Make easy sparkly greeting cards for family & friends with simple hand lettering.
This post contains a review of products I received free of charge from Tonic and contains my honest review.
As I've mentioned before, back in July when I attended the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show and the bloggers workshop I was given a goody bag with some lovely crafty goodies in it.
In the bag was a great selection of products from Tonic Studios, several packs of cards, glitter, glues and Crystal Drops.
First can we just talk about how pretty these products are? The lids are jewels - isn't that lovely? I think they would make great gifts for a craft loving friend.
I've been practicing hand letter again recently, not anywhere near as much as I should but still, practice makes progress. So I thought it might be fun to try making some simple hand lettered greeting cards.
The NUVO Deluxe Adhesive glue and the NUVO Crystal Drops both have a fine nozzle so it was fairly easy to just write with them.
Write a word lightly in pencil on the Craft Perfect Jet Black card and then go over it with the NUVO Deluxe Adhesive.
Sprinkle liberally with the NUVO Pure Sheen Glitter and then tap the excess away onto scrap paper.
The spare glitter can be tipped back into the pot ready to use again.
The glue needs 24 hours to dry throughly then it can be mounted onto a card blank.
The glitter sheds a little bit once the glue is dry but not too much at all.
As my hand letter is still quite beginner-y I tried using a lovely font printed on the computer next.
I printed a selection of words in Bromello font (downloaded from DaFont) at font size 100.
Lay the printed word over a piece of Craft Perfect Electric Purple High Gloss card, positioning it centrally.
Trace over the word with pencil, pressing quite hard.
You'll be left with an indent which is fairly easy to see on the shiny surface. Easier to see in real life than on these photographs that's for sure!
Go over the word with the NUVO Crystal Drops and then set aside to dry for 24 hours.
I also had a NUVO Glue Pen in my goody bag and as it has a chisel nib I thought it might work for hand lettering too.
I made this card in exactly the same way as the ones using other adhesive glue. It's easier to write with the glue pen but the glitter sheds from this one A LOT more. Picture that trail of glitter everywhere....
The glue pen was perfect for mounting the card to the card blanks. I think I'll keep it for that from now on.
Lastly I tried using a cute hello stamp from papermania. I stamped it onto patterned paper, went over the stamped image with the NUVO Deluxe Adhesive then sprinkled then with glitter as before.
So in summary, these products are high quality and the packaging is lovely.
Glitter in a loose format like this does end up spreading itself around the house, that's just how it is! The Deluxe Adhesive holds it in place pretty well though.
The Crystal Drop product is meant for making tiny little jewel like drops on papercraft projects. This means when you write with it, the letters have a lovely depth to them. They really stand up from the card. I'm not sure if the photos here really show that off properly, or if they show just how glittery the glitter is. I did a little video on Instagram to try to show that shimmer.
You don't have to just use this idea for cards either. I used the 'thank you' on black card with the adhesive and glitter as a postcard and just wrote a message on the back. It might be nice to make gift tags too or even write straight onto gift wrap with the adhesive or crystal drop. Just allow time for it to dry before handing it over!