Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Mixed media tag tutorial

Hello everyone,

i have a mixed media tutorial to share today using oriental 
cardstock and some new fashion accessories.As i told in my 
last post the heavy weight cardstock
 is perfect for mixed media projects.So let see the step by step procedure.

Take a piece of "Floral oriental cardstock " and chipboard measuring 3 by 6 inches,
glue them together and apply a coat of clear gesso.
Apply modelling paste through stencils
 Spray some water first and drop the colors(i have used lindys and color blooms 
sprays)and allow them to spread on its own.
 Sprinkle some colourarte pigments and activate it
with water
 I wanted very light background,so i dabbed some white gesso and
sprinkled some white paint.
So here is my finished tag,i used some laces,stamped leaves on vellum,clay/wood 
embellishments to decorate my tag.
 Can you spot the fashion accessories?  i used Sunshine flower,clear water
dropletsand crystal heart charms.
They are just perfect for any kind of projects.

Products used:

Thank you for stopping by.
Happy crafting,

Textures with Floral exotica papers

Hi guys,
Hope you're doing great.
I am back with a new post with two different projects created using DMC floral exotica collection papers. The first one is a shabby chic tag and the second is a vintage layout.

The beautiful background of this tag is created using floral exotica papers with some shimmer sprays and inks. I have attached a few close up pictures of the yummy background below. I've used a resin frame with some mulbery flowers to decorate my tag. The background has a gold shimmer look blended with worn lipstick distress ink.
It is really fun to play with these papers.

I love the way this paper takes inks, smoothly blends and gives such a great result. You must have found some beautiful textures in my previous post as well but this one something really unique to try your hands on.

My second project is a vintage layout created using the same floral exotica papers with some inks giving vintage look.

Hope you liked my projects. 
Thanks you!

Meher Shaikh 

Hydrangea Lawn Mini Album

Hey Everyone...
How are you gals?
I hope you all are doing great & enjoying and getting inspirations from my talented co-designer's projects.

So today I am here with my second post for July month. This is a review post for newly launched Dress My Craft Hydrangea Lawn paper pad.

This is the very first Paper line by Dress my Craft and I am really excited and loved using these papers. As the name says, Hydrangea is a very popular landscape plant so you will get to see lots of flower prints on the paper. This paper pack has 24 sheets with 12 designs..so it is like 2 sheets of each design. And the paper pack is actually comes in a pad so its so easy to store...you just need to pull out the paper you want to use and that's it. The papers are quite thick and acid & lignin fress so do not worry about the quality.

So over all these papers are perfect for Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, mixed media and etc etc...So let's see what I created with it..and here we go..

I have made a lovely chunky mini album with this paper line and isn't it looking gorgeous! And let me tell you the cardstock I used in this album is none other than DMC Floral papers. Yess!! Yess!!!
This paper is not only for flower making or mixed media...infact you can use them for making your album base. But as a scrapbooker the only tip I will give is that these papers are thick and you may find it difficult for scoring, folding and binding but it is not impossible..All you need is practice and use score tool for folding and to give finishing to edges and you will love the effect.

So without wasting time, lets start the video...
As this is a review video so fasten you seat belt and here we go..

I hope you enjoyed watching it and please don't forget to give your valuable comments. I would love to hear from you all.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a nice day!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Dress My Craft Floral papers + Colouring

Hello Everyone!

Manu here and I'm back with detailed post focusing on coloring with the Dress My Craft Floral papers. I played with a lot of distressing in my earlier post with these absolute gorgeous papers, you can find the post here. I'm more oriented towards colors and hence this post focuses on what all mediums of coloring can be done on these papers.

Distressing is one form and I will again emphasize that these papers are a delight to work with distress inks, no blotching or marks are left on these papers, both Exotica and Oriental. Well, Distress oxides have hit the market, but if you still have the inks, you can try using these papers with them.

I have a couple of projects, all considering the various coloring mediums :  watercolors, paints, distressing, water crayons etc. I have not concentrated on the sprays for this post !

Project 1:

I love doodling and thought why not!!! Doodling was found everywhere on my notebooks, books especially on the corners during the college life and it sure made life quite bright!! I'm quite smitten with the doodles that Alisa Burke makes and she is absolute smashing at making these doodles!

Here's what I made, I initially wanted to make an A5 size card, but then went on to make two A2 size tags!

Quite bright and cheerful!! The best part, the doodle is all hand drawn and then cut out!

To make these tags:
1. Take the Floral Exotica paper and cut two A2 sized panels. Apply a coat of Gesso and then some random tissue to give it a texture. I used a page from an old novel. Once this dries out, apply another coat of Gesso to smooth out the writing on the page. Give a base coat of the color of your choice to the tags. I chose green and blue.
2. Take another piece of the paper and draw the doodles. Cut them out and adhere them to the tags as per your choice of arrangement. Once done, lets color.!!!
3. I colored the doodled elements using the Portfolio water soluble oil pastels, these are intense, very creamy water based oil pastels. You can use any medium for coloring, watercolors being on of them.
Once the pastels dried a little, I tried adding a little detail using the white gel pen, but that didn't worked out, so I added the details using the white paint. Also smudge a little black color at the edges of the doodled elements to even them out with the base color. Also added a few paint droplets to the tags!
4. Finish off with a sentiment. Have used quite a bold one for the tags.

Checkout a few more closeup of the tags!

Project 2:

Another card totally made with the distressing and water coloring and loved it!

This is the front of the card!

This is how the inside looks!

To make this card:
1. Take Floral Exotica paper, I took a 3*12 inch panel and colored it with yellow and orange hues lengthwise.
2. Take another A2 size panel and distress it using the Peacock Feather's Distress ink. Can you make out if the base card is made totally using the distress inks?? That's the beauty of these papers, the distress inks works like butter and not a spot here or there!!
3. Using the MFT high rise alphabet die, I die cut the following sentiment ' I JUST WANTED TO SAY, I LOVE YOU'. My idea was to just make a card using this sentiment. Adhered the die cuts using a foam tape an a few Clay heart sequins!!
Gorgeous outcome!!

Project 3:

Here's another watercolor mini album and I also have a video of  how I colored the circular die cuts. I really wanted to try out the watercolor on the Floral Exotica paper since its water absorption capacity is high. Of course it's NOT a watercolor paper and the watercolors won't dance around or spreads out that easily, but I just wanted to see how much of a watercolor effect the paper gives and much to my surprise, I was quite happy with the way my doodled watercolor flowers turned out to be!

I had a few circular and star shaped die cuts and I just tried doing the watercolors on those, once done, I just made it into a mini album using the binder rings and added a few embellishments.

The quotes are stamped on pattern paper, fussy cut and adhered to the panels.

Here are a few more pics!
Kept it very simple because I wanted the watercolorists to be the focal on this mini, Embellishments also included a Dress my Craft sequins and the bubblegum accessories also.

Here is the link to the video. Apologies as I didn't came to know that the video stopped recording after sometime but the video below has the major aspect on the watercoloring part. 

I hope you liked the project and I'm sure would love to experiment with the papers and would look no further for the perfect paper to make cards, flowers, card base or be it anything!

Thanks for staying till the very end!!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Hello Everyone,
Navjot Gujral here again, this is my second post for the same month.
And still I am very excited because the products we chose for this month are my Favorite, Favorite and Most Favorite.
Hope you are following the posts from our talented DT members and you know we are working on Papers and Tools.
Yes Dress My Craft’s Paper- FLORAL EXOTICA & FLORAL ORIENTAL (285gsm)
THESE AWESOME PRODUCTS ARE MUST HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION. Yes if you are a Paper Crafter and you don’t have these in your stash, go and grab yours as soon as possible.
These papers are perfect for making any kind of projects, and today I am here with articles which are perfect for upcoming festive season. I am showcasing today some BOXES that I made with FLORAL ORIENTAL PAPER. To me, giving gifts is one of the most exciting parts of festivals. This is the perfect way to show friends and family how much we love them. And the best part is if you made something special for them, it is icing on cake.
So Let’s Start,

Have you ever needed a quick little gift? I have the perfect solution for you, make a box and fill with chocolates, muffins, brownies,  jewelry, wallets and belts, anything. Every delicacy needs a packing styled festively… . ………..  or just the box also.. LOL!!
I want my boxes to be strong, sturdy and everlasting. For all die cutting, stamping, distressing and Flower making I used the same paper. 
For the first box, I also used newly launched Paper Pack from Dress My Craft- HYDRANGEA LAWNS.

Wooooowwwwwww what a add on. Stunning paper stack that increases the beauty of my box 100 times.
Here I made handmade flowers also with the same paper and tool.  

Loved the outcome. It is really fun using all awesome products together.

For the next two boxes, I drew templates. I adjust the boxes size so it would fit my sheet perfectly. Knowing how to fold a paper gift box is an important tool to have in your crafty arsenal. Once you know how to do it, you can make one in any size and style.

 After that, I cut my templates. Score and fold them and erased the pencil marks.

The inks blend smooth on the paper effortlessly. How beautifully this paper absorbs inks and gives such a stunning effect, can’t even imagine this was actually white paper.

Than I colored my flower petals with Distress Oxides again. And with the help of groove golf tool, given the desired shape.

When my petals are ready to assemble, I sprinkled SPARLKIND DUST randomly to edges.

Now the third one. Wow, actually these papers are to versatile. Believe me, have a look. Stencil made out of DMC paper. Yes it is a leftover sheet after doing diecutting, and here I used that as a beautiful stencil.
I have made a Pillow Box this time.

This festive season bring along blast of creativity and colors, with DRESS MY CRAFT Products, mesmerizing the viewing audiences. Try it and tell us about your experience in the comment section.