Showing posts with label DT Ishaani. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DT Ishaani. Show all posts

Monday, 23 October 2017

Quilled Ganesh and Lotus Tealight holder by DT Ishani

Hello Dear Crafters,


I hope you had lovely Diwali celebrations. What a moment of pride we had when we didn't hear any crackers in our society, a moment of joy today and for our future. We must leave our earth for our kids at least liveable and breathable, just as our parents gave it to us. Lets carry on the cheer and celebrations in this post as well for the festive season of Diwali and let me show you how I made a 3-D Quilled Ganesh Fridge Magnet and a Quilled  Lotus Tea light holder.

3 D Ganesh Fridge Magnet

For this you will need:

Quilling strips (5mm, 3mm)

Quilling slotted tool


Card board base

Pretty pattern paper

Magnetic sheet


1.  I took skin coloured 5mm quilling strips and stuck four of them together and started coiling it and shaping it in the form of Ganesh’s head and trunk. After achieving the desired shape, stick the strip and also apply a coat of glue inside the hollow, so that the shape holds.

2.    With the similar colors I shaped the ears, arms, hands and feet. I used a red color strips for the chest and stomach and orange to make the dhoti laden legs. I used 3mm strips only for His ears, hands and feet. I arranged them to see if they would fit in togeteher. Make sure to apply glue inside or behind the shapes to hold them in place or else while arranging the pieces the coils may slip off.


3.    For the base I took an old tag and covered it with a paper (you could use patterned paper) on which I stamped swastika (I earlier did one on crème paper then decided to use orange). Behind the tag I put a piece of 3mm wide magnetic sheet. Check the side which has magnetic effect and stick the opposite side to the tag.

4.    For the features I used 3mm strip of dark brown strip of paper for His eyes, eyebrows, white for tusks and red for the tilak.



5.   Now that my all elements were ready, I arranged the shapes and stuck them together


Quilled Lotus Tealight/diya holder

For this you will need:

Quilling strips (5mm)

Quilling slotted tool


Card board base

Acrylic paint


Tea light

Washi tape


1.  Choose the 5mm strips of the colour of your choice. In my project I use five colours of Orange and red family. I planned to make it a lotus shape and so all the shapes are tear drop shape. 

2. I personally prefer to tear the paper even at the ends before sticking them together. They give a neat look when rolled into any shape.

3. With a slotted needle I roll out the shapes, four strips stuck together, rolled, shaped into a tear- drop shape and stuck with glue after tearing off the end.


4. The number of tear drops that you will require will depend upon the base you decide to have. I have a 9cm diameter circle cut off a waste card board, for which my outer most layer had 20 tear drops. I give it a paint coat in similar color of my strips of paper and at the outer edge stick my quilled tear drops with glue (the tweezer and slotted tool are supporting them till they dry).

5.  I put some pretty washi tape  around the tealight, to make it look festive too.  And then, after some sweet labour of rolling and shaping, arranged and stuck the different colored tear drops in two more concentric circles.



6.  All put together, the quilled lotus tealight holder looks like this.

I hope you liked these and would attempt something similar. Don't forget to join us  in our monthly challenge, hardly any days left!

All the material listed above are available at Rainbow craftykari store or you could also Pre-order by mailing us at

Sending you - 'Craft till you drop' wishes.



Saturday, 30 September 2017

Origami Shadow Box by DT Ishani

Hello Dear friends,

Today I am here with an Inspiration post for you, an easy DIY shadow box + Origami, you could gift to your friend who just had a baby. I am using an age old paper art - Origami for my shadow box, but you could use it for anything you want to display.

I always felt the dimensions of a project like quilling and origami gives the handmade creations a different look. But I always struggled to find a frame for the same, even if I found, it was a little expensive for me. So why not give dimension to a common photo frame?

You can choose any dimension of photo frame for this, depending on your project. Remove the pins and the backing of the frame. Now you will have the glass, the side frame and the backing of the frame.


Take a heavy gsm paper, 220 gsm or more and trace the glass size on it. Now with the ruler, trace 2 cms around the glass measurements.


Let the lines dissect when meeting at the corner. These lines will give depth to the edges of the frame. Then, cut along the outer line to get a rectangle.


Next, with a scoring tool score the innermost line, to get raised edges. Cut the two opposite corners.


Fold the four side with the help of a scoring tool, giving it a neat crease on the inner most line.


Now that you have raised sides stick the corners together with a cello tape. Try to place it in the frame and see if it fits well. 


Now that the frame is almost ready, once you put all the elements together place the backing of the frame over the cardstock and stick it up with a strong cello tape. 


Now, our shadow box frame is ready to be used for framing. I planned to do origami and made a onesie (with a bib) and a diaper with origami paper.


When I thought about how to incorporate it, I thought they'll look nice if I put them on clothesline with wooden clothespin, as if they are hanging after a wash.

Here are some close ups of the final project:

Supplies used:

  • Photo frame
  • Cardstock of 220 gsm 
  • Cello Tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors or Paper cutter
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil
  • Origami Paper (10 x 10 cms for the onesie and 7x7 cms for the diaper)
  • Safety pin 
  • Pattered paper (for bib)
  • A piece of cord
  • Wooden clothespin
  • Washi tape

Hope this project inspires you try something similar too. You can find all these supplies at the Rainbow Craftykari store or you can Pre-order by sending an email at

Don't forget to link in your projects for our this month's challenge.


Friday, 25 August 2017

Interactive card tutorial by DT Ishani

Hello Dear Crafters,

I am back today to share with you a tutorial on card making. I am sure this post will help all of you who want to try and make a card with a different technique and don't know where to begin!

Twirling Fairy

I am sure you love interactive cards like I do.  It gives you more joy when you see the recipient enjoying playing with it.
So, today I have a fairy card which twirls or spins.

For this card you'll need:

  • Cardstock For the card base - 14 x 28 cms (180 gsm)
  • Cardstock For inlay - 12 x 12 cms (180 gsm)

  • Pattern Paper - 14 x 14 cms (120 gsm)

  • An image/stamp (I used a digital image)
  • White cardstock for printing the image (I used Papericious 180 gsm)
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Plastic cord
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue
  • Colours (I used Koi brush pens & Camlin watercolour pencils)
  • Embellishments (I used spectrum noir pen, half pearls, Glossy accent and shaker elements) 

Let's begin making it

1.  Decide your subject image, as the dimensions of the card may vary for you. I got a digital stamp printed on a sheet of cardstock. Take the cardstock of 14 x 28 cms and score it in half to create a top folding card.You have to cut one side of the card to create a window. If you have a die cutting machine and a die that cuts a window in which the image can move effortlessly, go ahead. But if you don't have all this, just take a craft knife and first mark your markings and cut with the knife.



2.  Now, cut the pattern paper of the desired dimensions. I cut a rhombus of 8x8 cms to ensure my fairy moved effortlessly.

3. Similarly, on the cardstock align the cutout window of the patter paper and cut similar window.

4. Now attach the card
base and the patter paper, so that the windows align together. I used a double sided tape for it. Using glue might warp the paper.

5. I only had the front side of the fairy, so I cut the similar image but on the plain side I drew her dress and hair. It was an easy image so I could do so. So be careful while
choosing an image to spin. There are many companies which make the spinning
card version stamps with the front and backside image available.

6.  I coloured the image with watercolours (koi pens and pencils). I used some gold and silver colour for her crown and wand. I used some embellishments, like glossy accents and shaker elements on her wand. With spectrum noir sparkle brush I put some sparkle on her gown and some half pearls for her crown.

7. Now that the images are ready, we need to put it together so that our fairy twirls. Take that plastic cord or any other neutral colour strong cord and place it carefully at the centre of your image. Stick it up with a strong tape and then stick both the parts of the image. You must ensure that the cord is straight before you stick the parts up. Check how it looks when suspended.

8. It is ready to be assembled and put in its window. I attached the cord with a strong tape and used a pretty washi tape to hide it. Change the direction of the image, to see if it's centred properly.

9. Now that the card is almost ready, I realised that if I write inside the card, it will be visible through the window. So, to cover it up I took 12 x 12 cms similar cardstock and stuck it inside.

10. Twirl your fairy and put it in an envelope, when the recipient opens the card, the fairy will twirl. 

I hope you enjoyed this and will make your own twirly interactive card/ spinning card. I have enjoyed making it and I and my family love to play with it. I don't think I'll be able to keep it safe to be presented to someone!

Don't forget to participate in our ongoing challenge Rainbow Friendship. Link your projects here.

Happy Crafting,