Tonic Craft Kit #27 Inspiration

Hey Procraftinators! 
Today, I have 3 cards to share with you from Tonic Craft Kit #27. That's right, I am sharing inspiration from this kit pretty much right after I got it. Are you shocked and amazed?! Well, I am!

I thought this kit was perfect for a fun circle card. I started this card by doing some ink blending. For the frame of the card, I used 2 layers of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb cardstock and the top layer is the champagne classic card included in the kit. The bottom layer is a solid piece and the next 2 layers are frames. I wanted those vine pieces to be fairly sturdy, as they are going to hang off the card base. I started by ink blending Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves & just a tiny bit of Black Soot around the edges on the bottom layer. Then on the top frame, I ink blended Brushed Corduroy over most of the piece and a small amount of Gathered Twigs along the edges. Then, I adhered all 3 layers together and sprayed them with a DIY mica mist that I made with Perfect Pearls in the color Perfect Pearl. Next, I took another one of the frame type dies and cut it out of black cardstock and layered it on the card front. I also cut the scene type die out of the Olive Green Classic Cardstock included in the kit and glued it on as well. I had ink blended some Forest Moss Distress ink on this piece off camera, prior to gluing it on. 
Next, I took a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch, covered the fairies that I cut out of black cardstock and I set them aside to dry. For some reason, I have issues with my gold Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen clogging. Only the gold one, so I had to squeeze it off to the side of my mat. I squeezed it a little too hard and ended up with a puddle. So, I decided instead of letting it go to waste, I would splatter some of it on the front of this card for even more shine.  It's a little hard to capture on camera, but you can definitely see the little gold splatters in person. Next, I popped up my fairies on foam tape, which was kind of a pain in the rear, since they are so small and have such delicate areas.
I finished off the card front by stamping the sentiment "Have a Magical Day" which is included in the kit. I should have stamped this before I added dimension, but I didn't think of it. I had to stand up and CPR stamp to get this stamped clearly, but I did get it on there. I always seem to forget about the sentiments, especially when adding dimension and find myself in this predicament.

I attached the card front the the circular card base. I made the circular card base by using the large circle die, included in the kit. I placed a small part of the cutting edge off of folded edge of the square card base that I made out of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock that I cut at 5.5in by 11in & folded in half. Lastly, as an afterthought, I did decide to stamp the mushroom image on the inside of the card in dusty concord archival ink. This card is so super sparkly. I wish the camera did it justice!

For the second card, I started by die cutting some flowers & vines from the dies from the kit. I am using some recollections glitter paint in Olive and Red that I got on clearance a little while back. I decided to use watercolor paper when I die cut these pieces, as the paint seemed awfully thin to me and I didn't want me die cuts to warp so bad that they were unusable. Again, the camera just doesn't do these pieces justice. I just kind of dabbed it on with a paint brush. The bottle says to use a flat brush for best results. I am not sure where my flat brush ran off to, but I couldn't find it so I used what I could find. 
Next, I die cut what I like to call the scene frame. I left the negative pieces in and stuck post it note tape to the back so they wouldn't move on me.  I did this to make it easier to color, since it has some rather delicate pieces. I just wanted to lay down a few different colors, instead of everything being all one color this time. I am used Master's Touch alcohol markers from Hobby Lobby.

After all my pieces were dry and ready to be assembled, I took a frame that I cut out of the Pink Chiffon Mirror card using one the the frame dies in the kit and I popped it up on foam tape. I probably should've glued it down flat, as there are some very skinny areas along the sides, top and bottom that I didn't apply foam tape to due to how skinny they were and now they are kind of sagging a bit. Anyways, I applied that frame to a light gray square card base that I had on hand from who knows where. Then I adhered my scene frame die cut in the middle. Which was a little tricky since I had to shimmy in down in the middle of that popped up frame. Another reason why I probably should've glued it flat, but I was able to get that scene frame in there. 
Now, here is where I made another mistake about not thinking about my dimension and how I applied things. I should've applied my vines BEFORE I adhered my popped up frame. Like I said in the last card, I always get myself in these predicaments by not thinking things through thoroughly. I solved my problem by using a stack of post it notes to support my frame while adhering the vines. The flowers were fully supported by the foam tape underneath. So, that wasn't a big deal. But when I was trying to adhere the vines, the frame kept trying to collapse. I did use a ball stylus and foam pad to give my flowers dimension. I love doing this to flowers. It makes them look so much better. 
I also applied my fairies to the card. I applied the sitting fairy to make her look like she was sitting on the mushroom and the flying one on the edge of the frame, again using the post it notes to assist. Both fairies were cut out of the Gleaming Lilac Pearlescent Card included in the kit.

Next, came the sentiment and again, I should've thought that through! This time, I decided to use an acrylic block, instead of my stamp platform. I held my breath the entire time stamping that sentiment, because if it didn't stamp right, there would've been naughty words said, because I am terrible at having to double stamp with an acrylic block and almost always ruin my stamping. By the way, I stamped the sentiment in Stampin Up's Orchid Opulence ink.

My third and final card was somewhat inspired by a friend of mine, Renee and Delaney Jane Cards. She recently did a messy watercoloring card on her youtube channel. If you haven't checked her out, you really should. I had commented on her watercolor card that I hadn't really done a card like that and that every time I see someone do one that I think "I should do that!" So, here I am doing a watercolor wash type background with my Pearlescent Sakura Koi Watercolors. I just felt with the fairy theme, everything had to be sparkly or pearlescent...of course! I found my flat brush, by the way and used it here to apply some greens, blues and purples from the palette.  I did 2 layers and dried after each one with my heat gun. Once I was happy, I carefully removed the tape, after it was completely dry and cut it down to 4 x 5.25in. 

I also cut some fairies and the scene frame again out of black cardstock. I layered these up several times. I think 3 or 4 times so it had some nice dimension & adhered them to my card. This time placing the sitting fairy as if she was sitting on the bottom of the frame. After adhering the fairies, I realized I forgot to make them sparkle! So, I fixed that right up by applying my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen in Glitter Gloss liberally all over them.

 Next, I stamped my sentiment in black soot archival ink. It didn't stamp perfectly the first time. I should've stamped it out a couple times first. So, yes, bad words were probably said. So, I had to hold my breath & try to line it up right over the first stamping. Thankfully, I didn't screw that up! To finish off the card, I applied some Nuvo Dream Drops in Fairy Wings, which were included in the kit.

I love how soft and pearlescent this card turned out and think the silhouettes are a perfect compliment to the background.

That's all for today. I hope you enjoyed it and as always, I hope that you are having a wonderful day. If you enjoyed my video, please be sure to give it a thumbs up and leave me some love in the comments. I always enjoy hearing from you!

Card #1 - Circle Card
Many of the included dies in the kit
Homemade Shimmer Spray w/ Perfect Pearls
Black Cardstock from my stash - unknown brand
Neenah Solar White 110lb for Card Base and layers to support the intricate frame
Wishing You a Magical Day Sentiment (Included in Kit)
Foam Squares (there are some included in the kit, but I used some I already had on hand & opened)
Ranger Archival Mini Distress Ink - Black Soot & Dusty Concord

Card #2
5in Premade card base in gray
Dies from the kit
Recollections - Glitter Paint - Olive
Recollections - Glitter Paint - Red
Stampin Up Orchid Opulence
Best Wishes Sentiment (Included in Kit)
Foam Squares (there are some included in the kit, but I used some I already had on hand & opened)

Card #3
Watercolore Paper
Sakura Koi Watercolors - Creative Art Colors (CAC) 24 Set
Black paper from my stash
Dies from the kit
Painters tape
Dream Drops - Fairy Wings (Included in kit)
Ranger Archival Ink - Black Soot
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb for Card Base 


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