Patina Effect Paste

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Hello! Tanvi here.

If you love the look of patina & would like to effortlessly AGE your artifacts in a few hours hang in here as I share how!

For the patina I used CrafTangles Patina effect paste which is a thick matte textured paste that gives results on  almost any surface like canvas, wood, paper, metal etc. & Finnabair metallique wax.

This is the lantern BEFORE ageing 😉

To begin I carefully removed the glass pieces on the lantern & cleaned it thoroughly with a wet wipe. For the faux patina  sponge all the four patina shades in the set till you get the desired effect, simple isn’t it! Such an amazing effect, with layers of blue & green over the metal.

Hope you like this post and will give these products a try!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

How to Pre-Order through LetzCraft.

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Let me talk to you all today about my most favorite way of shopping…. That is, via Pre-Orders.

A lot of questions are raised, as to why would someone prefer to pre-order? How does that even work? Does it involve a lot of research on the part of buyer? Is the time-lag worth it ?

To be honest, it will definitely take a while for me to give you brief answers. So sit back with a small cuppa coffee/ chips, relax and enjoy.

While the Craft Industry on global basis is overflowing with new releases by lots of companies, I agree it is difficult to keep a track of them. So when it comes to craft shopping, we need to select what’s best and suitable to us.

In India, while we crafters are oceans away from USA based companies, our retailers like Letz Craft help us get our wishes fulfilled <3. The pre-order section is so very well organised, it’s easy and very convenient too. Once you pre-order with Letz Craft, we do check it’s availability and once done, you as a buyer can experience the excitement and butterflies in the stomach as you await for your products to arrive. It’s a lovely feeling. You see….. Sweet is the fruit of patience. 😉

I enjoy shopping my favorite Craft supplies from Letz Craft. While it is always convenient to get stuff which are already readily available, there are many times, I just love to pre-order from Letz Craft.

I love to put an extra effort to decide which products I want. I think this step is extremely important. Many many crafters tend to avoid this step and as a result, they don’t really buy products which could have been the best for a particular project.

Actually, while doing in depth research, you may also discover a lot of inspirational projects related to that project. That will make a big difference in your decision making.

C’mon now, don’t fuss about doing research. You’re the one who’s investing, you’re the one who intends to make the best project. So why not take that little extra effort?

Along with all the famous US brands, a lot of other companies whose names are not even remotely famous in the Indian Craft industry, but who have an AMAZING line of craft products can be availed via Letz Craft.

So if you already have an account on their website like I have, you can see the tab “Pre-Orders”. Here’s how it looks:

STEP 1

Click on it…. You’ll come to this page.

STEP 2

Now, scroll down on the Letz Craft website and fill in your details like I have.

This step is very important. You need to fill in the Brand name, Product name, Quantity required and link along with an image.

To make things easier for you, you can see my example.

I wanted to order:

TIM HOLTZ SIZZIX
Tim Holtz Sizzix HOLIDAY WORDS: SCRIPT Thinlits Die 660058
660058

So in my case,
The brand name is Tim Holtz Sizzix,
Product name is Holiday Words: Script Thinlits Die :660058 (Important:Do add the product code if available)
Required quantity is 1
Reference website is basically the site on which you saw your product.

                                                                                                STEP 3

For the image, you can first download the image from any online available source, and then upload it on the Letz Craft Website.

Click on the + Sign to add more products if you want.

Once you are done filling in all the details, Click on “SUBMIT” 

 

If any product that you’ve pre-ordered with us is unavailable, is out of stock, or is a retired product, we shall inform you via your registered e-mail address.

If your pre-order is accepted, Letz Craft will again send you a confirmation e-mail along with the bill. You will be required to pay 50% of the total amount.

And that’s it 🙂 You can enjoy the excitement till the delivery period. It’s not easy to hold the excitement, but it’s definitely totally worth it!

Hope you found this blog helpful. Do share your views, queries in the comments down below. 🙂

– Jayana

Fly Away With Me – Part 1

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Hi everyone and welcome to another post. This is Vandana.

Today, I have two cards to share with you using the ‘Fly Away With Me’ set from Hampton Arts. Not only is the price point of this stamp set wonderful, you can make so many different kinds of cards using one small set. Today’s post is part 1 of a 2-part post; I cannot wait to share the other two cards I made using this cute stamp set.

You would know by now that I love colour and I am try to incorporate it on my cards in any way possible. For my first card today, I stamped the hot air balloon using some Hero Arts intense black ink on some Canson XL paper. In fact, I stamped the images a few times. I then water coloured them with distress inks. Once coloured, I fussy cut them using We R Memory Keepers Precision Scissors. You can also use a circle die for this.

For the actual card, I took an A2 top folding card. This is Neenah Solar White in 110 LB from the store. I masked the edges using some scotch tape, since these are of perfect width. I didn’t want to use the very traditional blues for the sky and to make it look more whimsical, I stencilled in the clouds using Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks along with the small cloud stencil from MFT. You can get this on preorder from the store. I then stamped the sentiment and foam mounted the balloons on the card base to complete the card.

For my second card, I used the small cloud image and randomly stamped it on a 4” X 5.25” Neenah Solar White 80 LB panel using an Altenew mini inkpad. To make the slider, I cut a small strip out of this panel to make a channel for the balloon to move. This was easy and you really do not need any special dies. I then used a small piece of foam square along with a small circle piece of CS, both stuck behind the balloon. Once the balloon was in the channel, I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts intense black ink, I foam mounted the entire panel on Letz Craft’s Smooth White CS in A2 size avoiding areas close to the slider to ensure easy movement. I have a video on my Instagram and Letz Craft’s Instagram page to show you how the balloon moves.

I really hope you try these techniques and share your creations on our facebook page here.

Love

Vandana

 

Rust Effect Paste

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Hello everyone! This is Tanvi, am so glad to see you here again.

Its a Mixed Media wall decor for my post today, using CrafTangles Rust paste. This set contains thick matte textured paste which creates rust like effect which dries permanent. These water based pastes can be applied to almost any surface like canvas, wood, paper, metal etc. making it very versatile.

I started with a MDF base which I layered with black gesso. Assembled a few embellishments from my stash & covered them with gesso too. The dream catcher is the focus here to coordinate with LIVE YOUR DREAM. Added some more texture on one side using sand paste

All the embellies were glued to the base with Glossy Accents.

For the rust effect I started with the dark brown paste, dabbing it all over with a sponge dabber.

Next random layering with the rust colored paste, leaving some brown showing beneath. While creating the effect, using the other shades of yellow as required to get the faux rust look.

The dark brown paste creates a very gritty texture.

Here are some close ups, I am loving the effect!

I am totally loving this effect & my hands are itching to work with the patina pastes now! Thank you for visiting today !

Playful cards with for you,deer by lawn fawn!

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Hello hello everyone.! I am Deeplaxmi from kraftkutir. Happy to see you here again. Today I have 2 cards for you using the cutest lawn fawns. Everyone loves cute critters by lawn fawn but this ‘for you, deer’ stampset has cutest critter bums😏. Love at first site. This stamp is popularly used for tags and bookmarks but today I tried making a card and a card cum magnet with it. So here is the first card.

I started with a cardbase of size 10.5” x 6.5”. I scored at 3.5”and 7”to get a trifold card with dimension 3.5”x 6.5”.Then I die cut the front with some window dies. I made two windows. I added a panel of lawn fawn polka dots pattern paper on inside panel so that it could peek through the front.

Then I coloured the cutest deer and the bear stamp. I also created HI sentiment using black cardstock stacked. I used glitter paper (similar) for the top layer. Then I assembled the card by glueing the critters and the sentiment. Added two strips of pattern paper and few enamel dots to finish. I wanted the critters to be the focal point so I tried CASing here😊 done. !

Now the next one.

For the second card I started with two panels of size 6” x 4.25”. I scored them at 2.75” and 5.5”. As it’s easier pictured than written I have tried to explain the process through pictures.

once the box was ready I coloured and added the bears. I also added a frame of grey pattern paper around the front. I double stamped the sentiment and finished with enamel dots. Before pasting a panel on the backside I glued 2 magnets. This means now this card can be hung like a magnet.☺️ Why not display the cuties right .?

So did you like the cards. Do let me know in comments. See you soon. Till then keep crafting. And don’t forget to grab this stampset. !

cheers

Deeplaxmi

from

Kraftkutir

distress oxides with masking

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Hi Friends,

Neha here. Today, I am playing with some of the new and old colors of distress oxide inks. I love these inks. They are superb for blending and excellent for stamping too. The colors are yummy and when you blend, it gives very velvety finish. They give super crisp impression when you use it for  stamping too (we will see that in next post).

I am focusing on making some easy yet colorful color blocking backgrounds with oxides and masking sheets by Mudra. You can use label sheet for printers too.  Make sure that you take away some tackiness by sticking on your hand or a rag before masking the card stock. Otherwise it will tear the card stock.

Lets start with the first card.

Isn’t that background pretty and unique? Check how smooth inks look on card stock. It almost looks like a pattern paper. Below is a little pictorial on how to create this back ground.

Take a masking sheet of the size of your panel( here it is 4.25 x 5.5 inches) . Mark the way you want to divide the background and give numbers on the portions. Also mark the corners and direction (up arrow). Cut apart all the shapes with paper cutter and ruler.

Now, stick all the pieces onto same size of Letz craft smooth card stock panel. Remove one piece at a time and blend the oxide ink with round ink-blending tool. Go for a smooth coverage. Let it dry. Mask the blended part with masking sheet piece. Repeat the process till you are done.

For the center part, I used some splatter stamp to add black spots.

I messed up in that one spot on  left side because I did not waited long enough to let the pink ink dry so masking didn’t stick properly. So I ended up chopping 1/4 inch from both sides.

I printed the sentiment and rainbow is from Jane’s doodle stamp set. Added some Letz craft clear drops to finish it off. The colors of distress oxides are Mustard seeds, Tumbled GlassSpun Sugar and Crushed olives . (All new shades and they are on sale too…:) )

 

Before I share second card, I wanted to share few attempts to create back grounds which didn’t work out as planned. Many times I struggle to get the look of the card i have thought of in my mind. Sometimes it works out well, other times I learn…:) .

    

The colors on above one were inspired by a sari I saw in some ad. I wanted to try overlapping color blocking and tried hard to mask and ink all those parts but end result was too busy for my taste. So I left it there. Lesson learned : Don’t go too far from your comfort zone…:P

 

The second attempt was guided by three colors…peach, black and gold.

 

I had some retro pattern in my head but couldn’t translate it onto paper. Didn’t like the placement of those circles at all. But you can check the process below.

 

 

Cut several 1 1/4inch circles from masking sheet. I used 1/4 inch wide washi tape for those straight stripes.  and 7 1 1/4inch circles to mask the a2 sized white panel. Blend in Tattered rose distress oxide.

 

I punched out 3/8th inch circles from full sticky post it note and adhered them in middle of those masked white circles. I  also cut a square piece of masking sheet and punch out a 1 1/4 inch circle for a negative mask to apply black ink.

 I did not like the finishing of black ink blending and layout. But I loved the colors together so made my next card inspired from my failure…:)

I masked the panel using masking tape & blended black soot and tattered rose oxides. I also added gold dots with a metallic pen and stamped some leaves in peach part using tattered rose distress ink( Inks are a tone darker than the same oxide inks) . Unfortunately, it isn’t taht much  visible.

Added die cut, inlaid flower and leaves, sentiment embossed in gold which is backed by a stripe of pattern paper. Added few enamel dots

You can do such masking and use distress inks or dye inks too but only oxides can give even, solid, smooth coverage which is essential for color block look. I hope you will enjoy the process and cards. Please do let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for being here.

~NEha

Bundle of Joy Album | Guest Post One by Nafisa Ali

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We are happy to have another Guest Designer today on our blog today who is, Nafisa Ali from Nagpur. She is an amazing crafter who specializes in handmade albums and other paper crafting projects. Her work predominantly comprises of soft, pastel shades, and has great attention to detail. They are truly a visual treat for everyone. Today she has an elaborate album to share she made using the Heaven Sent 2 Collection from Prima Marketing. We welcome Nafisa to share her wonderful work with you all.

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Hey friends! Nafisa here to share today a beautiful tender baby album. I challenged myself with limited supplies, no photos and one day of just good ol’ crafty fun! I used PRIMA MARKETING Heaven Sent 2 paper pack, a few scraps of co-ordinating paper, the Ephemera pack, Stickers and Papericious Oh Baby Chipboards to make a modestly decorated box with an album inside.

Here is a video flip through of the album:

And here are the individual pictures of the Mini Album and Box.

When I received Letz Craft Chipboard, I really wanted to create a little box that will be combined with a co-ordinating album. Firstly, I created the box which measures 6 ½ “x 8” with open lid. A good quality cardstock is such essential for having a handy especially handmade albums.

I will show you few more details of the cover page.

Just look at the colours! How much tenderness they have. For embellishing the cover of box, I used an old embroidery hoop, and handmade crochet embellishment with co-ordinating flowers and die cuts.

Luxurious flowers are also decorated with topping.

This mini album has 4 pages and 2 flaps and can hold upto 25 photos. It is a very versatile design and a good quality cardstock helps achieving the desired look.

What I would like to note is the variety of prints and shades; here you can see not only the usual pink, but yellow, blue, and even brown colors that perfectly match.

 

List of supplies used:

Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Pattern Papers
Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Ephemera
Prima Marketing Heaven Sent 2 Flowers
Papericious Oh Baby Chipboards
Finnabair Texture Paste
Altenew Mini Set –Red Cosmos
Letz Craft Cardstock – Kraft
Letz Craft Chipboard
Mudra Chipzeb – Leafy Swirl, Leaves, Circles
Finnabair Art Stones

I hope you all like the boxed mini album and was able to inspire you all.

Don’t forget to keep checking the space for more inspiration.

Happy crafting,

Nafisa.

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Isn’t Nafisa’s album so amazing ?! Thank you so much Nafisa, for being our guest today. We hope you enjoyed the post. If you did, please don’t hesitate to leave some love for her. Do check out her other creations HERE.
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day.

Box Mini Album

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Hello & welcome back!

When I received the gorgeous Roseate Pack pack in my DT kit, I was sure it would remain in my stash forever,my heart aches to cut papers I love!

I have made an explosion box mini album using this paper pack, the base of the album is Beirut Black card stock

Some elements from the collage sheet were fussy cut for embellishing the lid –

This is a tall box measuring  5×7″, three of the 6 pages have pockets for additional inserts & tags.

 I have also fussy cut the floral motifs & used these are pockets on the inside of the box.

Thank you for visiting & cheers until my next post!

YNS Perfect chemistry part – 2 !

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Hello hello everyone! I am Deeplaxmi from kraftkutir. So happy to see you here ! And because I couldn’t love this stamp set more. I am bringing perfect chemistry stamp set from your next stamp once again 🙂 I have made four cards with this till now and I cant stop making more. You can get it on pre order from Letzcraft.
Now quickly moving to the first card.
Here I have tried to create a scene using the scientist in the stampset. The background is created by randomly stamping the beaker and test tube with grey ink. Then I created the blackboard using a rectangular piece of black cardstock. I used dauber and white pigment ink to create the chalk like effect. then I heat embossed the sentiment and added a grey rectangular frame to finish the board. Then I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the scientist. I mounted him with foam tape and added googley eyes. Then I added the other sentiment with stripes of pattern paper and enamel dots. two stripes of black glitter cardstock (Similar) to finish. That is it 🙂
Next is set of card and tag.
I took a 5.5 X 4.25 piece of watercolour cardstock and added washi tape as follows.
Then I stamped the test tube and beaker images. without removing the tape I coloured the images.
Then I removed the tape and added stripes detail with a black pen. I cut down two columns of the coloured panel and mounted it on grey cardbase. I added the heat embossed sentiment with lots of pattern paper and coloured paper stripes. Finished of with lots and lots of enamel dots.( These are on sale go ahead and stock up 😉 )
To make the tag I tied two images to a grey tag and finished with enamel dots.
I love how quirky this card is.
This is a must have stampset. Sadly it is out of stock but you can definitely pre order.So did you like the cards. let me know in the comments. See you soon again! Till then keep crafting!
Cheers !
Deeplaxmi
from
Kraftkutir

Fun with die

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Hi friends,

 

I am neha, back with a card and a bookmark with it’s wrap which are created using this Letz Craft’s Flower Inlay Die . It is very inexpensive die with exceptionally good quality. Let’s see how we can get more out of it.

 

I took a little larger than a2 piece of white card stock and cut three parallel panels using the die. I took another a2 size white panel and cut a window using a rectangular die with rounded inner corners (MFT blueprint sketch #31) .  I aligned and glued this frame on the die cut panel. This die is just 450/- rs. and you can achieve very expensive cover plate diecut kind of  look with it .

I could have centered the diecut panel but it was too late by the time I realized my mistake.  I blended spun sugar, antique linen and abandon coral distress oxides on the front of a A2 card. Adhere the diecut panel on top of it. I also die cut this round frame from metallic brown cs using one of the die from same blueprint sketch die set. The hollow circle is backed by 2 layers of vellum.

I also used MFT Beautiful Butterflies  stamp set to create the focal point of my card. It is a layered butterfly set so I have used 3 images to make it. First I stamped a solid stamp using versamark ink and embossed it with Zing leaf embossing powder. Than i stamped the center layer and embossed it in gold using NUVO golden embossing powder . The last outlined layer is embossed in Zing Teal embossing powder.

 It is a fun way to create your own embellishment using embossing powders. Check the close up

The sentiment is from Tim Holtz big chat stickers. I also added Letz craft Tropical fun matte enamel dots.

As this card was for a beautiful girl who is fond of reading, I also though of making matching bookmark with a sleeve/wrap/envelope.

 

 

See how I made it.

Take a piece of peach cs ( 4.75 x 5.5 inches). score at 2.25 and 4.5 leaving a leap of .25 inch.

     

Cut it using the die as above. Adhere vellum on the back of die cut part, fold and seal the long side with that leap.

I took 2 pcs, green and white cs (1.75 x 5.25 inches) for a double sided book mark. On the green piece I stamped some butter flies and sentiment (it goes with the sentiment of card) . I blended antique linen distress oxide on white piece and stamped some butter flies as well as sentiment. Glued both together, added a little crochet heart to finish it off.

I die cut one more time from the same peach cs, fussy cut the flowers, added some details with copics and stick then on the sleeve for added dimension and interest. Made white centers of flower with white nuvo drops.

 

 

I think both the projects turned out cool. Let me know how you feel about them. Thank you for being here.

-Neha

 

 

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