Joy in the Morning

Hello, and Welcome! It’s LauraJane today with a watercolored card featuring the beautiful Morning Glory Border Cling Background. I found this one to be a relaxing piece to color because of the many blooms and leaves, two of my favorite things to color:)img_3773a

I started by stamping the Morning Glory Border Cling Background onto an A2 sized piece of #140 watercolor paper. I chose to ink up the stamp with Soft Amethyst Dye because I wanted the blooms to be purple. As you can see in the photo I trimmed the panel with the largest of the Double Stitched Rectangle dies.

I drew around all the inner images with a purple Ziggy and added a bit of water to create a light wash of color to the center.  This also defined where the blooms were and where the green for the leaves needed to be.

By coloring the middle and bringing the color outwards with a waterbrush allowed the blooms to be almost white.

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Once the border of blooms and leaves was finished and dried completely, I reached for the Alphas Lower and Upper to create my own sentiment…stamped in Grape Crush.

To finish the card I added a few Seaglass Blue Dew Drops – 7mm and Clear Dew Drops – Mixed

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have you PLAYED along with us at The Ton Challenge yet? You have until the end of the month to link a project using the cue word LUCKY as a starting point.

Effie is generously giving away $50 to the shop to one winner!

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Let’s Celebrate You

Hi peeps!! How are you all doing? Vera here today. Hope those of you that lives up North is  staying warm. As a tropical girl, I can’t imagine bracing the kind of cold from winter storm. Although, I think the snowy landscapes are very pretty, I like to enjoy them from afar.

Here on my neck of the wood, we’re enjoying a spring kind of weather. And, that means, time for flowers! Hah! Like I need excuse to make floral card, right?

For today, I play with Thoughtful Poppies. I kind of waited last minute to make this card as I was waiting for this set coordinating dies to arrive. It arrived yesterday. Cutting it close, didn’t I? 😉

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But…. it’s so worth it!! I’ve been wanting to do partial die-cut technique with this set and I just love the way it turned out.

I first stamped and heat embossed the poppies image with white embossing powder. Then, I did the partial diecut by marking on the panel where I want it to stop cutting and line up those marks to the edge of the cutting plate. Once that done, I cut the straight line with my trimmer. Color the image with Spectrum Noir watercolor markers and the shimmer markers.

The sentiment is from Lucky Tulip. Also, for extra glitz, I added a couple strip of silver glitter paper. Here’s a close up of the poppies.

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I am so excited over all the dies that been added to the store. Have you checked them out? I think dies make such a big difference in extending a stamp value. A much as I love fussy cutting, dies help me in cutting down the time to finish my project.

Anyway, that’s all from me today. And, don’t forget to play along with our March challenge. This month is “Lucky” and you have till the end of the month to play along. So, join us and may your day be an awesome one. Cheers….

Vera

Video: Holographic Birthday Folk Art Florals

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another card and video using our Folk Art Florals and Birthday Word dies!

I started off by painting white heat embossing our Folk Art Florals 6×6 background stamp onto a watercolor panel.  Next I added a rainbow of watercolors (Schmincke and Winsor & Newton paints) onto the panel. I made sure to blend each color into each other for a smooth transition. As the panel was drying, I die cut my Birthday word dies from a separate piece of cardstock.  Then I blended some Cali Blue Dye Ink onto the bottom portion of the die cuts to get some smooth and light color onto my sentiment.  If you watched the video, you saw me blend Parisian Blue dye ink onto the cardstock prior to die cutting. I wasn’t satisfied by the amount of color on it after the words were cut out so that’s why I blended the additional Cali Blue after die cutting.

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I added stitching to the edges of my painted panel with the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangle Dies. Next I die cut a circle using the third smallest dies in our Double Stitched Round Dies. Then I stamped the roses from our Scripty Greetings set. I used our Peach Blossom Dye, Coralline Hybrid, Hollywood Star Dye, Cosmopolitan Pink Hybrid and Bright Fern Dye inks to stamp the florals.  Then I adhered the florals into a mini wreath at the top of my round window.  Next I adhered the word dies over the window.  Before I adhere the painted panel onto an A2 side folding cardbase, I applied some of our Silver Holographic adhesive paper behind the window.  Lastly, I embellished my card with our Silver Holographic sequins!

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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I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

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Macarons and Tea.

Hello, my friends! Emily here with you today with a couple of sweet little cards using the new Macarons set and the new Scripty Alpha sets, Upper and Lower. So excited for both of these sets… I’ve been wishing upon stars and crossing fingers and toes and eyes and everything I can think of to get a macaron set from Effie, and she delivered! Heck yes!

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This first card is so clean and so pretty… I started by stamping the tea cup and saucer from the previously released Tea Party set using Caribbean Turquoise and Caviar inks. I stamped the polka dots and handle for the cup with some silver ink in my stash. I fussy cut both of those pieces, then stamped the darling little macaron from Macarons using the inks from the Ruby Collection. (Isn’t it fantastic how perfectly the smaller macaron from Macarons fits with the teacup from Tea Party?! It’s the little things in life that make me happy haha!) I adhered everything together, decided where I wanted it to go on my card base, then used it as a guide to stamp the greeting. I was able to create the customized greeting using pieces of the “wishing you the sweetest birthday” sentiment included in Sweetest Macarons. I started by cutting the sentiment into three strips, then stamping both the top and bottom of the sentiment using Caribbean turquoise ink, leaving space in between for the scripty “sweetest” using the Scripty Alpha Lower set, which was stamped in Red Sangria. Clean, simple and oh, so pretty! I would love to receive this card for my birthday, preferably with a box of fresh macarons! Be still my heart….

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My next project showcases how beautiful the outline stamps from Macarons look when watercolored. I did a little watercoloring with them during the release, but I really wanted to dig in and see if I couldn’t get some more depth out of them. I started by stamping one of the macarons on some masking paper, which I then used to stamp a cute little stack of macarons using some waterproof ink. After I had stamped them, I stamped my custom “Merci” greeting using the Script Alphas Upper and Lower with the same waterproof black ink. After all of my stamping was complete, I simply used my Zig markers and a wet paintbrush to add color and depth to the darling little confections. I die cut the macarons panel with one of the Stitched Rectangles, then matted it with some coordinating royal purple card stock. For the card base, since we have French cookies with a French greeting, I wanted a background that looked French… the Folk Art Florals background totally reminds me of wallpaper or a beautiful patterned chair in a fancy French drawing room. I stamped it onto some bubblegum pink card stock, then heat embossed it using silver sparkle embossing powder. Isn’t it just so pretty?! I mounted my watercolor and royal purple panel using some dimensional adhesive, et voila, we’re done.

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Are you totally loving the new release!? So many unique, incredible stamp sets. So thankful for you joining me today. I hope I’ve been able to inspire you! Also, don’t forget that The Ton has just launched its new Challenge Blog. The first theme is Celebrate! All you have to do is use The Ton stamps to create a project that coordinates with the theme. Easy peasy! You have until January 31 to link your own project using The Ton products to be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to The Ton! Have fun, and good luck!!! Have a fantastic day, friends!

Festive and chic

Good morning! Emily here with you today with a pair of chic and festive ladies (and a gent!). The fashionable figures in the Born Classy and Haute Wedding Dress sets are SO much fun to color, and I’ve colored them and one of the gents from Plus One using two different techniques to create a pair of haute holiday cards! Let’s get started on the details!

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For my first card, I wanted to create a stunning figure surrounded by swirling snowflakes and color. What’s more festive than red and gold? I started by heat embossing the lovely lady from Born Classy, holding a glass of champagne, using gold embossing powder. I watercolored her with my Zig markers, adding a liberal amount of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the draped portion of her dress. It kind of moved the color around, mottling my shading, but it made it look a little like tulle. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. 🙂 I fussy cut the image instead of using the coordinating dies, because I had attached the champagne glass to her hand already.

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For the background, I simply blended two different shades of red, Red Sangria and Valentine Red concentrating the darker shade in a swirling motion across the card, leaving some areas a little lighter to add some highlighting to the central figure on the front of the card. After I had finished ink blending, I added a bunch of snowflakes from Crystal Flurries and some dots from Holiday Confetti using Delicata Gold ink, taking care to follow the swirl I had created with my ink blending. I heat embossed some of the same snowflakes using gold glitter embossing powder, then used the same embossing powder to add my sentiment from Born Classy. I popped up the lovely lady in red in the center of the card using dimensional adhesive.

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For my next project, I wanted to showcase the beautiful gown from Haute Wedding Dress. It’s such a classic silhouette that I think it could be used for other occasions than just a wedding… in my mind’s eye, I saw it as a beautiful emerald ball gown, perfect for a holiday soiree, complete with a handsome date. I stamped the beautiful lady and her date with black ink onto kraft cardstock, then used my Prismacolor pencils to color them. I die cut both figures using the coordinating dies, then turned to the card base.

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I needed a larger canvas than just a typical A2 in order to proportionally accommodate the dashing couple, so I cut a 5×7 white card base. I wanted something festive for the background, and thought the Brushed Merry and Holiday Confetti sets would easily accomplish that. I stamped the greeting from Brushed Merry and heat embossed it in silver, then stamped the confetti in the corners using Deep Sapphire ink. The couple was popped up with dimensional adhesive.

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And there you have it! A pair of chic, festive holiday cards with multiple techniques on each card… not exactly the best for mass production, but pretty nonetheless. I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and they jumpstart some ideas for your own holiday projects! Have a fantastic day, friends!

So Suzy Stamps & The Ton Collaboration Hop Day 2

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Hello and welcome back to Day 2 of our Collaboration Hop with the fabulous So Suzy Stamps!  If you’re joining us for the first time today, be sure to check out Day 1 because that is where most of the action is and where you can leave comments to win our collab giveaways. We are still celebrating the hop today (Day2) and tomorrow (Day 3) and you can find some of the hop participants from yesterday posting throughout this week to celebrate!

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For today, I created a faux watercolored card using Suzy’s beautiful cling Peony stamp and the rose stamp from our Scripty Greetings set.

I started off by coloring Suzy’s Peony stamp with three shades of pink Zig markers (No. 200 S. Almond Pink, 202 Pink Peach and 27 Dark Pink). Then I spritzed a little bit of water onto the stamp and stamped right onto my watercolor panel.  I did this a few times to cover the edges of my panel with beautiful pink watercolor peonies.  Next I added some smaller watercolor florals using the larger semi solid rose stamp from our Scripty Greetings set. I colored this stamp with the 202 Pink Peach and 27 Dark Pink.  I spritzed onto the stamp twice and stamped around the larger peonies to make the floral arrangements fuller.  The two sizes of the Peony and the Rose complement each other very nicely!

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I applied the same technique to the leaves: I colored the leaves with a green zig marker, spritzed water and stamped along the florals. Once the “watercoloring” was finished, I stamped the sentiment onto the panel with our Noir Dye ink using my Mini MISTI. Then I trimmed the watercolor panel about an eighth of an inch at the top and bottom edges.

Next I stamped our Minor Stripes onto a separate card panel with our Crystal Pewter dye ink. I trimmed two strips and applied those striped strips onto the top and bottom edges of a top folding A2 card base. I also adhered two strips of Silver Holographic Adhesive Paper below the gray stripes to add a bit of sparkle and interest to my card. After I adhered the watercolor panel onto the base, I glued on some new Silver Holographic sequins onto my card.

Thank you everyone for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other hop participant blogs that have posts for you today as well!

  1. The Ton <—- You are here!
  2. So Suzy Stamps
  3. Emily
  4. Ceal
  5. Giada
  6. Laura Jane
  7. Josephine
  8. Justine
  9. Martha
  10. Monica
  11. Nupur
  12. Olesya

There are giveaways! $25 GC So Suzy Stamps, $25 The Ton and a fabulous Bunkie Bag that can hold your MISTI and other stamping supplies while you’re on the go!  Leave a comment on the blogs from Day 1 of the hop by November 24, 11:59PM EST.  Winners will be announced on November 25th in time for some Black Friday Shopping!

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Yellow Roses

Hello All! It’s LauraJane today with a watercolor card using Fresh Cut Garden Roses. I’ve been in a vintage feeling mood lately, and I found the roses in this set to fit that need.img_2332

…all three of those inks are found in the Citrine Collection

  • I then took the Ziggys and added shadows and more of a watercolored feel to each bloom
  • Created a mask for the cluster and stamped the greenery from Fresh Cut Garden Roses and one image from Wild Peonies. inking with Soft Garden  on the solid images and Everglade Moss Dye on the detailed second layer.
  • I decided to nestle in a few tiny buds from Fresh Cut Garden Roses in the same inks as above.
  • For the background wash; I smooshed some color from the ziggys on an acrylic block and dabbed around the leaves with the waterbrush.
  • Hit it with some DARK brown splatter
  • Inked the sentiment from Scripty Greetings in Dark Roast Dye
  • Finished by running it through the BigShot using the largest of the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies

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Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been coloring lately.

Thanks for stopping by!

LauraJane:)

Video: Tulip Watercoloring with Zig Markers

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Hello and welcome back for another video! Today, I watercolored our lovely Lucky Tulip with some zig markers.

First, I gold glitter heat embossed the tulip onto a 4 1/2 inch x 6 inch watercolor panel.  I had a 9×12 inch watercolor paper pad and just cut the sheet in half horizontally and vertically for four panels.

Next I watercolored the petals of my tulip with No. 21 (Light Carmine), No. 27 (Dark Pink) and No 82 (Purple).  I layered each color over each other.  This is my favorite painting technique to use with my zig markers!  For the stem and leaves, I used No 41 (Light Green), No. 45 (Pale Green) and No 44 (Deep Green).  After the tulip was finished, I painted a black glow around the flower for a dramatic effect with my No. 10 Black zig marker.

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Then I took the same black marker and created a background wash on the bottom right corner of my panel.  This will serve as my backdrop for my sentiment.  I used the Happy Retirement sentiment from the same Lucky Tulip set and heat embossed that with the same gold glitter embossing powder that I used on the floral.  Before I put my embossing powder away, I heat embossed our Haute Stripes onto a side folding black A2 card base.

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Next I die cut the watercolor panel with the second largest die from our Double Stitched Rectangle dies. I used the same die to cut out a rectangular panel from black cardstock.  I adhered the black panel first onto my base.  Then I adhered my watercolored panel over the black panel making sure to offset each layer for an asymmetrical look.  To finish off the card, I adhered some Sittin Pretty Pink (8 and 5mm) and iridescent Fairy Pink sequins (6 and 4mm).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s project and video!

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Trying new things…

Hi friends! Emily here with you today. My post is brought to you by my newly determined effort to try new things. Today, I’m trying to use stamps in my arsenal that are under-loved, as well as getting a taste of some new paper to use with my Zig markers.

I wanted my focus today to be on the Morning Glory Garden background stamp. I absolutely adore this stamp, and it’s one that I haven’t used nearly as much as I’d like. So I pulled it out and heat embossed it on some of my favorite watercolor paper, then watercolored it with palest blue, purple, and pink Zig markers and my wet paintbrush.

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My next step was to take an A2 panel of pale gray card stock and die cut a circle in the upper center using the Double Stitched Circle dies. I then used dimensional adhesive to pop up the frame, adding a flagged strip of white card stock that had been stamped with this lovely sentiment from Timeless Icons using Smoky Quartz ink. Some Smoked Amethyst, Light Blue Topaz, and Glass Slippers sequins scattered about finished it off and added just a hint of sparkle.

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This next card is a little different for me, in both layout and technique. Now, I’ve been on the search for the perfect watercolor card stock to use with The Ton’s background stamps since the day after I received my first background stamp (the Peony Garden background). I wanted something smooth that would still take the color and the water beautifully, but would also allow the solid areas to heat emboss cleanly. You can see that the texture of the watercolor paper in the photo above didn’t really give me that perfectly smoothly embossed solid morning glory.  I’ve experimented with different brands, different weights, hot vs cold press…. but I’ve never tried Smooth Bristol, because it isn’t technically watercolor paper. Well, I’m here to tell you… for the background stamps from The Ton, it’s completely perfect. It’s also a nice, bright white, which makes me really happy.

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I heat embossed the Morning Glory Garden background again on an A2 sized sheet of Smooth Bristol card stock, then colored it the same way I normally would with my Zig markers and wet paintbrush. (For me, the key is to move quickly before the color has a chance to seep into the paper and be unwilling to move with the wet paintbrush. As long as I move quickly, the color moves almost as well as it does with normal watercolor paper. Score!) I colored the morning glories in more shades of pale pink, blue, and purple, then heat embossed a few of the single morning glories from Wild Morning Glories and colored them with coordinating Zig markers, then fussy cut them out.

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I cut two strips of the same pale gray card stock from the previous card, then popped them up on either side of the watercolored panel. (I was a little sad to cover up so much of the pretty flowers, but the design wants what the design wants.) The sentiment, from Loose Peonies, was stamped again using Smoky Quartz ink on a strip of white card stock. I adhered the loose morning glories down so that they were peeking out from behind the sentiment strip, then added a few Glass Slippers sequins to create a nice visual cascade down the front of the card.

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And there you have it! Two nice and clean cards, both with a little dimension to add some more interest. I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today and find some of my tips useful! Happy Thursday, friends!

After Dinner Mints.

So, I love pastels. My house is entirely made up of cool pastels. Some would (and have) called it the Easter Egg house, probably to tease me. I prefer the after-dinner mint house, but to each his own. After my foray into mint and pink with my baby card for my last post, I wanted to continue with the pastel trend this week. I’ve been playing along with #thedailymarker30day challenge, and these panels both were created during my (extremely therapeutic) daily coloring sessions. (If you haven’t been playing along, you totally should, because it’s amazing.)

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This first project uses the stunning Always Cherry Blossoms set. One of my favorite elements of The Ton’s stamp sets is that they usually come with outline stamps in addition to the solid stamps, so you can do as much or as little work as you like. Coloring is one of the things I do to relax, so I obviously opt for the line drawn option as often as possible. I started by heat embossing that lovely cherry blossom branch using The Ton’s Rose Gold Embossing Powder. (I seriously want to rose gold all the things, specifically rose gold all the flowers! That EP is fabulous.) I added a few cherry blossoms gently floating down the card front. After all of the floral heat embossing was finished, it was time to do some watercoloring. I used Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio for the watercoloring. The background was done a littler differently, with my Twinkling H2o pearlescent watercolor pots. It has such a pretty pinky, minty sheen in real life. (Insert heart eyes here!) Once I had finished that, I heat embossed the sentiment from Bokeh Burst Round onto some vellum, again using the Rose Gold EP, then fussy cutting and popping it up. A few sequins (Glass Slippers, Pastel Pink, and Wedding Dress) finished it off.

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For my next project, I stamped one of my absolute favorite stamps from The Ton: Floral Border, again using the Rose Gold Embossing Powder. In order to combat the somewhat splotchy finished product when heat embossing on watercolor paper, I went over the solid flowers with my Versamark pen and filled in the splotchy sections. Easy peasy. I colored the flowers in three different shades of pink using my Zig markers and a wet painbrush, then coloring in the leaves with shades of dark teal. I then shaded the entire panel with my Cool Green Shadow Zig marker. I love the kind of shabby chic feel the pink and mint and rose gold have. Plus, this gorgeous Floral Border stamp does all of the hard work of masking and layering to create that marvelous border for you.

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Now, for the greeting. I didn’t want to cover up any of that pretty minty center, nor did I want to cover any of the pretty pink peonies… so my solution was to die cut the “fabulous” right from the watercolored panel. I ended up die cutting the word four times, once with the watercolored panel, and three more times from mint green card stock, in order to glue them together to create a dimensional die cut. The “get well soon” and “friend” were from the Basic Labels set and stamped with Cosmopolitan Pink ink. I laid down my dimensional die cut within the die cut of the watercolored panel, then popped up the labels with dimensional adhesive. The last step was to add some Rose Gold, Dusty Pink Matte, and My Tutu sequins.

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Here they are together. Nothing quite so pretty and feminine as pink and mint together, eh? And the combo with Rose Gold…. well, it’s just so lovely. Happy August! (BTW- holy moly it’s AUGUST. Where did the summer go!?) I hope you enjoyed these pretty, summery projects! Have a fantastic week! 🙂