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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

Win & Tonic September

Hi! Please forgive the slightly over-posting. This is post two of three posts today.  What’s that they say about waiting for one bus and then 3 come all at once?!!

Well as it’s the 15th; that means it’s a new challenge over at Win & Tonic. I picked the ‘New….’ theme and the ‘dimensional’ theme. When I thought of a new home card, I imagined a lovely front door with some etched glass and a welcoming banner; so that’s exactly what I did!


The bottom of the door might look as if I’ve cut it a little off centre, but it actually is slightly opening as I’ve designed the door to open when you twist the handle (aka as a very old brad!)

I’ve used Tonic Craft Perfect in Cherry Red and Ocean Blue and the lettering is the Windsor Alphabet in Upper and Lower Case. The numbers are Postal Type Essentials dies.

Once I’d trimmed out two rectangle for the top of the door, I backed it with acetate that I’d stamped with Stazon using the Delicate Details- Vine Flourish stamp set 

Do join in with the challenge– there’s always a great Tonic prize for a randomly picked participant.

See you a bit later for my final post- a really fab company’s stamp release!




September 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm 6 comments

Stamped Oxford Box & Long Pins!

Hey! Hope you’re ok.

Well I’m busy trying to up my game technologically speaking and so have been learning about creating long pins for Pinterest. I have added it at the bottom of the post- (in case you want to use it!) but it’s going to be useful for me! I watched a really useful YouTube video here that tells you pretty much all you need to know!

So, onto my project! My love with the Tonic Oxford Box continues and I’ve created my own patterned cardstock using the new Tonic Initial Frames (currently available from Hochanda- but will be available all over very soon)IMG_0728

I’ve used one sheet of dark teal coloured cardstock for the basic outline die and then a plain white cardstock. Just stamp the pattern in a controlled pattern using the Black Shadow Nuvo ink and then die cut another outline.


Construct the box and cut out a handle slightly longer than the box so when you position it, it will curve. The only downside to having a curved handle can be that it will crease. So, to avoid that, add a piece of thick acetate underneath and your handle will keep its curve! Simple!


I’ve added decoration in the form of Tonic’s Bunched Bouquet Autumnal Sprig Set 1 by stamping in Black Shadow and adding colour using the Aquaflow pens and also the Tonic Glitter Markers which dilute beautifully with water. I added some large eyelets from my somewhat exhaustive collection of yester-year (couldn’t bring myself to throw them in a recent craftroom purge and I’m now SO glad!). I’ve cut out another frame and removed the inside , adding a rectangle of acetate to create a faux slide-in frame. Add the coloured cut out flowers and I now have a receipt box for all my postage receipts and craft supplies. Easy!


This would be useful for so many things- and I can’t get enough of this die! I’ve yet to use any of the tabs of really decorative panels. That’s for another time! Here’s the long pin- I feel like I’ve actually achieved something today!


Have a lovely day!

See you soon!

Keren xx


June 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm 5 comments

Tonic Oxford Box Book

Tonic have just bought out a really wonderful die set that is so much more than just a box; the potential is enormous! It’s called the Oxford Box and includes a die that has the outer shape and lots of inner decorative dies plus the dies for creating the tabbed inner files too. 

I decided to create a double sided book for holding lists and jottings in

Here’s how I created it. I’ve used mountboard for the outside as because I’ve created removable signatures, I thought I’d make it out of something a bit more sturdy. The dies are not designed for mountboard but are good quality enough that if you’re careful with your die-cut sandwich, you can get a decent partial cut and score.

I’ve cut off the side and tabs so you’re just left with 2 x 3 sectioned pieces. They need decorative papers so I chose the beautiful Live More papers from Pinkfresh Studio

Before adding the paper, however, you need to fold the sections. I embossed the score lines deeply with an embossing tool and arranged the pieces as the photo above and then attached the overlapped parts with strong adhesive tape. 

To add the signatures ( which is book speak for the folded sections of pages that are glued together in the books), I tightly attached some elastic by pulling it really taut and knotting it. This is where the pages are slotted into and means I can add more once I’ve used them up. 

I cut several layers of graph paper, roughly the width of half the book and just under the height. Fold them well with an embossing tool and using a pricking tool, then make 3 equally spaced holes in the fold. Then sew. It’s a case of coming up through the centre ( leaving a tail of thread), down through the left hole, up through the right hand hole and then down through the centre one again and tie the two ends tightly. 

That’s it! 

Next is just decoration and making 3 more signatures that slot over the 4 lots of elastic that I put onto the back of the book.

The ribbon threading die cut piece is from one of the accompanying die sets that go with the Oxford Box and are currently available as a I complete set on Hochanda and will be available separately soon 
The stamped decorative elements are heat embossed in Cool Jade embossing powder with Delicate Details Vine Tag and Flourish & Henna Tag & Flourish stamp sets. The colouring is using Nuvo Aqua Flow pens .

To keep the book closed, I created an elasticated band, sandwiched between a layer of cardstock and patterned paper using the shaped die from the set

When you view the book from the top- this is what the note pages look like

I decorated the back too. I can’t wait to use it- I think you’ll agree that this is a really innovative die set

Hope you’re having a lovely day and I’ll be back soon! x

May 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm 4 comments

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 Tonic minus the Gin 

Hey! Did that title get your attention?

I’ve been playing with some Tonic products recently. They recently sent me some to try out. I had a quick play and loved the quality. 

This first project is using the Patterned Panels Die ‘Budding Vine’ . Instead of just using as a layer, I backed acetate onto it and then coloured in elements of it using markers. 

This second project is using the Essentials Circles dies. It’s often tempting to just use the circles to matt and layer, but they’re so much more useful than that.

I’ve cut into a few of the coloured frames to interlink them and create a fun, playful design useful for an unisex type of card.

My last one is another simple treatment of Framed Screens- Zig Zag and Floral Die. This set has 2 inside panels and an outer frame.

I’ve just paper pieced and it’s ready for a sentiment. Sometimes it’s just easier leaving them un-sentimented ( there, a new word!) and then I’ve always got choice!

I recently made some samples for Tonic using their gorgeous new Mandala Moments stamps and dies and Brush Script pens. I’ll show you those in another post.

I’m so glad to post today as I have been running out of time recently. However I did a complete #parentingwin – I turned up at school over an hour EARLY. Yup. And it even took me 10 minutes to work it out 😜. I’m not in any way shape or form losing it?! 😉

At least I’m not late, although the rapidly defrosting shopping in the boot certainly isn’t enjoying my early start! 

Back to writing (& making ) my Christmas cards once I’ve finished this post!!

See you soon xx

December 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm 9 comments

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