The Ton Fall Release Blog Hop

Friends, by now you must know how much I adore all things The Ton! I am thrilled to be a guest for their FALL 2016 RELEASE blog hop. I have created two cards for you here, but rest assured that I have more to post with the new release over the next short while. In fact, you’ll find a few sneak peeks below! As per the usual, my credit card welcomes the sizzle from the purchase of the entire release. #MustHaveAllThingsTheTon

The Ton has 23 new stamps for their Fall 2016 Release (18 clear stamps, 5 rubber cling) which include the Christmas Poinsettia set – a mini 2x3 stamp set which will be included in all orders over $100 (before shipping and taxes).  All new release products (stamps, gilding and coordinating dies) are available now! 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Four $25 gift certificates will be given away to random commenters on all the hop participant blogs. The comment period will close on Thursday, September 29th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter.

Continue on the hop with the link up list at the bottom of this post!

The first card I am sharing with you today features the Holiday Cone Coordinating Outline stamps and the Holiday Confetti sentiment stamp set.

When you look closely at the woodsy stamped images you will notice that I inked up with more than one color on each stamp for added interest. For this technique, cover your stamp in your chosen primary color first, then simply rock the inked stamp along the edges in a 2nd and/or 3rd color. The berries are in Lipstick Red and/or Valentine Red with Dark Roast. The pine cones are in Dark Roast and Noir. The small leaflets are in Spiced Chai and Dark Roast. The pine greenery is in a few combinations of Everglade Moss, Deep Emerald, and /or Bright Fern. All inks are Couture Color by The Ton, they are divine!

I arranged each fussy cut image on top of a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel without adhesion. Once the placement was perfect, I pressed Glad Press and Seal over the top and rubbed it firmly to make sure each image would stay put. This method allows for all the images to stay exactly where I want them so that I can flip it over and add adhesive tape to the back. Turn it back to the front and adhere to card panel. I embossed a scalloped rectangle and the Holiday Confetti sentiment with The Ton’s gorgeous Rose Gold embossing powder. Once the sentiment panels are in place, trim the edges of the card of any overhanging images.

Next up: Shopping is Cheaper than Therapy… and so is crafting! Why, yes it is. Or at least that is what I tell myself (and my husband, wink, wink). This standard A2 card features the Department Store (cling) stamp and the City Girls Retail Therapy stamp set.

This watercolor card was created by first stamping and embossing the girl carrying her “therapy” packages on watercolor paper. I then masked her and stamped/embossed the taxi. Then, mask the taxi and stamp/emboss the background image. Remember, when creating scenes always stamp the image you want in the front first and work to the back.

I don’t have a particular starting point for watercolor. I just go with whatever area inspires me first. For this card, it was the architecture of the building. I wet the area, dropped color in and then moved on to another non-touching section.

For more a more precise look I pick up color on my brush and apply, then with clean clear water blend out. A split water container is a must have for me, one side for rinsing and the other for clean clear water. As areas dry go back and add more layers, again and again… as many times as it takes to create depth and detail you are looking for. Another tip: take a picture of your entire card, your phone will do. This allows you to see the images through a reducing glass of sorts and provides a different perspective. You may be surprised by what you see! I often enjoy the cards I create in still images even more than when my nose is up to it working on it. Try it, let me know what you think!

Featuring Brushed Merry

Blog posts coming soon!

Featuring Fresh Cut Garden Roses Outline Coordinates

Featuring Dog Life

 Carry on to continue swooning over all the creative bliss The Ton and its talented designers have in store for you.

Thank you so much for hopping by!

Remember to comment for your chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates!

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