Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Altered Palette Tutorial by DT Vidhi

Hello friends,

How are you all? I am enjoying my little summer vacation!!! It's too hot here in India. But I am still enjoying my break. I am back with another Tutorial post for Rainbow Craftykari blog.

This time, I've created an Old Vintage Shadow Box from a used artist palette. I love old and a vintage look on projects and that's why this was fun to create it.

So here is how I made this Shadow box.
Enjoy a video flip through and step by step instructions below  

Step 1 :  First step is to prime the base.

It is always good to prime the base with gesso, so it holds any further mediums and colours.

I gave it a coat of Black Gesso and covered the entire surface. The palette is made out of plastic and this gesso primes it well for further textures and mediums. 

Step 2 :  Adding textures. Apply white Crackle texture paste on the pallet randomly as shown in the image.

For fine cracks, let it dry naturally. Once you let it dry for a few hours, you'll see the cracks appear. Next, I applied a thin layer of rust paste watered down, onto the texture. This enhances the cracks.

Step 3 :  Roughly placing elements on the pallet.
I picked different things from my treasure, to go with my vintage shadow box.
After picking it out the elements, I roughly placed them on the palette and played with the arrangement. 

Step 4 :  Add colours and textures to the elements.
I selected different types of materials of elements. Some are plastic, metal, fibers etc.  Before placing them, it is important to colour them to match the vintage look. I used the same rust pastes and painted the elements.

Step 5 :  Gluing and Priming the elements. 
One by one I placed all the elements in the colour pallet  and added some used fabric pieces, threads, beads and mini/mega stones to give more depth to the project.

Step 6 :  Time to add the coffee splash.
In the end, I splashed some coffee stains on the entire project to enhance the vintage look. 

Step 7: Final touches.

For more depth, I sprinkled Lindy's magical shakers at a few places and added Tim Holtz Word Sticker to give it more meaning. 

And with that my Vintage shadow box is ready !!!

Supplies Used :
  • Black Gesso
  • Finnabair Rust Paste set
  • White Crackle texture paste
  • Glue - Heavy body gel
  • Tim Holtz sticker set
  • Lindy's magical shakers
  • Coffee powder
Most of the above-listed materials are available on the Rainbow Craftykari Store and can also be pre-ordered by sending an e-mail at

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Visit our BLOG for more inspiration and tutorials.

Hope you guys liked it. Looking forward to seeing your variation of this one!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Quilled Magnets Inspiration by DT Priyadarshini

Hello everyone,
I am here with a new inspiration post for you all. Since May is a holiday month filled with summer camps and fun, my inspiration today will be quilled magnets. I started quilling a few years ago and have only enjoyed and loved it ever since. These magnets work best as a return gift. They are simple, cute, enjoyable and easy to make. There is no limit to using creativity when it comes to quilling. 
Introduction about Quilling
Quilling or paper filigree is a form of art that involves the use of strips of paper which are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewellery, mobiles etc. The most popular and versatile technique is that of rolling. The paper strip is rolled in fingers or using a tool. The coil is then released and then glued at the tip and then shaped. These shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns. 

Materials used for making magnets:
1. Quilling strips 5 mm - different colours (3mm can also be used)
2. Quilling needle
3. Circle template board
4. White glue
5. Magnets (circle) 
6. Mod Podge or quilling varnish (one coat to seal)
7. Wired pollens
8. Googly eyes (optional)

I have made a couple of flower magnets along with different ones as well to inspire you with this art form of quilling. 


 Tea Pot

 Flower with wire pollens

 Flower with leaves

 Peacock feather pattern


 Twin Snails


I had fun making these magnets and hope you all try these out and have the same fun. Here are some links to previous team members tutorial posts on quilling. 

Most of the above-listed materials are available on the Rainbow Craftykari Store and can also be pre-ordered by sending an e-mail at
Do visit the Rainbow Craftykari store HERE

Check out Rainbow Craftykari BLOG for more inspiration from our design team members. 

Happy crafting!


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Floral Wreath Inspiration by DT Spardha

Hi guys!
I am here today with another inspiration post for you. Making a floral wreath from old wires!

Okay, this was a long part-research and part-experiment project for me since I thought I had it. Man was I wrong!

Let me take you through my design process for the project first and inspire you to get over your mistakes and NEVER stop trying. Idea #01 for the wreath was to use some left-over AC tube {it's copper, so WOW! } Turns out we got one of our conditioners repaired and used up the tube.

Idea #02 was to use a thin floral wire. Mid-way through the project, it came apart since it was too flimsy. Idea #03 was to use left-over thick wires and YAY we have a winner!

I connected four pieces of wire to form a circle and painted them using chalk paint.

The letters have been cut out using a digital die cutting machine and suspended using twine.

Decorate it with flowers, leaves or seasonal decor and it's done! I left loads of negative space in mine since it goes up on my gallery wall with a bunch of frames.

Supplies used:
  • Thick wires (12" X 4pcs)
  • Glue Gun
  • Green Chalk Paint
  • Paper Flowers
  • Trims 
  • Twine
  • Black Cardstock for Letters
Most of the above-listed materials are available on the Rainbow Craftykari Store and can also be pre-ordered by sending an e-mail at
Do visit the Rainbow Craftykari store HERE

Visit our BLOG for more inspiration and tutorials

Hope this inspires you to make one of your own.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Decoupage +Mixed Media- Altered Box Tutorial by DT Megha

Hello everyone,

Today I am here with a Tutorial post for you all. I have incorporated decoupage and mix media techniques into one project.

I am making a book box for a mother from her daughters on the occasion of Mother's Day! Here's a look at the book box:

Step 1: To make this, begin by choosing a box which opens like a book, of any size. Choose a decoupage pattern paper or card stock which looks rich and vintage. I have picked up the Vintage papers from Papericious. 

Step2: Cut the papers according to the size of your box. I prefer using a paper trimmer for this, as it gives a neat cut and precise measurements. Use decoupage glue and adhere the papers on the insides of the box, all sides and the inside lid.

Step 3: Use acrylic paints and paint the rim and corners of the box. In this case, I have used a Royal Blue Colour. 

Step 4: Time to add texture. Apply modelling paste on the outer sides of the box with a spatula. For texture, use a pointed sharp object and run through it. In this case, I have used a long needle to mimic the effect of book pages. 

Step 5: Time to add colour to the texture. You could use any form of spray colours. Acrylic colours watered down will also work. I have used the 13 Arts Sprays. When adding colours, always remember to work in layers. Dry between coats. For my box, I have used the colours Brown, Yellow and Grey. I have done this on the three sides of the box, leaving the spine untouched.

Step 6: Next time to decorate the outside of the box. Choose pattern paper for the top, bottom and spine of the box. Once cut down to size, using decoupage glue adhere it. 

Step 7: Lets add some textures and dimension. Using a stencil add modelling paste. I've added texture to depict grandness and give it a vintage look. You could further add texture with cut pieces of burlap like I have done. Once down in place, randomly brush white gesso.  

Step 8: Next, time to add elements. You could use chipboard and metal elements. I have used some pattern chipboards as well as the Star Confetti from Rainbow Craftykari. Once your elements are glued down, cover them with a coat of white gesso.

Step 9: Since I had a vintage look in mind, I decided  to use the rust and patina paste to add colour and texture. I am applying each colour in turn and building the colour intensity, starting from darkest to lightest.

Step 10: Next, I wanted to incldue the photographs on the box. I have used corrugated sheet to uplift them. I have also added paper flowers in white and shades of brown. For more texture, I have mixed yellow rust paste and a tinge of blue patina paste in the art stones to get the mustard rust look and adhered them with matte gel medium. Waxes highlight all this amazing texture. I have used Brass and White Gold waxes to highlight the details.

Step 11: For me, a project like this is completed with splatters. I have added rust yellow and white paint splatters, making sure to dry one colour before splattering the next.

Step 12: Next, let's complete the spine of the book box. Using the same stencil which we used on the lid, create a pattern with modelling paste. I have used diluted yellow rust paste to add colour. Once dry, I've used the waxes to finish it up for a vintage look.

Step 13: To complete it, use some background stamp with Black and Coffee Archival Ink and randomly stamp,  highlighting texture and details all over the box where needed. 

Screw the hinges and assemble the box to complete it.

Here are some more pictures:

Supplies used:

  • MDF Book Box
  • Modelling Paste 
  • White Gesso 
  • Stencil
  • Matt Medium 
  • Burlap Sheet 
  • Papericious Pattern Paper 
  • Decoupage Glue 
  • Flowers 
  • Metal Charms
  • Stamps
  • Archival Inks,
  • Rainbow Craftykari MDF Star Confetti
  • 13 Arts Colour Sprays 
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Finnabair waxes
  • Patina and Rust Pastes
  • Art Stones
  • Liquid Glue
  • Heat Gun
Most of the above-listed materials are available on the Rainbow Craftykari Store and can also be pre-ordered by sending an e-mail at
Do visit the Rainbow Craftykari store HERE

Visit our BLOG for more inspiration, tutorials and check out our ongoing challenge.

Happy Crafting!