I am a retired nurse rediscovering my artistic roots. I make handmade cards, and sometimes include small works of art on my blog as well. I will provide a primary products list and a description of the techniques that I used to make each card, and give credit for layout or design of a card if not of my own unique creation.
The Ton's August Challenge - My "Guest Designer" debut!
Hello again friends and crafters,
I have been working fervently the last couple of weeks designing my card for The Ton's August Challenge as a guest designer. For August, the cue word is "SUMMER".
As I began thinking on this challenge and looking at my stash (of growing) Ton stamps, I couldn't help but think of summer vacations in Maui with it's beautiful beaches and HUGE waves. One of my recent acquisitions was their Wave stamp (it's amazing!). I also recently got their Palm Tree stamp and I went to work designing a card using those two stamp sets. They are Layered stamps, so this card is not my typical kind of water-colored or Copic-colored card. Needless to say, the stamps are amazing. I did hand color the background of the card, but the card took longer to make than some of my fully hand colored cards. I experimented with ink colors, material for the oval frame, etc. This was the first card that I made a practice card first, again playing with color and layout. So here it is, as my guest designer debut (drum roll, please!) - this is my first one, don't tell!
The Ton Adhesive Foil Paper in Royal Blue (used on oval frame)
The Ton Burnished Foil Tape in silver (on R side of base card-stock)
The Ton Inks: Couture Color - Sky Blue Collection (Cali Blue, Azurite Dye, Deep Sapphire Dye), Lofty Mint Dye and Bright Emerald Dye.
Sequins from The Ton Couture Mixes: Winter Thaw and By the Moonlight
4.25" x 6" Strathmore Series 400 watercolor paper
4" x 5.75" Fun Foam layer
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110 card-base folded to 4.5" x 6"
For my card, I wanted cool color tones, so I started with the watercolor panel and applied the ink fairly randomly with a mini ink blending tool over some small palm trees that had been heat embossed first with some clear embossing powder. I varied the intensity of the ink to be lighter at the top compared to the bottom. I then spattered some water onto the panel and blotted it away, however not much color was removed. So I then decided to add some DIY shimmer to the panel by spraying some Perfect Pearls and water mixture onto the panel. I then used my heat tool to dry it. With my base layer done, I stamped the Palm Tree images on a separate piece of cardstock with the blues and greens listed above then die cut them out. Next, I stamped The Wave with the Blue Sky Collection, but I added the Bright Emerald Dye ink to the second layer of the stamp before using the Azurite Dye ink to that same layer. That gave the wave a similar blue/green look that the trees had. I die cut the wave out with an oval die, then stamped the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. For the oval frame, I used 2 oval dies, one inside the other with an even reveal. Previously I had adhered the Adhesive Foil Paper to a similar color blue card-stock, then die cut it with the 2 oval dies to give me a pretty foiled oval frame (without white edges) for my wave. After deciding on the placement of the die cut images, I stamped the 2 trunks of the palm trees and the hammock, then the grassy mound (in green and blue). Next, I adhered the large palm tree to the upper right corner, overhanging it a bit, then adhered the oval wave piece, then the frame using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. I then added some dimensional adhesive to the small Palm trees. Next, I prepared my #110 NSW card base, laying a strip of the Burnished Foil Tape to the right side of the panel. I cut some Fun Foam to layer between the base card-stock and the watercolor panel for added dimension. Not yet satisfied, I finished the card by applying the darkest blue ink by hand to the palm trees to really make them POP and go better with the dark blue foiled frame. I then added some sequins and other small elements from a couple of the Couture Mixes I had on hand. Lastly, I stamped the small seagull near the wave. Now I was done! I hope you enjoyed my card, and that it gave you some new inspiration when using the Wave and/or Palm Tree stamps.
Got my new order from The Ton Stamps and just had to make a card for their June Color Palette Challenge (gorgeous colors)- see image below. My card used the Large Peony 5 stamp and dies, the Peony Cluster Mini Stamp/die, and their Geometric Lattice background die in a shimmery black card stock, and the sentiment banner die was from MFTs dies. I water-colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and heat-embossed all the images in black. Background watercolor paper from Stampin' Up! 3 Dew Drops finish off the card. On assembly, I decided the card needed a little shimmer, so I added a diluted layer of Ken Oliver Craft's Liquid Metal in Metallic Rose to the Peony mini clusters only. Then I was satisfied.
Hello friends and crafters,
I found out a couple weeks ago that I had won The Ton's June Challenge!! I was so surprised and amazed. I won it with this card:
So I got to spend a little free money on The Ton products and will be their guest designer for the August challenge (see next post). I'll be busy working on my design for sure, as I don't want to disappoint! Be sure to check out my blog as well as the Ton's Challenge Blog for my card design, as well as the other Ton designer's cards beginning August 1st. Hope to see you then!
This is a well overdue post on a few of my cards that I made for The Ton's Challenges several months ago. For the first card, the key word was "Lucky." This first one, shown here uses the stamp set Retail Therapy and one of The Ton's background stamps. It was featured on The Ton's blog in Trending with The Ton in their March line-up. The card-front panel was something I had water-colored earlier, not knowing exactly how I would use it. I do think it worked out wonderfully for this card. For the Sentiment I used their Scripty Alphas in both upper and lower case versions, stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
The second card was featured in February's Ton Challenge, key word was "Love.". A very different style card for me, but I had fun making it! I masked the 2 figures, then used a stars background stamp and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then…