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Enjoy Today Card – Marisa Job

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Hello friends! Today I have this vintage card to share with you. I absolutely love this die set called Greek Temple Square Layering Die Set. I usually color my flowers with distress inks, but today I tried Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and I was pretty happy with the shimmer look on the flowers.

Tonic Studios Supplies: 

Other Supplies: Blue Fern Studios – Tranquility Paper Collection, Neenah Papers – natural white and green cardstock, foam tape.

Instructions:

1. Create a 6” x 6” card base from natural white cardstock. Die cut 3 decorative frames using Greek Temple Square Layering die set from designer cardstock.

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2. Color edges of frame with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Cosmic Brown for a vintage look. Layer decorative frames on card using foam tape for dimension.

3. Die cut sentiment with Enjoy Today die from natural white cardstock and then adhere to center of card using Funky Glue Pen.

4. Die cut flowers with Bellus Buttercup die set from natural white cardstock. Color edges of flowers with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown and Bubblegum Blush using a sponge dauber. Shape flowers with Floral Crafters Tool Set. Layer petals with Funky Glue Pen to form flowers and then adhere to card. Embellish center of flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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5. Die cut leaves with Acorn Swirl die from green cardstock. Glue leaves under flowers.

 

 

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.

You will then use your paper distresser along the edges of the heart.  EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 7.jpg

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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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Heidi Blankenship

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Time sure is flying by!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going so far.  St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner.  I always think it’s a lot of fun to create banners and home decor pieces for the holidays.  Today, I am sharing how to use regular/standard dies to create a fun St. Patrick’s day banner.

Supplies used:

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This is a very easy banner to create and all of the die cutting is done in multiples of five.

  1. Use the cockle shell die template to cut five of the label shapes from white cardstock and also from the green glitter cardstock using two different sizes of die templates.
  2.  To create the flowers you will want to have a piece of crepe paper that is large enough to fold five times.
  3.  Using two different sizes of flowers from the bellus buttercup die and the folded crepe paper die cut the flowers.
  4.  Separate the paper flowers and then you will wanted to layer them on top of each other offsetting the petals.
  5.  Use the craft pick to poke a hole into the center of the flowers and then add a brad to hold and secure all of the flowers together.
  6.  To create some dimension for the flowers pull up each layer of petals one at a time to the center and crinkle them up.
  7.  Continue to crinkle all of the petals until all five flowers are done.
  8.  To add some color to the flowers you will want to use one of the mini blender brushes.
  9.  To add glitter to the flowers use the large glue pen and press down the glue pen on a craft sheet so some of the glue will come out.
  10. Then, dip the tips of the flower petals into the glue and add gold glitter.
  11. Next, you will use the scalloped oval die template to die cut five ovals with white cardstock.
  12. To create the gold glitter cardstock for the flourishes you will need a piece of white cardstock, the glimmer paste and a palette knife.
  13.  Using a palette knife spread the glimmer paste evenly on the white card stock and set aside to dry.
  14. Once the glimmer paste is dry use the flourish die cut from the jeweled crown die to cut five flourishes.
  15. Using the green glitter cardstock and dies from both of the letter set die cut the word Lucky.
  16.  Now for the fun part you get to assemble the banner.  Adhere the two label shapes using foam tape in between the layers.
  17. Use the craft tacky glue to adhere the flourishes to the top of the labels and also to add the letters to the center of the scalloped ovals.
  18. Adhere the scalloped ovals with more foam tape and use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
  19. Add all five of the label pieces to some green ribbon and then add white lace bows in between the labels.
  20. To finish off the banner add some glitter drops to all of the points on the larger white label as shown in the picture.

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Here are a couple to tips for creating the banner.

Tip–The crepe paper is a little more delicate than cardstock.  The easiest way that I have found to ink up the flowers is to cup one in your hand and use the blending brush in your other hand moving in a circular motion to apply the ink.

Tip–Create a little puddle of the glue from the glue pen on a craft mat and drip the flower petals.  By doing this it will give your flowers a nice even coat of the glue and it’s a lot less messier than trying to hold the flowers and add glue with the glue pen.

Tip–Don’t forget if you don’t have the right color of glitter paper you can always make your own with the glimmer paste, pure sheen glitter and sparkle dust.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are inspired to create some projects of your own for St. Patrick’s day!

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DIY Embellished Gift Bags

When embellishing gift bags, I like to keep it simple but the end result still needs to add a little drama. Because if you are decorating gift bags for a party, you will have a bunch of them to make and keeping the process simple speeds things along. Using the Layering Butterfly die set is perfect for such occasions!

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Supplies used:

I start by die cutting butterflies using the Layering Butterfly die set. When I have my Tangerine Machine out I like to die cut more than I need for a project, that way I always have a few extra beautiful die cuts to make a quick matching tag or card.

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Now comes the easy part. Simple adhere the butterflies one atop another and to create a stunning dimensional butterfly! I love how easy it is to make these!

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As a final touch, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss to add small tiny circles in the centre of each butterfly. And the bags are ready for the guests!

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Another way to add these butterflies to larger paper bags, is by first decorating the bag top with a paper doily. This gives a great frame like area for you to add the butterflies.

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Again I layer the butterflies, this time I added a gold butterfly as one of the layers to add a little shine to the bag.

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To finish off these bags I used a soft pink shade of Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss in Bubblegum shade to add dimension and gloss to the centre of each butterfly.

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Now come party day, I simply fill the bags with treats, fold the top of the paper bag down and these pretty embellished gift bags are ready to go!

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These are a few simple ideas to embellish gift bags for your spring parties. You could take this idea a step further and make matching cards, tags, banners etc using the same Layering Butterfly die set. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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A Wish for you…

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There’s such value in putting things down on paper!  Today, I have a sweet little wish jar for you!  My girls and I love crafting/creating art together, and are always making lists of ideas on what to craft next!  This jar was born…now each of us will have our own spot to keep those ideas in!  These jars can be filled with wishes of all kinds…so have fun creating yours!

Supplies Used:

Punch out scallop circle from white cardstock.  Layer on the embellishment mousse with a palette knife.  Allow it to dry.

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Write wish with the Nuvo adhesive pen.  Allow it to dry. Layer on some Sparkle dust.  Remove excess dust.

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Diecut hearts and doily and write with adhesive pen, and add in some sparkle dust.

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Hope you have fun creating little wish jars of your own!

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

Erin

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Gilded Trinket Box – Heidi Blankenship

 

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Do you love Pinterest?  I am a huge fan of Pinterest.  It is an endless supply of inspiration for colors, design, textures and all things creative.  Sometimes I pull inspiration from color or mood boards.  Other times it’s images of nature or art.  I have seen several mixed media or modern art canvases with a beautiful mixture of paint, texture paste, gilding, glitter and more.  The inspiration for my gilded trinket box came from those canvases.

Supplies used

>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Aquamarine 807N
>> Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Indian Gold 802N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Aqua 714N
>> Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Turquoise 712N
>> Nuvo Gilding Flakes – Radiant Gold 850N
>> Nuvo Glitter Drops – Blue Lagoon 753N
>> Craft Tacky Glue 120 ml. 419E

>> Martha Stewart Mother of Pearl Acrylic Paint
>> ButterBeeScraps – Metal Feet, Small Filigrees
>> B’Sue Boutiques – Large Metal Filigree
>> Ranger Multi Medium Matte (to glue metal)
>> Large Round Crystal Bead
>> Wood Box
>> Silicone Spatula
>> Paint Brush
>> Scoochy Sponge (rough or textured sponge)

 

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This is a fantastic and inexpensive way to create a beautiful DIY home decor piece.  I purchased three nested raw wood boxes from one of the big box craft stores and I believe the set was less then $15.00, so that is a great deal.

  1.  To start you will paint the base and lid of the box with mother of pearl acrylic paint.
  2.  Then scoop out small amounts of both the aquamarine and gold embellishment mousse and add a little water to both to create a watercolor wash.
  3.  Use a paint brush to apply the watercolor wash starting with the aquamarine and then add just a little of the gold here and there.
  4. Squeeze some of the crafty tacky glue on to a craft mat and add some water to thin it out.
  5.  Use a silicone spatula to apply the watered down glue.
  6. When you apply the glue you want to start at the bottom of the box and pull the glue up towards the top.
  7.  Do not cover the entire box with the glue.  You only need to make 3-5 swipes up each side of the box, but do one side at a time as the glue can dry fast.
  8.  Apply glue to one side and then sprinkle some of the aqua glitter on top and continue to do this on all four sides.
  9.  Once the first layer of glitter and glue is dry repeat step 8 and then apply the turquoise glitter to all four sides and set aside to dry.
  10.  Repeat step 8 again and for this layer you will add the gilding flakes. *Note–don’t cough or sneeze the gilding flakes will fly all over.  Ask me how I know lol. 🙂
  11.  Set the box aside until all of the glue is dry.
  12.  Once the glue is dry you can use your fingers to rub and burnish the gilding flakes.
  13.  Then you will use a scoochy sponge (rough or textured sponge) to buff any remaining flakes off.
  14. I repeated the same steps of adding glue and gilding flakes to all of the metal pieces (feet, small and large metal filigrees) and once the glue was dry I burnished and buffed all of the pieces.
  15. I used multi media matte adhesive to glue all of the metal pieces and the large round glass crystal bead to the center of the large metal filigree on the lid.
  16. To finish of the box I added blue lagoon glitter drops around the large filigree and on top of the crystal bead on the lid.

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Here is a close up of the gilded metal feet.

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I added the small gilded metal filigrees to all four sides of the lid.

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Here is a close up to see the top of the lid with the glitter drops.

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A couple of helpful tips.

  • Tip–add water to the craft tacky glue so it is easier to apply.  You don’t want to use a thick heavy glue for this technique.
  • Tip–when applying the glue use a silicone spatula, old gift card, palette knife.
  • Tip–apply the glue randomly in an upward stroke and try to leave some of each layer showing.  Kind of like scraping the glue up the sides and leaving space in between.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and maybe you will be inspired to take something as simple as a wooden box and create a beautiful home decor piece.

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Lucky Me

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I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

When I saw Tonic’s Lucky Horseshoe die set I knew that I just had to glitter them.

Most people that know me know I don’t use glitter very often, but I really like the look (and not the mess). So I wanted to share with you a little tip I like to use when adding Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitters to my die cuts.

Supplies:

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This will help minimize the glitter mess on your die cutting plates while setting the glitter firmly into the adhesive.

  1. Cut adhesive foam sheets to size of die for added dimension.
  2. Peel off backing and cover thoroughly with Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter of choice.
  3. Place die on top of glittered sheet and sandwich between 2 sheets of wax paper before running through your die cutting machine.
  4. Choose another die and color of glitter and repeat.

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This project had very little mess and with so many beautiful colors of glitter to choose from – this may become a habit!

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