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Hetty & Harry Hippo – One Die / Two Different Looks

I love all the Wild Buildables Collection of animal dies but I think the Hippo is my favorite. I wanted to show the versatility these dies offer by creating 2 cards with the same die sets. There are so many fun combinations if you use a little imagination.

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Here is what you will need to create the cards above:

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I don’t always know what the end result will be when I start creating my projects. I started by cutting all the main elements in dark gray and then again in light gray so I could mix them and create opposite colored animals. Tonic-Hetty-Hippo2

Cut eyelashes, eyes and flower centers in black and your choice of flower colors.

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Cut another foot, arm and nostril in each color and 2 teeth in white.

Cut another body piece in patterned paper to use as a dress.

Use Foam Adhesive to add dimension to nose and feet.

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TIP: Use the foot and hand dies as stencils to apply a little ink for “fingernail polish” and Hetty’s other accents.

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Cut the extra pieces needed again to assemble Harry.

TIP: Cut another eyelash to use for hair and 2 extra nostrils and flower stem for a pair of glasses.

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It’s hard to believe that these are the same die. A few Nuvo Crystal Drops are a great accent for Harry.

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I hope you enjoyed my take on the Wild Buildables Hetty/Harry Hippo Die Set.  Happy crafting!

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Birthday Wishes Card by Marisa Job

Hello friends! I have been having so much fun with my Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens. They are great for coloring and creating water colored backgrounds. The colors blend beautifully with water using the Nuvo spray bottle and Nuvo water brush.

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Tonic Studios Supplies:

Other Supplies: White, Purple and blue cardstock, white watercolor cardstock, Ranger Distress Inks, purple silk ribbon, heat tool.

Instructions:

1. Create a 6” x 6” card base from purple cardstock. Die cut a 5 ½” x 5 ½” square with Scalloped Square die set from white watercolor cardstock.

2. To create the water colored background, scribble with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens on glass cutting mat. I used Aqua Splash, Indigo Dawn and Azure Blue Aqua Flow pens. Spray water on top with Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle and then apply white watercolor cardstock on top to capture color. Dry wet cardstock with heat tool. Repeat this process several times until colors are darker.

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3. Die cut Posy Pillar Strips from white cardstock. Color with Aqua Flow pens as background. Glue to card with Funky Glue Pen. Color inside the die cuts with Aqua Splash pen and Nuvo Water Brush.

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4. Mat water colored square with blue cardstock and adhere to card front.

5. Die cut flowers with Apple Blossom die set from white cardstock. Color flowers and leaves with distress inks and dauber. Shape petals with Floral Crafters Tool set, glue layers together and then adhere to card as pictured. Embellish center of flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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6. Create a bow with purple silk ribbon and glue under flower.

Have a great day!!

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You Are Amazing Card by Heidi Blankenship

Hello everyone!  Heidi here today.  Have you seen the beautiful mandala garden stones that are very trendy right now?  I think they are so beautiful and the intricate designs are amazing.  I wanted to create a card that would resemble the look of the mandala garden stones.  The Nuvo Crystal Drops are perfect for creating the little dots of paint.

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Here is what you will need to create your card:

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To start, place the stencil on top of the mixed media paper.  You can use a low-tack tape to hold the stencil in place.  Then, use a palette knife to apply the Nuvo Mousse Pure Platinum.  Remove the stencil and set paper aside to dry.  Wash the palette knife and the stencil right away.

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Next, apply the Nuvo Crystal Drops.  To create a rainbow pattern use the Nuvo Crystal Drops in this order Gloss – Carnation Pink, Gloss – Ripened Pumpkin, Gloss – Dandelion Yellow, Gloss – Apple Green, Gloss – Caribbean Ocean, and Gloss – Crushed Grape.  Start in the center and work your way out to the edge of the design.  Then set aside to dry. Applying light pressure to the bottles will create smaller drops and a little heavier pressure will create the larger drops.  If you need to, practice making different size drops on a piece of scratch paper.

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Here is a close up to see the dimension from the mousse and drops.

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The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock using VersaMark ink.  Then add Nuvo Glitter Embossing Powder – Silver Moonlight and use a heat tool to melt and heat set the powder.  Fussy cut the banner ends of the paper using the Tim Holtz – 5 Inch Mini Snips. To add some dimension to the sentiments add foam squares to the back and then add to the card front.

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To finish off the card add scor-tape to both sides of a piece of white craft foam.  Adhere the card front to the craft foam.  Then adhere the card front to a black A2 top folding card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

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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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Floral Hello Shaker Card – Karen Hasheck

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I love the red, green and gold mirror card in Tonic’s Christmas Gloss Mirror Card Pack, but those colors are traditionally used mainly for Christmas cards, right? Since my favorite color of rose is red and the leaves are green, I decided to use the traditional Christmas colors for a summer floral shaker card I am sharing today.

Supplies used to make this card:

Other: gold floral sequins, Recollections Chunky Glitter Glitz and Multi-Colored, off white tulle, green sparkly and speckled off white cardstock, glue dots, Sookang two sided tape and mounting tape

Here are the steps to make this floral hello shaker card:

1. Die cut the bunched roses out of red mirror card and cut the flowers apart.

2. Die cut the bunched roses out of green mirror card, then run through the Tangerine machine with the embossing plate and rubber to emboss. Glue the red roses onto the green roses.

3. Die cut a red, green and gold butterfly out of mirror card, then emboss them in Tonic’s Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.

4. Cut a 5 ½” square card base out of speckled cream cardstock and a 5 ¼” square sparkly green card front. Attach the green card front with temporary tape and cut a scalloped diamond out of both.

5. Attach tulle to the back of the card front with very strong two sided tape. Dump gold floral sequins and multi-colored and clear chunky glitter in the center of the tulle and seal them in with more strong two sided tape. Attach the green card front with the tulle shaker window to the front of the card lining up the diamond openings.

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6. Stamp hello in the inside and attach two gold floral sequins where they can be seen through the tulle window.

7. Create and attach a gold mirror card scalloped diamond frame with two dies from the Mixed Edge Diamond Layering Basics Set and attach around the diamond shaker window. Attach the red and green rose and the butterflies to the front of the card.

TIP: If you want your die cut butterflies to look like they are flying after going through the mail to your recipient, I suggest attaching the center with a strong glue dot and attaching the wings with small strips of mounting tape so they stay up even after mailing. For attaching delicate detailed dies like the Bunched Roses  and also the gold diamond frame on my card, I highly recommend Nuvo’s Deluxe Adhesive Glue. The fine tip makes applying the glue so easy, it dries clear and holds perfectly.

The tulle holds the shaker sequins in a see through window. Here is a look at the card with the shaker pieces all shook up:

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2017-18 Design Team Call

I am pleased to announce that we are having a design team call!

Have you ever wanted to be a member of the Tonic Studios US design team?  If so, now is your chance!

Applications are open now through the end of July – closing on July 31 @ midnight CST.

We are looking for fresh faces, unique ideas, and professional designers to help us create quality projects and inspiration for our fans!

If that is you, we hope that you will apply!

Applications are available ***HERE***

Good luck!