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Forever in Love Layered Wedding Card-Karen Hasheck

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Summer weddings will be here before we know it and so today I am sharing how to make a gorgeous layered wedding card with new Tonic Studio dies, stamps and Nuvo products which will be available soon for purchase from your favorite retailer.

Supplies used to make this project:

Here are the directions how to make a layered wedding card like this one:

  1. Cut a white cardbase 6½” by 10½” and fold in half. Cut three more white pieces of cardstock 6½” by 5¼” and die cut rectangle openings in successive sizes with Tonic Studio’s Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering dies.
  2. Layer the pieces of white cardstock on the folded cardbase with the smallest rectangle hole first. Attach each with temporary tape to hold in place.
  3. On a glass mat such as Tonic’s 465 model or a craft mat, mix yellow color from the new Nuvo Lemon Zest Aqua Flow Pen and gold glitter from the Nuvo Gold Glitter Marker to form a golden yellow color. Wrinkle up a piece of cling wrap, pick up some of the golden yellow color and pat it on the 4 layers randomly.
  4. Take the layers apart and stamp “forever” on the bottom cardbase. Put pop dots on the three layered frames and attach each starting with the smallest rectangle opening to the largest.
  5. Die cut the First Dance couple and frames out of white and black cardstock. Glue together and attach on the side of the bottom layer.
  6. Die cut two leafy trellis pieces with the Buttercup Sunburst Window Box Die Set and attach with glue to the bottom and top of the layered cardfront. TIP: Try looking at your die cuts differently then the sample shown on the packaging. These dies are sold to make window box (or bendi fold) cards, but I used them to make the beautiful trellis top and bottom of the card front and also on the inside of the card.
  7. Cut several sizes of the Bellus Buttercup flowers out of yellow tissue paper. Crinkle the tissue paper for dimension and put a brad through them to hold the flower together. Sponge some gold glitter marker on the edges and color the brad with Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops. Here’s a close up of the golden yellow color created with this combination of the Nuvo products:

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8. For the inside of the card, die cut another leafy trellis and color it with the Lemon Zest Aqua Flow Pen. TIP: Adding soft color is so easy using Nuvo’s brand new Aqua Flow Pens. I suggest that you start pushing some color from the aqua pens out onto a glass mat or craft mat, then use the brush to pick up the color and paint on the piece directly. This will help prevent any unwanted blobs of color on your card or project.

9. Die cut the Congratulations sentiment and attach with Nuvo glue.

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Harry Hedgehog Spring Card – Karen Hasheck

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Today I am sharing another sneak peek at some brand new Tonic and Nuvo products and an interactive card design called a double slider card. I made this double slider card featuring Harry Hedgehog for my grandson.

Supplies I used to make this project:

Here are the steps I used to create this double slider spring card:

  1. For the specifics on how to make a double slider card, please refer to the tutorial I found here. After cutting the pieces according to the tutorial, attach the patterned paper piece to the front of the card. Die cut Harry Hedgehog’s pieces out of various colors of cardstock and patterned pieces. Glue him together and use mounting tape to some parts for dimension.

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2. A strip of plastic grocery bag is attached per the tutorial and that is what causes the top and bottom pieces of the double slider to open when the ribbon is pulled.

3. Print the words of the spring greeting on yellow paper. Die cut “Awesome” from the Awesome, Cool and Sweet die set and attach.

4. Stamp the swirl from the new Sending Big Hugs Whimsical Frame Set and highlight the swirls and “Awesome” with the new super sparkly Nuvo orange and green Glitter Markers.

5. Attach the yellow sentiment pieces to the top and bottom sliders.

6. Punch a semi-circle in the top of the slider front and staple on a ribbon. The ribbon will be pulled over and over by the delighted recipient as Harry Hedgehog wishes him a Happy Spring. I made mine for my grandson and he loved it.

Happy Spring everyone!

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Four Fold Spring Birthday Card – Karen Hasheck

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Today I am sharing a sneak peek at some brand new Tonic and Nuvo products and a new fun fold card design. I love card designs that allow me to be creative on many canvases like this design I found here.

Supplies I used to make this project:

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  1. Die cut the purple cardbase according to the instructions in this tutorial. Next cut a pink layer 2 ½” x 4” and die cut Tonic’s new Rose Garden Invite Insert Die in the center of that piece. Adhere that to the front of the purple cardbase and add some pretty butterflies die cut out of a floral designer paper with the little butterfly die from the Best Friends Forever Whimsical Frames Set. Attach the butterflies with glue dots and add a pink crystal drop embellishment on each.

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2. The second fold has a pink piece of cardstock embossed with the beautiful Fluttered Fence Embossing Folder and embellished with Grape Crystal Drops.

3. For the third canvas, stamp the brand new Delicate Detail Floral Tag Stamp with Versamark ink, heat set it with Nuvo’s Jet Black Embossing Powder, and stamp “Best Friends” from the Best Friends Forever set in the tag. The flowers and leaves were colored with the brand new Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Tip Watercolour Pens.

TIP: I discovered that the watercolor stays better inside embossed lines so I suggest heat embossing with Nuvo’s embossing powders if you are coloring a stamped image. Also it is best to push some color out of the watercolour pens onto a work surface such as Tonic’s Glass Cutting Mat and pick up the color there with the brush. If you push color out directly onto your cardstock, you may end up with am unwanted blob of color. You can also mix colors on the glass mat as I did for the pink/red flower. The Blush was a bit too light so I mixed in some Red Apple.

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4. The fourth panel was stamped with several layers of flowers and leaves from the brand new Bunched Bouquet Modern Buttonhole Stamp Set. The embossing folder that was used on the second panel has a matching die that features some beautiful butterflies. After die cutting the large die, cut a couple of the butterflies out and decorate them with more brand new Nuvo goodies- the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the Northern Lights set. It is hard to capture the sparkle of the glitter markers but they totally shimmer in real life. Finish the butterfly with some pink crystal drops.

5. On the last panel, attach another butterfly made with the Fluttered Fence die, glitter markers and crystal drops, and a die cut Happy Birthday wish from Tonic’s Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Die Set.

Each fold of this fun card full of butterflies and flowers and birthday wishes will surely delight the birthday girl on her special day. The new Tonic and Nuvo products used on this card will be available soon on line and in local stores.

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Easter Candy Table Favor – Karen Hasheck

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I was thinking about Easter decorations recently, and I decided candy gift boxes made with Tonic Studio’s Multi-Sided Lantern Box would be perfect on my holiday table. The die and the many versatile Nuvo products made this table favor easy and fun to make.

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Supplies needed to make this project:

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Here are the steps I used to create this Easter table favor:

  1. Die cut 5 lantern side pieces and one bottom piece out of teal blue heavyweight cardstock
  2. Die cut a round window in two of the side pieces and all the top triangle pieces.
  3. Fold on all scored lines and apply two sided tape to one side fold and the bottom fold of each piece. Form the box attaching the sides together and then each side to the bottom.
  4. Die cut three white ovals for Easter eggs. Emboss the first with the Modern Chevron Embossing Folder. Apply Peony Pink and Spring Green Embellishment Mousse with a Tim Holtz Distress Tool and sponges to color the Easter egg. Embellish with Key Lime and Strawberry Coulis Jewel Drops and let dry. Adhere to the box on one of the uncut sides.
  5. Apply Tanzanite Lavender Glimmer Paste through Tonic’s Bevelled Diamond Stencil on the second Easter egg with a stencil knife. Remove the stencil, wash thoroughly and let the glimmer paste dry. Embellish with Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops. Adhere to the box.
  6. Die cut the Perfect Posies Corner Die out of a sheet of Sookang two sided tape. Remove the bottom adhesive and adhere to the third Easter egg. Remove the top adhesive and dump on Paradise Blue Sparkle Dust ultra-fine glitter and burnish in. Adhere the last egg to the Easter box and add some Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops to embellish.
  7. Put some Easter grass and lots of Easter candy inside the box. Tie a ribbon through the top triangular tabs to close the Easter table candy gift box.

I think my family will love opening and enjoying these Easter table favors on Easter Sunday. I had fun making this one and am off to make some more.

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New Life Cross Easter Card – Karen Hasheck

 

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I was inspired by spring colors when making this card, particularly green which is the color for new life as in the name of this beautiful cross from Tonic Studios. Green is also my favorite color and the Pantone Color of the Year as shown here:

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Supplies needed to make this card:

The subtle yellow background on this card was created with a spray of Lemon Sorbet Embellishment Mousse and water on watercolor paper. I learned how to create this spray in a tip that Heidi Blankenship shared in this Tonic Studios USA blog post. Here is a close up look at the subtle yellow shimmer and the detail of the gorgeous green New Life Cross:

 

Here are the steps I used to create this card:

  1. Die cut a circle out of the area which is hidden by the Sunray Window diecut in the yellow background after it dries.
  2. Adhere the Sunray Window Scene die cut out of blue cardstock to the yellow background with glue, trim and attach to a square green card base.
  3. Using pop dots for dimension, attach the yellow circle to the middle of the Sunray Window.
  4. Die cut the delicate floral New Life Cross front out of green mirror card and layer it on a lighter green cross back piece, then attach with pop dots.
  5. Using Dandelion Yellow Crystal Drops, add dotted embellishments to the center of the cross flowers and around the yellow circle.

If you want to make easy and beautiful cards for any season, try any of the Nuvo products and/or Tonic Studios dies we share here on the Tonic Studios USA blog.

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Lucky Four Leaf Clover Easel Card – Karen Hasheck

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Four leaf clovers are lucky, right? I created this easel card with hearts and a Shamrock Blessing to bring luck to a special Irish friend of mine.

Supplies Needed:

TIP: A fun way to add interest to any size card is to make it an easel card. Cut any size card and fold the top part of the card in half with the bottom half down (a mountain fold.) Cut another piece of cardstock the same size as the front of the card and attach it to the bottom half only of the folded front. Place a pop up element in the inside of the card to hold the easel card front up as shown in this picture:

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It is easy to make a four leaf clover with Tonic Studio’s hearts layering set. I cut four squares of dark green cardstock and attached them to the square white card front. I die cut and embossed the medium size hearts from Tonic’s Traditional Hearts Layering Set out of light green cardstock. I also die cut and embossed four of the smallest hearts out of dark green cardstock and attached them forming a four leaf clover. I printed the Irish Shamrock Blessing off the internet, cut it out with one of the scalloped squares dies in the layering set and attached it in the inside of the white square card. I die cut and embossed one more little heart and raised it up with a pop dot to hold the easel card front up.

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TIP: I find the best finishing touch for most of my cards is to add Nuvo Crystal Drops. They are self leveling and form perfect little rounded embellishments to complete the card beautifully. I added Woodland Green Crystal Drops to the corners and center of the front and to the little heart pop up to complete my four leaf clover easel card.

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Grandson Nuvo Love Frame – Karen Hasheck

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I love this picture of my two sweet grandsons and decided to make my own personalized picture frame with my Nuvo products and Tonic Studios dies.

Supplies Needed:

I started with pieces of chipboard and black cardstock that I cut to 8 ½ inches by 7 inches. I die cut a rectangle out of the center of each of them using the largest of the Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Dies. I brushed Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse all over the black cardstock frame with a mini-blender brush and love the antique look that resulted. Then I applied Black Diamond Glimmer Paste through Tonic’s Fancy Fretwork Stencil on a white strip of cardstock and let that dry. I glued the dried copper frame and black and white strip to the chipboard frame with Tonic’s Funky Glue.

TI P- Embellishment mousse does not take as long as traditional stencil paste to dry, but does require about a half an hour to an hour to be completely dry. Be sure to clean off your stencils and any utensils you use with embellishment mouse immediately after finishing to prevent the mousse from hardening on them.

I stamped and heat embossed the Love Mandala Moment stamp and then cut it out with the matching die. I attached “love” to the picture frame with mounting tape for added dimension. Here is a close up showing the copper mousse, and the dimension and shine of the black glimmer paste and the embossed “love”.

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I die cut my grandsons’ names out of Tonic’s Duo Caps sets and attached them at different angles to black squares cut out with Tonic Studio’s Basic Squares Layering Sets. I love my cute grandsons and am proud to show this picture frame that I made with Nuvo and Tonic Studio products in my home.

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