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Aqua Flow Watercolor Fall Card

Fall is my favorite time of year – yes I am that predictable.  I am one of those that adores a PSL, boots with warm socks, a walk in the leaves, and a fire in the fireplace.  I absolutely look forward to the color change, the crispness in the air, and Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday.  There’s no pressure to buy gifts, the right gifts, for people.  It is truly just about family and friends and being grateful for everything in our lives.  It is a day that I truly enjoy and I look forward to each year.  That means that creating fall projects is another favorite thing for me to do.  Decorating for the fall is so much fun!

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This card was a blast to make – it mixes my love of fall, my deep love of painting and art, plus cardmaking – it is a perfect project for someone like me!

Supplies:

How to put it together:

Trim your base card cardstock to 12″x6″

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Trim another coordinating piece to 5″x5″

Then die cut a square that fits into that 5″x5″

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Die cut leaves, acorn, and pine cone out of watercolor paper.

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Here is the link to the video on how I painted these in case you’re interested:  ***video***

Drop a few small drops of the aqua flow colors onto your craft mat.

Use your water brush and add water to your leaf.

Carefully pick up some orange and add that all over.

Next add a little bit of red to the veins.

Spritz with water to meld colors a bit and dab with a paper towel.

Add brown to the edges and splatters across the leaf itself.

Then cover in glitter gloss.

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Paint acorn and pine cone with varying shades of brown.  Use water to dilute color to change variations.

Add glitter gloss.

Allow it all to dry.

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Fold card to a 6″x6″ card.

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Adhere cardstock and die cut patterned paper piece.

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Run dried pieces through sticker maker and add to the front of the card.

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Add sentiment to the card front.

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Hopefully you’ll be inspired to watercolor more fall bits!!!

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Boo! Shaker Card

Ever since we launched the shaker card dies and inserts I have been dreaming of doing this card.  Now let me start out with honesty – I wanted to put candy corn in there, but it was too big!  I thought that would be super fun to include in there.  I will say, however, that the erasers look pretty darn cute in their place, however.

These cards are easy to make and so much fun – I can’t wait to keep making these shaker cards with lots of options!

To create this card you will need:

Here’s how to make this simple little card:

Cut your cardstock to your desired size and fold.

Next, figure out the size you want your background to be with the rectangles.  Cut that out using the tangerine. Then adhere that to the front of the card.

Using a smaller rectangle die, align the circle die from the shaker pack in the center where you want it to be.  I used washi tap to hold everything in place when I ran it through the die cutter.

Then I began building the rest of the card. I put the erasers where I wanted them and removed the adhesive from the back of the shaker dome. I cut a piece of black cardstock and layered it on across the top. Then layered the orange over the dome to cover the edges of the dome.

Then cut out your “boo” sentiment.  Then tap it onto the embossing pad.  Cover it in the embossing powder then tap off the excess.  Heat set with the heat gun.

Finally, adhere the boo to the card with the mini pop dots.

Now it is time to send this off to someone special!  Happy Halloween!

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Mwha ahh ahh ahh!!!!!! Monster Treat Boxes

I don’t know what it is, but I love Halloween.  My kids love Halloween.  We always have.  Jacob is probably more into it than Owen, but he’s a crafter too, so that might be part of it.  We just have always enjoyed making costumes, creating and hanging decorations, and just getting our spooky on during this time of the year.

One project that I love to do each year is to create fun little ways to give candy to the kids.  So, if you are looking for a cute, fun, and easy project – that you can mass produce for trick or treaters, school events, or as party gifts at home – these little monster treat boxes are for you!

Supplies:

To start, you are going to want to get your eyeballs made.

This is a simple process, but leaving them to dry overnight will ensure that you can glue them on the next day.

I created large, oval eyes so that monsters were cyclops.  Be creative and have fun with it!

To create the eyes, put your craft mat on top of your glass mat sticky side down.  This will ensure a level surface for them to dry on.

I start by making a base with the white Nuvo drops.  On top of that I carefully layered on the green jewel drops that are translucent so you get a cool effect.  Finally I layered on a drop of black for the pupil.  Just let them sit overnight to dry.

Next it is time to create the boxes.

First, cut out the box base.

****  Next time I do this, I will add the mouth here.  It will much easier to add that on flat paper than once the box is up!!  Just be sure that you put it on the correct panel.****

Next, grab your tape runner and begin assembling your boxes.

Once the boxes are assemble, you can add the pom poms.  Make sure that the glue is in spots that will allow you to still open the box!

Sketch on your mouth with a pencil if you want to try it out first – then use the black marker to fill it in.

Grab your eye ball and apply a little bit of adhesive to the back.  Glue it box.

Then use your marker to add some eyelashes if you want.

Put everything to the side, allowing it all to dry completely.

All that is left now is to add the candy and share with your friends!

Happy Halloween!

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Good Luck Teacher Card

I can’t believe that it is August and that it is almost time to send the kids back to school!  It feels like summer just flew by.  With school starting in only a few weeks, it is time to start thinking about gifts and cards for the teachers.  I decided to create a fun card that we can drop a gift card into to help with any additional supplies that the teacher might need.

Here’s what you will need:

Here’s how to put it all together:

Take a piece of the watercolor paper and stamp your image onto it with the clear ink.

Add embossing powder and then shake off the excess.  If there is any left over, you can use a small brush to carefully brush it away.  Heat set it when you are done.

Using your Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, add color to the image where you want.  To lighten it in areas, use the water brush with water after it initially dries.  Dab it with a paper towel and some of the color will be removed and it will be a lighter image.

 

Once the main image is dry, put 1-2 drops of Aqua Flow background colors onto the glass mat with some water.  Using the water brush, lightly add the softened colors to create your background.  Allow this to dry completely.

 

Stamp your sentiment, sprinkle with silver embossing powder, and heat set.

 

Trim down the image to a square that will fit on the front of your card base with some room around it.

Take your card base and tape down some baker’s twine to create a loopy decoration.

 

Add pop dots to your stamped piece and add it over the twine.

Add Nuvo drops and allow them to dry.

All that is left to do is add your gift card and a note to the teacher and you are all set!

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A card for just saying Hi!

I love simple and bright cards in the summer.  There is something about the summer colors that just make me smile and I love it when I have the opportunity to share that smile with someone that I care about.

This card is a simple way to do just that and it is a snap to create so it is the perfect balance of handmade and time-saving, married with the flair of summer.

Here’s what you will need to create your card:

Directions for putting it together:

1.Trim your kraft cardstock to 8.5″ x 5.5″ and fold it in half.  Use it to find two dies that will fit the way you like – one plain and one scalloped, with the scalloped one being smaller.

2.  Cut one of each out of the watercolor paper.

3.  Using a variety of colors of your aqua flow markers, begin adding color to the plain edged larger piece.  Dry between each layer.

4.  Using a third piece of watercolor paper, begin to create your flowers.  Start with the plain flower bases. Apply these stamps to the stamp platform.  Use the Aqua Flow pens to add color.  You might need to stamp it 2-3 times to get the color you are looking for.  Dry completely.

  

5.  Take the corresponding detailed stamp and use the alcohol markers to add the details.  Again you might need to stamp it 2-3 times.

6.  Using your snips, cut out your flower and petal shapes.  Run them through the Xyron.

7.   Adhere the desired flowers to the scalloped watercolor card.

8.  Add some subtle additional color to the cards by dripping on some of the Aqua Flow colors by tapping the pen against a finger.

9.  Add your ‘Hi” sentiment with your stickers.

10.  Use pop dots to add the layers together on the card.

Now you just need to grab an envelope, address it to the intended recipient and you are all set to go!

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2017-18 Design Team Call

I am pleased to announce that we are having a design team call!

Have you ever wanted to be a member of the Tonic Studios US design team?  If so, now is your chance!

Applications are open now through the end of July – closing on July 31 @ midnight CST.

We are looking for fresh faces, unique ideas, and professional designers to help us create quality projects and inspiration for our fans!

If that is you, we hope that you will apply!

Applications are available ***HERE***

Good luck!