Sparkly Trick or Treat Box with Unique Embossing Technique-Karen Hasheck

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Fall and Halloween will be here before we know it and so now is the time to make trick or treat boxes for the special children in our lives. Tonic Studio’s new line of Halloween dies make creating cute or scary Halloween treats easy and fun. Here are the supplies and steps I used to create this sparkly trick or treat box:

Other: two sided tape in sheets and rolls, heat tool, candy

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Die cut the primary box piece and the bat and spider from the Spooktacular Coffin Treat or Treat Box set out of black cardstock. Die cut “trick or treat” and “happy haunting” out of black cardstock. Die cut the top of the coffin treat box out of gold cardstock and the back of the “happy haunting” die out of two sided tape on a scrap of white cardstock.

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Apply small pieces of strong two sided tape to the places on the primary coffin box as shown and score and fold on all scored lines. Remove the top of the tape strips and form the bottom and top of the coffin box. Many of the tabs will not have tape on them, but will fold in to form the coffin treat box so the box can be opened to store the Halloween candy.

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There are three options to choose from for the side pieces in this Spooktacular Coffin Trick or Treat Box so each box you make can be unique. I chose to use the stitched side piece options and to create the sides with a fun embossing technique I discovered a while back. Here is a link to a tutorial I did explaining the technique and the Kensington Handbag I made with it. This time I added glitter to the embossing powder mix because we all love sparkle, right? I sprinkled Nuvo Spiced Apricot Pure Sheen glitter onto a sheet of two sided tape attached to a piece of white cardstock. Then I sprinkled on Nuvo Gold Enchantment Glitter Embossing Powder and filled in the rest of the sticky tape piece with Nuvo Jet Black Embossing Powder. After burnishing the glitter and embossing powders down, I melted the embossing powder with my heat tool and the result is this bumpy textured glittery piece.

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The next step is to die cut the side and bottom stitched pieces from the completed embossed glittery piece and attach to the coffin treat box. Attach the gold piece to the top of the coffin.

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Attach the black “happy haunting” die cut to the two sided taped back piece and sprinkle on Spiced Apricot glitter. Attach that to the coffin top. Glue on the spider, bat and “trick or treat” with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

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The last and most important step is to fill the sparkly trick or treat box with candy and give it to a special child on Halloween.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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