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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.

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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.

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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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Spring Birthday Tags

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today – I am going back to basics and cutting paper to make flowers and leaves and it is so much fun to do!!

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Today I felt like doing a bit of watercoloring, but I also wanted to use these pretty colors of Nuvo Embelllishment Mousse. So I just added a dab of the mousse onto my paper and then using a wet paint brush, I spread that color around. This gives a nice watery look with the shimmer of the mousse. So pretty!

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Using a sharp pair of scissors, I then free handed a few leaf shapes. img_1657

 

Next I cut out spirals of circles to make tiny flowers. img_1658

I rolled the circles to form a flower shape. Such an old trick but still so cute!img_1659

For the sentiment, I chose Birthday themed ones from a few clear stamp setsimg_1660

I stamped the sentiments onto my tag first using the Stamping Platform.img_1661

I adhered all the flowers in place and then finished off the tags with Nuvo drop centers. This adds such a nice glossy effect. img_1662

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I badly needed a few birthday tags for gifts and now I am set with three!Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-spring

What if your favorite kind of paper flower to make? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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You are Magical with Neat and Tangled

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

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

-Jess

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Thank you cards with Nuvo drops

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today that is all about painting and adding floral elements with Nuvo drops! Let’s get started.

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I used some pre made notecards today, because I needed a few quick thank you cards. I started by painting flower and leaf doodles all over the card with some white acrylic paint.

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While the paint was drying I quickly die cut a few thank you sentiments. img_1664

Then I went over my flowers and added small lines, dots and details with the Nuvo drops. This not only brings in a pop of color to these cards but also added dimension.

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How pretty are these? You can mix and match colors of the Nuvo drops to create different color schemes easily. Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-thank-you-card

Are you a carmaker? My favorite cards are always thank you cards.  Let me know in the comments below what you love to make! Happy Crafting!

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Shimmery Floral Mixed Media Canvas

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today.  I made this little canvas for the Creativation 2018 show and here is how I made it.

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I first painted my canvas with a blue and white acrylic paint base. I let this dry thoroughly before pulling out my Nuvo embellishment Mousses.

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I used a dry paint brush to to first paint flower and leave shapes. This is a very dry coat of paint. But look at that shimmery color!img_1621

I then applied a thicker layer of the mousse over a stencil to bring in dimension in some areas. img_1626

In true mixed media fashion, I cut up some strips of paper and adhered them to bring in some color and pattern. img_1642

Once I was happy with how everything looked, I started adding texture. I generously scooped up the mousse with a palette knife and applied it to add dimension to the flowers and leaves. img_1653img_1654img_1655

I finished off the canvas with some word stickers, and that’s it! A quick mixed media canvas that is very spring themed and has the softest shimmer thanks to those Nuvo Embellishment Mousses. Smitha Katti

 

Are you headed to Creativation this year? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Crafting!

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Snowy Scrapbooking

 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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