Friday, January 27, 2017

Metal Stamping II - DIY Jewelry

Hello Peeps

I am here with my last post of 2016 and yet again with some more ideas on using Metal Stamping. In my last post I have shared the basic technique of using metal stamps on metal blanks. Today I am sharing some DIY jewelry ideas and too using household items.

You can check the Metal Stamping Technique here -

Yes, you can find many metal items in house like washers, bottle caps, keys, spoons, forks, other utensils, tin cans..etc. They can be stamped very easily and you can make your own jewelry or charms with them.

I have used washers to create few pendants. Stamp the washers with the text you want

Using sponge dab acrylic colour with very light hands on stamped piece otherwise it will be filled with colour. I have used my finger to apply colour. Brush didn't work out.

Complete the pieces with colours you want -

I have used bottle caps to complete the my pendants -

I have stamped on old keys and converted them into pendants -

I also tried stamping on leather. It was very very easy to stamp on leather. Since leather is soft as a result the circumference of the stamp will also get stamped when hammered. But that looks cool too!

I hope you like these DIY Jewelry ideas.  Do give it a try.
Thanks for stopping by !!! Will be back next year.

Till Then
Keep Crafting

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How to decorate your Planner

Hi friends,

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year ! 
I hope you all had great holidays and now we all are ready to rock 2017 with creativity and spirit of sharing.

     You might not be aware but I am a huge planner addict and have been obsessed with Erin Condren planners since few years now and I love how it makes my life easy, keeps me motivated and focused for my day. I also have a couple more planners by Kikki K, Heidi Swapp, Prima and Papericious. They all are fantastic and you can do exactly the same things I will be doing in today's video.

The most important thing to remember is

1. Do not try to copy anyone in the way they plan instead u gotta to do what ever u r comfortable in.
2. Love using scraps of pattern papers, stickers,washi tapes, and stamps to decorate your weekly layouts.
3.Decorate and plan your entire month in advance and mark things which are already pre decided , this will help you to keep track of important dates, to dos and deadlines. 
4. Don't go for a massive and impulsive purchase of planner stuff instead build your supplies collection gradually. Good coloured pen set and few washi tapes are basics to start with.

So this a very short and quick video where u will see me create my weekly layout for the first week of January 2017. The layout is very girly and cute because of the patterned paper. You can keep it super simple or extremely elaborate but just remember to leave space to write the important stuff ...that's what planners are made for ....LOL

 click here to watch the video :)

The craft shop has a huge collection of gorgeous planner supplies ,washi tapes,planner stamps and patterned check that now.

Links for supplies
coloured pencils
post it notes
coloured pens
journalling cards(project life)

thanks for watching

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas - My way!

Hello Friends,

I am trying to venture out of my comfort zone. When Priya sent me these cute mini canvas panel, I thought of doing mixed media( of course my way) ! I love these panels - excellent for miniature paintings and fridge magnets. They are mounted on a board so sticking magnet in the back and applying different mediums  is super easy. There are three sizes. I am using two of largest (4x4") and medium (2.25 x 3.5").

Mixed media means creating something beautiful using different mediums and materials. My way of making means it has to convey something. Apart from being just a visual treat it has to be meaningful & cohesive.  Being a CAS card designer, I have very few products which are meant specially for mixed media so I created these around all the found objects, material for my cards and some from my garden. I collected all and used many of them for my project.

And most important of all is Acrylic Wall putty by 'Asian Paints'

It is most inexpensive way of adding texture to your projects. I had this lying as we just got our house painted , last month. 
all the found objects were leading me to a beach theme. So, I made set of three panels.

For two, small panels I decide to paint some sky, sea and sandy beach.

For the sky and sea I used mix of blues and green acrylic colors. For sandy beach, I glued sand on a heavy coat of white glue which dries clear (  fevicryl febric glue,Favicol or Mod podge )

I also used white embossing paste for the foam. Pretty easy, isn't it?

For the large panel, I decided to use wall putty for texture and same colors to tie all three panels together.

Check the amazing texture you get without any efforts.

Once thoroughly dried, paint it with acrylic colors.

while the paints are still wet, remove some of the paint from raised parts with a damp rag.

Apply some white paint with a hard, old brush for added texture. I also applied white crackle paste by Art Extravagance in some patches. 

I stamped the sentiment in StazOn black Ink on a tissue paper( packaging of hubby's new shirt...:P ).
StazOn inks are ideal as they are water poof  and stay put even when you apply lots of other mediums( here ranger multi medium to stick it on canvas). But they dry fast so buy the reinker along with your pad as they need frequent reinking. 

I also die cut an anchor from woodgrain card stock & emboss it with different metalic embossing powder for that rustic metal look.

Here is the assembled project. 

I also made a sailor's knot from some cotton twine. All the pieces are glued using multi medium matte by ranger. This is an excellent product to adhere all types of material on your card as well. It dries clear and matte so no strings of hot glue gun or glop of glossy glue. Can't recommend enough!

Apply a round magnet  on the back of each panel with a strong adhesive . You can also use these mini easels  to display your art works. 

There are many ways to use these cute canvases. I will be sharing few more in future post. Till then, try to use them your way and please share your ideas with us. 
I realized that this is going to be my last post for this year! Wishing you all a very happy and creative 2017! Keep crafting, keep sharing!