Happy Friday, friends! A while ago I posted swatches of the complete Tonic Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad Collection on Instagram. Back then I was still busy working for college but since that has finally slowed down a bit, I’m here with a review on these inks. Oh and I’m also sharing a video on how to make sparkly ink blended backgrounds. 💗✨

I used stencils (Abstract Triangles from Simon Says Stamp and Madison from Winnie & Water) and Tonic Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pads alongside with Tonic Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste to create my own sparkly backgrounds.

Sparkly Unicorn Cards Ft. Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads + A REVIEW

These ink pads can be easily used for ink blending. They blend effortlessly and give even and smooth coverage. For the blue background, I used Polar Ice from the Sea Siren set with the Abstract Triangles stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I also decided to create an ombre background using Pink Sherbet and Panama Rose with the Madison stencil from Winnie & Walter. To make these backgrounds pop, I added a coat of Moonstone Glimmer Paste from Tonic.

Sparkly Unicorn Cards Ft. Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads + A REVIEW

I thought these backgrounds looked dreamy and magical so I decided to use the Magical Unicorns stamp set from My Favorite Things. It’s an oldie but goodie. 😊 I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic markers. Then, I heat embossed a sentiment with Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder from WOW. Finally I finished off this card with Tonic Nuvo Confetti. This confetti is usually used for shakers so it was a bit tricky to adhere these teeny tiny embellishments.

Review

In total, Tonic released four sets of three mini diamond ink pads: Tropical Fruits, Rose Garden, Sea Siren and Sunset Serenade. That means there are twelve colors available. These are hybrid inks which means they are permanent and fast-drying. The Nuvo ink pads can also be used with alcohol markers and water-based markers or paint since they are waterproof and smudge proof. On top of that, the Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pads can be used with stencils since they’re easy to blend.

These ink pads are available for purchase at Tonic Studios UK for £9.99 per set or at various USA based crafty shops like Simon Says Stamp ($12.99 per set), Amazon and Tonic Studios USA ($8.99 per set). I have links to all of the ink pads at the bottom of this blog post.

In the video, I showed you different techniques and swatches. Here are some still shots of the swatches. Which set is your favorite? Mine is Tropical Fruits because of the bright and happy colors. 😍

Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads - Sunset Serenade

Set shown above: Sunset Serenade (Carrot Stick, Rich Rosewood and Royal Plum)

Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads - Sea Siren

Set shown above: Sea Siren (Polar Ice, Laguna Bay and Spring Heather)

Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads - Rose Garden

Set shown above: Rose Garden (Pink Sherbet, Dried Oregano and Spanish Sangria)

Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads - Tropical Fruits

Set shown above: Tropical Fruits (Panama Rose, Rubber Duck and Lime Burst)


That’s it for today. I hope you find this review helpful. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon. Big crafty hugs. 💛

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I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Spellbinders and Amazon. That means I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links (with no additional costs to you!). Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.


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Hi, crafty friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. But guess what? On Tuesday, I’ll be finishing up my 9-week internship at kindergarten. I’ve had so much fun and I’m sad to say goodbye to the kids, but I’m looking forward to graduating in June and more crafty time this Summer Break. 💛

While my internship has been keeping me busy, I’ve had the chance to check social media now and then. I’m always on the hunt for new product that makes me happy so when I saw Hello Bluebird’s feed pop up, I was giddy. Talk about cuteness overload. 😍 I picked out a few stamps for upcoming blog posts and video tutorials.

For this card, I mixed and matched different designs. I used McGregor’s Garden and Springtime to create a cute Spring themed scene. I also created my own patterned paper with the Country Gingham Background.

Stamped Springtime Scene Ft. Hello Bluebird Stamps

I started by stamping a flower from the Springtime stamp from Hello Bluebird. Then I used masking paper and slowly built up the scene. When masking, remember you want to stamp the images you want to be at the front first and take your time to fussy cut the paper. It’s quite therapeutic. 🙃 I combined the Springtime set with McGregor’s Garden. I love how these stamps can be mixed and matched!

Stamped Springtime Scene Ft. Hello Bluebird Stamps

After coloring my masked Spring-themed scene, I created my own patterned paper with the Country Gingham Background stamp from Hello Bluebird. I simply heat embossed the pattern with Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder from WOW and added color with Distress Oxide in Squeezed Lemonade. These inks blend like butter!

Finally, I added some sparkly touches here and there with a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Flow Pen in Glitter Gloss and a coat of Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I 💛 my Tonic products.

That’s it for now! I’ll be back soon. Big hugs. 💌

SUPPLY LIST

I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Spellbinders and Amazon. That means I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links (with no additional costs to you!). Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.

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Happy Friday, friends! On Wednesday I shared a watercolored flower card in honor of The Ton’s Spring 2018 Release. At the time when I made this card, I was feeling sick and couldn’t do a video. However, I’m feeling much better so I made another watercolored flower card. This time with a video. ❤ Especially for you!

In this video, I’m showing you how to do easy watercoloring with ZIG Clean Color Real Markers. I only used one marker for each shade and a water brush. If I can do this, YOU can do it, too! 😀

I used the beautiful Peony Garden Cling Background stamp from The Ton. I heat embossed the design with WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder. Think of all the other embossing powders you could use. The possibilities are endless.

Easy Watercoloring with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers

To do this easy and fast watercoloring, I recommend using a good watercolor paper. I always use the Canson XL Watercolor paper. It’s very heavy weight (140lb) and can handle a lot of water. These ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers are perfect for fast watercoloring since you only need to use one color for each shade. For this card I used Yellow, Light Carmine and Light Green.

First I laid down some color to the flowers. I usually apply the color to the top or bottom edges of the design. Then I used a Pentel Aquash Brush to blend out the colors. Any water or paintbrush will work, though! Next, I went back in with the same marker to add a little bit of extra shading here and there. Finally I did some more blending to remove any harsh lines and create a nice and smooth gradient. Easy!

Easy Watercoloring with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Once the watercolor piece was dry, I die cut a sentiment from the Bold General Greeting Word Plate set from The Ton. I adhered some gold glitter card stock to the back of that paper and put everything together. Quick and easy just like the watercoloring. In total this card took me about 30 minutes to make. Pretty quick, right? 😊

That’s it for now. Make sure to leave a comment if you have any questions. Big hugs. 💌

SUPPLY LIST

I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Spellbinders and Amazon. That means I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links (with no additional costs to you!). Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.


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Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m joining The Ton’s Spring 2018 Release Blog Hop. I was originally going to share a video tutorial on this card. However, I’m suffering from a big cold and a super sore throat so I’m unable to do a voice-over. I’m sorry! 🤒 But don’t worry. I’ll share new videos once I feel better.

The Spring 2018 Release is filled with floral designs including dahlias, peonies and roses. In total, there are 14 new stamps, coordinating dies and 5 standalone dies. Good news! There are up to two free gifts with purchases (GWP). For more information on The Ton’s incentive gifts, head over to The Ton’s blog. New release products can be purchased now and all new release orders will begin to ship on Monday, April 9.

The Ton's Spring 2018 Release Blog Hop Featuring Coming Up Dahlias

I’m showcasing the Coming Up Dahlias set. I adore the delicate design. I stamped the flower design twice on Canson Watercolor Paper. Then I colored the flowers and leaves with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I used only three colors: Peach Pink, Orange and Light Green. I like the fact that you need only one color and a water brush for some brilliant shading. Well. I’m not saying my coloring is brilliant. 🤪 I still need a lot of practice. My friend Effie on the other hand, does the most beautiful watercoloring ever.

The Ton's Spring 2018 Release Blog Hop Featuring Coming Up Dahlias

Once the watercolor piece was completely dry, I die cut a sentiment from the Bold General Greeting Word Plate set from The Ton. Next I adhered a piece of gold glitter card stock on the back of the floral piece. Easy! To finish off this card, I sprinkled some sequins here and there. I used Medallion Gold, Guava Shortcake, Precious Pink and Glass Slippers sequins from The Ton.

GIVEAWAY

What would a blog hop be without a giveaway? 😄 Three new release stamps will be given away to random commenters from the hop participant blogs. To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton Blog Hop post. Comments must be left by Friday, April 6 at 5pm. Winners will be announced thereafter on The Ton’s blog. Good luck. 💛

BLOG HOP

Now it’s time for you to start hopping from blog to blog. 😀 The next stop on the hop is Amy Tsuruta’s blog. Here’s a full list of hoppers:

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back soon! Big hugs. 💌

SUPPLY LIST

I am affiliated with Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, Spellbinders and Amazon. That means I earn a small commission when you purchase through my links (with no additional costs to you!). Click HERE for more information about my disclosure and affiliation with companies.