Nuvo Crystal Drops

Hi everyone!

 

Today I am sharing a new product that I’ve just recently tried ~ Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios. This is a liquid that you squeeze out of a bottle through a fine tip nozzle creating little drops. They can be as small or as large as you need them to be. If you frequently use enamel dots or pearls in your paper crafting, then you know it’s sometimes hard to every possible size on hand. But with these, any size is possible right when you need it! I only have the white but will definitely be trying some other colors. I think the red would make pretty berries on a Christmas wreath for a card or tag. Also, a stamped image, for example a swirl, could be drawn over with this for a bit of interest on a project.

  • They keep the rounded shape after drying.
  • These are available in gloss, pearly and glitter in many colors.
  • Translucent drops are also available. They are called Jewel Drops {which I have not tried}.
  • Come in 1 ounce bottles.

 

When applying the drops to a project:

I found it worked best to {without touching the paper}, gently squeeze the bottle until the desire size is achieved. Don’t lift the nozzle straight up but kind of twirl it around in a few circles {this helps to avoid looking like Hershey’s Kisses}. Also, if you find it is not settling as flat as you would like, flick the paper from underneath and this should do the trick. But the dots I made pictured below flattened just fine on their own.

Within a few hours they are dry and firm to the touch. But it is recommended that they are left to dry for 24 hours before putting them through the mail. Better to be on the safe side.

Hopefully today’s post might help you to decide if this is a product you would like to add to your paper crafting supplies.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tip #31

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share a few tips that you might find helpful with the Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker.

* If you have never heard of this fun product, it looks like a marker but has a soft nylon brush tip that lets you apply a thin layer of glitter. It can be applied over lettering, a stamped image or to just add some sparkly highlights. But best of all, it allows you to add sparkle and shimmer without the mess of normal powdered glitter. And it doesn’t rub off your project.

*Be sure to shake it very well so the glitter is thoroughly mixed.

* It is acid free, odor free and photo safe so it’s also great for scrapbooking layouts.

* Comes in a rainbow of colors.

* I have found that once the liquid in the marker is used up, there is still a lot of glitter left in the reservoir of the marker so I don’t throw it out. I just unscrew the top portion, very carefully add a couple of  eyedroppers of water and then I basically have another Wink of Stella marker. Be sure not to overfill or you’ll lose some of the leftover glitter and you don’t want that to happen!

* Once you’ve refilled it and you are sure there is no more glitter, there is till yet another use for it. Turn it into an aqua painter. Simply fill with water again and it works fantastic for water coloring.

*Please note: when you first get a Wink of Stella, be sure to carefully read the included instructions. These will tell you how to get the liquid flowing properly. I’m pretty sure once you’ve tried a Wink of Stella, you won’t want to be without one for all your paper crafting projects 🙂

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #41

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: PUNCHED BACKGROUNDS

Did you know that the shapes from punches can be used for not only embellishing but as a way to create unique backgrounds? It’s as simple as punching a bunch of the same shape and adhering them to a panel. The result? A quick and easy background with a bit of dimension.

You will need: card stock {enough for the background panel}, patterned paper, die or punch, die cutting machine if using a die, adhesive, scissors.

#1} Begin by cutting the background panel. This is what the punched shapes will be attached to. I cut mine to measure 4″ x 5 1/2″ as I was planning on layering it onto a slightly larger mat before adhering to the card base.

#2} Die cut or punch the chosen shapes from the patterned paper. You can also use card stock for the shapes. Roughly place them on the background to achieve the amount needed.

  

 

 

When you think you have enough, place them where they will be staying. Don’t stress about them being perfect ~ chances are some will go off of the background and will need to be trimmed. I found that changing up the rows looked a bit better than them all being the same.

 

 

Once you are happy with the placement, adhere them down with the adhesive and then trim off the extra overhanging bits {if any} from the edges. The punched background is now ready to use for your project! Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #30

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tip is how to decide whether or not to purchase a specific stamp/die set. Have you ever been undecided on buying a certain crafting product? It may be a stamp set, paper pad or embossing folder. Perhaps you’ve found it online or you’re looking through a brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue. The choices can almost seem a bit overwhelming at times. After all, we want to make smart decisions when it comes to our purchases and not buy something that’s just going to get put in a drawer or cupboard and forgotten about.

For example, before I buy a certain stamp set, I try to figure out some different projects that could be created with it. If I can’t do that, then I most likely won’t buy it. I was in Michaels on the weekend in the stamping aisle and came across a Tim Holtz stamp set with coordinating dies. I even had a 55% off coupon which would have made it a great deal. But I just knew it wasn’t going to be a set that I would use often so it stayed at the store! Another useful tool for making decisions is the internet. Check out Google images or Pinterest for projects made with certain products. If you find many of the shown projects appeal to you, then this product might possibly be worth considering for purchase.

I hope you found this weeks tip helpful for making future crafting purchases. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #40

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: COLLAGE BACKGROUND

For this technique, you will need plenty of torn scrap papers in different colors/patterns. This is a great way to use up the scraps of patterned papers and card stock that we have left over from crafting.

 

You will need: piece of copy paper, coordinating patterned paper/card stock torn into small {1″ – 1 1/2″} pieces, adhesive. ∗Please note: a dry adhesive such as glue stick, tape runner or double sided tape works best for this technique. You can cover sections of the copy paper with the adhesive and not worry about it drying out as you work. Of course, if liquid glue is what you have on hand, feel free to use that.

 

Depending on what you are using your collage background for will determine the size of the piece of copy paper base panel you will use. If making multiple projects, you could use a full sheet. If just making one card, a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece would be sufficient {this is what I did for this example}.

Beginning in the center of the copy paper panel, apply the adhesive {you can just go section by section or cover the whole piece}. Start placing the torn pieces of paper onto the adhesive, overlapping to make sure none of the base is showing. Don’t worry about going over the edges of the panel ~ they can be trimmed off later. Once the entire panel is covered, trim the excess off the edges.

    

 

 

Your collage background is now ready to be cut into shapes or strips to use for your project. I matted mine onto some black card stock before adding to a white card base. An image and greeting were stamped and heat embossed before layering on some orange card stock. This was then added to the card front with foam adhesive over a length of lace. A few rhinestones complete the card.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tip #29

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tip is how to make die cut images easier to remove. It seems the paper crafting industry is offering more and more beautiful and detailed dies. These add an extra “wow” to a design that I really like. However, I’ve found that sometimes removing the die cut images from the more intricate dies without them tearing can be a bit difficult. What I have found that works great is to first layer either a dryer sheet or a piece of waxed paper between the cut edge of the die and the cardstock. This will prevent your die cut image from sticking to the die when you are trying to remove it. You still have to be careful and slowly remove it but it does come out much easier and with less chance of being damaged by the pulling.

A few handy tools to have keep on hand when die cutting are:

∗ Paper Piercer ~ this works very well for starting the release of the image from the die and also for poking out any tiny pieces left behind from the design.

∗ Nail Brush or Makeup Brush ~ useful for cleaning off the dies and die cutting plates. You can also brush all the little paper fragments right off your desk into the trash can.

∗ Low Tack Tape or Washi Tape ~ to prevent the die/dies from shifting on the card stock when running through the die cutting machine, tape the die/dies to the card stock.

∗ Die Brush Set ~ this includes a handled rolling brush and a foam pad. By rolling the brush over the back side of the die {while the paper is still in it after cutting}, this easily removes the small cut pieces from the die. I have never used one of these but it looks like they work very well.

∗Please note: try to keep one cutting plate just for die cutting. Because of the sharp cutting edges on the dies, the plate will get scratched. By using a designated plate, this will prevent your other plates from being scratched.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #39

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: SPONGING A SUNSET SKY

 

Since it’s time to start creating some Halloween cards, I decided to use a Halloween die set that I thought would look perfect against the sky at late sunset.

 

You will need: card stock panel, assorted inks {I used Autumn Terracotta, Crushed Curry and Smoky Plum}, a wedge of sponge for each ink color, post-it note, circle punch/die, scrap sheet of paper {to protect your work surface}.

 

Lay the card stock panel on the scrap sheet of paper. Cut a circle from the post-it note. This is a mask for the moon. Make sure that at least half of the “sticky” is part of the circle. Place it on the panel where you want the moon to be.

 

 

 

 

Pressing down the edges of the mask and starting off the card stock panel, start sponging in a circular motion from the top down. I did the purple shade for the top third,  the yellow shade in the middle and the orange shade on the bottom third. Be sure to really blend the colors so that there is no definite lines between the colors. Remove the moon mask.

  

 

 

 

Place the hole in the post-it note over the moon and very lightly sponge just the tiniest bit of yellow. This is so it isn’t such a stark white.

   

 

 

The “sunset” panel is now ready to use on your project. I matted mine on a piece of black card stock before adhering to the card base. Then added the die cut pieces, a layered greeting and a couple of embellishments.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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