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Jennifer Dove Strikes Again!

Once again Jennifer Dove has created an adorable card using our Nuvo Drops!

Be sure to swing by her blog to check out this fab project!

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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!

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get well soon

A family friend of ours recently had cataract surgery.  She’s one of the sweetest, kindest people on the planet, so, when she started referring to herself as a pirate, I could only laugh at that image.  Her pillaging and plundering – she’d honestly be the most giving pirate on the high seas – more of a Robin Hood and less of a Blackbeard.

While knowing she was dealing with this, resting and healing, I wanted to send her a little pick me up to let her know that we were thinking of her.  And, of course, honor that little bit of pirate hidden well below her loving surface…

Supplies:

How to put it together:

  1. Add embossing ink to the raised side of the embossing folder.                        
  2. Insert your card base and run through the tangerine.
  3. Add embossing powder, remove excess, and heat set.                                   
  4. Quickly wipe off embossing folder with wet wipe to remove ink.
  5. Cut out parts for the fox. Use washi tape, if you want, to hold the tail embossing die in place.   
  6. Use adhesive and build your fox.                                                                     
  7. Attach the fox to the card front.  Using the paw die, I cut an extra piece to create the eye patch.  I then drew on the lines for the string.
  8. Adhere a second card to the back so that you can cleanly write a message – the back will be debossed from the envelope, making it difficult to write.
  9. Add your sentiment with stickers.                                                                     
  10. Trim paper to fit inside the envelope to match the card and to add a bit of fun to the interior of the envelope. 
  11. Adhere the top portion, tucking in the bottom portion only, allowing for movement when opening and closing the envelope.

All that was left to do was add a sentiment to our favorite foxy pirate, wishing her well, and dropping this little card into the mail.

I hope she enjoys getting it as much as I enjoyed making it!  The Frankie Fox die is just too cute!

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Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

We know that a lot of you have been wondering about the launch of the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.  We wanted to share a little info with you about what has been happening. Please see our official statement below.