You are Magical with Neat and Tangled

Good morning!  Jess here with a bright and sparkly card celebrating our collaboration with Neat and Tangled!


From the time I was a little girl I’ve always been in love with unicorns!  So when I saw the Magical Day stamp set over at Neat and Tangled I knew it would be perfect matched with some sparkly, glittery Nuvo products!  You’ll find all the supplies I used at the end of the post. 🙂


First I applied three strips of double sided sookwang tape to a piece of white cardstock.  I carefully peeled up one strip at a time and sprinkled it with nuvo sparkle dust fine glitter.


I used Paradise Blue, Electric Blue, Cosmo Berry.  After sprinkling one color I placed a piece of scrap paper on top of the sparkle dust, and burnished it into the tape with my crafters card creaser.  I wiped off the excess sparkle dust with a dry swiffer cloth and then repeated the process with the other colors.


I stamped my sentiment from the Neat and Tangled set onto black cardstock and heat-embossed it with classic gold embossing powder.  I trimmed that down and adhered it over the glitter with foam mounting tape.

Then it was time to color my unicorn!  First I stamped and heat-embossed her with classic gold embossing powder on watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored her with the nuvo aqua flow markers in Aqua Splash, Spiced Ginger, Soft Rose, Indigo Dawn, and Azure Blue.  I blended out the color with the Glitter Gloss marker for a super sparkly softly watercolored look!  Then I die-cut the unicorn with the coordinating die using my Tangerine machine!


I stamped the floral embellishments from the Magical Day set onto black cardstock and heat-embossed them with classic gold embossing powder before die-cutting them as well.  I adhered them to the glitter and then added the unicorn on top with foam mounting tape.


I really love how this card turned out!  The sparkly glitter combined with the gold and black is a perfect setting for a magical unicorn!  I hope you’re enjoying our collaboration with Neat and Tangled and check out all the posts this week for even more inspiration!


Supplies Used:


Please Be Mine!

Hello friends!  Making Valentine’s Day cards is one of my favorite things to create.  Using the super cute Neat & Tangled Stamp Set – My Favorite Nut, I created this card using some dies from the Tonic Studios Essentials range.


Supplies Used:


Here are the supplies I used.  The Nuvo pens are alcohol pens that come in packages of 3 and they have a broad tip on one end and a fine tip on the other.  They blend really well and I really love the way they color!  After stamping and color the images, I used some of the Essentials dies to cut out the squirrels and the sentiment for the card.  I matted the images on the slightly larger shapes die cut from red cardstock.


Using the small snips, I fussy cut out the envelope and acorns to use as embellishments on the card.  I used foam tape to give my embellishments pop.

Here is a closer look at the card.


I really love these images from Neat & Tangled.  The squirrels are just too cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Altered cover with Nuvo Drops

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today. With the new year here, we all have new goals and hobbies on our minds. I decided to start a new book journal and today I will show you how I altered my journal cover! A simple way to get creative and make something unique.


Supplies Used:


I printed a coloring page to use today but really you can tear out any page from any adult coloring page to do this technique. The coloring page seen here is a free download on my blog that you can here. Then I fussy cut out some flower and paisley shapes using the shears.


I adhered the coloring page bits onto the journal first. Then I started “coloring” in my design using Nuvo drops. I start by adding small tiny drops of color at first.


I then mixed and matched colors and added outlines of different colors. smitha-katti1Here are a few tips for using Nuvo Drops:

  1. Apply thin outlines and try to keep these lines as even as possible. If your lines go thick and thin, chances are it will crack while drying.
  2. If you want to create a thick outline- start with a thin outline first. Let this dry. Then go over that to create a thicker outline.
  3. While applying tiny dots, apply them far apart first. Once these dry, go in between them to apply more dots.


This might look elaborate, but really it took less than 15 minutes and that dimension adds such a special touch!! I love how this turned out and am so happy with it!


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

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Three ways to Hug

Hi Everyone

I’m so pleased to be back with you.  Today I am going to show you three very different ways to use each of the Nuvo pens and the hugs die.  Let’s take a look at the projects first of all:

Tonic 3 Hug Ways All with Pens

Let me take you through each card and how I made it, let’s start with the Kraft one:

Tonic 3 Hug Ways All

I stamped the Hugs stamp using the Nuvo white embossing powder on black cardstock and heated it.  Then I used the Nuvo glitter markers to color in each of the areas, they really pop well on the back. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I used foam tape to pop it up on the back.  The card front is half a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ that I used the card builder die to shape the front, so that it has that curved look.

Next we can look at the ombre card:

Tonic 3 Hug Ways Purple Ombre

For this one I first stamped out using the black embossing powder and heated it.  I used the two shades of aqua flow purple, I did the bottom in the dark and the top in the light, I also used the lighter color to ‘pull’ up some of the dark purple to create the third shade.  Again I cut it using the coordinating die in the set and used foam tape to give it dimension.  On the card front I trimmed 3/4″ on the front side and put a 1.5″ purple piece  aligned with the card edge on the back which is what you see on the right side from the front.

Finally I have the window card to show you:

Tonic 3 Hug Ways Hippee

For this one I first of all added a piece of black to my card front and cut out the Hugs die, make sure you run the card through your Tangerine machine with it open, otherwise you will cut all the way through! Then I closed the card up and aligned the hugs stamp in the my Tim Holtz platform, pick up the stamp on the rubber side and now open the card before you stamp down, then your hugs will be on the inside of the card.  I then colored it in using the brush script markers and added some Nuvo accents to some of the areas.

These cards are all very easy, I made all three in around 40 minutes! I love ways to stretch my supplies to give different effects with the same stamps and dies.  Here’s a complete supply list:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, join me and my fellow design team members throughout the month for more inspiration and also stop by my blog at the Hollow for even more ideas!

Happy Stamping!



Good Luck Teacher Card

I can’t believe that it is August and that it is almost time to send the kids back to school!  It feels like summer just flew by.  With school starting in only a few weeks, it is time to start thinking about gifts and cards for the teachers.  I decided to create a fun card that we can drop a gift card into to help with any additional supplies that the teacher might need.

Here’s what you will need:

Here’s how to put it all together:

Take a piece of the watercolor paper and stamp your image onto it with the clear ink.

Add embossing powder and then shake off the excess.  If there is any left over, you can use a small brush to carefully brush it away.  Heat set it when you are done.

Using your Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, add color to the image where you want.  To lighten it in areas, use the water brush with water after it initially dries.  Dab it with a paper towel and some of the color will be removed and it will be a lighter image.


Once the main image is dry, put 1-2 drops of Aqua Flow background colors onto the glass mat with some water.  Using the water brush, lightly add the softened colors to create your background.  Allow this to dry completely.


Stamp your sentiment, sprinkle with silver embossing powder, and heat set.


Trim down the image to a square that will fit on the front of your card base with some room around it.

Take your card base and tape down some baker’s twine to create a loopy decoration.


Add pop dots to your stamped piece and add it over the twine.

Add Nuvo drops and allow them to dry.

All that is left to do is add your gift card and a note to the teacher and you are all set!


Birthday Wishes Card by Marisa Job

Hello friends! I have been having so much fun with my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens. They are great for coloring and creating water colored backgrounds. The colors blend beautifully with water using the Nuvo spray bottle and Nuvo water brush.



Tonic Studios Supplies:

Other Supplies: White, Purple and blue cardstock, white watercolor cardstock, Ranger Distress Inks, purple silk ribbon, heat tool.


1. Create a 6” x 6” card base from purple cardstock. Die cut a 5 ½” x 5 ½” square with Scalloped Square die set from white watercolor cardstock.

2. To create the water colored background, scribble with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens on glass cutting mat. I used Aqua Splash, Indigo Dawn and Azure Blue Aqua Flow pens. Spray water on top with Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle and then apply white watercolor cardstock on top to capture color. Dry wet cardstock with heat tool. Repeat this process several times until colors are darker.


3. Die cut Posy Pillar Strips from white cardstock. Color with Aqua Flow pens as background. Glue to card with Funky Glue Pen. Color inside the die cuts with Aqua Splash pen and Nuvo Water Brush.



4. Mat water colored square with blue cardstock and adhere to card front.

5. Die cut flowers with Apple Blossom die set from white cardstock. Color flowers and leaves with distress inks and dauber. Shape petals with Floral Crafters Tool set, glue layers together and then adhere to card as pictured. Embellish center of flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.




6. Create a bow with purple silk ribbon and glue under flower.

Have a great day!!

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A card for just saying Hi!

I love simple and bright cards in the summer.  There is something about the summer colors that just make me smile and I love it when I have the opportunity to share that smile with someone that I care about.

This card is a simple way to do just that and it is a snap to create so it is the perfect balance of handmade and time-saving, married with the flair of summer.

Here’s what you will need to create your card:

Directions for putting it together:

1.Trim your kraft cardstock to 8.5″ x 5.5″ and fold it in half.  Use it to find two dies that will fit the way you like – one plain and one scalloped, with the scalloped one being smaller.

2.  Cut one of each out of the watercolor paper.

3.  Using a variety of colors of your aqua flow markers, begin adding color to the plain edged larger piece.  Dry between each layer.

4.  Using a third piece of watercolor paper, begin to create your flowers.  Start with the plain flower bases. Apply these stamps to the stamp platform.  Use the Aqua Flow pens to add color.  You might need to stamp it 2-3 times to get the color you are looking for.  Dry completely.


5.  Take the corresponding detailed stamp and use the alcohol markers to add the details.  Again you might need to stamp it 2-3 times.

6.  Using your snips, cut out your flower and petal shapes.  Run them through the Xyron.

7.   Adhere the desired flowers to the scalloped watercolor card.

8.  Add some subtle additional color to the cards by dripping on some of the Aqua Flow colors by tapping the pen against a finger.

9.  Add your ‘Hi” sentiment with your stickers.

10.  Use pop dots to add the layers together on the card.

Now you just need to grab an envelope, address it to the intended recipient and you are all set to go!