Good Tonic…

Hello friends!  I’m back today with a few cards made as a result of some experimentation with Tonic Nuvo drops!

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There are two types of Nuvo Drops available in the store (or will be when it re-opens at the end of summer) and I love them both.  The Crystal Drops label means the product dries fairly opaque while the Jewel Drop label is a clear, translucent product.  I am in. LOVE. with all the shades of Jewel Drops and wish they would release about 36 more colors!!  I would drizzle them on my cereal, they’re so yummy!

So I had the idea to try and see how they might work as a coloring product.  That is, to fill in some blocky shapes with color, even shading if possible.   Success depends on your desired end result.  I would have liked a smooth, shiny finish, so in that, I was unsuccessful.  But if my desired result was a crackle effect, (and you can buy product to achieve exactly that), then I was very successful. (I’ve since learned that Tonic has made some changes to their formula for the Jewel drops, to help avoid the cracking).

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I used a variety of Elizabethcraft Peel Off stickers for the shapes, and there are so many fun themed sets that would work great, and, as well,  you could accomplish much the same effect with a black, stamped, heat embossed image.  The idea is that the raised edge of the sticker or embossed image forms a barrier to hold in the liquid enamel while it dries.  For the card above, I “colored” in, three little floral motifs and then once they were dry, fussy cut around them so I could layer them up on the front of the card.

I began by using a darker, shade of Jewel Drops for the shaded part of the leaf or flower petal, then coming back in with a lighter shade, before it had dried so that the color would all run together.

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In this photo you can see the mix of darker green with the lighter.  The darker was the Jewel drops and the lighter was the Crystal drops.  Mixing opaque with transparent isn’t necessarily a good look but it was the only way I had to accomplish what I was attempting.  You see why another 36 colors of Crystal drops would be nice??   On the flower petals you can see where I laid down the darker shade of pink Crystal drops before I went back with the lighter shade.  Crystal drops blends with Crystal drops quite nicely.  Then I set it aside to dry.  It takes a couple of hours to several hours depending on the humidity where you live.

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For a greater variety of colors, I also used some of the Ranger Enamel Accents - a product that is much the same as the Tonic Nuvo drops.

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After the Nuvo and Enamel Accents were all dry, I cut out the design once more, so it could be layered on top of an interesting watercolor background.

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Finally, I made the cards above, beginning with a stamped, heat embossed image.

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As you can see in the photo above, the card on the left is created with the Tonic Nuvo Drops.  After the flowers and leaves were colored in and I wasn’t overly thrilled with the blending results….I mean, it’s oKAAAAYYY, but not fantastic….I decided to try a different tack to create something similar but with more reliable results.

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I stamped and embossed the same image, and this time I colored in the leaves and flowers with Zig markers and then covered each portion with Clear Enamel Accents.  It’s a look that makes me happier.  Which is not to say, there aren’t occasions where I would still use the Nuvo drops for coloring, especially if they get my memo telling them to create and release 36 new colors!!  And the enamel dots on this last card are still created using Nuvo dots.  It’s a product that always shines in the enamel dot arena!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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This post was written by Norine on August 2, 2017

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Nuvo Madness…

Good Morning beautiful people!!  I’ve got something to show youuuuu. It’ll knock your socks offfff. Or maybe I’m just easily impressed.

Anyway, have you seen or tried the Nuvo Crystal Drops yet?  Years and years ago, you’ve probably forgotten, but I tried to accomplish this very thing with Stickles.  It was fun and sparkly and such, but it was a bit of a fail because the dots I tried to create collapsed and didn’t keep their beautiful, glorious, round shape.  However, Nuvo Crystal Drops DO!!  And even better in my opinion, is that they aren’t glittery.

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The first thing I tried with them was the various sizes of “enamel” dots and that worked beautifully so I also tried creating some flourish-y designs with them and while the Nuvo held up it’s end of the bargain, my personal flourish drawing skills need some work.  But I’m encouraged to try again.  Printing a flourish from the Interwebs and tracing over it onto some clear acetate (think leftover packaging from some scrappy goodies) seems like a good place to start.

But then I got to imagining.  How might it look to actually color in some stamped designs and cut them out like individual embellishments?  So I had to try.  For this first card, I used this stamp here by Carabelle Studio.  It worked pretty good even though the Nuvo ran together in the flower centers.

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Then I tried some larger, more open stamp designs.  I’m so delighted with the results!  I just squeezed out the Nuvo to fill the open areas of the stamp, left them overnight to dry, cut them out and assembled my card the next day.

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For the brown flower centers, because I didn’t have any brown Nuvo Drops, I just colored the cardstock with brown marker and then covered over it with Glossy Accents.

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You’ll notice how perfectly my little enamel dots match?  Because they’re the same Nuvo Drops too!  And the colors are so fun and vibrant and there are even MORE available than the dozen-plus that Lori has in the store.  And maybe she’ll order in more colors?  I wouldn’t hate that!

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Thanks for stopping by today…If I’ve enabled your NEED to own at least a few colors of the Nuvo Crystal Drops then my job here is done!

Edited and added by Lori ~~ We had every color of the glossy Nuvo drops in the store … but in such a quick time they sold out.  They are expected to be restocked at the store in just over a week.  By request, we have ordered every color of Nuvo drops … glossy, pearl, and glitter.

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This post was written by Norine on July 17, 2016

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