05-22-2018

Introducing PPS clear Stamps + Heat Embossing Techniques

Yes! That’s right! Pretty Paper Studio released their very first set of clear stamps, this month, and I was lucky enough to be sent all the four sets to try out!

Here is a closer look at all the four stamp sets. You can buy them at the Pretty Paper Studio website (https://ppsuae.com/craft-shop/) or visit their store.

So, I created three cards using these stamps sets incorporating the heat embossing technique on each card.

  • Plain Heat Embossed Background

Here is a look at the first one.

So for this 4″x5″ card I heat embossed the Islamic Pattern background stamp on a Kraft cardstock With Versamark and American Krafts white embossing powder and then layered it with vellum. I love how clear the image stamped on the cardstock. Its a fun pattern and the possibilities with this stamp-set are endless.

Since the backgrounds colors were subtle I thought of adding a pop of color by adhering some bright embellishments.

I also added some gold to the card. Something about gold just adds such a beautiful, classy feel to your projects.

As for the sentiment, its from Anjali’s Islamic Greetings stamp set by PPS again. This was my favorite sentiment from that stamp set and works perfect too for this holy month of Ramadan.

  • Heat Embossed Background with Watercolors

For this second card I decided to go with brighter colors!

I again stamped the Islamic Pattern Background stamp on a white cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with American Krafts white embossing powder.

We all know how beautiful watercoloring can be. It’s natural blending is what makes it such a wonderful medium to use. So I applied three bright colors from the Zig watercolor brush pens to the background so that the pattern stood out.

I finished the card with some glitter Washi tape and a bright blue doily frame. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and heat embossed with American Krafts clear embossing powder.

  • Heat Embossed Background with Distress inks

Ing’s Doodle Background stamp by Ingrid has to be my favorite stamp set of the four. I love how intricate her designs are.

So this time again I heat embossed the background stamp in clear embossing powder and then used the Tim Holtz distress inks, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar, across the card with a mini round ink applicator tool to color the background.

I wanted the finished card to be 4.75 inches square so I cut down the stamped piece accordingly and cut it into squares.  Then I adhered it to the white card base. 

The final step was to add this gold butterfly and an embossed sentiment to finish this card.

Thank you so much for your stopping by and reading this blog post. I hope you liked the cards I made.
Have a wonderful day!

 

04-18-2018

Some art work from 2017

Hello.

I know I have been really inactive here on my blog and one of my resolutions for 2018 is to be more regular.

So before I post any of my latest works here I thought I’ll share some of my favorite artworks from the past two years. If you already follow me on Instagram then you probably have already seen them.

This one with the tiger has been one of my bests from 2016.

And here is another one of my beautiful friend Bipasha. I am so glad she let me do this.

Last year we had seen a lot of cactus and succulent paintings doing the rounds on Instagram so I decided to try my hands on them as well.

Wreaths too have been really popular over the past year and I too couldn’t stop trying my hands at them.

Here is another one with my daughter’s initial.

I made this particular one when I was on a staycation at Vythiri Resort in Wayanad, Kerala. While in India I bought a couple of watercoloring demonstration books by Milind Mulick through Amazon. I love his work and I am glad I could learn some tips and tricks through his books..

This one is for my love for owls.

Tried some still life watercolor paintings as well.

That is all folks!

See you in my next post.

Love,

09-13-2017

DIY Princess Birthday Invite (WARM_Sept 2017 DIY Challenge)

Hello, everyone!

So my little girl, Krisha just turned 4 last week and this time we had a little Frozen themed birthday party arranged for her at home. I’ve posted all the pictures from the party on my Instagram. Do check them out.  Today’s post is a mini tutorial on how I made

Today’s post is a mini tutorial on how I made Krisha’s birthday invites. It is an easy handmade party invite that would not require a lot of supplies.

I am posting this tutorial for We Are Real Mom‘s September Challenge’s DIY Game Night to celebrate the birthday month of darling little Laddoo.

If you do not know what this challenge is all about then you can read more about it here.

Now let us get started.

For the base of the card, I took this mildly textured blue A4 cardstock and folded it into half.

I had an outline of a flowy dress drawn on to the cardstock in a way where the puffy sleeves touch the folded edge like shown in the picture below.

I carefully hand cut them and this is how it should look like. (You can avoid these three steps if you have a Silhouette Cameo. Since I have quite a few invites to make the Cameo just made my task easy.)

Now comes the fun part! Jazz it up. You could use absolutely anything to embellish it. Use your creativity to the fullest. I decided to use some lace, ribbons, and rhinestones.

The blue mesh that I used for the dress is from one of Krisha’s old dresses.

I went ahead and customised each one adding the names of each kid on a tag tied around the waist.

Voila! Just like that, the birthday invite is ready. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Thanks for stopping by. I really hope I’ve inspired you to try one of these yourself. If you do try them out please don’t forget to share them with me.

Thanks!

 

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!