Tonic Dimensions Handbag Gift Bag Dies Review by Leanne McAlpine

Hello everyone. I was recently delighted to be sent the Tonic Dimensions handbag collection to review. This set included the lattice lily pillow box, the bluebell trellis handbag set and the peony bloom handbag set.

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Well as I’m sure you all know by now I’m a self-confessed Tonicaholic and was absolutely over the moon to receive these to play with. I think I now may have an insight as to what it may be like to be a member of the Tonic design team.
I have to say these dies are amazing and it has taken me ages to write this review as I could not stop playing with them and had to decide which finished items to show you! In fact I have now had orders from my Mam for gift bags for Christmas.
As you know my style of crafting is shabby chic/rustic in style and I like to use lots of embellishments…these dies fit my style perfectly but equally look just as lovely when finished simply without loads of extra bits and pieces. Apologies in advance for my overuse of Kraft card…I can’t help it I love the stuff!

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I’m going to show you how I made the blue Christmas themed gift box. This was so easy to make. I used craft perfect card as the base card. If you haven’t used craft perfect yet I can highly recommend it. It is perfect for die cutting and is just beautiful card. I used the bluebell trellis set to make this bag.
To make either of the larger bags you need to cut 2 of the base panels as shown below. The dies also add in the crease lines and as I had used craft perfect card it cut and creased the card perfectly.

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I then cut the intricate panel twice from silver glitter card-I used Crafters Companion card for this. As I was cutting glitter card I used my metal shim in my Gemini and it cut perfectly.

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I glued the panels to each of the base panels along with the corner pieces and glued the bag together. It is really easy to know where to place your decorative pieces as there are debossed lines for the panels to fit inside. I used Tonic tacky glue to glue the bag together. When I’m making dimensional pieces like this, I have a heavy granite place mat which I use to weight the pieces down to make sure they are well stuck. When making the bags up you need to cut off one of the large bottom tabs so that the bag will seal.

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Next I cut a large snowflake from the same silver glitter card. This is a Tonic die from my stash. I glued this to the corner of the bag as shown.

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I then added a blue satin ribbon bow.

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To complete the piece I added frosted berries, paper flowers and die cut leaves.

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I also made a shabby chic style bag using the peony bloom die set. Rather than going through it with a step by step tutorial, I thought I’d just add the photos. To make this bag I used standard cream card and Shabby chic A3 cardstock from Crafters Companion. For this bag I cut off both of the fancy tabs at the top and this makes it look more like a carrier.

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I have also made a selection of the pillow boxes. I used red liner tape to make the boxes up, however with the warm weather we have been having, they unstuck themselves a few days later. Just so you’re aware that room temperature can affect the finish of your items. So when I make more of these I will use PVA glue and will just have to be patient!

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I hope you can see from what I have created how versatile these dies are. They are suitable for any occasion at any time of year and I for one will certainly be making more of these…lots more!
If you have these dies, why not share your photos of what you have made?
Thanks for popping by
Leanne x

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