Friday, November 25, 2016

Making Jewelry with Spellbinders Anemone Topper Die - Part 2

Hello Folks,

I am back again continuing my last post on jewelry with dies.Firstly, thanks a lot for taking time and reading my super long posts.Ok, Today I am using the same die once again for some more jewelry ideas for you. Dies are worth buying as you can really use them in so many ways in making your own custom jewelry. And there so many different mediums/products available today to make paper jewelry durable & washproof.

You can check out Part 1 of this post here, in case if you missed it -

P.S - Picture heavy post

I am covering few more ideas on using Spellbinders Anemone Topper Die for jewelry creation.

I  Let's begin with this pendant and earring set. The colors and design are inspired from peacock feathers

1. I am using second largest flower from the die. Use thick cardstock for die cutting or use die cut stack

2. Cut out the petals from the flowers

3. Color them using any colors - acrylic, distress inks...Choice is yours. I have used Camel watercolor cakes this time. Golden color is acrylic one.

4. Shape them

5. I am using a stack of oval diecut as a base for above petals.

5. Colour the diecut

6. Stick the petals in an arrangement on oval diecut

7. Add a headpin between layers . I have used Fevicol MR for gluing purpose.

8. For Earrings, take out 2 petals of different size from the flower diecut

 9. Color them

10. Attach a headpin while sticking the layers

11. Now apply resin on front side and on petal's back side, leave it overnight. When front coat dries out apply resin coat on entire back side too and leave it overnight too.Your complete set is ready. There is no running of colors when resin is applied on this piece.
Remember to embed embellishments, if any, while applying resin coat. Enjoy wearing this lightweight and durable jewelry !!!!

II Second tutorial is on creating a simple layered two way pendant 

Please refer to below image for pictures of steps

1. Diecut a large and a small flower from the die set
2. Separate the outline with scissor as shown and you will get a flower ( with right mark in pic 2 ). Keep the outline safe, we will be using it it later
3. Now cut the flower from center ( pic 3 )
4. Take out the petals ( pic 4 )
5. Layer and glue petals to make a flower ( pic 5 )
6. Color it using colors of your choice (pic 6 )
7. Now trace the outline of the flower and cut it out ( pic 7 & 8 ). This will form back part of our two way pendant.
8. Flip the back part and color it. I have used distress inks (pic 9 )
9. Stick the two parts, punch holes, add jump rings and chain to complete it. Apply resin or glossy accent for final coating.

I have used tried gold embossing powder on side ( a little overdose of powder in center though )and distress ink on other side. 
One side of pendant -

Other side of pendant -

III Third tutorial for today's post is again on a two way pendant . This pendant came out as a result of lot of failed experiments with the outline of the diecuts

1. I am using leftover outline from the above pendant. Take two of same size

2. Fold it as shown

 3.Cut the portion encircled in above pic and you will get something shown below

4.Now overlap and glue top and bottom portions to get a butterfly like shape

5. I have applied glitter on one side

6. And silver embossing powder on other side

7. I have added small pearls with glossy accent and applied on both sides of pendants. Add bail and chain to complete it
One side of pendant -

Other side of pendant -

IV  Last one is a pretty simple pendant. I have made it using largest flower from the die set. I have taken out it's outline. Stacked a few. Applied glitter on both sides, then resin and completed it with a pearl hanging

This wraps up my today's post. It took me some time and lot of experiments to bring out these ideas. I hope you like it. For any query, just drop a comment below.
Will see you in next month

Till then 
Happy Crafting 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Basic Tools for Stamping

Hello Friends,

I am not going to share any card today.....yaay...! It is theory session for the crafters who are starting their journey in this vast field of paper crafting. With all the online exposure and all the craft supply companies coming up with new products everyday, it is overwhelming for a beginner to decide how much is enough and from where to start. So, today I will discuss about few basic products, for stamping, with which you can start and can build your stash as you go.

Supply for stamping :

 1.) Stamps : There are two main types - clear and rubber. As a beginner, I would recommend to go for clear stamp sets as it contains multiple images and relevant sentiments too. While selecting a set, keep in mind to have mix of images and sentiments in one set. That way you can work with limited supply.

2.)  Inks : Largely, you can divide stamping inks in two main category.
                 a) Dye Inks - Altenew Inks, Memento, Archival, heroarts etc.
                 b)Pigment Inks - Colorbox, Mama Elephant 

                  You can use any of these inks for stamping. Though distress inks are dye based too but they are primarily made for ink blending. You will not get crisp image like other dye inks or pigment inks which are made specifically for stamping.

Black Archival or Versafine pad is a must if you are going to use water coloring medium.

3.)  Card Stock : A good CS is the key to get the best out of your stamps and inks. Bielo is excellent for stamping and many other card making techniques like ink blending, copic coloring, water coloring etc. You can read the full post on Bielo HERE !
 There are many colored card stocks and Metallic card stocks too which you can use as a base or for stamping too! 

4.) Clear Acrylic blocks : They are used to mount your clear stamps. As they are clear, you can see through it and stamp in desired place. It also has grid which helps to align the stamp 
specially sentiments so that it will be straight.

5.) Stamp Foam Pad : This give that much needed under pressure to get crisp, even impression of your stamp. If you keep you paper on a hard surface like table top, you may miss few section of image while stamping. This pad gives required bounce /pressure from beneath the paper which gives  even impression even with detailed stamp. You can use any thick magazine or mouse  pad instead of  this, but this pad is a cheap option and can work for years so I would say it is a good buy!

6.) Stamp cleaning supply :
      You can use mild soap and water to clean your clear stamps. Old, wet handkerchief is my go to cleaning tool as far as dye inks are concerned. Bu t if you are using archival or pigment inks, professional stamp cleaners are recommended.

          - Stamp Cleaner : I love 'Ultra clean' by Hero Arts.I can't recommend it enough. It works for all kinds of inks. It even cleans stamps used with  StazOn . We are getting this soon in the store.

           - Stamp cleaning Scrub Pad - It is a foam pad with nylon fibers. You can spray the stamp with cleaner and scrub on the pad. The nylon fibers will remove all the residues of ink from the stamp. It is excellent for pigment inks as the powdery pigments get deposited on the stamp even if you clean stamp with damp cloth.

Many crafters use baby wipes, but those fibers of wipes are really irritating and spoils your next impression .

7.) Coloring supply: You will need any coloring medium e.g. water colors, distress markers, copics, spectrum noir, zig clean color real brush marker, distress inks , colored pencils, water color pencils etc. Choices are plenty but you need only one medium initially. I would suggest to learn some basics of coloring with medium of your choice. 
If you are planning to buy distress inks, I would like you to use them for coloring too. If not you can start with any good water colors e.g Gansai Tambi, koi etc.

I started with 4-5 wood mounted stamps & few inks. I believe, you use your supply more efficiently if you master them first and then move towards next. Practice is the key... give some time to the medium you are working with , play with it, experiment with it! 

That is all for today! If you have any question you can ask in the comment below or mail me @ Enjoy !

Monday, November 21, 2016

Double Slider Card with Lawn Fawn Stamps

Hello everyone! This is Deepti Stephens and thank you so much for stopping by. Today I have a very cool card - Double Slider Card made with the very cute stamp set from Lawn Fawn called 'Pizza My Heart'. :)


  1. I took a standard sized card and another two panels slightly smaller than the main card base
  2. With the help of the grids on my cutting mat I drew lines on all the four sides of my panel and cut tiny slits on both the ends leaving a little space at the end uncut.
  3. Next I took a strong plastic strip, inserted through one of the slits and adhered the ends with Red Sticky Tape
  4. I already die-cut the tags from Sizzix and also stamped and colored the images with Faber-Castell Connector pens. I added glitter, stickles and glass beads for my images
  5. I adhered the tag on one end to the plastic strip, flip it over and adhered the other one at another end. Pulled them out and stamped the sentiments on both the tags
  6. Next I adhered all the panel together with foam tape and glue and decorated the top panel with a pattern paper and stamped images.
  7. Finally tied a ribbon at one end of the tag and that's it! When you pulled the ribbon, both the tags will come out!!

Also I made a Pull Tab Slider card with the same stamp set.


I have filmed a video for you where I have explained everything in detail in the subtitles. 

I hope you liked my card. Take care and I will see you soon! 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

BoBunny Magnetic Primer +DIY Photo Frame

Hi friends,
Today I have a very different project and a unique product to talk about. I got the Bo Bunny MAGNETIC PRIMER PASTE in my DT kit and I right way wanted to do a project which the kids can also do. My lil one is pretty creative and was the one who made me plan this project:)
So basically this is going to be  super easy and fun project which can be designed as u want.
Lets talk about the Product first ,
Magnetic Primer Paste can be used as a primer underneath acrylic paint to create a magnetic surface of any colour. It can also be used on its own to create a magnetic chalkboard surface.For best results it is recommended to add two generous coats of the primer.

So , now lets get started....
I wanted to make a  magnetic frame which can hold some Instax pictures , few tags where my daughter can journal or stick some important things to remember. This is fun because we can change the position of the pictures according to our wish since nothing is adhered with glue or tape.
The frames and tiny clothes pin have a magnet on them which will stick nicely on the board and this allows us to move the pictures.
Few supplies I have used in this project were stash pieces lying with me and basically u can use anything of ur choice to jazz it up. I have linked similar products at our store and they are just so gorgeous. 

I have a complete video which explains how I made the frame and I hope u will give it a try and do not forget to involve the little creative minds at home.
here are few pictures of the frame.

to watch the video please click here

The other things you will definitely need are:
Glue gun
Paper cutter
E6000 (for magents)
Wooden clothes pin
Magnetic sheet

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DIY Cabochon with Glass glitter Jewelry Tutorial

 Hello crafty folks , 

   This is Divya here from Jewelsofsayuri with a jewellery tutorial that involves two crowd pleasers - resin and glitter. Everybody likes glitter in one form or the other and for those of you who are quick to dismiss glitter as being "too girly or kiddish" must give glass glitter a chance. I too, did not fancy glitter in my jewellery but the matt, elegant sheen of the coarse glass glitter converted me and I love playing with it whenever I work with resin. In this design I have used blue and purple colors and accented them with fresh water pearls for an exotic look.

DIY Glass glitter Jewellery set

1. Round Silver connectors - 6
2. German Glass glitter in Blue and purple
3. Resin kit (resin, mixing cup, stick and wet wipe to clean up)
4. Blue and blue green ink (patina ink, resin tint or alcohol inks can be used)
5. Faceted blue glass ovals - 10
6. Blue star puffed crystals - 2
7. Flat 20mm round howlite beads in turquoise color -2 
8. Fresh water teardrop pearls - 2
9. Silver tone eyepins - 16 
10. Silver tone head pins - 2
11. Silver tone jumprings - 5
12. Silver tone earhooks - 1 pair
13. Silver tone clasp - 1
14. Silver tone braided wire component - 1
15. Embroidery thread in light blue, manganese blue and purple
16. Fabric glue
Tools - Nose pliers, wire cutters and scissors. Looping pliers optional   

I) Make the connectors
1. Mix resin following the manufacturer's instructions. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. In projects like this you want your resin to be slightly thick to minimize any oozing out which makes it perfect for those times when you have a little mixed resin left
2. Pour 2-3 drops of the mixed resin into the bezel to coat the bottom and add the glass glitter into it.

3. I first added purple glitter then accented it with a little blue in four bezels. In the other two I used only blue glitter and topped it with blue patina ink and Iolite resin tint in certain places (alcohol ink in blue and blueish green can also be used)
4. Add resin drop by drop till you cover the glitter. Now there are two ways to go about this - if you want a tactile texture - druzy feeling just soak the glitter with resin and do not top it but if you want a glass cabochon feeling then top it with resin (if you want to dome, wait for 12-15 hours and spread another layer of resin on top)

5. Cover with a dust cover and let dry.  In about 24-72 hours, the connectors will cure and will be ready to use

II) Make the necklace
Looping beads
As the bezels are 2 loop connectors  I wanted to make a looped bead necklace. Looping is one of the three basic jewellery making making that every aspiring jeweller must learn and practice. For those who have difficulty in getting perfect loops with the regular nose pliers or round nose pliers, looping pliers or stepped loop pliers (as shown in the picture) are available in the market. 

Here is how to make a simple looped bead
1. Insert an eyepin through a bead and bend the remaining portion on the pin at 90 degree angle to the bead
2. Holding the bead in your non dominant hand - hold the nose tip of the pliers 1-2mm from the bead in your dominant hand and make a reverse "C" movement with your pliers to make the loop , cut the extra wire and then close the loop with regular chain nose pliers 

How to hold the bead - The way you hold the bead makes all the difference in the looping process and here is how you do it. The eyepin loop must rest on the inside of your middle finger with the bead must resting on the index finger and you hold it  down with your thumb so the bead doesn't move while you loop

For this design I have looped - 10 faceted blue ovals, 2 blue puffed crystals, 2 flat round howlite beads, and 2 fresh water teardrop pearls. Connect them  to each other as seen in the above and below images by opening and closing the loops while making sure that you retain the round shape of the loop in the process. Connect the beads to the resin connectors and connect the necklace to the braided wire component using jump rings. Add jump rings and a clasp to the bead ends to finish the necklace

Though the necklace can be worn at this stage, I felt that it was a little plain and missing my usual eclectic mixed media touch. So I wrapped some embroidery thread in light blue, manganese blue and purple and glued them using fabric glue to add some pizazz.

Though I hate wearing matching earrings with necklaces I felt that I would not be able to find a pair of earrings to match a necklace that was unique as this one. Good God, that I had made 6 glitters connectors in the beginning and used only 4 of them in the necklace. 
So I looped a couple of fresh water pearls on headpins this time and added them to the connectors along with simple ear hooks making myself a pair of lovely dangling earrings.

I made my necklace asymmetrical but you can make your symmetrical if you want and use can use whatever beads that you have with you. I hope that you had fun learning how to make this necklace and do visit my blog for more tutorials and to learn fun new ways to work with resin
I hope you found it interesting