Saturday, April 20, 2019

Tonic Craft Kit #20 Inspiration Cards (Plus a Few Goodies from Past Craft Kits Mixed In)

I am finally getting a video and blog post up about Tonic Craft Kit #20. It seems like I have been working on this one for awhile! I had a few life things that came up that delayed this video longer than I would've liked, but that it what it is. For those that don't know about the Tonic Craft Kit, it is a monthly subscription box packed with a lot of value. It is the only one that I get on a regular basis. Now, I am not affiliated with Tonic (or any company, at this time, for that matter). So, I purchase this box with my own money, which means, I get the box at the same time as regular subscribers. This also means, that this box, is unfortunately sold out and no longer available for purchase. I do still want to do posts and videos on this box for those that buy the box, to provide them more inspiration for using their supplies. I am aware that there is a design team, but in my opinion, there can never be too much inspiration for using one's craft supplies.

I made 4 cards with this craft kit, even though the kit this month was meant to make a little gift box. Which is fun too, but I wanted to make cards, because at heart, I am a card maker. Not saying that I won't use the gift box die, because I am sure I will, but I wanted to make cards.

I will start with the video, but for those that prefer written instruction and pictures, those are posted below.



Card #1

The first card I made used four of the decorative panel dies meant for to cut pretty decorative panels out of the gift box. I started by dividing my heavy weight white cardstock card panel into four sections with a pencil and ruler. Then, I placed the plain square panel die in each of my sections and cut out the squares. I erased the lines when I was done cutting all the square panels out. After that, I used the Falling Leaves Shimmer Powder to color the heavy weight cardstock panel. In hindsight, I should've used watercolor paper for this, as it warped pretty bad, but I just wasn't thinking ahead. It ended up working out ok in the end, as I attached the panel to a piece of craft foam anyways. Next, I used a piece of Tan Brown Classic Card and cut the decorative panels out of it, lining them up with the plain square panels of the card front. I stamped the Thank You sentiment from Card Kit #18 in  Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Acorn Brown from Craft Kit #15. I finished the card off with the Champagne Shine Pure Sheen Sequins & some Dirty Bronze Chrystal Drops both included in the current kit.The card base is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White in 110lb.




Card #2

I started this card by die cutting the stitched leaves from Card Kit #12 out of some masking paper and placed them randomly all over some Bristol Smooth paper. After burnishing down the masking paper leaves, I used Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, & Forest Moss to create an ombre sort of look and then went around the edges with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain to give it an aged sort of look.I applied the inks with my Make Up Brushes that I got on Amazon. However, I did not like the effect that I was getting when applying the Walnut Stain around the edges with them. So, I switched to the Mini Ink blending tool for that part. I like the ink to be darker when applying the ink around the edges and the make up brushes definitely appy a nice, light even blend, which wasn't what I was going for in that instance. After that, I die cut the dragonflies from the 2 dragonfly dies included in the current kit. The white dragonflies, I sprayed with the Wild Olive Mica Mist to give them some interest. The outline part of the dragonflies, I created by using the 2 different sized dies together. I, then, finished off the card with both Dirty Bronze &  Caramel Latte Crystal Nuvo Drops, which were both included in Kit #20.






Card #3







This card, as you can see, is very similiar to the last card, except it was done in ladybugs and I used slightly different ink colors to do the ink blending. I used Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, & Forest Moss and then again, went around the edges with Walnut Stain. I used the Sizzix Wingo Dingo Alphabet for the "Love Bug" sentiment and stacked them 4 layers thick. I also went over those letters & the ladybugs in  Nuvo Glitter Gloss. I also covered the Love Bug sentiment in Glossy Accents for even more shine. For the ladybugs, I added Nuvo Chrystal Drops in Ebony Black with a small stylus tool to add dots to the dots in the stamp to add texture. Then, to finish off the card, I added Nuvo Chrystal Drops in Dirty Bronze.







Card #4


Last, but certainly not least, I made this lovely watercolor, gold embossed inset dragonfly card. I started by die cutting the dragonflies out of Fabriano watercolor paper. Then, I used the Falling Leaves Shimmer Powder, included in the kit, to color the paper. I went heavy handed with the shimmer powder and the water to give a loose watercolor look. Once dry, with my heat gun, I matted the panel on a black cardstock scrap I had in my stash. I then, lined up the cardstock panel with my Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb card base and stamped the dragonflies through the holes in Versamark and heat embossed them in Ranger Gold embossing powder. I finished off the card with the Hello die from Craft Kit #19 using the Fresh Mint Pearlescent Card included in the current craft kit & some scrap black cardstock I had in my stash.






***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.***

Friday, April 12, 2019

Foil Quill: 15 Different Materials Tested

I wanted to put the Foil Quill by We R Memory Keepers to the test with 15 very different materials and see how well the foil adhered. With my testing, I used Spellbinders Glimmer Foil in a variety of colors and used my Cricut Maker for all the tests. I will list out what color with the item number from the package, which quill point I used and what setting I used on my Cricut Maker.






1. Satin Ribbon

Foil Color: Aura   Item #: GLF-027
Quill: Medium
Setting: Satin Silk


2. Acetate (Stamp Packaging)

Foil Color: Teal   Item #: GLF-012
Quill: Fine
Setting: Stencil Film


3. Aluminum

FAILED - Tried several pressure settings and it would not stick


4. Glitter Paper (No Shed & Adhesive backed - From Dollar Tree)

Foil Color: Pink from the Metallic & Holographic Variety Pack    Item #: GLF-012
Quill: Medium
Setting: Cardstock Intricate


5. Vellum

Foil Color: Black   Item #: GLF-010
Quill: Medium
Setting: Vellum


6. Printable Magnet Sheet

Foil Color: Crimson Stars   Item #: GLF-030
Quill: Medium
Setting: Magnet Sheet .6mm


7. Craft Foam 3mm

Foil Color: Cobalt Blue   Item #: GLF-020
Quill: Medium
Setting: Craft Foam


8. Cotton Fabric

Foil Color: Cobalt Blue   Item #: GLF-020
Quill: Fine
Setting: Cotton
This does scratch off, so I wouldn't put it on items that will go through wear and tear. Not sure if it is the foil brand or just the nature of the foiling.


9. Organza Fabric

Foil Color: Gold from the Metallic Gold & Silver Variety Pack   Item #: GLF-012
Quill: Fine
Setting:Organza
My guess is this will also scratch off, like the cotton, but I didn't want to scratch at this, as I have a project in mind for this.


10. Minky Fabric

FAILED - Ripped Foil and what did adhere, did not have a shiny finish at all.


11. Jeans / Denim Fabric

FAILED - Did not adhere well, scratches off and did not have a shiny finish at all.


12. Cricut Felt (Stiff Felt)

Foil Color: Holographic Speckle  from the Metallic & Holographic Variety Pack   Item #: GLF-012
Quill: Medium
Setting: Felt


13. Leather

Foil Color: Cobalt Blue   Item #: GLF-020
Quill: Medium
Setting:Leather


14. Basswood 1/16" Thick

Foil Color:Silver from the Metallic Gold & Silver Variety Pack   Item #: GLF-011
Quill: Fine
Setting:Basswood 1/16"
I stained this with Distress Stain in Chipped Saphire first and let dry overnight before foiling.


15. Textured Canvas Board 1.3mm Thick

Foil Color: Silver Holographic Facets from the Metallic & Holographic Variety Pack   Item #: GLF-012
Quill: Medium
Setting: Stencil Film Setting
I got the SVG File from Creative Fabrica, but I could not locate it on their site to link it. Sorry!


***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.*** 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Masculine Congrats Card & How to Cut a Shadow Layer for Your Stamps

Today, I want to share a masculine congrats card that I made. While making it, I used Sure Cuts A Lot to cut a shadow layer die cut with my Cricut to stamp and emboss on. That process is best shown in video. I will link that below, but I do want to share the pictures here in my blog.

When you watch the video, you will see that I had a little trouble while stamping the inside sentiment. Since, I had already put on the front of the card and there was dimension on it, it pressed up against the door of my Tim Holtz Stamping platform and there was something on the door. So, the top of the inside of my card got something on it. Bummer. I stamped the inside anyways and decided to try to fix my mistake afterwards. My first attempt was with a Tombow Mono sand eraser, which usually works, but did not this time.


So, I admitted defeat and sprayed the inside with Oxide Spray. The front, as you will see below, was done in Oxide sprays, so I figured it would match. I went a little overboard, but I just can't help myself when it comes to sprays! I wasn't totally happy with it, but I didn't completely hate it either. At least it didn't look like I accidentally smudged it. Haha!


And here is the front, which I totally love as a masculine card. I sprayed the card front with Oxide Sprays about a week ago. I don't remember which ones, but it is on black paper. I was just having fun with all the sprays and a bunch of card fronts that day. So, you may see more of these. Anyways, then, I took the Tim Holtz Mosaic Stencil and laid it across diagonally and applied Distress Ink in Black Soot across the card front with a make up brush that I bought in a set from Amazon. After that, I took that same Tim Holtz Mosaic Stencil, masked off a corner and applied Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown through it.


I used the banner die from the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Ocean Card Add On die set for the sentiment "you are made of awesome" from Altenew's: Lace Up stamp set. I used a piece of acetate to help me curve the stamp in my stamp platform to fit the banner die cut. All you have to do is lay the acetate over the die cut. Then place your stamp on the acetate while bending the stamp to the shape of the die cut. The stamp will stick to the acetate and keep it's form. Shut the door on your stamp platform or pick the stamp up with your acrylic block, remove the acetate and stamp your stamp as normal.

To learn how I got the congrats die cut without using a metal die, watch the video below. I used Sure Cuts A Lot, Design Space and my Cricut,. If you don't have a Cricut, this method will apply to anyone with Sure Cuts A Lot and a machine that either works directly with that program or a machine that works SVGs.


This video uses these sounds from freesound: 
Folk Guitar Music Track by Dvideoguy ( https://freesound.org/people/Dvideoguy/
wah wah sad trombone.wav by kirbydx ( https://freesound.org/people/kirbydx/ )

 Materials List






***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.***