Thursday, March 31, 2016

Four Different Ways To Use the Washi Tapes!

Hello everyone! This is Deepti Stephens here today and I'm going to show how you can use your Washi Tapes in a more fun and interesting way! There are so many ways to use washi tapes and if you google search or Pinterest search it - you will find various techniques and ideas but today I wanted to highlight four ways of using your Washi Tapes! So let us begin!

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1. Filling Negative Spaces

You can simply fill them in the negative spaces! 

I adhered the washi tape on to the card panel, then diecut the stars on another panel. When I combined these two panels, the result was great! the washi background just peeks through the die cut stars!

2. Use them as borders

This gold scalloped  washi tape is perfect for creating borders to your projects!

It adds so much elegance to your card!

3. Inlaid Washi Tape

Just like inlaid die-cutting, this is inlaid washi tape technique ( I coined the term!) :P

Create a chipboard like embellishment by adhering 4 to 5 die cuts. Adhere it on to the card base and now adhere the washi tape on top of it. Take a bone folder or embossing tool, crease in the lines along the edges of the die cut to achieve that inlaid style!

4. Custom Paper for your die cuts

You can also create custom designed paper for your backgrounds and die cuts.

Take a piece of cardstock and adhere your favourite washi tape all over the panel, place the die and run it through the die-cutting machine. There you go! You'll get a beautiful die cut.

There are lots of other different techniques to try with washi tapes. You can make what ever you like, just sky is the limit. I hope you find this post useful and I hope you would give this a try! Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care and I'll see you soon :)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Story Of a White Card Stock

Hello Friends,

I am Neha (Periwinkle Creations) here. It feels good to be back after a very long time on this blog! Thank you Priya for giving me this opportunity! Today, I am here to talk about a white card stock which has been launched by The Craft Shop, recently - Bielo!

If you know me, I am always looking for the best white card stock as that is the heart and soul of my cards. In past, I found Neenah (which is US brand ) and I love it. I still do. For around a year that was my staple...:) . But I like to keep some options ready as consistent availability of  a product depends on so many variable factors and hence I keep on trying different papers whenever it is possible. Few months back I found this paper and at first, I was in disbelief that I found my dream card stock.( you don't have to believe any of my words...just try once and you will know I am not at all exaggerating) I happily used it for few months and thought of sharing with Priya. She was really impressed with it and told me she will look for it. Time passed and I even forgot that I shared it with her. Last week, she called me to say that she found a source for the paper and she has imported it. And that's how I got to write this post.

So here it is... all-in-one card stock which will be loved by all kind of crafters. Doesn't matter if you work with distress inks or do stamping with dye ,pigment or archival inks. It works with copics and water colours too. It gives smooth ink blending and most detailed stamped images. Yes, you hear me right -  it does it all.

  - It is 300 GSM card stock so excellent for card base and works well as single layer cards too.

  - It is natural white means not too yellowish  not to bluish. Both warm (pinks & reds) and cold blues,greens, neutrals & greys) colours look good on this white.

  - It is so smooth that I can recognize it just by the touch in the pile of all white CS. This smooth surface gives very even stamped images and excellent ink blending.

  - Its absorbency is so balanced that inks won't stay on surface and fade away after a while and yet you will have enough time to blend it well.
  - It can take water colours quite well. It does not swell and change texture as you must have experienced it with many other card stock. It does not warp much after drying.
  - It works excellent with copic markers. You don't have to do much efforts to get that pro-like 
  - Distress inks blend like butter on it. You can layer inks beautifully and it gives vibrant results.
  - It works equally well with both pigment and dye inks. Even memento inks gives crisp results.
  - Being 300 gsm it does not warp much during heat embossing. 

Let's check the cards to see it in action.


I have used memento & wplus9 dye inks for all the stamping. water, rocks and clouds are made using distress inks. You can check they are crisp, even stamped images like boat and light house. The stamps are by papertrey ink from Priya! 

As you all know pigment inks stay on the surface of paper. So if your paper has a little bit of texture you will not get even solid image. This paper is smooth so look at the crisp an even stamping. Not once, not twice...every time. I stamped multiple times to create this background so you can see how consistent impression you get all the times. This stamps are the mix of solid and detailed parts. The middle parts of borders are solid while edges has all those thin lines and you can see both works beautifully on this paper. I have used colorbox  inks and Avery Elle and Wplus9 stamps. (These two are my favourite stamps for giving traditional indian touch to my cards.

The stamp set is by Winnie and Walter . I have used MS cake puch to cut those mini cup cakes and coloured the die cut using copics.

I have a video to show how easy I colour with copics. I have listed all the shades of copics in there. I am a beginner at video making so pardon  the quality and lighting. 

As you can see in the video and on the card that  copics blend easily on this CS. 
See the back of the panel (picture below) . Colours don't bleed that much on this CS.

 When you are colouring with alcohol markers always colour on a separate panel and mount it on your base as they bleed a lot.  

4. Using Water colours

For this card I have embossed flowers (Jane's Doodles stamps) in black On a 4.5 x5.5 piece  of CS. As it is thick it doesn't warp after heat embossing.(first pic.) I wanted to have that stucco look for the background so I applied multiple layers of hickory smoke distress inks with brush and lots of water. I allowed it to dry in-between layers to achieve that stucco plaster like finish. Flowers are done with Mustard seed DI . Colours blend easily and paper do not change its texture even with lots of water. 

it does not warp much in spite of water and colours don't bleed trough back. 

Aren't you falling for it yet?

5. Distress ink blending

I have used cracked pistachio and blue print DI to make this bookmark. see how you can create layers with same ink . It also allows water to react with ink and you can easily lift up the ink with paper towel to create splatters. 

All in all, this is very versatile CS and you don't have to keep variety of papers for different kind of techniques. I shared whatever I it is your turn to try and share your experiences with us. We would love to hear your feedback on the same.

Thank you so much for everything! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Cards with Marianne Border Stamps

Hello hello everyone! How are you? This is Deepti Stephens and today I'll be showing you How to Use Border Stamps in a Fun and Creative Way. It's a kind of lengthy post - so many cards and so many pics in one post so just grab a cup of coffee or anything you like, relax and enjoy reading this post. :)

Today I'm going to show you six card designs made by using Marianne Stamps. Did you check them at the shop? No? Go and check after reading the post! These stamps are a must to have in your stash because they are pocket friendly, so versatile and they have great designs too. Let me show you the stamps first that are in stock now.. 

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Look at them! They are so wonderful isn't it? I chose Border Stamp - Arrows and made cards out of this stamp set. I'll be showing you how you can use these border stamps in a fun and different way. Always remember 'Imagination is more important than knowledge' :)

Here I sponged the background with mustard seed distress ink and stamp the reel image with mustard seed and grey inks. 

I stamped the reel image on to some Neenah Solar White Card Stock with Archival Jet Black Ink

Then I masked off the edges with post it notes and stamped small images from different stamp set.

I then fussy cut it out and adhered it on to the card base.

Finally stamped the sentiment from Technique tuesday, I bent the sentiment at an angel and stamped just to add a little bit of interest to my card.

Here is the second one! I simply masked the edges of the card stock and stamped the arrows with Black Soot Distress Ink.

And stamped the sentiment from Altenew - Super Script 2 on to some Neenah Card Stock with Hero Arts Neon Pink Ink and fussy cut it and adhered it on to the card base.

I love how this card turned out! The splotchy stamping, colors and everything is funky about this card :)

Here comes the next! I simply placed one of the stamps on to the acrylic block upside down - i.e., the details of the stamps facing the acrylic block and the solid portion looking upwards. 

And stamped on to the card stock with pigment inks

So cool! Isn't it? Here is another one made with the same technique - a kind of color block pattern :)

I used pigments inks for stamping again!

You can also make plaid pattern or any fancy pattern you like.

Here is the next one! I ink blended the background with Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. After finishing the blending I stamped the checks pattern repeatedly on the background with Picked Raspberry distress ink.

Look at that cool tone on tone background! (Y) Finally stamped the sentiment with Archival Jet Black Ink.

Here comes the last one -  the most funkiest mixed media kind of card! I didn't know that it would turn out like this :) It's one of the craziest cards ever that I made! LOL!

I partially stamped the diamond pattern with Versamark ink and heat set it with Zing White Embossing Powder. Then I ink smooshed the background with distress inks.

I stamped the sentiment on vellum and adhered it on to the card base. I rubbed the versamark ink on one side of the panel and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

And that's it! I hope I gave you some ideas on how to use these stamps and I hope you got inspired. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. See you soon :)

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