06-20-2018

Teacher Day Gift Ideas: Customized Ikea Shadow Box

I believe it is always a good time to show your love and appreciation to the great teachers who share so much love, time, effort and care into teaching and taking care of our children every day.

Not only are they an important part of our children’s lives, but they also have a huge impact on our future! We entrust the most important little people of our lives into their hands on a daily basis. To have the kind of patience, love, and kindness that it takes to be a teacher, you really have to be something special! Which is why I always love to give the teachers who teach my little girl a little something at the end of the year to let them know how much we appreciate what they do.

Today I am sharing with you a DIY shadow box that I made for one such wonderful teacher on behalf of a friend.

I used the basic 9″x9″ shadow frame from Ikea for this project.

I began by stamping some Hero Arts floral stamps on a white cardstock and coloring them using Copic markers which I later fussy cut.

So, while customizing the frame, I got a bit confused in between as to which of these would look better; the Prima premade florals or the stamped ones I made. But since I was making this frame for a teacher I decided to go with something more colorful and fun and so stuck to my original idea.

I always like to arrange and rearrange my embellishments loosely before I am fully happy with the look and then finally glue it down.

So here is the final look of the shadow box. The sketched out the poem on a plain white cardstock using the Silhouette Sketch feature on my Cameo. I also added a thin gold washi tape on the borders to add some interest.

To personalize the frame further I again used the Cameo to cut out the teacher’s name on vinyl and stuck it on to the outer glass of the frame.


This little birdie in one of my favorite elements on the frame.

And voila! There you have it! a personalized/customized shadow box frame for a lovely teacher ready to be wrapped up and given.

I have more shadow box projects coming up here very soon so do visit again to check them out.

Thank you!

 

06-12-2018

Video: Customized ‘Explosion’ box card!

Today I am going to share with you a card that ‘explodes’ when you remove the lid.

Explosion Box Cards are probably not for somebody who is a beginner at paper crafting considering the amount of measuring and techniques that goes with it. But the end result will definitely be worth the added effort, especially if you’re looking to create a card for an extra special occasion. These cards contain a lot of extra space that can be utilized for photos and messages. They also have a large open space in the very center that is big enough to hold a gift, some chocolates or a 3D embellishment. It’s definitely worth giving a try.

The box I made today was customized for someone who wanted to gift it to her fiance. So she told me her choice of colors and exactly how she wanted the card to be like.

Take a look.

The flowers used here as embellishments were handmade as well. The doily was cut using the Cameo.

A closer look at how it looks once opened.

 

This heart slider panel is what I like the most about this explosion box. You can see how it works in the video link attached below.

All these cutouts in silver were cut using the Cameo.

I have also attached a video link here so you can take a closer look at how this explosion box works.

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If you have any query while making this you can comment below anytime.

Thank you!

04-06-2017

Heat Embossed & Vellum Birthday Card

Hello, all!

Today I am back on my blog after almost a year. I had promised myself I will be more regular here and be more active on my social media too.  To be honest, I have done quite a bit of craft and artwork. You could see bits and pieces of it on my Instagram.

Anyway without further ado, here is a simple card I made using minimal supplies.

The yellow cardstock is trimmed and scored at 4×5 inches. The Kraft Cardstock is trimmed at 3.75×4.75 inches. I went ahead and stamped the leaves by Altenew’s Doodle Blooms stamp set on the cardstock randomly with my favorite white embossing powder from Wow! by American Krafts and Rangers Versamark.

The fuzzy cut poppy stuck on top is from the Painted Poppy stamp set by Alternew. The poppy was also stamped and heat embossed and colored using Zig Watercolor Brush pens.

Then I placed the Kraft cardstock on top of the yellow cardstock using Scotch’s double-sided foam tape. I also placed a vellum trimmed at 2.75×3.75 inches. The sentiment on vellum is stamped and embossed similarly as well.

Do check out my very first video tutorial on my Youtube channel. Please do like and subscribe if you like what you see.

Thanks!

05-14-2016

Stencils using Silhouette Cameo | Photo Tutorial | Mixed Media Canvas |

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Hello!

I am back with yet another tutorial featuring  Silhouette Cameo. This time I show you how to make your own stencils using vinyl and acetate sheet.

So without further ado, lets get started with the tutorial.

I first started with making a vinyl stencil. Here I am using Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl in the color white.

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While using Vinyl make sure you always choose the option ‘load media’ on the Cameo.

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I decided to cut out this really pretty pebble background stencil.

I adhered this pebble vinyl stencil on to a canvas,

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Here I am using the Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture paste all over the stencil to create an embossed effect.

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This is how it looks once the stencil is peeled and dried. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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I repeated the steps on an another canvas of the same size and went ahead and painted both of them in a color of my choice. You can see how the dry brush technique gives a really pretty look to the dried texture paste.

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I left the canvas to dry and hopped on to the next step. I cut out a silhouette image of Lord Buddha, using my Silhouette Cameo, onto a really thick cardstock as well as a wood-grain pattern paper.

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I glued them together using a really strong glue and distressed the edges of the cut out image using a Distress ink in the color Vintage Photo

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My next step was to cut out yet another stencil but this time using an acetate sheet. Here I am using Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets.

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Here is a closer look at the shape I chose to cut on the acetate sheet with the help of Cameo

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Here is how it looks when I used it on the pattern paper using the same texture paste. If you are wondering about the color, I just mixed it with some Gold acrylic pain before smearing it through the stencil.

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I cut out a round shape on burlap and painted it gold.

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I also added some fine gold glitter powder in the center of it using Mod Podge. It takes a while to dry.

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Now going back to the cut cut out Lord Buddha image. I backed it with lots and lots of foam tape so it has a bit of a risen effect when stuck on to the canvas.

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Finally, I put them all together for the final look.

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I decided to keep it simple like always.

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Before I end this post I have to say that Silhouette Cameo truly is a versatile product. There are numerous ways you can use it depending on your creativity. It is definitely a must have for any one who loves to craft!

Supplies Used:

Silhouette Cameo

Canvas

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste

Silhouette Premium Adhesive Vinyl 9″ White

Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets

My Mind’s Eye – Miss Caroline – Living Everyday 12×12″ Patterned Paper

Prima Marketing Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique Gold Rush

Burlap Page 100% Jute 12″X12″ – Natural

Mod Podge

Challenges Entered:

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That is all from me for today.

Ciao!

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