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.
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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.
To make this card, I started with a standard A2 side folding card base of 110# NSW card stock. I measured my stamped image for the inside panel, then cut away the excess from the top panel, reserving a narrow side strip (it will create the sandwich for the acetate and cover-up the tape on the back side of the top colored panel). I then cut a piece of clear acetate a bit larger than the stamped image and wide enough to line up with the outside edge of the card. Next I went abo…
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.