Posts tagged ‘Hochanda’

Tonic Nuvo Hybrid Diamond Inks

I don’t know if you’ve caught any of the shows on Hochanda celebrating Tonic being with them for one year? Well over the past week, there have been a multitude of launches and I thought I’d show you some of the projects using these lovely new products!

The first show involved some Tim Holtz products including his Mixed Media Mat and his baby Travel Stamp Platform.

It also had on the new range of Tonic Nuvo Hybrid Inks. These were already a favourite of mine as they’ll cope with watercolour or alcohol based mediums- the perfect all-rounder ink pad- but there are some beautiful new colours (12 in all) and I thought I’d show you some of the projects I created

This first project just shows how gorgeous the new colour palette is, and how well all the inks work together.

This shows that the inks work so beautifully with watercolour; I’ve used my Nuvo AquaFlow markers and matching Nuvo drops.

This project shows their versatility on other surfaces; stamping on vellum is easy. They do need a little heat setting, so I could use them on acetate too but it needs to be heat resistant.

The Hybrid Inks are just as at home in combination with alcohol markers and I’ve created this using some of the brand Nuvo Alcohol Marker colours!

You can of course, use them direct to paper. They make a fun background using them this way, and then I’ve stamped them inner and outers of the flowers to show you can use them in a traditional inking way too.

Fancy stamping on more unusual surfaces? ‘This is a porcelain tag. It did bleed very slightly and will also be perfect for fabric; a tight woven cotton ( or cotton blend) will give great precise results and with a little heat setting before you wash them ( cool hand wash) they’ll be perfect for creating unique wearable items too!

I hope these have given you a taste of how adaptable the inks are. The Black Shadow Hybrid Inks is my go-to ink for nearly every occasion! Do look out for these inks online or your local store- I highly recommend them!

See you soon!

Keren x


April 11, 2018 at 12:46 pm 1 comment

Tonic Studios Delicate Detail Stamp set

Hi! Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We spent it at church and with our family and I didn’t eat a lot of chocolate as was too busy cooking!

During the Easter weekend, Tonic Studios launched their Delicate Detail stamp sets over on Hochanda and they were really well received. This is the first of two posts showing some of my samples for the launch to give you an idea of what you can create with them.

First up is a box – a simple pizza  box with some basic layers and very simply gold embossed with the beautiful henna stamp.

The tag is using the set of 4 clear sentiments that come with the whole range. At present the sets are only available from Hochanda as one complete set but they will in time, be available separately.

This second project uses one of my favourite styles- the ‘off the page’ with acetate structure behind and lots of fussy cutting from the stamp I’ve photographed alongside.

You can see more of the detail here- the leaves are simply coloured with alcohol markers. It’s hard to see, but the base card is actually purple.

This card was hard to photograph with the lighter colours. Its one of the gorgeous Vintage stamps white embossed and coloured with Distress inks. Simple, but grouped a little differently to give a contemporary look.

This last one is using the henna circle again- but done in a very easy project. We had to prepare some easy demos for Paula Pascual so she could do demonstrations in super quick time.

I’ve loved creating with this stamp set collection and hope you’ll enjoy using them too!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter break and I’ll be back with the second part of projects using this set


April 17, 2017 at 11:38 am 7 comments

A Little More Kori Kumi! 

Hi! You’ve possibly seen some of the makes I created with the new Santoro Kori Kumi range brought by Craft Consortium.

Well, they’ve another show coming up on Hochanda on Monday 12th September and so I’ve made a few more projects for them. 

Today’s is courtesy of Prismacolor pencils. These need a health warning…( more on that later!)

I have treated the little duo very simply because they are detailed enough. The pair are from a stamp set called ‘The Gift of Friendship’

She’s pretty different on the stamp. I used the no-line technique, stamping with Desert Sand Memento and that’s light enough ink to be able to colour over the stamped lines and give a softer look. 

It does however, require a lot of colouring and that leads me on to my ‘injury’. Be super careful how much colouring you do in one stint…lets just say I sprained my thumb . 

(Hangs head in shame).

Yeah, you just try to explain a craft related injury. 

‘Umm. My finger is painful.’

‘What have you done?’

‘Well, ( awkward pause) I damaged it from colouring’.


‘Yes, umm, using pencils’.

Hilarious mocking laughter was the result. Every time.

To add injury to insult ( yes, I realise I changed the order of the saying), I then sprained my ankle walking. 


Forwards. In a straight line. Slowly. 

So, in 24 hours I sprained my ankle and thumb. 

Thankfully the numbness and pain in my thumb has nearly dissipated. Long distance marathon running is on hold at present for my ankle ( 😉) but I’ll survive! 

Back to cute little Kori Kumi…

Once I’d coloured it in ( stop smirking please!), I then drew two lines in pencil either side of the characters and trimmed out the head and scarf and then used a craft knife to cut the edges. Add some paper from the range and you have a sweet card. 

I quite liked the purple hair, although have no intention in replicating the look anytime soon! 

Thanks for visiting. Do hope you’ll look out for this unique and gorgeous range! 

(I still love my Prismacolor pencils but am holding them differently !) 


September 8, 2016 at 9:16 am 5 comments

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