Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Thinking of You - Tonic Studios Autumn Die Collection

Hi Everyone

Mandy-Jane here.  Well today I am sharing my last project that I made for Tonic Studios Autumn Die Collection.  I really have enjoyed creating all my projects with these fab dies.  They are a great size.

So here's my offering for you.

What I Did

  • Take a 7" x 7" white blank and cut a dark teal piece of card to 6 5/8" x 6 5/8".  Glue to font of card.

  • Cut a 6" x 6" piece of white card.  

  • To create the front aperture; measure and cut 1/2" in from the the outside edges and 2 1/2" across.  Join between the points to cut final inner edge.

  • Next cut a piece of black card at 3" x 5 1/2".  Create a frame by measuring and cutting in 3/8" on all edges.  Glue this frame to the front of the white aperture.

  • Cut a piece of white card at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and using distress ink colour half blue and half green.  Glue this panel to the centre of card front.

  • Take the frame piece, add 3D foam to the rear and attach to front of card.

  • From black card die cut three solid corn pieces.  Then cut three white ones cutting the detail out using the verso part of die.  Cut off stems from the white die cuts.  Glue these pieces on top of black solids.

  • Add the corn layered die cuts into centre of frame.

  • Die cut the wording in black and teal.  Shadow and glue together.  Add to front of card.

  • Finish with black Nuvo drops.

  • Enjoy!

What I Used

Tonic Studios September Harvest Die Set - 1432E
Tonic Studios Sentiment - Thinking of You - 1255E
Tonic Studios Super Trimmer - 153E
Nuvo Drops - Ebony Black - 650N

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Best Friends - Autumn Die Collection by Tonic Studios

Hi Everyone

It's another wet day here in not so sunny South Wales!  But it's  not getting us down :)

Today MJ is sharing another on her designs that she made for the launch on Create and Craft TV using the Autumn Die Collection from Tonic Studios.

So here we go..

What I Did
  • Using a cream 8" x 8" card blank cut a piece of brown card at 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" and glue to front.
  • Next emboss a piece of cream card using the chevron embossing folder.  Cut off the border and glue to front centre of card.
  • Using the Autumn Die Collection cut out three yellow maple leaf solid shapes plus two maple leaves with the verso centre.  Glue the two detailed leaves to two solid ones.
  • Cut out 4 branches from brown card.
  • Cut out five yellow solid bramble leaf branches and then use the verso centre pieces on two of them. Glue the two detailed leaves to two solid ones.
  • Cut out five yellow solid oak leaves and then use the verso centre on two of them. Glue the two detailed leaves to two solid ones.
  • Use Distress Inks to colour the two layer leaves - Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon and Aged Mahogany. Then on remaining leaves colour with the Shabby Shutters ink.
  • Die cut Best Friends from cream card and colour with Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon. Die cut another one from brown card.  Shadow together.  Die cut a panel in brown and cream and add wording.  
  • Arrange leaves and branches as you like and glue into place.  Add wording panel to finish using 3D foam pads.

What I Used

Autumnal Oak Die Set -  1431E
September Harvest Die Set 1432E
Modern Chevron Embossing Folder 1440E
Best Friends Sentiment Die - 1241E
Gift of Love Die Set - 779E
Tonic Tangerine Die Cutting Machine

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Mixed Media Canvas with Tonic Studios Autumn Die Collection

Hi Everyone

MJ here.  I hope you have had a fab weekend.

Today I am sharing a small mixed media canvas I made for the launch of Tonic Studios new Autumn Die Collection.  It is very easy but quite effective.

The dies cut like butter through the funky foam.  On my previous post I had cut the grasses from foam and used as a stamp for the background. 

What I Did
  • Start with a 5" x 7" canvas board.
  • Die cut a tall grass piece from funky foam together with some leafy branches and butterflies.
  • Glue the die cuts to the canvas and allow to dry completely.
  • Paint the canvas and die cuts with two coats of black gesso.  Leave to dry.
  • Next use some gold embellishment mousse added to a little water in a spritzer bottle and spray lightly across canvas.
  • Take Fresh Copper, Aquamarine, Indian Gold, Spring Green and Mother of Pearl embellishment mousses and apply to the die cuts using your finger (or cotton bud) until you are happy with the colours.
  • Enjoy!
What I Used

Autumn Die Collection - Pinecone Season
Autumn Die Collection - Autumnal Oak
Nuvo Embellishment Mousses - Various Colours
Funky Foam
Funky Glue Pen

We hope you have been inspired.

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Friday, 29 July 2016

Scenic Circle with Tonic Studios Autumn Die Collection

Hi Everyone

I know 'two blog posts in one day!' The reason for this is that I am busy, busy at work tomorrow and haven't learned the ancient art of scheduling 😆

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project.  I love creating scenes using stamps but this time I am using the fabulous NEW Tonic Studios Autumn Die Collection to achieve my end result.  So let's get the dies, some funky foam, an acrylic block and some inks and play!

What I Did

  • Take an 8" x 8" card blank and the second largest circle die and make your shaped base by leaving the edge of the die hanging over the fold a fraction and run through your machine. (You will need an A4 format die cutting machine such as the Tonic Tangerine).  With fold to the top score horizontally across and fold.
  • Next using the same die cut out three circles in white.  Add one circle to the front bottom edge of the card to make an easel card.
  • Using the verso die (next one down) cut this design from both the remaining white circles.  Then take the next size circle down and cut out the centre.
  • Cut two green circles from the circle die used first (larger one being used).  Stick one of the detailed frames to a green circle and glue to inside base of the card (you may need to trim this a little before where the fold is).
  • Using smaller circle die, die cut the centre from the remaining green circle.  Glue the other detailed frame to this.  Add 3D foam to the rear - put aside ready.
  • Cut two smaller white circles from the die set and glue one to the inside base of card.
  • Take some funky foam and the reed die and cut out an image.  Use a temporary glue adhesive on the rear of the die cut and stick to an acrylic block.  This is now our stamp to create the scene.  Stamp on to the white circle in various greens and lastly with black,  Leave space to one side.  Now use some distress ink and colour the back ground to add sky.
  • Die cut some ivy leaves, branches and reeds in black card and a small butterfly.
  • Stick the top frame piece to top front of card.  Add the stamped circle to the centre. 
  • Arrange die cuts and glue in to position.
  • Die cut a greetings panel and add the greeting to suit.  Raise on 3D foam for the stopper.
  • Enjoy!

What I Used

Autumn Die Collection - Pine Season - 1430E
Autumn Die Collection - September Harveset - 1432E
Layering Die - Celtic Dream - 209
Funky Foam and Acrylic Block
Distress Inks - Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Black Soot
Papermill Direct Card Stock
Tonic Tangerine Die Cutting Machine

We hope you have been inspired.

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NEW Autumn Die Collection from Tonic Studios - Stunning!

Hi Everyone

Sorry it’s been a while since blogging last but we have been experiencing problems with Blogger!  But we are now back in the room and raring to catch up with some lovely projects starting with Tonic Studios NEW Autumn Die Collection and Embossing Folders.

As usual they have come up trumps with this oh so usable Autumn Die Collection.  Each die is individually fabulous but use them together to create  scenes etc. and you have the WOW! factor in your hands.

Join Jo on Friday 29th July at 8pm on Create and Craft TV for the introduction of these Autumn Die sets. These dies create perfect centerpieces on your cards and paper craft projects. There are four die sets in the range; the Pine Cone Season Die set, the Autumnal Oak Die set, the September Harvest Die set and the Fallen Leaves Die set.

Here is my first project for you using both the dies and embossing folders together with Nuvo Embellishment Mousses.

What I Did

  • Use an 8” x 8” cream card blank.  Cut a 7 3/4” square from caramel card and glue to front.
  • Next cut a 7” x 7” brown square and a 5” x 5” brown square.  Use an embossing folder for both squares.  Using a mixture of the Nuvo mousses gently add layers of colour until you are happy with it.  Glue the large square to card front.  Cut a piece of caramel to 5 1/8” x 5 1/8” and adhere to rear of smaller embossed square.  Add to card front with 3D foam pads.
  • Die cut a selection of the bramble leafy branch in brown and some of the more delicate leaf branches in caramel.
  • Take the bramble leaves and cut off the leaves.  Apart from one set of the medium brown leaves, place them into an embossing folder and emboss.  Using the Nuvo mousses colour the embossed leaves as before.  Glue the leaves in sets of four by forming a cross shape.  Glue large embossed at bottom, then the plain brown medium leaves and lastly the small embossed leaves.  This will form the larger flower.  Add to front of card with the caramel leaves.
  • The small flower is made in this same manner but just using two layers of the smaller leaves to form the bloom.
  • Die cut a panel to mount a greeting on to finish.  I also added some string loops and Nuvo drops.
  • Enjoy!

  • What I Used

     Tonic Die Set - Autumnal Oak - 1431E
    Tonic Die Set – Fallen Leaves - 1433E
    Tonic Embossing Folders – Retro Fern - 1442E
    Tonic Embossing Folders  - Layered Leaves -1441E
    Nuvo Embellishment Mousses – Fresh Copper, Indian Gold , Mother of Pearl

    We hope you have been inspired.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Bunched Bouquet Modern Buttonhole Stamp Set from Tonic Studios

Hi Everyone

MJ here today with my tutorial with the Traditional Spray Stamp Set 2.  I love this set with the beautiful modern rose.  You can make so many wonderful designs with them.  This set would make beautiful elegant wedding stationery too.  Imagine gold embossing power on ivory/cream card. Lovely.  May be I will play with that idea on another tutorial for you?

I hope you like it.  :)

What I Did

  • Take an 8" square card blank.  Cut a piece of pink card to 7 1/2" square and glue to card front.  Next cut a piece of printed paper to 7 1/4" square and add this to card front.
  • Cut a piece of watercolour card to 3" x 6".
  • Using the blue embellishment mousse and a baby wipe add a wash of colour across the whole piece.  Dry.
  • Dust across the watercolour card using an anti-static before beginning to stamp the design.
  • Using Versamark ink and white embossing powder stamp your chosen design, add the powder, knock off excess and heat to melt.  Let it cool.
  • Take the mousses once again and paint as desired.  Let dry.
  • Mount this piece onto some pink card leaving a narrow border around all edges.
  • Attach to card front with 3D foam pads.
  • Add the dots by using Nuvo Crystal drops and glitter.
  • To make the butterfly use the open leaf stamp this time using Versamark ink with the pink embossing powder.  Stamp it six  times. Colour with the mousses.  Cut out and stick the bottom four together and add the remaining two leaves to the top part of the butterfly.  Cut a body from scrap pink card and glue on.  Add to the card with 3D Foam pads.
  • Die cut the Birthday Swirl and glitter (I used double-sided adhesive paper for mine).

What I Used

Bunched Bouquet Modern Buttonhole Stamp Set - 1362e
Nuvo Embossing Powder - Ballerina Pink - 605N
Nuvo Embossing Powder - Glacier White - 602N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Cornflower Blue - 806N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Peony Pink - 800N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Lilac Lavender - 801N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Spring Green - 808N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Black Ash - 811N
Sentiments Die - Birthday Swirl - 1058E
Essential Card Pack - Magnificent Magenta's - 786E
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Watercolour Card

We hope you have been inspired.

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Police Telephone Box Gift Box Tutorial

Hi Everyone

It's MJ here today with a little tutorial for you.  

I've been asked by sooo many people now about this project I thought it would be an idea if I told you how I did it.  :)

**Please note that this is for personal use only and not for resale or for mass production **

So here we go......

What I Used

Navy Blue Card - 240gsm Papermill Direct
White Card - 240gsm Papermill Direct
Tonic Studios Super Trimmer 
Crafters Companion Scoremaster/The Big Score 
Glue/Foam Pads

What I Did

To Make the Box Inner

  1. Cut two pieces of navy card to 9 1/2" by 8 1/4" (A4 width).  Score each piece on the base side of the scoreboard at 4 1/2" - 9".  Turn the card pieces so that the long edge runs down the board and score them at 1/2".

  2. Next cut two squares of navy card one at 4 1/2" and the other a 1/16" smaller.
  3. Cut tabs along bottom 1/2" scored line on both pieces.
  4. Fold and burnish all score lines.  Glue the two box panels together then glue the smaller square to the inside on top of tabs.  Add remaining square to outside base of box.

To Make the Outer Box
  1. Cut two pieces of navy card to 9 1/2" x 8 1/4".  Score each piece on the box lid side of the scoreboard at 4 1/2" and 9".  Turn the card pieces as before (staying on the box lid side) and score them on the 1/2" line.
  2. Then cut two squares of navy card as before.
  3. Cut the tabs as before and glue box together in the same way.
  4. To make the tiered top of the box cut three squares at 5 1/2" - 5" and 4 1/2" and score each one of them at 1/2" on the box lid side of board.
  5. Cut tabs, fold and burnish scorelines and glue to form lids.
  6. Glue the lids in a stack by running a bead of glue around the edges and pressing down gently.  Leave to dry.  Once dry place the lids on top of box lid and glue into position.
  7. To make the top light piece - cut a piece of navy card at 3" x 3" and score around all edges at 1".  Cut and trim tabs.  Glue together, add white squares of card and glue to top of box.

To Make Side Panels
  1. Make a template following below.
  2. Cut four pieces of navy card to 4 5/16" x 7 5/8" and using template as a guide cut out the apertures.
  3. Cut six narrow strips of navy card for each panel and glue in place on rear of top window panes.  
  4. Cut two 2" squares of white card and glue behind window strips.
  5. Cut a navy strip of card at 1/4" x 7 5/8" and glue this down the centre of the panel.   Repeat this for all panels.
  6. Attach the panels to the box sides using 3D foam pads.
  7. Decorate to suit - Voila!

And that's all there is to it!!  

I hope you have enjoyed my project.

We hope you have been inspired.

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