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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hi Crafty Friends,

This is Smita here.I am so excited to share this introduction cum tutorial with you all.Thanks Priya for this chance.
I have been working with polymer clay since last year.Polymer clay is a very good medium to work with and the quality of the end product is very reliable.
What is Polymer clay?
Polymer clay is a type of hardenable modeling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride(PVC). It typically contains no clayminerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay. Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items, and is also used in commercial applications to make decorative parts.

I would like to give few examples of  how this clay can be used.

Things needed to start with:
Clay-Premol,sculpey,Fimo
Some kind of rolling pin recommended acrylic
Cutters
A tile or glass surface

A simple pendant tutorial:                                   


1.Things needed
2.Condition your clay by pressing in between your fingers .

3.Roll it using acrylic roller and cut it into required shape as shown in 4.


1.Take some scrap clay and and mould it into your required shape(dome shape as shown in 2)

3.Place the rolled clay onto the scrap dome and cut the excess as shown in 4.


1.Press the layer firmly onto the dome.

2.Condition some black clay and roll and cut into required shapre using cutter or mould it using your hand(shown in pic 2,3,4)


Arrange the embellishments using your creativity and insert an eyepin .Finally it's ready to go into oven.

Before I give few other examples..here are few tips that I have learnt from my experience:
Tips:
1.Baking instructions would different for different brands so please follow the instructions on the cover.
2.Sanding and buffing is mainly done for non texture products like beads ,cabochons.
3.While using white clay clean your hands
4.Pasta machine can be used to roll the clay and to make shades.
5.If clay is too hard use vegetable oil or clay softner while conditioning.
6.Keep the thickness of the clay around 3-4 mm
7.Use stamps to create texture.




Make your own embellishment like this flower below:

Using Plungers/cutters u can make your own embellishments for scrapbook and cards. As shown in this above pic.


In the next photo you can see how I made a peppa pig pendant for my daughter.Finally in the last pic you can see the baked and glazed products.Before glazing if the product u made doesn't have any texture sanding and buffing will give a very nice glaze and a liquid glaze at the end would be cherry on top.


The next example shows a Peppa pig pendant that I made for my daughter for her birthday.


this is how it looks after baked and glazed.

 Finished products:
Hope you all enjoyed this small introduction and tutorial about polymer clay and hope to see some awesome creations from you all.
Polymer clay and few cutters used fro Priya's store-Color conceptions.
Thanks,
Hugs,
Smita

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY PROJECTS USING STENCIL BRUSHES

Hi friends,
I love creating simple and easy projects which give me a lot of happiness....the beauty of simple DIYs is that u can create them quickly and without investing a lot of time and money. It also means that   you can create masterpieces with stuff lying with you.But to get a perfect and professional result you should invest in good tools....today I want to highlight a tool which would make your stencilling projects easy and perfect.
STENCIL BRUSH Set by Dreamweaver
This is an excellent set to start with and comes with three sizes(9,12,18)

stencil brush is a specialist brush with short, firmly packed bristles. They are available in various widths, from small for tiny, detailed sections of a stencil to large ones for faster painting in of sections.

I made things which took very little time because of this wonderful brush set.
I grabbed some acrylic paints ,stencils,old pair of jeans and white canvas shoes.
There are so many paint options at our store and you can pick any from here.

To start with I took very little quantity of paints on a plate(make sure not to take a huge quantity)so that the brush is not saturated or overloaded.You want to keep the brush dry to avoid bleeding and get better results.

I selected a Stars stencil by Tim holtz and bright acrylic paints.
by keeping the stencil in place over the canvas shoe I started dabbing the paint with the tiny brush.You can also use some circular  motions to get the desired smoothness and finish. 
Once the paint was dry I added some diamond Stickles to jazz up the shoes.




I love experimenting and my next DIY is an altered pair of Denims.
For this I took  white acrylic paint and a floral prima marketing stencil.




**Just keep it in mind not to overload the brush and to keep it dry and fluffy.Use dabbing and circular motions to avoid bleed and smudged results.
This is my daughter posing with the shoes and denims...lol
 

Hope you will give this easy DIY a try:)
thanks for stopping by
love 
Arjita

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Making Jewelry with Spellbinders Anemone Topper Die - Part 2

Hello Folks,

I am back again continuing my last post on jewelry with dies.Firstly, thanks a lot for taking time and reading my super long posts.Ok, Today I am using the same die once again for some more jewelry ideas for you. Dies are worth buying as you can really use them in so many ways in making your own custom jewelry. And there so many different mediums/products available today to make paper jewelry durable & washproof.

You can check out Part 1 of this post here, in case if you missed it -
http://thecraftshopindia.blogspot.in/2016/11/making-jewelry-with-spellbinders.html

P.S - Picture heavy post

I am covering few more ideas on using Spellbinders Anemone Topper Die for jewelry creation.


I  Let's begin with this pendant and earring set. The colors and design are inspired from peacock feathers

1. I am using second largest flower from the die. Use thick cardstock for die cutting or use die cut stack

2. Cut out the petals from the flowers

3. Color them using any colors - acrylic, distress inks...Choice is yours. I have used Camel watercolor cakes this time. Golden color is acrylic one.

4. Shape them

5. I am using a stack of oval diecut as a base for above petals.

5. Colour the diecut

6. Stick the petals in an arrangement on oval diecut

7. Add a headpin between layers . I have used Fevicol MR for gluing purpose.

8. For Earrings, take out 2 petals of different size from the flower diecut

 9. Color them

10. Attach a headpin while sticking the layers

11. Now apply resin on front side and on petal's back side, leave it overnight. When front coat dries out apply resin coat on entire back side too and leave it overnight too.Your complete set is ready. There is no running of colors when resin is applied on this piece.
Remember to embed embellishments, if any, while applying resin coat. Enjoy wearing this lightweight and durable jewelry !!!!


II Second tutorial is on creating a simple layered two way pendant 

Please refer to below image for pictures of steps

1. Diecut a large and a small flower from the die set
2. Separate the outline with scissor as shown and you will get a flower ( with right mark in pic 2 ). Keep the outline safe, we will be using it it later
3. Now cut the flower from center ( pic 3 )
4. Take out the petals ( pic 4 )
5. Layer and glue petals to make a flower ( pic 5 )
6. Color it using colors of your choice (pic 6 )
7. Now trace the outline of the flower and cut it out ( pic 7 & 8 ). This will form back part of our two way pendant.
8. Flip the back part and color it. I have used distress inks (pic 9 )
9. Stick the two parts, punch holes, add jump rings and chain to complete it. Apply resin or glossy accent for final coating.

I have used tried gold embossing powder on side ( a little overdose of powder in center though )and distress ink on other side. 
One side of pendant -

Other side of pendant -


III Third tutorial for today's post is again on a two way pendant . This pendant came out as a result of lot of failed experiments with the outline of the diecuts


1. I am using leftover outline from the above pendant. Take two of same size


2. Fold it as shown

 3.Cut the portion encircled in above pic and you will get something shown below

4.Now overlap and glue top and bottom portions to get a butterfly like shape

5. I have applied glitter on one side

6. And silver embossing powder on other side

7. I have added small pearls with glossy accent and applied on both sides of pendants. Add bail and chain to complete it
One side of pendant -

Other side of pendant -

IV  Last one is a pretty simple pendant. I have made it using largest flower from the die set. I have taken out it's outline. Stacked a few. Applied glitter on both sides, then resin and completed it with a pearl hanging

This wraps up my today's post. It took me some time and lot of experiments to bring out these ideas. I hope you like it. For any query, just drop a comment below.
Will see you in next month

Till then 
Happy Crafting 
Poornima
http://papercrafthorizon.blogspot.in/


Monday, November 21, 2016

Basic Tools for Stamping

Hello Friends,

I am not going to share any card today.....yaay...! It is theory session for the crafters who are starting their journey in this vast field of paper crafting. With all the online exposure and all the craft supply companies coming up with new products everyday, it is overwhelming for a beginner to decide how much is enough and from where to start. So, today I will discuss about few basic products, for stamping, with which you can start and can build your stash as you go.

Supply for stamping :

 1.) Stamps : There are two main types - clear and rubber. As a beginner, I would recommend to go for clear stamp sets as it contains multiple images and relevant sentiments too. While selecting a set, keep in mind to have mix of images and sentiments in one set. That way you can work with limited supply.





2.)  Inks : Largely, you can divide stamping inks in two main category.
                 a) Dye Inks - Altenew Inks, Memento, Archival, heroarts etc.
                 b)Pigment Inks - Colorbox, Mama Elephant 

                  You can use any of these inks for stamping. Though distress inks are dye based too but they are primarily made for ink blending. You will not get crisp image like other dye inks or pigment inks which are made specifically for stamping.

Black Archival or Versafine pad is a must if you are going to use water coloring medium.



3.)  Card Stock : A good CS is the key to get the best out of your stamps and inks. Bielo is excellent for stamping and many other card making techniques like ink blending, copic coloring, water coloring etc. You can read the full post on Bielo HERE !
 There are many colored card stocks and Metallic card stocks too which you can use as a base or for stamping too! 



4.) Clear Acrylic blocks : They are used to mount your clear stamps. As they are clear, you can see through it and stamp in desired place. It also has grid which helps to align the stamp 
specially sentiments so that it will be straight.



5.) Stamp Foam Pad : This give that much needed under pressure to get crisp, even impression of your stamp. If you keep you paper on a hard surface like table top, you may miss few section of image while stamping. This pad gives required bounce /pressure from beneath the paper which gives  even impression even with detailed stamp. You can use any thick magazine or mouse  pad instead of  this, but this pad is a cheap option and can work for years so I would say it is a good buy!


6.) Stamp cleaning supply :
      You can use mild soap and water to clean your clear stamps. Old, wet handkerchief is my go to cleaning tool as far as dye inks are concerned. Bu t if you are using archival or pigment inks, professional stamp cleaners are recommended.

          - Stamp Cleaner : I love 'Ultra clean' by Hero Arts.I can't recommend it enough. It works for all kinds of inks. It even cleans stamps used with  StazOn . We are getting this soon in the store.


           - Stamp cleaning Scrub Pad - It is a foam pad with nylon fibers. You can spray the stamp with cleaner and scrub on the pad. The nylon fibers will remove all the residues of ink from the stamp. It is excellent for pigment inks as the powdery pigments get deposited on the stamp even if you clean stamp with damp cloth.

Many crafters use baby wipes, but those fibers of wipes are really irritating and spoils your next impression .

7.) Coloring supply: You will need any coloring medium e.g. water colors, distress markers, copics, spectrum noir, zig clean color real brush marker, distress inks , colored pencils, water color pencils etc. Choices are plenty but you need only one medium initially. I would suggest to learn some basics of coloring with medium of your choice. 
If you are planning to buy distress inks, I would like you to use them for coloring too. If not you can start with any good water colors e.g Gansai Tambi, koi etc.



I started with 4-5 wood mounted stamps & few inks. I believe, you use your supply more efficiently if you master them first and then move towards next. Practice is the key... give some time to the medium you are working with , play with it, experiment with it! 

That is all for today! If you have any question you can ask in the comment below or mail me @ nehab99@yahoo.com. Enjoy !