Friday, 27 June 2014

Tutorial - Box Made Using the Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets

This is a tutorial showing how you can use any of your Tonic Studios Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets to create a favour box.

At the end of the tutorial, you will find a downloadable PDF file of these instructions.

Project Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Deck The Halls Sentiments Dies, Super Trimmer, Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: 1 sheet each of A4 and 30x30 card stock

Let's start with the box lid.  Using the cutting blade on the Super Trimer, cut an 11cmx11cm square from the sheet of A4.  Switch to the scoring blade and score on the wrong-side of your card (if your card has a front/back side) each side at 9.25cm.  I have marked the score lines in pencil on the photograph so that you can see it, but you wouldn't do that.  Now flip the card over and centralise the medium outline cutting die from the Verso Sentiment Square Die Set.  Stick down and cut, then emboss. Next, use the smaller outline square and detail insert to cut out and emboss 4 panels from the remainder of the A4 sheet.  Use masking tape to keep the two dies joined together identically for all 4 panels.
Set to one side for later.  Now cut your 30x30 sheet to exactly 25.2cm x 25.2cm.  Swtich to the scoring blade and score at 9cm on each 4 edges. Fold along the score lines and then trim the sides as shown in the center picture below.  Glue the box together as shown and allow to dry.

Return to the box lid and fold along the score lines, then cut and trim the tabs as shown below left left.  Glue the tabs create the box lid.  Now stick the panels to the box base.  Note that you are aligning the panels to the bottom part of the box.  You will appear to have too much space at the top but don't worry, this is where your box lid will sit.


Once everything has dried, your box is now finished and you can decorate the panels to suit the occasion.

You can download a pdf of these instructions by clicking here.

Hope yopu enjoyed this tutorial, have a great weekend! 
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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Keepsake Box Die - A squared + B squared = C squared!

When you were at school, did you ever think you would need to use a2 + b2 = c2 in conjunction with crafting?  Well that's what I did to work out how to turn the new Tonic Studios Keepsake Box die into a triangular favour box!

Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Balloon Weight Keepsake Box Dies, Christmas Inserts Dies, Layering Rectangles Dies, Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: Textured, First Edition
Embellishments: Rhinestone Button

As you know, I always like to show you how to use your dies in different ways, so when you see this new die, don't just think of boxes!  All it took to transform the box template into a triangle was my craft knife, a metal ruler and using one of the dies from the Layering Rectangles set.

The topper comes from another new die set called Christmas Inserts.  This is another really versatile set that won't just tie you down to Christmas projects.

If you'd like to see how I transformed the four-sided box into a triangular one, leave a message in the comments section below and I'll do a step-by-step tutorial.

Here's another look of this new box (very Toblerone)!


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Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Keepsake Box Die - You Spoil Us, Ambassador!

I do like making little boxes and bon-bon holders, so as soon as I received the new Balloon Weight Keepsake Box Die from Tonic Studios, I was very happy.  But wait, I hear you say, the picture's of a tray not a box, just perfect for any Ambassador wanting to spoil his guests!
Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Balloon Weight Keepsake Box Dies, Tonic Studios Doily Punch, Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: Textured, First Edition
Embellishments: Ferro Rocher (yum)!

As you know, I always like to show you how to use your dies in different ways, so when you see this new die, don't just think of boxes!  All it took to transform the box template into a a tray die cut was my craft knife and a metal ruler.

If you'd like to see how I did this, leave a message in the comments section and I'll do a step-by-step tutorial.


Here's another look of this new box (come tray)!


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Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Deck The Halls Sentiment Die Set

So, if you looked at the title of this post and thought you were going to see something about Christmas in June, I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you!

Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Deck The Halls Sentiments Dies, Super Trimmer, Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: Textured, Stardream
Embellishments: Mulberry Flowers

As you know, I always like to show you how to use your dies in different ways, so when you see this new die, don't just think of cards!  My inspiration for this procject came from the very pretty floral centre frame plus the wavy edge of the outline dies.

If you'd like to see how I created this box, leave a message in the comments section below and I'll do a step-by-step tutorial.

Here's another look of this new box, you can see how I decorated all four sides with panels.  I think that this would make a terrific favour box for a wedding, do you?


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Friday, 13 June 2014

Filigree Dress Card

It's been a while since I've shared a Fashion card with you all, but I can only go so long without a card featuring girly loveliness!

Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Boudior Square Base DieScallop Circle Layering Dies, Grand Calibur
Paper and Card: Linen card, Conqueror
Embellishments: Flatback pearls, handmade hat pins, mulberry flowers

Filigree Card Base

To make my filigree card base, I used my favourite Indulgence Boudior Square Base Die following my Filigree Card Base Tutorial. I find it impossible to use this die and not add flatback pearls to the cross-points.

For the topper, I used a Katy Sue Fabulous Fashion dress on a mannequin design as my topper, which I then decoupaged up another layer of just the dress.

I love mulberry cherry blossoms, so I used these as an accent along with a couple of handmade hatpins (I have a tutorial on how to create hatpins here).

How to Add a Greeting or Sentiment

If you are worried about how to add a greeting to this style of card, take a look at how I've used mats and layers inside (below left) and on the back (below right) this card, using my scalloped layering circles dies.


Watch How to Make This Card



Hope you all have a great weekend!
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Friday, 6 June 2014

Father's Day Rosette Card

With Father's Day next week, I thought I would share a really quick and easy Father's Day Card Idea, that none the less looks very effective.
Father's Day Rosette Card
Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Tea Party Square Base DieRound Window Pour Me Die and Family Sentiments Die Pack, Scallop Circle Layering DiesGrand Calibur, Super Trimmer 
Paper and Card: Linen card, Stardream
Embellishments: Crystal Rhinestones

To make my filigree card base, I used the new Indulgence Tea Party Square Base Die following my Filigree Card Base Tutorial. This just makes such a delicate but striking card base.  Just because it's a card for a man, doesn't mean it can't have a little bit of bling, with some topaz coloured crystal rhinestones.
For the topper, I used the outer circle from the Pour Me dies. Then I cut a 3cm wide strip of card from the same card as I had used for the card base and scored it using the Super Trimmer to create a concertina fold.  The rosestte is created by simply glueing the two ends together, then pushing it flat and adhering to the card.  I covered the hole in the middle with a small scallop circle.

Finally, I used the Dad from the Family Sentiments Dies.

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