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.






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