Sunday, June 25, 2017

Polymer Clay - Mokume Gane Technique

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm here at The Craft Shop Blog sharing a very fun technique using polymer clay called the Mokume Gane Technique.

What's Mokume Gane ?

Mokume Gane is a Japanese art, a method of manipulating metal to achieve a woodgrain pattern.. Lots of polymer clay artist has borrowed from this art form to create magnificent patterns.. In Mokume Gane technique you do not have to follow any rules, its more of a free technique where you can go with the flow..

In this you create the stripe pattern and then manipulate that pattern using tools to get that fun Mokume Gane pattern. When creating your stack, you always wanna start with atleast 3 different colors - dark, light and a metallic color (I use metallic color to add shine to my pattern)
Today I have used 5 different colors - Orange, Yellow, teal in pearl finish, Silver and Twinkle Twinkle.. 

I created this hollow bead using the mokume gane pattern I made. 
And with the same pattern I made this blue necklace below..

 So you can see, you can create completely different jewelry using the same mokume gane patterns.
And the below neck piece have been created using this Stripe Pattern

Watch the tutorial below or to watch the video at HD on YouTube click HERE

Materails used - 

Thank you for visiting..
Have a nice day..

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Altered Pot with Art Alchemy Paints - Video Tutorial

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,
Today, I would like to share with you... An Altered Pot using lots of mixed media products from Prima Marketing which are available at The Craft shop.

Products used here are:
Prima Art Stones
Prima Opal magic - yellow blue

here is the video tutorial.... Enjoy!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Polymer Clay for Beginners - Tips & Tricks, Tools and Striped pattern Stud...

Hello Friends,

A big hello to all of you..
I'm so happy to be here at The Craft Shop Blog and sharing my first Polymer Clay video with you all.. So today I will discussing the basics of Polymer Clay, like what Polymer Clay is ? And what tools are to be used when starting with Polymer Clay and also sharing a basic but very beautiful striped pattern tutorial.

As there are so many techniques for Polymer Clay, and each technique uses different tools, its difficult to decide which tool you wanna have while starting with Polymer Clay. It gets very tricky and even frustrating as these tools does not come cheap and you want to make the best use of it. And when you don't know the basics of it, then it just adds to the frustration and you just loose interest.

So to avoid all these problems, I'm here sharing some do's and don'ts of Polymer Clay.

What is Polymer Clay?
Polymer Clay is a modelling clay that hardens when baked, in any convectional or toaster oven. Its non-toxic and can be used by kids (ofcourse under adult supervision).
There are different brands of Polymer Clay in the market and The Craft Shop has these brands in stock - FIMO, SCULPEY, PREMO and PRADO..
Each pack of clay weighs 57gm or 2oz and the baking instructions are given on the packaging, for each brand.
Note - Longer you bake the clay piece, stronger will the piece be. So don't be afraid of baking your pieces a little longer. Just do not increase the given temperature.
I usually bake my pieces at 275 degree F for about 30 minutes.

After baking you want the clay pieces to cool off completely. You do not wanna to rush and touch the pieces as they are in their most brutal stage, the pieces might fall apart.

Work Surface

You wanna protect your surface while working with Polymer Clay and the recommended surface is any non-porus surface like glass, metal, baking sheets etc.

For a beginner, I would recommend to go with Craft Sheet.. Its cheap, easily available, easy to clean and of course non-porus.
And if you want to go for something better, try using Precision Glass Cutting Cut from We R Memory Keepers. Its has 13 inch grid, measurements in both inches and cm, angel measurements..


You can never have enough tools when it comes to Polymer Clay. Well I don't know what you think but that's what i always feel.. Never enough Crafty goodies..
But still I have listed out some basic tools for beginners, to make it easy for you to try Polymer Clay.

1. Rolling Pin 
You need a good rolling pin, anything from your kitchen to a simple pen's back will do the job, as long as its long and cylindrical in shape to roll out clay.
But if you are planning to be long term polymer clay artist, you would want to invest in this AMACO Poly Roller.

2. Blades 
You will need vary sharp blades with working with polymer clay. I like to use Sculpey Super Slicer as it comes with 4 different blades. But I reach for 2 of them most frequently - Rigid and Wave.
These are approx 7 inches long blades, easier to cut long straight lines and helps to slice the clay in even manner.
And the other one is X-acto Knife that helps to cut intricate designs.

3. Toothpick
Toothpick is easily available at your house and is a very good and handy tool. It helps in adding texture to clay, also works as a craft pick, to pick up really fine clay and reach tini tiny areas.

4. Dooting Tool 
This tool comes in very handy. It helps in giving texture and shaping clay, especially shaping flowers and leaves..

5. Glue
You need a heavy duty industrial glue that works with all mediums like wood, clay, metal etc., as you don't want your pieces to fall apart while you are using it. I recommend E6000

6. Eye Pins 
To convert your clay pieces to miniatures, you need to add eye pins to your miniatures.

7. Hand drill 
Hand drill is used to drill clay pieces after they are baked to add findings to them.

When starting with polymer clay you wanna condition your clay, fold your clay using your hands until the clay is soft and pliable. You know your clay is conditioned when there is no more cracks in the clay.
You mix 2 or more clay colors in the same manner to make customized colors. Twist and fold and twist again to get desired color or marbled look.

You can also use  Pasta Machine for conditioning clay and rolling out even layer of sheets.

Now how to make this beautiful Striped Pattern Stud is in the video tutorial below.
To make the stripe pattern, I rolled out 3 different color clays in Red, Gold and Twinkle Twinkle (Black with gold sparkle). Red and gold in the thiskest setting of my pasta machine and Twinkle twinkle in number 4 setting.
And I stacked them together - Red, Black, Gold and again Black.
Then I rolled it a little bit for all the clay to stick together and then cut the clay in half and stacked them up to make a 8 layer stack.

This gives very beautiful stack of color layers which when sliced from side looks like striped pattern.
Now to create the studs, I sliced thin layers of strip pattern from the stacked clay and placed it on a red clay sheet.
Then using the smallest cutter from Circle Graduated Cutter, I cut out 4 circles from the strip pattern.
Our stud is almost ready. Now bake this pieces and once baked and cooled, using some E6000 glue attach Stud Findings at the back and our stud earrings are ready..

Watch the video below or click HERE to watch HD video on YouTube.


Hope you guys enjoyed it and give a try to polymer clay..
Thank you for visiting..
Have a nice day..


Father's Day Cards using Uchi's Stamps

Hi friends,
Big hello to all of you !
I have few cards I created using the Uchi Stamps and dies. The Craft Store has the entire range of Uchi's unique animation stamps which are so much fun and exciting to create and gift. There are few die sets also in the collection which help you to create pockets and cards & the animation system becomes easy and quick to assemble. Each die set comes with a small stamp and a printed thin black stripped piece of acetate. Basically this is the element needed for the animation to work.
I also got some cute stamps by Uchi's and created few simple father's day cards .
so lets start with the first card.

For this I used the big hippo and balloon image and stamped it using Antique linen distress ink on some Tim Holtz water colour paper. So I went in for no line colouring and used Zig clean colour real brushes to colour the images. I added lots of tiny feathery strokes to create a furry bear and it gave it a lot of interest and cuteness. So basically I transformed the hippo into a :)
For the sentiment I picked a stamp set by Altenew and stamped HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.
I used my favourite Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles die to cut the panel and adhered it over a watercolour patterned paper also by Lawn Fawn.
The last step was to add loads of wink of stella -clear over the balloon and Black enamel accents for the eyes.
Link Stamp Set


This card is my favourite because I just can't tell you how much I love this cute Fox. So I again stamped the images using Antique linen distress ink on some Neenah solar white card stock as it is smooth and easy to work with Prisma coloured pencils. I coloured the fox, tree trunk and grass using few shades of pencils and gave a blue wash behind the images using some diluted blue distress ink.
The sentiment is from Altenew and the die and pp by Lawn Fawn.
link Stamp set


This was the quickest of all cards and all I did was just stamped a papa owl with a baby owl to create a cute father's day card. To make the baby owl look like a girl I added a bow to her head and used shades of pink copic markers to colour her.  For the dad owl I used more neutral shades to colour him. I also added a hat to make him look even more smart. The sentiment is from Altenew stamp and the alphabet die and pp are by Lawn Fawn. I used a die to cut out a square from the PP so as to make it look like a polaroid frame. Super duper easy...
link Stamp set


So last but not the least I made a very easy and quick animation card using the die DC103 by Uchi. This is such an adorable card and will bring a smile to anyone's face. I used PP by lawn fawn , rose stamp by Altenew and few enamel dots by Your next stamp.
link Die Set
ok so here is a video which tells you how to make this cute slider envelope and all the things I used here will be listed and linked to our store.
watch the video here/watch it at youtube

ZIG markers
Wink of Stella-clear
Lawn fawn Paper pad
Lawn fawn Jet black ink
Prisma colured pencils
Copic Markers
Antique Linen -Distress Ink
Memento makers

I hope you enjoyed today's post .
please leave some comments and let us know what do you wish to see in our future posts.
Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, June 16, 2017

Decoupage - ANTIQUE EFFECT HEIRLOOM Appearance Tutorial

   Hello everyone,
                   Ashwini Vinayraj here,

Today i am sharing my 1st creation as a Design Team Member and it is an Antique effect heirloom appearance on decoupage.Plaid has launched amazing products MOD PODGE Antique matte and MILK PAINTS.

What are Milk Paints?
Milk paint is water based primer. It adheres to a varitey of materials, metal, painted and varnished surfaces. Its non toxic and used as acrylic sealant and dries to flat, matte finish. Versitile as both primer and sealer.Its soft, flowy and dries quickly on wood.

Difference between Milk Paints and Chalk Paints?
Milk paints are different from Chalk paints.
Milk paints are Easy to use, it does'nt Chip, Self destresses over time, Ages Beautifully, No fumes, its Water based, dosen't require Sanding, 1st Coat Seals and 2nd Coat Covers.
Chalk paints sticks eaisly and doesn't need a Primer, Versatile, Destresses well, Calcium in the paint gives it a Chalky finish,dosent need Wax.

1st i have applited white chalk paint for the top of the box. I have painted two coats.

Now, i have covered the remaining 4 sides with liberty green milk paints. I have given two coats.
This milk paint dries very quickly and gives a beautiful finish.

The inside of the box is painted with lalic chalk paint.
The plaid chalk paints used are sheep skin and lilac.

I have used Stamperia Rice Paper. tore it on the edges.Using mod podge i stuck it on top of the white surface and excess has been sanded off.

Now, i have dabbed the corners with liberty green milk paint and lalic chalk paint to merge the colours.

Using a brush i have stroked lilac chalk paints on the sides of the box. After it dried, i brushed again with INKA GOLD to give it a golden look.
At last i have brushed MOD PODGE antique matte 3 coats.It gives the project a "HEIRLOOM APPEARANCE" with this special mod podge formula.It is a great product that i am excited to keep using in my upcoming crafts.

NOTE: More than 1 coat is required to get a TRUE ANTIQUE finish on project.

I love the way it turned out. I hope you give a try for Milk paints and Mod podge antique matte.

Look forward to hearing your feedback.
Until my next creative project journey,
Happy crafting and creating
Ashwini Vinayraj

Products used:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

FolkArt One Stroke Painting on Jewel Box

Hi Everyone,

   Priya Satish here.
One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it
                                                                                          - Master Oogway.

They say that the journey of a hundred miles begins with the first step and here's my first post with my favourite - ONE STROKE PAINTING on a jewel box.

Materials required:
MDF jewel box
Plaid folkart Multi Surface Paints - Titanium White, classic Green, Pure Orange, Cardinal Red, Daffodil Yellow and Lime Green
Plaid folkart one stroke brushes Flat size 12, 10 and liner size 1
Plaid folkart Double loading Carousel

Step 1:
Apply a coat of gesso on the MDF box and allow it to dry.

Step 2:
With sponge, dab the entire box with a mixture of white and yellow. This gives a nice background to the box.

Step 3:
One Stroke painting is all about getting the highlight and shading all in one go.
Take red and white paints on the carousel and with the 12 size brush load the 2 colours.  Now with the shell stroke create the base of the orchid.

Step 4:
With the same colours add the leaf strokes from the centre and complete the orchid. For the centre of the flower add dots with lime green and daffodil yellow.

Step 5:
Load white and orange in brush 10 and using the heart stroke create the flowers. For the centre of this flower I have used classic green.

Step 6:
Do the one stroke wriggling leaf using brush size 12 with classic green and yellow.

Step 7:
Add tear drop leaves with white and lime green and fill the gaps. Add calyx with classic green to the buds. The creepers are done finally to bring the entire composition together.

Hope you like it and give it a try!!!