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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Island In the Sun

Good morning! Emily Midgett here with you today to share some super summery projects with you. I went to Cancun with my best friend from high school two weeks after we graduated, and it was seriously one of the coolest experiences of my life. Granted, I was 18, thin (so wearing a bikini was seriously no big deal), and had seen exactly nothing of the world, but it was one of those experiences from your youth that sears itself into your memory. The sights, the sounds, the smells… We laid by the pool (which was right next to the ocean…. couldn’t go in the ocean water because ew haha) for hours and hours, getting the perfect tan, listening to the music du jour… in my case, Weezer. Every time I hear the song Island In the Sun, I am transported back to that beach chair in the shallow part of the pool, drinking my first strawberry daiquiri, feeling the ocean breezes that made the Mexican heat palatable. The new Palm Trees and Wave sets that we’ve been showcasing do that for me now, too. This first project is an homage to my memories of that marvelous trip to Cancun.

I started by stamping the beautiful turquoise waters from Wave onto an A2 card base using  Hot Tourmaline, Caribbean Turquoise, and Cobalt Breeze inks. I then used my Clarity Stencil Brushes to add some Azurite ink around the edges to create that beautiful summer sky. I also cut a curved hill shape from some kraft card stock, then used the spray stamps from Wave and Aspen Cocoa ink to create a sandy beach.

I die cut the large palm trees from Palm Tree twice using the coordinating dies, as well as the hammock. I then stamped the palm leaves with the Crystal Garden collection and the trunks with Found Topaz and Aspen Cocoa inks. The hammock was stamped with Caviar Hybrid ink. I popped up the trees and sand dune using dimensional adhesive, then added a sentiment from Wave on a strip of card stock using Caviar ink. All in all, a super quick and easy card that I finished in less than an hour, and it invokes some fabulous memories for me. Love it.

While I was in a summery, beachy mood, I thought I would create a project using the absolutely adorable Sunnies stamps and dies. I started by stamping and die cutting all three (adorable) pairs of sunglasses onto some watercolor paper, then heat embossing them with sparkly gold embossing powder. I used my Zig markers and a damp paintbrush to color them. I wanted the lenses to be a bit more realistic looking, but they ended up being more “artistic” than I had envisioned. Oh well.

After finishing my watercoloring, I decided to create a subtle pattern for the card base using the smaller palm tree from the Palm Tree stamp set, the pineapple from Stand Tall, Be a Pineapple, and one of the little hearts from Darling Flamingo. I stamped all of these images in a semi-consistent pattern across the card front using Crystal Pewter ink. I then heat embossed the cheeky sentiment from Sunnies using  the same sparkly gold embossing powder at the bottom of the card base. The final step was to adhere the sunglasses using some dimensional adhesive on the card front.

Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you enjoyed my little trip down the coconut scented memory lane. 🙂 Don’t forget, our monthly challenge at The Ton’s Challenge Blog is still open! Enter your project using products from The Ton and inspired by our Mood Board for this month to be entered to win a $50 shopping spree to The Ton’s store!

Have a marvelous weekend, friends!

Cuppa Sunshine!

Hello everyone, it’s LauraJane today:) I have a sweet teacup of sunflowers for you today using the SUNFLOWER BOUQUET.…. In my last post I shared a video on how I colored the Outlines of the Fresh Cut Sunflowers with Ziggys. Well, I wasn’t quite finished coloring Sunflowers I guess! These are a bit on the Pink-ish side with a hint of Yellow:)

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  • I started out by stamping the Sunflower Bouquet onto a piece of Bristol Smooth 100lb paper.  I stamp the bouquet with Vanilla Frosted Cupcake Dye ink..
  • Using a clean water blush, I began with the YELLOW,050 Zig to lay down a base color on each petal.
  • Then added BLUSH,069 at the base of each petal and where I thought a shadow might be. No water added.
  • Continuing with more shadows with BRICK BEIGE, 075 in the darkest part of each petal tip and connecting point at the center.
  • More flicks of color with LIGHT CARMINE,021 BRIGHT YELLOW,052, and PEACH PINK,202
  • Dotted the center of each flower with BRICK BEIGE, BLUSH, and PALE ROSE,230
  • Added a wash of YELLOW GREEN,053 over the dotted centers leaving just a bit of highlight
  • At this time I RE-STAMPED the bouquet, using the MISTI, with AMBER CITRINE dye ink because I wanted more yellow gold for teh petals to show through. I was pleased with the outcome! 
  • Moving onto the leaves by quickly coloring with MID GREEN,046 and  OLIVE GREEN,043 for the shadows….clean waterbrush to blend on each leaf
  • Cut this bouquet out with the Sunflower Bouquet Coordinating Die and carefully trimmed the stems off. and set it aside.
  • The Tea Party cup and saucer were just the vessel to pop that bouquet into:) Tea Party Coordinating Dies made for easy cutting too.
  • I inked both the cup and saucer with SOFT ORCHID dye ink.  and colored a bit with the ENGLISH LAVENDER,803, BLUSH and PALE ROSE for some dimension. set those aside

Mini Heart Print Cling Background was colored with the PALE ROSE ZIG, spritzed with water and stamped onto white CS and trimmed with the largest Double Stitched Rectangle Dies (Small)

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I was thinking of other floral stamps that would look good in the teacup…what do YOU have in your stash?

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Thanks for stopping by!

LauraJane:)

Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to The Tons Stamps blog, The Season! We are so glad you have popped in for a visit today. For this post I’d, Janette, like to share with you Hello Gorgeous. It is a combination of Always Cherry Blossoms and Marvelous Perfumes.

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I began by stamping Always Cherry Blossoms in Cosmopolitan Hybrid Ink and Marvelous Perfumes in Versamark to heat set in Gold Tinsel embossing powder. I broke out the oldies, but goodies, Twinkling H2O’s. They are super shimmery watercolors each in their own little pot. I used them to color both stamped images.

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I carried the sparkle to the background by continuing with the Twinkling H2O’s. I used a white shimmer and added gentle color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Persian Blue and Deep Violet by coloring into the wet shimmer. Never enough sparkle, right?!?

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While the background was drying I die cut the blossoming branch and perfume bottle. For the final touches I stamped “Hello Gorgeous” in Noir, added Dew Drops and Glass Slipper Sequins after tucking the bottle into the branches and adhering.

Photography just doesn’t capture the shimmer going on here. It is impressive. I’ll be writing a sweet sentiment on the inside, reminding someone special how beautiful they are, and wishing them a snail mail Happy Mother’s Day.

And that I wish for you too!

Love and hugs to all those moms out there. To the ones who are biologically and those who chose to be otherwise, may it be for pets, siblings, or neighborhood kids. Kudos, amazing mamas – you deserve the whole week!

xo, Janette

 

Video: Zig Colored Wildflower Banner

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Hello, everyone! Today I have a zig colored Wildflower Banner card for you.

I started off by stamping our Wildflower Banner stamp on cardstock in our Noir Dye Ink. Then I colored the florals in with zig markers (No 200 S. Almond Pink, 202 Peach Pink, 25 Pink and 27 Dk Pink).  The leaves were colored with Pale Green, May Green, Emerald Green, Green and Marine Green. I made sure to blend each shade into each other.  For the banner, I used Shadow Mauve. After I colored everything in, I die cut the image with the coordinating die.

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Next I created a background wash on watercolor paper using Ken Oliver’s Turquoise Color Bursts. After I was satisfied with the intensity of my background, I splattered clean water onto the wash. I let the drops sit for about 20 seconds, then I dabbed the water with a clean paper towel which lifted the color creating amazing texture. I dried the watercolor panel with my heat gun and then added stitching to the edges of my panel using the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangles (large) set. Then I adhered the panel onto an A2 card base using strong double sided adhesive. Next I popped up my floral image with some foam tape. Finally, I embellished the card with our Clear Dew Drops in our 7mm and 5mm sizes.

Our Wildflower Banner set is great for mass producing beautiful floral cards. During the actual design process, my goal is to create stamps that make it effortless for you to make gorgeous cards. Sometimes you don’t have a particular card in your stash that you might need to make last minute. This set (and our other cluster floral sets) is perfect in that situation since you don’t need to spend additional time masking off floral elements to create one image. All you need to do is stamp and color!

I created different versions of this card below using different mediums:

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For this card, I stamped the floral image onto watercolor paper with black pigment ink and then clear heat embossed the image. Then I watercolored the florals using Peony and Wisteria Color Bursts. wildfl banner4

Other Supplies Used: Glass Slippers Sequins

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For my final card I stamped the floral image on cardstock using our Caviar Hybrid Ink. Then I colored the image in with copics. Then I heat embossed the image again with our rose gold embossing powder. I originally saw this technique on Stephanie Klauck’s fabulous blog! Other Supplies Used: Glass Slippers Sequins, Mini Mistiwildfl banner5

That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed my video and post. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

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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!