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:


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.





Lucky Four Leaf Clover Easel Card – Karen Hasheck


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:


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.


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.





Grandson Nuvo Love Frame – Karen Hasheck


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”.


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.





Happy Heart Day Twist and Pop Shaker Card-Karen Hasheck


Shake and twist and pop sounds like a rock and roll song, right?

The lucky recipient of this card will be shaking and enjoying the twist and pop actions of this Happy Heart Day card on Valentine’s Day this year.

Supplies Needed:


The front of the Happy Heart Day card has a shaker heart that is great fun to shake and watch the beads and sequins move around.

Die cut Happy and Day from parts of two Tonic Studios sentiment dies.

Die cut the purple heart frame, the pink heart back and the acetate window using Tonic’s Traditional Hearts Layering Die Set.


After attaching the acetate to the heart frame, apply two thin layers of mounting tape all around the back and dump in a bunch of beads and sequins for the shaker elements. If you like to have one non-moving element in your shaker cards, die cut a Mandala heart out of the center of the Mandala Flower Stamp and Die Set and color it with the new Nuvo brush markers.


The completed shaker heart was attached to the front of the top folding A2 card base. There is even more interactive fun waiting on the inside of this card:

Now it is time to create the folding portion of the card.

LOVE twists and pops out when the card is opened.

Here are the pieces you will need:



The top template is the four fold panel piece. It is cut to 10 inches by 3 Inches and scored at 2 ½”, 5” and 7 ½”. The twist and pop mechanism is cut toe 8 ½ inches by 3 inches and scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ¾”. The middle box is scored diagonally corner to corner both ways.


After folding all scored lines on the apparatus piece, the diagonal lines in the center are popped up and the piece folds together like shown.

Adhesive is then applied to the triangle only on both sides and it is attached to the center of the top folding card base.


Next that piece is opened up and adhesive is applied to the upper right and lower left only and the four panel piece is attached forming the twist and pop piece.

The outside pieces of the four panel piece are folded in to the center and the center of that piece is lined up with the center of the apparatus piece.

The outer two panels are then folded out and attached to the upper right and lower left of the apparatus where the adhesive was placed.

The whole piece will fold down flat and open as the card is opened.



Die cut four red scalloped rectangles and attach them to the four panels.

Cut apart the word LOVE from the Mandala Moments Love Stamp and Die Set and heat set the letters with Nuvo Crimson Embossing Powder.

Stamp and die cut “YOU” out of a purple scrap and attach it below the LOVE twist and pop panels.



So shake, twist and pop is how the love will be shared with my sweetie on Valentine’s Day.

Happy Heart Day to you and yours too!



I Love You Z-Fold Pop Up Valentine-Karen Hasheck


Want a fun way to say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day? Today I am sharing how to make an interactive z-fold pop up Valentine with a bouquet of hearts that folds flat for mailing.

Supplies Needed:


Pictured above is the template for creating a z-fold card with pop ups. The base of the card is 5 ½ inches by 11 inches and it is scored at the 2 ¾ and 5 ½ inch lines. The z-fold strip measures 1 ½ inches by 11 inches and is scored at the 5 ½ and at 8 1/4 inches. The two tabs for the inside holding the pop up hearts are ¾ of an inch by 4 ¾ inches and scored at 1 inch on both sides. The two pieces of patterned paper were cut to 2 1/2 inches by 5 ¼ inches.



The first score line of the base card (at 2 ¾”) is folded down with a mountain fold and the second score line (at 5 ½”) is folded up in a valley fold. I found some pretty heart ribbon at Michaels recently, but every other heart on the ribbon was silver. I knew I wanted the primary colors of this card to be kraft, red and gold, so I changed the color of the metallic hearts from silver to gold using Tonic’s gold marker from the Nuvo Supreme Metallics Creative Pen Collection. I glued on the red and kraft patterned paper with the ribbon strips to the left and right sides of the brown kraft card base.


The new Mandala Moments Collection at Tonic Studios features high quality cushion mounted stamps with matching dies. I stamped “I Love You” on red cardstock, then lined up the dies holding them in place with temporary tape and ran them through my Tangerine machine to cut them out. I glued the words and three small hearts cut out of the same patterned paper and gold mirror card onto the z fold strip. The strip across the front is folded down in a mountain fold at the 5 ½ inch line and up in a valley fold at the 8 1/4 inch line and attached on both sides of the card base. Here is a picture of the z fold strip and the tabs inside it where the pop up hearts will be attached.


I die cut many different sizes of hearts out of red cardstock  and  gold mirror card as well as one out of the patterned paper using Tonic’s Traditional Hearts Layering Dies.  I layered them together and attached some of them to strips of acetate. The mix of hearts was attached to the tabs at various heights forming a beautiful pop up bouquet of hearts. This z-fold card will fold flat for mailing in a large square envelope.


I will be giving this fun pop up z-fold card to my love on Valentine’s Day and I think he is going to be thrilled with it.




Mandala Love Bug Valentine-Karen Hasheck


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.

Supplies Needed:

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?



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.


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.


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.


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.



Christmas Village of Gingerbread Houses – Karen Hasheck


Merry Christmas everyone! Today I am sharing a set of three gingerbread houses I created with the versatile Gingerbread House Die Set.  In this die set you get 18 dies that allow you to create many different 3D gingerbread houses and you can customize them with the various decorative dies including two gingerbread men and a Christmas tree. The die set is also Verso meaning you can either cut the beautiful intricate designs for the windows, doors and roof in the house or cut them separately.  The boxes can open from the top or the bottom so they are perfect for giving small gifts like gift cards or candy.

Supplies needed:


I created a gumdrop candy gingerbread house using pastel colors, glitter and the new Nuvo Jewel Drops. I die cut the base out of pink cardstock and cut the white scalloped sides without all the optional intricate openings. I embossed “siding” on the house using the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder. I die cut a cute little gingerbread man and a Christmas tree and decorated them with glitter drops and the new Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents.


The gumdrop roof and candies on the side of the house were easy to make using the new Nuvo Jewel Drops. These drops dry translucent and much lighter than the other drops in the Nuvo line.  I die cut the roof pieces out of white cardstock and glued them together. I also punched some white circles and die cut a star from the Mini Wreath Decorations Die Set. Then I simply applied the strawberry, lime, periwinkle, sea breeze and orange jewel drops to the roof and candy pieces and while the Jewel Drops were still wet, sprinkled on Nuvo’s white Snow Glow Sparkle Dust fine glitter. The gumdrops look good enough to nibble on.



My next two gingerbread houses were created in more traditional Christmas colors.  On the red, green and white house, I chose to die cut all the intricate side and roof pieces out of white cardstock and layered them on red and green with decorations die cut from the Mini Wreath Decorations Set. Of course I added red, green and gold Crystal Drops for the perfect finishing touch.  I chose to add the roof top piece on one of the houses and added a red chimney on the red and silver house. The variety of options in this die set is simply amazing! I embossed the roof of the red and silver house with Tonic’s Modern Chevron Embossing Folder. I added some silver snowflakes (using Tonic’s silver mirror card), and snow icicles and snow piles using Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents.


The red and silver house is unique in that I die cut one of the intricate window side dies directly into the red house so we can see into the inside of the house. I added a layer of silver mirror card to the opposite side of the inside to enhance the glow of the tea light. I tried putting the tea light in from the typical bottom opening of the gingerbread house but did not have any success turning it on and getting it to stay upright.



After checking videos and tips from bloggers in the UK, I tried leaving one half of the roof unglued and weighted the open half of the roof with a piece of chipboard. I attached magnets to the two roof pieces so that the roof stayed down when closed. I clicked on the tea light and set it inside the house, then closed the roof resulting in a glowing lighted gingerbread house.


I had so much fun creating a variety of gingerbread houses and the friends who received them as gifts loved the uniqueness of each one. Next I am going to try some houses for other seasons and holidays as the options are endless!

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!