Mandala Love Bug Valentine-Karen Hasheck

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Tonic Studios has recently released a new line of stamps and matching dies called Mandala Moments. I was not sure what “mandala” meant and thought the images look like they were zentangled. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of mandala is: “a circular design containing concentric geometric forms, images of deities, etc. and symbolizing the universe, totality or wholeness.” I love the sound of that and am sharing a card full of the wholeness of love today.

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Each of the new Mandala Moments sets from Tonic Studios has a high quality stamp mounted on cushion with matching dies. I have chosen the Mandala Moments Love Stamp and Die Set and the Ladybird Stamp and Die Set. Did you know that what we call a lady bug in the USA is called a “ladybird” in the UK?

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After stamping the “love” and “ladybird” with red and black ink, I carefully lined up the matching dies and taped them in place with temporary tape. Here they are ready to be die cut in my Tonic Tangerine die cutting machine. As you can see, this cutting plate from my Tangerine has been used hundreds if not thousands of time and while lovingly worn, still cuts beautifully with no bowing of the plates. Here are the pieces after cutting and ready to be attached on to the card front.

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I have found the very best way to attach detailed dies and small pieces such as the love dots is to use Nuvo’s new Fine Tip Deluxe Adhesive. The fine tip makes it so easy to apply just a little dot of glue each time.

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Sometimes a card front needs a little color around the edges to help it pop. The new Tonic Essentials Mini Blender Brushes are perfect for adding a soft touch of color.

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I layered the completed card front on a black card base and my love bug card is ready to send to my love bug grandson.

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