Thursday, May 28, 2015

RIC #84

Hello Friends,

It's been a long since i played along any challenge so today, I decided to play along one of my favourite -  Runway Inspired Challenge. The designer picture is form Custo Barcelona - Fall 2015 collection. It has this geometric elements going on and i couldn't resist it.

Here is my take on inspiration.

I have used Reverse Confetti Paper Crane stamp set to make my cranes. The set has similar sentiment but unfortunately I have lost that particular stamp...:( . So I used this sentiment  by PTI.  Cranes are coloured with tombow markers.

Circular texture is made with embossing paste+tea dye distress ink & Memory-box radio wave stencil. Once it was dry, I applied perfect pearl and water to depict the shimmer of the beige top of model.

Close up :

Entering it for the RIC #84 challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep crafting.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wall Art

Hi there,

Recently, I have started using my stamps for making something other than cards. I am sharing two frames which i made using Penny Black stamps and water colors, distress ink reinkers , Lyndi's Flat Fabios and Dylusions Ink Sprays.  These we re made for a friend's birthday. She is a great admirer of my work so thought of gifting these to her.

I made background by blowing inks on water colour paper.

Stamp image with archival ink & add shading with distress reinkers and paint brush.

For the next one I have use another slap stick stamp by Penny Black.

Framed them too....:)

I totally love it....going to make many more. See you soon.

Thanks for being here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mimi - Penny Black

Hi Friends,

Today, i made some cards using  Big wish  stamp set by Penny Black. These Mimis  are so so cute and really good if you enjoy coloring. It is easy for fussy cutting too.

-As you can see, the balloon is attached to the girl. But I cut the stamp  and  separated balloon. Now, stamp the Mimi on a piece of  white card, color and fussy cut. Lay it on card base and mark the spot behind her palm which is holding the string.

- Stamp the cut balloon multiple times using mask. Color all of them and  hand draw strings so that they will meet at the marked spot. Pop the Mimi on foam tape in such a way that her palm will align on the marked spot and it will look like she is holding all the balloons.

All the images in the set are birthday themed but I decided to use them for a card other than birthday.  For that I had to get rid of those party hats. I used sticky part of post it notes to make masks. 

I  hand drew the top of her head (masked area) before coloring. 

Next is a shaker card

I tried faux embossing with die cut for next one.

That's it for now. See you soon...keep crafting and be happy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pigment ink pad makeover

Hello Friends,

Today, I am here with one of my experiment. For years, I am using Clearsnap Color Box Pigment inks. I love their inks...very creamy and awesome colors. My first purchase was Petal point Optional pad and after that I bought many Mini pads, CAt's eye and reinkers. I was a loyal and happy stamper for many years. But in last 3 years I replaced many of the pads as they started deflating turning into a mushy lump of ink and foam.  I wrote to them too about my problem and they replaced some of the pads too. But with in a year they all went flat again. As I have many reinkers, I started looking for empty pads but could't find any. At that time I came across this Cut-n-Dry foam by Ranger. 

See How they are turning flat.

Soak all the pads in water overnight & remove the foam. What ever you see is the adhesive and ink stuck on it which cant be removed but it is not going to stain the new foam as it is dry .

The foam comes in a big sheet .

Cut the foam in 1" wide strips. See how it is made of two types of foam. We need the white layer.

Peel the white foam carefully. The density of white layer is perfect for pigment inks & thickness of it is exact same as my original Colorbox Mini Pad.  


Cut it into appropriate size and adhere them on the base with strong adhesive. Leave them overnight to dry.

Add ink from reinker till they are soaked properly and your brand new pads are ready to go.

Hope this will help you.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Simon Says - workout

Hello friends,

Sharing 2 cards today. Both are from same stamp set - sss - workout. Sometime back i got my first ever lot of copic. I am still learning but these girls were perfect for copic so went ahead and did it. Let me know how you find them. 

For the first card, I have used Tim Holtz stencil for background & for the card below sss stencil and Tim Holtz stencil.

Both the girls are colored with copic. I did not note the colors as wasn't sure about it. It was part of trial. But next time onwards, I hope I will do more systematically. 

Hope you will like it. Don't forget to leave a comment....Hugs!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Hello Crafty Folks,

I am sharing this card which i made using Jane's Doodles stamp set - Cheers. I know i am saying this time and again but these are some of the best quality stamps & very well thought designs.

I used all the sentiments from the set to make backdrop for my wonky panel. Added colours to the glasses with copic. Die is from papertrey ink. I had fun making it...hope you will like it!

That's it for today. See you soon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Penny Black... love continues...

Hello Friends,

I Am back with more Penny Black stamps. This time I am using their photo polymer clear stamp set 'Sprigs'. There are various twigs and branches in the set which we can use as a focal point  or to create backgrounds. They are great as silhouette too. They are very good quality stamps which takes all inks pretty well. 

Card : 1

This is totally inspired by Jill's card HERE. I don't remember how many times I have seen that video. Her ease with water colors is amazing.

Ok, back to my card... 

1.Paint the background- slope, sky- with various distress inks. Let it dry.

2. Ink the stamp with 2-3 shades of yellow distress inks. Add brown color to trunk & branches. You can use distress ink with brush, distress markers or any water based marker. I have use tombow markers as I don't own any distress markers. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp on the dry background.

3. At this point you can manipulate your image with thin paint bush and distress inks. Add more colour to trunk and blooms for some dimension. Let it dry.

4. I used hero art's stamp (Woodland leaves and grass- one of my first stamps. ) for those bare trees in the background - it will add depth to the scene.

5. Add some birds and sentiment. I love this quote stamp by Verve stamp. Yup, no one's life is perfect - just like my card... ;) ...hope you will find it wonderful though!

Card : 2

They says inpiration is everywhere. In this case, I was inspired by a lid of Versafine Ink pad.

And here is my take on the inspiration.

1. I chose the Kaisercraft sentiment as it is very bold and will give good contrast.

2. Select a die which will frame the sentiment well. Cut a copy paper with same die for a mask.

3. Deboss the center of cs panel with the same die. 

4. Mask the center with die cut paper. Stamp images around it with various inks. Just make sure you space them out evenly .

5. Remove the mask and stamp sentiment.

Card : 3

Here, I have tried 'Layered Batik Resist' technique. I was inspired by very talented Dina Kowal's tutorial here. She is the queen of various techniques and an awesome artist. I even own few Impression Obsession stamps designed by her.  I followed exact same steps but with distress inks. Make sure you allow each layer of ink to dry thoroughly, before adding embossing powder.   

Card : 4

  Last year I took one of the Online Card Classes to learn how to use pattern paper. Yes, I get confused when i have to use pp. I love them but never can use effectively. I used Penny Black pattern paper - Painted Blooms .

1. I clear embossed one of the image on a piece of pp. Apply distress inks in shades of blue. The embossed part will resist the ink. 

2. Sandwich pp between folded copy paper and heat it with mini craft iron to remove the clear embossing. Now, you have your own, altered pp. The patterns peeking through the stamped image is just magical.

3. Add twine, butterfly charm and sentiment to finish off.

Card : 5

I love this sentiment from 'Heartfelt' set - and designed the card around it. I used different shades of grey to capture  essence of the sentiment. Add some butterflies and blings to give finishing touch.

Card : 6

1. Cut the white cs panel with mft Polaroid frame dies and emboss it.

2. Place the panel on card base & mark the position of windows. Remove the panel and stmap various images with choice of your inks. I have used distress inks and tombow markers for the same.

3. Adhear the panel on card base & add die cut frames .

4. For the glitter boarder, stick red double sided tape on the base, pour some glitter, burnish with finger, tap off excess glitter. Add the sentiment.

Card : 7

I have created night scene with them here. They are detailed and delicate so even if you use as silhouette, they won't overpower the scene.

  Background is created with distress inks and masking. Silhouettes are stamped with some grey and black inks. (you can do first and second generation stamping with just black inks too). Moon is winked** with clear wink of stella glitter pen. 

Card : 8

This last one is my favourite one. I always like to mix florals and geometrics.

1. Cut a circle form a colored cs. Stamp stripes in black. Let it dry thoroughly.

2. Rub some anti static powder. Stamp & emboss floral image in gold.

3. Emboss sentiment in copper, add ribbon and pop the circle with foam tape.

Close Up:

These stamps are good as fillers too. Combine them with you favorite floral stamp to make a bouquet. I wanted to try it but ran out of time. Please share if you do that. Let me know how you like this 'one set many looks' series.

 Keep crafting...keep sharing....!