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Mother’s Day Card using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

Hello friends! It’s Smitha here creating a simple card with a repetitive stamping technique. Mother’s day is coming up and since my Mom lives far away from me, I wanted to make her a special card.

Supplies you will need:

This is my first time stamping with the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform and I have to say this first- this platform makes stamping SO easy! And so much more enjoyable! I am going to be creating a pattern today using the Delicate Detail Henna Flourish Stamp set.

I have a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card held in place with the magnets on the stamping platform. I also placed a piece of purple cardstock behind it to catch any stray ink that stamps off of the edges.

To Repeat Stamp my image, I just moved my card base by 1 inch on the stamping platform, re-inked the stamp and then stamped. This is such an easy way to create a pattern with a small stamp. There is no lining up of the stamp or uncertainty. And best of all- the stamping goes by so fast!!

For the bottom row I chose a darker purple shade of ink and I needed to mask off the top of the stamp with a post it.

For the top row, I chose a yellow colored ink and followed the same principle- stamp, move card by 1 inch, re ink and stamp again. I did not have to do any masking this time, because the stamp hung off the top of the card.

And here is my finished stamped background. I love how easy it was to stamp this!

Now, I needed to stamp the sentiment- which is a clear stamp. The previous stamp was rubber and now I need to change the stamping platform plate to accomodate the clear stamp height. This is super simple to do, just hold the stamping plate at 90 degrees as seen below. The plate will come off at the hinge and you can flip it.

And now you want to add the stamping plate back in place, with the ‘clear’ side on top.

Next, I am stamping this label shape from the Hello Sweetie- Pie stamp set with the same yellow colored ink I used before.

Since this label stamp has such a large solid area to ink and stamp I had some white areas where I did not ink the stamp properly. I simply re-inked the stamp and stamped again. You can easily stamp the same image multiple times to get a darker ink shade with the stamping platform.

I also stamped the outline stamp with glue and added some Nuvo Gilding Flakes on top. I love the soft shine these gilding flakes add!

Using the Tim Holtz snips I cut out the label shape and added the letters to spell the word mom. I also stamped a “I’m missing you” sentiment beneath.

After assembling the card, I felt that the mom word needed some gilding flakes as well. I simple ran the glue over the letters and added the gilding flakes onto it, brushed off the excess. I finished off the card with a few dots of the Nuvo Crystal drops.

I simply love the way the gilded letters catch the light now!

I am off to mail this card out to mom now, hope you get to make something special today as well!

Happy Crafting!

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Mixed Media Panels

Hello crafters! It’s Smitha here with a fun Mixed Media technique. I am creating a smaller mixed media panel in some fun spring colors today!

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Supplies used:

I started by trimming my paper down to a smaller size. I am using watercolor paper today, because I plan to add lots of layers to this Mixed Media panel and I don’t want any warping. Then using the Tim Holtz snips I cut down strips of old book papers and patterned papers, glued them onto the panel.

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To add some pops of color I added Nuvo Crystal drops in few areas and then smushed it around with a brush (or you can use your fingers too!)

This is a fun way to bring color to your Mixed Media pages.

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For the next layer, I stamped a pretty flower with glue and then added the gilding flakes on top. To burnish in the gilding flakes I used a nice bristled brush.

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Now it’s time to add some dimension! I love the Nuvo Embellishment mousse- they go on so easily and dry super quick! I layered them onto the page with a pretty stencil.

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To make things springy, I added some die cut butterflies. I like to add the negative space in areas, cut some butterflies in half in areas- just to add some interest.

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I finished off my panels with a few Nuvo Crystal Drop accents. These were lots of fun to make and turned out pretty cool. And they are small enough that I can add them to a card front even. Let me know in the comments below if you thing these panels are fun to make!

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Thanks for spending some crafting time with me today friends!

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Happy Crafting!

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Love Mixed Media Layout

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My daughter is getting married in June and I wanted to create a scrapbook layout using one of the engagement pictures.  I wanted my layout to be fairly flat so that it could easily be displayed in a frame, but would still go into a scrapbook. Using Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse, Nuvo Jewels drops and Tonic Studios dies helped me achieve the look I was hoping for!

Here are the supplies I used:

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  1.  Use the Super Trimmer to cut out the middle portion of the base patterned paper.  This is a great paper saving technique when there is limited patterned paper for your layout.

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2.  Distress and tear edges to create interest for the second layer of the layout.  Use a sponge dauber to apply Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse around the outside edges.

3.  Using the Failing Diamonds 6×6 Stencil and a palette knife, apply the Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse directly to the layout and allow to dry.

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4.  Die cut kraft cardstock using the Classic Quatrefoil Patterned Panels die.  Use the paper snips to trim the die cut to fit into the corners of the layout and adhere into place.

5.  Die cut the Sent with Love die from kraft cardstock.  Use the 5″ snips to cut off the “sent with” portion of the die so that it now only reads “love”. Use sponge to apply Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse all over this die cut.

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6.  Free hand cut a heart from some matching patterned paper.  Sponge and distress edges to match the layout.  Adhere onto layout.

7.  Adhere the “love” sentiment die cut into place as shown.

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8.  Mat the picture onto a piece of the patterned paper that was saved from the base piece.  Adhere to the layout using foam tape.

9.  Cut flowers from the paper collection to add to the layout for added interest.

10.  Apply Rosewater Jewel Drops onto layout.

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Here is a closer look at my layout.

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Another look at the layout…….

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Have a great day!

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Spring Layout | Love You

Spring is in the air! The blossoms opening up, the sweet scents of the season to come, and a promise of a fresh start are just some of the reasons this can be a favorite season! Let’s celebrate, and get creating!

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Supplies used:

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To begin, choose your stencil and embellishment mousse.

You will then layer on your embellishment mousse in the desired areas. Then, allow to dry, or use your heat tool to speed up the drying time.

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Next, you will choose your patterned paper to make the delicate heart die. Your Tim Holtz snips will come in handy, to poke out the little pieces from this intricate type of die cut!

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Add your deluxe adhesive to the delicate heart, and adhere to doily.  Then, adhere your doily to your paper, overlapping the embellishment mousse.

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Next, you will create the heart die cut.  This die cut was borrowed, and you can make one and then have an original to trace, as this project shows.

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After you choose your embossing powder, you will create your sentiment Love You More next.

Using a scallop circle punch, you will punch out a 3″ scallop circle from white cardstock.

Stamp the image with versamark ink.

Add your embossing powder over your stamped image.  Tap off the excess powder.

Use your embossing gun or heat tool to allow your embossing powder to set.

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Ink your edges with any distress ink you desire.

Add your glitter accents adhesive to the outside edges.

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Your cute little banner comes next!

Choose any four of the banners from the Tonic decorative banners die cut set.

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You will create two sets of those four banner die cuts.

Apply the deluxe adhesive to the decorative side of your banner pieces.

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Lastly, you will add some Nuvo Crystal drops to the tops of your decorative banners, and voila!  Your beautiful spring layout is here!

Thank you for stopping by and making Tonic a part of your creative day!

Erin

 

 

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Mixed Media Bookmarks for Planners

I am making some Mixed Media Bookmarks today to use in your planner, reading or just to mark your page in your journal. These bookmarks can be customized to say whatever you need!

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Supplies used:

I used the Simple Screens Starry Starry Night die to cut out three negative spaces on a blue sheet of cardstock. There are a lot of little tiny pieces that are cut with this die, so be sure to have you Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick on hand!

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Using the V trimmer, I trimmed around the die cuts, making them more of a bookmark shape.

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Next, I adhered another piece of cardstock beneath the die cut and also glued in a tassel on the top. I wanted a tone on tone look and went with two similar shades of blue here, but you could use a contrasting color of cardstock beneath for a much bolder look.

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To bring in a mixed media element and also a subtle shine, I added a thin layer of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Aquamarine onto a small part of the bookmark. You want to make sure you apply a super thin layer, because we are not really looking to add bulk or dimension to the bookmark, just some soft texture.

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Before the mousse dries, I trimmed and added a a little twine and a few sticker words onto the mousse and pressed down firmly.

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After the mousse dried, which takes about 5 minutes of less since it’s a thin layer here, I added a few different Nuvo crystal drops around the bookmark in the center of each small star.

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And that’s it! I now have a set of pretty bookmarks, ready to use! I love the details on these bookmarks are they are bound to make you smile every time you use it.

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True Love Card

Hello friends!  Can you believe it is almost Valentine’s Day?  I know I can’t, but after creating about a million Christmas cards, it was fantastic to create something different.  Today I have a short tutorial showing you how to create a fun Valentine’s Day card using some Nuvo Sparkle Dust!

These are the supplies I used to create my card:

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Create the base of your card from white cardstock by cutting the cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11″.

Score it at 5 1/2″ and fold.  Then cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″.

Cut another piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4 x 5″.

Adhere the smaller white layer onto the black layer.

Now it’s time to cut the banners.

Cut a strip of the patterned paper to 1 1/2″.  Using a ruler, mark the middle point and draw a 1/2″ line.

Use the 5″ snips to cut from the edge up to the top of your pencil mark.

Do that on the other side so that you cut out a triangle at the bottom of your patterned paper.  Use the triangle that you cut out to cut the other strip of patterned paper.

Adhere these banner strips onto the front of the card.

To create the glittery heart, adhere a piece of Stick-It adhesive sheet to the front of a piece of white cardstock.

Die cut this with one of the heart dies from the Traditional Heart Layering Basics Die Set.  Since the Stick-it Adhesive is on the front, it will be easy to apply the Sparkle Dust.

Remove the release sheet from the front of the heart to expose the adhesive.

Place the heart in a coffee filter and sprinkle on the Nuvo Rose Quartz Sparkle Dust and tap off the excess.

Then use the coffee filter to put the extra sparkle dust back in the post.

Apply 3d foam squares onto the back of the heart and adhere it into place.

Use the Super Trimmer to cut a strip of the patterned paper so that you can use this as the sentiment for your card.

Apply some Funky glue to the back of the strip and place it on your card using the tweezers.  That will allow you not to get your fingers all gooey with glue!

Tie the ribbon into a bow at the top of the card panel and adhere the panel to the white cardstock base to finish.

I love how much sparkle you get with this lovely Rose Quartz Sparkle Dust.  I hope I have sparked your creativity so you can create some Valentine’s Day cards!

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New Year’s Eve Ensemble

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Are you getting together with friends and family to celebrate the New Year?  If so I have a few projects to share with you that are quick and easy to create and will add a personal touch.

These are the supplies needed to create all of the projects.

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I used the 1064E bottle wrap keepsake thin insert die set to cut three pieces of black cardstock for the bottle wrap.

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Next, I added red line tape to the long tabs on the left side of the die cuts.  I like to use a really strong adhesive when I am creating three dimensional projects.  I also folded the pieces on all of the score lines.  The die creates all of the score lines so it’s a very easy die cut to work with.

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Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces put together.  I just have to adhere the last tab and then the bottle wrap will take its shape.

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I used the large scalloped rectangle and the decorative insert in the same die set to cut a decorative gold mirror piece for the outside of the box.

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I used the large Nuvo glue pen to add adhesive to the back of the gold mirror decorative die and added that to the top of the deep rose large scalloped edge rectangle die.

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Here is a look at the die cuts layered together and added to the bottle wrap.

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I wanted the word celebrate to stand out a little more so I added Nuvo crystal glaze to all of the letters and then I added some Nuvo sparkle dust – snow glow

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To create the tag for the wine bottle wrap I used the number dies from the Advent Treat Squeeze Box Die Set and the Star Layering Die Set.

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I die cut a black star and a deep rose star and layered the two pieces using craft tacky glue. Then I added the gold mirror numbers to the layered stars.  I used the smaller gold mirror stars to decorate the sided of the wine bottle wrap.

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Here is a look at the finished wine bottle wrap and the star tag.

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Adding the sparkle dust really makes the word celebrate pop.

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Here is a close up of the star 2017 tag.  I punched a small hole in the tag and used some ivory and gold edge ribbon to tie up the wine bottle wrap and add the tag.

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Next, I embossed some napkins.  This is so fun, quick, and easy to do.  Just emboss the napkin like you would a piece of paper.  Solid colored napkins work the best for embossing.  I used the modern chevron 8 x 8 embossing folder to emboss all of the napkins.

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Here is a close up to see the great embossing detail on the napkin.

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For my third project I created a fun treat box using the pillow box & sentiments/tag die set. I die cut the box from black cardstock and using gold mirror cardstock for the sentiment.  This is another die that created all of the score lines for you.  To assemble the box I added red line tape to the sided and lined out the edges of the paper and score lines.  This box goes together very easily.

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To finish off the pillow box I added dots of the Nuvo glitter drops – honey gold to the front of the box.  I punched a small hole in the word party.  Then, I added some ribbon and tied on the word party and added a box. These boxes would be great to add some candy or maybe some confetti.

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The the last project I made some wine glass charms.  These really come in handy if you are having several guests so people don’t get their glasses mixed up.  I used the star layering die set to cut a few black stars.  Then, I used the Rococo mini wreath decoration die set to cut some of the smaller shaped with gold mirror cardstock.  I used the craft tacky glue to layered and adhere the die cut pieces.  I punched a small hole in the stars, added a gold jump ring and then tied a piece of metallic gold string onto each heart.  The charms can be tied on to the stem of the wine glasses.

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The wine glass charms look great on the glasses.

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I hope you enjoyed all of the New Year’s Eve projects.  They are quick and easy to make. You could use them for a celebration at your own house or they would be great for gift giving, especially the wine bottle wraps.

I hope you all have a very Happy and Safe New Year’s Eve!  Here’s to 2017!!

Happy crafting,

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