Tonic Media Glass Mat Review: Collaboration with Olga Direktorenko

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Today I am reviewing the Tonic Media Glass Mat and how it works with a variety of mediums in a crafty collaboration. Due to popularity, please note that that it is currently under "pre-order" at Simon Says Stamp. Everywhere else I have looked, it is simply sold out. I am also collaborating with a crafty friend, Olga Direktorenko who partnered with my during the Save the YouTuber event last month. We are going to be creating multi-layer cards and I used a variety of mediums on the glass mat while demonstrating how it works.



My opinions are completely my own throughout this video. I was not asked to make this tutorial nor was I sent this mat as free product. The only cons that I came across are that for video makers, the surface is very reflective, therefore when you have the mat in your screen with no paper or product covering, you will see the above camera setup - not the end of the world. You can see my filming equipment (Arkon) behind it. I like how the ledge of the mat keeps my camera holder in place. 

Secondly, it is a bit "louder" as the mat is glass so anything you put down will make some noise, which again, is nothing crazy! Overall, I am super satisfied with the mat. I would like to create a few more videos before I decide how much the reflection bothers me but I think I am going to keep using this as I love the workspace is provides.


I love the elevation of the work surface. I found my workspace was kept free of supplies as they couldn't be moved easily onto my space. Only the supplies I was using were on my space and everything else stayed neatly on the sides. I love the fact as well that I don't have to reach for my non-stick mat anymore, it is just right there! Underneath, there is a non-porous mixing palette in white so you can see the true colours!


You can use your alcohol inks directly on the glass mat (black or white area). It cleans up with a bit of hand sanitizer and a cloth. You can also use the non-stick mat but it will stain and I want to keep my surface pretty - you can buy extra non stick mats just in case! I used the Memory Box Sensational Butterfly Collage die as a front for all of my cards against their colourful backgrounds.


I used Valencia, Dandelion and Raspberry to make these backgrounds. Once the backgrounds had nearly dried, I put a piece of foil over top and rubbed the surface for a marbled foil look (no laminator needed!). I also foiled the centre butterfly die cut with Wild Dandelion foil to create an extra sparkle! In order to do this, I die cut the body using Toner Sheets, added foil and sent it through my laminator.


Another new release item from Tim Holtz is the alcohol ink tin! I love to keep all my colours in here! I don't believe I need any more inks so one tin is perfect for me! Ok, I'll be honest, three more don't fit in here but since some are running pretty low, I'm not rushing to get a second tin. I used to have my inks all laying side-by-side in a drawer and this freed up so much space!


I worked on the glass itself to create a blended background. I found blending much easier on the glass mat than the non-stick mat. I was able to use some of the new colours of oxides as well: Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade and an old favourite, Picked Raspberry. I just sprayed it with some water afterwards and wiped away the mess. So easy!!! Afterwards, I used the non stick mat and placed three piles of Texture Paste on it. I coloured it with ink refills and stencilled overtop using my favourite stencil of all time! Clean up of the texture paste was a breeze with some water and paper towel, but you could use a scraper as well if it dries.


Underneath the non-stick mat is a mixing palette area in white. You can see true colours and smoosh your inks overtop to create a watercolour palette. So easy to clean up afterwards and it is truly awesome to work on one surface while doing do many different things! I love all the backgrounds on these cards, I didn't want to distract from the backgrounds so I added simple sentiments from Altenew's Frosted Garden set.

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Tim Holtz Glass Mat
Tim Holtz Glass Mat
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Replacement Non-Stick Mat
Replacement Non-Stick Mat
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Sensational Butterfly
Sensational Butterfly
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Frosted Garden Stamp Set
Frosted Garden Stamp Set
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Butterfly Circle Stencil
Butterfly Circle Stencil
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Peel n Stick Toner Sheets
Peel n Stick Toner Sheets
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Wild Dandelion Foils
Wild Dandelion Foils
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Mustard Seed Reinker
Mustard Seed Reinker
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Picked Raspberry Reinker
Picked Raspberry Reinker
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Dried Marigold Reinker
Dried Marigold Reinker
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Picked Raspberry Mini Ink
Picked Raspberry Mini Ink
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Carved Pumpkin Mini Ink
Carved Pumpkin Mini Ink
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Squeezed Lemonade Mini Ink
Squeezed Lemonade Mini Ink
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Rose Gold Alcohol Ink
Rose Gold Alcohol Ink
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Dandelion Alcohol Ink
Dandelion Alcohol Ink
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Valencia Alcohol Ink
Valencia Alcohol Ink
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Raspberry Alcohol Ink
Raspberry Alcohol Ink
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Blending Solution
Blending Solution
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Transluscent Embossing Paste
Transluscent Embossing Paste
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White Yupo Paper
White Yupo Paper
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Adirondack Alcohol Ink Paper
Adirondack Alcohol Ink Paper
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Alcohol Ink Tin
Alcohol Ink Tin
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Blending Tool
Blending Tool
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Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
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Distress Sprayer
Distress Sprayer
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive
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Royal Sovereigh Laminator
Royal Sovereigh Laminator
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30 comments

  1. Thanks for this detailed review! I am on the fence about this new surface. I think I'd rather have a light color and I'm not sure about the right side portion being attached. I sort of like to have as few items on my surface as possible. The clean-up is the best part - so easy! I love, love, love your cards and I'm not rally a "butterfly person". Great backgrounds and lovely die. This video was a great help and I know I'll return to view it again. Thanks!

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  2. Loved the cards, loved how you showed me so much today. Inspired.

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  3. I have this new mat and love it! My favorite thing about it is that with the slick surface, the blending is easier, as you mention in your video. I also like the separate area to put your inks down because before, I always used to somehow get my sleeve in my ink on my craft mat! Love that this surface is white. Thanks for the video, love the cards you made!

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  4. Absolutely GOR-GEOUS cards!!! Booked marked your blog post for future reference!

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    1. BTW I am having trouble commenting on your video on YouTube. Not sure why though.

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    2. Are you logged in on YouTube? You can't comment unless you are logged in. I'm not too sure what other problem there could be. I get lots of comments so I know commenting is turned on.

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    3. Hi Justine. Yes I am logged in. I was able to "like". I will look into it more. Thanks for responding. :)

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  5. I have been considering the tonic work surface. However my whole desk is tempered glass so I have most of the function of the tonic work surface. I also use glass tiles for my mixing palette. What is still attractive to me is that it's black, the lines, and the raised work surface. My desk has a tendency to "lose" it's working area because the supplies I use, intrudes. Which the raised area may reduce that. Also I absolutely LOVE your cards. I'm thinking the butterfly die and stencil is a must have!

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    1. I love the stencil and die! I think it's up to you to decide if you like this. I think it will help with the clutter on your surface. That was the biggest thing I noticed was that my workspace stayed the same and didn't get full of supplies.

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  6. I might just have to make a purchase for this new work surface! By the way you have mad crafting skills! Love your work!
    Gloria

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  7. Thanks for the review. Gets me to thinking that I may need one

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  8. These cards are gorgeous! I am seriously considering this glass mat! I have a very small work area on my desk and this would help to "delineate" my area. I am also excited to try a glass surface, that is very easy to keep clean!

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  9. A great review on this mat. I really like the black w/grid and I love the palette addition and the convenience of having it all in one. I have a large tempered glass cutting board on my desk to work on at the moment but it is clear so it is distracting and hard to see with certain projects on it as I have a green self healing/gridded mat beneath it. Love this one better!

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  10. This was a great review. I would really like to change to the glass media mat. Looks like fun.

    Thank you,
    Susan

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  11. Love your cards. Great review on the glass mat. I really want one, definitely on my wish list..

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  12. Enjoyed your video and review, very informative
    Thanks Holly

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  13. I have a memory keepers glass mat, that I use for embossing. It's pretty small for other crafty things though. Thank you for reviewing this one. It looks perfect!

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  14. I don’t have the glass mat yet but it is on my “wish list”
    Your cards are beautiful.🦋

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  15. Your cards are amazing...gorgeous! Love the butterfly stencil and die, too. The glass mat will be on my wish list. Thanks!

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  16. Hi Justine, Thanks for the review and the tutorial on the butterfly cards. They were beautiful. Love what you do. Keep it up.

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  17. Hoping to see this mat up close at the Megameet in Novi in May. Looks like it would help me with blending! Loved seeing the cards you created!

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  18. This mat looks to be easier to use than the brown mats.

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  19. Thanks for the review. Love the cleaning part and the fact that it's raised. Looove your cards, they are stunning.

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  20. Your cards are gorgeous. I struggle with making vivid backgrounds yet keeping the design simple. These ideas really help. I love the glass mat. To me it is very solid,doesn't slip and keeps my projects flowing easier. Clean up is so simple. I can't go back to not having one. I hope they get easier to obtain for crafters. I preordered mine before Creativation even started, when Tim previewed it. When Tim says it's a game changer, I listen,lol.

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  21. Great review!! Beautiful cards and some great tips too, I commented more on the video so won't say it all again here

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  22. This mat looks great! The easy clean up is a bonus! Thanks for a great demo! Love all the cards!

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  23. ABSOLUTELY stunning cards Justine. Thankyou for also showing the video. I must say the 'stencilgirl butterfly' makes the background beautiful. As soon as it's back in stock at SSS I'm 100% getting it. If it helps my cards look only half as great as yours then id be happy hahaha. Do you have a link to your videos or shall I just type your name in the search box? Thankyou for sharing your thoughts on the products also. Xxx 💟 xxx

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  24. This mat seems really useful! It cleans really well. It is an investment, though!

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  25. Thank you so much for showing us how wonderful the new glass mat is. I have a few surfaces now, but this one looks like it would be so much easier to use instead of having to pull different ones out to work with. I also like that the surface is the space that stays put and all of the supplies don't crowd in to your work area! Also your cards are beautiful. Thank you again.

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