Sparkly Unicorn Cards Featuring Tonic Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads (REVIEW)

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.


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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  1. Your cards are adorable !!! Thank you for the presentation of the Nuvo ink pads.

  2. Fabulous post Laura, and your cards are adorable 🙂 Love your new photo too 🙂

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      Thanks so much, Janet. Xx 😘

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