Monday, 25 July 2016

Guest DT Shikha - Explosion Box Tutorial

Heya Crafters, Happy Monday to Everyone! I'm glad to introduce to one of the truly brilliant artist in a craft community. We always adore her work by sneak peeks of her Characters, which left smile on our face. She is Shikha Mahajan from SM Memory Makers

Over to you Shikha

Hello, crafty friends! Shikha here from Hubli and I am thrilled to be a guest designer this month for Rainbow Craftykari Store. I'm Passionate about art and craft, diy's, upcycling products, doodling, sketching since childhood. I took it as profession and its been 5 years now. I also organize events related to art in my city. Owner of SM Memory Makers, which is all about handmade gifts like cards, scrapbook, scrapboxes, frames and more. Also into merchandising of handmade products. I have my 2 main characters named Amor and Quieo sketched by me which I use as brand ambassadors of SM Memory Makers.

How to make a 2 layers Explosion Box

This is a tutorial which shows how to make a 2 layer explosion box. Explosion box can be custom made to suit different occasions.

Glimpse of the Explosion box:

Since Friendship day is around the corner, I made this Explosion box for the same occasion.

Steps to make  a 2 layers Explosion Box ;

Step 1
Start with a square sheet of cardstock of any desire color which measures 12 by 12 inch. I close black because it makes any color look bright onto it.

Step 2
Score 4 inches and 8 inches horizontally and vertically.

Step 3
Cut out the squares at corners as shown.

This is how it  looks like.

Step 4
Repeat Steps 1, 2 & 3 and make one more such piece for the second layer with 11.5 inches square cardstock. The layers can be of same size as well but I want it to be a little smaller than the first layer.

Step 5
Apply adhesive (I have used fevicol, you can use any adhesive you have) on the center square of the first layer and glue it to the next piece on top.

The base is ready.

Step 6
To make the lid take a black cardstock of 6 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches size, score 1 inch from all the edges and crease them.

Step 7
Make cuts along the creases on all the 4 edges of 1 inch.

Step 8
Apply adhesive on the flap and fold inwards.

Repeat same for all the four corners to complete the lid.

Step 9
Choose pattern papers and stick them. You can choose any pattern papers you like. I'm choosing 3 different floral pattern papers from Paper designer paper pack which goes along with the occasion.

This is how it looks like once we stick these papers to the base.

Step 10
Embellishments to be added.

1 - I chose Teddy bear die cuts from a pattern paper set I brought from a local store and wrote friendship message on them using a marker.
Stamped few sentiments to make more embellishments. (Clear stamp from Heidi swap).

2 - Quote die cut are from collection of die cuts brought from a local store again, a heart pearl, ribbon, a button, 3 pink mulberry flowers, bling to decorate the lid.

3 - For center of the card:
I stamped a sentiment "love our friendship" on pattern die cut for center of the card, added a ribbon to the tag and a little butterfly which goes along with the pattern paper and few pearls brought from local store.
I added few bling and distressed the corner of all the embellishments with Ranger's Mowed Lawn acid free distress ink pad using blending tool. 
I used double sided tape to all the embellishments to give a 3D look.

The complete Explosion Box

This is my take on 2 layers Explosion Box for Friendship Day

Thank you so much for taking out the time to read this tutorial. If you have any question please feel free to leave the comments here.

Shikha Mahajan
Materaisl used -
Black cardstock - 650 GSM
A pair of scissors
Pattern papers - paper designer from Enogreeting
Heidi swap clear stamp set
Rubber stamp - love our friendship
Friends die cuts
Teddy bear die cuts
Pearls, Ribbons, Bling, Buttons
Mulberry flowers

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Guest DT Shilpi Gupta: Punchcraft Sunflower Tutorial

Hello Crafters, What's up? Today I'm so glad to Welcome a crafter on our blog who is known for her Punchcraft Projects. She makes amazing and innovative Punchcraft flowers. Your mind will be blown away seeing such a beauties. Without taking much time, Let me introduce to you Shilpi Gupta from Shilps Crafts - Unique Handmade Gifts 

Over to you Shilpi 

Hello,I am Shilpi gupta. I am a software engineer by profession and a crafter by heart. I am married and have a 3 month old daughter. I started crafting 4 years back when I used to make greeting cards for near and dear ones at birthdays and anniversaries. My husband saw those greeting cards and motivated me to take it seriously and to look at it from professional's view. And then I started taking it more seriously, looking for YouTube videos tutorials, following blogs to become aware that such crafting world exists too in this world :)
I started with handmade cards then gradually progressed to flower making and scrapbooks. That day forward i never looked back.

I am so excited to be a guest designer at Rainbow Craftykari. This blog is full of inspirations, tutorials, pictorials, demos and what not. You name it and this blog has it. You will find all the basic and advanced information about the new craft products.
Though I use different kind of techniques in my crafting such as mixed media, scrapbooking, card making, flower making but I love to make different kinds of flowers more. So today I will be sharing with you all a detailed pictorial on how to make real looking sunflowers in simple steps. Girls grab your cup of coffee and sit back as this post is picture heavy.

Let’s begin:
For this we will use Heartfelt creations Classic Sunflower die.

1st step:
We will use 3 large, 3 medium and 1 small die cut outs as shown in picture to make one large size sunflower.

2nd step:
While distressing the die cut remember never apply or dab the blender directly on paper. Dab it lightly on the craft sheet near to the die cut and then in circular motion start moving the blender towards the die cut. Keep distressing the die cut in circular motion. This will ensure even spreading of ink without blotches or spots of ink.

 I have used Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks here, we will color the cutouts/petals. Color the whole petal using mustard seed distress ink and apply wild honey distress ink just on the pointed petals of each cutout.

3rd step:
Now we will start embossing and molding the petals to make them look real. Take the smallest pointed embossing tool and make 5-6 parallel lines from outward to inward direction as shown in the picture. This will help in curling the petals on their own. I have used Leather perforating pad underneath for embossing.

We will repeat this step with all the cutouts so that all our petals are ready. And it will look something like this. As you can clearly see in the picture, petals are slightly curled towards the center and the embossing has given depth to the petals.

4th step:
We are almost done and now we just need to arrange the cutouts to make a complete sunflower. We will glue down all the cutouts in offset position one upon another. Two petals should not be overlapping each other while arranging the cutouts. For gluing we will use Aleene’s Tacky glue. Its best glue to be used in punch craft and flower making.

After arrangement of all the cutouts, this should look like the below given picture.

5th step:
And the last step is to complete the center of the flower. I have used mustard seeds for the center as it gives that perfect natural look to the sunflower. You can also use brown glitter balls.

Note: Use transparent adhesive to stick the glitter balls to the center. I have used Inkessentials glossy accent. It is strongest and transparent in nature.

And here is your completed sunflower. Isn’t it beautiful? Blooming as if just now plucked from the garden.

It is rightly said flower is not complete without a leaf. Here we will also see how to make leaves for this flower.

6th step:
We will take punch cutouts using lily punch. You can use 100- 120 gsm colored cardstock available easily in Rainbow Craftykari Store. I have used 100 gsm dark green colored cardstock. You can also use 150gsm white iris sheet and then distress it using desired color.

7th step:
We will emboss these leaves in the same way as we have embossed flower cutouts creating vertical lines.

Are these sunflowers and leaves super easy to make? So our flower and leaves are all ready to be assembled on a card. And here we have our finished card.

 I have used RTV Clear silicon glue to adhere flowers and leaves to the card base. This glue is my first choice because it gives me ample time to arrange my leaves and flowers. It takes around 30 mins to set permanent. Unlike hot glue gun which dries as soon as it comes out of the gun which makes it impossible to rearrange the flowers and leaves in case one does not find it pleasing to the eyes.

Hope you all liked the tutorial as much I do. You can leave your queries in the comments section and we shall get back to you.

List of materials used:

Heartfelt Creations Sunflower Die
Distress inks Mustard Seed and Wild Honey.
Embossing tool.
Leather perforating pad.
150 gsm iris paper
100 gsm dark green colored cardstock
Inkessentials Glossy Accent
Aleen’s tacky glue
RTV Clear silicone glue

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Guest DT Mansi Gupta: Mini Accordion Fold Album Tutorial

Hello Crafters, We're back with totally fresh batch of craft posts and we will make sure that you will going to learn and experiment new techniques through our DT's. Today we have came up with informative post on Mini Accordion Fold Album. Let me introduce to you a crafter who is Crafter by Heart, loves to Travel and Relish adventurous sports. She's into Scarpbooks, Decoupage, Volume Decoupage, Paper Craft, ceramic work, Collage clay and much much more. She is Mansi Gupta from Glitzern
Over to you Mansi
Hello Crafters,
Hope you all are doing well!!
Sharing a small tutorial on Super mini album in Accordion fold style. You can use this for anniversaries, birthdays, showers or any simple photo album. It is easy and cost effective to make. It measures 3.5 * 3.5 inches. Hope you will enjoy making it.

Material Required:
1) Chipboard/ Cardboard- 3.5* 3.5 iches- 2 pcs
3.5* ¾ inch- 1 pc.
2) Designer pattern paper- 3*3 inches- 11 pcs
3.25* 3.25 inches- 2 pcs
3.25* 1.5 inch- 1 pc
3) Black cardstock- 3.25* 19.5 inches- 1 pc.
4) Ribbon
5) Stamps and embellishments. 

First Step:
Score the black cardstock at the interval of 3.25 inches, and fan fold it. Our base of folded album will be ready.

Second Step:
Place the chipboard pcs on black cardstock and fold the ends making book like structure. Don’t forget to leave a little space (approx. 2mm) between the 3 panels. This space helps in folding the flaps. Stick the patterned paper inside the book, and keep it aside.


Third Step:
Now take the Fan fold strip and stick pattern paper pcs on it randomly using Aleene tacky glue or your favorite glue. (You can always increase the number of panels by sticking another black cardstock to it). Cover all the sides, front and back, except for the panel on the top.


Forth Step:
Now Paste the ribbon and the 3.25 inch sized pattern paper on top of book, paste the small pattern paper on spine to finalize the base of your album. Now with blank side at bottom, paste the album panels inside the album and yippee, your album is ready. 

Fifth Step:
Now this is my favorite step. Embellishments.
Use Sentiments, flowers, or any other decoration. I like to create a layer and keep it Simple. Here is the final look. Hope you enjoyed and understood this step to step process! Good luck and keep making more!!

List of Materials Used:
Papericious Paper Pack - Littel Star
Black Cardstock - 220 GSM
Mulberry Flowers
Aleene Tacky Glue

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Guest DT Bipasha: Altered your Drawings, MDF & Cage using Beeswax and Spellbinder Media Mixage

Heya Crafters, Whats up new going? Well Today we have came up with amazing post on Mixed Media. Let me introduce to you a crafter who is an electronics engineer. Her passion for art and craft is totally unending. She's always surprise us with her out of circle imagination and her drawing skills are incredible. She is Bipasha from Bk's Creative Corner
Over to you Bipasha

Bonjour my dear crafters!This is Bipasha from Bk's Creative Corner.At the very outset, I would like to thank super talented Maninder for giving me a chance to be a Guest Designer for my very favorite Rainbow Craftkari Blog and the super gorgeous GDT kit :),believe me the very moment I unpacked my parcel,it left me in complete awe and admiration for each of the products,specially the wooden embellies, metal findings,the Spellbinders Media Mixage ! Gosh I was dreaming of all crazy creations :P !!

It's a  little lengthy picture heavy post,so get a hold of your favourite drink and have fun going through the post :).

I will be sharing three projects with you and two techniques of fun experimentation with Beeswax!

Project 1: #Making a collage with beeswax(clear) (technique A),Colour me Crazy-Petalloo flowers, canvas board and some metal charms.


(Melt Art is way beyond fun! It’s super easy to experiment with all the cool (or should I say hot?) meltable mediums when you have the Ranger Melting Pot, no doubt.But who says you can't play with beeswax unless you hav a melting pot ?)

To work with the bees wax,I wanted a strong image to use as the focal point for my collage, and followed a few easy procedures to make it real grungy.
I sketched my image with charcoal pencils, then mod podged an old dictionary paper torn-outs(distress inked the edges while doing so) as a mask for my "grungy lady",and finally used coffee to give little effect to the entire image.

Now the image was ready for the real experiment with the beeswax ! To add little drama, I cut out my entire image into pieces alike those of puzzle games, and distress inked the edges.Then I stamped on random areas of the pieces with my red momento ink.

Then,I placed some beeswax pellets on each piece and ironed it out with my craft iron. Can u see lovely, foggy ethereal quality added by the wax to your surface and oh, the texture!

Next, i distress inked the edges of the canvas board using Walnut Stain

My next job was to make some co-coordinating embellishment for my grungy lady ;)! So I distress stained,stamped some of the awesome color me crazy petaloo flowers. The best part about them is they are so easy to stamp, ink, or mist. Take out a mat and "color" away, to make one-of-kind, beautiful embellishments in seconds.

Once they were ready, I started working on the rest part of my collage and stamped and pencil-colored the area to create of my favorite dimensional brick look.

Once I was quite happy with placements and layouts,I glued down the accesories and voila!! My grungy lady is all ready for the show :) 

Project 2 : #Making a penstand with the amazing MDFs,decouplage napkins and beeswax(clear) (technique B).

(My entire idea was to make it a little shabby-chic and also add a little vintage-y touch to it.So I selected the colour scheme as pink,black and slight brown vintage old touch *here and there. Hahaa, well the "here and there stuffs" will be stressed more in the below instructions though ;)

I separated the stuffs required for the primary base look of the pen stand. I thought of decoupaging it with the wonderful napkins from the store.I mixed a little paint and gesso and colored the entire mdf stand, giving it a creamy pink tint.

After the basic coat dried up completely, I decoupaged the napkin with mod-podge. In other cases, I would have preferred to roll out the wrinkles created on the napkin with a roller or a damp sponge before drying, but I left it as it is for this project, I loved the worn un-neat look!I stamped the visible edges of the stand with bo-bunny stamp and momento inks.

I collected two random stamps and planned to use them as embellishments! yes I mean postal stamps and i'm going to use it as embellishments. I distressed the postal stamp with Vintage photo stain and applied melted clear Beeswax, its worked out the perfect magic. I used a simple lighter to melt the wax and create a faint aged texture. I feel they look perfectly aged and gorgeous !

Finally, I added a few textures with Modelling paste(add a little pink tint) and gessoed + stamped few mdf embellishments to co-ordinate the entire project.

And we are done ! :)

Project 3 : #Making a dangler with the Spellbinders Media Mixáge.
(I have long been a fan of Susan Lenart's eclectic style, her embellishment range always blew me away and this Spellbinder Media Mixage is not an exception !)
I had seperated some of the assemblies(flowers,mini beads,etc) that I thought it might go well with the project.

(I have cut out co-ordinating pieces from the printable's and glued them inside the Spellbinders Media Mixáge bezel. Squeeze Dimensional Magic over the paper in a thin, even layer, creating a slight dome. Starting around the edges and spiraling inward, filling in any gaps.Use your finger or a toothpick to pop any air bubbles, then let the glaze dry in place (about 24 hours), allowing it to cure.If necessary, prop the bezel so that it will lie flat and level. (If you don't have dimensional magic mod podge, you can apply beeswax to give a textured look or you can apply Ranger Glossy Accents)

Finally, when it is cured, attach any embellishments desired such as metal charms,flowers etc. to give it the finished look !

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