Adding Dimensional Details

Hello! Today I am sharing a few fun ways to add dimensional details to your products with Nuvo Drops.

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My video shares simple ways to use Tonic Nuvo Drops to add dimensional details to your cards. However, you could use a variety of products for this, including Enamel Accents, Liquid Pearls, Stickles, etc. I show a close look at the different varieties of Nuvo Drops, along with many ways to use them.

My first card showcases two adorable flamingos from the Ink Blot Shop Flopsy Birds Stamp Set. I really like the cuteness and simplicity of these images. The simplicity allows you to change up the images or add your own details… which I did! I colored the flamingos with Copic Makers and added lines/dimension for wings using clear-but-tinted-pink Tonic Rose Water Nuvo Jewel Drops. I used Tonic Red Berry Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a puff red heart in the center of the stamped Ink Blot Shop Tiny Bubble.

I created the window with my Memory Box Pinpoint Single Frame Die. This makes little dots around the opening and I used them as a guide for adding tiny Tonic Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops. What a fun finishing touch! The sentiment on the front and inside is from the Ink Blot Shop Kindness and Thanks Stamp Set. This set is great for building kindness messages.

Whenever I add a critter image to my card, I always finish the card by adding a bit of Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Drops to the eye. This helps to make it stand out. If the eyes are super tiny, I used a pin to add the drops. And for this lady bird, I also added eye lashes!

The clear and glittery Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops are also great for adding details to any images. Doesn’t it look great on that heart? The sentiment banner and sentiment are both from the Ink Blot Shop Kindness and Thanks Stamp Set and I used the Memory Box Pinpoint Circle Frame Die to create the frame.

For my last card, I used the Ink Blot Shop Flopsy Birds Stamp Set to create a happy scene. I used glossy Nuvo Drops to add details to the birds… and a large drop to create balloons. The sentiment is from the Ink Blot Shop Kindness and Thanks Stamp Set.

Those balloons are just perfect!!! I like that it is super easy to make perfectly round drops with the Tonic Nuvo Drops.

I have been enjoying the Tonic Nuvo Drops for months now. (I like to make sure I have success with a product before recommending.) They are fun to use!


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A few people have asked about cracking with the Nuvo products. I have never had this happen to me. I am guessing some of it has to do with climate? So I emailed Tonic and an engineer there gave me this helpful feedback:

From customer feedback and social media we had been made aware that some of the Jewel Drops that were initially supplied were cracking in certain circumstances – we made adjustments to the product formulation to rectify this – we have not received complaints about the Crystal Drops showing similar issues.
The adjustment made was to reduce the shrinkage of the product as it went through the drying process – this effectively reduced the potential of the drops to crack – we implemented this change at the end of 2016.
Due to the formulation of Jewel Drops it is best to ensure that the drop made is fully dry before flexing the product – the product goes through 2 stages
Stage 1 – feels dry to the touch but is still brittle if flexed, and
Stage 2 – is fully dried and can be flexed without cracking – we suggest that this is 48 hours just to be ultra safe (24 hours for Crystal Drops)
We do however recommend the following on all drops:
1 – To keep the size of the drops to a maximum of 1/2 inch diameter. (Some fine cracking may occur if they are significantly larger than this)
2 – While drying keep the drops away from being in the direct flow of air conditioning units – this dries the drops too quickly and can lead to fine cracking. 3 – Dry the drops in a normal ambient room temperature. 18-24oC
4 -Ensure the drops are fully dry before flexing the card.
I hope the above helps. 


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. I was given several Tonic Nuvo Drops long ago, but have since bought many more. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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63 thoughts on “Adding Dimensional Details”

  1. Well done and thank you for taken the time to show many ways to use the Nuvo Drops
    Great looking cards…very tropical…

  2. I also love Nuvo drops! I am an avid fan of practicing techniques new and old, just so they look great on my outgoing cards!

  3. Hi Jennifer ~ I fell head over heals for Nuvo Drops the first time I saw them. I love each of them for different reasons but find myself reaching for the Jewel Drops most often (wish they came in MORE colors!!) and the glow-in-the-dark drops are fun for kids’ cards. Great tip for using the pin on small spaces…I’ll definitely be using that idea. Thanks for adding the swatch sheet for the drop too!! Enjoy the rest of your week. ~HUGS~

  4. Great video Jennifer! These guys are really cute. I love how you added with your own details to the critters and make them your own. They look great. And thank you for all the tips. Hope your summer’s going well.

  5. Thanks for another fun video full of great information and ideas. I have some Nuvo drops that I got as a gift and having had a chance to use them yet, will definitely have to make a point of using them. Those birds are so cute, and I love the way you colored them!

  6. Thanks for the great info on the Jewel drops. Your cards are so cute and the drops look awesome. I’m afraid my hand shakes too much to do this technique but it really adds to the interest and texture of the cards

  7. Hi Jennifer! You are such a darling! Thanks for getting that info from Nuvo! ..and as always the technique is great – Nuvo dimensional embells are spot on thanks, Denise

  8. I love, love, love Nuvo drops. Thank you so much for giving us the color chart pdf. I beleive you have a duplicate page and missed some colors. I’m hoping you can fix it as I started making my swatchs and I have lots of extra colors that don’t have a color swatch page to match up. Thanks so much….you’re video’s are awesome.

    1. Yes, there seems to be a duplicate page and to be some colors missing. Thanks anyway for these swatches. I’ll begin with that. 🙂

  9. Your cards are so cute. I love nuvo drops and use them quite often. I love your idea of using a pin for critter eyes and using the drops for accents on the beeks and feathers. Up till now I have only used them for pearl like drop accents.

  10. Love love love these cards…stamps etc. What a great way to get the boys into stamping….😊

  11. Adorable cards! Thanks for the great examples and tips for using Nuvo Drops! After watching this video I will definitely be giving them a try.

  12. Such gorgeous cards! Thank you for the information on this product, I have finally found a place in France to buy them from, the problem is that I don’t know how old the stock will be as France is not a card making country…. I shall have to try and see! Can’t wait! Many thanks again!

  13. What a lot of fun ideas Jennifer! I really haven’t got into the swing of using my Nuvo drops. I bought about 6 bottles to try out but stored them away…. I think I need to leave a bottle out as a reminder. Love how you used them on the frame – looks really pretty and definitely adds to the overall finished look of the card 💗. Thank you for another fab video, Lisa xx

  14. Love the whimsical fun of these birds. And the fun is in the details!!! Thank you for showing some great ideas.

  15. How come your cards always look super gorgeous even when they are simple? Just beautiful. I have only one bottle of Nuvo Drops and I guess I should look into getting some more.

  16. The birds are too adorable, and the details you added are so striking! I am impressed how a little line to add a smile or add balloon strings can make such a difference. You are a genius!

  17. Great details using Nuvo drops. I only have 4 bottles but you have given me many ideas how to use. Must get the black one and more colors. More to put on my wish list!

  18. I just love these cards and all your special touches! I have a few Nuvo drops and haven’t used them too much yet! I’m delighted to have these new ideas so thank you very much for your always informative videos!!!

  19. Cute cards. Loved all the tips for these amazing drops, just started collecting a few of the colors. It is taking me some time to get use to waiting for them to dry before going on, but they will be well worth it on the cards. Thanks

  20. Beautiful cards love the cute birds! I’ve wondered how easy it is to create the smooth surface. I’m from the stickle generation and you can hardly ever get them smooth without making them flat thanks for the info always so helpful and your coloring is always beautiful!!

  21. Such a great video. I have a few Nuvo drops and was never sure how to use them. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  22. I have just about every color of Nuvo, I really like all of their products, great quality. Very helpful tips using the pin, will try those for sure, and thank you for ALL the swatch downloads that you provide for us for free.

  23. Thanks for sharing these great ways to expand the use of Nuvo drops. Always glad to learn more ways to use a given product. Your suggestions look like fun!

  24. Stunning cards , I always love your techniques, so glad you share them when I know I need to make a card I always draw a blank, so you always help me with your ideas. again thanks so much for sharing.

  25. Love the way you always suprisse me wiht idea’s to do more with the products than the commen things, like for instands the eyes of the birds, I would never thought about that. I donn’t have the Nuvo but a simmeler kind, so I wil certainly try the differend things you showt us. Thanks !

  26. I always love your videos – you’re my favourite craft blogger! I love nuvo drops – great tip about getting the eyes using a pin! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 x

  27. Love it! Quick note: I downloaded the generous swatches you so kindly provided, and there is one page that is duplicated and it looks like one page is missing. Any way you could follow up with the missing page? Thanks so much!

  28. Great cards! I love all things Tonic and the Nuvo line ranks tops on the list! Beautiful and functional too! What more could a girl ask for? TFS!

  29. Adorable cards, and love the splashes of bright colour. Thank you for seeking and posting the issues with drops, not that I have encountered it – I am sure it is really helpful to those who have 🙂

  30. I absolutely love these cards! and the tips! From the tiny eyelashes to the balloons! I would not even consider buying this stamp set had I not seen your video. BUT, do you know what drew me to the video in the first place? It was your coloring of the birds. When I saw them on the link to the video I wanted to watch to see how you colored the birds. Now I’m in line for the reserve release on August 16th! And will definitely be getting some Nuvo Drops, especially the snow glitter. So you see, you color beautifully. That is the reason I watched the video! P.S. Would you consider doing a video showing how you colored/shaded the birds? I would be making my first purchase of Copics! Please!!!

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