Friday, 28 March 2014

Guest DT Post by Anchal - Embellish your Craft Projects using Shrink Plastic and Metal Charms

Heya Crafters, This month we are focusing on Embellishments, be it Metal Charms, Flowers, Pearls, MDF's, Die-Cuts and the list goes on. Today, we have invited an embellishment lover and a talented crafter  from India. She had started with paper crafts two years back. She always had a creative streak. She entered the crafting world with Quilling. She has exhibited her work at the famous Vanity Fair in Chandigarh. She loves trying new things, loves to experiment with new techniques, I call her “Technique Queen” :)  She always amazed us with her Magnificent Craft Creations. I'm so glad to introduce her on Rainbow Craftykari Blog as a Guest DT of this month. Do checkout her blog A Colourful Affair and Facebook Page

Hello Everyone!

Firstly i want to thank Maninder for inviting me as a Guest DT on Rainbow Craftykari Blog :) Its an honor ! I really enjoyed using the variety of products i was given in the GDT kit. Really loved all the charms! P.S.- I'm an embellishment junkie :) ! I have made 3 projects using the products. I will be doing a picture tutorial for the same.

Today i will be highliting the product- Shrink plastic by Ranger
Its an excellent product which can be used to make charms/ embellishments. 
I did a few experiments with Shrink plastic. 

First i cut the shrink plastic using my dies and to shrink it i used my heat gun. its not easy to evenly shrink the plastic when using intricate dies. I kept trying to do a even piece but i failed to.

So i tried finding a solution to it. Well i baked them!! :D Can you believe that? It was so easy! Just pre-heat your oven or microwave at 180 degrees. Line up a cake pan with some paper and lay your die cuts on it and bake it for 3-4 mins. After removing it from the oven let it cool for 10-15 seconds before picking it, as the shrink plastic is still hot and you might bend it. Here is my result of baked die-cuts

Now i will be sharing a few projects!

My First Project  is the tag i have created! Hope you all like it!

To make this you will require - 2 stencils/ Crafters Workshop templates 

Distress ink, gesso, molding paste, knife , mini misters, distress ink re-inkers, charms, wooden tag, liquid pearls, stamps and shrink plastic.

I've used a prima tag from my stash. I lined up the tag with the Crafters Workshop template - Art is from the Rainbow Craftykari Store and used some modelling paste over it on selected portions. I added some pigment powder to my modelling paste prior using it. Once it was nice and dry i used Tim holtz layering stencil Clock work and used it with Distress ink -Vintage photo. I soo love the effect this stencil gives and the possibilities are endless!
To brighten up the tag a little, I've distressed it using peacock feathers on the edges. 

Now leaving that aside i took a smaller tag and added 2 metal embellishments using a hot glue gun. 

They are soo pretty! I covered the entire tag using Camlin Gesso from the store. If you want the background to be a shade darker than the embellishment then you can skip using gesso over the background.

Next i made some mists using my distress reinkers and perfect pearls with little water. I've used Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Perfect Pearl Bronze and Perfect Pearl Cappuccino. I repeatedly sprayed and dried it until i was satisfied with the effect.

I've used one wooden tag from the store. These are very cute and look very good when added in cards and tags, They are a small size and look lovely! I inked this with salty ocean and then sprayed it with the mists i made. 

After drying it i layered it over the embellishments using hot glue gun. I cut a piece of shrink plastic and stamped a sentiment over it with Stazon Jet Black Ink  and cut the edges unevenly. after shrinking it with baking method, i placed it over the tiny tag using hot glue gun. To add some depth to the tag i inked it a little with vintage photo.
You can use Ranger Archival ink as well on Shrink Plastic. Only Solvent Inks works on Shrink Plastic

Now i placed this over the large tag with foam tape. I added finishing touches by adding some Liquid Pearl Glue - Gold, the gorgeous butterfly charm and some chain to the tag.

The Second Project i made is a trinket box. I've used a mdf box here. I painted it with acrylic paint.  Next i cut this cameo from the lovely paper i was provided.

Layered it on top of the cute wooden tag and added it to the box. I've placed 2 metal flowers next to it using my hot glue gun. These flowers are gorgeous! I loved them! The best part is i can add any colour crystal or pearl that matches my project!

Next I've used a butterfly and a key charm and a tile i created with shrink plastic using baking method. I've inked the cage with Black marker and Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink from the store.

I've embellished the tag with some pearls and lace. Hope you all like it!

My Third Project is a name plate i made for myself! :P
I've used some gorgeous paper from the Rainbow Craftykari store! Do you see these big pretty flowers? They are lovely! its by Petaloo Color Me Crazy Assorted Flowers.
Petaloo - Color Me Crazy Assorted Flowers
This pack is lovely it comes with a variety of sizes n is excellent for big size projects, the quality of the flowers is very good and the best part it its white! You can ink them and spray them!

I've used Petaloo feathers from the store and accentuated them with liquid pearls. I've done the same with the alphabets and layered them over contrasting cardstock. I've also used bottle caps from the store and added some pearls inside! it looks so pretty!

Hope you all liked the projects! For any questions please feel free to ask!


Anchal Sapra 

Craft Materials Used:

Other Products Used: Thick Cardstock, Tim Holtz Bird CageDie and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Die - Decorative Dress Forms (These Products are available at Pre-Orders. Mail us at

Thank you so much Anchal for Inspiring and Sharing the wonderful techniques :)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Guest DT post by Shoma - Tutorial on Sospeso Transpente

Heya Crafters, Hope you all are enjoying Winters.This month we have bring an exclusive tutorial on Sospeso Transpente.

Let me introduce this month Guest DT who is passionate about crafts since her childhood and love to learn new forms of crafts. Presently she's into Paper Quilling , Scrapbooking, Greeting cards, Lamasa, Handmade Chocolate and Sospeso Transpente. Yes! She is Shoma Beramji (G.Noida) of Art Bug India and Krafter's Kart Store .

Hello friends,

Today I am going to show you how I made these lovely Sospeso flowers and used then in my projects. As we all know that there are different ways of making these flowers. I will show you how to make the flowers using Sospeso Napkin (printed fabric), Plastic Film and The printed tissue.
A special thanks to Maninder for inviting me to be a Guest designer on Rainbow Craftykari blog. All the materials used in the making of this project is from Rainbow Craftykari Store.

These are the things that we need to make out project, Scissor, sospeso glue, some glitters, small pollens(if you wish to put), the embossing tools, candle, and any kind of tissue. I made some flowers with napkin, some with regular tissue that you get for decoupage, and the normal printed tissue that we get in Monica Allegra’s collection, and some clear Transparencies and a paint brush to apply the glue with and glue gun.

Cut all the paper roughly so that you can stick on the transparent sheets with the glue. This is how it looks after cutting the extra parts of napkin and transparent sheet.
If u want a darker look then you can first put a white or a matching sheet of paper and then glue the tissue on top. That will give it a more brighter look.

The Sospeso glue is very thick so add water to make it liquid.. the instructions are written on the bottle. When you adhere, first apply a coat of glue on the base then put Napkin or Tissue on top and then again slowly with a brush apply another layer (the way we do for decoupage)

*Note : you can glue the printed side down that will give you a glossy finish or you can do print side up that will give you a matte finish.

Once you finish gluing your sheet it will look like this (here I've pasted napkin, tissue paper and the printed napkin) Give it time to dry about 4-6 hours depending on the weather.

Once it dries it will look like this, now the tough part is cutting the sheets. I would normally make a pencil layout of what and how i would want to arrange so that my work becomes easy.

After the cutting final sheet will look like this. You can cut further if your layout demands.

Then starts the embossing and debossing of the flowers to give it a more realistic look..its your choice what and how you want your flower to be.
Add the finishing touches, put glitters or pollens or diamond dust with the help of some glue, you can even put a layer of varnish if you wish to and start assembling the flowers together with the help of silicone glue or a glue gun.

Making  of the Printed Sheet flowers

The process of making these flowers is almost the same, just a few things too keep in mind.

We start by cutting the printed sheets, once cut, you can further cut the flowers and the petals if you want a dense or layered look.

Lit a Candle and Bring the flower film close to the fire, keep just 3-4inch gap so that u don’t end up burning the plastic. Then heat one petal at a time n emboss or deboss.

Soon your flower will start taking shape, Arrange the small flower in side the big flower to give a dense effect.

At the end add the desired look to the flower, I wanted to put pearls but u can put anything or your choice to decorate it. This is how the finished flower looks like ready to be used in any project, you can add more beads or pearls so that it looks attractive.
For any questions related to this tutorial please leave a comment and we will get back to you.

Have a nice time making Sospeso.

Here is My Finished Projects:

All Sospeso Material is available at Rainbow Craftykari Store
Sospeso Material
Napkins -
Diamond Dust, Pearls and Sparkle -

- If you keep film very close to the fire it will burn.
- When working with the glue gun you need to be carefully holding the flower so that with the hot glue your flower  does not bend.
- If at any point you feel the flower has not come the way you wanted it to come then don’t worry, just put it on the table and with your heat gun, just run over it, so it will become a flat sheet and you can work again.
- Don’t rub your embossing tool too hard on the printed side as the color will come out.

Thank you Rainbow Craftykari Team once again for inviting me a guest designer on your blog.
Have a Great Day
Shoma Beramji

Thank so much Shoma for the Tutorial, Tips and Projects you've shared with us.