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Wow! So excited to share another delightful project from Amber Engelhart today! Today’s project is an adorable little 6″ X 6″ bunny box featuring more of the Tonic Studios Pick of the Bunch Punches. Oh how I’d love to have this decorating my home this Spring!

Thanks for sharing Amber!

AE Tonic Pansy and Bunny 6x6

AE Tonic Pansy and Bunny 6x6 Side

AE Tonic Pansy and Bunny 6x6 CU


~ Amber Engelh{art}
Cheerful Mixed Media with a Modern Folk Art Flair.
Original Artwork. Custom Pieces Available.
Blog: www.amberengelhardt.blogspot.com
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/amberengelhART


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I’m so excited to share a new talent with all of you today! Amber was introduced to me a few weeks ago by my good friend Trisha, and I’m head over heels for her beautiful work! We got a few of the new Pick of the Bunch punches to Amber and she created a couple masterpieces that I couldn’t wait to share with you!

Welcome Amber!


Hi there! My name is Amber Engelhardt. I’m a wife of 10 years and a very grateful stay-at-home mom of two kids: Ella (6) and Cohen (3). I became an artist the second my mom placed that first crayon in my hand! I even went to an art-focused Elementary school. In high-school I became interested in collage and loved cutting out pictures from magazines and adhered them to shoe boxes to make “memory boxes.” I started scrapbooking 13 years ago, when I was in college, and I’ve loved it ever since. Recently, I’ve found a way to combine both my love for collage and scrapbooking through mixed-media art. I’ve had a long-time admiration for folk art and it has been a goal of mine to make art inspired by folk artistry, but modernized with current color combinations and patterns. This dream led me to open my own shop on Etsy, called Amber EngelhART (http://www.etsy.com/shop/amberengelhART).

AE 8x8 Pink Tiger Lilies Tonic Pick of the Bunch

AE 8x10 Violet Basket Tonic Studios Pick of the Bunch

When I make a canvas or shadow box, I use a combination of hand-cut and die-cut designs. I also use punches, like these ones made by Tonic from the “Pick of the Bunch Floral Designs” collections. I start with scrapbook paper and then cut my designs, usually following a design from my sketchbook. After punching the Tonic flower petals and leaves, I used the “Pick of the Bunch” stamps, giving the flowers beautiful and instant detail.  For this project and any others where you use markers or watercolors to color the punched images, it is important to use a waterproof ink pad. (I use Ranger’s Archival ink in Jet Black). Once I have it arranged, I adhere it with Matte Mod Podge. When that is completely dry, I use a fine point Faber–Castell black pen (also waterproof) to outline the rest of the details. Next, I watercolor over the entire project using Distress Stains by Ranger and Tim Holtz. This intensifies the current colors of the scrapbook paper, often times making the patterns unrecognizable. Finally, I get to play with India Ink markers to provide shading and details (I use Faber-Castell PITT artist pens). I use my fingers to blend the colors, finishing with two shades of brown to give the piece an aged look. The dried finish of the Mod Podge is what allows me to blend the markers; otherwise the ink would simply soak into the paper. The very last step is to cover it with one coat of Mod Podge, sealing and waterproofing the artwork.

Click each image or a close-up. 

I love all of the steps I use to complete a canvas- but I know it’s time consuming….and not everyone’s cup of tea! You could still have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of artwork without the water colors or the markers. Using the Tonic punches definitely gives you a great starting point! Thanks for letting me share a little bit about myself and my creative process. I’d love for you visit my blog: www.amberengelhardt.blogspot.com, where I share mixed media, scrapbooking, photography and crafts in general.

Happy creating, everyone!

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Spring if finally peaking through the piles of snow and I’m delighted to share a cheery spring project with you! My 3-D butterfly frame features the Tonic Studios Butterfly Multi-Detail punch.

Other products featured – My Mind’s Eye – Stella and Rose Hattie papers & decorative brads, SRM Press We’ve Got Your Sticker – “Hello”, Basic Grey Opaline adhesive pearls, and Bazzill 1.5″ Candle Primula Flowers.

How to:

  • frame – inner frame is 9″ X 9″
  • background pattern – 9 3/4″ X 9 3/4″ (enough to cover the inside of your frame)
  • butterflies – punch 6 from assorted patterns
  • scalloped circles – 2 1/2″ – 10 from assorted patterns (cut one into a 3/4″ strip)
  • circles – 2″ – 6 from assorted patterns
  • 1/2″ X 3″ strip for “hello sunshine” sticker sentiment
  • assemble as shown – for 3D butterflies, only add adhesive to the center and bend the wings upward
  • add sticker sentiment to 3/4″ strip – add to project using foam dots
  • add pearls, flowers, and brads (tip: use your Tonic Tim Holtz Craft Pick to make adding brads a breeze)

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