied watercolor around it and obtained a similar result! I am using Ken Oliver Color Bursts to paint today.

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After I stamped my floral image, I wet the paper surrounding my image with clean water. I wanted to create a blended background first. After I dropped in bits of green (I mixed a bit of lime green, naples yellow and burnt umber) I added a little bit of turquoise for brightness. Then I blended it all together.

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Next I added a bit of shading to my magnolias using diluted black watercolor paint. It’s better to build up your layers of color when you watercolor so you get a richer and better quality result. This does take patience but the result is worth it. For my branches, I used Sepia Color Bursts. Next I added a deeper green to my background for a bold contrast for my magnolias. I used Terre Vert Color bursts.

After I finished painting, I dried the panel completely and added opaque white splatters using Liquitex Acrylic Paint. Then I dried the panel again and stamped my sentiment in our Noir Dye Ink. Next, I trimmed my panel to A2 size and adhered it onto a side folding cardbase. Lastly, I embellished my card using our Clear Rhinestones.

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Hope you all liked my card for today!

October Release Giveaway Winner

The winner of our October Release giveaway is Sharon Clark! Congratulations, Sharon! Please email me at THETONSTAMPS@GMAIL.COM with the stamp of choice from our October Release and a shipping address.

WCMD Giveaway

In honor of this day, we’re giving away one stamp set of choice. Just leave a comment here and let us know which stamp set in our entire collection is your absolute favorite. We’ll pick a winner in a new blog post tomorrow.

CURRENT PROMOTION

Daffodil Greetings 3x4

Daffodil Greetings, 3×4 Photopolymer Clear Set (Designed by Eunji)

This stamp will not be available for purchase until November 2017.

PROMOTION: Our GWP (Gift with Purchase) for our October release is our new 3×4 Daffodil Greetings set (die not included in promo). This promotion does not apply to prior purchases. The threshold amount of $100 (one hundred dollars) is calculated before taxes and shipping. This promotion will continue until October 9 at 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. Limit one incentive package per customer. No coupon code needed. All incentive products will automatically be added to qualified orders (they will not show up in your cart but will be added to orders as we pack them). **There must be a new October release stamp in your order to qualify for our GWP.**

The Ton Challenge

If you’re getting your craft on today, be sure to check out our challenge blog for this month! We have a fun Caffeine Mood Board. Pretty pictures of floral arrangement and a cup of coffee along with some fun and clean elements are filling the mood board. Head on over to The Ton Challenge blog  for more details and inspiration! As always one winner will get $50 gift certificate to The Ton Shop and get the chance to be a guest designer at The Ton Challenge blog!

*Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.*

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October Caffeine Mood Board

Thanks for stopping by and making The Ton a part of your day!

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Video: Blended Peony Crush Background

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Hi everyone! Effie here again with another project and video. For today’s card, I used our Peony Crush Cling Background stamp.

I started off by heat embossing this large stamp onto an A2 cardstock panel with our Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I chose a jewel tone palette for my inks to blend onto this background. For my colors, I used Hollywood Star Dye (but I went over it with Cosmo Pink Hybrid later on), Beach Blondie Dye, Peach Blossom Dye, Coralline Hybrid, Soft Amethyst Dye and Cali Blue Dye inks. I had so much fun choosing this color palette. It was also a nice break from watercoloring (but not for too long- I’ll be back with a painting video soon)!

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After I finished blending my panel, I added stitching to the edges with the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangles (large) die set.

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Next I stamped my sentiment (which came from our Sunnies set) onto navy cardstock using our Hampton White Pigment Ink. I trimmed by sentiment panel into a strip and created an additional sentiment accent strip using our Burnished Rose Gold Foil Tape.

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I adhered my sentiment strip onto my blended panel and then embellished my card with our Clear Rhinestones in our 3, 4 and 5mm sizes.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my video and project.  Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel because as I update it regularly each week. I will see you next time!

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Video: Pink Magnolia Fields

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Hi everyone, Effie here! For my project today, I created a pink watercolored Magnolia Fields card.

I started off by rose gold heating embossing the large image onto watercolor paper (Canson XL 140lb). Then I watercolored the blooms using Peony Color Bursts. Before I put any pigment down, I always wet the area I plan to paint with clean water.  Then I apply my color burst paint in tiny bit intervals because Color Bursts are extremely vibrant. When I paint in this fashion, I find that I get a better blend with my colors which gives me a nice base to add details.

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After I apply my first bit of color, I use a second clean fine tip brush (that is slightly wet) to blend the pigment out. Occasionally, I will just flick my brush in short, quick upward strokes to add texture to my petals. If your paper is not wet enough, the strokes will will have more defined edges. If your paper is sufficiently wet, the strokes will blend away a bit. Both results are beautiful. I encourage you to practice and decide what style you prefer. You can also combine both techniques for more diversified results.

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After I finished painting my blooms, I painted my branches with Merlot Color Bursts. I originally wanted to paint them with my Sepia Bursts but the Merlot bursts in my palette looked sepia. I only realized after I started putting the color down onto my panel that I used the wrong color. At this point, there was no turning back so I just colored the rest of the branches in Merlot and I thought the results came out just fine.  For my leaves, I used my Lime Color Burst and then Prussian Blue for the background. Once the watercoloring was complete, I set the panel aside to dry .

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Next, I created my own glitter cardstock using our Blue Glitter Adhesive Paper. I simply adhered the paper onto cardstock and cut it into a strip that measured approximately 1in x 5.5 inches. Next, I white heat embossed my sentiment using our new Occasion Confetti set onto navy cardstock. This set features gorgeous large sentiments in a bold scripty font. Then I adhered the sentiment strip onto my glitter strip using Glue Dots. Then I adhered the whole thing onto my watercolored panel. Next I adhered my watercolored panel onto a top folding A2 cardbase. Lastly I added our Clear Dew Drops in 7mm and 5mm sizes to complete the card.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and video! If you enjoyed the video, be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel because as I update it regularly each week.  Thanks for stopping by and making The Ton a part of your wonderful day!

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Magnolias – Alcohol Ink Coloring – Video

Hello, everyone! It’s TaeEun here today sharing a floral card colored using alcohol ink with you. Did you enjoy our Fall Release last week ? Aren’t the new stamp sets awesome? I love them all, but the floral sets including one of my favorite flowers, magnolias have stolen my heart.

For today’s post I’ve created a CAS one layer card using Magnificent Magnolias. The large floral images of this set are great for alcohol ink coloring.

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I started off by silver heat embossing the magnolias on a glossy cardstock. I then colored the magnolias by dripping the alcohol inks on the image. I tilted the paper to move the inks to the direction I wanted. I used Flamingo and Shell Pink for the flowers, and Limeade and Hazelnut for the stems. To create the soft background I applied the rubbing alcohol first and then added Aqua and Pool alcohol ink drops on it and moved the inks to the area I wanted to color. After the panel was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment ‘Many Thanks’ from Large Florals: Carnation in black archival ink and silver heat embossed the small sentiment from Occasion Confetti. I mounted the panel on my light blue cardbase and scattered some Glass Slippers Round Confetti onto the card to finish it off.

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As some of you wanted to see how I color using alcohol inks, I’ve filmed the coloring process. The most important part in this method is to control the amount of alcohol inks to stay inside of the embossed image, which is actually very hard. But there is no reason for discouraging yourself, as the alcohol inks are very forgiving as well. Hope you’ll enjoy my video and give this coloring technique a try!

THE TON CHALLENGE
The Ton’s September Challenge is now live! For this month, we have a fun Mood Board Challenge, so head over there now for a chance to win a $50 spree to The Ton’s shop!

(Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.)

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I was able to inspire you with my card!

Have a wonderful day!

TaeEun

Video: Sending Anemone Birthday Wishes

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Photo taken against our 12×12 White Marble Backdrop Board

Happy Saturday, everyone and welcome back to our blog! For today, I have a pretty watercolored card to share with you created with our Anemone Wishes set.

I started off by rose gold heat embossing the beautiful cluster image from our Anemone Wishes onto watercolor paper. Then I painted the image with Color Burst powders. For the blooms, I used Orchid. For the leaves, I painted a faint first layer with Sap Green and then added shading with Terre Vert. I also added more shading to the leaves with Prussian Blue Color Bursts. To paint my image, I used two fine tip waterbrushes.  I use one brush to apply a little bit of color – the color bursts are extremely vibrant and you don’t need a lot. As my friend Laurel says, these are powders with power! A little bit goes a very long way with these powders.

After I apply a little bit of color onto the area I want to paint, I use a clean fine tip water brush that is slightly wet to blend the color out. You want to make sure that your clean brush is just wet enough but not dripping wet otherwise you will end up diluting your color too much. If this does happen to you, just dab the excess water and start again by applying more color and then blend it out. Watercolor is so forgiving and this is probably one of the reasons that it’s one of my favorite mediums.

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Once I finished watercoloring my cluster, I set it aside to dry. Once dried, I die cut the cluster using the coordinating die.  Then I painted the negative piece using turquoise Color Bursts. After I was satisfied with the amount of color, I let it dry. Then I splattered clean water onto the turquoise panel. I let the water drops soak into the panel for about 20-30 seconds. Then I dabbed at the remaining drops to lift color off the watercolored areas. I did this twice to add some one layered texture onto my panel. Next I added violet splatters using some purple watercolor paint. I did not dab away the purple paint. After this panel dried, I adhered it onto a top folding heavy cardbase using our double sided adhesive sheets which I cut into strips.  Next I stamped the sentiment in our Noir Dye Ink.

Lastly, I popped up my cluster into the negative space with foam tape and added clear dew drops.

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and video!

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Happy Early 4th of July

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Hello and welcome back to our blog! Before I begin with my card, I have a small product announcement: our Summer 2017 Release Incentive Products are now available for sale in our shop!

For today, I have a patriotic card for an early Fourth of July card created with our new Eagle and Mountains sets.

I started off by die cutting my eagle shape onto cardstock. I kept it within the panel with some washi tape because this prevented the shifting of the piece of cardstock as I stamped my layers. The reason I die cut my panel first before stamping the actual eagle was to ensure that my stamping was precise and that it coordinated with the die.

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I stamped the body of my eagle starting with the third layer in our Dark Roast ink. Then I stamped the first two layers with Warm Hazelnut and Found Topaz. The head was stamped with Crystal Pewter (our lightest gray ink). The tail was stamped with our Crystal Pewter and Smoky Quartz. The beak was stamped with Amber Citrine. The feet were stamped in Amber Citrine and Peach Blossom. The details on the head (eye and beak) and talons were stamped with our Noir dye ink. Once my eagle was completely stamped, I took the washi tape off from behind the panel and set the eagle aside as I stamped my mountains.

For my Mountains, I used our Pewter collection inks. I added landscape details by stamping the trees with our Noir dye ink. Next I die cut the mountains using the coordinating die.

Next I used Alizarin Crimson and Indigo Colorbursts to create a watercolored background.  After I dried my watercolor panel, I splattered some clean water drops onto the panel and lifted color off the panel with a paper towel. This helped create some texture to the background.

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Then I created a top folding horizontal cardbase and adhered silver glitter tape to the top and bottom edges. Then I adhered my watercolor panel onto the base and popped up my mountains and eagle over my background. Next I stamped my banner and sentiment in our Noir Dye Ink and then die cut the banner with its coordinating die. I added shading to the banner with my zig markers (haze blue and light gray). Once the banner was complete, I popped it up under my eagle.

I hope you enjoyed my card and video! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe holiday!

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Summer 2017 Release Blog Hop

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Hello everyone and welcome back for our Summer 2017 Release Blog Hop! I hope you enjoyed seeing all the new products and inspiration this week by the team.  This week we debuted 24 new stamps (including 3 exclusive incentive stamps), 19 dies, 1 Couture Mix and 6 Backdrop Boards.  Everything is available in our shop now except our incentive products which will be available in July (and our Poppy and Sunflower Border dies which will be available around 6/15).

For our Summer 2017 Release, we have four new gifts with purchase (GWPs) that you can obtain in your order. This promotion does not apply to prior purchases. The threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. This promotion will continue until June 22 at 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. Limit one incentive package per order. No coupon code needed. All incentive products will automatically be added to qualified orders.

  • Spend $75 or more: Receive a free pack of our new Summer Soiree Couture Mix
  • Spend $100 or more: Receive a 2×3 Floral Mini Banner Stamp (and Summer Soiree Mix)
  • Spend $150 or more: Receive a 2×3 Anemone Cluster Mini Stamp (and Floral Mini Banner Stamp and Summer Soiree Mix).
  • Spend $200 or more: Receive a 3×4 Watercolor Bouquet Set (and an Anemone Cluster Mini stamp, Floral Mini Banner Stamp and Summer Soiree Mix).

For our mega hop today, here is the list of super talented participants:

  1. The Ton <—– You are here!
  2. Laura Sterckx
  3. Tae Eun Yoo
  4. Laurel Beard
  5. Mayline Jung
  6. Svitlana Shayevich
  7. Emily Midgett
  8. Dana Gong
  9. Vera Yates
  10. Svetlana Pavlova
  11. Eunji Jung
  12. Amy Tsuruta
  13. Laura Jane Head
  14. Justine Hovey
  15. Sveta Fotinia
  16. Janette Kausen
  17. Marika Rahtu
  18. Jenny Lee Yamasaki
  19. Amy Kolling
  20. Lisa Harrolle
  21. Lydia Fiedler
  22. Brenda Noelke
  23. Olga Matyushevskaya
  24. Chris Dayton
  25. Anna Kutsenko
  26. Kay Miller

Let’s get started with my projects for today!

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Photo taken against our Bokeh White Backdrop Board

For my first project, I heat embossed our Anemone Bouquet, Marvelous Perfumes and Haute Stacks with our Rose Gold embossing powder. Then I proceeded to watercolor! For my bouquet, I watercolored the image with Color Burst Powders (Peony, Sap Green and Lemon Yellow). I used Cerulean Blue Color Bursts for the vase/bottle and Turquoise and Sap Green for the books.

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After I finished watercoloring, I heat embossed the banner and sentiment in the same rose gold powder.  Then I added Prussian Blue watercolor shading to my banner. Once everything was colored, I die cut everything with their coordinating dies.

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Next I clear heat embossed our Anemone Garden background stamp onto navy cardstock. For a bit more interest, I added stitching to the edges with our Double Stitched Rectangles (large) die set. Lastly, I popped everything up onto my navy embossed panel and added our Clear Dew Drops around my bouquet in 7mm and 5mm sizes.

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Photo taken against our Gray Stone Backdrop Board

For my next card, I created a sunset mountain scene with florals in the foreground.  I started off by stamping our new layered Mountains set with our Crystal Pewter Collection Inks. Then I fussy cut the mountain – at the time of the video, I had to fussy cut because I did not have the dies yet but they are available now!

Next I heat embossed two Summer Blooms in our Rose Gold embossing powder and watercolored them with Color Bursts (Peony, Gamboge/Marigold and Sap Green/Prussian Blue).  Next I die cut the florals using the coordinating die.

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Then I watercolored my sunset on separate watercolor paper.  I used Gamboge, Cerulean Blue and Prussian Blue Color Bursts. I had to make sure I didn’t blend the Gamboge and Cerulean Blue too much because I did not want a green sky.

After my sky was completely dried, I ended up trimming the top of my sky panel because there was not enough of the golden portion of the sunset peeking through the mountains. After I trimmed the sky, I added blended some True Navy Dye Ink to the top edge of the sky panel for more depth.  This gave me a nice gradation from gold to deep blue.

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Then I assembled my card by adhering the sky panel onto a heavyweight cardbase. I used our strong Double Sided Adhesive since my sky panel warped after I applied my heat gun to it to speed up the drying process. Next I popped up the mountain with a single layer of foam tape. I then popped the peonies up with a double layer of foam tape. Then I trimmed all the excess floral bits from the edges of my card. I finalized my card by adding Glass Slippers sequins for shine.

GIVEAWAYS

Three $25 gift certificates to our shop will be given away to random commenters from the hop participant blogs. To qualify, you must leave a comment here. The comment period will close on Monday, June 12th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter on our blog. **Gift certificates can only be applied to The Ton stamps, dies and gilding categories.

That’s all from me today!  I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and videos! Your next stop on our Hop is the sweet and amazing Laura!

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