Friday, 8 December 2017

Floral Affections - Edna Taylor

Hello and welcome to the blog today.

I have another of my sample cards to share using the latest Tonic Studios launch of their Floral Affections die collection.

Tonic products used - 
Floral Affections 'Thank you Blossom die set'
Craft Perfect - Fuschia Pink, Pistachio Green, Raspberry Pink, Ivory White
Handcrafted paper - Champagne Reception collection
Rolled flower from the Kaleidoscope Insert die
Foliage from Bramble Heart and Shadow Box collections
Nuvo Crystal drops - Raspberry Pink
Bowscale layering dies (for card base)

A close up of the flower detail

Tonic Floral Affections Thank You Blossom Die Set   7 Dies-608771

Thank you for calling in today. I hope you are enjoying the shows. Catch them on Hochanda with Jodie today at 9.00 am, 1.00 pm and final call at 5.00 pm. 

Hello Posey Wedding Card - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

I'm back today with another card from the recently launched Floral Affections from Tonic Studios. This time I've used the Hello Posie die set and teamed it with the Miniature Moments Wedding sentiment from earlier this year which I thought worked really well together ☺️
The card stock used is Umber Etching and Honey Gold Satin Mirror also from Tonic.

Custom Waterfall Cards With Tonic Studios Craft Kit #4 - Bibi Cameron

Hello everyone, this is a flash blog post to share ideas using some of the products included in the Tonic Studios Craft Kit #4 -December edition.

The kit includes an amazing die set to create easy and quick waterfall cards and despite being sold out by now you can still use these ideas to customize any waterfall card.

The waterfall die will create a waterfall that measures: width 2-1/2 x length 4 -1/4" ( 6.5x10.8cm)

Idea 1:
Dress up the waterfalls to create fun interactive characters, critters for any occasion cards, party invitations, gift cards and more.

The size of this card is 6- 1/2"x6" inches card ( 16.5 x 15 cm)

The size of this card is 7-1/4" x x 4 1/4"inches (18.5cm x11cm)

Idea 2: Personalize the waterfalls

Idea 3:
Add pictures.

This card measure 4-1/8" x 6" inches ( 10.5 x 15cm)

Idea 4Add the waterfall at the front or inside of a card.

Idea 5 - 6:Lay down the waterfall horizontally or vertically... Add as many waterfalls you can fit on the card, box or any other papercraft project.

This card measures 4-1/8" x 5-3/4" inches (10.5 x 14.5 cm)

That's all for today. I hope you enjoy the video and the projects.. and thanks for stopping by. 

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Jennifer Kray - It's all hearts and flowers here!

Hurrah, it's Friday! Hello there, have you missed me?!

Today I'm sharing a canvas and two other mixed media projects after taking a well deserved break away to recharge my batteries. 

I do like mixed media projects but they can be time consuming and hard to prep as you need to make two almost exactly the same. When I received the new Floral Affections Collection from Tonic Studios, I knew my projects would take me into my favourite mixed up, inky place. 

I'll be focusing on the canvas I designed but also sharing three additional mixed media projects at the end of this blog. 
Tonic Materials: 
Paper waste from die cuts to create texture on canvas

Other Materials:
Golden Matte Gel Medium
Honeycomb Die
Honeycomb MDF
White Acrylic Paint
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue (to make balls)
White Gesso 
Random sequin and bead mix
Kuretake Clean Colour Blue Brush Pen (for the border)
Metal Gears (although I ended up covering them) 
Spray Bottles x3 (one to mix your Nuvo colours with Gesso, one for the Blue Auqa Flow/water mixture and one for cooled boiled water. 
Heat Gun 
Pokey Tool
3D Foam Pads
Black Soot Distress Ink 
Salty Ocean Distress Oxide
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Protective Top Coat Sealant
Daler Rowney Waatercolour Art Board Canvas.
1.4mm A4 artboard sheet which I cut down (or hacked down) to 7" x 7".
Normal canvases take up a lot of space but these come in a pack of 10 and are easy to store. 
How many times do you hear people say, 'I could never do that' or 'I wouldn't know where to start' when mixed media is mentioned? And it's true that mixed media can use a lot more materials than ordinary card making and can sometimes be expensive. 

I love all the texture and small beads and balls people use on their projects but wasn't sure I would use them enough to warrant the cost so I made do with the materials I had. 
Day 1:
I started off with an A4 piece of art board. This is an inexpensive alternative to a canvas and is much easier to store if you are short on space. I also used some random beads and sequins I had, a few gears, some honeycomb die cuts and MDF and then the waste (all the little bits) from the hearts I cut out as part of my project. Also, I used my hot glue gun to make little round balls. 
After adding a layer of white gesso, I added another thin layer of gesso and sprinkled the 'waste' onto my canvas. The gesso acted as a bond and after letting it dry naturally, I repeated this process until I had the desired texture. I then added my gears and glue balls with gel medium. I added a final coat of gesso over the entire canvas to finish the background. 
Day 2:
Once my textured background was finished and completely dry, I began to add colour. Not having a vast arrays of inky mediums, I used what I had and hoped for the best! 
In a spray bottle I added water, Embellishment Mouse, Aqua Flows and gesso! The texture was like a milkshake and I really didn't think it would work - but it did and the colour was pretty neat! I started off with the lightest blues and then gradually added darker colours (the colours I used are under materials at the beginning of my blog). 
Grabbing another spray bottle, I mixed the blue aqua flow with water for a more concentrated colour in certain areas and then using some white acrylic paint to brighten up certain elements. 
I also added a hint Aqua Splash  here and there direct from the Aqua Flow Pen onto the canvas. I also used a blue Kuretake Clean Colour pen to edge the entire canvas. 
Here are two part finished backgrounds - remember I mentioned we have to prep our samples - this was how both canvases looked after 24 hours. 
 I cut out all my heart shaped before making my backgrounds - this allows more control of colour coverage. For the hearts, I used Black Soot Distress Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide. The mixed media card would take ink, water and heat so began inking straight from the pads and finished with a few flicks of black distress ink over the backgrounds hearts. 
Now add some Navy Blue and Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops around the largest heart and allow to dry completely over night. 
Day 3:
Your canvas background and Nuvo Drops are now completely dry and you can add your rolled rosses, leaves and Bride & Groom sentiment for completion.

Project 2 - Mixed lollipop
I wanted to have a little fun and made a cute lollipop with the same inky colourway. These would be great for table displays or wands for children's parties. 
Project 3 - Wall hanging
My next project is a large and substantial mixed media wall hanging. 
I hope you've enjoyed my projects today and I'll be back again soon.
Until then, have a great weekend! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Floral Affections Collection Spinner Card - Christine Smith

An elegant spinner card using a bit of everything from the NEW Floral Affections collection from Tonic! This collection is launching tomorrow (Wednesday 6th December 2017) on Hochanda at 6pm, so be sure to check out the shows!! I was lucky enough to make a few samples for the show, and prepare a few demos, so fingers crossed I get some of my cards on the telly hehehe :D There are so photos of the other cards at the end of this post too :D I just had to use these stunning dies to make a spinner card, and I thought as it's quite a lengthy process, that I would film it :D When making a spinner card, I like to use a really long piece of invisible thread, and I wrap it around the card multiple times (in case you wonder what I'm doing in the video lol) this way it stays nice a taught!! In the past (so about 3 years ago) I just used to sandwich the thread between tape, and they would always become saggy after I'd spun them only a couple of times, so I then came up with this solution and have been improving it ever since :D Hope you liked the card and the video!! Don't forget to tune into Hochanda on Wednesday evening and all through the day on Thursday too :D 

Main Tonic products used :D
Floral Affections Collection - Launching on Hochanda on Wednesday 6th December 

My Essential Products :D 

If any items are out of stock on CraftStash, make sure to add your e-mail to the in stock notification of that product so that CraftStah know you're interested! :D 

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

Loads more photos below :D 

The other cards I made using the Floral Affections Collection, hopefully you'll see these being demoed on the telly too hehehe :D

Today is the day - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone, sharing a brand new launch with you today from Tonic Studios - Floral Affections Die Sets available from Hochanda.There are 3 very pretty Heart sets in the range and also an Ornate Easel to stand a beautiful card or the heart.

Material used:-
Today is the Day Floral Affections
Ornate Easel Die Set
Art Nouveau layering die set
Flowers from Kalidescope die set
Oval layering die set
300gsm white base card
Bright white craft perfect
Cream craft perfect
Burnished Rose Satin mirror craft perfect
rose gold Mirror craft perfect
Pink Satin ribbon
Rose embellishment
Bubblegum crystal drops

As you can see the card can be made with or without the Ornate easel.
The card base was made cutting two of the largest dies in the Art Nouveau sets and score the back panel across about 1" down that will be the hinge to stick the front panel to using wet glue.
Now you will need to cut the front panel in Burnished rose gold mirror card and cut the detail out in the top white layer and glue flat.The heart base is cut in Burnished Rose gold satin Mirror and the next plain heart in craft perfect Cream then adding the detail in the satin card again. The centre heart is cut from both Rose gold Mirror card and the Burnished Rose gold satin card stock. This is stuck down with 3D foam pads.
Then adding a little decoration to the card you will need to add a pink satin bow and handmade flowers using the two flower dies from the Kaleidoscope box die sets finishing adding crystal drops to the centre.
These are absolutely stunning die sets and can be used for any occasion , home decor cards, scrapbooking, hanging decorations its only limited by your imagination ,if you scroll to the left side of my blog all the Tonic Design team members are listed there and Tonics blog so you can find all the stunning samples on the shows and all the details available.

Thank you for visiting my blog today I will be sharing more detailed blog posts over the weekend with you all xxx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Today is the day - Claire Rhodes Brandon

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the launch of the new
Floral Affections by Tonic Studios which launched earlier this evening. There are three sets, with seven dies in each set.
Also brand new today is the Ornate Easel die set which enables you to make a stand for your cards. You can see it on my card below, used as a decorative frame instead, I always like to make good use of my dies ☺️
The heart on this card is from the Thank You Blossom die set and the sentiment is from the Today Bouquet set.
I've used Craft Perfect Cream for the die-cuts.
There are more shows on Hochanda this evening and tomorrow if you'd like to see more samples and demonstrations using the dies.