Friday, 20 January 2017

Brrr.... So cold.... Here's Another Bendy Card - Tangled Terrace Window Box Die Set - Karen Rowland

Morning All, well it's a chilly but beautifully sunny day down here in South Wales today :)   

I'd like to share a card that I made using the new Tonic Studios Window Box Die Collection, this one is using the Tangled Terrace

 Along with the Tangled Terrace - 1563E, I also used the leaf spray from the Autumnal Oak Die Set - 1431E, the Best Wishes Miniature Moment Die - 1242E, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder - 1442E

I started off with a 6 x 6 card blank, I cut myself some layers, brown 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 and blue 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I embossed the blue layer then distressed the edge with some Burnished Bronze Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - 814N which I applied with an inking brush to give me a nice soft effect.  I lined my layer up on my card front before I cut the slit with the Window Box Slit Die - 1564E as I wanted my front curved elements to be right at the bottom of the card, not just the bottom of the layer.  I cut my main curved pieces from brown and added the detail cuts to the blue verso layer which I again distressed with the Nuvo Mousse.  I added my curved card pieces to the actual card blank so I knew it would stand up properly.  You could decorate this anyway you like but I chose the Autumn Leaves Collection to tie in with the foliage on the Verso detail die.  I cut the leaf spray in cream and brown, distressing the cream die cut with the Mousse and the same with the Best Wishes sentiment.  I attached these to the card front with my trusty Funky Glue Pen - 421E and added a pretty brown and cream gingham bow.  A nice simple card.

Hope you like it :)
Happy Crafting

Karen xx

Have A Little Faith With Tonic - Jennifer kray

Hola and TGIF! 

I'm delighted to share three cards using the Sun Ray Scene from of the 'Faith Die Sets' Tonic Studios released last year. How many of us buy dies, use them once or twice and then forget about them? It may not be from the newest collection, but let's not forget about the dies we already have either - this one is particularly fabulous! 

Tonic Materials: 
Inspirations 1 Sentiments - Die Set (used Memories) - 367E

My first card I'm calling 'Hello Sunshine'! All the elements were die cut from watercolour card and coloured with Tonics new Aqua Flow Pens. These pens are absolutely amazing and a little goes a long way. They blended beautifully on my card and also on the Miniature moments 'Hello' sentiment.  I finished this part with the Aqua Flow Glitter Gloss because it's a sunburst and meant to sparkle! 

The next part of my card I heat embossed onto watercolour card using Marmalade, from Marmalade's World Stamp set and Accessory Set  2 for the bow. Getting out the Aqua Flow Pens again it was all coloured in. 

The card itself is a double aperture so goes through both front and back as the light catches the sun rays in different ways for some neat effects. I finished off by using hessian ribbon and quickly cut out and hand rolled the centre rose to complete. 

My next card is just using the centre parts of the same Sun Ray Die and Hello sentiment but this time I cut into black cardstock. I also used Carribean Novo Drops and Nuvo Turquoise Glitter for a completely different look and feel to my first card.

My final card is more traditional, with a few extras. I decided to use some of the new Nuvo Mousse mixed with a little water to sprinkle on my backdrop (Pacific Teal, Cornflower Blue, Powder Blue). I also die cut flowers from Beautiful Blooms, the Rococo Laura Butterfly die and the Memories sentiment from the Inspirations 1 set. Now, you may have seen the newest release - the Window Dies. This would have a similar effect but I had to make mine the old fashioned way. The memories sentiment does fold flat as there is a little slit under one of the flowers - but you can now do this with ease if you have the new dies!

I'd love to see you dig out some of your older dies; they never go out of fashion and you could incorporate new techniques or collections for a completely different look! Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back in the next couple weeks with a really fun and easy floral home decor project. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog post today and many thanks to Tonic Studios for having faith in me. 

Lots of Love

Jennifer xx

Window box Cards - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon and welcome to my blog today.

Today's cards are from Tonic Studios Window Box Die sets which are currently a 4 day deal on create and craft . Today we have shows at 1 & 5pm with the lovely Mandy Taylor so be sure to tune in as there will be fabulous demonstrations.Today is just a gallery of the cards i made for the shows.

Thank you for joining me today

Until next time

Victoria xx

Edna Taylor - Thank you

 Good morning. Thank you for joining me today on the blog.

I have another duo of cards today from the Tonic Studios Dimensions Window Box launch.

This time I'm featuring the Pretty Piazza die set.

Tonic products used - 
Romantic Cottage papers, sentiment and card stock
Eastern Oyster layering dies
Nuvo alcohol marker #417 to colour the ivory seam binding

As the cards were made a wee while ago this naughty Christmas card managed to sneak in to the samples. LOL 😄
I think the delicate die cut looks fabulous in gold mirror card. 

Tonic products used - 
Dimensions Window Box Pretty Piazza
Rococo Holly Bouquet
Christmas sentiment
Red Berry Crystal drops
Gold mirror card - Christmas Gloss pack
Craft Perfect Red Poinsettia

Don't forget to catch today's shows with Mandy at 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm on Create & Craft.

As always there is a lot of inspiration on our Tonic Blog where you will also find links to the Social Media sites and DT blogs. 

Have a good day! 

Edna Taylor - Just a note to say...

Good morning and welcome. Thank you for joining me today.

I have the last of my sample cards from the latest Tonic Studios launch to share today.
I went for a bit of zing with the colours. 😊

Tonic products used - 
Dimensions Window Box 'Buttercup Sunburst'
Nuvo alcohol pen # 489 (to colour ribbon)
Decorative Minis - Just a Note
Fluttered Fence Idyllics
Eastern Oyster layering dies
Liquid Mercury drops (added later)

I hope you have managed to catch the shows this week. 
Don't forget to check for more inspiration on the Tonic Studios blog where you will find links to Social Media and the DT blogs.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tonic Studios Faith Collection - Doda Smith

These lovely Faith dies from Tonic Studios are perfect for cards and more. I have made this little card/bookmark combo to send to a friend who is going through a particularly hard time right now in hospital. I know it is her faith that is keeping her going and that she will appreciate the thought.

I inked the diecut layer for a soft, pretty effect. The beautiful little dove is cut from Tonic's Mirror card.

The bookmark is cut from three layers of card for strength, Two from the outer die and one of the decorative filigree design all stuck together with Tonic's Funky  glue (of course.)

The bookmark fits perfectly inside the card making it ideal for popping in the post.

I hope this gives you some ideas, or maybe gives you a nudge to drop a card to someone to let them know they are in your thoughts.

Large Layering Die Gift Box - Sian Pope

This step-by-step shows how I created the above card, it features the Tonic Studios Large Layering Die – English Picnic. I love this die as it features a nice selection of different shaped and panel layering dies, such as a trellis and a flower pattern very similar to broiderie anglaise.
1. Firstly I cut the top, which is 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches in white card. Score a line at 1 inch around all sides, and cut a triangle at the corners where the two lines intersect. Do this on all four sides.

2. Then I cut the base of the box 2mm smaller. And again score a line at 1 inch around all sides, and cut a triangle at the corners where the two lines intersect. Do this on all four sides.
3. Use wet glue to secure the corners in place.
4. I then cut a navy and a white rectangle using the Mixed Rectangle Layering Die set.
5. Place the larger patterned die onto the white rectangle and run through your die machine.  You may have to turn it at 90 degrees and run back through your machine due to the delicate detail on the die.
6. Using the outer die of the smaller broiderie anglaise die cut 1 navy and 1 white rectangle.
7. Cut one rectangle out of Craft Perfect Cobalt Velour.
8. Place the patterned die onto the white rectangle, run through your die cutting machine.
9. Glue the white patterned card onto the navy card.
10. Place foam pads onto the back of the navy card to help create a 3D effect.
11. Stick the large dies onto the top of the box, next glue the plain velour satin card on the large dies.
12. Attach the smaller dies onto the centre of the large matt and layered dies.
13. I then added a sentiment to the inside of the box – but if you’re making it for gifts you can either leave it blank and bulk it out with tissue paper or add a patterned paper to suit.

And that’s it! – a fabulous gift box for family and friends, perfect for a birthday or Christmas present!