Monday, 7 September 2015

Cards using Lawn Fawn stamps

Hi,
I am back with 2 new projects using lawn fawn stamp sets. One is from get well soon stamp set and the other is from flutter by. Get well soon stamp is very cute and lovely set. I made a small card with that. 



It has a very cute bird as a nurse along with a band aid and medicine bottle. There is a smiley face along with it. I used only the bird and the bottle. I first stamped the bottle and then masked it to stamp the bird on top of the bottle. I colored them using markers and adhered them to water colored background. I used zig water colors to create the background. (I shall be posting soon on the same) and adhered it to white card stock. 

My next project is butterfly from flutter by stamp set. 



Here I stamped the butterfly on to normal paper and colored it using my markers. I didn't want any shading. I used my gold glitter pen for the outline of the butterfly and cut it out. I embossed my card stock with my embossing folder from sizzix and adhered the butterfly in the middle. I decided I was not going to add any sentiment on the card. I was going to use my sentiment inside. I cut out a piece of burlap (I wanted the burlap to be uneven) and adhered it to the card stock and my butterfly card on the burlap. 

These posts are also available on my facebook page. 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Big shot die cutting queries

Hi everyone,

I have been getting a lot of queries with regards to Big shot. Since I am busy with some other work I am unable to post new projects. I have an order to make 100 quilled fridge magnets and 100 gift envelopes which is keeping me super busy. But I wish to mention a couple of things about big shot. I have a query this morning asking whether it cuts burlap (jute). I didn't try until I got this query. No suprises here it cuts beautifully. I used spellbinders die here to cut and run it through my machine 2 times. I tried cutting felt as well the reault was amazing. Big shot cuts paper, burlap and felt. Feel free to send your queries  I will answer them as soon as possible.

Good day

Monday, 17 August 2015

Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit review

Hi Guys,
Today I am giving you all an introduction to big shot starter kit and my reviews about it which I bought from Amazon. I am giving starter kit full 5 stars. I am in love with it. I have some pictures I have taken and I will be giving my views about it. (Before using the machine, please read the manual very well. I read it twice). I will keep this post upadted with new information.




The above picture is the starter kit. What are there in a starter kit?
 Big shot machine, Extenable platform, cutting plates x 2, Die cuts, card stock and instruction manual.

                              
                                      


Starting with the machine, its blue teal color machine. There is a protective cap at the crank shaft. It has to be removed to fix the handle. They provide us with a washer, screw, end plug and a screw tightner. Its super easy to fix this. Once the handle is fixed you are ready to go. On the right side of the machine I have kept my cutting plates. There are 2 nos. First time users might hear a cracking sound while die cutting please don't worry the machine or the plates are not broken. Die cuts and emboss folders should be sandwiched between them before using the machine. 




This a picture of extendable multipurpose platform which has 2 tabs. Tab 2 is used for die cutting and Tab 1 for embossing and using sizzlits or clearlits die. Bigz die don not require this platform.




I have kept totally 4 sets of dies here. The left ones are called sizzlits or clearlits die. Its amazing and easy to use. The middle set is normal dies. Now coming to the fun part the die on the right. Its called Bigz or Bigz XL dies. The important thing to note here is Bigz dies should be used without multipurpose platform. 



There is a beautiful embossing folder along with this kit. Its beautiful and pretty one. I just love the embossing folders. It give a beautiful raised dimensional image. Ink or versamark can be applied on the raised side of the folder and it can be heat embossed. (I will be coming up a project soon).


Last one is this beautiful card stock from craft asylum. It is lovely. I wished I had more of it. And not to forget the instruction manual. Please read the manual alteast twice to understand how the machine works. If you have an queries please feel free to get in touch with me. Follow me on my facebook page. 

Bye

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Pirates handmade invitation card

Hi everyone,

Today's project is a pirate themed  birthday invitation card. Since I had to make 100 invitations I kept it simple and neat. When I start making cards for someone I tend to make a sample piece get their approval and then proceed to make more. Here I have used one pirate and one pirate ship. 


I drew ship, pirate and coconut tree separately and colored each using markers and used a black gel pen to add some details to it. I made the beach and treasure chest separately and colored them. I cut out the waves using 2 blue color origami papers I had with me. I have a wave shaped scissors and it was handy for me it make the waves. The first two waves are adhered to the paper. As I wanted some dimension for the ship I used two sided tape for the middle wave and added the same and adhered the ship as well. Once all the waves were adhered to the card, I cut out the beach and tree and adhered them to the card. I used two sided tape for the pirate to add dimenson and give it some natural shadow behind him. For more access my facebook page. Link on the home page of my blog. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Tag with tassel

Hi,

Today’s project is  tag with tassel. Since I don't have a die cutting machine as yet or stencil I drew the tag myself and made tassel using glittered thread to make my own tassel. 



I used this floral design and colored it using water colors and cut them out. I trimmed out the design, so it looks like its die cut. I used double sided adhesive to adhere it on tha card stock. I cut the card stock in the shape of a tag and a single hole punch and punch a hole on top of the tag. I put an eyelet on the hole and covered it. I made a tassel using glitter thread. I hope you all like it. Check out my external link for more. 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Greeting cards

Hi,

Today’s project is 3 greeting cards using 3 coloring materials (color pencils, markers and water colors). I enjoyed making these cards. Off late I love adding acetate or OHP sheet on top of the cards which I think is different and unique. The first card is using watercolors. I watercolored using Zig colors and hand cut the image out. I tend to make the colors light and quiet simple which I think is neat. I then adhered it to green card stock using glue stick and added transparent sheet to finish up the card. 



The second card I made is using my markers. I just love this card and stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I made the images and colored them using my stylefile markers and cut them out. (Sorry for poor photo). I used 6 colors here green, blue, yellow, pink, red and purple). I adhered them to the card using double sided tape to give a raised dimension. 




My last card is using color pencils. I love this patterned pot and flower. It gives a lot of scope for using all colors. I loved coloring these images. I use nail polish remover or oil to smoothen out and blend in the color pencils. Gamsol is another solvent that's generally used for blending out color pencils but I prefer to use oil or remover. After coloring, I cut our the images and adhered the pot using glue stick and the flower using double tape. I used 2 layers of the tape to give a raised dimension and covered it up with OHP sheet and secured them using eyelets on 4 corners. 




I hope you all liked my cards. I have uploaded them in my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/simpleartcraft.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

OHP card

Today's card is a new try. I was having sheets of OHP at home and didnt know what to do with them. So, I thought why not make a OHP card???

I used the silhoutte stamp on a white card stock and used ink blending technique for the background color. I used pink, orange and red color dye inks for the blending. 




 I trimmed out the card stock as I wanted it to be a small card since I am trying it for the first time. I used a pink ribbon and tied it around the OHP sheet and pasted the ends using masking tape. I adhered the picture to the sheet and on the inside of the card, I pasted a white card on the inside of the card to hide the riboon end and the tape.I did the same for the sentiment as well. I felt the card was kind a empty and added some eyelets to it. I was quiet happy with the end result. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Shaker card "Shaking you wishes"

Hi everyone,

I am super excited today. I've always wanted to make a shaker card and unfortunately due to soemthing or the other I was unable to make them. But today I found a lot of time and made this shaker card. 


As usual I printed out this cicrular stamp design from net and colored them using color pencils. I didnt want to waste time in shading so I have not shaded them. Its a neutral wish I come up with "Shaking you wishes". I using mixed sequins I had and used a OHP sheet to cover it up. I cut the circle in the middle of the picture and adhered all of them together. I used baker's twine and added my sentiment to it. Even before I could post it online, I sold the card. I have have saved the circle that was cut out to use for other projects. 

Ink blending and stamping

Hi,

I have 3 cards for today’s post. The first one is a masculine birthday card using stamping technique. I have randomly stamped 4 colors from Ranger dye ink pad and then selected 2 designs and stamped it over the same. I used dark brown satin ribbon to tie a bow and made it into a birthday card. 




The second and third card and of similar technique, ink blending. I used ink pads from Ranger and ink blender from ranger to blend these cards.  The first is like a silhouette type card. The second card is  from a stamp set. And I used Zig colors for coloring them instead of my stylefile markers. I didnt decide on the sentiment for my cat card. 











Friday, 24 July 2015

Ice cream birthday card

My next card is a birthday card with yummy ice cream. I used three ice cream pictures from a stamp set and used 3 colors yellow for mango, green for pistachio and pink for strawberry. These are my favorite ice cream flavors. I made this especially on request from a relative of mine. 




I stamped 3 ice cream images and cut them out. I then colored them with my markers and took the sentiment from the stamp set that says "Happy birthday with sprinkles on top". I thought it was very different sentiment and like it a lot. I made a blue border using my marker for the sentiment and green border for the card using my marker. Then I adhered all of them to the card using double sided tape. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Quick card in 5 minutes-cosmos card

I am up with a new card today with my own sentiment "You are out of this world" (other sentiments can be "you are my universe" or "you make my world colorful". What I basically did here is I took a picture of the space cosmos and printed it out. I trimmed out the edges and and used 1/4 inch blue ribbon to wrap it around.


I made a bow and used a double sided tape to adhere it to my card. I have still not thought about the sentiment so I just roughly made a You are out of this world sentiment and the inside of the card can say beacuse you are the best or you are wonderful. Its a very very very simple card which can be made in less than 5 minutes. 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Are you made of CuTe?

Hi everyone,
I am back with a new card design. I used a stamp set to make this beautiful card. Me being a total science freak I loved the concept of using elements into my card. I am using 2 elements here one is copper (Cu) and the other is tellurium (Te). Cu+Te=CUTE. I was just a try out card but turned out really well and best part was I sold it immediately. Luckily I just took a moderate picture of it. 





So I did here was I first downloaded the peridoic table for the atomic weight and mass and I wanted it to look like a part from the table. So I made 2 separate pieces from card stock one for each element and used blue for copper and green tellurium. To adhere it to the card stock I used foam ahesive to give dimension and used 2 ribbons to decorate the card stock and adhered it to a blue card stock. The first image is the outside of the card with the sentiment 'Are you made of CuTe' and on the inside the sentiment says beacuse you are cute.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Zig clean color real brush

ZIG clean color real brush is an amazing product form Kuretake, a Japanese company. I just love playing with this color pens. 





This pen has brush tip similar to paint brush and colors blend beautifully. I use a water brush to blend colors. I have seen some demo videos of the product and where they first use the colors and then use the water brush to blend them out. But I first used the water brush to apply little water on my paper and then put little of the color and started to blend it out. It works beautifully and I love it. 
I have a couple of pictures where I used them. The best part is it can be used without water as well to give darker color but I made it very little. 







Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Handmade greeting cards

Types of greeting cards:
Counter cards: Greeting cards that are sold individually. This contrasts with boxed cards.
Standard Greeting Cards: A standard greeting card is printed on high-quality paper (such as card stock), and is rectangular and folded, with a picture or decorative motif on the front. Inside is a pre-printed message appropriate for the occasion, along with a blank space for the sender to add a signature or handwritten message. A matching envelope is sold with the card. Some cards and envelopes feature fancy materials, such as gold leafribbons or glitter.
Photo Greeting Cards: In recent years, photo greeting cards have gained widespread popularity and come in two main types. The first type are photo insert cards in which a hole has been cut in the centre. A photo slides in just like a frame. The second type are printed photo cards in which the photo is combined with artwork and printed, usually on a high-end digital press, directly onto the face of the card. Both types are most popular for sending holiday greetings such as ChristmasHanukkah & for baby showers.
Personalised Greeting Cards: Websites using special personalisation technology, such as Moonpig, allow consumers to personalise a card which is then printed and sent directly to the recipient.
Reusable Greeting Cards: These are greeting cards for the budget conscious. There are two common formats for reusable cards. Firstly there are cards with slits in them positioned to hold pages. Secondly there notepad style cards where pages stick to the back of the cards. The pages that have been used for reusable cards can be removed after being received and fresh pages can be used to reuse the cards.
Risqué Greeting Cards: Some companies offer risqué greeting cards, with adult-based humor and cartoons. The humor in these cards can sometimes be offensive to more conservative parts of the population.
Musical Greeting Cards: Recently greeting cards have been made that play music or sound when they are opened. They are commonly 3D handmade birthday cards which play traditional celebration songs such as Happy Birthday To You.
Electronic Greeting Cards: (also called E-cards) Greeting cards can also be sent electronically. Flash-based cards can be sent by email, and many sites such as Facebook  enable users to send greetings. More recently, services have launched which enable users to send greetings to a mobile phone by text message or use mobile app for this purpose such cards are called Mobile E-cards or MCards. Many of these electronic services offer open or anonymous chat, to enable further discussion.
Pop-Up Cards: Pop-Up Cards are normally cards that, once opened, have a picture coming outward, giving the reader a surprise. Pictures and printed messages in greeting cards come in various styles, from fine art to humorous to profane. Non-specific cards, unrelated to any occasion, might feature a picture (or a pocket to paste in a personal photograph) but no pre-printed message.











Common cardmaking materials: Cardstockstencilsmarkersvellumtissue papergluerulers and t-squaresrickrackfoilsequinsbeadsribbon, acetate, paper embossing, die cutting machines and more.
Other materials that can be used in cardmaking are brads, eyelets, tea bag medallions, and buttons. Brads can be used to hold the four corners of one piece of cardstock on top of another to create a layered effect. Eyelets can be used to draw a piece of string or ribbon from one side of the card to another. Tea bag medallions are a type of origami that makes a wonderful decoration for the front of a card. Pretty shaped buttons make nice additions to a design that is stamped on the card.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Madhubani style peacock pencil sketch

This is my favorite madhubani pencil art…. Peacock is just a description of beauty in god’s creation.  I was super bored one day and thought I wanted to draw something apart from cartoon and do some quilling. That’s when I came across a peacock madhubani picture and immediately I caught that idea of drawing a peacock. I didn’t want to make it simple and make it look royal and rich. I was thinking as to how I wanted to make this picture.




I just drew peacock head and body and didn't have the slightest idea of what to do with the feathers. I thought I would first finish what I drew and then proceed to the feathers. And without thinking for long the picture just happened. Everyone who has seen this picture has just loved it. Once this was a hit among my circle, everyone one wanted to have this piece. So, eventually I bought small canvas boards (cardstock size) and drew this picture with pencil and the result was amazing. Thereafter I got a few orders to make this peacock on canvas for gifting purpose. The result of me being bored turned out to be a hit. 

Ciao....

Monday, 25 May 2015

Easy peacock on canvas

Peacock is the most beautiful creature on earth. It becomes more beautiful through art. There is no limit to our imagination especially when it comes to art. I made a peacock on canvas board. 

Materials required:
1. Canvas board
2. Black paint
3. 3d glitters
4. Lace
5. Peacock drawing
6. Yellow carbon paper
7. Clear varnish

Method:
Paint the canvas board black (2-3 coats)
Once the board has dried, trace out the picture onto it.
Use 3D glitters to outline and decorate peacock.
Glue the lace as border
Once the picture has dried well, apply 2 coats of clear varnish and frame it. 





                 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Queen Nefertiri & King Akhenaten

Nefertiti, whose name means "the beautiful one has come," was the queen of Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century B.C. She and her husband established the cult of Aten, the sun god, and promoted Egyptian artwork that was radically different from its predecessors. A bust of Nefertiti is one of the most iconic symbols of Egypt.Little is known about the origins of Nefertiti, but her legacy of beauty and power continue to intrigue scholars today. Her name is Egyptian and means "the beautiful one has come." Some evidence suggests that she hailed from the town Akhmim and is the daughter or niece of a high official named Ay. Other theories have suggested that she was born in a foreign country.

Akhenaten was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who reigned about 3,500 years ago. He made some major, but rather short-lived changes to various aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, the most notable one being his religious revolution. Akhenaten also made major changes in the ancient Egyptian art style, and presented himself in a very different manner from any of his predecessors. Akhenaten ruled in the eighteenth dynasty, which seemed to be an age of revolution in ancient Egypt. Only a few reigns before his had been the reign of Hatshepsut, the most famous (but not the only) female pharaoh. Akhenaten's strange appearance and mysterious behavior, as well as his connection with Nefertiti and with the ill-fated "boy king" Tutankhamen, have made him the subject of much passion and controversy in the last century or so.

The bust of queen is very famous these days. I have pencil sketched out the same along with my imagination of Akhenaten. My family and friends call me crazy for being tooo involved with Egyptian history but I couldn't help it. I just love Egyptian history a lot. I will be coming out with some more pencil sketches related to Egypt. 





 




Colorful Madhubani birds

Madhubani painting/Mithila painting was traditionally created by the women of the Brahman, Dusadh and Kayastha communities in Mithila region in Nepal and India. This painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region; the more recent development of painting on paper and canvas originated among the villages around Madhubani.
The painting was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but now they are also done on cloth, handmade paper and canvas. Madhubani paintings are made from the paste of powdered rice. Madhubani painting has remained confined to a compact geographical area and the skills have been passed on through centuries, the content and the style have largely remained the same.
Madhubani paintings mostly depict the men & its association with nature and the scenes & deity from the ancient epics. Natural objects like the sun, the moon, and religious plants like tulsi are also widely painted, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings. 
Generally no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs. Traditionally, painting was one of the skills that was passed down from generation to generation in the families of the Mithila Region, mainly by women.
Below is a picture of 2 beautiful birds which I have colored with color pencils. There is not much detailing here as my previous peacock picture. Its a very simple picture but I have made it look grand by using bright colors. I drew this in half a white chart. I hope you all enjoy it.


Introduction to Madhubani and Madhubani art with pencil on paper

Madhubani painting or Mithila painting is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state, India, and the adjoining parts of Terai in Nepal. Painting is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks, using natural dyes and pigments, and is characterized by eye-catching geometrical patterns.

The original inspiration for Madhubani art emerged from women’s craving for religiousness and an intense desire to be one with God. With the belief that painting something divine would achieve that desire, women began to paint pictures of gods and goddesses with an interpretation so divine that captured the hearts of many.It is locally believed that Madhubani painting tradition started when Raja Janak of Nepal commissioned local artists to paint murals in his palace in preparations for the marriage of his daughter Sita to Lord Ram. The paintings were originally done on walls coated with mud and cow dung. The kohbar ghar or the nuptial chamber was the room in which the paintings were traditionally done. Originally the paintings depicted an assembly of symbolic images of the lotus plant, the bamboo grove, fishes, birds and snakes in union. 

I have just drawn a simple picture of 2 birds in madhubani style. I didnt color the picture as I felt it would look different from the original art style. I personally feel any style of art can be modified and changed to our imagination. These pictures can also be used as templates to draw into a canvas or cloth later and paint them. But I prefer it to be in paper. I have some more pictures below. Will upload more pictures.....


















Thursday, 14 May 2015

King Tut mask pencil sketch/ coloring pages

I am giving a little information about the mask before you can see my pencil sketch. The below mentioned information is what I learnt from Egypt. 

The fabulous King Tut Mask was a death mask. Royal death masks or burial masks such as the fabulous death mask of Tutankhamun, the boy King Tut, were made of gold in the image of the deceased. The King Tut mask was used to cover the face of the mummy of the pharaoh and ensure that his spirit would be able to recognize the body.

The King Tut Mask, which is pictured below (my pencil sketch), depicts an actual likeness of the young Tutankhamun. The King Tut Mask weighs ten kilos, 24lbs and measures 54 cm (21 in) in height and 15 inches wide.  

The design depicts the traditional nemes headdress. The nemes was the striped head cloth which would have been worn by the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The King Tut mask depicts the boy king wearing the traditional false beard of the Pharaoh. The false beard depicted on the King Tut Mask was therefore a divine symbol of the gods, emphasizing his status as a living god.




Egyptian God Anubis pencil sketch/coloring pages

Discover the legends and myths and religious beliefs surrounding Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, Tombs and Embalming. Anubis was depicted with the body of a man and the distinctive black head of a Jackal or dog. The Underworld was called Duat and believed to be full of terrible, great dangers. Anubis greeted the souls in the Underworld and was believed to protect them on their journey.

The jackal headed god was also associated with the ritual of mummification. Many Egyptian gods were perceived as 'human hybrids' depicted with human bodies with the heads of animals. The ancient Egyptians did not worship animals - the depiction of a god as an animal was a device to visually convey the identity, qualities and attributes of the god. Egyptian Gods, like Anubis, were always depicted as young & healthy. Any gods with black symbols (like the black headed jackal symbol of Anubis) were closely connected with death and the Afterlife.

I drew this picture of Anubis from a photograph I took from one of the sightseeing in Egypt. I hope you like it. 



Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Egyptian god thoth pencil drawing/coloring pages


He was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis or a baboon, animals sacred to him. Thoth played many vital and prominent roles in Egyptian mythology, such as maintaining the universe, and being one of the two deities (the other being Ma'at) who stood on either side of Ra's boat. Thoth was originally a moon god. The moon not only provides light at night, allowing time to still be measured without the sun, but its phases and prominence gave it a significant importance in early astrology/astronomy. The cycles of the moon also organized much of Egyptian society's rituals and events, both civil and religious. Consequently, Thoth gradually became seen as a god of wisdom, magic, and the measurement and regulation of events and of time. He was thus said to be the secretary and counselor of the sun god Ra, and with Ma'at (truth/order) stood next to Ra on the nightly voyage across the sky.

Thoth became credited by the ancient Egyptians as the inventor of writing, and was also considered to have been the scribe of the underworld; and the Moon became occasionally considered a separate entity, now that Thoth had less association with it and more with wisdom. For this reason Thoth was universally worshipped by ancient Egyptian scribes. Many scribes had a painting or a picture of Thoth in their "office". Likewise, one of the symbols for scribes was that of the ibis. A very simple picture of Thoth from me.  






Handmade greeting card heat embossed using stencil

This is a different method for heat embossed which I tried and I am happy about the result. 

Materials required: 
1. Card stock
2. Happy birthday tags
3. Stamps
4. Stencil
5. Embossing heat gun
6. Versamark embossing ink pad
7. Embossing powders (gold and black)
8. Ribbons
9. 2 sided tape

I used a white card stock for embossing. I pasted the stencil on the card and applied embossing ink all over the stencil. I removed the stencil and then poured black powder all over the card stock. I pre heat my heat gun and applied heat till the design got embossed. I used double sided tape to stick it on the red card stock to give dimension and card is done. 

This method might seem to be a little tough and messy while starting for the first time but its actually easy and enjoyable.