Friday, January 20, 2017

Easy Butterfly Shaker Card

Hey there, it’s Juhi with my first post as an Itsy Bitsy Design Team Member. I’m super excited to be a part of this talented team. In today’s post I’m going to show you how to make a shaker cards using Itsy Bitsy’s newly released Shaker card elements line of products. Before we get started with the card let’s talk a little about what exactly are shaker cards.
Butterfly shaker card

What are shaker cards :

Well, shaker cards are cards with a shaker element on them. Accents/embellishments on the card will move around when you shake the card, hence the name ‘shaker card’. The moving elements could be sequins, tiny beads or anything small, non-bulky and light weight. These are usually kept in place under a piece of acetate or transparency.
Shaker cards are interactive and fun; they have been around for some time now and they surely are here to stay! Making a shaker card is not as difficult as it may seem, they usually involve cutting out a window of the desired shape on the card front, adding a layer of acetate below it, and sealing the shape with foam tape to hold the sequins in place.
So without further delay let’s see how to make a shaker card using Itsy Bitsy’s Shaker Card Elements. The Shaker Card Elements are just perfect for making awesome looking shaker cards and what’s more they are incredibly easy to make. So let’s get started

You will need:

  • Shaker Element Wings of Beauty 
  •  Shaker Sprinkles in a color of your choice
  •  Black pigment ink for stamping (optional)
  •  Happy Birthday Sentiment stamp (optional)
  •  Liquid PVA glue

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a complete list of products along with links.
The Shaker Element pack contains – 1 prefolded cardstock base, 1 piece of acetate, 1 double sided foam adhesive sheet pre-cut to the shaker shape, 1 pre-cut top panel for the shaker card.
I began by inking up the top panel for some added interest.
I then flipped it over and applied liquid glue around the butterfly shape and placed the acetate sheet on it.
Peel the paper backing off from one side of the pre-cut self-adhesive foam and stick it onto the back of the front panel above the acetate sheet.
Pour the sequins into butterfly shapes, take care not to fill too much, the sequins, beads and sprinkle should have enough space to move around. I used pink Shaker Sprinkles from the Itsy Bitsy store, each pack of Shaker Sprinkles comes with 6 packs of beautiful, color co-ordinated sequins, and beads which you can mix to create your own custom shaker card sequin mix and what’s more, each pack of Shaker Sprinkles will last you through multiple shaker cards.
Now peel the paper backing off the foam carefully, holding the panel in place.
Cover up the butterfly shapes with the sequins in them with pieces of pink paper big enough to cover each butterfly completely. Press hard to ensure there are no gaps.
Flip and stick the panel onto the cardstock base. I trimmed my front panel a bit from all sides so that it was a little smaller than the cardstock base. I also used a pink card base instead of the white one that comes with the kit.
I finished my card by stamping “Happy Birthday” and adding a few sequins.
Now wasn’t this easy? So go ahead make one and impress your friends and family!

Supplies used:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crafter in The Spotlight 33 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello arty-crafty Folks, It’s Thursday!!! Once again I have returned with a talented crafter as usual. This week it’s Richa Maurya; a doctor and a budding crafter on the spotlight. 

Although, Richa’s journey in the world of craft has just begun, she is highly inspired to learn more, explore every creative niche and share her experience with others. Richa’s craft venture started with quilling but now card making is her passion. The CAS style is something that she prefers over intricate work due to time constraints. She does not intend stopping at that and firmly believes …“The sky has no limits”. 

Itsy Bitsy is part of Richa’s stepping stone into the world of crafting fervour as it was the very first craft store she bought her supplies from. Her passion towards craft is mounting by the day and she can’t wait to finish every craft project she starts. 

How did Richa get into crafting, what are her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to the crafting world if she had magical powers?? To know the answer to these, to know more about her interesting journey and to see a step by step project of hers, please read the interview & leave your comments for her.

Here are excerpts of my interview with Richa Maurya:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy BitsyTell us a bit about yourself & your background?
Richa MauryaFirst of all, I would like to thank Rashmi Harish and whole Itsy Bitsy team for giving me this golden opportunity!! I am really excited to be here and this recognition means a lot to me. Especially because it's coming from my first ever craft store, Itsy Bitsy. I am Richa hailing from Patna, Bihar. By profession I am a doctor. I have just completed my M.B.B.S. and am waiting for PG counselling. 

RC: How did you get into crafting?
RM: I wasn't much of a crafter before. But last year I came across the art of quilling while making a present for mom on Mother's Day. It intrigued me how just a piece of paper could be turned into something so beautiful and mesmerising. That’s how I started my journey. Soon, I created a blog to share my work. Due to studies I wasn't able to quill much, as it takes a lot of time. Therefore I focused more on card making. It has been only eight months since the birth of a ‘New me’. So getting an opportunity to be in this spotlight is a very motivating indication that my work is being liked by people other than me ;)

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?
RM: As I am a newbee, so there is still a lot to explore. But till date my favourite type of craft is card making.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
RM: I love everything from Itsy Bitsy. I love the awesome collection of Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Laces… to name just a few.

RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?
RM: I would open More Itsy Bitsy Stores…at least one in each state capital. So that everyone can avail the Itsy Bitsy awesomeness.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?
RM: No doubt my Silicone Glue. Love it for making mixed media projects. (I am eagerly waiting when this answer changes to Big Shot).

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?
RM: I am not set on a particular style yet. I love making mixed media cards as much as I love making CAS. Still exploring and learning.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?
RM: Actually, haven't been able to organize that yet! I do it whenever I feel ‘craft thirsty’. But once I get started, I can't leave till I have finished it. Organising time is going to be my New Year resolution.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft.
RM: You don't need expensive tools to begin with. Just a few things found normally in every household and a creative mind is enough to get you started! Create something beautiful and spread the handmade goodness.

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?
RM: “The sky has no limits”.

Here is a gorgeous project by Richa & step by step description:

Today I am gonna share a Mixed Media Card. 

To make this card I began with a White Cardstock and gave it a coat of Gesso. To add some texture I applied Texture Paste through Honeycomb and Script Stencils from Itsy Bitsy. 

Next, I sprayed some tea extract to give it a vintage look and added black paint via dropper to bring out the honeycomb design. Distressed the edges with scissors and applied Black Pigment Ink to the distressed edges. Distressed the edeges with Vintage Distress Ink.

Then I collected all the embellishments that I wanted to add to my card. 

The Butterfly Stamp is from Itsy Bitsy, Courtyard Fauna Clear stamp.
The beautiful lace is also from Itsy Bitsy which I colored with vintage Distress Ink. The Corrugated sheet is from the packaging material which covered a gift sent to me by Itsy Bitsy (Even scraps from Itsy Bitsy are useful:)). The flower is handmade. And the sentiment is a print out. Finally assembled all the elements and added the Cardstock to the final card base.

Here is the final card. The sentiment is Distressed Pink to stand out representing "the change".

Hope you like it. Happy Crafting!!

Here are a couple of Richa’s other awesome creations:

Many congrats Richa for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY

You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher 😊 😊 & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms. Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Antique Patina Effect Altered Box

Hello Friends....
Today I am sharing an Antique Patina Effect Altered Box with you. I see this as one which is handed down the generations filled with prized possessions and precious memories collected over a period of time..........maybe that's how the weathered clock found a place on it :)........


I started out with this beautiful Wooden Alterable box from the store. Made of real light weight wood these boxes are perfect for storage, decoupage, painting, stencil art, decoration and are great for gifting to family & friends.

I decided to give the box the antique patina effect using Mont Morte Black Gesso and the Pearlised Metallic Paints in Brick Red, Gold and Teal can see my well loved paint jars here.......

Here are the steps to follow : 

I gave a coat of Mont Marte White Gesso to the Box to prime the wooden surface. Wood being a porous surface needs a Primer to prepare it for paints and sprays. Let dry. You can also use one of the pre-primed boxes as your base. 

1. Stencil design with Mont Marte Modeling Paste and Lattice Stencil by Itsy Bitsy , added some more texture with another stencil. Let dry. 

2. Paint all over with Mont Marte Black Gesso, cover completely and let dry. The black gesso makes the pearlised colors really pop !!

3. Dry brush the Pearlised Metallic paints in Brick Red, Teal Delight and Gold. There are few tips and tricks you should keep in mind when you use this technique

Some tips for Dry Brushing Technique :
1. Dry brushing technique involves using a paint brush that has a minimum amount of paint on it and using it to highlight textures and edges.
2. It is best to use a flat brush for this technique.
3. Keep your brush at a 90 degree angle and lightly brush edges or raised areas. Start with a light touch and gradually build color/layers.
4. The secret to this technique is not to apply too much paint on your brush, it is a good idea to keep a spare paper on which you wipe your brush after taking paint on it before starting on your textured surface.

The Pearlised metallic paints are opaque in nature so it is important to build the color in layers with very light strokes of a dry brush otherwise you will miss the contrast with the Black Gesso. In case you feel that your color layers are too thick, simply cover again with a coat of Black Gesso and start again.
This is how the box looks after black Gesso and color layers.............

To embellish the box , I used a Sizzix weathered clock die cut, a brad, some metal bits and glass beads. I layered two diecuts cutout from thick card stock and painted with the same paints randomly. Added the clock hands to some metal charms using a brad, added the metal corners and beads with Silicon Glue ..........

The clock face and hands are added with little cardboard pieces below to give dimension.........

Do leave some love and give it a try if you are inspired, Keep visiting the blog for more inspiration from my teamies.  And do not forget to take part in this month's challenge, we would like to see all your fabulous creations.

Thank you so much for your visit today, I appreciate and look forward to your comments and feedback.If you like my work please do visit my blog  and FB page.

Supplies used from the store:

Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Geometric lampshade

DIY Geometric lampshade using foam boards 

Hello this is Angela and I am glad to be on board at Itsy Bitsy as a DT member. I have to admit that my crafting journey started with supplies from Itsy Bitsy and I cannot help but recommend Itsy Bitsy store to anyone who asks for help with art & craft supplies. I love trying different crafts especially DIY's in minimalist forms and I always make sure I share a tutorial along with all the details so that you can try them out.

Today's tutorial is a DIY geometric lampshade, perfect for the kids nursery or your crafting table. Doesn't something handmade make you feel proud? Let's jump right to the tutorial but before that a few things about foam boards.

How to work with Foam Board :

  • Foam boards are usually about 0.5 cm thick. These do not break as such but when bent, develop creases which are permanent. They come is storeable sizes but be careful about the corners.
  • These boards are somewhat similar to thermocol boards but thankfully do not crumble into smaller pieces while cutting, that's a big plus point.
  • The best way to cut them out in desirable shapes is to use a sharp paper knife. Instead of digging the knife all the way till bottom and then trying to drag it along the line, I would recommend you to cut them out layer by layer by moving the knife across the line multiple times in the same direction. I had a few pieces which dragged while cutting out and hence has staggered edges. However, the ones I cut layer by layer came out with super smooth edge finish.
  • These boards are sensitive to paints, so be sure to use only acrylic/fabric paints. I painted them with spray paint and top layer melted off!
  • Normal glue does not stick the sheets together so a better option will be double sided tacky tapes or even silicon glue.
  • Foam boards are neither as fragile as thermocol sheets nor do they become soft like cardboards during the rainy season.
  • They are the best bet for creating 3D models for school projects and also DIYs for home.

Tutorial for making Geometric lampshades with foam boards: 

Coming back to the tutorial; these lampshades are super easy to make but calls for a little bit of patience! Links to all the supplies used are tagged at the end of this post so go ahead and try your hands on making these lampshades.

First you need to cut out isosceles triangles from these foam boards which later on needs to be arranged into the lampshade. I made two lampshades of two different dimensions. I made them out of two foam boards. The smaller shade was crafted with 8 cm triangles and the larger one with 14 cm triangles. To draw an isosceles triangle, draw a line of 14 cm, at both end points, using a protractor mark angle 60 degree and draw line to intersect into a triangle.

Next, you need to cut them out carefully. As I mentioned, keep a ruler and draw lines with your knife one over the other till the foam board is completely cut. Cut out 15 such triangles for one lampshade.

Next you need to choose the color scheme for your lampshade and how they should be arranged. Both my lampshades are different in color arrangement. My personal favorite is the smaller one.

I painted one side of the triangles with Camlin acrylic colors in cadmium green pale shade  & turquoise deep and once they were dry, I spray painted the other side with gold. But as I told you, too much spray paint kind of melted the board surface as you can see from the pic.

Arrange the triangles as shown the picture below or in any color combination as you like. Next, fix these triangle side by side by using tape at the back.( Be sure of the counts of triangles as given in the picture below - 5 triangles in layer one, another 5 triangles upside down in layer two and last layer of 5 triangles in between)

Since the foam board was not taking glue well,what I did was I used double sided tacky tape and covered them with a matching gold stripes washi tape. This is how the backside will look.

The final part is a little tricky. Help from a second person might prove advantageous for holding the lamp while you stick the dome part. Each of the triangle at the top line needs to be stuck side by side carefully.

Once all the triangles are fixed side by side, your lampshade is ready! A final touch-up on any areas that missed paints can be done right now. Add your light bulb to the lampshade ( since the triangles are stuck together with washi tape, a small hole at the top dome will allow the cable pass through.)

A few more pictures of the finished lampshade before I hang them next to my crafting table :)

Supplies used : 

Foam boards
Red tacky tape
Gold washi tape
Camlin artist acrylic color Cadmium Green pale
Camlin artist acrylic color Turquoise deep
Gold spray paint