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Welcome Baby

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I have a fun baby shower card to share using a paper piecing technique to add color and interest to a single layer die.

Tonic Studios Supplies: 

How to:

  1. Cut carriage base layer from plain white card stock
  2. Cut 2nd layer from printed card stock to use in voids
  3. Cut mirror card stock and trim off canopy
  4. Glue white carriage to your background
  5. Glue printed pieces in the voids (like putting together a puzzle)
  6. Glue mirror pieces on top to resemble the metal pieces of the carriage
  7. Hand cut additional layers of bows and pop up with foam adhesive
  8. Accent with Nuvo Crystal Drops for added dimension

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I hope you will try this simple technique!

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Mixed Media Panels

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun Mixed Media technique. I am creating a smaller mixed media panel in some fun spring colors today!

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Supplies used:

I started by trimming my paper down to a smaller size. I am using watercolor paper today, because I plan to add lots of layers to this Mixed Media panel and I don’t want any warping. Then using the Tim Holtz snips I cut down strips of old book papers and patterned papers, glued them onto the panel.

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To add some pops of color I added Nuvo Crystal drops in few areas and then smushed it around with a brush (or you can use your fingers too!)

This is a fun way to bring color to your Mixed Media pages.

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For the next layer, I stamped a pretty flower with glue and then added the gilding flakes on top. To burnish in the gilding flakes I used a nice bristled brush.

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Now it’s time to add some dimension! I love the Nuvo Embellishment mousse- they go on so easily and dry super quick! I layered them onto the page with a pretty stencil.

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To make things springy, I added some die cut butterflies. I like to add the negative space in areas, cut some butterflies in half in areas- just to add some interest.

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I finished off my panels with a few Nuvo Crystal Drop accents. These were lots of fun to make and turned out pretty cool. And they are small enough that I can add them to a card front even. Let me know in the comments below if you thing these panels are fun to make!

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Thanks for spending some crafting time with me today friends!

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Happy Crafting!

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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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Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

We know that a lot of you have been wondering about the launch of the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.  We wanted to share a little info with you about what has been happening. Please see our official statement below.

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Let’s Celebrate Card by Marisa Job

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Hello Friends! Spring is finally here and the days are getting warmer here in California. Flowers are blooming everywhere and it always inspires me to make paper flowers. This card was created with the beautiful Invite Insert die sets which coordinate with each other and for the flowers I used Hello Sweetie Pie stamp and die set.

Tonic Studios Supplies:

Other Supplies: Metallic White Cardstock, Silver Foil Cardstock.

Instructions:

1. Create a 5 ½” x 5 ½” card base from silver foil cardstock. Cut 2 smaller layers from orange and metallic white cardstock, adhere layers to card with Funky Tape Runner.

2. Die cut decorative panels from silver foil cardstock with Beautiful Banner, Archway Stripe and Rose Garden Invite Insert Die Sets. Glue decorative panels to left side of card with Funky Glue Pen.

3. Stamp banner with Wedding & Party stamp set, then die cut with coordinating die from Beautiful Banner die set. Glue banner to center of card.

4. Die cut flowers with flower die from Whimsical Frames Hello Sweetie-Pie. Color flowers with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Orange Blush, Royal Aubergine and Pink Flambe colors.

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5. Die cut leaves with Arboreal Dream die set, color with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Spring Green. Glue leaves on the right side of card and then glue flowers on top of leaves.

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6. Embellish center of flowers and also around flowers with Nuvo Glitter Drops.

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Have a great day!

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Confetti Card with Nuvo Jewel Drops

Hello Friends! Smitha here with a fun way to use your Nuvo Jewel Drops to create an easy colorful card!

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Supplies you will need:

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I am making a standard card today that measures 4.25 by 5.5 inches in size. I started by stamping my sentiment in the centre with a black ink.

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Next, I placed my stencil on top. I like to hold my stencil in place by attaching some tacky tapes at all the corners. I also attached some tape right over my stamped sentiment. It is easy to see the sentiment through the stencil and mask it in this manner. IMG_0021

Next I squeezed out a my Nuvo Crystal Drop colors on top of the stencil. You don’t need much of the drops- I actually squeezed a bit too much in the photo below.

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Then using a palette knife, I gently smoothed the crystal drops into the stencil. I like to move from the top to bottom and this way the colors mix slightly along the way.

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I carefully lifted off the stencil and I love the confetti like texture and shimmer these crystal drops give!

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I hope you give this technique a try! It’s super fun!

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