Hello again everyone. Hope you are well? Me? I’m just fine, especially as I’ve finally had a chance to play with the new Tonic Aperture dies, thought I’d share a card I’ve made with you. These are very intricate dies and cut like a dream.
You will need:
  • 1 x Tonic lily aperture die set
  • 1 x Tonic celtic circles die set
  • 1 x 8×8 card blank
  • Coordinating cardstock (I’ve used Craft Perfect in Buttermilk Yellow and Coral Pink)
  • Craft Buddy AB 4mm gems
  • Alcohol marker
Stage 1: Using the large circle, cut one circle in the coral pink card stock and stick in the centre of your card blank.
Stage 1
Stage 2: Cut a second circle using the same die as before using the buttermilk yellow.
Stage 2
Stage 3: Stick the aperture cut central over the buttermilk yellow circle and pass through the machine to cut the aperture.  Apply 3D foam to the back and carefully stick to the coral circle already on your card ensuring that the little bumps in the circle pattern line up correctly.
Stage 3
Stage 4: Stick the flower parts onto some coral pink card and pass through the machine. My top tip to get a good cut first time is to put them vertically on the cardstock as this means there are less “cutting points” for the machine. You will get a great cut this way! Try the difference between cutting with the die horizontally or vertically… it really makes a difference. Stick the die cut images in the relevant spots onto the buttermilk yellow as shown in the photograph.
Stage 4
Stage 5: Embellishment time. Using the flower dies, cut four of the small ones and one of the large ones. At this point you can curl them using the embossing tool and stick them to your card.
Stage 5
Stage 6: At this point you can add nuvo drops or gems to your card. I’ve used gems as I’ve coloured some in with an alcohol marker to match the colour tones of the card. I’ve added clear ones to the centre of the flowers and coloured ones around the edge of the card.
Stage 6
finished card (2)
Of course there are many, many more designs you can come up with using these dies as they are so versatile. I really hope you like this card. I just love my Tonic dies, they are the one thing I would not be able to make cards without. Love them all, want them all and need them all. There are still loads missing from my collection. Well I guess I’d better go and do some work now. Catch up again soon.
Love Tracy

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