Friday, 12 January 2018

Confetti, sequins, and glitter - oh my!

All I can say is TGIF and phew, what a week!
it's been super extra busy for me and I'd love to start my Friday by sharing three cards and a mixed media tutorial using some of the new Tonic Studios confetti, sequins and glitter. Now this is a loooong blog post so if your're not a reader, there are lots and lots of photos you can enjoy.
That said...OH MY STARS!! There are craft embellishments and there are 'craft embellishments'! You KNOW what I mean and I don't need to say much else except YOU NEED, YOU NEED, YOU NEED. I honestly rubbed my hands with glee and squealed when my parcel arrived. 

I've made a trio of cards, which I'll share with you but my main focus is a mixed media technique based tutorial. 

I was shocked after typing and linking the long list of materials for this relatively simple card. But then again, it's mixed media so what did I expect?!  lol
Tonic Materials Used
Nuvo - Pure Sheen 4 Pack - Peacock Feathers Confetti - 286N
Nuvo - Pure Sheen 4 Pack - Golden Years Confetti - 280N
Nuvo - Pure Sheen 4 Pack - Golden Years Glitter - 293N
Nuvo Gilding Flakes - Silver Button (200ml) - 851N
Nuvo Glue Pen - Large - 204n
Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens - Glitter Gloss - 888N
Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens - Winter Skies - 891N
Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens - Summer Holiday - 892N
Essentials - Wings & Things - Monarch & Princess Wings -1933E
Essentials - Wings & Things - Butterfly & Dragonfly -1928E
Essentials - Will's Hand Miniature Moment Sentiment - Faith - 1888E
Glossy Black Mirror Card A4 250GSM - 9444E
Ocean Blue A4 216GSM
Ultra Smooth Mixed Media Card - 9565E
Nuvo Watercolour Card
Nuvo - Dual Ended Blender Brush - 979N
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine - 138E
Super Trimmer - 153E
A3 Glass Cutting Mat - 352E
Other Materials
Foam Pads
We R Memory Keepers Plastic Next Level Embossing Folders - Geometric
This is a 15.25 cm squared card (6 x 6 inches)
Ocean blue 15.25 cm (6 x 6 inches)
Black Gloss 14.6 (5.75 x 5.75 inches)
Mixed Media Card 14cm (5.5 x 5.5 inches)
Gilding Flakes
After embossing your mixed media card, apply Nuvo Pen adhesive in a random pattern and wait for the tackiness (about a minute or so). 
Apply the gilding flakes with your fingers to cover the entire card and give it 30 seconds or so to ensure it sticks. Take a stiff brush and gently wipe away all the excess flakes. You can add more glue and repeat the process if required. 
*Please note - gilding flakes are crazy mofos and get everywhere so hold your breathe and hope for the best! I ate more than I used
Using Aqua Flow Pens, splatter some ink on your mixed media card. I really really like all the texture this card has - with the geometric embossed shapes, gilding flakes and ink splatters. 
 The Butterflies and sentiment
Using Watercolour card, cut out two butterflies and a sentiment and colour them with your Aqua Flow Pens.
Now add Mirrorball Glitter, Aqua Flakes and sequins to the butterflies. Adhere to your card. 
With the base layer/ sentiment itself, use your embossing folder after you've die cut them. This ensures your embossing doesn't get squished. The effect is subtle but lovely. Now, add a few gilding flakes to the background base of the sentiment for a little something extra. To finish the sentiment use the glitter gloss Nuvo Pen for a little sparkle. You can see I did this AFTER the background base was glued down and was intentional to let some of the colour to leak. The thing about mixed media is you need to embrace imperfection and celebrate the flaws. 
Simply finish your card with additional sequins and you have a wonderful mixed media piece.  
I just LOVE the AQUA Flakes on the butterfly and the way the gilding flakes catch the light. 

My husband is not a mixed media fan but he said my mixed media card was visually stunning and his favourite. I was surprised and maybe he's been converted, hehe. 
My other two cards are shaker cards using some of the other Nuvo Confetti and Sequins, which are LUSH! 
Star shaker card
A2 card (5x5 inches x 4.25 inches)
Tonic Basic Latyering Stars, Nuvo Glitter Drops, Craft Perfect Paper and Nuvo Twine were used to create this wonderfully simply shaker style card. Aren't the new Confetti and sequins beautiful?! 
As this is an A2 size, I also made a quick envelope to complete the project. 
 XL shaker tag
This giant tag uses A LOT of glitter! And sequins!  
 This BEAUTIFUL die set,  DL Layering Dies - Decorative Vanity is glorious in gold and makes a perfect shaker card. 
 The Nuvo Glitter and Sequins are a match made in heaven - look at that sparkle! 
I know this has been a really long post - and thanks for hanging in there with me! I've enjoyed the sequins, glitter and confetti so much and will be using them regularly. 
The wonderful Paula Pascual will be on Hochanda today, 12th January, 2018 at 6pm with some wonderful demonstrations. 
If you have any questions just ask and I'd be happy to answer. I'd also love you to leave me feedback/a comment. 
Thank you so much and have a great weekend! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx


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