Monday, 1 October 2018

Sunshine - Mixed Media Layout and a free tutorial (DT post for ItsyBitsy)

Hello all you wonderful crafters
I have a mixed media layout to share with you all today.....I love making layouts but rarely can find time. I have so many ideas that I have to sit and single out one single idea for a layout but always land up mixing 2 themes......and this one is no exception.

This layout is a representation of the most fav seasons for me...summer and autumn.... these two seasons show you what nature really has to offer....such vibrant colors in birds, flowers, insects and generally everything around you. I have tried to bring the summery effect with flowers and insects while keeping fall colors intact...Hope you guys like it.

I have a free start to end tutorial here as well as on the ItsyBitsy blog along with a list of supplies used for this project ....click HERE to read the full tutorial.
Here are some more closeups of this project.... where you all see all the textures, sparkle and glitter elements...stamping and ofcourse the gorgeous flowers and butterflies in detail.



I am putting this project up at the following blog challenges:-
  1. Rhedds Creative Spirit October 2018 Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. Mixed Media Place September Moodboard Challenge - The flowers and sunrise have been the major inspiration for this layout.
  3. A inky Mess challenge #24 - Anything Mixed Media Goes
  4. Butterfly Challenge #108 - Spin the wheel with letter S - I have used sequins, spots, scarlet color along with butterflies in my layout.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Mixed Media Embroidery Hoop | Step by Step Tutorial for ItsyBitsy | Be Your Own Sunshine by Mukta

Hey guys
Welcome back and today I have a mixed media canvas for you all but on a embroidery hoop and his is also my DT inspiration project for ItsyBitsy and you can visit me there by clicking HERE..  I have a few embroidery hoops with me as my mother in law used to do embroidery work......and now she has no use for them and she gave them to me. The same day I saw sunshine after many rainy days and I thought to do some art on this embroidery hoop inspired by this gorgeous ray of sunshine....and this is what I came up with.

The flower pots on my window sill are always buzzing with butterflies, birds and bees...a few caterpillars also blossomed into beautiful butterflies this week....so my garden is my inspiration along with sunshine for making this canvas.....I find inspiration everywhere and this time on my window sill.


The hoop is 10" in diameter and it is actually a large canvas to do mixed media work. So I chose big flowers and a big embellishment to cover more area and at the same time make it look pretty. I love making shabby chic projects and for particular one, I actually didn't put much effort to make it shabby...it all just came through on its own.






I am putting this canvas up at the following challenges:
  1. More Than Words - September Challenge - Sunshine and Yellow
  2. Mixed Media place - August Moodboard - The moodboard inspired me to do a floral frame which is shabby and also very happy and fun to look at.
  3. Mixed Media Art August challenge - Colors of life- My art is inspired by the colors in nature and in general life.

I have a video tutorial showing you how I created this art piece...so I encourage you all to watch it if you are interested to know how I made this.

 You can visit me on ItsyBitsy blog for a list of supplies. Thank you for stopping by...have a fun day ahead.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Handmade Cash Envelopes and Tape Roll Box.

Hey guys
Today I am here sharing some handmade envelopes I made for the upcoming festive season. I always stock up on such envelopes and its really comes in handy for Weddings, Birthdays, Diwali or any other festive occasions.
I made this design in 6 colors and it was really fun to see how they look together. I made 1 box coordinating with one of the envelopes....using box tape wastage. All these envelopes are 7" x 3.5" in size and made using white cardstock. The pock is 7" x 2" and the flap measures 7" x 2 3/4".

I made my own watercolor background for my envelopes using color splash sprays from ItsyBitsy. For every envelope I spritzed water and then 2 to 3 sprays on a watercolor paper. I layered these colors to achieve this result. Once thoroughly dry, I did a little stenciling using Tinted Metallic Gold paint and a stencil from ItsyBitsy store.

I have used scrap pattern papers lying in my stash to decorate my envelope. The doily punch is from Martha Stewart...this adds so much interest to my project. ItsyBitsy has a huge range of papers and you can find them in their physical stores in Imperial size. So you will have to cute them according to your requirement...but I think it comes in handy to have big sheets.


I have used a belly band as a closure for all my envelopes. These are 3.6" x 2" in size on the front and back and I have a 1/5" folded to make the band. I have embossed these bands using a sizzix embossing folder and I did this before I folded and glued the band together. I decorated it with strips of gold glitter paper and small doily diecuts which are again from the store. I them embellished them with flowers, leaves and flourishes, jute bows and gold bead twine bow. I also made my flower clusters using tiny flowers from the store and some floral wires. The finishing touches came from sprinkling a little Twinklets diamond dust mixed with iridescent glitter and a BEST WISHES sentiment stamped using Archival Black ink..


For the box, I used the waste part of the tape roll in 2 sizes....4" and 1". I covered both the pieces with white cardstock of the inside and red cardstock on the outside. I then added white gesso on the rims to make them look clean. I sealed 1 side of each roll with a piece of circular chipboard cut to size and used white adhesive to glue them...the gives us the base for the box and base for the lid. To further enhance the box, I added red cardstock on the base and watercolor pattern I made on the outside of the box. For the lid, I added a piece of sunboard which was the size of the opening of the box as a closure of the box. I covered everything with more papers and decorate the lid to co ordinate with the envelope.
Super fun and super easy.....I hope you all like it. Here is a video where you can see it upclose....
I am putting my project at the following blog challenges:
  1. HLS August Anything goes with dies challenge - I have used doily die.
  2. HLS August Watercolor challenge - Optional twist flowers - I made the panelsfor my envelopes using watercolor smooshing technique. I used color splash sprays and water. I have incorporated actual flowers in my project...I hope its considered.
  3. HLS August mixed media challenge - Optional twist Word - I have done stenciling and watercolor technique on my project along with a shabby chic flower cluster using gel medium as adhesive....and stamped the sentiment to finish it all.
  4. Creates and Makes Challenge #24- Anything Goes
  5. Creative artists Mixed Media Challenge #41- Anything Goes
  6. More Mixed Media August Challenge - Anything goes with brights
List of supplies used to make these envelopes. Please watch the video to know all the supplies used.

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