Guest Designer: Virginia Lu

Hello friends!

When you create a design, what goes through your mind?

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Flower and Frames are not the kind of objects that will come to your mind, right?

I was on Pinterest looking for something, but the photo of a frame and flowers totally intrigued me!

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I took out two sets Vintage Frame and Mini Wild Florals from The Ton Stamps and started playing. This is my result.

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I stamped the frame first and then created a mask. With that already in place, I started stamping the mini wild flowers from the larger images to the smaller ones. As long as I kept it almost symmetrical, I think it will look fine!

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In the end, I embossed the frame image in silver on vellum. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine and then clear-embossed.  I then cut it out (with a backing of white card stock) and added foam tape. For the embellishments I tied two silver bows and 3 sequins and that’s it.

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I made simple tags with the Holiday Bow set. First, I stamped the main color, then I stamped the 2nd layering all in Delicata (Gold). The two-step layering set is very easy to line up. The 2nd layer of ink adds such depth and details. I also rely on Washi tape and pattern paper strip to complete the simple designs. Hope this idea comes in handy for your holiday card-making.
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Then I made a second card using the Holiday Bows and Holiday Lyrics stamps to create this card which looks like a wrapped present!
A big thank-you to Effie and team for having me here and share the goodness of The Ton Stamps. Thank you for stopping by!

Guest Designer: Virginia Lu

Hi friends! This is Virginia from Yes, Virginia …blog. I have the pleasure to share some stamping fun with you. You see, a girl can never have too many diamonds, right? Well, I have not one, but TWO diamond cards created with the ton stamps today.

Whether you a fan of alcohol inks, this post will make you want to reach out to these vibrant inks and create! For my first card, I purposely used vellum to cover up some of the diamonds that I created. I did leave one diamond in the spotlight. The sentiment is spot on that way, don’t you think? This Heart Diamonds set has so many gorgeous images. If you don’t have any diamond sets, you should totally consider this one!

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As for the diamonds, I created a few of them with Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution on glossy paper. Then I stamped and cut them out. The gold shine that you see are from Delicata Gold ink.  As for the glossy glitter? They are Martha Stewart’s glitter and Glossy Accent! And that’s it!

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My 2nd card is similar, but I did the frame with gold embossing powder. This Vintage Frame offers endless possibilities. You can create Shabby Chic, Vintage, Graphic or just Clean and Simple.

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I kept the color scheme simple and feminine. The layering is the key in this design. Bits and pieces do go a long way.

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Some of the best stamping supplies are the good old staples- embossing powder, Stickles, Glossy Accent and vellum. I love looping gold threads around the diamond to make the design POP.  I hope these two projects inspire you to reach for something colorful and bright! Remember to have FUN!  Thanks for having me here!

Guest Designer: Virginia Lu

Hi, this is Virginia Lu from Yes, Virginia… blog. I am happy to be back again to share some new stamp projects with the ton stamps.  You know, when creativity strikes,  you just got to do what you got to do! And this was the case for me with the large cling stamp “Wild Peony Garden”. This 6”x6” inch cling stamp provides endless possibilities. If you see my two cards today, you will know what I mean.
My first card is a clean and simple one. I stamped the cling stamp with various colors of inks (with the help of MISTI): pink, orange and yellow.
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I love using smaller ink pads to ink up the stamp and do selective stamping. Once that is done, I thought it looked really bold, so I “toned it down” with a strip of pattern paper (from Brighton Pier, Studio Calico).
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I then completed the design with a stapled gold thread and sequins. Easy, huh? Doesn’t this card reminds of you of some celebrity’s designer dress?
My 2nd card was created in a bit of an unusual fashion. But the result was totally worth it!
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I started out with  light kraft card stock (from Michael’s), then I inked up the stamp with white chalk ink. I love the look of white chalk ink, but I am not patient enough to wait for the chalk ink to dry. So I clear- embossed it! You can definitely emboss it with white embossing powder. But I like the more opaque and soft look from the white chalk ink and clear embossing. After that, I took the sponges (rolling them up into a small ball) and inked up with Distress Ink one tiny area at a time. In order to add shades and keep the design defined and interesting, I applied bright colors ( Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed). As you may know, this is the so-called “Emboss Resist” technique. It almost never fails to yield to a good result.
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I applied an SRM Sticker sentiment on vellum and completed it with gold thread and sequins.
I hope this colorful post inspires you to try a large cling stamp such as the awesome “Wild Peony Garden”. You will be amazed what you can do with it! Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer Post: Virginia Lu

Dear Ton fans and friends! I am Virginia Lu from “Yes, Virginia…” blog.  I am so pleased to share my work with The Ton here today. First of all, a little bit about myself…I am an avid stamper and have been stamping since my son was born. He is now 20! I became very active in stamping after my daughter went to college and that was in 2009. It has been a huge learning curve for me to become a better stamper. This is such a wonderful hobby and passion of mine. I have learned so much about stamping in the last few years with some success in publications and contests. I also got to meet wonderful paper crafters from all over the world (from Taiwan, UK, Denmark, Netherlands and Greece). I stumbled upon The Ton through the introduction of the talented DT Jessica and Ruby. Through their beautiful work, I noticed the artistry and versatility of these stamp designs.
Here is my first card “thank you”

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This clean and simple card was very easy to create. I actually used a scrap piece (the frame) from my watercolor paper. I took the color inspiration and stamped my design with Wild Peonies. With the help of MISTI ( my new favorite tool), I was able to stamp the flower in two shades of purple and pink. I love how the stamps are so detailed and perfectly etched. I used SRM sticker for the sentiment and zig zag stitched lines. I stapled a piece of vellum and added sequin. This card is complete!
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My 2nd card has more layers.  I stamped the background with Peony Garden Background.  I love that this large cling stamp comes with solid AND outline floral images.

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I layered a piece of vellum and silver stripe. To complete the design, I stamped and cut out the image from Wild Peonies. For the final touches, I added strings and sequins and brushed the flower image with some Wink of Stella.
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My last card “hello” is more muted in colors, but it is still sophisticated! I cut out a thin strip of paper and started stamping the floral images from the center with the larger flower stamps.

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This stamp set Mini Wild Flowers offers so many fun images and you literally can stamp the details however you like it. After stamping the solid and outline flowers, I stamped the ferns and leaves to create a symmetrical look. I then topped it off with a stamped sentiment “hello” Fresh Cut Peonies and added the embellishments.
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Thank you, Effie , for giving me the pleasure of playing with your beautiful stamps.  I hope that you are inspired by today’s post and give The Ton a try if you have not already. Be Warned… you will be hooked ( like I am).