Win & Tonic April Challenge

Greetings and a very warm welcome on this fine Easter Sunday!  I couldn't think of a more appropriate card to make than an Easter pop up card with the brand new Tonic Studios Flowers and Flourishes Morning Glory, Verdi's Vase, and Mozart's Blossom currently debuting on Hochanda this weekend!

This card was made as inspiration for the WinTonic April Challenge Blog. I do hope you'll pop on over and have a look - it's easy to enter and details are at the end of my blog post or you can click here
So, let's make the pop up box card: 
Step 1 Cut cardstock to 8.5” x 12”. Score on the long side at 2.75”, 5.5”, 8.25”, and 11”. Step 2 Cut off a 2” x 12” strip, set aside.  Step 3 Turn the 6.5” x 12” panel a quarter turn to the left, and score at 2.75.”  Step 4 Cut down 2.75” along each of the 4 perpendicular score lines. At the 11” score line, cut in at a slight angle up from the edge of the cardstock to remove the excess to create your tab.
Step 5 Cut the 2” x 12” strip at 4.75…

Paper Topiary

Do you like, ever see projects and think, "I'm totally going to try that"? Well, this time I bit the bullet and had a go at making my very own Paper Topiary with paper strips.
Use trimmer/guillotine to cut any CWC paper of your choice in to 0.5 x 4 inch strips.
Staple the ends together - yes you really need to do this. Use a complimentary colour to ink all edges once stapled, I used Ranger Distress Ink - Abandoned Coral  (optional step) You're going to need a lot of strips so get cutting and stapling. For the Topiary I used a 5 inch Styrofoam ball. Although each step takes time, it doesn't require any expert techniques so any crafter, from beginner to expert, will be able to create one.
Take your stapled strips and a using a hot glue gun attach them (staple side down) one by one to the styrofoam ball.
You'll know when you've done enough as it will look perfectly symmetrical. You can then pop the topiary ball on to a wooden dowel and secure in to any type of bas…

Clear Gift Card

Hi there *waves* Today I'd like to share a fun gift card/voucher that is an alternative to your standard card. The gift card fits perfectly inside your mini card with room for a personal message. It is then encased in sealed plastic using a fuse tool. The recipient must cut the pocket open to retrieve the gift card. Super fun, right?! 1. Stamp the hat, presents, rosette and teddy all from Marmalades World by Tonic Studios. 2. Brush colour in with the Aqua Flow Pens and a water brush. 3. Die cut the accessories and fussy cut the teddy; cut out a small shaped tag (or use a die cut if you have one small enough, which I didn't) 4. Die cut a Birthday sentiment (I used some scrap mixed media paper which had random colour already on it).  5. Using Brusho, make a simple background on mixed media paper (or any you have). 6. Attach your background to a small card blank (card is Papermill Direct) 7. Using a  toothbrush, spray some white acrylic fluid over your card on one side.  8. Assemble your …

Distress me once, twice, ink me thrice!

No beautiful projects today, only a big fat mess in the hopes that some of you might want to make big fat messes too! haha 

This is a bit of an inky journey with some Reveal It Mats from the Stamp It II Collection from Craftwork Cards and then making a distressed background. The reason this is a different kind of blog is that, as a DT for CWC, I was asked numerous times how to use these mats and if I could go through some of the types of pens etc which work on them. 

Inky materials used:  Altenew Inks, Momento Inks, Distress Inks, Gelatos, Spectrum Noirs, ProMarkers, Tsukineko Neon Pigment Inks, Distress Crayons, Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens, Lindy's Stamp Gang Ink Magicals Flat Set Hawaiian Islands, Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour and I've even thrown in some Colour Cloud Inks. 1. Brusho. I quite liked this effect but was worried too much water would damage the Reveal It Mats so left it gritty looking.
2. The Magicals went on really really wel…

Valentine Topiary, NUVO Style

Hello there and TGIF! I can't remember ever having a busier start to the year before and as a result haven't been able to craft much.  I found a 'bag of junk' in one of my cupboards which housed an old plastic flower pot and some dowels. Having recently acquired a range of NUVO Products I set out to make a home decor project with the main focus being my old tatty flower pot. Today we're going to make a topiary! 
1. Wash and clean flower pot; put 2 coats of gesso on (inside and out). 2. In a small dish, mix together Pink Flame and Peony Pink Embellishment Mousse until the right colour is achieved.  3. Spray water in the dish with the Mousse until you're left with a thick paste.  4. Add Rose Quartz Sparkle Dust to your paste and mix well.  5. Add paste mixture to your flower pot. I used a pallet knife and applied the paste for a textured effect.  6. Set aside to dry. 
7. wash and clean your rocks, lay out flat on your craft mat.  8. Mix your Royal Aubergine Mousse with wa…

Dogon Stamping

Hello there😊 The Pampered Pets A6 Stamp Set by Craftwork Cards was so fun to use and today I'd like to share a few cards. My first card has a background created with distress inks. I then heat embossed the dogs onto watercolour card and used Kuretake watercolours, then cut out. Three different size Tonic circle layering dies were placed on white card stock. Dimension was created by using two sheets of fun foam between the distress background and the white card stock. The dogs were then placed inside the holes with Candi Fix. 'You're Pawsome' sentiment was stamped onto white card stock and placed directly onto the front of the card to complete.

This next background was created with Kuretake watercolours and white acrylic fluid. It was obvious to me that I needed to stick one of the dogs in space! I didn't have a circle stamp so used the lid of some embossing powder to make a circle for the little helmet. I then stamped the dog and brushed over with distress inks. My fi…

Have A Little Faith With Tonic

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! 
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.  T…