Good morning! I am up on The Ton’s blog today with a pair of cards using some older and some newer products from our release last week. I hope you will stop by and take a peek!
Good morning again! Welcome to the final day of The Ton’s Summer Release. We are concluding this week of inspiration and product debuts with a fabulous blog hop with some fabulous guests. You should have arrived at my blog from Svitlana’s post, and your next stop is Dana’s blog.
For The Ton’s Summer 2017, Effie has released 24 new stamp designs and 1 new couture mix! There are four new gifts with purchases that you can obtain with this new release. 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 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).
**Incentive products will not be available for purchase in our shop until July***
Now, let’s get started on my final projects for this week’s festivities! The second I saw the artwork for the new Anemone Wishes set, I knew I wanted to use my pencils for some no-line coloring. Using my pencils on colored card stock is one of my absolute favorite techniques. I started by stamping the image using Hampton White pigment ink onto my lavender card stock panel. Next, going petal by petal, I colored the image first with a white colored pencil, then over the top with the colored pencils, using my blender pencil to smooth everything out. It’s amazing what adding that first layer of white pencil beneath the colored pencil does to make the colors really pop off of the colored card stock. After I had finished coloring the entire image, I used my T-ruler to add a white box around the edge to create a frame.
For the greeting, I used the beautiful new Penned Sentiments set. I simply heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I trimmed a bit off of the bottom of the lavender panel and added some strips of pretty turquoise foil to the top and bottom of the card base. The final step was to mount the lavender panel on the card base with some foam tape.
This next card is a bit outside of my normal color scheme, but I kinda love it! I figured that, since I’d done pink and purple anemones all week, I should do some that were more traditionally colored. When I think of anemones, I think of red anemones with black centers, but anemones come in nearly every color of the rainbow! For my last card for this week, I started by stamping the beautiful Anemone Background onto some watercolor paper and heat embossing it in gold, then watercoloring it with my Daniel Smith watercolors, adding a dark gray/light black background wash. After it had dried, I used the largest of the Stitched Rectangles to die cut from the watercolored background.
I die cut the Brushed Love die from some glossy black card stock that I had in my stash, then added two more layers of plain black card stock die cuts and adhered them all together. I heat embossed a coordinating sentiment from the Brushed Love sentiment set using the same gold embossing powder onto some strips of black card stock, then popped them up on the card front. The final step was to add some Matte Gold sequins to create a visual cascade across the front of the card.
Now, for some giveaway fun:
Three $25 gift certificates to The Ton’s shop will be given away to random commenters from the hop participant blogs. To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton Blog Hop post. The comment period will close on Monday, June 12th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter on The Ton’s blog. **Gift certificates can only be applied to The Ton stamps, dies and gilding categories.
Be sure to hop along to see all of the phenomenal inspiration that our guests have created for you!
Tae Eun Yoo
Emily Midgett-YOU ARE HERE
Laura Jane Head
Jenny Lee Yamasaki
“The Ton’s June Challenge is now live! For this month, we have a fun color palette challenge so head over now for a chance to win a $50 spree to The Ton’s shop!” *Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies and gilding.
Well, that’s all for this post! I hope you’ve enjoyed my release posts this week. It’s been a pleasure sharing all of the new products and (hopefully) some inspiration with you! Have a marvelous weekend, friends!
Good morning! TGIF, for reals. And it’s a 3 day weekend too. Woohooooo! I absolutely had to have the new Avery Elle Floral Bouquet set when it was released earlier this month. Our wedding flowers were the most beautiful blue hydrangeas, and the lovely blooms in this stamp set totally remind me of my wedding bouquet.
To start, I die cut and heat embossed the pretty blooms onto some Arches cold press watercolor paper, as well as onto the corner of a slightly smaller than A2 sized panel of watercolor paper. I then watercolored them with my Daniel Smith watercolors in pretty shades of blue and purple (Ultramarine Blue and Carbazole Violet).
I trimmed down the watercolored panel just slightly, then dovetailed it in the corner of an A2 sized piece of blue card stock, so that the blue was just peeking out of the bottom corner. For the greeting, I used one of the absolutely beautiful Thanks and Giving dies from Honey Bee Stamps. I die cut it from some glitzy silver glitter card stock and adhered it to the watercolored panel. I popped up the die cut flowers with some dimensional adhesive. The final step was to add some Glass Slippers sequins from The Ton.
Well that’s all for me today! So many flower stamps, so little time. 🙂 See you back here soon! Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Memorial Day!
Good morning! I have a pair of cards today using a new favorite stamp set of mine: Sweet Perfume from Penny Black. It’s a cling stamp, so it isn’t something that I would have had on my radar PM (pre-Misti), but the ability to stamp the same image multiple times totally sold me on this gorgeous stamp, and I’m so glad it did! I’ve been playing around with my different watercolor mediums because, frankly, I’m a little tired of my Zig markers. (lol! Who would ever have thought I’d say that?!) I have, in my arsenal of mediums, both Dr Ph Martins and Daniel Smith watercolor pans, so I’ve been making an effort to put them to use more frequently. The projects today put both to use.
For this first project, I used my Dr. Ph Martin’s set of watercolors. These watercolors are fun, but they definitely have a learning curve. I started by heat embossing my Sweet Perfume stamp using gold embossing powder onto Canson Montval watercolor paper. Next, I used my Ph Martin watercolors to color these beautiful flowers. The key with the Ph Martin watercolors, at least what I’ve found, is that you can’t start out with a huge amount of pigment like you do the Zigs and then blend it out with the wet paintbrush. It just requires layers upon layers of watered down color to get the amount of depth and shadow that you want to achieve. Let it dry between layers so that you don’t get too much “bloom” and the pigment doesn’t get diluted by the damp watercolor paper. I do love that mixing the Ph Martin colors is just about as easy as one could hope for. Simply use that handy dropper from a few different bottles of color to create a totally custom color.
Once I had spent so much time building up the color on the floral panel, I didn’t particularly want to cover it up or cut into it, so I chose a pretty frame die from Papertrey Ink: Mix and Mat Flourishes. I used another rectangle die from my stash to make it into an actual frame. I love how ornate it is! I die cut it from some somewhat dark gold shimmer card stock that I found in my stash. For the greeting, I used another Papertrey Ink die: Big Basics Thinking of You, die cut three times, then adhered together and layered with Glossy Accents over the top. A simple finish, but that detailed backdrop doesn’t need a lot of help to be noticed, I think. 🙂 As you can see, the Ph Martins, because they are liquid, are a fairly translucent medium, but one can still achieve a great deal of depth and dimension within that parameter. If you lay down too much pigmented color at the start, it’s difficult to move it and manipulate it, so I found it easiest to lay down a light wash of very diluted color, then gradually come back in with more and more layers of light color.
My other card uses the same Sweet Perfume stamp, but was created with my Daniel Smith watercolors. I started by heat embossing the same floral background stamp using silver embossing powder onto some Arches cold press watercolor paper. I wanted to try practicing my white flowers. I haven’t ever really tried creating a white flower, even with the (somewhat ridiculous) amount of flowers I’ve colored over the last few years. I wanted to see if I could do it. I used a pretty gray-ish purple color from Daniel Smith called Shadow Violet to add shadows and details, as well as a touch of Naples Yellow to the lighter parts of each petal, just to add a touch of color. White isn’t just the absence of color, I’ve found… Subtle shadows are just as important. It also helps to surround the white flower with lots of bright colors to make the contrast even more stark.
After I had finished adding color to the background, I decided that I wanted to make it into a shaker card. (Has anybody else noticed that it seems like shaker cards are kind of giving way for super flat, one layered cards? It makes me sad. Such an awesome excuse for having containers full of sparklies.) I cut some charcoal glitter card stock from DCWV using my Mama Elephant Park Avenue frame die. I added a bunch of sequins from Cartwright’s inside my frame, then added a magenta foil “Birthday Wishes” die cut (another die from the PTI Big Basics line). I find that, in contrast to the Ph Martins, the Daniel Smith colors are a bit more opaque and concentrated. They don’t immediately sink down into the paper, so you can manipulate and move a great deal of color without having to worry about it creating harsh lines.
Again, a fairly simple finish (apart from the pretty, sparkly sequins), but I wanted to let the watercoloring shine through.
Well, what do you think of the two different watercolor mediums? After working with both, I think that I prefer the Daniel Smith to the Ph Martins, simply because you can lay down a decent amount of pigment and it will move beautifully, particularly if you use the right kind of watercolor paper. It reminds me of Zigs in that way, because you start with Zigs by laying down your pigment and then moving it with the damp paintbrush. One of the nicest things about using these more artist-grade watercolors is that they’re more lightfast than the Zigs (so many of my Zig projects are faded into an ugly mess!), and you have so many more color options, not just in the sheer volume of individual colors available to purchase, but the mixing opportunities. I’m beginning to find that my Zigs are becoming my “quick” medium, what I use if I just want to play around at my desk for a bit, while my more “legitimate” watercolors are what I make if I want to really put effort and mental energy into what I’m creating.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my minor “study” into this beautiful background from Penny Black, as well as a short comparison of some different watercoloring mediums. It never hurts to branch out and try something different. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Hi! I’m up on A Blog Named Hero today with a pretty, preppy little number using a favorite stamp from Hero Arts and some pretty dies from Honey Bee Stamps. Here’s a sneak peek. 🙂
Head over to A Blog Named Hero to check it out! Have a marvelous day, friends!