Thursday 20 June 2013

Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Star Box & Christmas Cracker Dies!

It may be the hottest week for 9 month's but in Dips' house, it's getting all festive.  Why's that - because I've been having a play with Tonic Studios brand new range of Christmas Dies, want to have a peek?

The Christmas Cracker Die is brilliant, as well as the cracker die, it comes with 3 fabulous Festive phrases dies - so useful for all your Christmas projects, and I've used the Merry Christmas phrase (separated) on the cracker .  I've also teamed this cracker die with two other Tonic Studio products, the obvious one is the new Gothic border punch, but can you guess how I made the base of the bauble topper?  I used the bird cage door from the Bird Cage Die.

I have so many ideas of how to use this three-dimensional Star Box ornament die. The die itself comes with coordinating medallion dies, which can be used with the star box or separately.

Update: I've had several questions on dimensions on this.  The Die cuts a shape that is 18cm long but this is before you concertina-up each end. As you can see, I extended my cracker with the Gothic border.  Without this, my cracker would be about 15.5cm long, and with the borders, about 18.5 cm long.

To make the rosette toppers, I cut a strip of patterned paper and scored it every 5mm on my score board, folded it concertina style and stuck the ends together.  I then pushed this down to form a round and stuck it to either a circle (on the star box) or the bauble that I made (on the cracker).  I then topped it with a cinnamon stick, some evergreen spruce, a satin ribbon bow and a little charm.  The charms were actually silver-tone, but I covered them in versa-mark ink followed by pearl gold embossing powder and heated them, it worked like, well, a charm!

Don't forget to tune into Ideal World on Friday at midday and Create and Craft at 7pm and then again on Saturday at 5pm to see these dies and more! More details at Tonic Studios.

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  1. I like the look of the cracker die, especially the way you have done it. They look lovely, I really like the embellishments you have used too.


  2. it looks good, can you tell me how big it is when completed....I really can't really tell from the photo thanks Margaret

    1. Margaret, I've updated my blog post to give some information on dimensions

  3. thank you for the update.....that perfect! thank you so much Margaretxxx

  4. That's gorgeous. I keep saying that I don't need any more dies, but this makes me very tempted to get some new playthings if I could make something as lovely as this.

  5. Lovely dips and super colours too.

  6. Loving that cute little cracker, the way you have embellished it looks brilliant

  7. On the look out for this at the end of this month! Love it!

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