Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Post 245: Motivational Card (soar)

Hi friends !

I'd like to share a motivational card today. I made this as part of a Guest Design Post, all the details can be found here. Basically, I blended distress inks and distress oxides through a stencil to create the background. I love the sentiment on it :) I added a die cut butterfly to the card and then blended some ink on it. This card is 5 by 7 inches in size. 

List of Supplies:
Stamplorations Stamp- Noteworthy 2 (Shery Russ Designs)
Cutplorations Die- Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies
Icraft Stencil
Distress Mini Inkpads- Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean
Distress Oxides- Cracked Pistachio & Broken China
Ranger's Archival Inkpad- Manganese Blue 
Tonic Studios Scalloped Circles Nesting Dies
Pink, Blue, White and Black Cardstock 250 gsm
Ranger's blending tool and foams

Here is a photo of the card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

SSS Wednesday Challenge- Add a sentiment
HLS August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Butterfly Challenge #84- used both you choose (used a stencil) + wedgewood blue

Thanks for your time :)
Love reading your sweet comments.
Stay Blessed!

Post 244: Birthday Card- Embossed Roses

Hi friends !

I'd like to share a birthday card today. I made this as part of a Guest Design Post on fb, all the details can be found hereI kept the design clean and simple :) This is an A2 sized top folding card. I did heat embossing through a rose design stencil with sparkly red embossing powder. Then simply stamped the sentiment and added a twine

List of Supplies:

Winnie & Walter Stamp- The Big, the bold & the happy
Icraft Stencil
Ranger's Embossing Powder- Red Tinsel
Versafine Onyx Black Mini Inkpad
Cream and Black cardstock 270 gsm
Homemade Emboss Buddy
Versamark Watermark Mini Inkpad
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Lawn Fawn Die- Small Dot Rectangles

Here is a photo of the card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

Winnie & Walter Rerun No. 22 (I was inspired by Kelly's pretty card so I made a birthday card using warm colors) 

Thanks for your time :) 
Love reading your sweet comments. 
Stay Blessed. 

Post 243: Mixed Media Layout- Unforgettable

Hi friends :)

I'd like to share a Mixed Media Layout today, it is titled "Unforgettable". I made this as part of a Guest Design post on fb, you can find all the details here

I decided to create the layout around a photo of beautiful eyes. I was inspired by the song Unforgettable by French Montana, I love their video. It is a hip hop song and usually, hip hop songs have women in sexy outfits dancing or some such visuals. In this video, they have shown real people dancing, no plastic surgery also they have filmed it in real surroundings. I really liked that. Those lil ones in the music video are so talented!! I have kept the layout simple, wanted to play with colors and stencils, so have created texture with modelling paste using stencils. Background stamping was done. I used some homemade tatting lace here which my mom made. I've also used some piano washi tape to keep with the musical theme. I have scribbled on the lyrics of the song here and there for interest. Some splatter was done with white gesso.

List of Supplies:

Prima's Modelling paste
Prima Heavy white gesso 
Icraft stencils
Palette knives 
Papericious Spritz Sprays- Ocean Blue, Deep Teal & French Roast
Little Birdie Color Splash Sprays- Lemon Zing, Lime Splash
Mudra Craft Stamp- Brushed Alphas
Kaisercraft Stamp- Music
Ranger's Archival Inkpad- Jet black 
Piano Washi Tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Homemade Tatting Lace
Fine Point Sharpie Pen- Black

Here are some closeup photos of the layout:

Here is a photo of the full layout:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

1. More Than Words- August Main Challenge (harmony+lyrics)- have included song lyrics, song title, music notes stamping and piano washi tape. 
2. Creative Artiste Challenge 29 (Anything MM goes)
3. Creative Embellishments August Challenge (I have used hashtag in the title and was inspired by the girly items and color blue in the moodboard) 

Thanks for your time!
Love reading your sweet comments :)
Stay Blessed. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Post 242: Cute Card (Adorable Elephants)

Hi friends :)

Today, I'd like to share a card I made for a Guest Design Post, all the details can be found here

This is an A2 sized top folding card. For this cute card, I created a customized pink colored modeling paste by mixing some Dusty Attic Acrylic Paint with Prima’s Modelling Paste and then masked off a heart shape using the negative of a heart die cut. Then applied the paste through the honey comb stencil. Colored in the lines between the design with a black alcohol marker and created some faux stitching around the pink dimensional heart with a white gel pen. I water colored the elephant images with zig markers. 

List of Supplies:

Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways
Icraft stencil- honey comb design
Altenew Stamp- Adore you
Taylored Expressions Cling Stamp- Mama & Me 
Grey and White Cardstock 270 gsm
Dusty Attic Pink Acrylic Paint
Ranger's Archival Ink- Shadow grey
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Tombow Mono Multi Glue 
Prima Modelling Paste
Black Alcohol Marker 
Uniball White Gel Pen 

Here is a photo of the card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

SDC279- Only Animals 
SSS Wednesday Challenge- For a Child 
Pixie's Snippets Playground Weeks 293-294 (the grey cardstock is a big snippet and the elephants were stamped on a snippet of white CS)
Word Art Wednesday 294-295
PCM Challenge- August (Anything Goes)

Thanks for your time :)
Love reading your comments.
Stay Blessed. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Post 241: CAS OLC- Hang in there!

Hi folks!

I'd like to share a Clean and Simple One Layer Card I made today. This is a top folding A2 sized card. I used a never before used stamp which I bought a while back so was happy to finally put it to use. The Funky Monkey by Avery Elle. Did some masking and ink blending and then created some ink blots with distress ink and an aqua brush for an arty look. Wanted it to look like an artsy speech bubble. I like the sentiment which reads, "Its a jungle out there, hang in there". I think it will make for a nice encouragement card for my niece when she needs a bit of cheering up :) (she loves monkeys). I'm sorry the photo looks a bit blurry, the expanded version is fine. Not sure whats wrong there. 

List of Supplies:

Avery Elle Stamp- Funky Monkey
Versafine Onyx Black Mini Inkpad
Distress Oxide Inkpad- Fossilized Amber
Distress Mini Inkpad- Spiced Marmalade
Ranger's round blending tool and foams
Sizzix Circle Die (to create mask)
Aqua Brush
Cream Cardstock 270 gsm

Here is a photo of the card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

Thanks for your time.
Love reading your sweet comments :)
Stay Blessed. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Post 240: Card- You are Terrific

Hi friends :)

Hope your weekend is going good. I'd like to share a water colored card today. I recently bought my first Casual Fridays Stamp set- Casual Elegance in destash and wanted to make a card with it. I created a loose water colored background using zig clean color real brush markers and a water spray bottle. I love the organic look it gives. Then stamped the floral image and sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Used a Cutplorations wonky stitched rectangle die to die cut the water color panel and then matted it with a black panel. Finally, adhered the panel to the white card base which is A2 in size. 

Here is a photo of the card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

CAS03-July Challenge  (was inspired by the colors in the picture)

Thanks for your time :)
Love reading your sweet comments 
Stay Blessed.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Post 239: Floral Card- Hello

Hi friends :)

I'd like to share a floral card today. This is one of the 11 cards I made for a Guest Design post on stencils, you can check out all the details here.

I had a lot of fun making this since it involved watercoloring. Essentially, I sponged distress oxides through a double layered floral stencil to have 2 flowers and a couple of lil butterflies on my card and then did watercoloring within the flowers and outside them with distress oxides, zig markers and an aqua brush. I wanted it to have a soft, dreamy look. Then, I die cut the water color panel, stamped the sentiment, mounted the panel on a black A2 sized card base and added a little washi tape and pearls for embellishment. 

List of Supplies:

Winnie & Walter Audrey Essential Cutaways
Winnie & Walter Stamp- The Big, the bold & the happy
ICraft Double Layered Floral Stencil 
Distress Oxide Inkpads- Broken China & Cracked Pistachio
Versafine Onyx Black Mini Inkpad
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
Canson Watercolor paper 
Black Cardstock 270 gsm
Aqua Brush
Washi Tape 
Adhesive pearls 
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Ranger's round blending tool and foams 

Here is a photo of the card:

I am playing along with the following challenges:

Winnie & Walter July Color Combo with Heather H. (was inspired by the blues and greens)
Butterfly Challenge #84- done both: You choose-I have chosen watercoloring and have included wedgewood blue, there are 2 butterflies and 2 blooms on this card. 

Thanks for your time.
Love reading your sweet comments :)
Stay Blessed.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Post 238: Ideas on How to Use Stencils/Tips/Techniques- Guest Designing for ICraft (Stencils)- August, 2017

Hi friends :)

How are you this Friday ?

This is a general blog post in which I will be sharing a little bit about stencils, how to use them, some ideas and tips along with a few helpful youtube videos I found on the subject. There is tons of information out there and the only thing to remember is to have fun and just play with your supplies and see what you come up with :)  

I think Stencils are a great supply to stock up on in one’s craft stash and these are my reasons:-
  • They are a durable resource, once bought, one can use them again and again, for years together as long as one uses them gently and keeps them clean
  • There are many techniques one can do with stencils and we can use them with multiple products so it is a very versatile product to play with.
  • It is easy to use and quite intuitive, so for the most part, one doesn’t need any special supplies or skills to use them
  • It is an economical supply. Compared to certain other art and craft supplies we buy, stencils tend to be more affordable.
  • They are easy to store. Depending on the size, how many we have and how often we require them. As they are flat, they can be easily stored in folders or files or can even be hung on hooks.
  • They are easily available. Stencils are available from many vendors now- Indian and International. We can even create our own stencils and masks using dies or cut our own designs using machines like the cameo. They are also available locally at stationery shops. So we have loads of options
Some of the ways in which stencils can be used/Techniques:- 

1) Heat Embossing- We can do heat embossing using a stencil and essentially create a heat embossed pattern just like we do when we heat emboss with stamps. 

How to:
  • Prep the cardstock with an anti-static powder pouch (some corn flour or baby powder sewn into a cloth pouch does the job) by dabbing it onto the cardstock
  • Then use a blending tool and foam to dab some versamark watermark ink or any other embossing ink you own (ranger/simon says stamp etc) through the stencil 
  • Then sprinkle embossing powder over the design and use a heat tool to melt it.

  • Dabbing is to go in a soft up and down motion with the blending tool and foam on the design instead of circular motions which is what we usually do while ink blending, this is to get a cleaner embossed image. If we use the mini ink pad directly onto the stencil, often, too much ink transfers and in case of delicate patterned stencils, like florals, the design is lost. So it is best to use a foam with embossing ink and go over the design twice to ensure that the whole surface is inked up.
  • Tape down the cardstock first and then tape down the stencil over it, while inking, else one of them might shift and ruin the design
  • Medical Micropore Tape (easily available at pharmacies) is a good and economical option to tape down cardstock as it doesn’t tear paper
  • Heat the heat tool for a few seconds before you bring it to the paper to minimize warping and paper curling
  • You could even use an embossing pen (Ranger/Versamark) to trace through the design or a versamark refill bottle, see what you have on hand and experiment!
  • To clean the sticky ink off the stencil, some warm soapy water helps or a little bit of some stamp cleaner, I have tried rubber stamp cleaner and staz on cleaner (remember to gently wash off the stencil with water after using any chemicals).
2) Dry Embossing- So this is when we use a stencil to emboss the design onto the cardstock (similar to what we do with an embossing folder).

Here are a few youtube videos to help you in case, you haven’t ever done it before:
Using make shift mouse pads--- here
Using Spellbinders tan pad----here 
Using Sizzix Silicone and Impressions Pads---here 

Just remember, to experiment and see what works in your die cutting machine, since all machines are slightly different. Watching a few video tutorials is always helpful and remember to never force anything through your machines.

In my Sizzix Bigshot Plus Machine, this is the sandwich I used.

Bottom to top: Platform+ Sizzix Impressions Pad (this is a hard pad) + Sizzix Silicone Rubber Pad (this is a squishy pad) + Cardstock + Stencil+ Cutting Plate (I did not use either of the 2 adapters A or B because with the above sandwich I got the impression I was looking for, no more pressure was required)

3)  Sponging and Ink Blending

Usually done with Distress Oxide Inkpads and Distress Inkpads. Distress Oxides blend very well and are very smooth. The only thing to remember with these is that the color does lighten a bit over time. Just use a blending tool and foams and blend over the design, it is one of the easiest and prettiest ways of using stencils. Use a light touch and move in a circular motion to get the best blend. In case, there is an intricate design with many little projections, best to lightly dab over those parts, else the foam may bend those areas in the stencil and spoil it. 

4)Texture Paste/Modeling Paste/Impasto/Embossing Paste/Crackle Paste/Heavy Body Acrylic Paints etc

Basically, one can use stencils with most types of pastes, these vary in (viscosity) thickness, texture and final look. By using a palette knife, it is fairly simple to apply any of these pastes through a stencil. They give a textured 3-D look to the design. One can even color these pastes to create customized pastes. For example with distress inks, acrylic paints, ink sprays or markers.  Just scribble some color/spray some ink onto the craft sheet and mix in some modeling paste. Then use a palette knife to spread the paste through the stencil in a swooping motion much like applying icing to a cake.


Thinner acrylic paints don’t work so well with stencils since they tend to run under the design and we tend not to get a perfect image.

5) Gelli Printing

Gelli Printing is basically mono printing without a press. In simple words, it is a way to get unexpected and fun designs which are totally unique. We can use many texture tools (soft, so the plate doesn’t get damaged) to create patterns onto the plate (like thread, feathers, leaves, corrugated cardboard, net, fingers, rubber stamps which should be cleaned immediately afterwards, cling wrap, scrunched up paper, bubble wrap, bottle caps, lace etc) . The gelli plate itself is a soft gelatin like thing. We apply acrylic paints on it with a brayer or roller and then apply paper over top and pull it off to get a unique print. Now the fun actually happens when we create patterns and designs onto the plate. Stencils are great to use for gelli printing since we can get the negative as well as positive image from a stencil along with layered patterns. So for example along with a stencil design, I can add some thread and corrugated cardboard patterns for multiple layered designs on one print. These prints are great to use in mixed media especially in art journaling.


Just remember to immerse the stencils in soapy water (once you are done with each design) while gelli printing so that it is easier to clean them once all the printing is done. Same holds true while using stencils with any kind of pastes. 

6) Ghosting/Faux Bleaching/Water Stamping

The actual design of the stencil is bleached with water and the negative area of the stencil remains colored with inks.

How to:
  • Blend some distress inks/distress oxide inks onto a cardstock
  • Apply a stencil over top and spray it with water
  • Remove the stencil carefully and wait for a few seconds
  • Then blot off the sprayed water from the cardstock with a paper towel
  • You will be left with a bleached design since distress inks react with water 

7) Monoprinting with stencils- spray/smoosh inks onto the stencil and then spray with some water. Then use the stencil to stamp onto some cardstock.
You can check out a beautiful tutorial on youtube for this technique.----Here

8)  Some other Ideas:
  • Using markers, pencils or pens to trace through a stencil
  • Using the stencil creatively to make other patterns than the ones it was originally intended for. To check out a previous blog post where I did that, click here. I basically converted a christmas tree stencil into a venn diagram. 
  • Turning and shifting the stencil, we can get some interesting patterns especially with geometrical designs by turning the stencils at an angle or by shifting it slightly at each subsequent inking.
  • Water coloring through a stencil. To check out a previous blog post where I did that, click here.

That's all the theory done :)

Today, I am Guest Designing for ICraft using their pretty stencils :) You can check out their Facebook page here and if you'd like to order any of their stencils, this is the link.

I have Eleven cards and a Mixed Media Layout to share today. I made these using icraft stencils. 

These are the stencil designs I worked with. 

You can check out my projects in my facebook album here
(I will be blogging about each project separately in the next few days.)

Thanks a lot for your time :)
Hopefully, it wasn't too boring. 
Love reading your sweet comments. 
Stay Blessed and Happy Crafting. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Post 237: CAS Diwali Card

Hi Friends :)

The weekend is here :) woo hoo!! The weather here is really quite stifling, being very hot and humid so we will all stay indoors and since I am still recovering from the flu, no plans. What about you? Anything exciting happening with you? I'm sorry I haven't been posting too often on the blog in the past couple of weeks, not being well really doesn't agree with me. Hopefully, another week and the bug will be gone for good (fingers crossed). 

I'd like to share a Clean and Simple Card I made a few days back but did not share online. This is 5 by 7 inches in size and is a festival card for Diwali. It is the festival of lights here in India and is one of the biggest events in our year since it is the time for family, food, shopping and gifts. The elephant image you see here is of our god, Lord Ganesha. He is the bringer of good luck and Hindus worship him to bring prosperity and happiness at the beginning of anything like buying a new house or car etc. 

Here is a photo of the card:


1. Die cut white cardstock using the oval die and then using a round blending tool and foams, sponged distress oxide around the edges of the die cut to get an ombre look. (Tip: Use a light touch and use circular motions)
2. Taped down the oval die cut with some micropore tape/masking tape and then taped down the stencil on top so that it does not shift. Then sponged on the 3 distress oxide inks through the design. Started with the lightest color.
3. Stamped the sentiment using the red distress oxide ink and then adhered the die cut to the card base. In the end, added  gold sequins for a touch of bling. 

List of Supplies:

Little Birdie Stencil (Itsy Bitsy)- Ganesha with words
Mudra Craft Stamp Set- Crackers
Ranger’s Distress Oxide Inkpads- Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade & Fired Brick
Die Cuts & More Die- Double Stitched Ovals Die
Ranger’s Round Blending tool and foams
Mudra Sequins- Gold
Iris White Cardstock 250 gsm
Acrylic Block
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

I am playing along with the following challenges:

CAS on Friday #113- Exotic (Diwali Card for a Hindu Festival Celebrated in India)

Thanks for your time :)
Love reading your sweet comments.
Stay Blessed.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Post 236: Mixed Media Layout- Delight in the Little Things

Hi friends :)

I'd like to share a Mixed Media Layout titled "Delight in the Little Things" today. The picture is of a cup of hot coffee with biscotti :) how yummy is that? so I thought I would make a layout about it, I'm a huge foodie and enjoy indulging in many tasty delights, almond biscotti is one of my favorites, what about you? I've done watercoloring with sprays here and added gold acrylic for highlighting. The chipboards were heat embossed to give a shiny look. Background stamping and stenciling was done to create interest. Layers and textures have been added using die cuts, chipboards and threads. Ink splatter was created at the end.

Here are a few closeup photos of the layout:

Here is a full photo of the layout:

List of Supplies:

Stamplorations Stamp- Fond Expressions 2
Mudra Mini Stamps- Washi Tape and Old Script
Prima Finnabair Mini Stamp- Checkered
Tim Holtz Stencil- Dot Fade
Sizzix Thinlits Die- Gearhead and Alphanumeric
Papericious Sprays- Ocean Blue, Deep Teal, Bamboo, French Roast
Papericious Acrylic Paint- Gold and Black
Papericious Chipboards- gears and criss-cross
Papericious Black Jute Cord
Ranger's Archival Inkpad- Jet Black
Blue Sequins
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
White and Black Cardstock 270 gsm
Wow Embossing Powder- Blue Lagoon
Ranger's Distress Inkpads - Black Soot, vintage photo
Blending tool and foams

I am submitting the layout to the following:

DT call at ScrapsnPieces
Papericious Monthly Challenge- Tic Tac Toe (chosen the top line- chipboard+sequins+diecuts)
Mixed Media Place- July Challenge (was inspired by the blues and browns)
Pixie's Snippets Playground Weeks 291-292 (used snippets of black cardstock for the die cut gears and snippets of watercolor paper for the stamped layers around the photo)

Thanks for your time :)
Love reading your precious comments
Stay Blessed!