Saturday, 17 February 2018

Follow your Heart : Golden Canvas

Good Morning Everyone

Someone told me always Follow your Heart, so for today's post I have small canvas which I have made to gift to someone who always follow her heart .....

Its super easy and quick to make, and I find it perfect to gift someone just to remind them how special they are.

I have a step by step pictorial - How to build this GOLDEN CANVAS 

I have taken small canvas 8x8 inches and have applied one layer of Black Gesso.
 STEP 2 
Once gesso dries up, cover the entire surface with texture paste clear crackle
and allow to air dry or you are impatient like me use your heat gun to expedite the process.

Look at these cracks.... 

 Once the crackle dries, I have applied texture paste silver antique using ranger stencils bubble.

STEP 4  
 Once dried up, apply randomly brillance wax ( any color of your choice)

STEP 5  
Take Dress My craft pattern papers any print of your choice, cut thin strips and distress the edges all around the strips and squares using Vintage Photo.

 I have randomly pasted the pattern pieces around.

To tone down or give the frame antique look the I have used ranger gold embossing powder

 Its time to assemble all the flowers and frames on canvas.
The pink big bloom is handmade and for the same I have used DMC glitter and thread pollens.
Rest other flowers are from Prima.

VIOLA its done :)

 I hope you liked my super easy canvas and I also hope was able to inspire you all.
Please find below list of supplies used to make this canvas.


Products used- 
Canvas - from stash 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Glitters and Micro Pearls

Hi friends...Dr Sonia here on Crafters Corner blog after nearly a year!!!
Life threw me a few curves last year and I had to take a break from DT work now things have settled  down and so thrilled to be rejoining back with Shalini in the capacity of Blog Educator which gives me a lot of freedom which was not possible in the role of DT.
I am a bit rusty so please bear with me while I ease into things and share a fairly simple post.
I am not going to bore you with my usual long essays in this post as the gorgeous products I am showcasing are super simple to use and they literally do shine on their own!!
I am sure you will agree that Pop Up Cards are very special cards not only because of the fun element but because they are flat folding and easy to mail. The only problem with pop up card designs is to add that extra bit of jazzing without adding bulky embellishments and flowers!

I had actually made the basic framework of this whimsical pop up box card even before Shalini sent me her gorgeous DMC products.Even though the card had a lot of beautiful elements, it looked really dull and because I wanted to keep it flat for mailing I was struggling with how to embellish it.
DMC products
The beautiful newly launched glitter array and special micro and micro mini pearls from DMC helped transform the Pop Up Card creating areas of interest and beauty without making it bulky!

I used glossy accents  on the mushroom which by the way is a beautiful Marianne die I got on "Preorder" from Crafters Corner. Like many of you I too am extremely apprehensive about directly ordering from overseas .....what with the unreliability of the postal services and the unpredictability of the customs duties which can be levied! It was so easy to preorder...all it entailed was emailing  Crafters Corner!!

You can actually use any kind of glue but I find that using a really tacky and fast grabbing glue like glossy accents and Aleene's tacky glue made sticking glitters and pearls really fast and less messier. In this instance, the floppy cattail reeds I applied the glossy accents to made them stiffer and nicely rigid holding their shape better.
 Just look at the beautiful look of the rainbow glitter chunks.....when I read the label rainbow I was actually afraid to experiment with it... but oooh they are now my favorite type of glitter creating such a unique dazzle!!

Wherever you want a subtle shimmer, opt for micro sparkling dust or microfine glitter . And if you want a bit more pizzaz opt for the sparkling dust.

In the photo above you can see how dull parts of the card originally looked before adding glitters .It may be okay for a muted card but  it's not the look you would want for a happy looking birthday card! The "birthday" was outline with  rainbow glitter and oooh it dazzles so prettily even from across the room!

The little mushrooms and the cute mice and hedgehog [from Penny Black]all have subtle micro sparkling dust and micro fine glitter on them!

And that is how the sparkling Pop Up Card looks  beside the bonsai orange tree in my garden!

Supplies : You can buy from Crafters Corner 
Glitters all DMC brand : Rainbow Glitter Chunks
Die cutting Machine : Sizzix Big Shot 

Sunday, 11 February 2018


Hello Everyone,

Today its my turn to share some inspiration here :). About this project, its super easy and fun project. I always love to create something differently. 

Anyway my project is made with lots of Dress my craft minis and few things from my stash. You can see how easy this to create.... 

Base of this mini cafe, i made by altered hoop (8 inch Diameter ). I took the hoop, and prime with black gesso. Few of the corner side i did stencil work for texture look. But its optional. And final coloring is Prima marketing metallic copper. After drying add one layer of fabric design then pattern paper design (G45 Off to the Roses )

And the Shelf part - 5X7 reverse side of canvas. 

These small wooden pieces you will get, when you buy 8x10 or larger size box canvas

And finally

How is it? This super easy cool project :)
I hope you have wonderful creative weekend
Thanks for stopping by

Supply Used

Miniature Wooden Brown Chair & Table
Decorated Mini Glass Bottle
Miniature Bread - Egg Burger
Miniature Dessert - Rainbow Donut
Miniature Dinner Plates Pink
Miniature Printed Vase # 3
Miniature Coffee Mugs
Miniature Blue Bowl Set
Miniature Spoons
Miniature Tea Set - Small
Miniature Flower Bowls
Graphic45 Off To The Races Paper Pad, 8"X8"
Micro Mini Rose Buds
Fillers - flowers
Basics Fabric Pack
Green Leaf String

Thursday, 8 February 2018

8 Simple Mixed Media Cards & A Photo Tutorial- Guest Design Post By Preeti Datta

Hi Dear Crafty Friends!

Hope you are having a fine day. I am thrilled to be on the Crafter’s Corner Blog as a Guest Designer today. It is such a huge honor, so a big thank you to Shalini, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire & the wonderful owner of Crafter’s Corner

For today’s post, I will be sharing 8 Simple Mixed Media Cards and a photo tutorial for one of the cards. I’ve used Dress My Craft Stencils, Glitters, sequins & papers here. 

Dress My Craft (DMC) stencils are beautifully designed and would work brilliantly in all kinds of crafting especially for making Mixed Media Backgrounds. They are A4 in size & premium quality. Since they are thick, one can use them easily with various art mediums, pastes, sprays, inks etc and wash off the residue to ensure longevity. Because of their big size, one can use them on 12 by 12 layouts, on fabrics, walls etc... to get a seamless design. 

The 3 DMC glitters are beautifully packed in a wide mouth jar, so, it is easy to use one’s fingers to sprinkle them. They come in 3 varieties of fineness, with the DMC Microfine Glitter powder having the smallest white, shiny, powdery particles, DMC's Rainbow Glitter Chunks being multi colored and biggest in size & DMC's Rainbow Glitter is multi-colored, sparkly and has medium sized particles. I tried using various glues to stick down the glitters and all of these worked well-Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Dovecraft’s Acrylic Craft Glue, Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte & Glossy Accents. 

My favorite technique of adding loose glitter to these cards was to heat emboss an image and then sprinkle on some glitter on top of the heat embossed image and heat it with a heat tool so it got set within the melted embossing powder underneath. This way the glitter does not fall or rub off and it gives a great sparkly & shiny look to any project. 

For today’s cards, I’ve used the stencils with different mediums. 
All the cards are 5 by 7 inches in size and easy to create. I also wanted to minimize 3-D elements so that these cards could be easily put into available envelopes and mailed. 

So let’s get started.

Card 1: New Beginning

For this motivational card, I applied white gesso in the background on top of kraft cardstock (using a palette knife to get a rough, grungy look) and then sponged on black acrylic paint through the DMC- Alphas Stencil. The sentiment was stamped, matted and foam mounted on the card. All the edges were distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Card 2: Thanks

For this Thanks card, I created the background panel with the gelliprinting technique using inks, paints and the DMC-Thumb Print Stencil. Then splattered on some watered down white gesso and matted it with a pretty text design paper from the DMC-Hydrangea Lawns Collection. To finish, added the die cut sentiments and the butterfly which is stamped from the Mudra Butterfly Layers Stamp and heat embossed on vellum.

Card 3: Hello 

For this hello card, followed a similar procedure as Card 2 by using the DMC-Alphas stencil to create the background. For this card, I also wanted some sparkle, so I put a layer of glossy accents on top of the die cuts and then sprinkled on some DMC-Microfine Glitter Powder on top. This added a wonderful & subtle sparkle which is hard to capture in photos.

Card 4: You are Enough

For this motivational card, I created the green background by using the Monoprinting with stencils Technique, in which I sprayed Lindy’s sprays onto the DMC Thumb Print stencil and then sprayed some water. Then used the stencil to stamp onto the panel. For layering, I then sprayed a darker brown color through the same stencil onto the dried background. Finished it off by stamping an apt sentiment, darkening the edges of the panel, matting & foam mounting the panel. Using this technique, one gets the positive and negative impression from the stencil.

Card 5: Happy Birthday

This motivational card was made alongside card 4 so the same techniques and stencils were used. Spraying ink on one panel and then flipping the stencil over to stamp with it onto the second panel. This way we can create 2 cards and reduce wastage of inks/sprays. For this card, I did some background stamping as well and then added the die cut sentiment.

Card 6: Cheers

For this celebration card, I created the background by sponging on white acrylic paint through the DMC-Thumb Print stencil and then Black Archival Ink through the DMC-Couture Fashion Stencil. The sentiment is a die cut and to add sparkle to it, I used some multi medium matte and then sprinkled on the DMC-Rainbow Glitter Chunks. In real life, it looks very shiny & sparkly.

Card 7: Hi

For this hi card, to create the background, I sponged on white acrylic paint through the DMC- Swirls Stencil and then with a soft touch created a sponged on white border. The sentiment is a die cut to which I added DMC-Rainbow Glitter using Dovecraft’s Ultimate Acrylic Craft Glue

Card 8: Sparkle

Photo Tutorial for Card 8 :
1. Created the card background by sponging on Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink through the DMC- Swirls Stencil using Ranger’s Mini Ink blending tool, Mini Ink Blending Foams and sponge daubers.

2. To add text to the background, sponged on Black Soot Distress Ink through the DMC- Couture Fashion Stencil

3. Then I did heat embossing through the DMC- Couture Fashion Stencil by first preparing the surface with an anti-static powder tool and then dabbing on versamark sticky ink through the dress form shape in the stencil & heat embossed it with Ranger’s super fine black embossing powder. 

4. To add shine to the dress form shape, as soon as the heat embossing was done, I sprinkled on some DMC-Microfine glitter powder onto the dress and heated it again with the Dovecraft Embossing Heat Tool, this enabled the glitter to bind to the melted embossing powder underneath and I had my glittery dress ready with no mess!

5. I heat embossed the die cut word “sparkle” as well and added shine to it (adding DMC’s Microfine Glitter Powder) in the same way by heat setting it. 

6. Then I did background stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink to create interest and adhered the sentiment with Tombow’s Mono Multi Liquid Glue 

7. In the end, I darkened the edges of the panel with Black Soot Distress Ink, matted it in black and foam mounted it onto a white card base. Then added DMC’s beautiful sequins- (Golden Black, White Sunshine & Crystal Clear) with glossy accents to finish the card.

That's all for today :) 

I'm very grateful to Shalini and the wonderful team at Crafters Corner for this experience. I had so much fun playing with the supplies. I highly recommend that you check out their website, HERE and also, their brand- Dress My Craft for it’s Stencils, Glitters, Sequins, Flowers, Pattern Papers etc They have a plethora of cool options to choose from. Buy a few to try them out, experiment and see the quality for yourself. I'm sure you'll love them :) 

Please don't forget, there is a great deal on DMC stencils via a Grab Bag Offer, wherein you can pick up all 12, A4 sized DMC stencils at a discounted price, please click HERE to check it out. 

Thanks a lot for your precious time :)
Stay Blessed
Preeti Datta