Be creative with alphabet Die

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Hello Friends,

Neha here with two cards using Let’z Craft alphabet die. An alphabet die and a stamp set is very much necessary for a crafter as it gives you liberty to make your own sentiments.  Currently that particular die is sold out but you can use THIS die instead of that.

Fiestcard showcase the partial die cutting technique. Here I have also used Altene Floral Shadow stamp set. ( You can see more cards using this set HERE )

 

The word “YOU” is connected at the bottom with that panel. I took a 4.25×5 inch Let’z craft white card stock panel. I used 3 colors of oxides to blend on 2/3 of my panel to create this gradient look . I stamped 2 branches from the altenew set using a bit darker oxides and daubers

Below is pictorial on how to do partial die cutting.

 

Align your letters on a grid paper. Use masking tape to hold them together. Now, draw a marking line on your panel where you want to add your sentiment. Arrange taped letters slightly below the line. While die cutting, align your cutting plate ( top plate ) on the pencil line in such a way that it will cover most part of the letters except the one hanging below the line. I forgot to take the picture of this step but i edited it in PS to show it. Hope it makes sense…:)

 

Once the letters are cut, cut the panel along the line with ruler and paper cutter. Now you have partially die cut letters above your panel.

I rubbed tonic studio glimmer paste on my base panel, behind the word ‘YOU’ to make a kind of halo. I mounted panel on card base using white foam for dimension.

Added sentiment from MFT stamp set and some enamel dots to finish it off !

 

For the next card, I just used die cut letters as main element.

I just build the card around that sentiment…:) I think it is self explanatory how I made it. Let me know if you still have any  question about it.

Jar Stamp : Jane’s Doodle

‘Love’ die : PTI

stamped sentiment : PTI

Panel Die : MFT

I hope you like the ideas with alphabet die. Please share your thoughts in the comments. Hugs!

-Neha

 

 

Decoupage – Chopping Board

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Hello All!

This is Tanvi, sharing a decoupage project.  A rather simple sticky note holder, in which I have added lots of layers & textures with just paints & brushes. Nope, you don’t always need to invest in tools!

I decoupaged (Mod Podge Matte) a chopping board with  postal stamp print tissue & used that to create a faux tile look by highlighting the edges of each stamp print with brown paint.

Splatters of white gesso & brown paint along the edges of the board and some stenciling (mini harlequin) for added texture over the chalk paint (lemon drop) background finished this!

That is all for today!

Thank you so much for being here. Happy Crafting.Cheers!

Altenew Shadow stamp

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Hello Crafty Friends,

Neha here. How have you been? I hope you all are creating something beautiful.

Today, I have a set of cards made using Altenew -Floral Shadow stamp set. Due to sale, It is out of stock right now but you can always preorder with us. I tried to achieve different looks using the same solid stamps. It helps to stretch your supply when you work a bit more on your stamps. Let’s start with the first one.

I created inky backdrop using Minty Mint and Dew drops ink pads. This is my favorite way to add color to the background. You can check the video of same technique  HERE. Let the background dry. Emboss few flowers using versamark ink and Altenew – Rose Gold Embossing powder . I love the peachy shimmery floral on that minty background. Stamp some leaves using Fresh leaf and ocean wave inks. On a piece of paper, I created similar background and stamped the sentiment. I added a frame (lawn fawn mini picture frame die) around it to highlight the sentiment.

Here is the colse up.

I wish you can see that in person! That shimmer is amazing!

For the second one, I embossed florals in white on a piece of printed vellum.

I backed the velum with slightly broader dark grey cs which gives nice contrast to the stamped images. I mounted the panel on light grey card base, Stamped few branches at the bottom of the card and finished it off by stamping the sentiment in black.

 

Last one is my favorite.

I have used various Altenew Inks   and MISTI for stamping. You will need two shades of each ink for flowers and leaves. I used these ink daubers by Tsukineko   to ink the stamps. these are very useful when you have very small are a to ink or stencil. You can do selective inking on a large stamp. First, I inked the solid flowers in lighter shade of blue and stamped. I used same ink to ink outer edges and stamp it again on the same spot using misti. For the 3rd and last layer I used ear bud to ink edges of the flowers with darker blue ink. Such inking helps to create depth in a flat, solid images. Same way, I stamped leaves using 2 shades of greenish blue. Added sentiment and details in the flower centers using marker and some glitter. Mounted the panel on black striped pattern paper. I also added some gold accent cut from DCWV glitter cs!

          There is so much more you can do with this solid stamps. I will be covering few in my next post. So stay tuned and keep crafting.

Thank you for being here.

-Neha

 

 

 

Distress oxides as watercolours

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Hello hello everyone! I am Deeplaxmi from kraftkutir. Today we will be talking about the most versatile ink in the world! And I am not even exaggerating:) It’s distress oxide ink. We all are familiar with the superb blending abilities of distress family but today we will be discussing about using them as watercolours. Distress inks work as great watercolours but oxides have a bit of opacity which gives a pastel look . I love the pastel nature of these inks. You can defiantly use the re inkers for watercolouring too.
So now let’s move to the projects.
I have made a card and a bookmark using distress oxides as watercolour. Let’s start with the card first.
I heat embossed some altenew flowers (similar) on ranger watercolor cardstock with ranger white heat embossing powder and versamark ink. Then I smooched worn lipstick distress oxide ink pad on a craft mat. Added a bit of water and water coloured the florals. I used peeled paint distress oxides and painted the leaves. Then I fussy cut everything. To create the card front I took a white card base. I painted stripes with the same colour made from worn lipstick distress oxide on the right hand bottom of the card front. I also added thin black stripes to add variation.
To create the card panel I cut out a circle. I let it go I bit out of the panel. Then I embossed the panel using my favorite, we r memory keepers embossing folder (you can get it on preorder). Always remember to first die cut and then emboss. I mounted the panel to the card base using foam tape and also tied a black twine.
I splattered the panel with pink and black colour. Then I added the florals and leaves with some foam tape. Added the sentiment and finished it off with some pink and black enamel dots.
Now moving to the bookmark. I cut out 2 pieces of watercolour cardstock of size 2.5 x 7 inches. I splattered one piece with pink and black colour. I painted similar stripes on the other piece. Then I mounted the florals using foam tape. Added the sentiment and finished off with enamel dots.
I love how distress oxides are used to water colour the florals as well as to create a quick pattern by painting stripes. Not to forget the splatter which is also distress oxide.
So did you like the card and tag?

Do let me know in the comments. See you soon again! till then keep crafting!! 🙂

Cheers!!

Deeplaxmi

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Kraftkutir

Quick and Easy Floral Cards with Pinkfresh Studio Stamps

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 Hello Everyone. This is Vandana and I have another post today to showcase the use one stamp in three ways.

I’ve used the Fleur 1 set from Pinkfresh Studio, which by the way has gorgeous floral images, including a very large one that I’ve used for my cards. Did you know you can pre order any craft supply you want, should you not find it on our website.

My cards today are quick, easy, bright and colourful.

To make these cards, I took some A2 sized Canson Montval watercolor paper and stamped my image using Versafine onyx black ink and a stamping tool. Since this is a very large image, a MISTI or any other stamp positioner makes it easier to stamp over the image on the rough surface of a watercolor paper.

I did some really quick water colouring using various distress inks. I’ve listed the colours at the bottom of the post.

Once done, I mounted the watercoloured panels on a 250 GSM ivory card stock, the edges of which are distressed using oxide inks to match the colouring. I use the Ranger mini ink blending tool and foam pads for this.

The matted panel was then adhered in an A2 sized Neenah solar white 110 LB cardstock using some red tacky tape.

I finally added some splatters and sentiments from the “Happy Everything” set, also from Pinkfresh Studio.

Here are my cards. I hope you’ll like them and use those large floral images from your stash in a variety of ways.

Distress Ink colours –

Distress Oxide Colours:

Blueprint Sketch & Peacock Feathers

Lawn Fawn Mini Picture Frames Part-2

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Hi there,

Neha here! I am once again, showcasing the Lawn Fawn Mini Picture frame dies. You can refer the first post HERE if you missed it then.

For this card, I have also used a mini – Love You Tons stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped a single elephant image multiple times using grey ink except one. That i stamped with Black Memento ink as I wanted to use copics for coloring that single elephant. The idea here is, to focus on one elephant to support the sentiment which says ‘ You are the best’ (mft stamp set) . I used one of the frame die to highlight the elephant. That little heart is also part of the die set. I hope you like the idea…:)

 

For the second card, I have used MFt stamp set for sentiment and book stacks.

I used multiple die cuts ( 8 of them…:P ) of a frame and glued them together to make a shelf. The backdrop of shelf is ink blended using distress oxides. The book stacks are copic colored and mounted with foam tape to give dimension. The card base is Cairo Cream – Let’z craft card stock . I stenciled brick pattern on card front using mft stencil and ground espresso distress ink. Let the panel dry completely and then emboss the sentiment in white. Adhere the ready shelf and you are good to go. The dimension is amazing. Check the close up.

 

That is all for today! I tried to explore all the possibilities using this dies in these two posts, yet there are many more. I hope you will find my projects helpful to inspire you. Thank you so much for being here. Happy Crafting.

Decoupage – Desk Organizer

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Happy Monday friends, this is Tanvi welcoming you here!

Of course its a decoupage project again & today I am working with a desk organizer from Papericious, that can along in my DT kit.

To begin I first primed the base with gesso

Once dry, I painted it with white acrylic paint & let it dry. A popular decoupage technique for shabby chic project is to use doily, I love that effect but wanted to experiment with vibrant colors. I decided on the layout & with masking tape glued the doilies as desired.

Next I painted over with red acrylic paint –

I selected a gorgeous rice paper from Stamperia & tore the motifs I wanted to use –

Once the paint dried, lift the doilies & you have the most gorgeous doily pattern on the base, almost as if glued there.

Next I glued (Mod Podge) the rice paper roses on the stenciled doily.

I wanted to tone down the bright red & add a dash of another color in the background & what better way than adding crackle texture. For this I used Decorate 2 step crackle medium  & highlighted the cracks with Finnabair wax paste.

Here is the final outcome, love how easily the cracks complement the rice paper –

I also have a coordinating bookmark, here I have used Folkart 1 step crackle medium

Some close ups –

We also have a crazy sale upto July 3rd, 2018…….go shop!

Watercolour paper comparison + DIY watercoloured cards

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Hello Everyone! Hope you had a wonderful week and are gearing up for some crafting this weekend.

For anyone who has been following my social media accounts, will know how much I love to watercolour images and backgrounds. Today, I have a slightly long and picture heavy post, which I hope you’ll find useful. I am comparing 4 different water colour papers for some basic background colouring and have 2 simple cards to share.

I picked the 4 different types of watercolour papers available in the Letzcraft store. You can also pre-order any of these papers you don’t see in the store.

Below are the pictures and a comparison of all the papers. I have used black soot distress ink to colour the stripes panel and some transparent water colours to paint the wildflower panels. Where you see grooves in colouring or missing colour in strips, it is because of the texture of the paper that stops from colour to move freely, unless you dilute your colour quite a bit.

Paper GSM Colour Texture Backgrounds Painting and Colouring
Strathmore 300 Ivory slightly textured Colours might differ slightly Perfect to paint and colour images
Canson XL 200 Off white Very little texture Perfect for backgrounds, since the paper’s colour doesn’t impact the colour. Dries fast Good and suitable, since colour moves easily
Ranger 200 Bluish white Heavily Textured Not very suitable due to the thickness of the paper. While colour moves easily when diluted with lots of water, this warps the paper Unsuitable, since the white of the paper changes the colour a bit
Brustro 300 (also available in 200 GSM) and different sizes Off white – almost ivory Heavily textured Not apt – the texture hinders techniques such as smooshing with acetate. Only brushes with lots of water work well Not very suitable due to the texture. The texture shows through any form of colouring and it also makes it hard for colour to move

My verdict

  • If you’re looking to watercolour backgrounds or use with some watercolouring pens, such as Zigs, Canson XL is the best. Perfect colour and texture.
  • If you’re looking for some heavy duty colouring or painting, Strathmore is the best. I didn’t quite like Ranger for it’s colour and Brustro for the excess texture.

Now on to the two cards I made using Canson XL paper, since not only is it the perfect colour, it has a good price point too. Both my cards use the same technique. Below is a quick pictorial of how I made them.

Card 1:

I started with a 4″ X 5.25″ panel and used a blunt pencil to draw some spiral roses with leaves. You can see they’re fairly easy to draw.

I then used a waterproof black gel pen to go over the roses. I used a cheap pen I got from my local stationery. You can use any black pen you have, as long as it is water proof. Do test them on a small piece of watercolour paper before you use them on your main panel.

I then left the panel alone while I worked on my second card for the ink to dry completely. This should take about 15-20 minutes, esp. because you’re working with watercolour paper. I then used a very light hand to erase the pencil lines. You can see some of the ink did spread but I didn’t worry much.

I finally used some Camlin water colours (another really cheap find from the local stationery store) and coloured the roses and leaves and added a sentiment from Kaiserkraft’s “Friendship Background Messages” set.

To complete the card, I adhered the watercoloured panel along with a thin panel of watercoloured stripes onto an A2 sized ivory card base, also from the Letzcraft store. Some splatters and loose colouring with black soot distress ink around the image completed the overall look.

Card 2:

I used vellum on my second card because I goofed up with the colouring and didn’t quite like how it looked. So, there’s a way to salvage some watercoloured panels 🙂

To complete the second card, I added some clear droplets on the vellum and assembled everything onto an A2 sized ivory card base.

The sentiments on both the cards are from Kaiserkraft’s “Background Friendship Messages” stamp set inked with versafine onyx black ink.

Hope you liked the post today and will try out some freehand drawing and colouring yourself. Remember, with any kind of colouring, the beauty lies in how different everything looks each time around.

Happy Crafting. Loads of love

Vandana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two cards with hexagonal dies!

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Hello hello everyone! I am Deeplaxmi from Kraftkutir! Hope you all are doing well . Today I will be focusing on hexagonal dies from Gina Marie designs . This wonderful set has 8 hexagonal nesting dies. Each die has cross stitch detail . You can use these dies to cut hexagonal panels windows as well as frames. These dies cut wonderfully with a single pass through die cutting machine. A must have for every crafter.
So moving on to the cards. Today I have 2 cards completely different from each other made using these dies.
Card 1

This is a nearly a one layer card. Here I cave used these dies to create stencils. I cut different sizes of hexagonal windows with cardstock. You can use any scrap cardstock. I have used Neenah to create my cardbase. This cardstock ensures smooth blending of distress inks. Then I used those stencils and randomly ink blended different sized hexagons and also overlapped them. I have used shades of spiced marmalade, twisted citron and salty ocean distress inks. Then I splattered some water droplets on to the panel. I love how distress inks react with water. Once the panel was dry I took a black marker and traced hexagons of different sizes. I also traced and filled some with shabby lines. I used a permanent marker for this. For this step you can doodle also. This gave it a very graphic look. Once the panel was ready I mounted it on black cardbase. I die cut U and R from black cardstock and layered them up to give a chipboard like look. I added the sentiment stamped with versafine ink. Finished the card with my favorite matte enamel dots from LETZcraft.

Card 2

Moving to this cute easel card. To make this card first I started with the white cardbase . I folded it and die cut it it using 2nd largest die from the set. I did not cut it completely and made sure the hexagons are still attached at the top. I Scored the front of cardbase at half horizontally. To create the card front I die cut 3 largest hexagons using Kraft, white and yellow cardstock respectively. I adhered them leaving a uniform gap around. To create the scene I stamped and coloured the image from lawn fawn and fussy cut it. I have used some leaves to make trees which have same combination of colour. I stamped and diecut the sentiment. I fussy cut a hexagon of green cardstock to make it look like hills. I arranged everything as shown and the front was ready. I stamped the sentiment for the inside on white hexagon I added a larger kraft coloured hexagon as backing and mounted with foam tape. It’s very necessary to add the foam tape. That will help the easel to hold position. Now paste the panel to the bottom half of card base. Your card is ready.

Hope you like my variation of using a basic hexagon die. Do let me know in the comments. See you soon again! till then keep crafting!! 🙂

Cheers!!

Deeplaxmi

From

Kraftkutir

Decoupage Serviette Holder

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Hello! This is Tanvi with a decoupage project today.

Decoupage is a very versatile craft & the possibilities it offers is endless. I enjoy giving a makeover to old objects as much as turning new decoupage blanks into unique home decor items.

This is the serviette holder that I have in my post today –

To create the texture I have used FolkArt Home Decor Squeegee/Comb

Let me take you through the steps briefly –

  1. Lightly sand the tissue box. This gives the paint and glue some teething.
  2. Paint the sides with Papericious – Duck Egg chalk paint & the top of the box with white acrylic paint using a sponge brush.
  3. Next add a layer of red acrylic paint on the sides & carefully run the squeegee through it while still wet & you get a beautiful striped texture. Let dry.
  4. Tear the select tissue to size & glue it on the top of the box with Mod Podge Matte. Seal with another layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Follow this with 2-3 layers of varnish. Sand between layers for a smooth finish.

 

Thanks for stopping by today & happy crafting until I meet you here with my next post.