Friday, October 13, 2017

Playing with Craftangles diwali stamps and stencils

Hello!

I am so excited to be playing with my Craftangles DT pack this week!
I have used the 'Diwali wishes', 'Celebrating Diwali', 'Diwali Greetings' stamp sets and 
the 'Starry Lights' stencil and the Craftangles coloured Cardstock to make these cards.

For the first card, I have used hero arts neon inks with the Craftangles 'Starry Lights' stencil to create the background and to colour the diya. 
I added a gold embossed sentiment on vellum and used Craftangles Aqua cardstock as the cardbase to finish the card. 
Sweet and simple!


For the second card, I used the same stencil as above but used Tim Holtz 'Mustard seed' and 'Fired Brick' distress inks to create the background.
I popped up the water coloured and fussy cut family with foam tape, added the sentiment and then used Craftangles 'Navy Blue' cardstock to make the card base.


For my third card, I used a brick embossed card panel onto which I adhered the water coloured and fussy cut lamp. I then gold embossed and stamped the sentiment onto Craftangles 'Ruby Red' card stock and used the same card stock to make a card base too.


I don't usually use coloured card bases, but I am loving these cards from Craftangles. I have many more colours to play with so stay tuned!!

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



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wedding themed stamps from Craftangles

Hello!
I am absolutely thrilled to be playing with the newly released 
Wedding and Diwali themed stamps from Craftangles!

The first card is made using stamps from 
 I used Tim Holtz 'dried marigold' distress ink and the ink smooshing technique to create the beautiful background. I then stamped the mandalas from the 'Diwali wishes' stamp set using 
Tim Holtz 'Spiced Marmalade' distress oxide to create a tone on tone look.
I stamped the focal image using Tim Holtz 'Vintage Photo' distress ink on smooth white cardstock and watercoloured the same using Sakura Koi watercolour cakes.
I then popped up the focal image using fun foam.
I finished the card by adding the gold embossed sentiment and some gold sequins.


For the second card, I started by creating the background by smooshing some Tim Holtz 'Black Soot' distress ink onto red cardstock. I did a couple of layers of ink smooshing and then stamped the mandala ( Craftangles 'Diwali wishes') using Versafine Onyx black ink.
I just love the depth this has created.
I then watercoloured the focal image  from the Craftangles 'Mr. and Mrs. 'stamp set using Sakura Koi watercolour cakes. I fussy cut the image and popped it up with some fun foam.
I finished the card by adding a white embossed sentiment on vellum.


For this card, I started with a background made using the 'Rays' stencil from Craftangles. In the centre, I stamped the OM (Mudra stamps) using Tim Holtz 'Fired Brick' distress ink.
I stamped, watercoloured (Sakura Koi watercolour cakes), fussy cut and popped up the Ganesh (Craftangles 'Ganpati Bappa' stamp set) with fun foam to add dimension.
I finished the card with a sentiment from Mudra Stamps and  'bumblebee yellow' sequins from Craftangles.


My final card, I am thrilled to say, turned out exactly as I planned it.
I created a shaker element by diecutting two circles and creating a ring using double sided foam tape. I filled this ring with large round gold sequins (to represent coins!)
I dry embossed the panel using a cuttlebug embossing folder.
I finished the card by adding the watercoloured (Sakura Koi watercolour cakes) image of Goddess Lakshmi from the Craftangles 'Shubh Laabh' stamp set.



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I hope you liked the cards as much as I really enjoyed making them!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!
Paru Mahtani
Paru's Perceptions!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 17 challenge

Hello everyone!!!! 


Thank you so much for playing the "Rainbow" challenge in September!
I was so happy by the response! So many beautiful cards!

Here is the October challenge!
Make a card or tag with a touch of gold.


HOW TO PLAY

Make a card or tag using the theme given. 
Take a photo of your creation and link it up below.
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge and link it back to our challenge, including photos of your card or tag.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post so that others may be inspired to play.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on the sidebar of your blog so that others may join us.


FOLLOW/JOIN  THIS BLOG
 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE TAG
#PCMCHALLENGES

If you don't have a blog, post your photos on social media and TAG them with #PCMCHALLENGES
If you don't tag them, we will not see them on social media.

Link your blogpost/social media post to the linky below.


Now for some inspiration...

To make a touch of  gold tag, I first printed out a cardstock sheet of toner , which, I used to die cut the Spellbinders peacock feather.



I then used two different colours of Craftangles foil on this die cut.


Here is the beautiful result.


To make the tag, I used a scrap of blue cardstock to die cut a PaperTreyInk bookmark. I had previously stamped this scrap with peacocks to create a tone on tone look.
I then adhered the foiled die cut to the tag and added a blue ribbon to complete the tag.
Beautiful isn't it?



For the card, I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched square dies to cut two nesting squares out of the 'Colours of India' 6"x6" paper pack from Craftangles.
I then cut the final square out of green cardstock and heat embossed a mandala from the newly released 'Happy Diwali' stamp set from Craftangles, in gold.
I finished the card by adding a bit of May Arts ribbon with a golden bell for fun!





To Inspire you some more...

My very dear friend and cardmaking superstar
Neha Bhatt is my Guest designer this month
and she has some fabulous cards to inspire you!



Hi Crafty Friends,
I am back on my favourite challenge blog once again! The theme is “Touch of Gold”. With Diwali
approaching, I decided to make a card and a tag for the festive season.



For the card, I have used waffle flower’s Lacy Flower stamp as rangoli!
I embossed it with glitter gold
embossing powder by Brutus Manroe. It is hard to capture the jazzy look of it but it looks gorgeous
in person. I cut the panel using spellbinder die. To color the Rangoli, I used Candied Apple, Ground
Espresso and spiced marmalade distress inks. The sentiment is from Ranganjali. A thin wavy stripe of
golden glitter paper is added. A small floer from the same set is embossed, colored and tucked under
the panel to balance the design. I mounted the panel on similar colored but textured card base.




Tag is created using Papertrey Ink die. I lined the back side with a circle die cut blended using Candied Apple Distress oxide . I inlaid few flower centres, die cut using glitter paper. To finish it off, embossed sentiment in gold & tied some golden threads.


I hope you are inspired with my creations and will play along!
Thank you Paru for this opportunity! Wish to be back soon! Have a crafty festive season !
Hugs.

To further inspire you,
we  have two beautiful cards from  the design team over at
Peek-a-boo designs,
our generous sponsors this month!
You can read more about these cards here.
..



Stunning aren't they!
Hope you have been inspired!! come on over and play!



THE PRIZES
This month we have TWO fabulous prizes from
Peek-a-Boo designs!

One Rs. 1500 ($20) and one Rs.750 ($10) gift card!


The winner will be announced on the 28th of October, so don't forget to stop by!

Please link up your creations here.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them above and in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.

I am linking up my creations to the 
Simon Says Stamp Monday 'Heavy metal' challenge

 
and 
the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 'Anything Goes' Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day and have lots of fun!!

Paru Mahtani





Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shubh Laabh!

Hello! 
Today I am playing with two of the Craftangles September release stamps sets, 

For my first card, I decided to create a background using the mandala in the 'Diwali wishes' stamp set. First, I used my Misti to stamp the goddess Lakshmi image from the 'Shubh Laabh' onto smooth white card stock. I then created a mask using 'Mudra' masking paper and masked out the image.  I then used Tim Holtz 'spiced marmalade' distress oxide to stamp the mandala background. 
I then used my Sakura Koi watercolours to colour in the background so that the mandalas would pop further.
I intended to keep the Lakshmi image black and white, but, decided to add a bit of colour. so I decided to leave the lotuses white.
I finished the card by adhering some self adhesive gemstones and and a sentiment from the set.
I just love how this card turned out!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sliding crabs

Hello! I am super thrilled to share these slider cards with you today!!
I played with the Craftangles "Oh Crab!!" ,"By the sea"  and "Mermaid Kisses" stampsets and 
Tim Holtz distress oxides!

I started by colouring the base panel with Tim Holtz 'Broken China' Distress Oxide as well as the 'Evergreen Bough' Distress Ink. 
I then sprinkled some water on it to create the spots. 
I then coloured another panel using Tim Holtz 'Fossilised Amber' Distress Oxide.
I was unhappy with the very smooth look of the paper and sprinkling water did not help..so I put down some ink on my craft mat, spritzed a little water on it and then dabbed the paper on it. 
This created a beautiful splotchy background and gave the illusion of texture.

While the backgrounds were drying, I water coloured the various images with my 
Sakura Koi watercolours.
Using Mama Elephant dies  and mftdienmics I cut the panel and the slider channel.

To create the slider, I used a round wooden bead sandwiched between two 1/2" punched circles.
You can learn how to make one of your own here.

I added a bit of vellum to create some interest on the first card.

I finished the cards, by adding the sequins and stamping the sentiment.










I hope you enjoyed the cards as much as I enjoyed making them! 
Check out how they move on  
my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 17 'Rainbow' challenge

Hello everyone!1!!! 

Thank you so much for playing along with the 'Anything Goes' in August!
I was thrilled by the response! So many beautiful cards!

Here is the September  challenge!
It's 'Anything Goes'..so let your creative juices flow!!



HOW TO PLAY

Make a card or tag using the theme given. 
Take a photo of your creation and link it up below.
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge and link it back to our challenge, including photos of your card or tag.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post so that others may be inspired to play.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on the sidebar of your blog so that others may join us.


FOLLOW/JOIN  THIS BLOG
 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AND TAG YOUR SUBMISSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE TAG
#PCMCHALLENGES

If you don't have a blog, post your photos on social media and TAG them with #PCMCHALLENGES
If you don't tag them, we will not see them on social media.

Link your blogpost/social media post to the linky below.


Now for some inspiration...
I have used this beautiful stampset deisgned my my talented guest designer
Deepti Malik called Kathryn's Rainbow.


For my card, I stamped and masked the umbrellas to create a floating pattern on a watercoloured sky.
I then painted them with rainbow colours and added the lovely sentiment from the set.
I added the clear sequins from Craftangles to complete the card.


To make the tag, I started with a stitched circle die cut on which I stamped the rainbow and clouds and watercoloured them.
I then cut part of a sentiment from the set and stamped it on the larger cloud which I popped up using 3D tape.
I then die cut some seagulls from the Recollections Nautical die set.
I finished the tag using Craftangles clear sequins and black and white baker's twine.



To inspire you some more, I have as my Guest Designer today 
of 


Hi.
Thanks for having me over.
 I am sketch artist by default and a card maker by choice. My card making started with making some new year cards back in 2013 and now it has turned into a passion.
I moved a step ahead in 2015 as I started to illustrate my own stamp designs with my line of stamps
under the umbrella of STAMPlorations:)
I am also an instructor at Craftsy where I teach a class on Watercolour Cards made Simple.
I love all things clean and simple, but I also love to experiment. Water colours are my passion when it comes to a specific medium :)
Besides doing all the creative work, I am also, mom to a 19 month old siddharth, who keeps me on my toes 24x7 ;)

Here is a little  about how I made the card and tag-
I had so much fun making these! 
Lately, my love for inking is back and that led me to make the rainbow background for these.
To make these cards, I drew some diagonal lines using a ruler and then masked off and inked the stripes in rainbow colours using distress inks on both the card panel and the tag.
I then splattered some water on the top.
Next, I stamped, fussy cut and coloured the images and put those together on the base. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment and added some clear sequins.




I look forward to seeing what you create with this set!

***

I just love Deepti's unique work..I hope you have been inspired to play along!


THE PRIZES
As always we have some awesome sponsors!!

We have the stamp set
Kathryn's Rainbow



 from

Dee's Artsy Impressions




And a 
$20 gift certificate from Pink and Main


The winner will be announced on the 28th of September, so don't forget to stop by!

Please link up your creations below.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them above and in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.


Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day and have lots of fun!!

Paru Mahtani




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Diwali cards using Craftangles foils

Hello!
I have been addicted to foiling ever since Craftangles has released their brilliant foils!
Here are some Diwali cards and tags that I have made using these foils.

To make the shaker tag below, I have heat embossed the Ganesh image with clear embossing powder before using the gold foil.
After many trials, I found that I must ensure that the clear embossing powder is even and not splotchy. Only then does it get covered evenly with the foil, when put through the laminator.

There has been a lot of discussion about the way to apply the foil. I have achieved best results by putting the laser printed image or heat embossed image through a laminator, along with the foil.


I created another Shaker tag using playing card die cuts as shaker elements. For the background, I heat embossed and foiled the fireworks and Diwali sentiment 
from Craftangles Happy diwali stamp set.


For this card, I die cut the beautiful diwali sentiment from Diecuts and more,  from a sheet of black toner paper...which is nothing more than a sheet of black that I printed out on my laser printer.
I then used the Craftangles copper foil which covered this die cut so beautifully.
I diecut the same sentiment from a background panel and then dry embossed the panel with paisleys.
Finally I inlaid the diecut to complete the  simple card.
I finished it off by adding a few Craftangles clear sequins.



This card below, is by far my favourite!
I die cut this beautiful diya from Diecuts and more from toner paper and then used the Craftangles rainbow foil to cover it.
Once done, I diecut a piece of white fun foam with the same die and used it to pop up the diya on the dry embossed background.



Here, I used the negative piece of the rainbow foil that I used above to create another diya.
For this diya, I first clear heat embossed a piece of paper and then run it with the negative foil piece  through the laminator. Once done, I trimmed the diya  and popped it up on the dry embossed Craftangles sapphire blue card background with some foam tape.
I finished both the cards with some Craftangles clear sequins.



I hope I have inspired you to try out some foils  and have some fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani
Paru's Perceptions