Tonic Magazine #15, Inspired Card Making

I bought this magazine at and really loved it. There are so many really wonderful ideas, not just for Christmas, but using the snowman die to create flowers, ice cream, and so much more. This is the first magazine I’ve ever bought that truly inspired me, and I hope you are inspired as well.

Here’s the link to Craftstash.US Tonic Magazine.

Card #1 Floating Hats White cardstock measuring 11″ by 5 1/2″ scored on the 11″ side at 5 1/2″ to make a square card. Take your paper trimmer and on the front, cut off 1 3/4″ from the bottom and keep this piece..Then move the card to cut off another 1 3/4″ and this piece you won’t need to keep for this project. Take a piece of acetate (I save the pieces you get with stamp sets.) The acetate is 4″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide. Adhere it to the card front with tear tape (other glues don’t hold acetate). To put the acetate in place, lay it behind the flap you have left behind for your card front and put tear tape on the back of this flap at the bottom. Then once the top is glued in place, lay the 1 3/4″ piece you saved that was cut off and put tear tape on the back of this piece at the top, and lay the cardstock so it lines up with the bottom of the card base. I cut two pieces of paper that came in the magazine to 1 3/4″ by 5 1/2″ and laid one at the bottom and one near the top, leaving room for a 1/8″ wide silver foil strip that I laid above and below the papers I attached..I used Tombow Mono Aqua Glue to adhere the paper, and Sticky Specks link: to adhere the silver strips. I have to say, I really liked using them, as I normally really struggle, adding thin die cuts or strips to projects.

I tucked a piece of red/white twine 7″ long under the silver foil above the acetate so the twine looks like a clothes line. I used gray clothespins (link: to adhere the hats and then added Nuvo Drops in Berry Red to the ivy on the hats.

Card #2 at 17:15 Simple card top fold, card base is 5 1/4″ wide by 8 1/2″ tall in a burgundy color, so I added a piece of white cardstock inside cut to 5 x 4″ . I cut a snowflake patterned paper (cut to 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ )that I had in my stash as well as silver glitter paper (2 1/4 x 5 1/8″) and adhered them so there’s a 1/8″ border on the card base. I cut one of the sentiments in the magazine with a round die and laid it on silver mirror cardstock cut with a scallop circle die. I laid a 1/8″ strip of silver mirror cardstock (adhered with Sticky Specks) to the center between the papers, and laid the sentiment on foam squares toward the left side of the card covering the silver strip.

Card #3 at 19:54 Birthday card..started with a dusty pink cardstock cut to 7 x 8 1/2″ scored on 7″ at 3 1/2″ to make a slimline card. I used the scrap left to die cut a large image with a great set of slimline dies link: I used pink/white dotted paper from Park Lane Watercolor Florals from Joanns to cut the largest die layer. I cut the snowman out of purple foil cardstock and pink foil cardstock and used the purple for the outline and pink for the centers. I cut a piece of craft cardstock in the shape of a cone and then scored every other line on my scoreboard to create a grid pattern on the cone and then used Distress inks in Brushed Corduroy to highlight the scores.. I put a piece of scrap behind the ice cream to make it easier to glue the insides of the ice cream. Then I added foam tape to the back of the ice cream cone and laid it on the center of the card. I used an old Stampin’ Up rub on for my sentiment and rubbed it onto a flag shape in the same pink color and put it up on foam squares near the bottom of the card. added Morning Dew Nuvo Drops onto the bottom portion and to the mirror cardstock that ran together, so wiped some off and added pink jewels instead to the ice cream cone.

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