Snowy Scrapbooking



We haven’t had much snow in Illinois, but we certainly have had more than our share of record cold temperatures! There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than crafting in a nice warm studio. I would much rather document the snow than be out in it, but the subject of my latest project sure looks like he’s having a great time! I went through my stash of vintage photos and found this shot of a little boy all bundled up in the winter of 1948. He’s the perfect subject for a snowy spread.

Supplies Used:



Glimmer paste is a really easy way to add sparkle to any project, especially when paired with a stencil. I chose Beautiful Bokeh to create a background of falling snow for this layout. Make sure to secure your stencil with some washi or paint tape. Using a small pallet knife, spread the paste evenly, and make sure that all the areas are filled in. Scrape off any extra paste before carefully removing the stencil. If you are doing a large are that overlaps, be sure to let your first area dry before laying down your stencil again.



Now that I have my background done, it’s time to assemble all of the other embellishments.






IMG_9408Thanks for stopping by! Wherever you may be, here’s wishing you a warm and cozy studio too.



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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Woodland Christmas Gift Tags


I love wrapping gifts almost as much as I love giving them. There is no better way to take your gift from ordinary to extraordinary than a fabulous gift tag! Today I’m working with traditional colors and a woodland theme. Let’s get ready to gift!





I started by gathering up a bunch of tags in various styles that fit my color pallet. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a stash of blank tags just waiting to be used. My first tag is very simple to make, but has gorgeous detail. I used the snowflake die from the Mr & Mrs Claus buildables set.


I glued them in place with a Nuvo pen and trimmed the edges with my mini snips. Of course I had to add Nuvo drops for a finishing touch!


For my next tag, I used the bird from the Festive Signpost set. This is the smallest die I have ever worked with. He doesn’t require much paper, so I used leftover snippets from my latest projects.



With the help of my Nuvo Glue Pen and some tweezers, this little bird came together. I used a pen to fill in the dot for his eye.


I decided to cover the rest of the tag in Nuvo Gilding Flakes, a technique I repeated on several other tags.







I love to use red and white bakers twine whenever possible. It compliments the tiny mushrooms perfectly! I tied a simple bow around the mushroom stems, then twisted and curled the ends of the wire. I attached a strip of green paper to the bottom of the tag so that the glittery legs of the deer would stand out better.


A few Nuvo drops to the back of the deer and now this doe has become a fawn!




Now that I have a whole batch of tags ready, I better get to shopping for some gifts to put them on! How about you? Have you checked off your Christmas list yet?



Hand painted Ornaments

I’ve never painted my own ornaments before and was so surprised at how simple a craft this is! The results are unique and you have a one of a kind ornament to decorate your tree with in a few minutes!


Supplies Used:


Start by removing the top of the ornament and keeping aside. We don’t want to get paint on it. Next, using the blender brush apply the darker shade of mousse towards the bottom of the ornament and then apply the lighter colored  mousse towards the upper area.


The embellishment mousse dries very quickly and there is not really much of a wait time. I applied two coats of mousse per ornament to get this really soft, pearly look that is so unique and beautiful!

You can mix and match colors as required for your color scheme and create whole set of ornaments in an afternoon.


And here is how my ornament looks all dried and ready! I purposely left the brush strokes visible, it gives an artsy boutique look and feel. I love how the two colors contrast on each ornament, but you could just one color per ornament if you want too.


Here are the four ornaments I DIYed today. Which color is your favorite of them? I absolutely LOVE the gold one!


I hope this tutorial inspires you to take a look at your ornaments and maybe even upcycle some old ones. Happy crafting!



DIY Place Cards

The Holiday crafting season has begun! Today I am making some pretty place cards that would be perfect for your holiday table!8.jpgSupplies Used:


Using the Super Trimmer, trim cardstock down to 4 by 6 inches and fold to create place cards that measure 3 by 4 inches. This size is perfect to work with!2

Place stencil onto card front and center into position. Using the brush apply a thin (or thick!) layer of embellishment mousse. I like to generally apply a thin layer, this dries so fast and yet adds the right touch of shimmer to the card. 3

You could also alternately use the palette knife to apply the mousse over the stencil. This will give more of a mixed media look and texture to the place cards.


Mix and match your mousse colors to create the perfect color scheme for your party!5

I love how simple it is to add a touch of texture and shine to these cards with the mousse + stencil action. 6

For the names, I die cut banner shapes using the Christmas banner die set and then lettered my guest’s name onto that. The banner shape makes the place card look so special!7

And that’s it! The place cards are ready for your party with friends or family!8

How have your holiday crafting plans been coming along? What projects have you completed already? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!



Mixed Media Give thanks page

A colorful mixed media page for the upcoming thankful season! This one was so much fun to create and I will show you all the steps below!16

Supplies used:

I started by adding a thin layer of the Nuvo embellishment Mousse using the Blender brush to add a thin layer of color, texture and shimmer. 11

Next, I free hand cut a few leaf shapes from some yellow cardstock. I then created a branch using some green Nuvo crystal drops.


I love using the Nuvo crystal drops to add details such as this. It adds just the right amount of dimension and comes in such great colors!13

I then added diecuts, scrap paper bits and layered all of them. I moved them around that page till I was happy with the arrangement. Have fun with this and mix and match patterns and shapes. 14

I love to add words and poems to my pages, so I quickly added a few lines in my hand writing. The black lines of the words add a nice contrast. I brought those black lines onto the leaves as well to tie all the elements together. 15

I finished the page off with some Nuvo crystal drop details all around the page and a title “thankful”


Creating a mixed media page is almost like journaling into your dairy with paints and color. I love how this reflects my current mood of – family, leaves and thankfulness.17

I hope this tutorial inspires you to create something thankful of your own.  Happy crafting!



“Mixed Media” Thank You

Good morning!  Jess here with my first post for Tonic Studios!  I’ve been having so much fun playing with all the gorgeous Nuvo mediums and decided to combine a few to create my card today!


Supplies Used:

It might have been a little TOO much but I couldn’t help myself!  I’m loving these products!  To start I die cut the Autumn Die Collection – September Harvest leaves from an A2 piece of white cardstock and reserved the negative for my card panel.


Next I took a second A2 panel of white cardstock and applied double-sided tape to the cardstock where the die-cut leaves would expose it.


Then I sprinkled on Nuvo Glitter in Chocolate, Copper, and Chestnut Brown in loose stripes.


I covered it with a piece of scrap copy paper and burnished it into the double-sided tape using my Crafters Card Creaser!  This ensured that the glitter wouldn’t rub off and gave it a smooth, sparkly finish!


Next I used the Funky Tape Runner to apply adhesive behind the panel with the die-cut leaves and adhered it over the glitter panel.


Then I applied a little liquid adhesive with the Funky Glue Pen to the tips of the die-cut leaves and then covered the adhesive with Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes and brushed off the excess with a paper towel.


I trimmed the glitter card panel to 5.25″ by 4″ and then adhered the leaves over the glitter card panel with the Funky Tape Runner.  I adhered the panel to a card base of chocolate brown cardstock from the Essential Card Pack in Natural Neutrals.  I die-cut the Essentials – Mini Moments Thank You sentiment using the same cardstock and adhered it to the card.  Finally I finished the card with a few carefully placed nuvo crystal drops in Dark Walnut!


This is about as close to mixed media as I get 😉 but I hope it inspires you to mix and match some of those gorgeous nuvo products on your creations!  Thanks so much for visiting and I look forward to sharing more Tonic inspiration with you soon! Have a fabulous day!

Jessica Frost-Ballas