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!

Design Team Update and News

Hello and welcome back to our blog! We have a special update today on our Design Team front.

Please join me in welcoming our newest member: Tae Eun Yoo!

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Hello! My name is TaeEun Yoo. I’m a happily married SAHM to a 8 year old boy and a 4 year old girl.  I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and lived in Germany for 18 years, before I came over to NJ, USA in 2013. I fell in love with cardmaking hobby, as I watched some video tutorials in 2015 with my little girl, who loves crafting, too. Then I became an active card maker, which was the best thing happened to me last year. I feel comfortable with CAS style but I’m ready to try any style of cards. It is an honor for me to work with such talented ladies in The Ton team. I’m looking forward to having a inspirational journey of cardmaking with you all, crafty friends!!! 

I was captivated by her talented artsy cardmaking style.  She can transform any stamp into a colored masterpiece. Here are some cards that really caught my eye:

I’m looking forward to see all the amazing things she will do with our stamps in the next few months! Welcome, TaeEun!

On another note, we will have some new coordinating dies in the shop tomorrow for our Haute Wedding Dress, Fresh Cut Tulips, Hello Hummingbird and Loose Peonies. We’ll post the official update on social media so make sure you’re following us on Instagram or Facebook to catch our updates.

Have a lovely day, everyone and thank you for stopping by!

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August 2016 Guest Designer: Stephanie Klauck

Hi everyone, It’s Stephanie here and I’m back with one more card to share using the Ton stamps. I’ve had so much fun guesting for the month of August and definitely wanted to include a card using the Happiest of Peonies stamp set… it’s one of my favs!

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I stamped the flower image onto a white cardstock panel with black ink and then I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to colour the image in. I love peonies and have a bright pink one in my yard, so I wanted to colour the flowers with the same vibrant pink colour. I love how bright the pink and green are and that they pop right off the card front.

Once I had the flower coloured, I stamped the outline image a second time right over top with black ink and then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The raised texture, shiny texture of the outline makes the colours within the flower stand out even more!

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I stamped the sentiment from the Thanks a Bunch stamp set onto a white cardstock panel and then cut it out with a fishtail banner die along with a piece of vellum and gold glitter cardstock. I layered all of the banners together and adhered them onto my card base with the stamped panel, a strip of black and white striped paper and a strip of gold glitter cardstock. To finish off the card, I added some clear sequins with gold Stickles in the center.

Thanks so much for joining me this month on the blog!

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Hi peeps! Vera here today to start off the week at The Ton blog.

 

This time, I break out from my typical floral card. I dig into my stash and decided to work with set that I haven’t really use. After going back and forth between some sets, I settle on Tribal Chic Border.

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To make this card, I leave all the borders on the plastic sheet it came with. This save me time from arranging the borders. I simply stamped each border with Soft GardenBright Emerald, and Miami Cool ink pad. Love, love, love this cool color combination.

This is such a perfect way to create fun & interesting CAS card. I think the colorful border really shines this way and don’t need much else. Next, I stamped the sentiment from Thanks A Bunch set and finished with gluing some embellishment from Sea Breeze Couture Mix & Kamikaze Seed Beads .directly on the card.

I have to admit that this card feels slightly different than my typical card, but I still love the way it turned out. The fresh color combo just make it works & refreshing in my opinion.🙂

Well folks, that’s all from me today. Hope you enjoy today’s card and may your week starts off wonderfully. Cheers…

Lucky Tulip (Coloring with Brusho)

Hello everyone! It’s Jenny here taking over the blog today!

For today’s card, I’m showcasing our Lucky Tulip Stamp set, a beautiful large floral image so fun to color! This fabulous sentiment is from our Like A Boss stamp set. I just love love love this quote from Maya Angelou!

For the coloring medium, since I haven’t played with my Brusho Crystal Colours for quite some time, I decided to go with it for today’s project. I was able to achieve an artistic look using only 5 different Brusho colors. For those of you may not be familiar with Brusho, it’s basically watercolor ink crystals in a very fine powder form.

Here is the card!

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  • I began the card by stamping the Tulip image for our Lucky Tulip stamp set on a A2 sized Arches coldpress watercolor paper with embossing ink. I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.
  • I wet the flower (petals) with clear water and I lightly sprinkled OST Red and Scarlett Red Brusho. I waited for the pigments react to the water for about a minute, and I dusted off the excess powder (and help the drying process) using the heat gun. Then I repeated the same process with the stem and leaves with Leaf Green and Sea Green Brusho. I spread the colors with a water brush to fill in the blank spots.
  • I wet the background with a damp brush for the powder to stick and sprinkled Black Brusho. Then I sprayed water over the whole panel with the water mister. This helped the pigments to react and spread to achieve the messy artistic look. I let the pigment to spread for about a minute dried the panel with the heat gun.
  • I gave the petals some gold highlights using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors (Red gold), and I also splattered white and Red Gold Gansai Tambi water colors to add more interest. I let it dry and trimmed the panel down to 4″x5.5″.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Like A Boss stamp set on a strip of Vellum with embossing ink, and heat embossed with the gold embossing powder. I wrapped and adhered the sentiment strip around the panel, and adhered the black fun foam on the back.
  • I taped down the Gold foil tape from the Sampler pack on the sides of the black card base, letting a tiny bit of black peeking on the edges. Then I adhered the watercolor panel on the center of the card base, using strong adhesive.
  • I finished the card off by adding Medallion Gold sequins in mixed sizes.

 

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That’s all for today and I hope you enjoyed the card! Thank you for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day!

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Haute Stacks and Blooms:))

Hello all! LauraJane here to share a fresh card using Haute Stacks and more blooms from Fresh Cut Roses. After seeing the last few buds of summer roses, my card is  blooming with yellows and pinks today:)

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Thanks for stopping by:)) Happy Crafting!

LauraJane:)

 

 

August 2016 Guest Designer: Stephanie Klauck

Hi everyone, it’s Stephanie and I’m back with another card to share using the Grand Bows stamp set from the Ton. These bow stamps amaze me every time I stamp with them. They really look like dimensional 3d bows just by stamping a couple of layers with light and dark ink. I love that just by changing up the colour, you can make them work for lots of different occasions.
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I decided to create a birthday card with the bows on this card and used some aqua, green and pink inks to stamp the them. I started off with the largest bows and stamped two of them in aqua. I then stamped two of the medium size in green and one pink one using the smallest bow. I scattered them around the card front and made sure to leave enough space for the sentiment.

I used the birthday sentiment from the Happiest of Peonies stamp set and placed it on the card front as I stamped the bows to make sure I left enough room for it. Once I had all of the bows stamped with both layers, I stamped the sentiment in black ink.

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I decided to embellish the bows a bit instead of leaving them completely plain, so I used a white gel pen and added some polka dots to all of the bows. I then used a glitter marker and added sparkle to all of the dark areas of the bows. I finished the card by adhering it to a piece of silver glitter cardstock and then added the whole panel to a white top-folding card base. I also added some clear sequins for a bit of detail and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today. I’ll be back next week with one more card to share!😉

Sending Roses

Hello friends~Eunji here~Today I am sharing a watercolor rose card. I made this one using our Fresh Cut Roses stamp set. So let’s start~!!

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I started stamping the vase and leaf images from the Fresh Cut Roses set on watercolor paper and then colored with watercolor. Next I colored the roses: first, I stamped the second layer image from the set on watercolor paper.  Then I added watercolor.  Next, I fussy cut the rose images.  Next, I stamped the tiny square border from our Tribal Chic Borders with our Arctic Sky dye ink on a card panel.  Then I adhered the rose cluster onto that panel with some foam tape.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment stamp from our Sending Peonies with Noir dye ink. Lastly, I added some mixed Waltz White Sequins.

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Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day~

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A love/hate relationship…

Hi friends! Emily here today with a fairly simple card… Clean and simple has been my MO recently, and today is no exception. While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I realized that not once during The Daily Marker 30 Day did I use my Copic markers. Everything was watercolored. So I resolved that I would use my Copic markers for my next blog post. I pulled out Graceful Rose and colored my little heart out.

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I started by stamping the rose image onto Copic friendly white card stock with Copic friendly ink, and then I began my coloring. For the bloom itself, I used RV63, 66, and 69, and for the leaves, I used G40, 43, and 46. I then fussy cut the bloom and began work on the greeting and card base. (For as quick as that explanation was, you’d never know it took me two hours to color and cut that flower lol!!!)

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For the greeting, I die cut one of the circles from the Stitched Circles die set and stamped the sympathy greeting from Large Peony 2 using Caviar ink. The card base was simply stamped with the Haute Stripes background using Crystal Pewter ink. I popped the circle and flower up with dimensional adhesive, then added some Fairy Pink and Twilight Rose sequins.

I hope you enjoyed this project! I discovered while creating it that I have a love/hate relationship with my Copics… I certainly can appreciate and love the smoothness of blending and the magnificent array of color choices, but I kind of hate how long it took to color this. My Zigs are so much quicker and I can achieve about the same amount of dimension and shading (I think) as I can with Copics in about 1/3 of the time. But they both each have their purposes, for sure. As with every medium, it’s totally personal preference!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, friends!🙂

Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken!

Hello everyone! It’s Jenny here taking over the blog today!🙂

I created an elegant card with black, white, gold, and pink on my mind! I think that color combination is so elegant, bold, and feminine!

I used our oldie but goodie Large Peony 1 stamp set (one of my favorite stamps sets!🙂 ), Stripe Addict Cling Background stamp, and Get It Girl sentiment set to create this card, and I love how it turned out!

 

Here is the card!

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  • I stamped the Stripe Addict Cling Background stamp on a A2 size white cardstock with our Noir ink and set it aside.
  • I stamped the peony and leaves from Large Peony 1 set on a white card stock with the Noir ink. I colored the images with Copic Markers first, then added some fine details with the Polychromos pencils. I fussy cut and I went over the white edges with black marker.
  • I trimmed down the background panel to 4 x 5.25″, planned where the floral images are going to be placed, and decided  where I should stamp the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from Get It Girl stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in gold.
  • I adhered the background panel on a A2 sized black card base. I placed the gold embroidery thread first, and I adhered the peony and leaves on top of it, some with foam tape to create more dimension.
  • I finished the card off by adding some Medallion Gold sequins in mixed sizes.

 

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That’s it for today!  Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

hugs,

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