Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Guest Post - Paula Knall - Concealed Box Creation

When Owain invited me to do a Guest Post on the blog, I was a little nervous and decided I would wait until I had something really special to show you.

Today is that day! Seeing all the inspiration for the Tonic Craft Kits is so exciting, I always have aspirations of completing some of the projects and it never quite happens! I seem to have hit gold with the Trinket Box Die set from kit 8!

This is a set of trinket boxes with a sleeve that conceals them!

I had so much fun with this, it took nearly 2 days! I managed to use the flowers and leaves, from the die set in Kit 5 to make most of the decoration. The eagle eyed among you will notice a little Nuvo in there and I used the Romanesque Bracket corner die on each side. Those trellis panels from Kit 8 were just the perfect way to finish up the blank panels?

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my project, do share your makes on the Facebook page as we all love to see what everyone else makes.

Thanks for looking!

Paula xx

Check out more of Paula's wonderful work here

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Tonic Craft Kit 08 Overview And Ideas - Paper Birdhouse - Bibi Cameron

Happy Easter dear all, I hope you have a wonderful day. Today I'm sharing a video over the Tonic Studios Youtube Channel and also on my channel here with an overview of the Tonic Studios Craft Kit #8 !

I'm also sharing 3 draft projects using the kit as I was experimenting with the die set included in the kit and I filmed the process also to share my findings and tips.

The kit includes a die set with 13 pieces and a stamp set with 6 individual stamps, plus a bunch of little goodies to try and experiment with the best of the Nuvo range.

With the dies in the kit you can create small boxes, perfect for wedding favours or to create packaging for small items or even to create a little storage unit.

Above is my interpreatation of how to use the dies so you can make a mini matchbox .

This small box measures Width 2"-1/2 , Height 2-1/2", Deep 1-1/2" .

So I had the idea of playing with the dies to create small birdhouses.. and I made 2 prototypes that you might be able to improve.

These can be dog houses, a barn, and you can dress up your box in many different ways.... so they will make perfect cute treats for children or why not for anyone?

That's all for today! I hope you like the supplies, the projects, the video and the tips.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Ombre See Through Die Cut Card - Jennifer Kray

Today I'm sharing a really fun style of card - the see-through die cut. The double aperture card is one of my signature styles as I love the effect it gives. As I'm showcasing the new Nuvo by Tonic Studios Hybrid Inks, this was the perfect style of card to display a cool ombre effect. 

Materials Used
Tonic Studios Damask Patterned Panels
Black Gesso
Top Tip
Apply Glitter Drops with your fingers instead of traditional glitter. This is easier, dries within seconds if you give it a blast with a heat tool and the outcome is a subtle glittery sheen! 
To make
Cut out 4 Damask Patterned Panels and glue two together. This is to give it strength as a base card. 
Using Pink Sherbert and Panama Rose on both of your panels (one for the front of the card and one for the inside of the card), in an ombre effect. 

Cut out 2 panels in Welsh Gold Glitter Card and adhere one to the back of the card for some surprise bling and another on the back of the front panel. 

Cut out 4 medium and 2 large flower dies (to layer up).
Apply black gesso to ultra smooth card stock. Add a few sprinkles of shimmer powder to the black card and spray gently. Die cut your Daughter die when dry. Cut out another shape the exact same as the daughter and apply on the inside of your card for a space to write a message. 

Apply Honey Gold Glitter Drops to the entire front panel. I used my fingers and this took less than a minute to apply and quickly heat set. This is so much easier than applying glitter and also gives a totally different effect as it dries slightly shiny. 
Apply the same inks to the middle of your flowers for some colour and finish with Golden Sunset Glitter Drops in the centre.
Also, can you see the extra gold glitter panel I mentioned at the beginning? it's stuck to the back of the front panel, giving some extra sparkle. 
Using red sticky tape, carefully add to the inside top of your panels and stick together. 

I love this effect and think that it really makes a statement. There are a lot of little extra's to this card that make it special - and those details are what I love about papercrafting. I'll spend an extra hour with small details just for the pleasure of knowing they're there.

I'd love to see what you're currently making. Don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know what you think and leave a link to your blog so I can come visit. 
Thank you so much for stopping by - it really does mean a lot to me. 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Just to say... Diamond Ink Pads - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone, well who is looking forward to the Tonic Studios Birthday event on Hochanda starting at 6pm this evening me me me lol, oh tonic have lots of amazing products to share with you and stunning samples from the Design team.
This afternoon I would like to share a card with you created using the brand new Diamond Hybrid ink pads, these ink pads come in beautiful colours and a high quality felt pad which contains highly pigmented colours plenty of choice in the range these are mini ink pads full of colour.  There are 4 sets of 3 ink pads in each set. The names of the sets are:- Tropical Fruits, Sea Siren, Sunset Serenade and Rose Garden.

Materials used :-
Hybrid ink pads -laguna Bay & Polar Ice from the Sea Siren set
Floral flowers from craft kit 5
Just to say sentiment
Diamond basic layering die sets 
Greek temple die set
Nuvo glitter drops - Aquatic Mist
Tonic Stencil - Beveled diamonds
Craft perfect - Ocean Blue
Craft perfect - bright white
Craft perfect smooth card stock

The card base is 8x8 with mat and layers, a frame was created using the Greek temple die set and the stencil was placed over white smooth craft perfect card you will need a masking tape to hold it in place or repositinable spray and start by adding the Laguna Bay hybrid ink to your glass mat and pick the colour up with your sponge applicators and you need to work quickly as these are hybrid inks and not distress inks but start dark at the bottom and blend lighter towards the top once finished remove the mask it will be dry more or less straight away with no need to dry it with a heat gun.
Now add this to your card then add the frame now you are ready to add a sentiment to the centre placed on 2x diamond basic layers just to lift the sentiment off the card. I like cards with lots of dimension but if you were concerned about postage you could glue everything flat and not add 3D foam pads it's your card and the choice is yours.
To finish the card each opposite corner has some flowers applied all shaped on the Tonic Studios flower forming mat and ball tools, the edges of the leaves were distressed with the same ink- Laguna Bay with a blending sponge and then they were arranged on the card and stuck down with hot glue and to bring all the matching colours together the centre of the flowers had Glitter drops applied - Aquatic Mist.
This is the brand new Tim Holtz glass media mat from Tonic it is amazing, to find out a lot more about this product you must watch Paula this evening at 6pm on Hochanda

as you can see the right hand side has a grid under the removable media mat and this is a great place to see your colour palette it could be ink pads, Nuvo Aqua flows ,glitter pens or paints with it being white you can really see your colours properly and mix your colours in each square if it dries and it's a project your doing that's going to take some time just apply water and away you go again. 
Also with the new media mat you have very clear measuring from the centre out which for me is going to be very useful my eyes see the markings on this media mat so much clearer.

This is just to share the colours of the hybrid inks but also to show you that all your other mini inks you all have stashed away will be so easy to use with this media mat your mini distressed pads using them on the glass grid and picking up the colour with a water brush and mixing your own colours.

Thank you for joining me today I have so much to share with you over the next 10 days or more I don't know where to begin all I know is your all in for a treat.Happy Birthday Tonic it's been an amazing 12 months on Hochanda here is to another fabulous year xx

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Thank You - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to my blog, today I am sharing a couple of cards with you ,created with Tonic Studios Brand new die sets launched last night at 6pm on Hochanda, join Jodie at 5pm today for more demonstrations and inspirations as well as all the beautiful samples from the very talented DT.

Materials Used:-
Victorian Bloom Edge Die Set
White 300gsm card stock 
Bright White craft perfect
Black Craft perfect
Blushing pink pearlecent craft perfect
Speciality card - salmon embossed card
Flourish from beautiful blooms
Flower from Tonic craft kit 5
Ebony black gloss Nuvo drops
Thank you sentiment
Scalloped oval layering die set

The card is made from A4 card making sire you use the cutting edge die that has an embossed end this will form the easel for your card you will need to find the centre point of you card and with a pencil mark each end so you can line up the outer edge die to each mark to get the card level this will then partially cut the shape to the top but stays in the card the sides then fold down allowing you to cut another base shape in in the blush pink pearlecent card you will need to cut the the shape using the outer cutting edge die pass it through the die cutting machine and then cut the other side you will do this again in white and black as you will be cutting the detail out of the white layer and also the black layer these 2x layers will have a slight drop shadow these will all be glued flat to the card but first you need to add the base layer of black craft perfect and then layer with the gorgeous embossed Salmon card. Then the centre of the die has the basic layering ovals added with foam pads and then a drop shadow sentiment matching all the colours through the card, to finish a flourish and a daisy flower was added & also a decorative bow and not forgetting the ebony black gloss Nuvo drops. A card for any occasion.

Materials use:-
Swirled Lace Edge Die Set
300gsm base card cream
Craft perfect Ivory
Craft perfect Navy Blue 
Polka dot navy decorative paper
Happy Birthday Sentiment
Speciality card golden Satin Embossed Card
Narrow Gingham ribbon
Flower embellishment
Honey gold Glitter drops

This card was created using a piece of A5 card with an extra 1 inch added as a spine this is then wrapped around a base card with mat and layers adding decorative polka dot paper.
Once the outer edge has been cut from the front of the card you need to cut the detail and then this layer is backed with Navy craft perfect using wet glue. Add a length of ribbon to the card and add a triple bow adding an embellishment to the centre.
The detail in this die is stunning and as you can see the detail die was cut again with the gorgeous golden embossed card and then elements were added to the detail to paper piece which i think just adds that bit of luxury to the card and a card you could send to male or female.
The card was then finished off with the honey golden glitter drops.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today

Until next time xx

Decorative Gift Bags - Edna Taylor

Hello and welcome to the blog today.
I have two bags to share with you using the second Decorative Gift Bag set.
It's hard to choose which one is a favourite. 

This one is called Rose Petal and I'm sure you can see why.

Tonic Products used - 
Rose Petal gift bag die set
Craft Perfect - Rose Platinum high gloss, Ivory White, Espresso Brown

I cut the pattern into the base and backed it with the rose platinum mirror card. I cut the design out in the Espresso brown and overlaid it on top of the ivory cut out pattern to give a shadow effect.
The tags and sentiments are in the die set but could be used with many other projects.

My second bag using the Rose Petal set is in one of my favourite colour combos.

I've used Craft Perfect in Lime Light pearlescent and Bright White card stock
Again the sentiments and extras are in the die set for you to play with. 
The corners are very useful for photo albums and the banners and tags are fab for a lot of other projects too. 

Tonic Decorative Gift Bags Die Set   Rose Petal and Crochet Lace -799210

Catch the last of the Weekend Wow shows today for loads more inspiration and demos.

Thank you for calling in today. 

Friday, 23 March 2018

For You - Victoria Dalziel

For You Good afternoon everyone, Wow!! A brand new launch from Tonic Studios with the stunning Dimensional detailed bags I have to say this bag is stunning and so easy to put together the die really does do all the work for you ,all I will say is that if you really want this die don't hang around as the stock is flying and I am not surprised.

Materials used :-
Rose petal gift bag
Craft perfect Ivory card stock
Cream base card stock
Gold satin craft perfect 
Chilli red Craft perfect
Red Nuvo Alcohol pen 
Red satin ribbon 
Aqua flow glimmer pen

The bag base is made with a heavier weight card stock about 240gsm the gold detail was die cut out of craft perfect golden Satin card sock then the plain layer of ivory underneath is placed but not glued over the top and with a Red Nuvo Alcohol pen colour in the roses in the design and then go over the top with Aqua flow glimmer pen it doesn't matter if you go over the golden layer as you can use this as a template and then cut yourself another detailed panel in gold but I didn't need to do that as the spaces to colour are not to small once all the panels are coloured glue them in place on your box before you glue the base together its easier to assemble flat don't forget that all the detail to the sides are decorated the same way .once the bag is made up you will need to die cut a decorative tag in cream and red and add the sentiment for you in gold and cream card stock add a matching bow with a rose cut from the detail die in gold and cream what a perfect gift to give to anyone for any occassion.

Thank you for joining me today 

Keep crafting