Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Handcarved rubber stamps

This past month I have been playing around and making handcarved rubber stamps using speedball rubber sheets (you can also use large size erasers like Staedler) and speedball carving tools.
Here are some images showing the process.

It took me a while to work out...was very satisfying in the end!

The stamps are carved our of a thick rubber sheet. They have no capability to cling to an acrylic surface. So in order to use them with an acrylic block, 
I used a reusable cling sheet 'Tack 'n' Peel from Tsukineko.
I cut and mounted this sheet on an acrylic block to provide a cling surface for all my hand carved stamps. Now stamping with these homemade stamps is super easy.

Here are some more designs...

and the tags I made with them.

I used Tim Holtz distress inks to stamp on textures card stock to give it an uneven fabric like feel.

I hope you are inspired to create some of your own!
do leave a comment below if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by...
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cash and Gift card holders

Hello!! I am back with a post for CraftAdda..the awesome craft store!!
After much deliberation I finally got myself an envelope punch board from We R Memory keepers! And what a fun product this is!!!

 I decided to make a few cash and gift card holders today, 
using the awesome papers from Craftangles.

For the first two cards, I used papers from the 'Autumn Harvest ' Paper pack. The colours are beautiful and the papers are really thick and luxurious! You can buy them here.
I added a strip of vellum to hold the gift card in place and added the die cut sentiment from Winnie and Walter.
the gift card holder is also help in place with a tiny piece of double sided tape.

The cash gift holder card below is also made using paper from an assorted Craftangles 6"x6" paper pack.
With so many kids going off to college just now, I thought it would make a nice motif for the cash gift holder. 

The tilted banner and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp and the patterned paper is mounted on a kraft card base.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards as much as I enjoyed making them!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great night!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

How I photograph my cards

I am back with another post for Indian Craft Room...this time about Photographing Greeting Cards.
Apologies for not posting yesterday, as promised!
I'm Paru Mahtani, an avid cardmaker and photogrpahy enthusiast. My passion for  card making led to a need to photograph my work; hence developed an interest in photography. Once I started exploring this hobby, it became addictive!
There are so many good blog posts, video and discussions on the internet about photographing you cards/crafts/art work. Thanks to the popularity of online shopping, crafters have realised the tremendous importance of photography!
The lessons I have learnt in my 15 plus  years of making cards are...

1. Research!! Research!! Research!!
Read blogs, look at others photos, read what they say about their photography processes, look at photos on Pinterest and Instagram and learn! 
Here are some resources:

2. Take a few photography classes to earn how to master your camera. 
Then you can create some amazing photos.

3. If you have a spot with great natural light, that's fantastic! If like most people, you don't, make an inexpensive lightbox (learn how to make one here.) and learn how to use it! 
The results are amazing!!
Here is an image of my set up...it's not perfect (the light box is a little wonky) 
but the results I get are just fab.

I have set it up at a height so that I don't have to bend. I have a put a little side table on top of my dining table and then placed the light box on top of it.
The lights are 'Sonia Trilights'. They have an adjustable stand and it is continuous  white light.
These are photography studio lights, but the same can be acheived with any continuous light.
I use a Canon 7D dslr, but very often take photos with my iphone if I dont have time to set up the light box.
I usually make a bunch of cards and  photograph them all together.

Here is the result!

These are photos taken on my desk with an iphone...

I hope this post has been useful and you have been inspired!! Do leave me a comment...I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I will be back next Thursday with another post.
Have a great evening!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Autumn harvest papers from Craftangles

Hey all! I am on the CraftAdda blog today with a couple of cards made with the awesome new 6"x6" Autumn Harvest paper pack from Craftangles
You can see a flipthrough of this paper pack here!
The papers are gorgeous...thick and luxurious to work with. 
The patterns work well with each other, as you can see.

The card techniques  are pretty much self explanatory.
I used the "Landscape trio" die from Mama elephant to add some interest as well as the feather dies from Simon Says Stamp and the gold heat embossed sentiment from 'Paperwishes'. 
The jute twine is from MayArts ribbon.

Come on over to the CraftAdda store and check out all the awesome patterned papers!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great evening!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September challenge at Paru's Card Making Challenges

Hello everyone! 

Welcome back to all of you who have played Paru's Card making Challenges,
and a big welcome to those who are stopping by for the first time! 
I hope you have great fun playing  along!

This month we have an interesting challenge..am looking forward to all your great interpretations!
The challenge for September  is..


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.


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 this card, I used the burlap background stamp 
from Impression Obsession on ivory card stock. 
I stamped over it with Winnie and Walter stripes stamps, 
using distress inks, spritzed with water. 
Once the panel dried, 
I added sentiments from MFT stamps "Celebrate Big" stamp set.

I added some burlap twine from MayArts ribbon 
and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish the card.

To make the tag (cut with the mft tag die),
 I used the honeycomb stencil from 'CraftAdda' and Fired Brick distress ink from Tim Holtz.  
I then filled in some of the spaces with Sakura Koi watercolours in primary colours. 
The 'hugs' die is from Winnie and Walter. 
To make it pop, I added a bit of vellum under the die cut. 
I finished the tag with some black cord.


As always, we have a fabulous sponsor lined up for this month.

 A $20 gift voucher from Serendipity Stamps

I will have the Guest Designer post and information about the second prize, up on the blog
 in a couple of days!
Don't forget to check in...it's going to be exciting!!!

We hope you have been inspired to create some beautiful cards with a focus on WORDS!
Can't wait to see your creations!

I will announce the winner of this challenge on the 28th of September, so don't forget to stop by!

You can 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!

Paru Mahtani

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More fun with CraftAdda stencils!

Hello all!
Today I have for you three fun tags I made using the awesome new CraftAdda stencils!
 I used Tim Holtz distress inks to create the backgrounds 
and then die cut the tags using the mft tag die.

For this tag, the stencil used is 'honeycomb' and the sentiment and the fussy cut dice used are woodblock stamps from StudioG. 

The stencil used for this tag is 'handwriting'. 
I added fussy cut flowers leaves  from W+9 Spring Blooms stamp set to make the tag pop!

I made this tag using Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die
The stencil used is the 'Moroccan design'.
I off set it and it used it twice to create dimension. 
I added the Memory box die cut flowers and 
the sentiment from the 'Sending Love' stamp set from Craftangles.

I finished of the tags with some black cord.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Playing with CraftAdda stencils!

Today I am playing with the new CraftAdda stencils!
They are impeccably manufactured right here in India...the quality is excellent and they have been designed by CraftAdda's very own Khyati Kothari!

I decided on two colours...Tim Holtz Fired Brick and Dried Marigold distress inks and used three different stencils on smooth white card stock.

For this card, I used the 'Dots' stencil. 
I then used some sunshine yellow ink from Mama Elephant to add some brightness. 
I used the dienamics 'Band' die against the background and the sentiment from 
Concord and 9th stamps, seemed just perfect!!! 
I finished the card by adhering it to a kraft card base.

For this card, I used the 'Floral pattern' stencil. 
I used the darker colour first and then off set the stencil and used the lighter colour over it. 
This created some dimension to the design.
I stamped and cut the cushions from the stencilled cardstock 
and added them to the stamped and fussy cut orange couch. 
I used two different washi tapes to  anchor the couch and the coffee table. 
I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock, to make it bold.
All the stamps used here are from Papertrey ink.

To make this card, I used the "Argyle" stencil. 
I think this is my favourite...Though I dont particularly enjoy the grunge look..it totally works here!
It almost looks like flames doesn't it?
I added the cityscape die cut from PaperSmooches to this beautiful background.
I cut a strip from the bottom and placed it with a gap, to create some interest.
The sentiment is also a favourite..from 'Hot of the press'.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these cards and 
I hope you will try playing with these stencils too!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by...Have a great day!