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Thank You Teacher Treat Box-Karen Hasheck

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Before we know it, the kids will be going back to school! How about sending them on the first day with a treat for the teacher to say “thank you” for all their hard work and dedication? Tonic Studio’s Cupcake and Treat Box Die Set makes creating a treat box easy and fun! Here are the supplies I used to make several of these treat boxes:

Other: ribbon, strong 1/8” two sided tape, Glad Press & Seal, cupcake or candy or other treat

a tonic teacher back

Here are the steps to make the fall teacher treat box:

Cut out two of the base main pieces from the Cupcake and Treat Box Die Set out of gold cardstock and two side pieces out of orange cardstock. The best way to show how to put the box together is to watch the official Tonic Studios YouTube video here, but it is not hard. Fold on the scored lines and apply narrow two sided tape to the skinny tabs that hold the box together.

Stamp “Thank You” in black in on the orange side piece. Die cut “teacher” using the Attraction Lower Case Alphabet Set and red cardstock and glue them onto the orange side piece. Also glue the orange overlay piece on the other side.

TIP: When diecutting a set of small pieces such as an alphabet, one very easy way to keep the pieces in place is to place a piece of Glad Press and Seal under the die and cardstock. After running the die through your diecutting machine, the pieces will stay put until you pick the ones you want to use. The rest of the alphabet pieces will stay in place for the next time I need a red word or sentiment as shown in these pictures:

Die cut the autumn leaves in orange, yellow, red and green and apply with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the sides of the treat box.

Place a cupcake or bag of candy or other treat inside the box and tie with a ribbon.

a tonic treat alternative

I was so impressed with how easy it was to make this teacher treat box, I wondered if the Cupcake and Treat Box would work for a wedding where the guests take home a cupcake of their choice instead of cake. I die cut the base of this wedding treat box out of ivory cardstock and the overlays and side pieces out of Tonic’s gold mirror card. I made this gorgeous box in less than 20 minutes, so it would be perfect for wedding or shower favors. There is even a die in this set and instructions to add a base with a circle in it so the cupcake will be secure in its base and not slide around if traveling with the treat.

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The Cupcake and Treat Box Die Set is perfect for treats for teachers or weddings or Halloween goodies like Marisa shared in this blogpost!

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Floral Hello Shaker Card – Karen Hasheck

a rose tonic front

I love the red, green and gold mirror card in Tonic’s Christmas Gloss Mirror Card Pack, but those colors are traditionally used mainly for Christmas cards, right? Since my favorite color of rose is red and the leaves are green, I decided to use the traditional Christmas colors for a summer floral shaker card I am sharing today.

Supplies used to make this card:

Other: gold floral sequins, Recollections Chunky Glitter Glitz and Multi-Colored, off white tulle, green sparkly and speckled off white cardstock, glue dots, Sookang two sided tape and mounting tape

Here are the steps to make this floral hello shaker card:

1. Die cut the bunched roses out of red mirror card and cut the flowers apart.

2. Die cut the bunched roses out of green mirror card, then run through the Tangerine machine with the embossing plate and rubber to emboss. Glue the red roses onto the green roses.

3. Die cut a red, green and gold butterfly out of mirror card, then emboss them in Tonic’s Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

4. Cut a 5 ½” square card base out of speckled cream cardstock and a 5 ¼” square sparkly green card front. Attach the green card front with temporary tape and cut a scalloped diamond out of both.

5. Attach tulle to the back of the card front with very strong two sided tape. Dump gold floral sequins and multi-colored and clear chunky glitter in the center of the tulle and seal them in with more strong two sided tape. Attach the green card front with the tulle shaker window to the front of the card lining up the diamond openings.

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6. Stamp hello in the inside and attach two gold floral sequins where they can be seen through the tulle window.

7. Create and attach a gold mirror card scalloped diamond frame with two dies from the Mixed Edge Diamond Layering Basics Set and attach around the diamond shaker window. Attach the red and green rose and the butterflies to the front of the card.

TIP: If you want your die cut butterflies to look like they are flying after going through the mail to your recipient, I suggest attaching the center with a strong glue dot and attaching the wings with small strips of mounting tape so they stay up even after mailing. For attaching delicate detailed dies like the Bunched Roses  and also the gold diamond frame on my card, I highly recommend Nuvo’s Deluxe Adhesive Glue. The fine tip makes applying the glue so easy, it dries clear and holds perfectly.

The tulle holds the shaker sequins in a see through window. Here is a look at the card with the shaker pieces all shook up:

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Personalized Happy Birthday Card – Karen Hasheck

a evan tonic card

We all know a little boy or girl who would love to receive a special card for their birthday personalized with their name. Tonic Studio’s alphabet die sets make personalizing cards so easy and fun to do.

Supplies used to make this card:

Here are the steps to make this cute personalized birthday card:

1. Cut a 6 x 12 piece of watercolor cardstock and fold in half.

2. Attach a 4 ¾” square piece of blue cardstock in the center and emboss both with a happy birthday words embossing folder. Sponge the edges of the card with blue ink.

3. Stamp Henry on cream colored cardstock, and his hair, clothes and shoes on scrap pieces of various cardstock, cut them out and paper piece them together. Stamp the balloon on a patterned paper scrap and cut it out with the matching die.  Decorate Henry’s balloon and shirt with Nuvo’s glitter markers.

4. Stamp Heffi the dog on a craft piece of cardstock and cut him out with the matching die. Stamp his hat out of a striped designer paper and cut out. Color the stripes and pom pom on the hat with Nuvo’s glitter markers. Here is a close up look at the fun sparkle the glitter markers added to this card:

a evan tonic close up

5. Cut a strip of purple cardstock 5 ½” x ¾” and attach with pop dots to raise. Punch one inch squares out of watercolor cardstock. Die cut the name of the birthday boy using the Attraction Lower Case Simple Type Set. I chose Evan because he is my super cute grandson and he loves puppies and balloons. Attach the letters to the squares and then attach them to the purple strip.

6. Adhere the little boy with his balloon and the puppy with his hat to the card front. Finish by adding some more sparkle to the background with Nuvo’s gold glitter marker.

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Birthday Fan Fold Celebration Card-Karen Hasheck

a tonic tri fold front

The birthday card I am sharing today features a lovely ribbon color customized with Nuvo’s glitter markers, and when the recipient slides off the ribbon, the fan fold pops open to reveal a fun tri-fold stand up celebration card.

Supplies used to make this card:

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1. Cut a piece of teal cardstock 5 ¾” by 7” and score on every inch line on the long side.

2. Cut the back piece out of teal cardstock 5 ¾” x 4” and attach it with strong two sided tape to the last folded inch.

3. Cut three white panels 3 7/8” x 1 ¾”. Die cut three Invite Insert banners out of rose cardstock and attach to the white panels with Nuvo Fine Tip Deluxe Adhesive.

4. Stamp “let’s celebrate”, cut out with the banner die and adhere to the Beautiful Banner.

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5. Attach the “happy birthday” banner to back panel, “let’s celebrate” to the 1st fold and center the Parquet Trellis banner in the center fold.

6. Dot the intersections of the Parquet Trellis banner with a Nuvo purple glitter marker and then add Sherbert  Shimmer Glitter Drops on top for glittery dimension.

a tonic tri fold back

7. Cut a back white panel 5 ½” x 3 ¾”, attach die cut “sent with love” with Deluxe Adhesive and adhere to the back of the card for your personal note and signature.

a tonic tri fold front

8. Color the edges of the white and gold ribbon with a Nuvo pink glitter marker. The ribbon goes from being a plain white and gold ribbon to a sparkly rose color that matches the card colors beautifully. After it is dry, wrap the ribbon around the closed card and tie in a knot. The ribbon holds the card closed and slides off to display the fan fold stand up card.

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Forever in Love Layered Wedding Card-Karen Hasheck

a tonic wedding

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:

a tonic wedding closeup

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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

a tonic harry front

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

a tonic 4 fold inside

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:

a tonic 4 fold front

  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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