Beautiful bonus projects from the Tonic Studios Cardmaking Collection

14th June 2017


Beautiful bonus projects from the Tonic Studios Cardmaking Collection

The new Tonic Studios Cardmaking Collection has a real summer celebration theme with stunning, dramatic dandelion images and pretty florals alongside clouds, bunting and picnic gingham – not forgetting bubbles and cake! Our design team has created an incredible array of different projects, using the gorgeous dimensional die set, 4-in-1 embossing folder, stamps and papers to make cards, gift bags and boxes, and more. So much that we couldn’t fit it all into the magazine so here are a few bonus projects to inspire you… 

Birthday wishes in blue

by Nicky Gilburt

You’ll need

free dies, embossing folder & papers

white A6 card blank

white cardstock

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut blue gingham paper to cover the card front, leaving a narrow border. Cut a piece of sky patterned paper to measure 12.5×8.5cm and layer on top.

2 Cut out the sentiments from the paper pack.

3 Emboss a piece of white cardstock and nearly trim the dandelions design. Affix the ‘Birthday wishes’ topper to it using 3D foam pads, and matt onto a 6.5×8.5cm panel of gingham paper. Attach to the card front.

4 Die-cut a tag from white cardstock and square off the end with scissors. Add the smaller sentiment and adhere towards the bottom right of the card front with 3D foam pads to finish.

Find more of Nicky’s stylish but simple notelet cards on page 32.

Golden glow

by Jennifer Kray

You’ll need

free papers

Tonic Studios Twisting Veranda Layering die set

Marigold Yellow, Clementine Orange, Cherry Red & Bright White Craft Perfect cardstock

amber organza ribbon

orange button

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Create the card base and layers as shown by using the Twisting Veranda die set to put together an easel card.

2 Cut out a few flowers in co-ordinating colours from the paper pack, leaving a border around the images. Adhere to the card front as shown, adding a ribbon bow and button to the stems.

3 Cut out a sentiment topper from the paper pack and add it to the easel base using 3D foam pads, ensuring you leave a gap for the card edge to rest in.

Put together a wonderful co-ordinated gift with Jennifer’s beautiful wrapping, box and tag ideas on page 37.

Floral picnic card

by Bibi Cameron

You’ll need

free dies, embossing folder, stamps & papers

sand 4¾x61/4” card blank

white cardstock

Jet Black StazOn inkpad

Tonic Studios Nuvo Creative pens

Aztec Gold Tonic Studios Nuvo Accents

linen thread

Tonic Studios Funky Glue

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Die-cut the floral decorative panel four times from a 41/2×6” piece of white cardstock to create a background panel. Matt onto red gingham paper from the pack and trim to fit.

2 Use a partial die-cutting technique with the mini tag die in the kit to create a label topper as shown. Stamp the sentiment onto it in black ink.

3 Emboss white cardstock with the floral heart design. Trim the edges and apply colour to the raised areas with Nuvo Creative pens.

4 Matt the embossed panel onto light blue gingham paper from the pack, leaving a narrow border.

5 Glue everything in place with Funky Glue, adding linen thread to both ends of the label and securing on the reverse of the main panel before affixing to the card front.

6 Embellish the flowers with Aztec Gold Nuvo Accents to finish.

Top tip

Use a thick cardstock or spray your cardstock with water before embossing for better results

Floral picnic gift bag

by Bibi Cameron

You’ll need

free dies, embossing folder, stamps & papers 

sand & white cardstock

Jet Black StazOn inkpad

Tonic Studios Nuvo Creative & Shimmer pens

Tonic Studios Traditional Heart Basics Layering dies

self-adhesive gem

Tonic Studios Funky Glue

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Create an undecorated gift bag from sand cardstock using your free die set. Emboss white cardstock with the floral heart design and trim to size.

2 Use Nuvo Creative pens to add colour to the raised areas on the embossed panel. Apply shimmer on the coloured areas using Nuvo Shimmer pens.

3 Die-cut a small heart from the red gingham paper in the pack and attach to the heart on the embossed panel. Die-cut the tag and stamp your sentiment onto it in black ink. Affix across the hearts and add an adhesive gem to finish.

Top tip

Lightly touch the paper with the Nuvo Creative Pens tips when applying colours on the embossed areas to avoid bleeding

Summer haze

by Bibi Cameron

You’ll need

free dies & stamps

sand C6 card blank

white cardstock

watercolour paper

Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber & Broken China Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

black Memento inkpad

Tonic Studios Bay Scallop Basics Layering dies

Aztec Gold Tonic Studios Nuvo Accents

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 3¾x5½“ panel of watercolour paper.

2 Stamp the small dandelion on the left-hand side with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink and spray with water. Allow the ink to bleed a little and use a heat tool to dry.

3 Use Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink to stamp the larger dandelion image randomly, even overlapping the first images. Again spray with water, allow the ink to bleed, then use a heat tool to dry off the paper.

4 Repeat the process with the small and large dandelion image using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and Fossilized Amber ink again.

5 Once the inks are dry, apply Broken China Distress Oxide Ink to your glass mat and spray it with water. Put your artwork face down on the glass mat and tap the right side of the watercolour paper on the ink. 

6 Spray water over the watercolour paper, allowing the blue ink to bleed and distress towards the white and yellow areas. Heat-set the ink and repeat the blue ink application until you reach the desired colour. While applying heat, keep spraying the paper with water to get a more distressed look.

7 Use the gift bag strip die to die-cut the design into the right-hand side of the inked panel. 

8 Create the topper using two sizes of Bay Scallop die as shown and stamping the sentiment in Memento black ink.

9 Embellish the card front with Aztec Gold Nuvo Accents to finish.

Dandelion meadow

by Tracy Evans

You’ll need

free stamps & papers

white 5×7” tent-fold card blank

white cardstock

Cracked Pistachio & Broken China Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink

Tim Holtz Idea-ology heart charm & jump rings


ink-blending tool

heat tool

Step by step

1 Cut a 41/2×61/2” panel of white cardstock and place low-tack tape around all four edges, leaving only the central area visible for inking.

2 Blend Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink around the edges of the central area, then repeat with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, using an ink-blending tool. Spritz the ink lightly with water and dry with a heat tool.

3 Ink the dandelion stamp with Cracked Pistachio ink and stamp the image in the bottom section of the panel as shown. Repeat the process with Broken China ink and again with Watering Can Archival Ink. Adding several layers of the same stamped image gives dimension and depth to the design.

4 Remove the low-tack tape from the panel and blend Cracked Pistachio ink around the edges of the card. Dry with a heat tool.

5 Wrap twine around the centre of the panel, securing in place on the reverse, then matt onto green coloured paper from the pack. Attach the heart charm to the twine using a jump ring.

6 Ink the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment with Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks and stamp just above the twine. Dry the ink with a heat tool.

7 Adhere the finished panel to the card front.

Tracy’s mixed-media designs are packed full of texture and interest – and are absolutely stunning! See more using your Tonic Studios kit on page 50.

Just for you

by Alison Whelan

You’ll need

free dies & stamps

Coral Pink Craft Perfect cardstock

ivory pearlescent cardstock

Radiant Gold Tonic Studios Nuvo gilding flakes

Tonic Studios Nuvo medium glue pen

Tonic Studios Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive


cream organza ribbon

3mm high-tack tape

3mm & 5mm self-adhesive pearls

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Die-cut the main gift bag shape twice from coral cardstock. Cut a hole into the semi-circular flap on both parts and fold the score lines. Die-cut the floral panel into one of the pieces.

2 Place high-tack tape around the edge of the decorative area on the inside of the bag. Cut a piece of acetate to fit, ensuring the fold lines are not covered.

3 Apply glue from a Nuvo glue pen to a piece of ivory cardstock. Leave to go tacky, then apply gilding flakes. Brush off the excess flakes with a soft brush.

4 Die-cut and emboss the floral panel into the gilded card. Trim around the edge of the die-cut section. Attach to the front of the bag with Deluxe Adhesive glue.

5 Adhere the two parts of the box together using the side and base tabs.

6 Rub a glue pen over the sentiment stamp and stamp onto ivory cardstock. Leave to go tacky and apply gilding flakes. Brush away the excess. Die-cut the sentiment into a tag, then thread this onto a length of organza ribbon and tie in a bow through the holes in the top flaps of the bag.

7 Decorate the gold floral panel with self-adhesive pearls.

Find more of Alison’s beautiful special-occasion projects on page 52.

Christina Griffiths gallery

If you loved Christina’s stunning sunset or pretty bunting gift box, or her wedding-perfect pearls & roses gift bag on page 28 of the magazine, be inspired by her other gorgeous creations using the same basic techniques…

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