Friday, 24 November 2017

Wishing it was warmer? Head into this Hibiscus Sunset! - Nicky Gilburt

Today I am sharing a bright and happy card made with the new Tonic Studios Hibiscus Sunset die. It's a fabulous all-in-one die, measuring a whole 5x5" square, and there are so many ways to play with it, as seen on Hochanda on 15th and 16th November. Watch the shows on rewind for 7 days, until next Wednesday, and check out the prep team's blogs, where they are showcasing their creations: the addresses are on my homepage.

I'd like to share some step by step photos of how I made this card, as I used my fabulous Nuvo double ended blender brushes to achieve this sunset seascape, and then had fun paper piecing some bright and sparkly colours back into the die. 

To make this card I also used:

5" square of white card
Craft Perfect card in Jet Black, Cornflower Blue, Champagne, Harvest Gold
Craft Perfect Gold Dust and Emerald Green glitter card
orange holographic card
Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Nuvo Dual Tipped Blender Brushes
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo Glitter Markers in gold, orange and green
Will's Hand dies - 'happy' and 'birthday'

1. Firstly I die-cut my Hibiscus Sunset panel in Jet Black Craft Perfect card, and embossed it with my rubber mat to bring out the design in the top left corner.(NB Don't lose the bird... you will need it!!) I cut a 5" square of white card and selected my three inks to make my warm sunset. Starting behind the sun, I inked up my Nuvo blender brush with the orange and gently made soft circles behind the area where the sun is positioned.
2. With a clean brush, I picked up some blue ink and brushed round, in small circular movements, building up the blue round the orange.
3.It's good to check the depth of colour against the die-cut as you go along, adding more ink if needed. I used the die-cut as a guide, adding extra deep orange right behind the sun for a brighter sunset glow. 

4. I slipped a piece of white card over the backing card, using the the die-cut as a guide,to show the line of the horizon, and used it as a mask to add more ink to the sea, to create a visible difference between the sea and the sky. I think this really enhances the die-cut!
5. I stuck the black die-cut down onto the base and die-cut a second sunset in gold mirri, trimming just the sunset and the lines over the sea. 
6. I glued it down over the black and added that black bird into the sunset.
7. Then I used the Glitter Markers to colour in the embossing with orange, gold and green, allowing the first coat to dry and adding a second for greater depth.
8. I die-cut the hibiscus flower in an accent colour, in this case bright metallic orange, and paper pieced it in with tiny drops of glue. Follow this with gold glitter card along the branches and leaves and a drop of green around each flower.
9. To finish, I die-cut the happy and birthday in black and stuck it down over the blue. I decided to matt and layer this image over Cornflower Blue Craft Perfect card then onto gold mirri, then Champagne, which I cut to the same size as the 7" square card blank.

I hope you enjoyed my inky tutorial, please leave a comment if you did, and even better, show what you make! 
Happy crafting, may all your sunsets be red ones!

Nicky x

Dots & drops Christmas themed cards - Victoria Dalziel

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog,today I would like share with you a couple of cards i created with Tonic Studios Dots & Drops frames die set currently available as a week day wonder on Hochanda.

Materials used :-
Dots & Drops- Garden Gate die set
300gsm white base card stock
Craft perfect Bright White card stock
Royal blue craft perfect card stock
Berry red nuvo drops 
Festive Friends stamp set
Nuvo Black ink pad
Nuvo red ink pad
Red satin ribbon 
White craft perfect stamping card
Tim Holtz stamping platform 
Nuvo Alcohol pens
Craft gem
The card was created using a large DL shaped card using 300gsm card stock for the base and having open as a tent fold.
The Garden gate is cut 3 times in the royal blue card stock for the backing and then die cutting 3 in white stamping card stock only adding the detail to one of the frames as the two outer frames are left plain for the stamped images to be stamped and coloured.
Stamp the greeting with the Nuvo red ink pad by applying the sentiment to the stamping platform and gently tapping the stamp with the ink pad once stamped if you would prefer a stronger colour you can then apply more ink to the sentiment and stamp over the first image stamp this is the added bonus of using the stamping platform. Then glue the sentiment to the base layer with wet glue.
Now stamp festive friends and colour with Nuvo Alcohol pens once these are coloured fix to the blue backing,add the mat & layers to the card attach a length of red ribbon before sticking to the card then add 3D foam pads to each frame and place on the card and then add the red Berry drops to the frames ,attach the bow with hot glue once the frames are dry I would always leave Nuvo drops to dry over night before posting just to be sure they are completely set.

Swirling frame layering die set
Dots & drops-Paisley drop detail die set
Cherry red craft perfect
Bright white craft perfect
Green craft perfect
Gold pearl sheen craft perfect
White 300gsm base card stock
Essentials -Merry christmas sentiment
Nuvo craft perfect poinsettia 
Topper from my craft stash
Gold ribbon 
Nuvo light gold Pearl drops
Nuvo woodland green crystal drops

The card is created die cutting 2 base panels in white 280/300gsm and scoring the back panel about 1" deep right across then glueing the front panel this gives you your shaped card from the swirling frame die set.Cut the same size again in craft perfect woodland green card stock and then die cut the detail, this is then glued flat to the card base.
Now cut the paisley drop detail die in white craft perfect and cut the detail out of this layer you will also need to cut the plain layer for this in cherry red craft perfect card stock and glue both together using wet glue.
Now cut the mat & layers in then from your stash die cut a xmas themed topper to Co-Ordinate with the card then add the topper to the card on 3D foam pads.
Add light gold drops around the frame but you will see in the pattern a leaf design the fern green drops have been added to those areas .then to finish the card add a gold bow and a nuvo poinsettia .

Thank you for visiting my blog today

Until next time

Silhouettes - Edna Taylor

Good afternoon.
I'm finishing off my Silhouette samples launched on Wednesday on Hochanda.
I hope you managed to catch some of the shows and are looking forward to playing with your dies.

I have the Hibiscus Sunset and the Babies, bunting, balloons and bunnies die sets to share.

Tonic products used - 
Hibiscus Sunset die
Craft Perfect - Raspberry Pink, Jet Black, Bright White
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony
Will's hand sentiment - Dream
Nuvo Embellishment mousse - Lilac lavender
Nuvo Aqua flow Glitter Gloss pen
Craft Perfect Heavy weight Construction Acetate 

My second card features the Baby die set

Tonic products used - 
Harrop layering die set
Baby sentiment - Little Princess (cut down of course! 😃 )
Craft Perfect - Bright White
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Sea Breeze
Rococo Petite Layered Cloud die set

Thank you for calling in today.
Have a good one! 

Decorative Rivoli card - Ruth Hamilton

 Good morning :) A little change from Christmas cards and decorations. I've used the Tonic Studios "Decorative Rivoli" Layering die set for the background and inside if the card with a butterfly form the Monarch & Princess Wings Die set. The smaller butterfly is from an older Tonic die set.

New Baby Cards - Claire Rhodes Brandon

Ugh, I'm late again sharing some cards I made for Tonic Studios latest launch - the Silhouette Series. They launched on Wednesday so I don't now why I'm so late 😏 
Anyway, this one is Babies, Balloons, Bunting & Bunnies, it's crammed full of elements you can snip out, or you can leave it just as it is for a fun baby themed card.

For my baby boy card I left it just as it comes, and for my baby girl card I used the main shape and snipped the bunny out to create a motif. 

On the card above I used Craft Perfect Bright White, French Blue and Ivory.
On my baby girl card I used Cream, Bright White and Blossom Pink which are all also Craft Perfect by Tonic Studios. 

There are two more die sets in the collection which I'll share here soon 😊

Dots and Drops - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.
It's time to share a card from Tonic Studios latest launch - 


Tonic Products used - 
Victorian Lace Layering Dies
Patterned Paisley Layering Die set 
Mini Sentiment - Thank you
Nuvo Crystal drops - Ebony black, Gloss White
Craft Perfect - Bright white, Jet Black, Coral Pink
Nuvo Alcohol pen marker #377 (to colour seam binding) 

Tonic Patterned Paisley Dot   Drop Layering Die Set-468878

The whole collection of Dot and Drop layering dies

Verso dies with lots of potential!

Tonic Dot   Drop Layering Die Set    30 Dies-710759

Join Jodie on Hochanda at 10.00am, 3.00pm and 9.00pm today for lots of great demos and inspiration from the team. 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Dots & Drops Layering Die Sets - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone,sharing 3 cards with you created with the Dots & Drops frames available on Hochanda .

Materials used :-
Base card stock 280/300 GSM white
Pale lillac/ blue card stock
Craft perfect Bright White
Classic Rose dots and drops die set
Tonic studios Thank you Stamp
Black nuvo ink pad
Acrylic block/ platform
Dazzling Blue Glitter drops

The card is A5 in size with mat & layering.
Cut the largest base die in the set in blue card stock then cut the same size in bright white craft perfect card stock and glue the two layers together with wet glue and do the same with the next size down in the set once the glue has dried cut the centre out of each frame.
Place the largest frame in the centre of the card and then apply foam pads to the reverse the two smaller frames are set to each side joining in the center, cut the small centre die out in a smooth white card stock and stamp the sentiment in black ink then place this sentiment in the centre with 3D foam pads.
With hot glue add a bow and then to the centre of the bow is a handmade flower using a tonic punch ,punch about 6 flowers and pinch each petal and shape with Tonic Studios foam pad for shaping flowers, off set each layer until your happy with the result then add to the bow with hot glue then carefully place the Dazzling Blue glitter drops where indicated on the die cut.

Materials used:-
Ribbon & Bows Layering die set 
Dots & Drops patterned Paisley die set
Beautiful blooms- leaves
Flowers from the Kaleidoscope box die set
Tonic Studios Stamp set
Nuvo Black ink pad
Acrylic block / stamping platform 
Craft perfect Bright White card stock
Craft perfect Pistachio card stock
Tim holtz spun sugar distressed ink pad
Nuvo crystal drops - Bubblegum
Decorative bow
The card base is created cutting two plain base die shapes and forming a hinge on the back panel of the card for the front to adhere to then cut the same die again in craft perfect Pistachio green and then add the detail then in the centre of that layer you need to cut the Paisley detail die into the card this glues flat with wet glue to the base card
Now cut the next layer in the Ribbon & Bow set and cut the larger detail out with the patterned Paisley die then add 3D foams to the reverse and place on the card then lastly adding the stamped greeting to the centre of the card.
The flowers are cut from the Kaleidoscope box and you need 3 flowers for each Bunched flower shaping on a sponge mat and adding Tim Holtz spun sugar to colour each petal with a Nuvo sponge applicator once they are shaped you can add these to the card with hot glue or nuvo deluxe adhesive then start adding the crystal bbubblegum drops to the card and finally add a decorative bow to finish.

Dots & Drops - Garden Gate die set
Bright White craft perfect card stock
Ocean blue -Craft perfect card stock
Essentials - Thank you Sentiment
White crystal drops
Crystal drops Caribbean Ocean
Decorative bow

The card is a 5" x 7 " card blank with mat & layers
You need to cut into the middle of the white mat layer in the second size down just using the detail Die. Now cut the largest die in the set in Ocean Blue craft perfect and also white craft perfect and cut the detail out of the ocean blue layer this is then glued flat to the white base and once dry cut the centre out to make a frame this is then added to the card using 3D foam pads now repeat the same with the smaller frame but cut the detail out of the white layer but turn the frame the opposite way.
Cut the Thank you Sentiment in Ocean Blue craft perfect and silver mirror card and slightly off set to create a slight shadow and glue flat to the centre of the base frame.
Now add the decorative bow & gem and to finish add the bright white crystal drops & Caribbean Ocean drops.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post today 

Until next time xx