Tinkering with Tone on Tone

Hello there blog friends! You know how much I love tone on tone, so today I tinkered around to see how far I could take it.  Except for the taupe ink, I think I stuck to the plan!  Cream is my go to color but whether cream on cream or white on white, tone on tone makes my heart sing.  It’s funny because when you take the design paper out of the equation, things get easy for me – not too many choices to make.  My inspiration was this new stamp set by JustRite Papercrafts called Botanical Swirls Labels.    I started out with a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ card base and since I wasn’t using design paper, I thought it a perfect opportunity to create texture with an embossing folder – Spellbinders™ Ornamental Iron.  On top of the texture I layered the smallest template from Spellbinders™ Grand Decorative Ovals One.  Moving up on the stack, you might find this odd, but I loved the dimension added by a Cut, Fold,and Tuck Die – this one is Spellbinders™ Carnival Dream.  Okay, just one more layer (like jenga) . . . on top I positioned the largest template from Spellbinders™ Venetian Motifs

Pearls bring just a little bit of a warm glow to the buttery hues of cream.

StampsJustRite Papercrafts – Botanical Swirls Labels
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Natural White
Ink: Amuse – Wheat
Accessories:  Spellbinders™ Ornamental Iron, Spellbinders™ Grand Decorative Ovals One, Spellbinders™ Carnival DreamSpellbinders™ Venetian Motifs, satin ribbon, Recollections Pearls, button, Prima Lace

And then, because I very, very rarely have anything masculine to show, I set out to make a masculine bookmark.  As much as I wanted to, I resisted the urge for tons of layers – I mean the book has to close, right?  If there are layers and lace and bows, I’m afraid it defeats the purpose and perhaps doesn’t get used.  I found a dark, distressed paper and paired it up with a hefty tassel that I got somewhere on ultra clearance.  I sneaked in one pearl and one embellishment but  I wouldn’t hesitate to give this to one of my guy friends.  “Manly yes, but I like it too”  (don’t pretend you’ve never heard that commercial old timers – I’m showing my age aren’t I? LOL!

StampsOur Daily Bread Designs – Bookmarks – Prayers
Paper: K & Company, DCWV
Ink: Amuse – French Roast
Accessories:  ODBD Custom Spellbinders Compatible Dies – Bookmark Collection,  Spellbinders™ Vintage Lace Accents, Recollections Pearl, Tassel

My heart goes out to the folks over in Lousiana; hoping tomorrow finds you safe and sound.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by today!!

  • Nadine IllingworthAugust 29, 2012 - 4:15 am

    Love tone on tone. This card would do for any occasion just change sentiment. Good job xxx Looks so expensive but your secret it safe with me lolReplyCancel

  • andreaAugust 29, 2012 - 4:20 am

    Wow what a very beautiful card this is
    Super done
    hugs andreaReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKAugust 29, 2012 - 4:34 am

    Oh Becca, this is absolutely stunning! I have allways loved tone on toone but you have taken it to another level. Also love that bookmark. A very dearr blog friend introduced me to bookmarks a couple of months ago and I just love them now. They make great little gifts. Love from Christine -in a pretty wet UK but my thoughts and prayers are with those in Louisiana. We had a lovely holiday in the southern states a few years ago. xxReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsAugust 29, 2012 - 4:34 am

    WOW! Love them both Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BAugust 29, 2012 - 4:46 am

    Absolutely stunning, so elegant and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie HesterAugust 29, 2012 - 4:56 am

    I love this, so elegant!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenB.August 29, 2012 - 4:57 am

    Gorgeous; both card and bookmark

  • LesleyAugust 29, 2012 - 5:00 am

    This is absolutely stunning, would never have thought to do cream tone on tone before, you have such amazing ideas, thank you so much for inspiring others and sharing. Can you tell me what machine you use to cut out your Spellbinders as I have no success with my Cuttlebug and am thinking of buying a Big Shot, would appreciate your advice. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • HettieAugust 29, 2012 - 5:18 am

    You are just too good!! Beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • JOYCE ANDERSONAugust 29, 2012 - 5:25 am

    OKAY – – Now you’re talking….my favorite has always been tone on tone,
    especiallly —-white or Cream. Annv. cards, no matter what the year
    are sooo GORGEOUS done white on white. Very Tender.

    Keep ’em coming —Love seeing all your designs and creativity.

  • Lisa SackettAugust 29, 2012 - 5:49 am

    You really have a knack for those tone on tone cards — this is another elegant example. And I really like that that bookmark…fab.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanAugust 29, 2012 - 6:04 am

    Tone on tone is you cup of tea….gorgeous……and I think any man or women would love to have this book mark….tfsReplyCancel

  • Joan FrickerAugust 29, 2012 - 6:10 am

    Beautiful card Becca. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • EileenAugust 29, 2012 - 6:25 am

    Becca, Becca, that card is just stunning! love the colours, the lace and pearls and the sentiment….just everythng about it really. My kinda card.
    LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • MaryannAugust 29, 2012 - 6:45 am

    Oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous Becca, and I just absolutely LOVE it. This card just looks stunning hun and your work on this one is really outstanding. I just soooooo so love it.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BAugust 29, 2012 - 6:54 am

    Becca you have outdone yourself on these projects. I especially like the first card. Beautiful! I love how you have combined so many facets to it. Hope all is well your way. Have a great and happy day!ReplyCancel

  • FrancineAugust 29, 2012 - 7:21 am

    I just love it !
    Afraid for the Louisianne
    Merci. FrancineReplyCancel

  • TinaAugust 29, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Absolutely love the tone on tone. Your card is just beautiful. Love it Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine LawsonAugust 29, 2012 - 7:34 am

    I love tone on tone too, and your card is stunning. I love all the dies, embossing, lace, everything. It’s gorgeous!

    Love the bookmark too, that tassel is amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • Carol RAugust 29, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Oh My Word! Your tone on tone card is Stunningly Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Susi KAugust 29, 2012 - 7:57 am

    Ooooh, Becca, what an absolutely GORGEOUS card. Your cards transcend cardmaking into pure art. You do it every time!ReplyCancel

  • kathy/NorthCarolinaAugust 29, 2012 - 7:57 am

    Oh my gorgeous! That tone on tone white card is beyond stunning…loads of texture (I love the lace in the top left corner) and visual interest…but very restful at the same time. Design perfection!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine VencelAugust 29, 2012 - 8:11 am

    Another stunning creation, Becca! I am also a fan of tone-on-tone. Colors are soooooo much easier to match than patterns. Love that little CFT layer. Certainly is “unexpected”!
    Thanks for sharing your design with all of us. Gets my creativity sparked!ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenAugust 29, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Oh YES! Tone on Tone is WONDERFUL!!!!!!! And YOU, BECCA do a WONDERFUL JOB with it! WHEW!!!!!!!!! :) Your book mark is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEP, I’d like that for myself! SOOOOO PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jean CAugust 29, 2012 - 8:39 am

    I love the tone on tone card. I have been experimenting with white tone on tone this summer but I haven’t tried cream. Your card is so elegant. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Connie C.August 29, 2012 - 8:42 am

    These are both fabulous. The tone on tone card is so uber-rich looking – it could be hung on a wall as artwork! Super stuff!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn NoeAugust 29, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Both are just gorgeous, Becca! I love the creamy layers and pearls and I love the sentiment used on the bookmark. That tassel is awesome too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda EAugust 29, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Jean WarnerAugust 29, 2012 - 9:04 am

    this tone on tone is just too beautiful jeanReplyCancel

  • Joanna MackintoshAugust 29, 2012 - 9:23 am

    Absolutely stunning Becka, so much interest with all those layers.ReplyCancel

  • Claire SAugust 29, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Totally DREAMY! Love the tone on tone! It’s always elegant and you did it up perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Pattie JnsAugust 29, 2012 - 9:35 am

    beautiful tone on tone, elegant. I love your book mark as well. I am in the process of making them for Christmas. Better think again about adding bows, thanks for the tip……have a good dayReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkAugust 29, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Exquisite. TFS. Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Bert RiveraAugust 29, 2012 - 9:48 am

    You just continue to amaze!!!! You have so much talent it must ooze out to those around you! Gorgeous card.ReplyCancel

  • Mary HAugust 29, 2012 - 10:08 am

    Just to say “How beautiful” with the cream card. Nobody does the layers like you do! The bookmark is great as well. TFSReplyCancel

  • ChelseaAugust 29, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Wow, wow, WOW! That tone-on-tone card is so elegant! I just love it!! All my fave things – lace, cream, layers, ribbon, pearls. Put together with your love and creativity, and out comes absolute magic! The bookmark is also fantastic and I know any guy would use it. Just the right amount of bling to enhance it but not feminize it. You little genius, you!ReplyCancel

  • MarisaAugust 29, 2012 - 10:42 am

    I love white on white/cream on cream cards and this one is a beauty!!ReplyCancel

  • CynthiaAugust 29, 2012 - 10:46 am

    Becca, these projects are beautiful. I am working on new projects in my art studio and I am sooooo inspired by you. I wish you lived next door! We would never leave our studios! Many blessings to you, as you are a blessing to me!ReplyCancel

  • EveleneAugust 29, 2012 - 11:21 am

    This is one gorgeous card I will never get tired of looking at. It’s so beautiful. The bookmark as well–I love the sentiment.ReplyCancel

  • Billie TaylorAugust 29, 2012 - 11:22 am

    Absolutely Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • vanessa wantingAugust 29, 2012 - 11:52 am

    That is an absolutely gorgeous card! :)ReplyCancel

  • Dianne CAugust 29, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    Gorgeous card. DianneReplyCancel

  • Julie BlakeAugust 29, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Your tone on tone cards are always amazing – this does not disappoint! I like the book mark too!ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleAugust 29, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    Your tone on tone card is STUNNING Becca! You truly are amazing!
    Paper Hugs,

  • TinaHAugust 29, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    In a word -gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • SuziAugust 29, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Magnificent! So elegant!ReplyCancel

  • AlexandraAugust 29, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    Absolutely stunning. I love your tone on tone card. Gorgeous layers and now you’ve shown me another set of dies I NEED to treat myself to. The bookmark is lovely and the words are beautiful too. AlexandraReplyCancel

  • EffieAugust 29, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    old spice right? lol that’s one is old, anyhoo… love the colors ahhh to create like you, you are my inspiration thanks for all you do to color my world.
    Big hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry LowmasterAugust 29, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    both the card and the bookmark are gorgeous!! I wish I could come up with all the ideas like you do, lol. seriously tho, I really like looking at your cards and creations!ReplyCancel

  • MelanieAugust 29, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    They are both fantastic i did try and make a white one today but it didn`t end up that way .melanieReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterAugust 29, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Beautiful card and very handsome bookmark!!ReplyCancel

  • AlisonAugust 29, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    I just love what you have achieved with your cream on cream creation It is so elegant Just wish that I had just a part of your vision!ReplyCancel

  • Lori mAugust 29, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    Stunning, so beautiful in every element, wishing you a great success on your new business adventure. Hugs, Lori mReplyCancel

  • SusanAugust 29, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    Lovely card, where did you get that ribbon?ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth HAugust 29, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    love the tone on tone and your creativity, would love to be a wee mouse and sit on your shoulder and just take it all in! Bless you BeccaReplyCancel

  • BetsyAugust 29, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    Just beautiful, Becca! Love that tone on tone card!! So elegant and a real feast for the eye!ReplyCancel

  • SusanAugust 29, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Your tone-on-tone card is absolutely gorgeous Becca. Love the masculine bookmark too!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronAugust 29, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    In my home town of Cincinnati, OH there is a candy store that makes a seasonal candy called “Opera Cream”… that is what this card reminded me of… that fabulous, smooth, creamy yummy-ness. Both of these are lovely!ReplyCancel

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  • Connie L. RileyAugust 29, 2012 - 10:42 pm

    The tone on tone card is quite stunning and you’ve inspired me to try this technique. It produces such a gorgeous effect! Thanks for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • Alice RoushiaAugust 29, 2012 - 10:58 pm

    All of your creations just blow me away., They are absolutely gorgeous,. I have one quick question for you…Do you actually give these cards to friends, relatives, etc. or what do you do with them?ReplyCancel

  • VivaceAugust 29, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    Love the tone on tone. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • Cindy GrahamAugust 30, 2012 - 1:23 am

    Beautiful, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)August 30, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Fabulous! Breathtaking! I am in love with your cream on cream. It surpasses beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • LageneAugust 30, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    Great guy bookmark and Gorgeous tone on tone, love all the cuts!ReplyCancel

  • Robin ParkerAugust 30, 2012 - 9:29 pm

    How gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Carol WAugust 31, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    Be still my heart !!!!! This is jaw dropping beautiful…wow…ReplyCancel

  • Pauline JohnsonSeptember 1, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Love the tone on tone and forget to do that more often.
    Love the simple bookmark as well.ReplyCancel

  • GloriaSeptember 3, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    Your work,Becca, is outstanding! Stunning, gorgeous and my dream is to make a card like Becca!!!! Don’t think it will ever happen!!ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla MigliacciSeptember 6, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    You have been blessed with an incredible talent for creating beauty. Viewing your card creations is like looking at a garden – so much beauty that it makes you want to linger longer and return often. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing art.