Welcome to The Ton’s Fall 2018 Release blog hop! Hopefully you arrived here from Laurel's blog, I'm thrilled to be participating as a guest in this hop today. Once again, The Ton Stamps has put together a stunning release and is debuting 11 new stamps and a new pop up floral die. There are free gifts with purchase promotions as well. There is also a little extra surprise for today since it is World Cardmaking Day! The Ton’s blog explains all the details.
For today’s hop, there are giveaways on each stop so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win a stamp set of choice from the new release! The comment period for this giveaway will close on Monday, October 8 at 11:59pm EST, so don't delay!
The Ton Stamps always has such innovative and gorgeous designs, from simple to ornate, but always elegant. The stamp set Blizzard Hugs spoke to my Minnesota heart. I happen to love snowflakes and always anticipate both the first one AND the last one of my Minnesota winter season. LOL. These snowflakes at first glance seem to be a simple design, but when stamped, pack a beautifully frosty punch!
I chose to create a very clean and simple winter notecard set. I used my Original MISTI to stamp both the snowflake and greeting simultaneously in Arctic Sky ink. I stamped three times, to give a nice crisp deep color. I then, leaving my stamps in place on the lid of my MISTI, cleaned my stamps, and stamped all of my cards once again with embossing ink exactly over my Arctic Sky ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The simplicity of these cards is belied by the frosty look of the snowflake. The delicate pattern of dots that surround the snowflake give a faint airbrushed look to the image. These are cards are incredibly easy to mass produce, and is a project I plan to do again with my group of young teen crafters later this month.
The Ton Stamps always offers beautiful line-image florals that are incredibly fun to color, and Gardenia Wishes is no exception.
I chose to make a wedding card, with a white spray of Gardenias, by using Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Toned Gray paper. I began by adding a bit of cream pencil to the inner portions of the petals, then gradually working my way out toward the ends of the petals with a white, allowing the gray of the paper to show through in areas where I wanted shadows. I added both white and cool grays to the leaves, giving contrast to both the flower and the warm gray of the paper. I added a small black sentiment strip with a greeting from Haute Wedding Dress.
I used Copic markers to create my final card, using the Cardinal Friends set.
I did quite a bit of masking to create this card. I started by stamping the female cardinal in my foreground with Memento ink. I covered the stamped cardinal with a piece of 3M Post-It tape, and stamped again on the tape, then removed the tape and used scissors to cut the tape into a mask. I replace the mask over the cardinal, then stamped the branch so it appears behind and under the bird's feet. I likewise created a mask for the branch. Actually, I created two, hand trimming each from the stamped Post-It tape. I place one over my first stamped branch, then stamped the male cardinal, and also a mask for him as well. Once I had his mask trimmed out, I put it back in place and stamped another branch beneath his feet, and another over the male cardinal so that some of the foliage appeared behind his head. Without removing any of the previous masks, I added that second branch mask over the branch behind his head, and stamped the final branch in the upper right corner.
I then removed all masks and began to color. I used many different red markers to give texture and variation to the male cardinal . I even colored some of the wing feathers with R59, then used my colorless blender to lift away some of the intensity of the red, then replaced color again with a C4 marker to create the deep burgundy color. The female cardinal was colored with a mix of pale yellows, warm grays, E20s and E70.
I added additional texture and details to the feathers with Polychromos pencils, and darkened the eyes of the bird to a deep black using a Copic Multiliner pen.
I wanted the birds to be the focus of this card, so I did very minimal coloring to the berries and leaves.
I added my greeting with Noir ink, then trimmed the panel just a bit, so I would have a tiny border of my deep red cardbase showing.
That's all from me today, but there are many more examples along today's hop to inspire you! The complete list of participants is listed below. Your next stop along the hop should be Lisa's blog.
Thanks for stopping! Enjoy the hop and be sure to leave comments along the way to be entered for chances to win fabulous prizes!
I hope you have a wonderful World Cardmaking Day!