Thursday, 19 May 2016

How to extend the Classic Quaterfoil Patterned Panel die size - Ruth

Hi, I love using my dies etc to embellish scrapbook pages as well as cards. I wanted to show how you can use some of the new Tonic Studios Patterned Panel dies to create even larger die cuts. For this scrapbook page I've used  the Classic Quaterfoil die to create a patterned panel on an A4 piece of white card. You can see the steps in more detail below. I hope you will give this a try :)

To make the actual large die cut all I needed was an A4 piece of white card, Classic Quaterfoil die and a die cutting machine.
However, on the whole page I have used several other beautiful dies - Woodland Aster
Sweet MeliaTwisting VerandaElegant ColumnsBest FriendsSomeone Special and Fae Trellis.

How to extend the die:
1. Place your Classic Quaterfoil inner die on the white card and tape in position as shown above. Pass through the die cutting machine.

2. Remove the die.

3. Line up the pattern on the die with the pattern on the die cut card. You will feel it gently "slot" into place. Carefully tape in position. I have used tape in the four corners this time to ensure that it does not move at all. Pass through the machine.

4. Close up

5. Remove the die.

6. Line up the pattern with the die at the bottom left this time and carefully tape in position. Pass through the die cutting machine.

7. Remove the die.

 8.  Line up the pattern with the die at the bottom right this time and carefully tape in position. Pass through the die cutting machine.

9. Remove the die and you will have a large die cut pattern  - you can extend this even further to the edge of the page but this is the size I wanted for my scrapbook page.

10. I wanted quite a subtle and distressed look so I  snipped away little pieces of the die cut and inked the edges with a Versamark Old Rose ink pad.
I then added several little spots of Funky Glue to the edges and centre of the die cut before securing it to the page. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sweet Poppy - Jo Austin

Hiya folks..... 

You know.... I thought I had shared this card with you lovely lot a while ago when the beautiful Mousses and Double Detail dies and stencils were on Create and Craft... but as I looked through my posts on here tonight, I realised I hadn't. So here it is. 

This little cutie is Poppy Hideaway, and isn't she absolutely adorable? 

I began my card by cutting out the silhouette in black cardstock, then running it through the machine with the embossing mat to bring out all the details of the die.

I chose a mousse that would highlight the embossing, so went for an indian gold colour, and with my finger tips, just applied some of the mousse carefully over the little raised areas. 

Once this was done, I needed to decide what I wanted to use behind the image, and what card base I wanted... now, knowing me being me... I couldn't decide, so took out my distress inks and made a sunset scene in the background. This was then cut out with the verso edge (outer edge) of the die so that it matched the outer edge of the silhouette perfectly. 

I chose to mount my sweet Poppy onto my "squircle" die, aka Twisting Veranda. I used colours that were in my inky background, so burnt oranges, blacks, greens etc. The sentiment was from the Miniature Moments sentiments. It was all that was needed - nothing too big I thought. 

You can see on the photo above, just how the frame of the double detail dies snuggle in with the twisting veranda perfectly. It was just as though it was meant to be....!

Righty-oh ... that's me about done for tonight me thinks... I will be back soon with another project for you ... so please check back soon. 

Until then... happy crafting xxx

Shopping List 

Tonic Studios Large Layering die set - Twisting Veranda 1113E
Tonic Studios Double Detail Poppy Hideaway die set - 1141E
Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Indian Gold  - 802N
Tonic Studios Miniature Moments sentiments - Awesome Cool & Sweet 1240E
Distress inks


Win and Tonic Challenge - Karen

Well hello there. I've never been part of a challenge blog before so I'm excited to see how this goes.

Here's my challenge entry for Anything Goes :) it's a wall hanger using the Ornate Frame Large Layering Die Set along with a few favourites. here's the link if you want to join in and have a chance at winning some fabby Tonic goodies :) 

I hope you like it, thanks for popping by :)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A Large Win & Tonic - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

Today sees the launch of a brand new challenge blog - Win & Tonic.

It’s run by my two lovely teamies Dawny Phillips and Alison Whelanand is going to be sponsored by the very generous Tonic Studios and this month you're guaranteed a very large WIN!.

The purpose of this monthly challenge is, we hope, to inspire you with lots of lovely ideas and maybe different ways to use your Tonic dies and Nuvo products, and best of all there are some amazing prizes up for grabs for one lucky winner each month.

The challenge is open to everybody whether you have a blog or not, and the winners will always be chosen at random, so don’t be put off if you’re a beginner or worry that you’re not good enough! 

The winner will be announced on 14th of each month, the day before the challenge goes live with the next challenge, and your entries must be in by close of play on 13th of the month, please :)

There will be theme each month but for the first it has been decided to keep it nice and easy and make it ‘Anything Goes’. This means that you're free to make whatever you want, and as long as it contains something Tonic you'll be entered into the draw for the prize. 

This is my 'Anything Goes' card, made using:
Entwining Trellis Plush Peony for the background die.
Woodland Aster from the Beautiful Blooms collection for the larger flowers, the small flowers are some of the waste from the Daisy Strip punch.
Arboreal Dream for the small leaves.
Red Berry and Bottle Green Crystal Drops

Hope you come and join in the fun over at Win & Tonic :)

Monday, 16 May 2016

And We’re Off : ) - Dawny

Good morning and a very happy Sunday to everybody.

Today is a special day because it is the very first Win & Tonic Monthly Challenge
Yes we are finally up and running, yayyy.

Our first theme is …

Anything Goes

… so a nice easy start. 
There’s a fantastic prize up for grabs and some beautiful work from the DT girls so do check it out if you have a sec.

So what did I do then?

I did this.

It uses the gorgeous Twisted Veranda die set which is actually part of the giveaway. 
What I like about this set is that it has a lovely contemporary feel to it, but is classic at the same time.

The sentiment is Congratulations from the Tonic Studios Mini Moments release …

… and I cut three of them, stuck them together then bent it slightly so that it had a slight bevel. 
Then I stuck it down onto the card with my hot glue gun.

The slats in these dies are perfect for threading your ribbon through. 
I made a sparkler to pop onto the top of the bow using Deep Pink Nuvo Glitter and a blob of glue from the glue gun.

And that’s my card done. 
A really easy and simple one to make and by changing the sentiment and even the colours, you could pretty much adapt this for any occasion.

Please do check out the challenge. 
It runs for a whole month and you can enter as many times as you want, as long as you have a new card for each entry.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and crafty hugs to all xxx


Win & Tonic Challenge Card - Edna

Good morning peeps and welcome to our first Tonic challenge 'Anything Goes'.
We are all uber excited to begin a new challenge and we hope as many of you join in as possible.

I have chosen to make a baby card for today's challenge. 

Tonic products used -
Daisy Burst Patterned panel
Rococo Rocking Horse/ Baby sentiment dies
Scalloped square layering dies
Pinhole square dies
Ivory seashell Crystal drops 

A view of the inside of the card - layered to match the front.

Don't forget to visit the Win & Tonic challenge blog to see the variety of cards made by the team.
Why not pop onto their blogs and leave a little love too!

Have fun! 

Tonic Challenges ahead.... - Jo Austin

What a fantastical morning it is...

I've waited so long to tell you all about the Win and Tonic Challenge Blog we have at Tonic Studios, and along with a great Design Team on our blog, we hope to inspire you with lots of fantastic projects each month.

In addition to this, you can win a great prize or two too, courtesy of Tonic Studios!! There are some perfect layering dies up for grabs this month, along with some beautiful Nuvo Crystal and Glitter drops. A great addition to any craft room if I say so myself.

Please don't worry if you are a beginner, because this challenge is open to everybody and our winners will always be chosen at random.... how could we possibly choose from the beautiful creations we know you will be making???

There aren't too many rules, but please be aware of the few we have - you can find these in the sidebar of the blog... if you're stuck, just message us and we will be happy to help.

Without further ado, here is my card for this first Challenge, where our theme this month is Anything Goes. I decided to use our card blank dies to create the base layer, and my lacy edge was created using the Envelope dies. This was placed on top of the Romantic Cottage papers and topper was cut from the same set.

I finished it off with a large bow, a rose resin, and some Tonic Nuvo drops.

So... what are you waiting for? Get your thinking caps on with your Tonic stash, and make us a challenge card... but don't forget to upload it too. 

The winners will be announced on the 14th of the month, the day before we go live with the next Challenge... and your entries must be in by close of play on the 13th of the month to be entered. 

I - for one - can't wait to see all your wonderful creations.... so will be checking back regularly to see all your work... please feel free to follow my blog, and I can follow in return too. 

Happy crafting to each and every one of you. xx