Thursday, 27 April 2017

Maria Sabina - Tonic Cactus Step by Step Tutorial

 Hello everyone,

I'm Maria, a young crafter from Romania. I like doing a bit of everything. From papercrafts,
to sewing, cooking and so much more. I always try to come up with new ideas and experiment
new ways to use the most out of my craft supplies.


Step 1: To add a more realistic look to your cactus, use a sheet of green
cardstock. Go over the paper with some brown ink and blend that in
by using a sponge. Add some white splahes on the entire piece of paper, by
using white paint, water and a paint brush. 

Step 2: Die cut 12 circles by using a mix of two dies.
Sew Pretty – Pinhole Nesting Layering Circle Die Set – 524E. Circle Layering Die Set – 481E. 

Step 3: Fold each circle in half. 

Step 4: Using a pair of scissors, cut the bottom of the circle. 

Step 5: With a pair of scissors, cut out small triangles from kraft cardstock for the spike look.

 Step 6: Add a layer of glue and lay the small triangles on the edge of the circle. 

Step 7: Add the second scored circle to connect with the first one.
Follow the same step for all, until you have the perfect round cactus shape. 

 Step 8: Using a strip of yellow cardstock and a pair of scissors, make small cuts, but don't cut all the way down. Leave a small border to roll and glue the piece together. 

 Once it is dry, slowly open the petals.

Step 9: To create the soil, use a piece of black tissue paper and crumple the paper into a ball shape.

Step 10: Glue everything together and finish the cactus with a few drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops – Key Lime – 645N

I hope you feel inspired to try new things with your supplies. If you want to see more of
my work, please visit my blog here

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Nicky Gilburt - Belle Boutique - Tres belle!!!

Gorgeous new stamps, inks and Glitter Markers from Tonic Studios this week - what a launch it has been, joining Hochanda and getting all this loveliness out there in the space of a couple of days!

Today's share is a trio of the cards I've designed with all of these features, the main one being the beautiful Belle Boutique stamps, three gorgeous characters and a charming couple, these stamps are large and can be central features on any card. With the Tim Holtz stamping platform now available to guarantee perfect inkings every time, and a depth of colour you can only get with the accuracy of a system like this, it has been easy to make these samples!

This first card, I used the Metro Grey Nuvo Hybrid Ink, thinking it might soften the lines on the dress, over harsh black. I found some pewter grey cardstock to make my accent colour for the card base frame and the sentiment, and it brings, I hope, a modern touch to a traditional image. 
Of course I had a fairytale princess in mind, from a certain film that's just come out at the cinema, and I used the Glitter Marker (Golden Ochre) and a waterbrush to define the contours of her dress. I loved scribbling onto my glass mat and then picking up the glitter colour for my stamped image, I did this on all of my cards for this launch.

These colours are amazing - they cover every possibility!

Hard to decide which colour I liked the best, possibly this Imperial Blue?

It complements the Craft Perfect Imperial Blue High Gloss Card perfectly - of course it would! It's Tonic!

I also used Acorn Brown Nuvo ink to stamp my lady first, and stamped again on white cardstock in Empire Blue, to get more colour into the dress. Again, Tonic nail the colour co-ordination! 

Perhaps my favourite colour, by a whisker, is this one though:
Against Craft Perfect Rose Platinum High Gloss card, and stamped again in brown, the Crushed Papaya colour in her dress (and also water brushed onto the background) is just so different.

To achieve a bit of a pinky tone on her skin where needed, I just used a Soft Rose Aqua Flow pen very lightly. 

Pretty princesses and luscious ladies, I'll save a couple of cards for tomorrow, unless you've seen them on Hochanda already? 

Thanks for reading, and I hope, if you get these stamps or indeed any of the amazing products that have been launched this weekend, that you have as much fun playing with them as I did! Check out all the new releases over on Tonic Studios website and don't forget to seeHochanda for all the show times too!

Happy Crafting and Stamping!
Nicky x

Victoria Dalziel - Glitz and Glamour

Good afternoon  and welcome to my blog today, I have a few cards to share with you from the launch of Tonic Studios Belle Boutique stamps and also the  sparkling Nuvo glitter Pens I had great fun playing with these products .hope you all have been enjoying the shows on Hochanda so many products and special offers to be had.

The stamp were coloured  with nuvo Alcohol pens for the skin tones and then I used the Nuvo glitter pens on my Tonic glass mat and picked up  the colour  with a water brush starting with a stronger tone at the top of the dress and dragging the colour down going over the image a few times until I was happy making sure where the pleats of the dress are darker she really does sparkle, the colours of the glitter pens are is the pink tone from the Northern light set of pens.
 The skin tones again are nuvo Alcohol pens and  the dress was coloured with the  spiced colour from the Ember glow glitter pens set.

 And for this card again the fresh tones were the nuvo Alcohol pens and  the dress was coloured using the purple glitter pens from the Northern lights pen set.
Again adding the glitter pens to the glass mat and picking the colour up with a water brush adding a stronger colour to the top of the dress and dragging the colour down she sure does shimmer up close.

Thank you for visiting my blog today
Please keep a look out as I have so much to share with you over the coming days, brand new launches something for everyone.

Claire Rhodes-Brandon - Dot & Drop

Sharing another few cards made for the launch of the new
Dot & Drop die sets from Tonic Studios.
All enhanced with the Crystal Drops and Jewel Drops.

Claire Rhodes-Brandon - Sweet Treats...

...are always a welcome addition at any celebration, and Tonic Studios have certainly got something to celebrate this week after moving to their new home Hochanda!
They have lots of brand new releases to share, starting tomorrow night (Thursday March 30th) at 8pm. Tonic will be making their debut with the exclusive launch of the brand new Dimensions Sweet Treat Collection - the Cake Slice Box, the Triangle Aspect Box and the Cupcake and Treat box.
Below is a project I made using the Triangle Aspect Box. I've attached the Gesture Box (also by Tonic Studios) which I found fitted the top perfectly. It would make a great favour box or a bauble.
You can catch the shows on Freeview 85 - SKY 663 - Freesat 817 and online

Mandy Taylor - Brand New Buildables from Tonic Studios - Sneak Peak #1

Hello Everyone

I hope you join Jodie Johnson for the shows starting on HOCHANDA this Thursday, 6th April, at 8pm for the Brand New additions to Tonic Studios Essentials Buildable Die Collection.  These sets are gorgeous and such fun for young and old.  Use them in your cardmaking, gift makes, sewing projects and home d├ęcor to name but a few! 

This time around I have been playing with the Jungle Animals and have had an amazing time playing with them.  I have so many ideas to share with you (and not forgetting the fabulous DT with their makes too) so today I am going to open with a visit to the circus :)  So roll up, roll up and get your tickets here!!  ;)

So here we go and I hope you like it.

What I Used

Tonic Studios Essential Buildable Sets - Leo Lion
Tonic Studios Essential Layering Basics – Circles – 1454E
Tonic Studios Essential Card Pack – Heated Hues 216GSM – 787E
Tonic Studios Essential – Banners – 1594E

What I Did

  • Use an 8" x 8" white card base.
  • Die cut the second largest circle into the centre of the card front.
  • Die cut a red frame by using the largest circle die and then cutting out the centre with the second largest die.  Glue to front of aperture. (I have cut a red frame so that if there are any gaps after placing flames you will not see white card through it).
  • Next using red, yellow and orange card die cut the flames using Leo's tail mane die.  Glue all pieces around aperture to create the flames.
  • Take the Leo Lion Die set and cut and emboss the body pieces highlighting using Nuvo Aqua Flow pens through the die once embossed.  Layer Leo up and glue together.
  • To make him leap through front of card - cut two strips of card 1" x 2 1/2" and score them at every 1/2", fold and burnish concertina style.  Glue to rear of Leo.
  • Mat a red 7 7/8" square to inside back of card.  Cut three circles decreasing in size in chosen colours and glue in place.
  • Glue the tabs on back of Leo to centre of inner circle layers.
  • Add a banner with a Happy Birthday sentiment to finish. 

We hope you have been inspired.

Popping By

Edna Taylor - Delightful

 Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

I have been having a wee play with stamps old and new, watercolours and embossing.

I created the background using Tonic Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, Woodware stamps and the foreground with some old Hero Arts stamps I had in my stash. 

 I painted the stamps with the Aqua Flow markers and spritzed them with water before stamping onto the background. 

It needed a bit of bling so I scattered some Tonic Classic gold embossing powder on the front of the card, heated it from underneath and got the effect I was after. You can just about see the fine dusting of gold on the flowers as well as the bigger splashed here and there.
I stamped the sentiment stamp (Fiskars) onto a strip of acetate with onyx black Versafine ink and quickly added clear embossing powder to give a glossy sheen. I attached the vellum strip round the black layer and glued it to the back of the card. This avoids any adhesive being seen on the front through the vellum.
I finished the card with some Nuvo Crystal drops in Crushed Grape and matted the layers onto the front of a 6 x 6"card. 

I hope you are really enjoying the latest Tonic shows on Hochanda. 
I'm so disappointed that I couldn't take part in the prep for these because of my back but hopefully will be back soon with lots more samples to share.

Have a great day!