Friday, 6 October 2017

Tonic Studios Craft Kit 1 - A Hedgehog for Christmas - Nicky Gilburt

I love the beautiful leafy wreath that comes with the Tonic Craft Kit 1, but I wanted to see what other shapes I could create! By experimenting, I discovered that from a circle comes a heart ... well, with two or three die-cuts from it anyway ... and this little MDF wall hanging/ Christmas tree decoration is the result.

I absolutely love Christmas, I fill my house with Christmas decorations in every room, and as soon as I saw this kit, as much as I love all the autumnal toned papers that come with it, I knew I had to go glittery Christmas. As I actually have a hedgehog tree ornament, I instantly thought to make this decorated MDF heart plaque, either to join my tree creatures or to hang nearby to decorate my frosty room. 

The products I used on this project were:

Tonic Craft Kit 1
MDF heart
White Gesso
Snow Glow Nuvo Sparkle Dust
Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
Silver Screen and Sugar Crystal Craft Perfect Glitter Card
Rustic Oak and Soft Rose Aqua Flow pens
Natural Twine
Tonic Studios Wave Merry Christmas Mini Moments die
Nuvo Black Shadow Hybrid Ink pad
To start with I laid down a coat of Gesso onto the heart shape. I mixed in a generous sprinkling of Snow Glow Nuvo Sparkle dust to give it a sparkly textured feel. As I waited for it to dry I die-cut three of the leafy wreaths, two in silver, one in white glitter card. I then snipped the silver ones into four sections and played with them, turning some of the sections round to get the outline of the heart shape. I snipped the white leaves completely off their wreath.

Out came the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. There are so many things that you can do with this. With my fingers I applied a touch around the edge of my now dry MDF heart, just to add a bit of depth. I also caught the edges of the white leaves, and the tips of the odd silver one, to bring all the colours together. 
I arranged them around my heart shape and stuck them down with my hot melt glue gun. Then I added extra leaves to cover any joins.

I rubbed an area of gold mousse over some white card and once dry, I stamped the leafy area of the hedgehog on it. As it dried, I coloured the rest of another stamped hedgehog with my Aqua Flows and discovered that a tiny bit of gold mousse on the water brush gave him a light lustre too. As it's a Christmas decoration, it's all about the sparkle, so why not?

A little bit of cutting and layering of the leaf, and his paws to hold it, and there was one thing left - one of the new tiny Mini Moments Christmas sentiments to finish. 

As it's going to be hung, and my hot melt glue gun was still hot, I glued twine to the back of my heart. It's such a light-weight decoration that this is all that's needed. 
And so my little project was complete!
Autumn, Winter...I think this is a hedgehog for all seasons!

Thanks for looking and reading my blog, I hope you feel inspired, and if you do, I'd be so happy if you let me know with a comment below!
Happy Crafting
Nicky xx

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