Monday, 22 May 2017

Micro Nebula Watercolours

Today's blog is a little different as this was part of Tonic's super fun live show they do on a Friday - and their first named theme for their Friday show which was 'space'. If you didn't see it - it was HILARIOUS! I've attached the video at the end of this blog post.

I wasn't sure if Id have enough time to take part as I had an exam and a crazy work week but I sat down Thursday night and decided to dig out some Nuvo products and have a messy play. I started out using the Nuvo mousse but it just wan't vivid enough so cleaned up and started again. 

The set consists of 3 really cool cards. I've not added any additional embellishments or sentiments as it wasn't needed. Don't be afraid to make cards without sentiments - just do your own thing.

If you want to create your own galaxy, it really is dead easy. Die cut a card base using an oval circle die as well as the a piece of watercolour card. Then use a mixture of Aqua Flow Pens, Kuretake Clean Colour Watercolour Pens and white acrylic fluid. Start by leaving a white space somewhere on your card and work outwards deepening the colours. There's really no pattern I followed other than light to dark. And practice moving the colours around on the watercolour card, drying then adding more detail if required. 
To make this cool green galaxy you'll need a simple white card base 5.5" x 4.25 and layer a piece f satin black inside and out 5.25" x 4". Die cut a circle and apply the same process as above. Finish off with a sprinkle of white acrylic fluid. 
To complete the trio, die cut 3 small but different size circles and again apply the same technique as above, choosing 3 different colours. Set aside to dry. Make sure your card is 100% dry before adding acrylic fluid as it will react with the wet paper and ruin your project (I did this twice and swore a lot before having to start over. If you think it's dry, wait another 15 mins.).
I wanted to add some texture to the card so used one of my stencils to make a background with Black  Diamond Glimmer Paste. Leave to dry and then attach your micro nebula's to the front of the card. 
If you look closely you can see the awesome stencil effect with the glimmer paste.

You really must watch this show - and remember it's on every week at 4pm. You can join Tonic Studio's Official Group on Facebook here: Tonic Group
Keep your eyes out for the next theme but until then you can watch the shows every Friday at 4pm. As long as their something Tonic on the card and if you use #showtonic your card/project will be shown and admired on the live show!

Hope to see you there. 
Lots of love

Monday, 15 May 2017

Win & Tonic May Challenge Inspiration (Mixed Media Tag)

Hello, hello, hello

This weekend has been an interesting one for me so took the opportunity to sit at my desk and get down and dirty with some Nuvo products to create a mixed media tag.

I've been meaning to make something for a lovely friend for ages but time is always on the side of procrastination ;)

I've taken the opportunity to use the next Win & Tonic challenge theme(s), get my finger out and make something lovely. 

I was delighted to see 'using dies as stencils' as a theme this month. In true Jen style, I faffed around for about two hours but there is a lot of drying time, some of it needed to be air dried so as not to bubble the mousse. 

The finished tag is large - 7" x 3.5" and I hope you like it.
There are four elements to April's Challenge and you may use one, all or a mixture of the four. 

This month the choices are:

Colour - neutrals i.e. creams, taupes etc.
Technique -  stenciling with your dies
Product -  any Nuvo product
Theme - open theme so any occasion

There is some fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page. I do hope you enter - the winner is selected randomly and you can enter as many times as you like as long as you use at least one of the themes and something Tonic on your project. 

The prizes are always amazing and this month is no exception with it being the ENTIRE set of the new Essentials Lace Dies. 

Here's one of the cards I designed using the Essentials Lace Dies. Aren't they fabulous?! If you look closely you can see that the entire card blank has a small lacy border I cut out and attached for some delicate detail. 
But now for my mixed media tag details: 

Tonic Studios Materials
Verso Corner Die, Butterfly Purse, 411E (used as a stencil)

Other Materials: 
Mixed Media Paper
Emboss Pen - Clear
Momento Desert Sand 
Wire, various
Cheese Cloth
Modelling Paste
Mulberry Paper
Mini Belt Buckle
Mini Glass Vial
Old broken Earring
Fiskars 0.25-inch Circle Hand Punches

The Project: Mixed Media Tag
Theme: All 

1. To make the tag I used two pieces of mixed media card and cut out a piece 3.5" x 7", snipping the corners at the top to make the tag shape and then using a hand punch to make the hole at the top. I then repeated the process on some cardboard to sandwich between the two pieces of mixed media card. The back is gently decorated and there is a personal message for a lovely lady on it. 

2. Transfer a couple images or words from the Forever Moments transfer pack onto your tag front.

3. Die cut the geometrical shaped envelope corner die to use as a stencil.

4. Mix modelling paste and some of the brown and black aqua flow pens until you have the desired colour.

5. Use the coloured modelling paste and die stencil in random places on your tag. Allow to dry or heat set.

6. Use Momento Desert Sand ink heavily around the edges, bringing it into the tag for definition. 

7. Pop some Burnished Bronze Nuvo Mousse to darken the corners and to add further depth.

8. Using your stencil again but this time using Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse randomly around your tag. Allow to dry.

9. Very gently go over a few of your stencilled pieces with an emboss pen and then use Gold embossing powder. You might need to do this a few times.

10. Go in with your Mousse to complete the highlights and shading you require. Allow to dry.

Your die cut stencilled background is now complete. 

Sometimes choosing what we put on tags leaves me scratching my head so just grabbed some ribbon, tulle, cheese cloth and lace and applied Nuvo Mousse to them. In my junk drawer/treasure chest, I found a broken earring, a mini buckle, a small vial and some wire. Then I added a few Tonic butterflies and a sentiment. I had no paper flowers left and the dies I had just didn't fit so hand cut some rough rose layers on mulberry paper and hoped for the best. 
I then used a Nuvo pen and very gently head embossed the petals in gold and finished with glitter. I’m thinking I can get away with it as a shabby rose…
I had such a good time making this tag and although I’ve only ever made a few mixed media pieces, I absolutely loved the process. By the end my hands were covered in dried mousse and they were more like ‘The Things’ hands out of fantastic 4 but nothing a bit of soap and water couldn't fix. 
Even a broken earring has a place in mixed media. 
I really hope you enter this months competition and full details can be found here
That's all from me today - over and out! 
Lots of love

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Another Block Card on The Wall

Hi everyone
I'm catching up again and I recently made a block card with the fabulous Julie Loves Rainbow Project Kit. I didn't write instructions or take multiple pics as it just came together quickly and was made before I knew it.

It was such a lovely card I've made a second one, this time using the Julie Loves Hearts and Flowers Project Kit and to provide a tutorial. 
Julie Loves Hearts and Flowers

Julie Loves Rainbows
I had so much fun making these cards and hope that you will try this fancy fold if you haven’t done so already.
12"x 12" cardstock (1 piece)
Julie Loves Hearts & Flowers OR Rainbows Project Kit 
Scoreboard and Bone Folder
Strong Adhesive
Stickles/Glossy Accents/Nuvo drops
Distress inks 
To make:
Base card: 12" x 4.5 " Scored at 1.5". 3". 4.5". 6". 7.5". 9" & 10.5"
Rotate 90 degrees and score at 1.5" and 3"

Follow my grid to x out the correct squares then cut and remove.
Cut to make a slit where I have highlighted orange. The single block marks the middle of your fold.
Use strong adhesive to layer your folds with slits over one another.
Cut cardstock 4.5" x 1" and score at 0.5" to make a long fold.
Use strong adhesive and attach on the inside of your card base and attach as in photo's. You now have your base.
Select papers of your choosing and for the squares you want to make the first layer just shy of 1.5"squared as in pic and the next layer 1.25" squared.
For the base of the card I used just under 1.5" and just under 4.5".
All that is left is to decorate. The card folds completely flat for posting too.
Finished card showing all the lush detail and gorgeous papers of Julie Loves Hearts and Flowers with cool purples and blues.
Some of the detail from the Julie Loves Rainbow papers. 
Here is my finished card using Julie Loves Rainbows. This really is a happy paper pad, summery and gorgeous!
I hope you like this fancy fold as much as I do and these papers really are fabulous.  You have the vibrant rainbow colours in the Julie Loves Rainbows Collection and the cooler blues and purples in the Julie Loves Hearts and Flowers Collection.
Have a fabulous weekend and I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things here. 
Lots of love
Jennifer xx

Friday, 12 May 2017

Oh look it's an ATC...with a twist.

Hola mis amigas!
The twist and pop card has been floating around for awhile now and they are brilliant! I wasn't particularly keen on the all inclusive fold as I felt this weakened the card base and got in way way of my clean lines.
TOP TIP: Take a permanent pen and mark your scoreboard all the way down each groove at 1 inch intervals. This allows you to line up diagonal score lines with ease. So here's a small variation which gives me the finish I'm after.
To make the card base, the pop out base and the mechanism which enables the twisting motion you need three pieces of cardstock. For the purpose of this tutorial I have used a black fineliner on the score lines.
Card blank will be 5.75" x4". You need a 11.5" x 4"piece of card, scored on the long side at 5.75", put to one side.
For the pop up card piece. You need a 10" x 3.5" piece of card, score at 2.5", 5" and 7.5". First fold is valley, then  mountain, then valley.
For the mechanism that enables the twisting motion. You need an 8" x 3.5" piece of cardstock. Score at 1.75" on the short side. Rotate 90 degrees and make a very light pencil mark at 2.25", 5,75" top and bottom. 
Lining up the corresponding dots up score to make a cross. You will now have a score line all through the middle and a cross.
Going over with a fineliner so you can see the score lines. 
The centre score line is a mountain fold. 
The criss-crosses need to be valley folds. 
It will then naturally fold into a shape which resembles a little house. 
You now need to use super sticky red tape on both sides like this and set aside. 
Before you add the mechanism, you need to add your matt and layers on the inside of your card. For this card my layers are just under 6" x 4" and then 5.75" x 3.75".
now take your mechanism (the piece with double sided tape) and line it up just under the crease in your card base directly in the centre at 2". I've used a ruler to ensure precision. I then peeled off and stuck down the mechanism like this:
Take off the backing to the sticky tape and then fold the card base closed to adhere. Use a bone folder to strengthen the adhesion. 
Then open and voila! Your mechanism is completed. You may think this takes a long time but in reality it's only a few minutes once you get the hang of the folds. 
Now you take your pop up card piece which measures 3.5" x 10" and once again use a ruler for precision. Lie this directly on top of your flattened mechanism and line up the folds to meet at 2" directly in the centre of the card. 
Take a pencil (don't worry it will be hidden) and mark an x in the top right square and bottom left square. Using the side of the folded pop up card piece draw a line in the top right and bottom left (to form a square). Remove the pop up card base and put aside. 
Now you will have 2 x's inside 2 squares.
 In those pencilled squares that you made add double sided sticky tape, ensuring you stay within yout pencilled mark. 
Lining up the folds at the 2 inch mark and then lie completely flat and adhere to the sticky tape. 
You now have your completed card base. 
It should fold perfectly inside the card. 
All that's left to do is to decorate the inside of the card. I have used Tonic Studios new ATC dies and a stamped image and sentiment to finish off the card. 
The ATC dies fit perfectly into a twist and pop card and this was really fun to make. I added a couple stamped imaged and cut out and a few Tonic dies to complete the card.
I'm sure there are lots of variations floating around on the internet but this was the best fit for me. The Tonic Studios ATC die collection is awesome and totally versatile. Have a great weekend!
Lots of love
Jennifer xx

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