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


Mixed Media Gratitude journal cover

With Thanksgiving approaching, I like to take time and note down things that I am thankful for every year. This year I plan to write down thankful quotes and keep them all in this cute journal. Today I will show you how I altered my journal cover! A simple way to get creative and make something unique.

Supplies used:

First lets add a layer of the embellishment mouse down. I place the stencil on the journal cover and then apply a thin layer of the embellishment mousse using a palette knife. I like to keep it a bit messy and not cover the entire stencil area. 

Peel up the stencil carefully to reveal the design below. This mouse dries quickly and it adds a great layer of texture to the cover!

Next, die cut three leaves from three different colored cardstocks. I chose fall colored papers and look how pretty those leaves look!

To add the title, I die cute the banner from black cardtstock, and then handlettered the 30thankfulquotes phrase onto it. Adhered everything into place and added a twine bow to finish it off!

I will be sharing my #30thankfulquotes on instagram in November, come follow me there @theshinynest

Happy Crafting!


Paper leaf garland

Bring the outdoors inside with this paper leaves garland! You can customize this to match any color scheme you want! I’ll show you how in this tutorial today.

Supplies used:

This is such a fun technique you guys! You can paint, color, use markers or anything you have to create color and texture onto your cardstock. I started by adding a some acrylic paint randomly on my paper and then a thin layer of embellishment mousse to bring a bit of shimmer.

Next, to add some pops of pattern and more color, I added some black paint onto a stencil in af few areas.

These papers turned out so pretty really and it was so much fun to paint. I added some swirls of the Nuvo in orange to tie everything together. Then let it all dry. 

Once our handmade patterned papers have dried, die cut as many leaves as you can from each paper.

To add a pop of color I hand cut a few yellow paper leaves as well and then added them all to the string to form a garland.

This is a simple technique but the texture we added gives it a rustic touch and feel.

It kinda feels like bringing the outdoor woodsy feel indoor. I love how it turned out!

Happy Crafting!


What’s Brewing? Halloween Canvas

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I just love all of the Halloween dies that Tonic came out with this year!  I always think it’s fun to make holiday home decor pieces and I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween canvas.


Supplies Used:

To start, apply black acrylic paint on all sides of the canvas and on the front of the canvas.  For the front of the canvas apply the paint on 1/2” all the way around the edges.


Next, take two piece of white cardstock and apply gunmetal grey and citrus green mousse to each paper.  Apply two to three layers of the mousse.  To apply the mousse I use a piece of cut-n-dry foam.  Here’s a little tip — you can keep the cut-n-dry foam in the container with the mousse and it will stay nice and soft for applying the mousse.


Now, take a piece of black cardstock and stamp it with VersaMark ink, direct to paper.  Then apply the glitter embossing powder.  I like to use a coffee filter for catching the excess powder and it makes it easy to funnel back into the bottle.  Use a heat tool to heat set and melt the powders.  Easy peasy –you just created your own glitter paper for die cutting.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces that will be used on the canvas.  The embossed glitter paper was used to cut the webs, spiders, broom, and parts of the cauldron.  It’s not shown in the pictures but I also kept the insert pieces for the broom.  I used the paper with the mousse to die cut the cauldron and the green “stuff” brewing.


I used the deluxe adhesive to apply the pattern paper for the background of the canvas and all of the die cuts.  If you haven’t tried this adhesive I encourage you to give it a try because it is fantastic!


How fun are these Nuvo drops?  I added several colors of the drops to the cauldron and above it to look like bubble.  I also added the ruby slipper drops to each of the spiders.


Here is a close up of one of the webs with a spider.  I love all of the sparkle from the embossed glitter paper!


Here is another close up of the cauldron with the “bubbles”.  Foam tape was added to the back of the cauldron and the spiders for some added dimension.


Here is a close up so you can see some of the glow drops in action.


Here is another look at the finished canvas.


This what’s brewing canvas was so fun to make and it’s a great addition to my Halloween home decor pieces.  You can see more of my design work on my blog, Embellished Dreams.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

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Fall Themed art journal page

Hello friends! Today I am sneaking 30 minutes of me time to create a fall themed art journal page. Follow along with me in the tutorial below.

Supplies used:

I started with a mixed media sheet of paper and I cut some patterned paper scraps randomly around the page.

Next, I chose this pretty stencil to add detail to the page.This one is a favorite of mine and I used my favorite aquamarine embellishment mouse over it. 

Now lets add  more layers with some die cuts. I added the fall leaf and the hello talk bubble.

With the Nuvo drops I added tiny tiny dots over the leaf to create a pattern and design.

To bring some shimmer I used the gilding flakes. Apply a thin layer of glue first and let it dry a bit. Then rub the gilding flakes onto the adhesive and remove the excess.

And here is how my page turned out! So pretty and colorful! I love october and all the fall colors and it makes me happy to bring all those colors onto my page.

I hope you get some crafty time today friends! Thanks for reading!