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!


Supplies Used:

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.



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.


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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Stencilled Planner Bookmarks

Hello friends! Smitha here with a new tutorial today. New year, new goals and that means new plans. I am making these adorable Mixed media bookmarks today! Let’s get started.


Supplies Used:

First, trim your paper to measure 2 by 6 inches. You can make the bookmark longer too if you wish, but the 2 inch width is a standard size.img_1634

Next, it’s time to add some shine. I used Glimmer paste for this. These come in various beautiful colors and they all sparkle in the light. img_1640

First, lay your stencil on top of the bookmark, align into place and then spread a thin layer of the Nuvo Glimmer paste using a palette knife.

Peel off carefully to reveal the design. This adds just a little texture and still is very flat.


I pierced a hole at the top and added a tassel to finish off my bookmark!Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-glimmer-paste

Whether your new years resolution is read more or if you just need a planner bookmark, these babies are fun to make and oh so cute!Smitha_Katti_Tonic_Studios-diy-bookmarks

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

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Golden Anniversary


If you’re looking for glamour, you just can’t beat the style of the 1920’s. This Art Deco stamp set from Neat and Tangled makes it so easy to recreate that bold and beautiful look. I had so much fun with this set I decided to create two variations of this card.

Supply List:



I started with two plain card bases and created a border with foil washi tape in two different sizes in slightly different colors. For the main part of my card I used the large background stamp from the Art Deco set. The stamp platform is so helpful to have when working with large stamps like this one.


Always make sure that you are using the correct side of the platform for the type of stamp you are using.


Normally I place my stamps in the corners, safely away from each other, but the size of this stamp did not leave space for that. I placed my stamp down on the paper to get it lined up correctly before closing the lid to attach it.


Then, after inking up the stamp with Versamark, I closed the platform and pressed down evenly across the stamp area. I repeated this process to ensure good coverage.


This pattern deserves to be extra fancy, so I reached for my glitter Nuvo embossing powder.


I trimmed the black layer slightly smaller than the card to expose the gold foil border. For one card I attached the layer flat with tape runner, but for the other I used foam squares.


For both cards I created a center piece in white card stock where I stamped my sentiment. I created a template for cutting this by stamping some scrap paper.


On one card, I attached the sentiment flat and added some sequins over it.



For my other card, I attached the center piece with foam squares, then added sequins and Nuvo drops down the center of the card.



So I ended up with one card with a flat background and elevated center, and another with an elevated background and flat center.



I know which one is my favorite, but which style do you prefer?



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!!


Supplies Used:

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!


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


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!


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!


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Tonic Studios and Neat & Tangled Blog Hop – You Make Life Sparkle Card

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today.  I am so happy to be sharing my Tonic Studios and Neat & Tangled Blog Hop project with all of you.


Supplies Used:

Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basic Die Set 1457e
Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Moonstone 953n
Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder – Gold Enchantment 596n
Nuvo Aqua Flow – Sping Meadows 893n – Lilac Blossom, Soft Rose, Fresh Green
Nuvo Aqua Flow – Winter Skies 891n – Indigo Dawn, Azure Blue
Nuvo Aqua Flow – Summer Holiday 892n – Red Apple, Aqua Splash
Nuvo Aqua Flow – Autumn Woodland 890n – Evergreen Fern
Nuvo Brush Script – Vivid Kaleidoscope 114n – 137 Tropical Aqua
Nuvo Brush Script – Pretty Pastels 112n – 132 Ballet Pink, 133 Soft Sky
Nuvo Brush Script – Bright Florals 111n – 128 Pale Lilac, 129 Deep Rose
Nuvo Brush Script – Mandala Infusion 113n – 134 Sapphire Blue
Nuvo Glitter Drops – White Blizzard 758n
Nuvo Crystal Glaze 947n
Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle 849n
V Blade Trimmer 159e
Essentials Easy Clean Mat 14″ x 14″ 1514e
Tangerine Die Cutting & Embossing Machine 138e
Neat & Tangled Dazzling Clear Stamp Set
Neat & Tangled Dazzling – Nice and Neat Dies
Neat & Tangled Nesting Hexagons – Simply Stencil
Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 400 Series
White Cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, VersaMark Ink
White Craft Foam, Scotch Foam Tape, Scor Tape
Heat Tool, Palette Kinfe

To start, I created a rainbow ink blended background using some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, and Twisted Citron inks.  To achieve the smooth blend I used mini ink blending tools and went over each color 2-3 times for a seamless blend.  I used a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper for the background and I did all of the ink blending on the easy clean mat.


I wanted to do a tone on tone technique using the Nesting Hexagons stencil from Neat & Tangled and the inks.  I used a small loop of painter’s tape on the backside of the paper to secure it in place on the easy clean mat and then taped the stencil in place.  I applied the same ink colors over top of the stencil.


Next, I wanted to add some sparkle to the background while the stencil was still in place.  I applied the glimmer paste using a palette knife.  The glimmer paste will re-activate the inks so I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom of the paper.  I wiped off the excess paste on the craft mat when it started to change color from the inks.  Carefully remove the stencil and then be sure to wash and clean the stencil, palette knife and craft mat right away to remove the excess glimmer paste.  Set paper aside to dry.  The glimmer paste will dry pretty quick — within just a few minutes.


I absolutely love the look of water droplets with the oxide inks.  So once the paper was dry I took a paint brush with clean water and added the droplets.  Then, I used a paper towel to blot up the water.  Rainbow, tons of sparkle, and water droplets = love!


For my focal point I am using the crystal image from the Neat & Tangled Dazzling clear stamp set.  I stamped the image using VersaMark ink and added gold enchantment embossing powder.  I used my heat tool to melt and set the embossing powder.  I love the little touch of sparkle in the embossing powder.  I stamped and embossed the image twice because I will be die cutting one of them to layer on top of the other.


I used a combination of the Aqua Flow and Brush Script pens to watercolor the image.  I just scribbled the pens on to the craft mat and then I picked them up with some water and a paint brush.  I did a couple of layers of watercolor on each part of the image.  The first layer was just to lay down some color and the other layers were to add some depth to the image.  All of the colors are listed and linked in the supply list above and I also listed the color groups.


Next, I used the rectangle dies from Tonic and the coordinating Neat & Tangled Dazzling – Nice and Neat Die to cut out the background and the images.  I used the Tangerine machine to do all of my die cutting.


I layered the die cut image of the crystals on to the stamped image of the crystals using some foam tape.  Then, I added crystal glaze on top of all of the crystals and a few drops of the white blizzard glitter drops –because you can never have enough sparkle lol.


Here is a close up of the crystal image once the glaze and drops are dry.


Here is a close up of the background to see the sparkle from the glimmer paste and the water droplets.  Love all the sparkle!


And here is one last look at the finished card.


To add a little more dimension to the card I added craft foam to the smaller rectangle and also to the watercolor background.  I used a white A2 top folding card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my project share.  I had so much fun playing with all of the fantastic Neat & Tangle products along with the Tonic Studios products!

Have a wonderful and crafty day!

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A-Mazing Interactive Card

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am making a fun interactive maze card.  There’s so many option of adding characters, retro gaming, maze of life or love; I had so much fun making this card and have so many ideas for variations! It was also the first time I had used a Nuvo colored embossing powder….needless to say I will now be using them ALOT!!!  Here’s a look at the finished card….

Maze Upright

It’s a little tricky to see in the picture above so I Tok this close up so that you can see the ball bearing I popped inside for the interactive element…

Maze Macro

I also have a full video tutorial on how you can create this yourself…

I hope you are excited to give this a try, here is your supply list…

Thanks so much for joining me today, I’m excited to see the rest of the design teams Neat & Tangled projects too!