Easter Foil & Flowers


It’s time for the season of pastels and flowers and bunnies – oh my! This card is rich with colors and textures, but the steps are simple. Let’s get started!

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Start by spreading your adhesive around the edge of the card, making sure there are no gaps. Let the adhesive sit until it goes from wet to tacky (but not too dry!) Sprinkle some foil flakes over the adhesive and begin to burnish them with a blending brush until smooth.


Choose a background die and run it through the Tangerine. Trim and adhere with tape runner.


Next, run the art deco frame die from the artist trading card set through the Tangerine in white and Honey Gold, then mix and match the pieces, adhering with a Nuvo glue pen.


Once you’ve placed the frame onto the card, arrange your die cut flowers around it. Use foam squares and a Nuvo glue pen to create different layers.


Now it’s time to embellish with stickers, glitter gloss and Nuvo drops!





I just can’t wait until there are real flowers blooming outside. Hope it won’t be long now!



You Are Eggstra Special!

Hello Crafty Friends!  Debbie here today to share with you my first Easter card.  Easter is really early this year so I have started creating my cards early, too.  I really love coloring with the Nuvo Marker Pens.  These alcohol markers blend so well and fit in my hand nicely.  I used some of the pens to color the chick and eggs for this cute Easter card.


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Here are some of the supplies I used:


To begin, stamp the chick & egg images onto white cardstock with black ink.  Color with the markers.  Fussy cut each image and set them aside.



Die cut the patterned paper using the largest scalloped rectangle in the Mixed Edge Rectangle die set.  Die cut the pink and white cardstock using the dies from the Hello ATC Die.  Stamp the sentiment onto the white die cut using the Stamp Platform.


Assemble the card using 3d foam tape to give some dimension.  Here is the finished card again.


Thank you for stopping by today!

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Floral Coloring Card


Are you still on the coloring band wagon? I sure am! These cards are so easy to stamp and then you can take them anywhere with you to work on the coloring part. Today I am using colored pencils, but you could definitely swap them out for your favorite coloring medium.

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To get started with your stamping, make sure that your stamp press is turned to the rubber side.


Position your stamp on the card, then close the press to pick up the stamp.


Open back up, add some ink to your stamp and then close and press down on your stamp.


Repeat this process as you reposition the stamp or other coordinating stamps around the card. If you did not get enough ink, you can always stamp again before moving your card.


Now you’re ready to color! This is the part that took me a while. I worked on this card a little bit over the course of a few days.


When my card was all colored in I wanted to add one last detail to make it really shine, so I mixed my own shimmer mist using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.


Just grab a little bit with a pallet knife and add it to an empty Nuvo Light Mist bottle. Then add some water and shake well to mix. Remember that the bottle will require shaking each time you go to use it because the parts will separate over time.


Make sure to cover your work surface, or set your project inside a box when you spray. Do a few test sprays off to the side first to make sure there isn’t any splattering, then hold the bottle a good distance from your card to cover evenly with a mist.


It is hard to see the shimmer in these photos, but the result is just gorgeous in person. I hope you have fun coming up with color combinations for your own version of this card!



Butterfly Shadow Boxes


I like to think that my house is part home, part museum. I love to surround myself with interesting eye candy and artifacts. Shadow boxes are a great way to display little items safe from dust. Today I’m going to show you how to create your own menagerie with these detailed dies from Tonic!

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I started by die cutting each butterfly in black. I then applied the main piece to a sheet of a double sided adhesive sheet. From here it was just like putting together a puzzle. I ran the die through the Tangerine with each color I planned to use, then assembled the pieces one by one, until I had a finished butterfly.



I added some white Nuvo drops in varying sizes along the edge of the wings and set it aside to dry.


I repeated the puzzle piece process for my second butterfly, but left several sections empty with the exposed adhesive.



For both butterflies, I traced the outline and cut pieces to go on the backs of the wings to cover the other side of the adhesive and hide any gaps.


Now to fill in those empty spots on butterfly #2. I used the craft spoon to carefully apply Nuvo black glitter to the empty spaces, trying not to get it stuck in the cracks of the other areas.




For the bodies of the butterflies, I cut some small sections of a black pipe cleaner and added a small piece of wire as antennae. I dipped the ends of the wire into black Nuvo drops to help define them a little more. Once they were dry, I glued them to the center of each butterfly and left them to dry.


Once everything was dry, I mounted them into the shadow boxes. I cut some woodgrain pattern scrapbook paper down to the dimensions of the two frames, then used super tape and foam squares to attach them.




The square shadow box is much deeper than the other, so I wanted to have the wings stick out more. I achieved this by stacking several foam squares together in a wedge formation.






Theres no end to the combinations you can create! There’s even a third, smaller die that comes with the Monarch that I did not use for this project. Thanks for stopping by!



Hot Air Balloon Escape


These long, cold months in the midwest have had me dreaming of blue skies and travel. This card is the perfect way to welcome spring, so get cozy in your studio and follow along!

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I started by blending a blue background on the front of my card using this fun mint colored dye ink. Next, I blended some gray ink onto a scrap paper and ran it through my Tangerine to create these fluffy looking clouds.



For the balloons, I used a coordinating stamp and die set that I had with my stamp platform and Tangerine. After allowing the ink to dry a bit, I covered the entire balloon die cut with the glitter gloss pen to really make them pop.



To create some dimension, I attached the clouds directly to the card using the Nuvo glue pen, then used foam squares on the two main balloons.


I stamped a sentiment in the open area of the card and colored in the word “GO” using the Nuvo markers. I am very new to alcohol based markers, but I’m having a lot of fun learning to blend with these pens.


After finishing the sentiment, I added another small cloud and balloon running off the edge of the card.


You can almost smell the fresh air. Thanks for joining me!



Mixed Media Tag set

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today. A set of mixed media tags that are so much fun to make!


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I started with three pre-made shipping tags and applied Nuvo embellishment Mousse over stencils to bring in color and dimension. I added small areas of stenciling scattered around the tags.



Next I layered some white gesso, and stickers. Added a twine loop to the top. And I also doodled black designs to bring in some contrast. Finally, I used Nuvo drops to bring in more color and gloss. I simply doodled with the Nuvo drops itself.


These tags have so much dimension and color. I love how they turned out!Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-mixed-media-tags

Are you mixed media person? Or do you prefer simple paper crafting? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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Stencilled Planner Bookmarks

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today. New year, new goals and that means new plans. I am making these adorable Mixed media bookmarks today! Let’s get started.


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First, trim your paper to measure 2 by 6 inches. You can make the bookmark longer too if you wish, but the 2 inch width is a standard size.img_1634

Next, it’s time to add some shine. I used Glimmer paste for this. These come in various beautiful colors and they all sparkle in the light. img_1640

First, lay your stencil on top of the bookmark, align into place and then spread a thin layer of the Nuvo Glimmer paste using a palette knife.

Peel off carefully to reveal the design. This adds just a little texture and still is very flat.


I pierced a hole at the top and added a tassel to finish off my bookmark!Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-glimmer-paste

Whether your new years resolution is read more or if you just need a planner bookmark, these babies are fun to make and oh so cute!Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-diy-bookmarks

What have your new year resolutions been this year? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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