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The brand-new Tonic Studios boxed kit is on sale tomorrow!

18th April 2018


The brand-new Tonic Studios boxed kit is on sale tomorrow!

Don’t miss this fabulous kit, featuring FREE Tonic Studios products worth over £50!

We love this kit and are sure you will too! It features:

* 7-in-1 die set
* 10 image & sentiment stamps
* Co-ordinating A6 embossing folder
* 122 papers & toppers

PLUS you get a 68-page magazine packed with 79 stunning projects made using the kit – what more could you ask for?!

Inside the magazine you’ll find:
* Amazing aperture cards
* Garden party ideas
* Wedding stationery
* Summery ideas
* Quick makes with the free papers & toppers
* Behind the scenes at Tonic Studios
* Your chance to win a share of over £500 worth of Tonic Studios prizes
* & much more!

The Design Team made so many amazing projects using the kit that we couldn’t quite fit them all into the magazine, so here are your bonus makes!

by Nicky Gilburt

You’ll need
free paper pack
white A5 card blank
pale blue ribbon
oval dies
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

Step by step
1 With the fold at the top, draw a horizontal pencil line 1cm above the centre of the card, to enable easy lining up of the die. Find the middle point and die-cut that aperture first, then repeat either side with a 1cm gap between them. Rub out any remaining pencil marks.
2 Cut border strips from the paper pack and glue across the top and bottom of the card to decorate. Cut three 14.5x7cm pieces of patterned paper and fix to the inside of the back of the card.
3 Cut loosely around the vase and pots of flowers from the paper pack, stick onto white cardstock and cut just inside the lines. Add 3D foam pads to the very bottom of each one and secure to the card just below each aperture.
4 Cut out two sentiment banners and stick onto white cardstock, trimming to leave a narrow border. Attach to the card front using 3D foam pads, then add a bow below the vase to finish.

When using a large die-cutting machine to cut apertures, where possible make sure the whole card is covered by the plates so as not to get line marks across the cardstock

by Tracy Evans

You’ll need
free embossing folder, dies, stamp set & paper pack
white 4.5×6” card blank
Broken China & Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Jet Black Ranger Archival Inks
Ombre Hero Arts sequins
Aqua Nuvo Flakes Confetti
Candy Pink Nuvo Hexagons Confetti
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Stitched Circles dies
Tonic Floral Crafters Tool Set
ink-blending tool
3D foam tape
manual die-cutting machine
heat tool

Step by step
1 Cut a 4×5.5” piece of white cardstock. Place a stitched circle die onto the centre, holding in place with a piece of low-tack tape, then run through a die-cutting machine to cut a circle aperture.
2 Emboss the die-cut panel then colour using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. Place 3D foam tape at the back of the aperture area and around the outside edges.
3 Cut a piece of white cardstock to the same size as the embossed panel (this will fit at the back of the embossed panel). Cut out a circular sentiment, adhere to the white cardstock, add sequins to the centre area then place the embossed panel on top to create the shaker.
4 Matt the shaker panel onto a piece of white cardstock coloured with Broken China Distress Ink then attach to the card front.
5 Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock, cut out, colour the edges of the sentiment using Broken China Distress Ink then secure to the top of the decorative panel.
6 Die-cut nine flowers from patterned paper – three large, three medium and three small. Use the Tonic Tool Set and ball tool to shape the flowers then stick three flowers together, one large, one medium and one small, to create a dimensional flower. Repeat this process to create three dimensional flowers. Add a pearl to each one then affix to the card front.
7 Add three sequins to the card front to finish.

by Mel Jess

You’ll need
free dies & paper pack
black A5 card blank
black, pink & blue cardstock
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

Step by step
1 Matt a piece of patterned paper onto blue then pink cardstock. Wrap ribbon around the bottom then secure to the card front.
2 Cut three squares of patterned paper and cut blue, pink and black cardstock layers. Die-cut one of the small flowers through two layers of two of the squares and a larger flower through three layers of the other squares. Glue the layers together, minus the flowers, and affix to the card front.
3 Shape the flowers, layer together and affix to the squares, offsetting them to see the colours come through. Add gemstones to the centres.
4 Adhere two sentiment banners using 3D foam pads, then add a ribbon bow topped with a gemstone to finish.

by Mel Jess

You’ll need
free dies & paper pack
white A6 card blank
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles dies
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

Step by step
1 Die-cut strips of patterned paper from the kit using the border die. Adhere to the bottom of the card front as shown.
2 Cut out a circular sentiment topper and layer onto a larger circle die-cut from patterned paper. Stick to the card front using foam pads.
3 Add a few matching gems to finish.

Ingrid’s feature on page 38 focuses on wedding stationery, and here are the templates you’ll need for the favour box and flower girl basket:

Click here to download template 1

Click here to download template 2

The Tonic Studios Cardmaking Collection hits the shelves tomorrow in supermarkets and craft stores, and also online at – don’t miss out! You can pre-order your copy NOW from HERE!

To find your local supermarket stockist, visit and select ‘Craft Essentials Series’ from the drop-down menu

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