Friday 31 July 2015

Kraftit with mustard

Hello friends,

After ages, I made a layout to participate in a challenge Kraft Plus. When this blog started earlier this year, I very eagerly purchased a pack of Kraft cardstock from target, but having never worked with Kraft was super scared until I saw their theme for this month.


No, I'm not a fan of yellow, almost never use that colour, I'm  a teal and pink gal, but I just happened to have the right photograph for a yellow/mustard background........ a hilarious photograph from another life (before kids)

I also have a mini tutorial today on how the background was prepared.
1. Clear gesso so that later on the paper doesn't soak the mists and paints. using a roller to apply gives the gesso texture which will show up on adding mists.
2. Stamping through a circle stencil with black archival ink.
3. Clear embossing paste through circle stencil. The embossing paste will resist mists, and we will be able to see the script stamping through the clear circles. 3d gel medium would do the same too.
4. When completely dry, add shades of yellow and mustard with mists, paints.

5. The next few steps I forgot to take a pic, so will just have to explain. I've image transferred with gel medium a piece of pattern paper which has leaf outlines on it. The same paper is used as a layer as can be seen in the photo. Tear strips of paper, glue it down vertically on the background, let it dry overnight and roll out the top layer with water and a sponge. There are many tutorials online for image transfer with gel medium. Go over the whole thing with gesso to seal the transfer.
Tear some pieces of printed tissue and glue with mod podge randomly. Once dry blend with white gesso. Add washi tape, more mustard, yellow with sprays, acrylic paints.
6. Mix yellow , mustard paint with gesso and apply through a stencil. Don't blend the paints fully into the gesso, so that you can see colour gradation in the stencilled design. Rub ons, stamping and more tissue decoupage for text, add glass glitter, sequins, beads in black.
The title is a silhouette die cut frame, heat embossed in black and wrapped around the photo.
 Layers include, mesh (from a lemon packaging), canvas with black sand stencilled through, Kraft tag with journaling and a few more scraps of paper.

 This layout took me a whole week end to end because of the drying time between each layer. Thank you Sandra and team for inspiring me to break open my Kraft cardstock pack. Thoroughly enjoyed making this for my hubby.



Friday 24 July 2015

Christmas in July!

Hello crafty friends,

How are you all today?
I got a great deal at Spotlight a few weeks ago, Heidi Swapp Christmas embellishments were on sale. This pack has the cutest stuff - vellum die cuts, acetate snowflakes and titles. Last year, despite my best intentions, only managed a couple of Christmas cards, so this year made an early start.

For our second post this month at Lulupu, the team has decided to showcase CAS cards. CAS is definitely out of my comfort zone, but once I started, found it hard to stop. Today, I'm sharing three cards from the lot I made, hopefully managed to find a balance between CAS design and my love for mixed media art.
For all my cards, the background was created by using gesso + white sand texture through a stencil. Gesso ensures that the texture paste gets a bright white color on drying to match the white card stock.  

On this card, the tiniest amount of watercolors were used through a waterbrush to infuse some color before embellishing with gold stars, title and vellum snowflakes.
On this one, as there is a contrast already between the texture paste and kraft card stock, no paints were needed, just some embellishments. 

I usually make a few card bases together and experiment with different techniques and color combinations. One such piece of card stock was used to cut the three Christmas trees and another such piece was used to mat the card on.The words have been heat embossed with gold embossing powder after stamping with versamark watermark stamp pad.

Thank you for visiting today. 

Don't forget to visit the Lulupu blog and check more CAS cards from the rest of the team.


Products used from the Lulupu store:


Wednesday 1 July 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Blue

A new month and a new theme to playalong with on the Mixed media card challenge blog. We've decided to paint the town BLUE with an optional Vase.

Here is what I made, tried making a video with my iphone, but went off screen so many times, will have to try again.

The background is a piece of watercolor paper with  decoupaged flowers, texture paste, embossing and mists.
Playing alongwith
SimonSays Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

Thinking outside the square (& rectangle)

Howdy friends? 
Been a while since I blogged or made anything really. 

Then all of a sudden this week, I feel my mojo coming back, thankfully in time for my interpretation of the challenge over at 

Lulupu - Anything but square / rectangle
Click here to read about the challenge guidelines
1. We want you to think outside the square (and rectangle)........think circle, hexagon, triangle, star, heart, butterfly so many more shapes are there.
2. Cards, tags and mini albums only
3. Make sure you submit entries by 31 July 2015 by 11:55Pm IST

Winner this month will receive a Goodie bag from the Lulupu store.

This month my interpretation with tutorial is a heart shaped mixed media card. A card is a perfect trial ground for practicing techniques, I hope those of you who haven't tried mixed media will give it a go after this.

1. Cut out the base of the card using cardstock and pattern paper that will be used to mat the inside and front of the card. All paper for this card is from Kaisercraft True Romance collection. Cutting the hearts with the Silhouette cameo was easy breezy. Distress the edges of the pattern paper hearts using Prima distress tool. Note: Don't ink the edges, the white edge will give the card a soft look.
Before adding any medium I usually arrange embellishments and take a photograph of what I want the card to look like. The final version of this card, looks nothing like this.
2. Randomly stamp Kaisercraft texture stamp with Versamark clear stamp pad and emboss with gold embossing powder. Go over the powder with a heat tool to set it.

3. Mix white sand texture and white embossing paste on a craft mat. Apply through a stencil and let it dry. You can speed up drying with a heat gun, but make sure you don't overheat or hold it too close and make the texture paste bubble. 
4. Time to add colour. Dilute Mr Hueys watercolour magenta onto a scrap plastic piece or palette and using a water brush apply paint little by little. Dry. Then add another wash, continue till you like the result. At this stage, the heart looked like this.
5. Stick the embellishments. Mix glass beads and glass glitter with matt multi medium or gel medium and apply randomly around the resin angel and the chipboard edges. Once it dries, add paints again if required. I added a few hints of green watercolor before adhering the title which was also designed and cut on the Silhouette Cameo.

I love this resin angel from Prima Marketing and ended up making another card..... posting it in a couple of hours. Thank you so much for visiting me today, hope it was worth your time.



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