Sunday, 24 September 2017

Layering it up. Win and Tonic Challenge September 2017 - Sonja Gortzak-Hughes

Today I'd like to share with you a card I made for the new Win and Tonic challenge over at the blog. There are several choices to choose from and I choose the Technique Challenge which is all about adding dimension to your card. 

I used several techniques to add dimension to my card:

- Heat Embossing: I heat embossed the Tonic Studios Delicate Detail - Floral Flourish Stampin white onto the card base. I also heat-embossed the "Happy" (Darkroom Doors - Whimsical Words) onto some vellum.
- Folding the Vellum over the card base was my second technique for adding dimension. Vellum can be tricky to adhere so I cut it a bit wider than my card and folded it behind the background panel to adhere.
- My third technique for adding dimension was to add some transparent Tonic Studios NUVO Jewel drops in Grey Mist (which dries clear, like water droplets). They really worked well with my water droplet background made with my new Tim Holz Distress Inks. 

So how do you like to add dimension to your projects? Let me know in the comments.

And be sure to head on over to the Win and Tonic Blog to see the other samples and why not add a card yourself and maybe you win some lovely Tonic Studios Goodies!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Win & Tonic September - Keren Baker

Hi! Please forgive the slightly over-posting. This is post two of three posts today. What’s that they say about waiting for one bus and then 3 come all at once?!!

Well as it’s the 15th; that means it’s a new challenge over at Win & Tonic. I picked the ‘New….’ theme and the ‘dimensional’ theme. When I thought of a new home card, I imagined a lovely front door with some etched glass and a welcoming banner; so that’s exactly what I did!

The bottom of the door might look as if I’ve cut it a little off centre, but it actually is slightly opening as I’ve designed the door to open when you twist the handle (aka as a very old brad!)

I’ve used Tonic Craft Perfect in Cherry Red and Ocean Blue and the lettering is the Windsor Alphabet in Upper and Lower Case. The numbers are Postal Type Essentials dies.

Once I’d trimmed out two rectangle for the top of the door, I backed it with acetate that I’d stamped with Stazon using the Delicate Details- Vine Flourish stamp set 

Do join in with the challenge– there’s always a great Tonic prize for a randomly picked participant.

See you a bit later for my final post- a really fab company’s stamp release!


It's Your Big Day September Craft Kit - Christine Smith

A couple of quickish washy Nuvo mousse cards using the Tonic September Craft Kit :D I love this colour of Nuvo mousse, I don't have this one, so I've been thoroughly enjoying playing with it :D And I thought this little hat image paired with the 'it's your big day' sentiment would make quite a nice masculine wedding card, so I kept the colours simple, mixing in the gold mousse with some grey Nuvo Creative Pens for the hat :D I hope you liked this simple design :D This kit is such a fantastic way to try lots of different Tonic products too, as you get a wide variety of bits and pieces to play with :D :D :D

This kit isn't available anymore, but Tonic are bringing out a new craft kit every month!! So here's the link to their page where you can subscribe to the next kit :D Tonic Craft Kit

Main Tonic products used :D
The Tonic September 2017 Craft Kit :D
- Exclusive Hattie Hedgehog Stamp Set
- Exclusive Autumnal Wreath Die Set
Nuvo Creative Pens - Greys, Yellows and Greens :D

To see the process behind this duo of cards, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D 

Lots more photos below :D 

Merry Christmas - Christmas Special - Christine Smith

I don't think I could have made two so completely different looking cards with this set of goodies lol, I suppose it shows just how different of a style you can achieve from this Special Editions mix of Tonic Freebies :D :D :D For the actual magazine, my feature was making kinetic or interactive cards, I love the way my spinner card turned out :D I created a back view to the carol singer so that when she spun your had the front a back views :D I also combined the free dies with some of the Tonic Christmas Buildables too, these sets are so adorable, and I will have some videos up using them nearer Christmas, as I'm only really posting Christmas cards at the moment if it's a Christmassy magazine freebie :D :D :D Anyway, I hope you liked the cards, I'm not that keen when I make two cards in the same video that look so different as they don't look that great together in a photo, but I think I do like them both when they're by themselves lol :D :D :D 

Main products used in this video :D
Tonic Nuvo Creative Pens (Sunshine Yellows and Blender from Depth & Shadow)

To see the process behind this card, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D

Lots more photos below :D 

A Spooktacular Four Of A Kind - Jennifer Kray

Hi everyone and happy Friday! 

I have another week guest designing for Daring Cardmakers and the theme is the number four of a kind.

I immediately thought about ATC's and the brand new Tonic Studios Halloween Collection. 
Mixed Media Paper
Watercolour Paper
Patterned Paper for your ATC Box (I used G45)
Various distress inks

To make: 
Cut out some watercolour card rectangles an lay down colour from your Aqua Flow pens direct to the card for bold colour. 
Make backgrounds on mixed media card with distress inks. Some of these I've used and some just didn't work out in the end. I've put them away for another project. 
Cut out 8 of the haunted house inserts (2 for each ATC). 
Cut out cardboard for all the backs of the ATC's for sturdiness and interest. 
Use Tonic ATC dies as well as simply cutting out 2.5" x 3.5" pieces.
Select your colourway, die cut and assemble. 
Even with the cardboard backs all 4 ATC's fit easily into the Box. 
And the finished 4 of a kind with the ATC Box to house them all in. Aren't they fun? Hope you like them as much as I do! 

It would be fab if you popped over and saw my friends at Daring Cardmakers challenge blog here. The Design Team are wicked awesome and they have a new challenge every Friday. This weeks inspiration is fantastic! 

Lots of love and hugs. 
Jennifer x 

Bramble collection - Victoria Dalziel

Good morning and welcome to my blog,this morning I am sharing a collection of cards with you from Tonic Studios Bramble collection which are absolutely beautiful dies for all occasions they include animals insects and Florals.

These dies are so cute with the adorable mouse but I absolutely luv the heart with the gorgeous Robin I shouldn't have a favourite but I have to say it makes a beautiful wedding card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today

Until next time 

Friday, 22 September 2017

The Briar Patch - Nicky Gilburt

I'd like to share one more card that I made with the Beautiful Bramble Frame dies just launched by Tonic Studios. They are so lovely to work with...

This card uses the Briar Patch set of dies, and the technique I have used for this one involves my most favourite colouring pens, my adored Nuvo Aqua Flows. 
I die-cut the square wreath which includes the little doormouse, in white smooth Craft Perfect card. Then I made shades of green on my glass mat by mixing the two greens in the set and adding a tiny drop of brown, and simply painted round my die-cut, colouring some leaves and branches lighter, some darker. To get the berry colour I mixed red and purple on my mat, and got the perfect combination.
You can see that I have used kraft card on this project, and I also used some on my little mouse, cutting out just that section of the frame and snipping him out. I then stuck this down onto plain white which I lightly watercoloured through with a pale brown. For his nose I added a drop of Nuvo Crystal Glaze, and his eyes were coloured black with a tiny streak of white gel pen to bring them to life. 

For the very base background I thought I would make a matt using the colours I had used on the wreath. I simply mixed a little ink from the pens with a spray of water on my glass mat, and picked them up with a bent strip of acetate, and blotted them round the edge of my card, for a random watery effect. I added tiny dashes of my pinky red, to match the berries.
The Best Wishes is a much loved Tonic Studios sentiment, and one that I use a lot, I cut it in Bright White and Raspberry Pink Craft Perfect card and layered them for a touch of shadow, adding a couple more water coloured berries for good measure!

Happy Crafting!
Nicky x