Well hello there, friends! I've been a little MIA this past week, but it's for a really good excuse, I promise...
Today is the first day of The Ton's December release, and boy, do we have some amazing goodies for you this month! First off, a few of the details about this month's release:
Not only do we have five new stamp sets to be released, but we are also introducing WORD DIES, as well as 31 new and fantabulous INKS. I unfortunately also did not get the dies in time for today's post, as for some reason USPS is being annoyingly slow, so I will have projects for you using the dies later in the week. (One can only hope...)
Direct from Effie: The Ton Couture Color is our curated collection of dye, hybrid and pigment inks. Our initial color release is made up of 25 dye inks, 4 hybrid inks and 2 pigment inks. Our first ink release is comprised of mainly jewel tones that can be layered over each other or stamped individually. In addition to bright jewel tones, we’ve included a crisp, true black dye ink, a copic friendly black hybrid ink and an all purpose smooth white pigment ink. We’re also very excited to announce the release of the first ever Rose Gold Pigment ink.
I am so ridiculously excited about these inks. I haven't received mine yet. They will all be shipping out Thursday. But there will be Rose Gold pigment ink. Rose Gold, people. Oh my word. And just look at all of those luscious colors.... let me tell you, they're going to be perfect for our fabulous multi-step florals. Just you wait.
On to the projects! This post is very long and photo-heavy, so bear with me.
For my first project, I'm focusing on the new Rose Terrace background and the newest member of the bow family... Grand Bows! I thought the new bows looked like something you would find on a wedding gift, so I tried to make my card shower-appropriate. I stamped the Rose Terrace background in some mint ink onto a 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" square of white linen card stock. I then stamped the largest of the Grand Bows using the same mint and a light teal color. I fussy cut it out, added a "Congratulations" greeting from Large Peony 3 on a flagged strip of white card stock, then added some strips of mint foil card stock for some faux ribbon to complete my "gift." I mounted the whole panel on a mint 5x5 notecard.
My second card focuses on the stunning Rose Terrace background stamp. I stamped and heat embossed it onto a panel of hot press card stock using Bronze embossing powder. I then got out my trusty Zig Clean Color Markers and paintbrush to add color and shading to the panel. I filled my shaker with Clear Pink Coral seed beads, and Matte Gold, Peach Mousse, Sparkling Sage, and Glass Slipper sequins.
Isn't the background so pretty watercolored? Love it! The sentiment is the same "congratulations" sentiment from Large Peony 3 as used on my first card today.
My next card is maybe my favorite today. There's something about pink and mint that makes my heart go pitter patter... and these roses are just so beautiful. I started out by heat embossing the Rose Terrace image onto another piece of Strathmore Hot Press watercolor card stock using White Satin Pearl embossing powder. I added color and shading with my Zig Markers again, then added a sentiment heat embossed on vellum from It's Cray Cray.
I popped up the watercolored panel on a hot pink card base using fun foam. They're a little hard to see in the photo, but I added a few sequins on either side of the sentiment- Glass Slipper, Fairy Pink, and Precious Pink. I can't wait to send this one out, and I have the perfect person in mind.
Now, to completely switch gears. My last card today is inspired by those Christmas decorations that you see all over Pinterest... the apothecary jars filled with beautiful bows. Since I didn't have an apothecary jar die, I improvised and used an ornament die that was the approximate shape. I traced the die onto my white panel, then started stamping the Holiday Bows in light and dark gray in random spots, then stamped the new Grand Bows in red and darker red on a different piece of white card stock. I fussy cut the red bows, then placed and glued them onto the white panel. I wanted to make a holiday shaker out of the card, so I added a piece of acetate to the back of the negative die cut and filled the shaker with Call Me Maybe Red and Engine Red sequins, Round Silver and Silver Star confetti, and Diamond seed beads.
I added a bow to the top, heat embossed the "Merry Christmas" greeting from Holiday Flourishes on a flagged strip of red card stock, and decided to stop messing with it. (Sometimes I fuss too much and ruin my project... anybody else do that?)
I hope you're as excited about these new releases as I am... Everything is so versatile and so, so classy. All of the new products will be available for purchase tomorrow, December 8 at 7 am EST, and will begin shipping Thursday, December 10.
Now, for the extra fun part.... A GIVEAWAY! Effie has graciously given each design team member a $10 gift certificate to give away on each blog, while there is also a $25 gift certificate being given away on The Season! All you have to do to be eligible to win is make a comment here telling us your favorite set released today before 11:59 on December 11. The winners will be announced on December 13.
Good luck!! Enjoy hopping around to all of the other Design Team members... I know I'm going to have inspiration overload looking at all of the fabulous projects! Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to maximize your chances to win a gift certificate to The Ton!