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Halloween Card Trio

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Halloween is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to send out some ghoulish greetings! Today’s post is packed with three different tutorials, so let’s dive in.

Card #1 – Spooky Cat

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I started by stamping the cat with my Versamark pad and covering with Nuvo Glitter Noir embossing powder. Then I carefully cut it out with the Tim Holtz mini snips.

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To create the layers, I trimmed the background with my 6″ Guillotine, cut the black layer with my Tangerine using a Lawn Fawn die, and created two medallions and a banner with my Silhouette Cameo. When I cut shapes like this with my Cameo, I like to do it in batches so that I can mix and match lots of cards all at once.

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I assembled my layers with a combination of tape runner, a Nuvo glue pen, and foam squares for extra dimension.

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Card #2 – Flying Bats

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To start, I cut several circles out of black cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. To apply the embellishment mousse, I used two different sponges to achieve mixed textures. I added little bits at a time, leaving some areas with little coverage to create a moon like appearance. I cut a background out of the same black cardstock using my Tangerine and one of the scalloped rectangles from the Layering Basics set. The glitter bats were cut on my Silhouette Cameo, while the stamped bat was cut with the Tim Holtz mini snips like you saw with the black cat earlier. I adhered the stamped bat with foam squares as well. To vary the dimension I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach the glitter bats, only applying it to the center so that the wings could lift off of the page slightly.

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The Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen is great for adding easy sparkle. I went over just the edges and center of the stamped bat to avoid making my ink bleed. It’s hard to see in the photo, but it was just the right amount of shimmer.

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For some added “star” details, I chose White Blizzard Nuvo drops. You can see in my finished photo that these dry very different than expected. I tested several different drops on a scrap of paper before using them on the actual card. Because of the dark background, the glitter picks up a slightly green tint, which I really like.

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Card #3 – Coffin Peek-a-Boo

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I started by applying layers of the Embellishment Mousse to just the border of the card. I want my window to open onto the white cardstock so I needed to leave the center clean. The window portion of the card consists of several layers. I have the card base, the patterned paper with the hinged coffin, and the individual coffin to layer on top. I first ran the patterned paper through my Tangerine with another size of the scalloped rectangles from Layering Basics set. Then I sent that through the Silhouette Cameo to cut the coffin door with one perforated edge. I also cut the individual coffin on the Cameo from black cardstock, then covered it with the Versamark pad and Glitter Noir embossing powder.

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I placed my sticker on the card before adhering the other layers with tape runner, using tiny pencil marks to get it in the center. I stamped and cut a skull, using the same process as the other cards. Then I added a few “coffin nails” with the Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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A simple piece of jute twine tied to the edge creates a contrasting texture next to the smooth metallic border. The added weight of the embellished coffin door keeps it closed until you are ready for a peek inside at the cute foil skeleton waiting underneath.

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And there you have three fun Halloween cards to give or display this year!

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Happy Haunting!

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Three ways to Hug

Hi Everyone

I’m so pleased to be back with you.  Today I am going to show you three very different ways to use each of the Nuvo pens and the hugs die.  Let’s take a look at the projects first of all:

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Let me take you through each card and how I made it, let’s start with the Kraft one:

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I stamped the Hugs stamp using the Nuvo white embossing powder on black cardstock and heated it.  Then I used the Nuvo glitter markers to color in each of the areas, they really pop well on the back. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I used foam tape to pop it up on the back.  The card front is half a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ that I used the card builder die to shape the front, so that it has that curved look.

Next we can look at the ombre card:

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For this one I first stamped out using the black embossing powder and heated it.  I used the two shades of aqua flow purple, I did the bottom in the dark and the top in the light, I also used the lighter color to ‘pull’ up some of the dark purple to create the third shade.  Again I cut it using the coordinating die in the set and used foam tape to give it dimension.  On the card front I trimmed 3/4″ on the front side and put a 1.5″ purple piece  aligned with the card edge on the back which is what you see on the right side from the front.

Finally I have the window card to show you:

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For this one I first of all added a piece of black to my card front and cut out the Hugs die, make sure you run the card through your Tangerine machine with it open, otherwise you will cut all the way through! Then I closed the card up and aligned the hugs stamp in the my Tim Holtz platform, pick up the stamp on the rubber side and now open the card before you stamp down, then your hugs will be on the inside of the card.  I then colored it in using the brush script markers and added some Nuvo accents to some of the areas.

These cards are all very easy, I made all three in around 40 minutes! I love ways to stretch my supplies to give different effects with the same stamps and dies.  Here’s a complete supply list:


Thanks so much for stopping by today, join me and my fellow design team members throughout the month for more inspiration and also stop by my blog at the Hollow for even more ideas!

Happy Stamping!

Alexandra

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Good Luck Teacher Card

I can’t believe that it is August and that it is almost time to send the kids back to school!  It feels like summer just flew by.  With school starting in only a few weeks, it is time to start thinking about gifts and cards for the teachers.  I decided to create a fun card that we can drop a gift card into to help with any additional supplies that the teacher might need.

Here’s what you will need:

Here’s how to put it all together:

Take a piece of the watercolor paper and stamp your image onto it with the clear ink.

Add embossing powder and then shake off the excess.  If there is any left over, you can use a small brush to carefully brush it away.  Heat set it when you are done.

Using your Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, add color to the image where you want.  To lighten it in areas, use the water brush with water after it initially dries.  Dab it with a paper towel and some of the color will be removed and it will be a lighter image.

 

Once the main image is dry, put 1-2 drops of Aqua Flow background colors onto the glass mat with some water.  Using the water brush, lightly add the softened colors to create your background.  Allow this to dry completely.

 

Stamp your sentiment, sprinkle with silver embossing powder, and heat set.

 

Trim down the image to a square that will fit on the front of your card base with some room around it.

Take your card base and tape down some baker’s twine to create a loopy decoration.

 

Add pop dots to your stamped piece and add it over the twine.

Add Nuvo drops and allow them to dry.

All that is left to do is add your gift card and a note to the teacher and you are all set!

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A card for just saying Hi!

I love simple and bright cards in the summer.  There is something about the summer colors that just make me smile and I love it when I have the opportunity to share that smile with someone that I care about.

This card is a simple way to do just that and it is a snap to create so it is the perfect balance of handmade and time-saving, married with the flair of summer.

Here’s what you will need to create your card:

Directions for putting it together:

1.Trim your kraft cardstock to 8.5″ x 5.5″ and fold it in half.  Use it to find two dies that will fit the way you like – one plain and one scalloped, with the scalloped one being smaller.

2.  Cut one of each out of the watercolor paper.

3.  Using a variety of colors of your aqua flow markers, begin adding color to the plain edged larger piece.  Dry between each layer.

4.  Using a third piece of watercolor paper, begin to create your flowers.  Start with the plain flower bases. Apply these stamps to the stamp platform.  Use the Aqua Flow pens to add color.  You might need to stamp it 2-3 times to get the color you are looking for.  Dry completely.

  

5.  Take the corresponding detailed stamp and use the alcohol markers to add the details.  Again you might need to stamp it 2-3 times.

6.  Using your snips, cut out your flower and petal shapes.  Run them through the Xyron.

7.   Adhere the desired flowers to the scalloped watercolor card.

8.  Add some subtle additional color to the cards by dripping on some of the Aqua Flow colors by tapping the pen against a finger.

9.  Add your ‘Hi” sentiment with your stickers.

10.  Use pop dots to add the layers together on the card.

Now you just need to grab an envelope, address it to the intended recipient and you are all set to go!

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Flowery Easel Card

IMG_4061Giving a handmade card to someone is nice but creating a card with a fancy fold for someone can really show how much they mean to you!  Creating an easel card can be fun and easy when using the new Balustrade in Bloom Flip-Flop, Easel & Frame Die set.

 

  • Cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11″ cardstock to 5 1/4 x 10 1/2″.  Score it at 5 1/4″.  Fold top portion in half to create the easel.  Position the die as shown…..you can see that only one side of this die has a cutting blade and the other side just cuts small slits.  The cut portion will create the easel effect
  • This is what your easel card will look like once you fold it!  Now it’s time to decorate the card.

 

  • Using the Woodland Aster die set, create some flowers to decorate the card.  After die cutting the flowers, sponge with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and shape the flowers!

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Here is a close-up of the flowers………

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Here is a look from the side of the Easel Card.  These kind of cards are super easy to create when using the Flip-flop, Easel & Frame Die range from Tonic Studios!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Personalized Happy Birthday Card – Karen Hasheck

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We all know a little boy or girl who would love to receive a special card for their birthday personalized with their name. Tonic Studio’s alphabet die sets make personalizing cards so easy and fun to do.

Supplies used to make this card:

Here are the steps to make this cute personalized birthday card:

1. Cut a 6 x 12 piece of watercolor cardstock and fold in half.

2. Attach a 4 ¾” square piece of blue cardstock in the center and emboss both with a happy birthday words embossing folder. Sponge the edges of the card with blue ink.

3. Stamp Henry on cream colored cardstock, and his hair, clothes and shoes on scrap pieces of various cardstock, cut them out and paper piece them together. Stamp the balloon on a patterned paper scrap and cut it out with the matching die.  Decorate Henry’s balloon and shirt with Nuvo’s glitter markers.

4. Stamp Heffi the dog on a craft piece of cardstock and cut him out with the matching die. Stamp his hat out of a striped designer paper and cut out. Color the stripes and pom pom on the hat with Nuvo’s glitter markers. Here is a close up look at the fun sparkle the glitter markers added to this card:

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5. Cut a strip of purple cardstock 5 ½” x ¾” and attach with pop dots to raise. Punch one inch squares out of watercolor cardstock. Die cut the name of the birthday boy using the Attraction Lower Case Simple Type Set. I chose Evan because he is my super cute grandson and he loves puppies and balloons. Attach the letters to the squares and then attach them to the purple strip.

6. Adhere the little boy with his balloon and the puppy with his hat to the card front. Finish by adding some more sparkle to the background with Nuvo’s gold glitter marker.

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Four Fold Spring Birthday Card – Karen Hasheck

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Today I am sharing a sneak peek at some brand new Tonic and Nuvo products and a new fun fold card design. I love card designs that allow me to be creative on many canvases like this design I found here.

Supplies I used to make this project:

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  1. Die cut the purple cardbase according to the instructions in this tutorial. Next cut a pink layer 2 ½” x 4” and die cut Tonic’s new Rose Garden Invite Insert Die in the center of that piece. Adhere that to the front of the purple cardbase and add some pretty butterflies die cut out of a floral designer paper with the little butterfly die from the Best Friends Forever Whimsical Frames Set. Attach the butterflies with glue dots and add a pink crystal drop embellishment on each.

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2. The second fold has a pink piece of cardstock embossed with the beautiful Fluttered Fence Embossing Folder and embellished with Grape Crystal Drops.

3. For the third canvas, stamp the brand new Delicate Detail Floral Tag Stamp with Versamark ink, heat set it with Nuvo’s Jet Black Embossing Powder, and stamp “Best Friends” from the Best Friends Forever set in the tag. The flowers and leaves were colored with the brand new Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Tip Watercolour Pens.

TIP: I discovered that the watercolor stays better inside embossed lines so I suggest heat embossing with Nuvo’s embossing powders if you are coloring a stamped image. Also it is best to push some color out of the watercolour pens onto a work surface such as Tonic’s Glass Cutting Mat and pick up the color there with the brush. If you push color out directly onto your cardstock, you may end up with am unwanted blob of color. You can also mix colors on the glass mat as I did for the pink/red flower. The Blush was a bit too light so I mixed in some Red Apple.

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4. The fourth panel was stamped with several layers of flowers and leaves from the brand new Bunched Bouquet Modern Buttonhole Stamp Set. The embossing folder that was used on the second panel has a matching die that features some beautiful butterflies. After die cutting the large die, cut a couple of the butterflies out and decorate them with more brand new Nuvo goodies- the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the Northern Lights set. It is hard to capture the sparkle of the glitter markers but they totally shimmer in real life. Finish the butterfly with some pink crystal drops.

5. On the last panel, attach another butterfly made with the Fluttered Fence die, glitter markers and crystal drops, and a die cut Happy Birthday wish from Tonic’s Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Die Set.

Each fold of this fun card full of butterflies and flowers and birthday wishes will surely delight the birthday girl on her special day. The new Tonic and Nuvo products used on this card will be available soon on line and in local stores.

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