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Miss You Card by Marisa Job

Hello Friends! I had so much fun coloring these new Mandala Moments stamps using the new Nuvo Brush Script markers. The markers work beautifully for coloring detailed images.

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Tonic Studios Supplies:

 

Other Supplies: White and Pink Cardstock, Ranger Distress ink pads, foam squares.

Instructions:

Die cut card base using Swirling Frame die set from white cardstock. Die cut decorative frame from pink cardstock, adhere to card base.

Stamp Miss You with Mandala Moments stamps and then die cut with coordinating dies. Color with Nuvo Brush Script pens and then adhere to card with foam squares.

Die cut multiple flowers using Plush Peony die set, color with distress inks. Shape flowers with Floral Crafters Tool Set and then glue to card using Funky Glue pen. Embellish center of flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Die cut leaves with Acorn Swirl die set, color with distress ink and then glue to card under flowers.

Create small pearls with Nuvo Jewel Drops around flowers.

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Have a great day!

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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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Adhere the hearts and doily to skewers, and place inside the jar.Tonic.WishJar.EYamabe - 5.jpg

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 Four Leaf Clover Easel Card – Karen Hasheck

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Four leaf clovers are lucky, right? I created this easel card with hearts and a Shamrock Blessing to bring luck to a special Irish friend of mine.

Supplies Needed:

TIP: A fun way to add interest to any size card is to make it an easel card. Cut any size card and fold the top part of the card in half with the bottom half down (a mountain fold.) Cut another piece of cardstock the same size as the front of the card and attach it to the bottom half only of the folded front. Place a pop up element in the inside of the card to hold the easel card front up as shown in this picture:

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It is easy to make a four leaf clover with Tonic Studio’s hearts layering set. I cut four squares of dark green cardstock and attached them to the square white card front. I die cut and embossed the medium size hearts from Tonic’s Traditional Hearts Layering Set out of light green cardstock. I also die cut and embossed four of the smallest hearts out of dark green cardstock and attached them forming a four leaf clover. I printed the Irish Shamrock Blessing off the internet, cut it out with one of the scalloped squares dies in the layering set and attached it in the inside of the white square card. I die cut and embossed one more little heart and raised it up with a pop dot to hold the easel card front up.

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TIP: I find the best finishing touch for most of my cards is to add Nuvo Crystal Drops. They are self leveling and form perfect little rounded embellishments to complete the card beautifully. I added Woodland Green Crystal Drops to the corners and center of the front and to the little heart pop up to complete my four leaf clover easel card.

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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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To brighten your day…

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Home decor brings me great joy to create!  Today, I have a little desk canvas, full of big LOVE for you.

Products Used:

After painting the canvas, gather the stencil, embellishment mousse, and palette knife together.  Place stencil on canvas, and spread the embellishment mousse over the areas you wish to cover your canvas.

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After allowing the mousse to dry, choose your paper to use in your layering heart diecut.  Adhere the layering heart with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to the canvas.Tonic.canvas. - 3.jpg

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Add some Glimmer Paste to the doily, and adhere the doily to the canvas.  Add some glimmer past randomly on the canvas.  Finally, adhere the colored Love sentiment to your doily!

Thank you making the Tonic blog a part of your creative day!

Erin

 

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Our Winners!!!

Thank you to all of you that entered our Tim Holtz snips giveaway!  Below are the winners!

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Please email me: stephenie(at)tonic-studios.com with your shipping info and I will send them out next week!