Friday, August 16, 2019

Coloring with Nuvo Watercolor Pencils and Shimmer Powders

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Hey everybody! I'm wondering if you've checked out the Garden Party Release that Tonic Studios launched this past weekend? If not I hope you'll check it out because the new stamp sets are amazing. I've also got a hot deal for you! If you'd like to shop the new release (and anything else at Tonic except kits and gift cards) at a great discount here are some 15% Off links for you:

Tonic Studios USA: 15% Off   

Tonic Studios UK: 15% Off

Just FYI, Tonic Studios UK ships internationally at a very affordable flat rate (approximately $8 USD). So, feel free to shop at either store. 

Ok, now let's get on to my card! Today I've decided to use the Flora Background set and the Celebrate Sentiments set.
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I started by stamping this gorgeous background stamp onto Craft Perfect Ultra Smooth Cardstock with Black Shadow ink. This is my go to ink because it's a hybrid ink that works with both water and alcohol based medium. I painted the first layer of this card with Nuvo Shimmer Powders. Then I layered colored pencils on top of the shimmer powders to add texture and shading.

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These colored pencils are actually watercolor pencils but you can use them dry for a beautiful affect as well.
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After I finished coloring I used my Glitter Gloss Aquaflow Pen to add clear glitter to all of the flowers.You can see the glimmer catching the light on the photo below.
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After adding my heat embossed sentiment I embellished my card with Dream Drops in Indigo Eclipse. Then I mounted it onto a black card base with foam tape for some extra dimension.
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Ok, that is it for today! Thank you all so much for joining me today. I hope you love these new stamp sets as much as I do and I'll see you back here soon. In case you're interested in doing a little shopping I'm linking the products that I showcased today down below. Remember to use the 15% off links I shared if you'd like a great discount. Here they are again if you need them:

Tonic Studios USA: 15% Off   

Tonic Studios UK: 15% Off


Have an awesome day you guys!
Maria



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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tonic Studios Garden Party Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaways + 15% Off!

Hello, you guys! Today is such an exciting day because it is day two of the Tonic Studios Garden Party Release Blog Hop (View Day One of the hop Here)! If you haven't heard yet, Tonic has just released eight new stamp sets that are absolutely fantastic. There's a sentiment set with 45 different stamps, a gorgeous floral background, multiple floral sets and critters with interchangeable (and totally adorable) outfits! I've got a video for you at the end of today's post so make sure stay tuned until the end.

GIVEAWAYS & DISCOUNTS!

For this hop Tonic Studios is generously gifting a $25 USD or 25 pound gift certificate (depending on your market) to one lucky commenter on every blog in this hop! So, please leave me a comment below and just keep commenting throughout the hop to increase your chances of winning! In addition, guess what I have for you... Yep, an epic discount! If you're interested in doing a little shopping please use these links for an automatic 15% Discount off of your purchase (Craft kits and Gift cards are the only exclusions)!



PEONY BLOOM & CELEBRATE SENTIMENTS

For my first card I decided to use the gorgous Peony Bloom stamp set. I heat embossed it in silver on watercolor cardstock. 
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Then I used my Nuvo Aquaflow Pens and a paint brush to watercolor the floral images and leaves. I love the combination of blues and pinks (which can make the most stunning purples) so that's what I decided to do here. I added some yellows and oranges to the center of the flower and a light shade of yellow to the tips of the petals. I will link to the sets that I've used at the bottom of my post but the exact colors that I've used are...
  • Flower: 900, 904n, 911, 918, 925, 926
  • Leaves: 904n, 927, 935

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After my watercoloring dried I fussy cut it out and adhered it with foam adhesive to a black background that had been brushed and splattered with Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse. The camera didn't pick up the sheen but the background of this card has a nice, subtle shimmer to it. I heat embossed the sentiment in white. Seriously, this sentiment is one of the nicest things you can say to somebody and I love it!
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To finish the card off I added some gorgeous Dream Drops in Indigo Eclipse. These drops dried with a pearlescent, purplish hue and were the perfect final touch for this card.
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CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIP & CELEBRATE SENTIMENTS

For my second card I wanted to showcase some of the adorable new critter stamps. All of the stamps on this card (except for the sentiment) come from the Celebrate Friendship set. This is just one of three new stamp sets that feature fun animals. These sets coordinate and the sizes are matched perfectly which means you can mix and match the sets and swap all of the outfits around between the animals! These sets are also fantastic for scene building!
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I started this card by using my Tonic Stamping Platform and some masking paper to build my scene.  I used the Nuvo Black Shadow ink as it's safe to use with alchohol markers. It works well with watercolors as well so if you're looking for a great hybrid ink-this is it! If you're curious about how to build a scene and get the most out of your stamps please watch the video below as I share how to do this.
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I used my Nuvo Alcohol Markers (and a few Nuvo pencils) to color my card. The cow is so cute in her purple heart dress! But, there are so many clothes to choose from that I could easily have made this cow a boy too. 
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After coloring my card I put it back into my stamping platform and used it get my sentiment lined up straight. I stamped it in the Black Shadow ink and that finished off my card.
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If you would like to see how I made this card from start to finish here's a video for you:





That's all for today you guys. Thank you so much for joining us for this hop. You will be continuing on to see what the talented Zina Redo has to share with us today. Remember to leave a comment below to enter to win a gift certificate from Tonic Studios. I'm also linking to all of the products that I've used today (below the list of hoppers) so that you can check them out if you'd like. If you end up shopping remember to use the discount links I shared at the top of my post. If you prefer to use the links I'm sharing below then use code: CARDBOMB15 to make sure that you get your discount. 

Have an amazing day you guys!
Maria





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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Encouragement Card Blog Hop

Hey you guys! How are you? I hope you're having a fantastic day and enjoying your summer (if you're in my hemisphere anyway). Today I'm taking part in a special blog hop that is showcasing cardmakers in a variety of different ways. Some cardmakers mailed their cards in, some are participating via blog (like me) and others are participating via youtube video. So, I hope you will  join us for this fun and unique hop! You will find yourself jumping back and forth between blogs and youtube videos which should provide for some great entertainment and inspiring ideas.

I decided to make a card for a friend who could use a little pick me up. She's a really lovely person and life has been a bit tough on her. I want her to know that she is loved... 
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I decided to use bright, happy colors for this card so I busted out my Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Powders and watercolored a rainbow background. 
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This big You Are Loved Die sentiment from Altenew was just perfect for this card. I die cut it three times then glued the layers together. After that I used my Nuvo Crystal Glaze to cover the whole die cut sentiment in a thick, glossy sheen. 
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After I adhered the sentiment I decided this card needed a rainbow of sequins, rhinestones and other fun embellishments. I dug out shiny things from lots of different companies. Then, glued them down until I had what looked like a rainbow jewel encrusted card. It might be hard to see in the picture but this card catches the light like something else and flashes all kinds of shimmery, glittery goodness back at you. I hope it will bring a smile to my friend's face.

If you're curious about the Nuvo Shimmer Powders here's a video I made a while back showcasing ten different ways to use them. I hope you might find it helpful. 




If you are interested in checking out any of the products that I've used today I've linked them all at the bottom of this post. 

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you have an amazing day and enjoy the rest of the hop!


Next, you are off to visit Jessica Shier on Youtube! 


Have an awesome day you all!
Maria

PS: For some added fun I'm entering this card into this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Bright and Cheerful! 



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