Monday, 7 April 2014

Guest DT Indira - Recycle your Cardboard materials into Home Decor elements

Heya Everyone, we came up with an exciting and inspiring post today. This month, We have invited an crafter who is MBA by Profession and work for an IT MNC. She resides in Mumbai with her Husband. Crafting is her hobby and she loves transforming waste material into usable stuff and her love for recycling can easily be shown in her craft projects. She delved into many paper crafts such as Card Making, Quilling, Punch crafts, She is Indira Tanwar from Arty Sorts 

Welcome Indira at Rainbow Craftykari blog. Over to you now :)

Hi friends. This is Indira here from Arty Sorts blog. Few days back, Maninder got in touch with me and invited me to showcase some projects on the blog. It really does feel great when you can make use of stuff lying around in the house to create some beautiful art work.

This is the gorgeous kit that she sent me to use. Few of the things in the kit were totally new to me and had it not been for Maninder, I would have never tried these things out. I must say I really enjoyed playing with my new craft goodies. 

My post here today is something related to cardboard's that i have used from packaging material  to create projects. I hope you like my creations. Let me talk about them one by one. Since there are a lot of pics, I will keep the text short.

Project 1: Door Hanger
I have given a vintage look to the door hanger. For the base, I have recycled the cardboard from PaperMania Chipboard album packaging and covered it using MME - Oxford Lane Plaid Pattern paper from Rainbow Craftykari Store.

I have used lots of embellishments decorated using UTEE. The pictorial below will show you the step-by-step procedure on how I used UTEE.

1. Take a stamp of your choice and ink using Versamark ink.

2. I have re-used a thick packing paper to stamp ink on. A 220 gsm card stock can also be used. Covered the inked area with UTEE.

3. Remove the Excess. Melt UTEE using a heat tool. I'm using griddle(tava) for it. Fussy Cut the Image.

Now time to play with Petaloo Flowers, Wooden Embellies and Charms:

1. Choose embellishments of your choice, For my project i have use Color Me Crazy Petaloo flower, Wooden tag, MDF die-cuts, Corner metal charm, Bronze Flower metal charm, Heart Shape metal charm and  Metal key from the Kit. Melt UTEE, I have heated it on gas burner in a regular steel utensil.

2. Dip the Metal flower and Heart embellishment in Melted UTEE and Coat Well.

3. Repeat the above step and dip the MDF die-cut and Petaloo flower in UTEE. Coat Well.

Time for another pictorial for using flocking powder which I have used to cover the plain White Color me Crazy Petaloo flower from the kit.

1. Coat a flower with glue and cover generously with flocking powder. Press down the powder firmly and remove the excess.

2. To get a dark background, ink the flower before sticking flocking powder to it.

3. You can see the effect of flocking powder on the white flower, with and without inking.

Than I compiled the embellishments and flocked flower on the door-hanger base using Red pearl string from the kit and blings from my stash. Distressed the edges with Broken china and Vintage photo. Here is my result:

Project 2: Wall hanging/Desk Keepsake

Pictorial on Embellishing the Bezel:
1. Choose the Glitters and Bezel of your choice. Here I've used Chunky glitters and Glitter balls, Some blings from my stash and Square Bezel from the kit. Melt and pour the black UTEE onto the bezel with the help popsicle or spatula . Whilst still hot, add the bigger blings or embellishments onto it.

2.Add other things over it while UTEE is still hot. If its start cooling down, Use heat tool to melt it. I've used chunky glitter and some beads. Color the edges with Gold Perfect Pearl Powder.

For this project, I used a sturdy cardboard base, covered it using MME - My Girl - Bouquet pattern paper from the kit and distressed the edges with Worn lipstick ink. The sentiment is stamped on a price tag.

I've used the lovely flowers and circle metal charm from the kit and lot of blings here and there. The tiny wooden clothespin is colored in blue using a normal sketch pen.

Here is my Result:

Hope you enjoyed this post and will get inspired. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. Thank you Maninder for this opportunity and inviting me over your blog.


Craft Supplies:

Thanks so much Indira for the sharing fabulous techniques and projects with us.

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 :)