Today I'm sharing my most recent project using Tonic Craft Kit 10 - Alphabet Frame - an EASY Accordion Art Book!
Here's a video of the finished books if you don't like reading through 5,000 word blogs - haha!
Here is a super short video which shows exactly what you get in June's installment.
I know this is a long blog post but if you've never read my blog before I would love you to read this one. Why? Because my computer stopped working and I've had to type this entire post via my phone - and it's taken me over 9 hours to complete so please please read it lol. Please :D
The Tonic Studios Craft Kits come out every month and packed FULL of yummy products! You can find out all about the subscription options, look at all the video inspiration and everything else you need to know using the links below.
Kit 10 is NOT SOLD OUT but you'll have to be quick as they're limited edition. I've added some links so you can find out about previous kits, inspiration and how it all works. There is a new kit every month so if you missed 09, 10 will be available soon!
Some useful links
Tonic Craft Kit Main WebsiteKit OptionsOn the main website there are other tabs for:
Inspiration - all the videos for each kit
There is also a Facebook Group run by Tonic you can find HERE
I have been sent the stamps and dies in this kit to blog and boy did I have fun! I wanted to use the main frame die as inspiration for my project and got to work cutting out a few bits and having a little play. It took me a good day to come up with an idea I was happy with - I decided on an EASY accordion art book.
I had this idea - that if I were a teacher I would have one student create something in my book each month. I would give them full creative license with their page. And at the end of the school year I, as a teacher, would have a wonderful art journal to display. You could hang one up every year in your classroom to remind yourself of the wonderful students past and present.
You could use this for any idea - a wedding book - leave art supplies out and let guests create something on watercolour card; as a child's yearly art book for parents, grandparents etc - your only limit is your imagination.
The construction is really very easy and takes no time at all. You can have ether a portrait accordion book or landscape. My book is landscape but I've given you the dimesions for both.
cut cardstock to 11.5 inches by 4.25 inches
Score at 5.5 inches, 11 inches
Cut cardstock to 5.5 inches by 9.25 inches
score longways at 0.5 inch, 4.75 inches
Whether you have landscape or portrait, use the half inch lip to start to build your accordion. I use strong red sticky tape as I didn't want it moving.
Make sure all the lips are on the same side (which will form the back of your book) for a neat and tidy finish.
You can see how your accordion is beginning to come together. You can cake it as big as you want to, just add more pieces of cardstock with the dimensions above.
The front/back cover
Cut a piece of cardboard 5.75 inches by 4.5 inches.
Cut a piece of watercolour card (or whatever your cover will consist of) two inches bigger that your cardboard panel. 7.75 inches by 5.5 inches.
Snip off your edges like below.
Adhere edges with red sticky or a very strong adhesive.
What your front/back panel look like now.
Add a panel of watercolour card to both panels, just under 5.75 inches by 4.5 inches. You want it a tiny bit smaller but not much.
Add your accordion pages to finish. You can either add them before or after you've decorated your pages.
There are 12 pages inside book and each page has been decorated according to how I envisage an art book to look.
Use the main frame and the alphabet dies in Kit 10.
Watercolour your frame using any medium but I went with Kuretake Watercolours. I actually tried shimmer powders at first but it wasn't the effect I wanted.
The frame has been cut out and attached to the front of the book to add a little dimension.
A close up of how the top frame was put on and to give you an idea of how deep my book is which is 2.25 inches.
Page 1 - Oh
I drew a patterned background with glossy accents and let dry. Then I added shimmer powders and cut into strips to for this beautiful little work of art.
Page 2 - Paul
Using the stamps in the kit to create the back panel along with shimmer powders and the black aqua flow for splatter.
Close up of the Shimmer powder background and dimensional watercolour hearts
Page 3 Ali
I used shimmer powders and gesso for a muted background this time along with some stencils and stamps with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The dies are from the Kit and I coloured in a tonic stamp on craft card with Nuvo Alcohol Markers. Glitter and sequins for added sparkle.
Page 4 Claire
I used Craft Perfect paper for the mat and layer plus the alphabet. Also, I made this floral pattern with string, shimmer powders and a book. Simply elegant.
Page 5 Jen
The background is texture paste, crackle paint and shimmer powders through a stencil. The cat stamp is paperartsy coloured with Clean Colour Pens/Nuvo Glitter Markers and the banners and alphabet are from the kit.
Page 6 Nat
Made using shimmer powders and a black aqua flow pen with lids. The stamp is new from Tonic in their Mandala set and the alphabet is in the kit.
Page 7 Me Julie
The background was made using a die cut into a stencil, crackle texture paste and embellishment mousse. The flower stamp is craftwork cards as is the candi. Alphabet and banner die is from Kit 10.
Page 8 Dawny
Background is using black shimmer powder and white ink. Stamped leaves, banners and alphabet are from kit.
Page 9 Vicky
Shimmer powders, sprays, heat embossing, stamping, glitter markers, and die cutting were all used to create this. And the alphabet from the kit. What a magical page!
Page 10 Dan
Embellishment mousse was used to create a background with stamps and stencils then die cut into circles. An embossing folder was used for added texture on the white watercolour card. Alphabet is from the kit.
Pages 11 & 12
Page 11 Edna
Shimmer powders, Nuvo Drops and a Tonic heart die was used to make this background. Alphabet die is from the kit.
Page 12 Kar
Shimmer powders and masking fluid were used to create this background. Banners are alphabet dies are from the kit.
The book completed
That's enough from me today and I'm impressed if you've managed to get to the end of this post. I hope you've enjoyed my project. It took two and a bit days to finish but I have effectively made 13 cards so not to bad going when you think about it that way.
Lots of love and hugs