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Tonic Craft Kit 43 - Just for Blue With Christine Smith

This month’s kit is a fabulous selection of blues, teals, greys and silvers with a wonderfully versatile oval layering die set and a lovely selection of Nuvo products :D For this step by step I wanted to show you one of my favourite ways to use the Nuvo Expanding Mousse, but for an Up Close look at the kit content and a few more ideas for how to use everything check out my Un-Boxing video on my CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl channel :D 

What you will need

What you will need

  • Tonic Craft Kit 43
  • White Card
  • Tonic Guillotine
  • Scissors
  • Tonic Tangerine
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3D Foam, Palette Knife
  • Grey Ink Pad 
  • Heat Tool

Step 1

Die-cut 2 identical patterned ovals from white card, plus a solid oval frame to go behind. Adhere one of the patterned ovals to the solid oval frame and save the other one for later.

Step 2

Take your Grey Matter Nuvo Expanding Mousse and a small palette knife and scrape the mousse over the die-cut (as if you were applying the mousse through a stencil) making sure it’s packed into all the cerivices of the die-cut, then run your palette knife over the top to scrape any excess off of the die-cut. 

Step 3

Heat your filled die-cut and you’ll see the mousse expand (If you wanted an even more prominent look, you could have added 2 patterned oval die-cuts to begin with) once you see the puffy texture of the mousse, move onto the next section to avoid over heating.

Step 4

To neaten this up, take that previously die-cut pattered oval and stick it over the top, so that the mousse kind of protrudes into the gaps of the die cut, and you now have a flush look. 

Step 5

Create a simple background for your Expanding Mousse Oval Frame, pick a couple of colours of the cardstock, I used Ocean Teal and Jungle Fever on my card. And use your guillotine to cut thin strips of both colours. Lay them in a diagonal fashion across your card base, and then use the Arctic Blast Nuvo Glitter Marker to add some extra dotty details too. 

Step 6

Add your Expanding Mousse frame to your card and then cut another couple of layers of ovals, using the same 2 colours of card you chose for your background. Layer them together with 3D foam, then offset them to the left hand side of your Expanding Mousse frame.

Step 7

To finish the card, stamp your chosen sentiment in grey ink onto another piece of white card, and trim into a banner shape, stick this onto a piece of the silver mirror card, and trim around again to give a really thin sliver of a border. And you can also piece that fall away heart into the teal layer with some mirror card too to tie it in.

Step 8

Once you’ve added your sentiment, again off setting to the left, finish your card with a few Frosted Lake Dream Drops :D 

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