Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fun with Craftangles patterned papers!

I had a blast this week, playing with Craftangles patterned paper!
I have made two cards from each pack of patterned paper to show off their versatility.

I started with  the "Floral Exotica"  (Black Edition) paper pack.
This paper pack is SO luxurious!! I really enjoyed working with it.
The cards I made are really simple...
For the first card, I chose Earl Grey Craftangles cardstock to match the patterned paper and used it to "mat" the patterned paper.
I then heat embossed a birthday sentiment  (from Craftangles 'Congratulations' and 'Everyday Sentiments' stamp sets) on vellum and wrapped it around this panel. 
I finished the card with matching pink enamel dots.

For the second card, I used Craftangles 'Aqua' cardstock to mat the black patterned paper. I also stamped the Aqua card stock with  a Hero arts background stamp in a tone on tone colour (Tim Holtz 'Peacock Feathers' distress ink) for some interest. 
I finished the card with some aqua enamel dots.

I wish I could photograph the papers in a way to show you how gorgeous they are to the will just have to get some for yourself to try them out!! 

For the next two cards, I have used the Craftangles "All for Love"  paper pack.

For the next card, I layered three sheets of Patterned paper.
I stamped the flowers from the Craftangles 'Mom you rock' stamp set on the paper with the smallest pattern, along with a birthday sentiment from Stampendous. 
I then cut the sheet at an angle to create some interest. 
I then placed this sheet over the black ruled sheet to make it pop. 
I then adhered the entire panel on the pink patterned paper and then adhered the entire panel on a white card base.
I finished the card by adding some matte enamel dots in two shades of pink.

The thing with making cards with patterned paper is that you end up with a lot of scraps!
For the next card, I used up a few scraps. 
I cut the scraps into strips (from the Craftangles "All for Love" stamp set) and layered them to create a panel. 
I then cut this panel at an angle to create some interest.
 I then matted this panel on a piece of black cardstock to make it pop.
Once this piece was cut to size, I added a couple of scraps of patterned paper as a final layer and adhered them all to the white card base.
I then stamped and die cut the cake (lightly watercoloured) from the Concord and 9th 'Eat Cake and Celebrate' stamp set, as well as the sentiment.
I felt, the image needed something to make it stand out so I die cut a piece of black cardstock with a scalloped oval die to place below the image.
Finally, I added some silver acrylic paint splatter and some black enamel dots to finish.

As you can see, I have used one paper pack to create two completely different of cards.

For the last two cards, I have used the Craftangles "Be My Valentine" paper pack.

For the first card, I die cut the word 'Happy' using the Winnie and Walter  word die
 out of the chevron patterned paper. 
I then cut it at an angle and layered it on the pink patterned paper. 
Then I inlaid the die cut bits into the word to make it readable.
I stamped and added the birthday sentiment and some lime green enamel dots to finish the card.

For the last card, I used the die cut from the card above and
 layered it with a piece of die cut fun foam to add dimension.
I created a background panel from Craftangles 'Earl grey' card stock,
 by stamping it with a Hero Arts background stamp and Memento 'London Fog' ink.
This created a tone on tone look.
I then layered this panel with a piece of red cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
I finished the card with a birthday die cut (from Craftangles) and some white acrylic paint splatter.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and will give these papers a try!
They are super fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mixing and matching stamp sets

Today I had a great time playing with stamps from three great stamp sets from Craftangles,
 'By the sea side', 'Beautiful Bloom Border ', and 'Mermaid Kisses'.
I mixed them up to create some fun cards.

I followed  a common theme of the ocean on all three cards.
I started by creating a mask by die cutting a scalloped heart out of some Mudra masking paper and inking up the heart using Tim Holtz distress inks and distress oxides in ocean colours.

For the first card, I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink to create a bubble effect.
I stamped the crab from the Craftangles 'By the sea side' stamp set on a piece of scrap watercolour paper and coloured it with Sakura Koi watercolours.
I then stamped the sentiment from the Craftangles 'Beautiful Bloom Border' stamp set. 
I added a couple of glass bubbles and used fun foam to mount the card on a 5" square card base.
 to finish the card.

For the second card
I used the scalloped heart mask as well as a mask to create the waves.
I stamped the sea shell from the Craftangles 'Mermaid Kisses' stamp set twice 
to create an oyster shell. 
I then used the second generation stamping to stamp the bubble 
from the same set in London Fog ink. 
I then coloured the bubble using a white Signo gel pen.
I mounted the bubble with double sided foam tape on the shell to create a pearl.
I then popped up the two sides of the shell with double sided foam tape to create a 3D shell look.
I added some clear sequins from Craftangles for interest.
I then stamped the sentiment from Craftangles 'Beautiful bloom border' stamp set and mounted the panel with fun foam on a 5" square card base.

For the third card, I pounced colour through the heart mask, to create large circular smudges. 
I then stamped and water coloured the sea horses, from the 
I used the mirror stamping technique to create a mirror image of the sea horse..this was quite a challenge!!!
I then fussy cut the sea horses and overlapped the tails to create an illusion of them being intertwined.
I added some Craftangles clear sequins to add some interest.
I decided not to add a sentiment to this card. I think the image says it all!
I mounted the panel using fun foam onto a 5" card base to finish the card.

For the 4th card, I used the same scalloped heart mask and blended the inks to create an ocean.
I stamped the fish through the mask to create the background. 
I then stamped coloured the mermaid and the fish, from the Craftangles 'Mermaid Kisses' stamp set on watercolour paper and fussy cut them.
I then adhered them using glue and double sided foam tape. 
I stamped the sentiment form the Craftangles 'By the Sea Side' stamp set and embellished the card using glass bubbles and plastic heart sequins.
I then mounted the panel using fun foam onto a 5" card base to finish the card.

Here is a video showing my process.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will be inspired to mix and match your Craftangles stamps to make some unusual cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hiking box card!

I made a really fun box card  today!

It is for a friend who plans to hike in all the 50 states of America to celebrate her 50th birthday!

To start, I printed out a map of the USA on two sheets of A4 size smooth white card stock and used Lawn Fawn's scalloped box card die to cut out the box elements.

I then used the same type of card stock to cut out the interior elements of the box card.
I masked out clouds and blended the sky on three panels using Tim Holtz 'Faded Jeans' distress ink.
On the the 4th panel, I used Tim Holtz 'Brushed Corduroy' distress ink as I did on the inside support panels. I used Impression Obsessions 'Evergreen Trees' die to cut out trees in different shades of green to create a forest. To make the hiker, I used MFT Dienamics 'Boy meets girl' die set. I cut out the boy, and, using an image of a stick figure hiker as a reference, I cut the arms and legs and 
re-attached them to create the hiker. I used some acetate to support the hiker from behind.
I added water coloured and fussy cut images of binoculars and a compass and die cut birds (Recollections) in the background.
I then added a die cut Penny black birthday sentiment. 
I die cut the '50' from scraps that were left over of the map, using Lawn Fawn's 'Quinns 123' die set.

Finally I created a belly band on which I stamped sentiments from Technique Tuesday. I also distressed the belly band using Tim Holtz 'Vintage photo' distress ink.
I had more scraps of the USA map on hand, so, I decided to cut out a simple tag on which to write the greeting to the recipient.

This card has been so very satisfying to make!! I just love how it turned out.
I'd love to hear what you think!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Happy Sankranti!

Happy Sankranti!
Today we celebrate the festival of kites!!
I wanted to celebrate this festival through my cards today.

For m first card, I have used a motif from the Craftangles 'Shubh Labh' stamp set.
I stamped the motif, masked it, stamped over it and repeated the  process till I had a string of kites. I watercoloured them, masked them again and created the sky background by using a cloud mask and distress ink.
I finished the card with a sentiment from Verses Rubber stamps.

I just love the versatility of this stamp that allowed me to create this happy card!

To create my second card, I started with the Lawn Fawn scalloped box die, cut from white cardstock.
I used a cloud mask and coloured the outside of the box using 
Faded Jeans  Distress ink from Tim Holtz.
I then die cut the clouds (Simon Says Stamp) and the kites (sizzix) and, 
fixed them using strips of acetate. 
I then finished the card with a sentiment from Craftangles 'Girl in the rain' stamp set and some
Craftangles 'Bumblebee yellow' sequins.

Again the versatility of the stamp set allowed me to create such a fun and cheerful card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Playing the Twofer challenge.

I made  these cards to play Darnell's brand new Twofer challenge!!

The challenge calls for the use of one stamp in two different ways and for two different ocassions.
After, I made the cards, I went back to read the blog post more carefully, and realised I had to use a feather stamp!!!!!!
Since I have made the cards and written the post, here goes...

 I have used one of the planets from MFT's 'Space Explorer'  for two very different cards.

The first card is a personalised notecard  made for  a little boy who likes planets.
I stamped and water coloured the planets, fussy cut them and popped them up with double sided foam tape on a simple night sky background which I made by splattering some white acrylic paint on blue card stock. I adhered the panel on a 3"x4" note card with the boy's name stamped on it.
I used Stampendous 'Retro' alphabet stamps to stamp the name. 

For the second card, I used Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Box card die with the same navy blue cardstock as the the card above.
I stamped the planet multiple times and water coloured and fussy cut them to create lanterns.
I die cut the banners from the Lawn Fawn set and then hung the 'lanterns' from them. 
Hanging the lanterns took a bit of experimentation.
I sewed the string though each 'lantern', knotted the string and then sandwiched and adhered the string between two of the banner die cuts.
This way they hang like real lanterns.
I added some coloured paint splatter to the box and added the shiny gold embossed sentiment and gold sequins to finish the card.
 I just love how it turned out!!

I forgot to take a photo of the cards together, so here is a photoshopped image of the two, for the purpose of the challenge.

Thanks so much for this new challenge Darnell!! It was TWO much fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great evening!
Paru Mahtani

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Floral Birthday Cards

I have some pretty floral birthday cards for my DT post on the HNDMD blog today!
I used the awesome Craftangles 'Congratulations' and 'Everyday Sentiments' stamp sets!

I created a layered effect by masking the flowers and stamping over them.
I watercoloured the flowers using Camel water colours  and added yellow polka dots to the background to add some interest. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

For this card, I stamped the flower and then water coloured the flower and the background. 
I partially embossed the background and added some sequins to create some interest. 
I adhered both panels using fun foam to add dimension.

I hope you liked the cards and will consider playing with these stamp sets. With the variety of sentiments available on the sets, you can make cards for any occasion!
Thanks so much for stopping  by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Quick and Easy stencilled birthday cards

Happy New Year!!

For my DT post for HNDMD, 
I have some quick and easy birthday cards, which, I made using Craftangles Stencils, tim Holtz distress inks and oxides and Memory Box butterfly die and Simon Says Stamp stitched square dies. 
Sentiments are from Hero Arts and Craftangles stamps.
I added some interest by adding some Craftangles sequins.

The stencils I used are...

Do try out some quick an easy cards using stencils!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani