Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August Win & Tonic Challenge - Just Me And My Cardboard

Hey hey hey - it's time for another Win & Tonic Challenge! And I've been messy and festive. 

The August challenge is so cool! The theme is something festive and automatically makes me think metallic. I'd just received some AMAZING Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and was perfect for this project. 
Prize
The winner is selected randomly so everyone has a chance of winning! And what will you win? Only the BRAND NEW Dimensions - Christmas Cracker Treat Box Die Set! 
Theme
Something Festive: you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it and has a festive feel you are eligible to enter as many times as you want. 

How to enter
1. http://winandtonic.blogspot.co.uk/
At the bottom of the Win and Tonic blog post you will see this button.  









There is a Facebook Group you can join and simply upload your entries there. They will then be added to the competition. 

You can enter as many times as you want but please note we only accept NEW CARDS - we don’t allow backlinking. 

Inspiration
There is fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page from some very talented ladies so be sure to check it out - and enter. 

My Project - Cardboard
I've been saving it up and today decided it was time to give it a whirl and design some Christmas home decor. I love how it turned out and the photos don't capture the full beauty of the metallic finish from the Nuvo Mousse. I hope you like it and it really was super easy to make! 

Tonic Materials:
12 inch Guillotine - 152e
A3 Glass Cutting Mat - 352e
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine -138e (my orange beast)
Star Layering Die Set
Christmas Sentiments Seasons Greetings - 1405e
Craft Perfect Chocolate Brown - 9025e
Craft Perfect Ultra Smooth Media Card - 9565e
Nuvo Ink Pad Acorn Brown - 213n
Deluxe Adhesive - 200n
Embellishment Mousse Fresh Copper - 809n
Embellishment Mousse Cosmic Brown - 810n
Embellishment Mousse Indian Gold - 802n
Embellishment Mousse Black Ash - 811n

Other Materials
Craftwork Cards Hedgerow Stamp
Thick Corrugated Cardboard
Art Basics White Gesso
Acrylic Paint Thinner (you could also use water)
Palette Knife
Rubbing Alcohol 
Golden Regular Gel Matte 
Jute Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Paint brush
Mini Foam Pads
Jute Ribbon
Heat Gun

TOP TIP
When using the mousse, do not use your fingers or water. Instead wipe a palette knife with rubbing alcohol to remove the amount of mousse you need. Also substitute water for acylic paint thinner.
I use rubbing alcohol and a palette knife to ensure bacteria doesn't get into my pot of Nuvo mousse which may create mould. The same goes for sticking your finger into the pot of mousse.  
Of course you can use boiled cool water but in my opinion acrylic paint thinner reacts better - it has an oilier finish and you also don't have to worry about any bacterial contamination.

Step 1
Using a guillotine, cut out any size cardboard you want your project to be (mine was A2). Gently tear away some of the top layer so you have the corrugated layer visible. Gesso. 

Step 2
Rub your palette knife with rubbing alcohol to ensure there is no bacteria on the knife. 
Use the clean knife to remove some of the mousse and place onto a glass mat
Now using your fingers or a sponge cover your cardboard with mousse. It dries pretty fast but give it a quick blast with your heat gun if you don't want to wait. I used all 4 colours listed above in various layers. The more layers I added, the more 'metallic' it looked.                                                                
Step 3
Trim a a piece of mixed media (or stamping) card about half an inch smaller than your cardboard as you want a sizeable border. 
Ink up the Hedgerow stamp (or any script stamp you have) with Nuvo Acorn Brown Ink Pad (which is waterproof and awesome!) and stamp in a pattern which will allow the script to be visible once your cardboard star is adhered. 
Step 4
Let the ink dry for a minute or two or give it a quick blast with your heat gun. 
Using the leftover mousse(s) you used earlier and should still be on your glass mat put in a few drops of acylic paint thinner. Now I know a lot of people use water but in my opinion the paint thinner reacts better - it has an oilier finish and you also don't have to worry about any bacterial contamination. Once you have a nice consistency, pick some up on a paint brush and flick onto your card. The take the end of a pencil and dip it into your mousse and add a few marks for some added interest. 
Step 5
Let dry naturally as you don't want your heat gun to bubble your mousse. This should only take about 5 minutes. Whilst you're waiting for the mousse to dry, cut out your Seasons Greetings Sentiment 8 times, 4 white, 2 brown, 2 black. Adhere one black and brown together, with a very minimal shadow - repeat so you have two. Take two white sentiments and adhere together, repeat. Now using your Mousse, create an ombre effect on both white sentiments. You need to make sure each layer is dry before adding another otherwise it will all blend into one colour. Using your darker sentiments, adhere - giving a shadow effect. 
Adhere your laargest star and sentiment to the card. For all cardboard I used gel medium, for the sentiment I used Deluxe adhesive. 
Attach a small jute twine bow to the top of your star
Step 6
The card needed more texture but I didn't want to busy the background so decided to cut out 2 more stars to sit on top of the largest star. I used the same process with the mousse, drying, layering more mousse until the right colour was achieved.
It was still missing something so dug out a sheet of copper metal and die cut 2 small stars. I attached these with gel medium to the smallest star for added depth. For me, it's the little details which really make a project. 
Step 7
Taking Black Ash  Embellishment Mousse, I went around the very edges with a mini foam pad - this really brought the whole thing to life and made it pop. This close up really shows the depth and colours used. 
Step 8
The other 2 stars were adhered with gel medium and the edges lightly distressed with Black Ash Embellishment Mousse. 
Step 9
Finally, some jute ribbon was adhered to the back of the cardboard with hot glue and another piece of cardboard adhered with gel medium. This isn't essential but I wanted to cover my back as this is being posted to someone. 
And voila! You have a gorgeous metallic Christmas decor piece. It was so easy to make and it looks absolutely stunning in real life. 

I really hope you like this project of mine and I highly recommend this Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - it's absolutely amazing. 
I was also surprised how well the cardboard worked and will be using it on a few more projects to see what happens....

Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer




Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Junk Journal

Hi there! 
I blogged a challenge card earlier today, which you can see here. I had a lot of fun as their Guest Designer for the week. However, one card wasn't enough and so I made two - and it still wasn't enough - and started getting crazy and throwing things together and ended up making a junk journal! 

What's a junk journal? Actually, I have no idea as I've never watched a tutorial on one nor read about them. But I know they exist. And I'm sure there are some stunning ones out there that are precise and symmetrical and even pretty - none of which the one I made is, haha I literally grabbed what was around me and put it all together. 

My main components focus around the front cover and Tonic Studios Aqua Flow Pens, Dies and Crystal Drops. 
I used lots of different backgrounds I had already made for another project but it never materialised. And lots of of scraps, ribbon and twine. I really have no idea what I'm going to do with it - maybe change the binding to something more sturdy but to be honest with you, it's absolutely fine as it is. I really adore the rawness of it all and it's taught me quite a good lesson - not everything needs to be perfect and there is beauty in imperfection. 
So how did this project come into being? Well, I made a challenge card, and you know how it goes, I just let go and before I knew it I was punching holes, cutting, snipping, gluing and binding a little journal! 
Just some of the pretty pages inside. 






The journal isn't complete - it's just the base so lots of fun to be had to add embellishments and additions. 

Side view
The front/side view
Ta-da! And that, my friends, is how not to make a junk journal - haha.
Have a great day and catch up soon 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer

It's Awesome! Craftaholics R Us Challenge #30 Die Cuts

Hi everyone
Today I've participated as a Guest Designer for a challenge blog Craftaholics R Us. It's been great fun to be part of this challenge. I really need to more of these sorts of craft activities - work in progress!
Challenge #30 Die Cuts


Materials Used
Pebeo Artist Acrylic Liquid Ink, White
Watercolout bruhes
Mixed Media Paper
Stix2 Foam Adhesive

To Make the card
A2 Cardbase
5.25" x 4" for your base mat and layer 
3 pieces of different colour cardstock (shades of blue) at 5" x 3.75"
1 piece of white cardstock at 5" x 3.75"
The sentiment
Cut out the Awesome die twice in 5 shades of blue and twice in white so you'll have 12 awesome sentiments. 
The background
This was a basic flick and swish onto mixed media cardstock using blues, greens, yellow and white acrylic ink.
And so we've assembled all the above pieces to create this weeks challenge card - die cuts. 
I've really enjoyed taking part as a Guest Design Team Member over at Craftaholics R Us #30
You should head on over and have a look at the beautiful inspiration and also enter. 
It seemed a good idea to make another card as now had an idea for a project - one which I'll share with you tomorrow. I never know when to stop! 
So you can see that I really did make two cards. Do you see the hole punches? 
If you look back to my original card at the top you will see that I've already begun to alter my card, which you can see here (Junk Journal).  
And that's it from me today, albeit late! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Janice for the fun Guest DT Spot this week!
Please pop by my other post here and have a look at the project I carried on with and what the end result looks like. 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Kimono Collection A2 Box Tutorial

I'm pretty stoked about this new Kimono Collection designed by my friend Mary Gillingham for Craftwork Cards. I've had so much fun creating projects with it that I've run out of paper. 
Some people like square cards, some like A5; some like very large 8x8 cards and then there are people like me who adore A2 cards or 5.5" x 4.25". 

Materials for box:

Sturdy 300gsm White Cardstock
Gold 240gsm Pearlescent Cardstock
Kimono Collection Papers and Elements
Trimmer/Guillotine
Adhesive (red sticky tape for the box construction)
Bone Folder
Scoreboard
Ribbon
Box Lid
Cut 300 gsm cardstock at 7 7/8" x 6 5/8".
  Score at 1" on all 4 sides
  Fold and crease all score lines
On both long sides, cut up to the first score mark on each side. And then cut a little wedge out on each cut to ensure your base closes.
Use sticky tape on all four corner tabs then stick each side together.

Box Base
Cut 300 gsm cardstock at 9 3/4" x 8 1/2"
Score at 2" on all 4 sides
 Fold and crease all score lines
On both long sides, cut up to the first score mark on each side. And then cut a little wedge out on each cut to ensure your base closes. 
Use sticky tape on all four corner tabs then stick each side together.

Layered Panels
Top Base
Cut papers 1 @ 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" and 1 @ 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" 
Sides - 2 @ 5 3/4" x 7/8" 2 @ 4 1/2" x 7/8"
layer up in either 1/8th or 1/4” increments

Bottom base panels
2 @ 5 5/8" x 1 7/8" 
2 @ 4 3/8" x 1 7/8
Layer up, if desired, in either 1/8th or 1/4” increments.

I decorated the inside of the box to give it a quality feel. 
These Kimono papers are lush and look awesome. 
Cards
Create a selection of cards to pop inside your box. 
Card bases are 5.5” x 4.25". However, you can use this as a gift or treat box if you don't want to fill it with cards. 

Materials for Cards: 
Gold 240gsm Pearlescent Cardstock
Black Card
Kimono Collection Papers and Elements
Trimmer/Guillotine
Scissors
Adhesive
Bone Folder
Scoreboard
Ribbon
Gold Nuvo Drops

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:
And there you have it! Another quick and easy tutorial from me. These boxes 
take about 30-45 mins to construct and to decorate fully. Not bad, eh?! 

Most importantly, have fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope that you have a fabulous week ahead. 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx 






Saturday, 15 July 2017

Win & Tonic Challenge - July

Konnichiwa


It's time for another Win & Tonic Challenge. The July challenge is REALLY exciting for a couple reasons. One - the theme is anything goes! As long as there is something Tonic on your project then you can enter it. And two - the prize is the AMAZING Cathedral Box Die Collection. The winner is selected randomly so everyone has a chance of winning! 

Theme
Anything Goes: you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it

How to enter
1. http://winandtonic.blogspot.co.uk/
At the bottom of the Win and Tonic blog post you will see this button.  









There is a Facebook Group you can join and simply upload your entries there. They will then be added to the competition. 

You can enter as many times as you want but please do make it's a NEW CARD as we don’t allow backlinking. 

Prize
Tonic Cathedral Box Collection - this is the BRAND NEW Cathedral Box! 

There is also fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page from all the other wonderful ladies so be sure to check it out - and enter. 

Inspiration 1:
My first project is using the cathedral box, which is the prize this month!. Isn't it stunning? I added the Tonic ATC as gift tag - it works perfectly, don't you think? 

Inspiration 2:
My second project fits the bill of anything goes. Using Black and Grey Nuvo Products for a masculine card. 



Oh I really hope you enter as the prize is super amazing! If you want to see how
I made the inky card there are blog posts from me on this technique here and here

Good luck! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer