Thursday, October 20, 2016

Brutus Monroe embossing powder and Jillibean Stamps

Hi Friends,

Welcome to the blog! I am playing with a new brand of embossing powders - Brutus Monroe  Along with these I am also using - Ranger's holographic  embossing powder and two stamps set from 
Jillibean Soup.

Brutus Monroe is very fine grain embossing powder so you can emboss very detailed image too. It gives ultra smooth finish upon heating. You will be amazed with the results. There are four shades available Gilded (gold), Penny (copper), sterling (silver), icicle (clear). I am using gilded and penny today!

For those of you, who are new to Heat Embossing, my Team Member Deepti has made a short video for you in youtube. Check it out here -

Step by Step Procedure

  1. - Cut 3 diecuts from white card stock. I have used Paper smooches die, you can use any die with which you can create inlay effect.
  2. -  Separate all parts & Glue similar diecuts in a stack.
  3. - Dab with versamark ink pad and emboss the outer most cut in Brutus Monroe- gilded, flower center with Brutus Monroe-penny and middle flower with silver embossing powder. Repeat the process for 2-3 times to give smooth metallic look. To give some interest,I  stamped the center with a textured stamp while the embossing powder was hot .
  4. -  Take a2 size Bielo. Blend Mermaid Laggon & Cracked Pistachio distress inks to crate a backdrop for the die cuts. Add a black washitape at the bottom of the card. 
  5. - Splatter some black paint and mount the diecut. Inlay the other parts into it. 
  6. - Finish it off by stamping your sentiment in versafine black ink.


For the next card, I have used Jillibean Soup's - Butterflies stamp set . I love sets with good sentiment and this has 3 very apt sentiments. 

Step by Step Procedure

  1. To make this card, I took a Bielo panel & stamped sentiment in bottom left corner. 
  2. -Stamp the textured butterfly using dye ink and MISTI. Leave the stamp in it's place.
  3. -Colour the butterfly with copics (you can use any water-based marker too) . Allow it to dry. 
  4. - Now stamp again on the coloured butterfly using versamark and heat emboss in gilded embossing powder. (You can emboss first and add colors too. But as I was going to use copics, I reversed the process as copics dull the shine of embossing powder.
  5. - Repeat the precess for two more butterflies.
  6. -Stamp some solid butterflies too and add enamel dots .
  7. - Mount the panel on card base using foam tape.


The sentiments are so beautiful that it can go well with any of your butter fly die too.
Check this card I made using the same set but with dies.

Embellishments using Brutus Monroe

Next project is just playing with these gorgeous embossing powders. 

Step by Step Procedure
  1. Just cover a piece of card stock ( here I used some hexagon die cuts) with versamark, sprinkle embossing powder and heat set it. Repeat this process for 3 times to get a thick coating.
  2. When the melted powder is still hot after last embossing, stamp it using choice of your stamp and any chalk or pigment ink(as they are opaque). 
  3. Wait for a minute or two and slowly lift the stamp. 
  4.  This will deboss the image and transfer the ink. Tip: Any rubber stamps works better as the are more heat resistant. 

These cuties are awesome to use as an embellishments on your card or mixed media project. Hope you are with me so far...


The next card uses Holographic Embossing Powder by Ranger. It has iridescent, fine glitter mixed with clear embossing powder. So when you heat emboss it the fine glitter will get trapped in melted embossing powder and won't fall off. Gives awesome results.

The glitter looks great on projects but worst part is can't capture it in its full glory in a picture. 

On this card,
1. I just made a solid stripe with this embossing powder. I adhered a layer of Red Tacky Tape, added embossing powder over and heat set it.
2.I also drew tiny trails of butterfly with clear embossing pen  and embossed with holographic powder...
Felt this would be apt for the sentiment...leaving some sparkle...

Looking at the sparkle, I felt it is a perfect fit for Christmas cards. It depicts snow very well.
See the example.

I don't remember the brand of die. The sentiment and background stamps are by Jane's Doodles.
 I just stacked 2 die cuts and coated with 2 coats of embossing powder. It will work perfectly to make those snow dunes. 

Here is the close up and a video where i tried to capture the shimmer .



Next 3 projects highlight another beautiful set by Jillibean soup - Today is full of possibilities. When I buy stamps, I always look for it's versatility. If I can use it for anything other than card or not and I adore those which gives me flexibility. This is one of them. I am going to use them for magnets. Beautiful words and bold fonts are perfect fit for magnets or any wall decor. 

Top layer is 4x4 inches Bielo which is glued on chipboard for extra stability. I have used various distress inks, stencils and brutus embossing powders. I have kept design minimal so that those words can shine. It will be great motivating gift for any age but I am giving this to a girl in her teen. Isn't it perfect?

Check the close up.

It is a loooong post...:P Hope you are still with me. Thank you for your patience. Let me know if you have any query regarding the product or process. 
See you soon here till then keep crafting!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Different ways of using Stamper's Big Brush Pen - by Deepti

Hello everyone!

This is Deepti Stephens and today I'm going to show you a card made with Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens! This pen is so versatile right from simple coloring to Mixed Media. Today I'm going to show you five different ways to use these pens

For my today's project I used Orange Glaze and Cobalt Blue Big Brush Pen. You can shop these pens HERE

Now there is a variety of ways you can use these pens, I'm gonna be showing you a few different techniques that you can use to get the most out of these pens but remember! there is literally a ton of things that you can u do with these pens! 

Characteristics of Stampers Big Brush Pen:

  1. These Stamper's Big Brush Pen gives the even color and crisp images every time.
  2. It is perfect for applying multiple colors or ink blending and can be used on all kinds of paper and canvas.
  3. It has got a unique brush tip just like a real paint brush
  4. It is made with odorless India ink that won't bleed through your paper
  5. It is water proofed, Archival, Permanent and light fast so your images stay bright and vibrant for many years.
Five Different Ways To Use These Pens:

1. Creating Backgrounds:

You can simply create beautiful backgrounds by just scribbling the pen with front and back strokes on to your paper. This really creates an interesting background! I just love it. Doesn't it look like waves in the ocean ;)

2. Stamp the Solid Images:

This one really a fun part! Apply the ink from the pen directly on to the solid stamp and stamp it directly on to the paper. Pretty cool, huh?

3. Coloring the images:

You can simply color the image with a single color or add multiple colors for more depth ;)

4. Ink blending/ add multiple colors:

You can add layers of color for depth as I mentioned above! Apply two or three colors of inks on to the solid stamp, huff a little and stamp the image onto the paper. There you'll have it, a beautiful 'artistic' image!! :)

5. Stamping Techniques:

Yes! You can absolutely do some stamping techniques with these pens like Tone on Tone, Second and Third Generation Stamping and etc.

And here is the full card. I have also filmed a video for you guys where I shared a few tips and tricks along the way. If you like the video please give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends and also don't forget to subscribe to the channel :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Take care and I will see you next time :)


Friday, October 14, 2016

3M Scotch Masking Tape - Review and Tutorial

Hello friends,

         I am so exited to be a part of The Craft Shop Design Team as it always make me happy to work with creative people of the industry and to create something which you all craft lovers can try too.

        I love using basic supplies to create art and today's hero is a very simple but excellent product which we call the....

yes you heard it right and today we will create 5 cards using masking tape by 3M.

image source :Google

Some facts about Masking tape 

        ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape is the original blue tape that DIY painters and professionals have loved for more than 25 years. This tape is a consumer favourite because it delivers sharp paint lines and removes cleanly without surface damage. Using the right tape will save you time, hassle and money.
  • Delivers sharp paint lines
  • Removes cleanly without residue
  • Does not cause surface damage
  • Applies quickly and easily
  • Easy to use - comes off the roll easily
  • Applications: Painted walls, wood, curved or uneven surfaces, glass or metal, paper 
  • 14 day clean removal
  • Can be exposed to direct sunlight
  • Medium adhesion
The quality of medium adhesion/tackiness allows us to use it on our cards and other craft projects.

So, without any further ado lets have a look at the cards I created for today.

1. A Simple Masked card, with 2 straight rows of masking tape and  Altenew Stamps

Watch the video to learn, how I made it

2.Pattern Created using Masking Tape , Distress Ink and Altenew Sentiment

I also shared many different ideas to use masking tape.. Check out this video

3. Brick Background using Masking Tape and Altenew Stamps

Watch the video to learn, how I made it

4. Reverse Masking done with Masking Tape, Distress Inks and Inka Gold Silver

Watch the video to learn, how I made it

5. Argyle Background created with Masking Tape , Distress Ink and Altenew Sentiment

Argyle pattern was a little complicated to create and if you want to learn how I did it let me know in the comments section below. I will do a detailed video on it :)

so that is all for today's post ,I hope u will try these simple techniques using the 3M masking tape.

Here are the list of supplies I used:
3M Masking tape
Altenew ink
Altenew ink-Black
Distress Ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles 
Inka gold -Silver
Ranger Liquid platinum Embossing powder
White embossing powder
Anti Static tool
Altenew stamp-Floral shadows
Altenew stamp-You are
Altenew die- Celebrate 
Ranger Multi medium 
Wink of Stella- clear

to get all your supplies 
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Making Jewelry with Sospeso Transparente - Tutorial Part I

Hello Friends

This is Poornima here. So finally I am back to crafting after almost 6 months. Thanks to Priya Sivaraj for giving me an opportunity again to design for The Craft Shop.

My post for today is all about Sospeso Transparente and creating jewelry out of it. I have never tried my hands at this art so I was very excited when I got my DT pack. I searched about it and found there are tutorials explaining techniques & do’s / dont’s of Sospeso Transparente but no explanatory tutorial on turning it into wearable jewelry. I have made paper jewelry in past which helped me turned sospeso transparente into jewelry pieces. Believe me you can make stunning jewelry with Sosepso in jiffy and that too without much efforts. 

P.S - Picture Heavy Post

The Sospeso Trasparente  is a three-dimensional technique created and patented by Italian decorator Monica Allegro. It is volume decoupage decorative technique which uses some special material to give shape and texture to paper images.

It involves following material –
Embossing Pad

Embossing Burins

Sospeso Glue

Transparent Film – These are plastic sheet , thermoformable,  non-toxic and once molded with a heat source, takes the form chosen by us. These are used with Paper Veils, Decoupage Napkins, Fabric Tapes or thick printed papers.

Heat Source – There are different procedures to heat the product, direct contact with a heat source such as a candle, a simple hair dryer, with hot air tools for embossing, or the use of a heating plate such as iron for ironing.
The ideal technique to heat, especially for small operations, remains the candle.

Glass Crystals – Optional.These are 100% pure glass crystals. Used for getting " Crystal Effect"

Verification Gel - Used with Glass Crystals

Burins, Embossing Pad & Sospeso Glue

Glass Crystals

Transparent Film for Paper Veils, Napkins & Fabric Tapes

The printed designs comes on 4 surfaces / form

Printed Films – Can be used directly and are fastest and easiest to work with.

Paper Veils

Decoupage Napkins

Fabric Tapes

You can buy entire range Sospeso Transparente material from the Craft Shop

I am linking here tutorials involving basic technique of using Printed Plastic and Paper Veils

Now coming to Jewelry. I am sharing a step by step tutorial on the following –

I  How to attach Jump Rings to Sospeso

II  Attaching HeadPins / EyePins to Sospeso Flowers

III  Attaching Sospeso Flowers to Chain

IV  Making Earrings with Sospeso Flowers using two methods – Method A & Method B

So Lets get started ------>>>

I Attaching Jump Rings to Sospeso Object –

1.    I am using printed sheet - Little Butterfly

1  Cut out two butterflies of same design. You can even use one. 
Or one larger and other smaller. It’s up to you.

2  Shape them and glue one above the other using glue gun

3 Now you need something to punch holes. 
I am using this to punch holes. You can use any hand held punch or even a needle.

4 Now punch hole. One left upper wing and one on down right wing

5 Then attach jump rings to both these holes using plier and your are done !!!

II Attaching HeadPins / EyePins to  Sospeso  Flowers -

1   I am using Paper Veil - POTENTILLA for this tutorial.

2 You need to choose flowers from your sospeso sheet. 
These flowers can be exactly of same design or one larger and other smaller. 
It’s up to you. I am using exactly same flowers.

3 Now you need something to punch holes.
 I am using this to punch holes. 
You can use any hand held punch or even a needle.

4 After shaping both the flowers , take one flower  and punch two holes.
See holes circled in image. Don't punch holes on second flower
 If your flowers are not same, then take larger flower for hole punching.

5 Now refer to below image
5.1 Then take a eyepin and pass through both the holes as shown in picture.
5.2 Make a loop on other end of eyepin using plier. If you are using headpin you not need form lower loop as it’s already closed
5.3  Slide the upper end of eyepin below petal if possible 
5.4 And then glue second flower on this flower using glue gun.

Note – Eyepin is used if you want to attach something on both sides of sospeso flower. And Headpin is used if you want to attach something to only one side of your flower 

Now piece is ready. You can use it as earring or pendant or a charm.

Using above pieces I have made a pendant. 
You can follow these steps to create a similar piece

a    Take a piece of chain, jump rings , few loreals and plier.

b Add loreals to jump rings and add it to chain

c Attach this piece of chain to jump ring of butterfly

d Attach flower with headpin to lower jump ring of butterfly.
Then attach a charm or bead to flower

e Add a bail and chain to make a complete pendant. Viola !!!

III Attaching Sospeso Flowers to Chain

1  Take two pieces of chain , each about 33 inches long and piece of wire

2  Arrange both chains one above another and cross them at that length where you want to attach sospeso flowers. And wrap that point nicely with wire. This is the place where we will stick sospeso flowers. It will provide a solid base to stick sospeso flower sequence.

3 Now prepare a arrangement of sospeso flowers. 
I have use printed sheet - WHITE DAISY for this

4 Glue flowers of arrangement one above other first and them glue it on chain using glue gun. 

5 Complete the chain with charms or beads or whatever embellishments you want to add.

IV Making Earrings with Sospeso Flowers , Method A –

1      Take two sospeso flowers exactly of same design, Heat Gun, Handheld Punch, EyePin, a big Bead or Pearl. . Remember not to shape flowers. This will do in coming steps.

2      Make slits on flower with scissor depending upon your design. It will make shaping easier.

3      Punch a hole in center of flower. Attach head pin and pearl as shown

4      For heat source I have chosen heat gun. I found it more appropriate for shaping flower using this technique. Place your heat tool on flat surface and flower in front of it and shape it around pearl. I tried using heat gun in one hand and flower in another but it becomes really difficult to shape flower as both your hands are occupied. The size of the bead/pearl used will decide its shape. Heat might harm your fingers so if you have protective gloves or something, wear them for safety

5   Once flower start taking shape you can use your embossing burins to complete the rest of shaping. This step is completely optional.

6    After shaping punch hole in center, attach eyepin/headpin & beads and complete your earring

IV Making Earrings with Sospeso Flowers , Method B –

1  For this method you need 2 sospeso flowers of same design. I am using paper veil flower this time, jump rings, ballpins/headpins, earring hooks, crimp beads, decorative beads & handheld punch.

2  Now refer to below image and follow these steps
2.1 Punch hole in the center. 
2.2 Attach a bead and ballpin. 
2.3 At the back of the flower add crimp beads so to fix the ballpin. 
2.4 Now turn the ballpin and bring it to the front of the flower and add a jumpring  (apologies, not shown in image ) and then place it below blue bead. 
 2.5 Do same steps with other flower too.

3 Add earring hooks. And your earring is done. You can use this method to make pendants or charms too !!!

That's all for today. I hope I have inspired you. 
For any query drop a comment.I will be back with more ideas in my next post.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Till Then
Happy Crafting