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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.

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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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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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Confetti Card with Nuvo Jewel Drops

Hello Friends! Smitha here with a fun way to use your Nuvo Jewel Drops to create an easy colorful card!

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Supplies you will need:

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I am making a standard card today that measures 4.25 by 5.5 inches in size. I started by stamping my sentiment in the centre with a black ink.

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Next, I placed my stencil on top. I like to hold my stencil in place by attaching some tacky tapes at all the corners. I also attached some tape right over my stamped sentiment. It is easy to see the sentiment through the stencil and mask it in this manner. IMG_0021

Next I squeezed out a my Nuvo Crystal Drop colors on top of the stencil. You don’t need much of the drops- I actually squeezed a bit too much in the photo below.

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Then using a palette knife, I gently smoothed the crystal drops into the stencil. I like to move from the top to bottom and this way the colors mix slightly along the way.

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I carefully lifted off the stencil and I love the confetti like texture and shimmer these crystal drops give!

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I hope you give this technique a try! It’s super fun!

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Easter Treat Boxes

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These cute Easter boxes are so much fun to make, you can fill them up with chocolate Easter eggs for a special treat. And, there are so many different variations that you can create with just a few simple changes that the options are infinite.

Supplies:

Instructions:

1. Die cut box using Graceful Marquee Gift Box Die Set and paper of your choice. Using a sponge or brush color box base with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.

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2.  Die cut decorative panels and color with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I used Peony Pink, Lilac Lavender and Fresh Copper. Glue decorative panels to the box with Funky Glue pen.

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3.  Assemble box by gluing at the tabs and folding scored lines. Use ribbon to close box and then make a bow.

4.  You can also use Easter designer paper to decorate the box or make a cute bunny with Betty Bunny die set.  To make the bunny die cut Betty Bunny using metallic cardstock in pink, gray and white. Assemble bunny as pictured and then adhere to front of box with foam squares. Glue craft eyes to bunny using Funky Glue Pen.

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Have a great day!

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My Mother My Friend Card

Hello friends!  I know it’s just a little early to be working on Mother’s Day cards, but with the winter weather rearing it’s ugly head, I thought it would help my spring fever to create a spring-type card!

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Tonic Studios Brush Script pens work great to watercolor images using a water pen and some watercolor paper.  To use these markers with the water pen, it works really great to color them onto a palette of some kind.  Here they are colored onto an acrylic block.

Supplies Used:

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By mixing the green and yellow colors together, you can achieve different shades of green for the image.

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After coloring the leaves, use the coral color directly onto the paper and then go back in using the water pen to blend the darker color into a lighter color.

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By stamping the flower image onto the 4 corners of watercolor paper, you can create your own patterned paper for this card.  Once the image panels are dry, you can use the Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die set to die cut them to the perfect sizes.

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Adding Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the flower image adds some dimension and shine.

Here is a closer look……

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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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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