Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Textured photo page with Distress Crackle Paint

Good Morning everyone and a very Happy Janmashtmi to all.. This is Khushboo this side bringing to you another set of inspiration for the current " Nail It With Textures Challenge".

So for everyone who knows me would realize I am not a big fan of textures.. I like to keep things relatively simple so textures was way out of my comfort zone but this time around when Saumya challenge us to use it on a hanging, I gladly took up the challenge. Now you have been getting a lot of tips, techniques and how-to's with the DTs and I hope it is a learning experience for everyone.. It sure is for me... :)

I made a photo page Layout using the ranger Distress Crackle Paint to add some texture to my layout... Now one may ask what is the whole fuss about crackle paint.. So here is what Tim Holtz has to say about it.. "Distress Crackle Paint is just that…paint that dries with a crackled effect. This is not the “2-part” crackle finishes that you see in hardware or craft stores, but an acrylic paint that has more of the look of “dried or cracked earth”.  What is so special about it is that the paint cracks on its own as it dries and comes in the beautiful 24 color Distress™ color palette. A multitude of looks can be created, from grungy to vintage distressed to shabby chic!"

He also shares some tips regarding usage of the crackle paint.

 1. Shake the jar to mix the paint. If it is a little thicker, add some mists of water with a Mini Mister™. Stir and add more mists of water as needed until you have a smoother consistency. Note: only add water to Crackle Paint IF NEEDED. 

2. Apply Distress Crackle Paint to a surface that has some “tooth” (something that the paint can grab onto) such as paper, Grungeboard™, chipboard or primed canvas. If using unfinished wood or natural canvas, it is suggested to prime the surface first with gesso or acrylic paint, such as the Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers. 

3. It is ideal to paint medium to thick applications; a medium application will result in smaller cracks. A thicker coat will create larger cracks. A thin application doesn’t work as well because the paint has nothing to crack. Don’t treat the paint like a “regular” acrylic paint-Distress Crackle Paint is self-leveling. If a thicker application is applied, the paint will still level out before it dries and cracks. 

4. The optimal way for the paint to crack is to just let it dry and crack on its own. Yes-watching paint dry! If you’re in a rush for the “magic”, once the paint has started to crackle on its own first (this is an IMPORTANT step!) apply cool air, such as from a mini-fan or dry with a Craft Tool from underneath the painted surface. 

5. Be sure to completely close the lids on the jars.

6. Once the paint crackles, an option is to highlight the cracks using one of the Distress Ink™ Dye Stamp Pads and the Inkssentials™ Ink Blending Tool. The matching color of the Distress Ink will accent the cracks; a darker color of Distress Ink will tone down the paint color as well as accenting the crackle. 

7. Images can be stamped on the crackled surface with Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers as well as Archival™ Ink Stamp Pads. Many rub-ons can also be applied to the crackles surfaces. Don’t be afraid to experiment. 

8. Remember, it’s paint…that cracks. 

Now that I have informed you about the theory.. I will just go on and show you what I have made. It is a 8x8 Photo page which I will be framing with my niece's picture. 

Here is what I did, I chose some scripted pattern paper (I found this paper pad at a local exhibition) and distressed the edges using ym scissors to give ti a worn look.

 Here is the crackled strip.. I used broken china distress crackle paint.. Now you need give a good even coat and let it dry for a while before the cracks start to appear. It looks gorgeous and it feels grainy when touching.

I rounded one side of the corners using the corner rounder.

This is after all the stamping.. I used Kaiser craft stamps Bubble wrap and  texture 36. Inks used are Hero arts Pale tomato mid-tone shadow Ink, Memento rich cocoa and archival black.

This is the completed layout... Used the spellbinders floral oval and flowers are made spell binders rose creations and inked using distress stain picked raspberry (Oh I love the color). We have a variety of flower dies in the store which can be used to make some gorgeous blooms. The Brads are from my stash. MS butterfly and bling and I am done.. I wish I had some shimmer to add to it.. It would have turned extra ordinary then... !!

 My niece posing with the layout.. She has her eyes on the butterflies...

You still have a couple of days to play along with our nail it with textures challenge. You can check the details here.

Hope you have a good day...


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Learning more with Studio Multi Medium...

Hello all !!

Hope you all enjoyed the beginning of this year's festive season with Rakhabandhan .

As you all know our this month's challenge is on creating textured backgrounds for your projects.We are overwhelmed to see wonderful enteries in our current challenge and happy to see that you are enjoying having fun creating textures. 

Since,I have been given the topic to create textures with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi I am here to discuss few tips and techniques using the same. Hope you liked my inspiration project using the same. If you have missed here is the direct link to my post.

Now on to the product.. 

1. It is a Ranger product and comes in two finishes....matte and glossy finish. 

2. Its basically a gel medium without pigment that's why it dries clear.You can use any acrylic based paint to make the paint into glazes.

3. It works as a resist to distress inks (any water based colors)... but you can easily play with all acrylic based and alcohol based colors.

4. It is acid free,nontoxic,non-yellowing and dries totally clear.Moreover it dries quickly depending on how much thick you have applied.You can even use your heat gun if you are impatient like me.

5. You can use it for gluing,transferring images,sealing and also for your decoupage techniques.The gloss is my favorite finish as it provides a nice and subtle sheen to my project.

6.This is available in 4 oz. jars and 1/2 oz.bottles.

7. It also serves as a paint extender when used with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints but as i was not having studio paints i tried it with my acrylic paints, glimmer mists and magicals and the result was awesome.

8.  Since these are water based you can wash your brushes under running won't mess up your brushes at all.

Isn't it so so many techniques you can work on with this gel medium.

Today I will be sharing few basic videos and a picture tutorial which I came across the you tube channel and followed while working with this product. I loved watching them and learnt few basic tips from these videos. Hope you also enjoy and learn something new.

Resist technique : Click here to see  how multi medium resists with distress inks.

I was not having foam to cut n make a stamp so i tried making a simple retro flower with potato....the same way we use to make when we were kids. It was hand crafted with knife so was not that perfect....but still love the result. I stamped the image and dried it using my heat tool and simply inked it with shabby shutter distress ink.Here is what I came up with...

Spread little medium with knife and dab randomly. Stamp it with  black Archival and see the difference...

Stencils multi medium resist technique : Click here how u can create awesome backgrounds using stencils. I simply took crafter's workshop template over the card stock and pulled the medium across using old gift card. Dried it with heating tool and then distressed with two different shades of distress inks.

In next tag instead of using card for pulling the medium I simply used flat brush....Same things used but in a slightly different way and u get different results. Its not that prominent in pic...but in reality its different. Just give yourself a try.

Gluing technique or Decoupage technique : Check here to see how simple is the way of gluing paper with medium.These were tried by my daughter under my guidance. Now a days I'm not keeping well. My kidney pain due to stones sometimes irritates me a lot. Hence I often ask my daughter for help. I try pushing her to help me while I'm working on something new and  sometimes literally wait for her to come back from school for her sweet little" WOW". I don't force her as.....she's a bit moody but when ever she tries on her own she does pretty well. Have a look what she created.
Isn't it cool !!
Very simple and very elegant. You can use it to make a card, a tag or can use it in your scrapbook page. I'm really really waiting for the time when my daughter will be able to join me in my craft completely. For so many years i'm working all alone but now need her support.

Another one where she tried little bit of mixed media techniques also.

Few days back while creating cards I  too made one with decoupage technique using same medium. I also added little shimmer to the flowers and gave another coat with the same medium. It depends on your choice to use either matte or the glossy finish.
Here is the pic..

Sealing and creating more textures : You can create background textures using burlap,tissue papers, fabric, laces, paper scrap,....anything you find about in your house.
You can use multi medium as a sealant also.....just like Mod podge. It dries clear. I tried creating textures with different laces with the help of multi medium. A coat of gesso, distress paints and few splits of Lindy's stamp gang can create an amazingly background for your projects.  

Isn't it easy !!

Check this one..

Here I created textures with regular tissue paper and sealed sequence with the help of medium gel.Note :  As said earlier always keep this in mind that multi medium acts as a resist to water based colors. You will have to either use alcohol based or acrylic paints. Water based colors won't work.

Few days back I tried my hands on Sospeso Transparent and created a background texture with minute glitter balls. I sealed them with  studio multi medium. If you have missed to see the complete project here it is.How awesome are the effects!!

Transferring image:     Check here  to see how you can transfer images on metal base. You can also transfer it on sticky back canvas or any grunge paper. I'm sharing the video but sorry was not able to try my hands on this technique due to health issues. I promise to come back soon with what I create as early as possible. 

Now a simple and a easy picture tutorial for you all....

Once surfing through net I came across this picture tutorial on Nancy Keslin's blog and added to my to do list. Today I'll be sharing her tutorial with u. The pictures and her step by step tutorial was too clear for anyone to understand....and hence picked the same from her blog. Thanks Nancy for this wonderful tutorial.

For her project she used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Scarlett, Ranger's Multi Medium in matte, a Crafter's Workshop stencil, an old gift card and some craft sticks. If you don't have mists you can also use magicals or any acrylic paint. I guarantee the result will be awesome with both. You will be in love with the glazed effects you get.

Place a dollop of multi medium on nonstick craft mat.

Spray glimmer mist onto medium.

Mix it well with craft stick

Position your stencil over the card stock

And pull across the medium mixture with old gift card.

And here is the result.

How cool.....Isn't it ??

There are lots and lots more but yet not tried. I myself restrict to only one basic rule in crafting....EXPLORE MORE N TRY MORE. If you explore and don't try it by yourself you won't learn. I m very much addicted to the videos available on net but unless n until I try them myself once or twice with my own hands I am not satisfied. We always stumble upon few more tricks while trying something new. If you have tried something else besides these techniques do share with me. I will love learning form you. Ending my super lengthy post here wishing all the very best to those who have participated in our this month's challenge Nail it down with textures hosted by our Dt Saumya. Those who have still not tried their hands on textures still have time to do so.

We at The Craft Shop have the huge range of all texture creating mediums,the complete range of distress inks,distress paints and alcohol inks.Afresh new range of stamps have been added. For any query regarding any craft supply u can contact Priya Sivaraj or u can mail her at
Hoping to see u soon with fresh new challenge for the next month and the winners of our ongoing challenge.

rajni chawla
passionately curious

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Backgrounds & Embellishments with UTEE

Hello All,
Tanvi here to share a few ideas to work with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). I will show you some backgrounds & embellishments one can create with UTEE. But please do not limit yourself to only these............UTEE is a very versatile product & its a fun way to add dimension to your work. There are so many diverse techniques as you will see & it is perfect for experimental crafters like me!!! 
Basically UTEE is like embossing powders, but the grains are slightly larger. It melts when heated, then hardens as it cools to a shiny enamel finish.

1. In this first background follow exactly the same steps as heat embossing - ink the stamp with versamark, stamp, pour clear UTEE, using heat gun melt the UTEE. Distress with colors of you choice. Isn't the shiny raised effect fabulous??? I simply love textures & UTEE is a wonderful medium to create these.


I loved the textile like finish in the pink one.

2. In this BG I have used the same procedure, in addition to stamping sprinkle UTEE randomly to create a grainy texture.

3. You can make use of all the stamps you have to create BGs like I have used the chevron stamp. First ink the cardstock with versamark, repeat all the steps as above. Repeat adding UTEE at least two more times. While the UTEE is molten stamp it. All kinds of stamps can be used but best results are with rubber stamps. The best thing is it does not affect the stamp at all because it cools & hardens very quickly. White UTEE gives such an opaque texture. 

4. In the next one I have used clear UTEE with the same stamp & brushed with perfect pearls. This looks stunning but was not able to capture its beauty. MUST TRY!!!

5. This marbling effect was with white UTEE - when the UTEE is hot add a few drops of alcohol inks, swirl quickly but gently to get the desired look.

6. Now this is another amazing effect - the cracked glass look. The trick here is to keep this in the freeze for 5-7 minutes,  take it out & bend the CS until cracks appear!!!! 


Just look at the faux porcelain effect UTEE renders to embellies.

Here are some close ups - 

1. Chipboard, distress paint & white UTEE


2. Prima flowers, ink sprays, glitter. In this case the flowers were dipped in molten UTEE.


Die cuts dipped in UTEE

3. Pour molten UTEE in molds, you can also use the newly added MOD Mold at the Craft Shop

A cookie cutter can be used to cut shapes from hot UTEE that has been poured onto a craft sheet. 

 4. Here's a pendant with a cute charm, again with clear UTEE.

Any material that can withstand heat can be used with UTEE - wood, card stock, MDF, chip board, shrink plastic, glass, metal, etc. 

When using UTEE, always remember melted UTEE is extremely hot and can cause skin burns, so take care not to touch hot UTEE. When dipping use tweezers. It is best to always use a non-stick craft sheet, excess UTEE can be scraped off easily once cool and re-melted.
I hope I have motivated you to try your hand at UTEE. Would love to hear from you. If you have a query, drop a line in the comment box & we will get back to you. 
Do not forget to participate in our current challenge - NAIL IT DOWN WITH TEXTURES.

We will do a tutorial on using UTEE in the next post, till then have fun crafting. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Media Media Textured Layout Tutorial by our Guest Designer Anupama Choudary!!

Hello there Lovely people, 

          Hope you are doing great!!! GD time!! We are extremely happy to have our GD here!! She has an extra ordinary taste and talent in making scrapbook layouts.And we guarantee a jaw drop , if you visit her blog Scrapbooks from India.It feels so good to see awesome scrapbook layouts with Indian faces!

       We are honored to have you as our Guest Designer Anupama. Thanks for your fabulous layout and tutorial. I am sure people would enjoy it!Over to her!
My Bio :
           Hi there! I am Anupama Choudary from Hyderabad, India. I am married to an actor and we have two beautiful kids, Saanvi (7) and Karishnu (5).
           I am a trained Interior Designer and did my Masters in Business Administration from Chennai. I love being a stay-at-home mom and working from my home studio, Once Upon A Time.I make artist-edition scrapbooks and frames on order for local clients. 
         I am honored to be a Design Team member of Inkido/ Papercraft Scandinavia (Swedish Manufacturer), Scrap for Help (Challenge Blog), Scrap Around the World (Challenge Blog) and Berry71Bleu (American Etsy Store) in 2013. 
        I would describe my style as 'Artsy Grunge'. However, if my daughter wants a 'pretty' page, I make one :) You can see more of my work at Scrapbooks from India.

       Thank you, Priya, for having me as a Guest Designer. I am honored and wish your craft store all the best.

This page features a vintage picture of my mom and her younger sister  from the mid-1950s.

 I started with a Screen-printed 12x12 canvas paper from Prima and Faber-Castell Gelatos.
 There is no right or wrong way to do this. All you have to do is to be spontaneous! Spritz water to blend with fingers.

Time to bring out your favourite stencils and apply modeling paste with a palette knife.

 I chose to mask different spots on the background paper to balance the composition.
 Use a paper-trimmer to cut strips of patterned papers. I chose scraps of Prima pps leftover from earlier projects.
 Layer your strips and randomly-torn scraps of paper. I prefer using a strong liquid adhesive along with a stapler and metal brads to secure everything to the canvas paper.
 I stamped on the pp with Inkido 'Frame' rubber-stamp and Prima 'Engraver" clear stamp in black with Ranger Archival inkpad.
 I embellished the page with the following from Prima.
 I matched the flowers to the Gelatos to build clusters on the page.
Finally, spray with Tattered Angels Glimmer-mist in Electric Blue & Black Magic. Distress the canvas to add character and adhere it to cardstock to prevent warping. Don't forget to add your TITLE!

Wow!! That would be a perfect inspiration for this months challenge theme - Textures.Thanks Anupama! We really loved it!and wish you many more success in your future endeavours

Thanks for joining us