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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Ton Summer Release- Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of The Ton Stamps's Summer Release! Today we are debuting Vogue Skies, Sparklers Alpha, Minor Stripes Background, Floral World Map, Haute Books, and Haute Stacks. I have three projects for you, so let's get started! 

My first project uses the fantastic new set Haute Stacks. The large size of the stack of books makes it great for a quick and easy focal point on a card. I've chose to heat emboss the books onto some watercolor card stock with Versafine and clear embossing powder. I then added some color with my Zig markers, sticking to a blue and pink color scheme. The vase and layered bouquet are also included in the set... aren't they lovely!? I stamped the flowers using The Ruby Collection of inks from The Ton. I fussy cut all of the images and then turned my attention to the card base. I stamped the Rose Terrace background using Blue Diamond ink on a pale blue card base to create a sort of wallpaper in the background. I assembled my stack, then popped all of them up with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment (also from Haute Stacks) was stamped on a strip of white card stock, then notched at the end to create a flag. The final step was to add some pretty coordinating Bermuda Blue sequins. 


This next card is quite possibly one of the simplest cards I've made... but I absolutely love the clean look. I stamped that fantastic silhouette image (adding the London Eye and sentiment as well) from Vogue Skies using Versafine ink, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I did this because I knew I wanted to watercolor a sky behind, and so wanted the image to be completely waterproof. I used my Dr. Ph Martin's watercolors to create a sky and water background. Make sure you use really good watercolor paper when doing a "bleed" technique, because your paper will need to absorb a lot of water to make the colors blend well. You could probably also accomplish this with Zig markers, but I wanted to try to use more of the watercolor mediums that I just *had* to have. ;) I use my Zig markers all the time...


My final project for today might be my favorite for the whole countdown... I have a love affair with bokeh, and the new Sparklers Alpha set lends itself so well to a festive bokeh background that I couldn't resist. To start, I used the Minted Collection and a foam blending tool to create a blended background. To make my blended backgrounds, I always start with three colors: light, medium, and dark shades of the same color. I blend the lightest in three spots (always remember your rule of three!), then blend my darkest near those light ink spots. I then use the middle shade to blend them, so that it looks fairly seamless. I then stamped the solid circles from the Bokeh Burst: Round stamp set with those same inks, taking care to look as random as possible. (Which is absolutely an oxymoron, but it seriously took me forever to make sure it didn't look patterned at all lol.) The last step for the background was to use Perfect Pearls Medium and Perfect Pearls to stamp the large "burst" circle.  


For the greeting, I stamped the large calligraphic "happy" from Brushed: Happy on some vellum using sticky embossing ink, then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I fussy cut it and then turned my attention to the new Sparklers Alpha! I heat embossed the letters using silver embossing powder first, then stamped the "sparkler" part of the sparkles using some white and silver sparkle embossing powder in my stash. The last step was to stamp the little handles in black! I used some clear dimensional adhesive to pop up the "happy" that I'd previously fussy cut. 


A different angle to show the Perfect Pearls and sparkles on the sparklers a little better. I love subtle little details like this. They may seem insignificant, but I think they make a huge difference in the overall feel of the card! This card took a bit of time, but it was totally and completely worth it. So festive and fun

That's all for me today! I hope you've enjoyed my projects. The rest of the Design Team has come up with some smashing examples. I hope you're enjoying the new products and inspiration! Now, for the giveaway details... Effie has generously given each Design Team member a $10 gift code to randomly draw a winner at the end of the release countdown.... Leave a comment on each blog each day for maximum chances to win! Effie will also draw the winners of the three $15 gift codes from The Ton's blog, so be sure to comment there, too. The comment period will end at 11:59 pm EST on Friday, June 17. 

Good luck! See you back here tomorrow for the last day of projects from the Design Team. The Summer 2016 release will also be available tomorrow morning at 7 am, EST, so prepare your wallets! 

56 comments:

  1. The Sparklers Alpha is going to be one of my must use stamps. Your card using these is wonderful! Thank you.

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  2. Fabulous!! Love the silver happy birthday card!!

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  3. Your cards is lovely and pretty. Love the one with books more.

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  4. I love the last card, simple but gorgeous.

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  5. Lovely cards!!! I especially love how you did the background and peonies on your stack of friendship card!

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  6. That's a fun stack of books. Beautiful peonies on top!

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  7. That's a fun stack of books. Beautiful peonies on top!

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  8. Love the peonies and book stack, and the pretty watercolored skyline too! My fave is your last card, love the bokeh effect on this, thanks for sharing your technique. Would love a video too!

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  9. These cards have perfect little scenes on them!

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  10. Your cards are all so cool and have such fantastic and vibrant backgrounds!! Awesomely done - on all of them!!

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  11. Love the Sparkler alpha, what a creative and original idea.
    Ang

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  12. Great cards - I especially love the skyline card and the beautiful colors.

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  13. I am in love with the alpha sparklers.

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  14. They are all lovely cards but I love the bokeh card the best.

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  15. Love all your gorgeous cards! I love those books a lot & will have to put that set on my wish list.

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  16. Wonderful cards and the
    sparklers on your birthday
    card are so cool!
    Carla from Utah

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  17. I love all three of these cards!! But especially the book stacks with the floral background and that beautiful bokeh card! Serious stunning!

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  18. I love all three of these cards!! But especially the book stacks with the floral background and that beautiful bokeh card! Serious stunning!

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  19. Love your cards! I especially love the blue bokeh with the silver brushed Happy and the alpha sparklers, it is stunning!

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  20. Beautiful cards!! My favorite is the last one!! Love the blue and silver!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  21. Think you've hit all the high notes here. That first floral card is gorgeous. Then the moody night sky of the second...think my favorite, though, is your birthday card. That's absolutely perfect.

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  22. All of yor cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love how you used the sparkler alpha!

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love how you used the sparkler alpha!

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  25. All of yor cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  26. Love all that gorgeous blue you used, especially on the Happy Birthday card.
    Makes me happy :)

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  27. Gorgeous cards! Love the stack of books with those fabulous peonies! The skyline is breathtaking, and your fun sparkler birthday card rocks! What a treat!

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  28. Beautiful cards. The one that caught my eye is that stunning blue happy birthday card.
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  29. Love the Haute Stscks set and the card for the 4th is sooo cute.

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  30. All three cards are beautiful! Loving the silver emoossing on the birthday card!

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  31. Wonderful cards. Your coloring is so pretty.

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  32. Wonderful cards. Your coloring is so pretty.

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  33. What gorgeous stamps! I really love the books & peonies! So Lovely!!

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  34. You gals are making it hard to not want to buy it all!!! Great designs!

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  35. Hi Emily ~ I am a HUGE fan of the skyline and your blended coloring of the background is gorgeous. I don't have the Dr. Ph Martins (yet) but love the look they give. The Bokeh card is spectacular (I also love this effect and use it frequently) and your card with the Peony is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Your color choices are SO great!!!!!!!! I love them!!!

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  37. Your cards are so beautiful. I love the way you used the Bermuda Blue sequins on the first to direct your eye. These stamps sets are just gorgeous!

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  38. Awww!!!! What amazing release! Love the peonies and all of yuor other fabulous creations!!!

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  39. Just beautiful! I love the stack of books--colorful and classy!

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  40. Wonderful cards! This has been a great release!

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  41. Wow - such beautiful cards! Love the bokeh background of the last one and the night sky of the second one!

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  42. You are so talented! The bokeh card is really spectacular.

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  43. Lovely card with great colouring

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  44. I loved all 3 cards, but loved the fire works the best

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  45. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Emily!!!
    LOVE your MAGICAL city skyline, LOVE your STYLISH books, BEAUTIFUL vase of flowers & SWEET sentiment, ADORE your GORGEOUS birthday card, a STUNNING design!!!
    WOW - THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION :)

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  46. Fabulous cards. I really like the background for the silhouette skyline.

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  47. Fun cards! The third one is awesome!
    Lilian
    The Leaf Studio

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