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Gelli Prints using Nuvo by Smitha Katti

Hello Friends! Smitha here showing you how I use my gel press to make colorful prints with Nuvo products.

Supplies you will need:

 I start by adding a random doodle using the Nuvo Crystal Drops. I use two blue colors and cover the entire gel plate with a design. Now onto that, I press down a Kraft card and press down firmly to transfer the color. A brayer comes in handy here to apply even pressure all over the card. Carefully peel off the card to see the print. I love how the light blue looks so soft on the card! I then pressed a blue cardstock onto the gel press to pick up the leftover color. This is called the second print or ghost print.  Next I wanted to add some stencil details. So using the Essentials stencil I layered a thin coat of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The Mouse is great way to add color and shimmer to print. I then press the card onto the gelli press again. Another option is to doodle some more color onto the gel press. I love to create a 2/3 and 1/3 ratio of color on my designs.  Onto the same print, I also added a layer of Nuvo Glimmer paste. This adds such a soft shimmer to your print.  And here is how my final print turned out! It has many many layers and that is how I like it to be. You can stop layering your color at any time and make your print as simple or as busy as you want.

Have you tried gelli printing before? Have you tried it with Nuvo products? Let  me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Heidi Blankenship

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Time sure is flying by!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going so far.  St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner.  I always think it’s a lot of fun to create banners and home decor pieces for the holidays.  Today, I am sharing how to use regular/standard dies to create a fun St. Patrick’s day banner.

Supplies used:

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This is a very easy banner to create and all of the die cutting is done in multiples of five.

  1. Use the cockle shell die template to cut five of the label shapes from white cardstock and also from the green glitter cardstock using two different sizes of die templates.
  2.  To create the flowers you will want to have a piece of crepe paper that is large enough to fold five times.
  3.  Using two different sizes of flowers from the bellus buttercup die and the folded crepe paper die cut the flowers.
  4.  Separate the paper flowers and then you will wanted to layer them on top of each other offsetting the petals.
  5.  Use the craft pick to poke a hole into the center of the flowers and then add a brad to hold and secure all of the flowers together.
  6.  To create some dimension for the flowers pull up each layer of petals one at a time to the center and crinkle them up.
  7.  Continue to crinkle all of the petals until all five flowers are done.
  8.  To add some color to the flowers you will want to use one of the mini blender brushes.
  9.  To add glitter to the flowers use the large glue pen and press down the glue pen on a craft sheet so some of the glue will come out.
  10. Then, dip the tips of the flower petals into the glue and add gold glitter.
  11. Next, you will use the scalloped oval die template to die cut five ovals with white cardstock.
  12. To create the gold glitter cardstock for the flourishes you will need a piece of white cardstock, the glimmer paste and a palette knife.
  13.  Using a palette knife spread the glimmer paste evenly on the white card stock and set aside to dry.
  14. Once the glimmer paste is dry use the flourish die cut from the jeweled crown die to cut five flourishes.
  15. Using the green glitter cardstock and dies from both of the letter set die cut the word Lucky.
  16.  Now for the fun part you get to assemble the banner.  Adhere the two label shapes using foam tape in between the layers.
  17. Use the craft tacky glue to adhere the flourishes to the top of the labels and also to add the letters to the center of the scalloped ovals.
  18. Adhere the scalloped ovals with more foam tape and use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
  19. Add all five of the label pieces to some green ribbon and then add white lace bows in between the labels.
  20. To finish off the banner add some glitter drops to all of the points on the larger white label as shown in the picture.

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Here are a couple to tips for creating the banner.

Tip–The crepe paper is a little more delicate than cardstock.  The easiest way that I have found to ink up the flowers is to cup one in your hand and use the blending brush in your other hand moving in a circular motion to apply the ink.

Tip–Create a little puddle of the glue from the glue pen on a craft mat and drip the flower petals.  By doing this it will give your flowers a nice even coat of the glue and it’s a lot less messier than trying to hold the flowers and add glue with the glue pen.

Tip–Don’t forget if you don’t have the right color of glitter paper you can always make your own with the glimmer paste, pure sheen glitter and sparkle dust.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are inspired to create some projects of your own for St. Patrick’s day!

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A Wish for you…

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There’s such value in putting things down on paper!  Today, I have a sweet little wish jar for you!  My girls and I love crafting/creating art together, and are always making lists of ideas on what to craft next!  This jar was born…now each of us will have our own spot to keep those ideas in!  These jars can be filled with wishes of all kinds…so have fun creating yours!

Supplies Used:

Punch out scallop circle from white cardstock.  Layer on the embellishment mousse with a palette knife.  Allow it to dry.

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Write wish with the Nuvo adhesive pen.  Allow it to dry. Layer on some Sparkle dust.  Remove excess dust.

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Diecut hearts and doily and write with adhesive pen, and add in some sparkle dust.

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Adhere the hearts and doily to skewers, and place inside the jar.Tonic.WishJar.EYamabe - 5.jpg

Hope you have fun creating little wish jars of your own!

Thank you for stopping by and making Tonic a part of your creative day!

Erin

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Gilded Trinket Box – Heidi Blankenship

 

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Do you love Pinterest?  I am a huge fan of Pinterest.  It is an endless supply of inspiration for colors, design, textures and all things creative.  Sometimes I pull inspiration from color or mood boards.  Other times it’s images of nature or art.  I have seen several mixed media or modern art canvases with a beautiful mixture of paint, texture paste, gilding, glitter and more.  The inspiration for my gilded trinket box came from those canvases.

Supplies used

>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Aquamarine 807N
>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Indian Gold 802N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Aqua 714N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Turquoise 712N
>> Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Radiant Gold 850N
>> Nuvo Glitter Drops – Blue Lagoon 753N
>> Craft Tacky Glue 120 ml. 419E

>> Martha Stewart Mother of Pearl Acrylic Paint
>> ButterBeeScraps – Metal Feet, Small Filigrees
>> B’Sue Boutiques – Large Metal Filigree
>> Ranger Multi Medium Matte (to glue metal)
>> Large Round Crystal Bead
>> Wood Box
>> Silicone Spatula
>> Paint Brush
>> Scoochy Sponge (rough or textured sponge)

 

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This is a fantastic and inexpensive way to create a beautiful DIY home decor piece.  I purchased three nested raw wood boxes from one of the big box craft stores and I believe the set was less then $15.00, so that is a great deal.

  1.  To start you will paint the base and lid of the box with mother of pearl acrylic paint.
  2.  Then scoop out small amounts of both the aquamarine and gold embellishment mousse and add a little water to both to create a watercolor wash.
  3.  Use a paint brush to apply the watercolor wash starting with the aquamarine and then add just a little of the gold here and there.
  4. Squeeze some of the crafty tacky glue on to a craft mat and add some water to thin it out.
  5.  Use a silicone spatula to apply the watered down glue.
  6. When you apply the glue you want to start at the bottom of the box and pull the glue up towards the top.
  7.  Do not cover the entire box with the glue.  You only need to make 3-5 swipes up each side of the box, but do one side at a time as the glue can dry fast.
  8.  Apply glue to one side and then sprinkle some of the aqua glitter on top and continue to do this on all four sides.
  9.  Once the first layer of glitter and glue is dry repeat step 8 and then apply the turquoise glitter to all four sides and set aside to dry.
  10.  Repeat step 8 again and for this layer you will add the gilding flakes. *Note–don’t cough or sneeze the gilding flakes will fly all over.  Ask me how I know lol. 🙂
  11.  Set the box aside until all of the glue is dry.
  12.  Once the glue is dry you can use your fingers to rub and burnish the gilding flakes.
  13.  Then you will use a scoochy sponge (rough or textured sponge) to buff any remaining flakes off.
  14. I repeated the same steps of adding glue and gilding flakes to all of the metal pieces (feet, small and large metal filigrees) and once the glue was dry I burnished and buffed all of the pieces.
  15. I used multi media matte adhesive to glue all of the metal pieces and the large round glass crystal bead to the center of the large metal filigree on the lid.
  16. To finish of the box I added blue lagoon glitter drops around the large filigree and on top of the crystal bead on the lid.

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Here is a close up of the gilded metal feet.

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I added the small gilded metal filigrees to all four sides of the lid.

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Here is a close up to see the top of the lid with the glitter drops.

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A couple of helpful tips.

  • Tip–add water to the craft tacky glue so it is easier to apply.  You don’t want to use a thick heavy glue for this technique.
  • Tip–when applying the glue use a silicone spatula, old gift card, palette knife.
  • Tip–apply the glue randomly in an upward stroke and try to leave some of each layer showing.  Kind of like scraping the glue up the sides and leaving space in between.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and maybe you will be inspired to take something as simple as a wooden box and create a beautiful home decor piece.

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To brighten your day…

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Home decor brings me great joy to create!  Today, I have a little desk canvas, full of big LOVE for you.

Products Used:

After painting the canvas, gather the stencil, embellishment mousse, and palette knife together.  Place stencil on canvas, and spread the embellishment mousse over the areas you wish to cover your canvas.

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After allowing the mousse to dry, choose your paper to use in your layering heart diecut.  Adhere the layering heart with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the canvas.Tonic.canvas. - 3.jpg

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Add some Glimmer Paste to the doily, and adhere the doily to the canvas.  Add some glimmer past randomly on the canvas.  Finally, adhere the colored Love sentiment to your doily!

Thank you making the Tonic blog a part of your creative day!

Erin

 

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Grandson Nuvo Love Frame – Karen Hasheck

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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”.

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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.

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Organization labels with Nuvo

Hello Crafty friends! Today I am sharing a fun way to get organizing and create your own labels for your craft room using the Nuvo Crystal drops!

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Supplies used:

I started by die cutting a bunch of labels using the Harrop Layering Card Blanks Die Set. I simply love the scalloped edge of this die and thought it would be perfect to use for some labels. I like everything white these days, and so I chose a bright white colored cardstock for my project.

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Next, to decorate the labels in a simplistic yet colorful manner, I chose a rainbow of colors of Nuvo Crystal drops. I chose bright colors, but really you could use any of the Nuvo Crystal Drops for this project and it would turn out amazing. I then went ahead and added small beads of the crystal drops all along the scalloped edges.

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I then let my labels dry for a few hours. In the past, I have always put things to the side to dry and forget about them or smudged them while they were still wet. So nowadays, I place things that are wet onto my Glass cutting mat right in the center of my table while I clean up around it.

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Once the drops dried, I wrote in each label and then attached them to bins. I have one bin with all of the Jewel tones and Gloss drops and another with the glitter and crystal drops! Having them labeled makes it easy to put things back where they belong.

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I hope this inspired you to organize your craft space! Share pictures with us in the comments below showing how you organize your Nuvo Drops!

 

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