Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Interactive Birthday Card | Altered shaker flap to make a lock

Hello everyone,

As I said, turquoise is the new favourite, so here is one more card keeping with the colour theme:


This is a fun shaker card. I heat embossed the sentiment with white WOW Embossing powder.

The gorgeous flowers are Daisy by Mudra Craft Stamps. I stamped them using 2 shades of distress oxide inks (Cracked Pistachio and broken China). On a few flowers and leaves, I used Black Archival ink to get the details more highlighted. Also, some black on the design would give it more continuity with the black card stock I am using as card base. I fussy cut them all. I added some pearly white Frolica. So, the insides of the flowers look dimensional.



On the inside of the flap too, I added the outline stamps using distress oxide inks. For my background paper, I have simply coloured a scrap white paper using distress oxides and spritz them with water. And oh! these blend sooo perfectly.

I even stamped some of the flowers outlines inside the shaker window.
I love how it all came together. These flower stamps are sooo versatile. There are 3 outline images along with 2 solid images. So, you really can customise a flower howsoever you want it and get more out of just 1 stamp set.


Linking this post to the following challenges:

2. Paru's Card Making Challenges July

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!
Sweety.

Congrats card | Little Birdie chipboard

Hello all,

This weekend was sooo busy. Well, I did take my time to make cards but I just could not find any to upload these lovelies. I have fallen in love with a new colour: turquoise blue. It reminds me of the beautiful sea. So, here is a card I made using elements in this colour:


After coming back from office, I barely have the energy to get to my phone camera. So, please forgive my bad photography skills. Here's a look at the inside of the card.


This is sort of an interactive card and almost all the elements used here are from ItsyBitsy craft store.
For a quick Boomerang video of the card, visit my Instagram page.

Step by step guide to how I made this card:
1. I die cut a circle from a standard black cardstock, keeping a die a bit off the edge.
2. I glued pretty papers from DCWV Inc paper pack.
3. I painted some sailing sky chalk paint on a scrap white paper. Gave it some shading with cracked pistachio distress oxide ink.
4. Using the same paper, I die cut the word 'congrats', circle, 2 leaves and banner.
5. Painted my telephone chipboard with the same chalk paint and distressed it using distress oxide ink. Also, I added some details using Sakura pen in similar colour. I used pearl and puffy paint for details on the chipboard.
6. Finally I took some really gorgeous handmade flowers to stick to my front panel.

Please note that some of the products I used are currently unavailable. So, I am linking you to the products I found really close to them.

I hope you like this card and get inspired.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Sweety.

Linking this card to Challenge #6 for Itsy Bitsy.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Mixed media card | Old Jalopy

Hello hello,

Long time, no see, huh? I had been away on a mini vacation but I did create some really great cards for you. Uploading it on Insta is one thing, but blogging about it is just something that takes more time.

Without any ado, here is what I made:


I have used a lot of layers in this card but there are certain tricks that will make your layers look more than you have actually used. For example, while it looks like I have used a lot of 12X12 papers, I have only used just a few scraps of paper. Just do not colour one of the edges of the paper, and stick it behind a layer. This gives it an appearance of a bigger sheet. So, you can definitely pick up your scraps from a previous card and turn it into something gorgeous. For more such tips, watch the video here.

There is a postage stamp on the main jalopy panel, giving it an old vintage post look:


 It has some flowers but the great thing about it is that you can give it to either gender. I skipped a sentiment because it looked so complete on its own.


I will be making this into an interactive card. And will post updates soon.

I hope this inspires you and if it did, don't forget to subscribe to my blog. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments or mail me at: sweetygupta1203@gmail.com

You can watch the tutorial video here:



Supplies used:
1. Sizzix Old Jalopy: https://goo.gl/tMsteX
2. Little Birdie handmade flowers: https://goo.gl/vmbMc5
3. DCWV Tradewinds stack: https://goo.gl/5qkpdc
4. Artistry Roasted Chestnut ink: https://goo.gl/kdTHvv
5. Little Birdie stamp set: Travel : It has been discontinued :(
6. Golden acrylic spray: https://goo.gl/tLR54i
7. TouchNew alcohol markers: https://goo.gl/yFQm34

Monday, 12 June 2017

Art Journal | Today a new sun rises

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a good day. Coming across a positive quote is always a pleasure and I thought this quote "Today a new sun rises" is sooo full of possibilities. I made this art journal page inspired by the topic for week 23 in Art journal prompts, i.e. BLOOM. Also, the steps that I followed were easy to follow Mission Inspiration for June 2017.

Can you believe that all the texture and layers on the blue side of the paper is because of some pretty scraps I had lying around for the longest time? So, here's what I made:

Here's a close up of how my sunflower looks with the bright centre:




This has turned out to be such a bright and happy page. I have a video tutorial for you as well:


Products used:
1. Tim Holtz rays stencil
2. Hot off the Press sunflower stamp
3. Camel student water colour
4. Mont Marte modelling paste
5. TouchNew alcohol markers
6. Sakura Sigma Micron pens 05
7. Marvy Uchida brush markers

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Grungy Shabby card using ink and alcohol spray

Hello dear crafters,

Yet another Sunday passes by! With zilch realisation of its fineth praesentia! Shakespearean English and Latin cuddle up with my modern Indian Hinglish, imagine! So, anyways, cheers to a happy, happening and yet moody but crafty Sunday!

What I did make is a grungy but owing to sooo many flowers and leaves, very shabby chic looking card:
 I had pretty peachy pink nylon flowers and leaves lying around and I experimented with spraying them with Little Birdie Gold splash and Mocha alcohol sprays. And the fabric took to this alcohol spray sooo well. I was impressed.

For the violet flower (to go with the violet card base), I used some Camel drawing ink. And oh my goodness, it's sheer beauty. The inks really shine through.

I also sprayed some of the leaves and chipboard element with gold acrylic spray, and used my brush to go over the embossed veins of the leaves with some golden acrylic paint. I used the same paint on the circle die cut.

Finally I embossed this sentiment from Kaisercraft P.S. I love you stamp set. The Love tag is from
DCWV "Be Mine" Paper pack.

I assembled everything on a paper I inked up using distress inks and added acetate as fun element.

I hope you had a good read and this promotes you to go and experiment.

I am linking this to ItsyBitsy Challenge#5 using their amazing alcohol sprays:

Have fun
Thanks for stopping by
Sweety Gupta

Products used:
Kaisercraft PS I love you 

stamp
Gold rush

Violet Drawing ink

Mocha 
Gold acrylic spray

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Chalkboard technique using acrylic paint

Hello everyone

May has been a busy month for me. I did not post so much but I did craft a lot, travelled and just had fun! My sister is leaving Delhi next month and I thought I'd make a card for her. And I wanted to try out something different with the Chalkboard technique which is up for a challenge at Mudra Craft Stamps.



Sooo, I made this card using their Daisy Blooms set, which is actually a layering stamp set. But I used only the outlines ones. The most amazing part is that there are 3 different sets of outlines, so you can get a variety of flowers! Here is the card I made:


I really like how the cluster of flowers turned out!


Steps I followed for this card:
1. Stamped the flower and leaves outlines using white pigment ink to create this cluster.

2. Using acrylic paints in metallic/pearlescent colours, I painted all the flowers and leaves. I used the same type of golden colour to paint the outlines of the flowers (which was stamped with white). This is because I wanted the colours to have continuity and also, white was really light!

3. I added some splatters using the same golden paint.

4. Finally, I white embossed the sentiment, and using foam tape, attached my panel to a golden card base.

I am yet to learn to click better pics of the cards I make! Here's another look at it:


You will notice how the white highlights I added to the flowers are not so visible. That's because of the camera angle, and the metallic lustre that the flowers have!

I hope you got some ideas and if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below or mail me at sweetygupta1203@gmail.com.

I encourage you to try out the fantastic Mudra stamps and participate in their innovative challenge for this month!

Thanks for stopping by
Sweety Gupta

Products used:
Daisy Bloom
WOW opaque white embossing powder

Fabrica Metallic pearl acrylic paint

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Mixed media card | Best of the best

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a great day, filled with fun and inspiration. Today, I made a mixed media card. I really wanted to do this technique as I am not so good with it but after seeing so many pretty projects on FB and Insta, I feel like it offers so much potential!



I have a photo tutorial for this card:

1. Let's work on the elements we will need on this card. So, step 1 is to apply texture paste to chipboard elements that we will use. And colour them using Alcohol markers. (Sorry, I could not take pics of this step, but just have a look at the final page.)

2. I then took the smaller pieces of the frame chipboard and glued them to a tape. So, this will hold the pieces in place while I sprayed them with Gold acrylic spray and varnish.

3. Next step was to create the background for the frame. I simply painted a piece of paper using very diluted metallic blue acrylic paint (it has glitter!!!). I then sprayed some ItsyBitsy Mocha and Gold rush on the paper to make it look rusted. Using my fingers, I spread some texture paste and sprayed that as well.
 

4. Let's start working on the main panel now. For this, scrape some modelling paste using a stencil on some sketch paper.

5. Once it is dry, spray some of the pretty alcohol sprays (Mocha, Gold rush and Tangerine) on the paper. These colours become sort of matte when dry, so they are perfect for a dry, rusty look, which is exactly what I was going for.
6. I now glued this panel onto an orange card base. I already distressed the edges of the card base using Walnut Artistry ink and Black soot distress ink. I also distress the edges of the main panel. Finally added some glitter quilling strips all around the panel.

7. I assembled my card using white adhesive and double sided foam tape. I also added green and golden glitter to it.
8. But then, I decided to make it more treasured by adding a few more elements:

I really hope you like my card and got some inspiration. :)
Thanks for stopping by
-Sweety.

Adding this card to ItsyBitsy challenge for the month of May:
ITSY BITSY CHALLENGE  5-2017 
Theme - Anything goes using another brilliant product from the Little Birdie's family -  GOLD ALCOHOL SPLASH.

Chalkboard technique

Hello dear crafters

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! Sunday is the day I love so much and I just enjoy making my crafts on this day. Today, I have a card using chalkboard technique, steps for which are:

1. Stamp your image using Versamark white ink on a black sheet of paper. I used "Special Day" stamp set by Mudra craft stamps.
2. Colour the image using pencil colours. I used Staedtler colour pencils for this.
3. Re-stamp using the same white ink. And I am telling you that the image starts looking sooo vibrant and nice once you do that.
4. I added some white highlights using white gel pen, and some sequins to finish off my card.

For the sentiment, I used Mudra's brush alphas stamp set. This is my most favourite stamp set so far! A must have, I must say. :)


I hope you try this technique. It's really fun and has so much potential.
If you have any questions, don't forget to ask me in the comments below or email me at sweetygupta1203@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by
Sweety.

Linking this card to Mudracraftstamps challenge for this month:


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mother's Day card | Simple shaker

Dear fellow crafters

I hope you are having a great day. As we all know, the month of May demands a Mother's Day card! And sometimes, we just need a quick one. I got inspired by Paru Mahtani's card for this one. And I am linking it to Paru's Card Making Challenges for this month's challenge.

I die cut a Memory Box swirl butterfly and fit it in the same place I cut it, removing the tiny swirl pieces. For the background shaker, I used Spun sugar and scattered straw distress inks.


I kept the sentiment simple as "Happy Mother's Day" seemed too long. I made my own sentiment using Mudra painted alpha stamp. I used Colorbox ink for the sentiment.
Here's a close up of the shaker:


I finally added some tiny pink sequins to add finishing touch.

I hope you liked my card and since this is a quick one, I hope you will try this!
Thanks for stopping by!
Sweety.

I am submitting this card to Paru's card making challenges:
                               
Do check out the page and participate! :)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Moss: Art Journal Prompts | Week 18 | Monochromatic


Hello fellow crafters,

There are always some themes that make us wonder if it's too difficult and this week's theme at Art Journal Prompts was something like this. Some of the really lovely work done by others made me feel like what if I cannot do justice to this theme?! Anyways, a lot of ideas came by and I finally decided to create a moss sort of theme.

Moss signifies change and advent of new ecology. Butterfly and flowers and leaves are symbolic of the same. So, I chose this quote: Change is a good thing. It was actually a thought that occurred to me when my bff is starting something so new and adventurous. And I am very happy for her. So, I dedicate this page to her:


I hope you enjoy the tutorial as well:
I hope you get some ideas and tips. Get inspired. Get creative.
Thanks for stopping by
Sweety.

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Wildwood
Mudra brush alpha

Brick stencil
Modelling paste

Camel acrylic paint
Archival Ink: Olive
Touchnew markers