Thursday, 31 May 2018

Living off coffee and Sunshine

Hi friends!

I am back today after a short break. I was away for a vacation to an awesome place. It felt so good to be there that I didn't want to come back at all. But I had to come back :(... I had to come back to a Super hot and humid Mumbai weather. 
And now back to the routine.

Today I am sharing the first card, my DT post for Craftin Desert Divas I, made after this break. I tried to combine my DT post with the ongoing Coffee loving cardmakers Spring blog hop!
The card is just right for me. No matter how hot the weather is I cannot do without my cup of Tea/Coffee. 
So I am just living off my Coffee and my

Here's my card!

 I printed the Cool summer digi on a watercolour paper. Coloured it with Zig clean markers and fussy cut the image. On a white card base, I printed the sentiment. I masked a portion of this white card using some randomly cut waves on a scrap paper. Distressed the exposed part using Salty ocean and Cracked pistachio distress inks. Mounted this panel on a coloured card base. Adhered the image using liquid glue. I cut off a tiny part of the digi (the fruit part) and replaced it with a coffee mug, from Coffee to go digital stamp, to go with my sentiment. Added glossy accents to enhance some parts and some finer details to the card. 

That's all from my end today!

Linking to the following challenge
coffeelovingcardmaker's Spring blog hop

DIY shadow boxes!

Hello friends!  
I am back today with a very interesting post.

Don't we all love shadow boxes...? These can be made in various themes and for many occasions. Shadow boxes are the trend these days. 

I recently made shadow boxes for Mother's day and let me tell you they were super hit!

Today I will be showing you how to make these shadow boxes using a sheet of cardstock/Paper and a scoreboard all by yourself. 

Isn't it exciting..? So let's get on with it without wasting further time.

Take an A4 sized white cardstock and a scoreboard. 

Score it 4 times at an interval of 1/2" from all the sides.

Out of the 16 scored squares at each corner leave one and cut off all the remaining squares. The Picture will help you understand better.
Repeat the process to all the corners.

This is how you have the trimmed cardstock. 

Now starting with the longer side, roll up the folds and fold in the scored area and stick to the base to form the wall. Repeat to the other side. 

Now on the shorter side, you need to trim the first to panels straight in line with the folded wall. Cut the third panel diagonally. 
Now apply glue to the loose square, tuck it in the gap of the longer wall. Apply glue to the tiny triangular part and the tuck in the entire side by sticking it to the base. 
Repeat the same to the other side.

Your structure of the box is ready.

 I have a video showing the above process step-by-step. Click HERE to watch the video. (Do not forget to subscribe if you wish to watch more such videos)

Some tips -
  • You can make shadow boxes of various sizes using different sized paper. Just remember that when you use a rectangle paper you make a rectangle shadow box and when you use a square paper you make a square box. The video tutorial show rectangular shadow boxes made using A4 sized cardstocks. 
  • You can use colourful/printed paper for making these. Keep in mind that the backside of your paper will form the wall of the box. And the front side of the paper will form the front of the box.
  • You can decorate it with various themes by using theme-wise embellishments/decorations and the base cardstock. 
I have made a few shadow boxes to show you all: 

Mini Shadowbox 

I made this box using an 8"x 8" cardstock. Once the box was ready, I used Chalk paint to colour it. Created the background using distress oxides and adhered it to the box. Fussy cut some succulents and a sentiment from the 12" x 12" Succulents paper pack and adhered them to the box. Lastly, place handmade succulents from the Succulent Shelf colour pack.

Supplies used -
Baby Shadowbox 
Made this using a 12"x12" cardstock. 
Embellished with Baby boy wishes sticker pack. 
Picture courtesy - Pixabay

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Friends shadowbox 
Made this using a 12"x12" cardstock.  Embellished with lots of flowers from the floral collection. Picture courtesy - Pixabay 
Sentiment courtesy - Google

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That's all from my end today!!
Hope you enjoyed making these shadow boxes.
Your feedback is always greatly appreciated. I would love to read them out.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Bloom with Happiness

Sharing my DT post for Craftin Desert Divas today.

I have used this cute Humming bird with flowers digi from the CDD store
The sentiment is a part of this digi.

I created the background on MS word using the sentiment image of this digi. I initially placed one sentiment. Adjusted the size and increased the transparency of this to make it very light in colour. As i was planning to use this to cover the entire background, I decided to keep it subtle. I placed the sentiment repeatedly over the background till the entire space was covered with the sentiment. 
Out of all the sentiments, I enlarged one of the sentiment around the place I planned to place my digi. Made the transparency of this sentiment zero so it looked black. Printed this background on a 4"x6" card base.  Trimmed the panel and foam mounted it in a tilted fashion on a coloured card base. 

Pirnted the image on watercolour paper, coloured with zig markers and fussy cut it. Mounted this image using thin foam adhesive to pop it against the BG.
Laslty, added few Nuvo drops to complete my card.

Few close ups.

Thank you for stopping by!

Playing along with

time-out challenges (Nature is our best friend)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Layers and More

Hello everyone!!
This is Anila here. I am super excited to be sharing my first DT post for Little Birdie Crafts. It feels awesome to be a part of a team so full of talent. I am looking forward to an amazing time full of learning over the next six months.
Let's get started now...
Today I am sharing a couple of cards created using awesome Little Birdie goodies.

I have used the  12"x12" Succulents Paper Pack for the first two set of my cards. These papers have a soft linen texture with some beautiful and vibrant printed succulents on them.
For my last card, I have used the 12"x12" Aquarelle paper pack. This pack too has papers with a soft linen texture. It comes in shaded/coloured washed designs.
CARD 1 from Succulents Paper Pack
Tip - While creating cards using papers having a busy design, you can use a piece of Vellum to tone down the effect of the background and make it more subtle.
I fussy cut the wreath randomly from the paper. I adhered this on a white card to give it a little thickness/stiffness.
Tip - While doing this always stick the paper on the card first and then fussy cut. This ensures you fussy cut only once.

Cut the paper from the pack in 6"x 6” size. Distress the edges.
Tip - To get the distressed look you can use a simple scissor blade instead of the distress tool. You can also tear the edges of the paper to get the distressed/torn look.

Die-cut the sentiment and a colored cardstock into a circle. Cut a piece of 5”x5” vellum.

Fussy cut some flowers from the paper pack.

I took a 6" x 6” white card base to adher all the elements. I created some levels using foam adhesive under few elements.
Tip - As vellum is transparent, while adhering vellum make sure that you put adhesive at places that will be hidden under the layers/embellishments.

CARD 2 using Succulents Paper Pack - A set 4" x 4" CAS Cards

I Fussy cut a lot of succulents from various papers from the paper pack.
Tip - For layering, adhere the images on a white cardstock and then fussy cut the images. This gives the images the necessary thickness/stiffness.

Took 2 (3.5”x3.5”) pieces of white card. I created ink-blended backgrounds, using pink and yellow distress inks on one and using blue and green distress inks on the other. 
Tip - Use a simple plain white paper to mask off areas while ink blending. Start blending from the mask and pull the colours down on the card. Hold the dauber very lightly while blending. This will give a soft blended look.  Any imperfections can be covered with the image/element on top.

I adhered the succulents over the blended background. Few were directly adhered using glue and few using foam adhesive to create a little dimension. (Oops... I missed clicking the pictures in between :(... )
Tip - While creating dimension, make sure only a few images are popped up. This creates focus on those images. If many elements pop up, the interest/focal point is lost.

I added the sentiments, from the paper pack, on the cards. Lastly, foam mounted these on coloured card bases.

CARD 3 with Chevron in Aquarelle Paper Pack
Tip - Do not get intimidated while making such cards (shown below). Nothing goes wrong in these type of cards. Collect all elements, create layers and assemble all the elements together to create an arrangement.

I took some green, yellow and orange papers from the Aquarelle paper pack.

I randomly tore/distressed some papers from the Aquarelle paper pack.

On a white card base, I adhered these papers by creating layers.

Adhered the primed chipboard with a doily under it. I created the arrangement using cheese cloth, thread, handmade flowers and leaves.

Lastly, I added a sentiment from the Succulents paper pack.
Tip - While adhering the flowers, apply glue only on the corners/ends of them, leaving the other end as it is. This gives a fuller look to the blooms.

That's all from my end today.

Hope you enjoyed making the cards with me. Keep watching this space for more inspirations!

Supplies used from Little Birdie Crafts: