Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vintage pen holder


Hello crafty friends,

Today I am sharing a simple decoupaged pen holder as my DT project for Itsy Bitsy. I have used the decoupage papers from Little Birdie. Before I get into my project, I would like to share my views on them. The papers are 70 gsm in thickness and this makes it thick as well as pliable. It is very easy to work with and you hardly get any wrinkles if you are careful. I generally love to work with decoupage napkins because they are thin, but these papers are just fantastic that I am in love with them. So go ahead and try out, even beginners can work with them easily.

So let me get into my project. I will be sharing few tips as I explain my project.


Main materials required for decoupage. A wet wipe or a wet cloth should be handy. 



Always frayed edges blend easily than straight cuts which are easily visible. I applied water to the edges with paint brush and gently tore along the edges. The paper being thin, we can easily do this. You can paste the paper throughout, but I wanted matching patterns on opposite sides, so used four pieces of decoupage paper.


Apply an even coat of decoupage glue. You have Gloss and Matt finish. I have used Matt finish.


 Place the paper in place and press firmly the paper with a bone folder or scraper. Start from one end and slowly move to the other end. Wipe the excess glue each time with a wet wipe or cloth. Glue on scraper or the bone folder can tear the decoupage paper when you move the scraper. See that there are no wrinkles. Allow to dry.


Use a nail filer or fine sand paper to file away the excess paper. Since the paper is thin, we can file away easily as we do for tissues.


Mix chalk paints 'Snow' and 'Lemon chiffon'. I added a touch of brown acrylic paint to get the color. Touch up the edges to blend. Ink the edges and you can stencil patterns at this time. I have used script stencil.


Apply a coat of decoupage glue. Allow to dry.


Add two/ three coats of varnish allowing each coat to dry for at least half an hour in between.



Added few chipboard elements and flowers. I fussy the butterfly and applied decoupage glue on the back side. I added a blob of hot glue on the back side under the wings and allowed it to dry to get dimensional effect. I stuck it hot glue onto the holder. Here are some more pictures of my project:




Materials used: 
Decoupage Paper

Pen Holder 
Decoupage Glue 












Till next time - Happy crafting!!

Gayatri



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cute Bella with Sunflowers

Hello,

Today I am sharing my inspiration post with Conie Fong digi - 'Sunflower Bella'



I printed the image and colored it with Copics as well as Polychromos pencils. The sunflowers were so small that I could get the perfect coloring only with pencils. Bella I colored with copics.


I thought of putting down the image on a shabby chic card. So I used few pattern papers from Graphic 45 that matched with the color scheme. I added few doily die cuts, laces etc. I added few handmade flowers to finish my card.




You can buy the image here : Sunflower Bella

Hope you liked my card. Thank you for visiting..

Till next time - Happy crafting!!

Gayatri

Flowers, Fresh air and sunshine ..... It's spring!!

Hi there,

Today I am at itsybitsy blog with my inspiration post for this month's challenge - Spring. It is a CAS card with a dash of color using the Little Birdie flowers.

Here is a sneak peek...




To see a detailed step by step tutorial check my post at Itsybitsy blog.

Till next time - Happy crafting!!!

Gayatri

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Special gift box

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a step by step procedure to make a circular gift box and that too from empty tape rolls. I have used Graphic 45 pattern paper for this. So next time the tape runs out, use it to make a beautiful gift box.



Tutorial:



I took two empty rolls for my project.


I took a strip of normal printer paper measuring 2 cm wide, and placed it around the roll to find out the length of paper required.



 I drew a line around the outer edge to mark the lid and cut it across using a cutter. I used another empty roll for the base.


I sanded the edges to remove frayed edges and smoothen them





Traced the outer edge of the base and also the lid on a chipboard piece and cut them out.


I sanded the edges of chipboard and stuck it to the lid and the base.





Remove the paper and sand the inner side of the lid so that it fits easily to the base while closing.




Decorated with paper and embellishments and Voila!! a beautiful gift box is ready! 
I used 'Vintage Hollywood' 8 x 8 paper pack. Here are few better pictures.





Thank you for stopping by. Hope you liked my upcycled project. Till next time - Happy crafting!!


Gayatri

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Upcycled Home Decor

Hi there,

I am back with an upcycled project. The monthly challenge of Graphic45 as well as 'More Than Words' Monthly challenge were perfect for me to create this project.

Today I am sharing how I upcycled a cake base. I had kept this base for a long time to create a wall hanging or try out a Mixed media project, and this challenge was an opportunity to get me going.

I had the 'Nature's sketch book' paper pack, and this was the chance to fussy cut and I was on a spree of cutting butterflies. Who doesn't love butterflies and I couldn't stop myself. :) You will see for yourself in my final project.

This is the before pic..


The final pic...



Few close up shots....










and finally I added a stand at the back...


and my show piece is ready!!



Most of the paper used are scraps - the black cardstock used to cover edges, the chip board for making stand and the strips of pattern paper. A lot of fussy cutting from various G45 papers, hand made flowers, pearls and rhinestones and chipboards finished the project.

Hope you liked my creation. Linking this to the following challenge:

More Than Words - April Challenge.



Thank you for dropping by. Till next time - Happy crafting!

Gayatri