Showing posts with label GDT Post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GDT Post. Show all posts

Monday, 20 March 2017

DIY Shadow Box Tutorial by Guest DT Anila

Hello lovely crafters,


A very warm good morning to you all. Hope you all are doing well.


Gifts, who doesn't love gift, but selecting gifts is very tough. But now no more tough because today in our Teaching and Learning Program our Guest DT Anila has brought an awesome tutorial of handmade shadow box. After seeing this tutorial I  bet you will all try. Grab your coffee and sit back, enjoy the tutorial.


Over to you Anila,


Hello Crafters,


This is my first GDT with Rainbow Craftykari. I thank Maninder and RC team for giving me this opportunity. It is indeed a great pleasure to be a part of this talented team.


We all know finding gifts for any occasion is a big task, especially if the gifts are for kids and with our own kids around we struggle for their birthday return gifts. Today in this Teaching and Learning program I am going to show some simple ways of making Shadow boxes which make as excellent piece for home décor or for return gifts. These can be modified and decorated in various themes and sizes. 


Let’s Begin!!


Take a cardstock of size – 12” x 8”. 


(Note – 12”x8” size of cardstock makes a shadow box of size 8”x4”, you can modify the size as per your requirement keeping in mind the 2” scored lines that fold in from all four sides)


On the 12” side of the cardstock score the paper at ½”, 1”, 1 ½” & 2”.

Next score the paper at 10”, 10 ½”, 11”, 11 ½”.


Turn around the paper. Now on the 8” side of the paper score the paper again at ½”, 1”, 1 ½” & 2”. Next score the paper at 6”, 6 ½”, 7” & 7 ½. Your paper will look like this.


Now cut along the lines and cut-off the overlapped portion as shown / marked in the picture below. Cut all the squares except the two unmarked squares.



Separate the two squares. (Check picture below)



Repeat this step for all the 4 sides. The cardstock will look like this now.


Fold the paper (longer side) on all the score lines as shown.  Fold in and stick the first strip on the base, to form the box wall.  Do it on both the sides.



Fold in and stick the squares over each other as shown in the picture. Trim the smaller sides as shown in the image. The first two score lines are trimmed in line with the wall and the third strip is cut in slant so that when it folds in, it over laps the longer side wall.



Now fold in the scored lines of the smaller sides and stick it on the base to form the smaller wall. While doing so apply little glue on the squares (shown in the picture), this will give it additional support.



Once all the sides are folded in the base of the shadow box is complete.



Now take two pieces of the same cardstock, around 1 ½” x 1 ½”,  punch a hole on them and stick them from the backside of the box.  Apply generous amount of adhesive here as this part is going to bear the entire load of your shadow box. Tie a matching satin ribbon through the holes to use it for hanging.



Now comes the decoration part. Stick a patterned paper on the inside of the box and decorate it as per the theme.



Here I have made a few shadow boxes with different themes. 


Shadow box 1

This is in a “Baby girl” theme. It is decorated using some Baby stickers like baby clothes, booties, socks, an elephant. The name of this baby is mounted on white coloured die-cut circles. Washi tapes are on the borders. 



Shadow box 2

The next one is for a home décor. Here I have used flower, leaves and chipboard decorations.



Shadow box 3

It can also be made to display inspirational quotations / sayings. This is a smaller sized shadow box.



Shadow box 4

Here it is made as an intial art with floral arrangement.  This is a little different shadow box it is covered with a plastic sheet.  (When you make a closed box you can even have 3D/ standalone decorations)



Shadow box 5

A Jungle safari Shadow box. For this shadow box I have used a double sided patterned paper with animal print. Embellished it with die-cut flowers, animals and birds stickers, butterflies, some smiley buttons.



Shadow box 6

This is an Aquarium Shadow box. It has been decorated with some fine stones, shells, fish stickers etc. There are endless possibilities.



It was real fun making them all. Did you like them? Which one is your favorite


I am listing the materials used for them below


Materials used:

Plain cardstock

Satin ribbon

Patterned paper

Washi tapes

Sticker embellishments

Alphabet stickers




MDF alphabet


Animal / bird stickers

Fine stones / sand

Shells, stars etc.

Fish stickers

All the above mentioned materials are available at Rainbow Craftykari store or you can pre-order them by sending an email

I hope you liked and enjoyed my tutorial and that I have inspired you enough to try it out soon.

Don’t forget to participate in our on-going challenge – “Revamp your scraps”!


Anila Dikay

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Altered Household Items Tutorial by Our Guest DT Richa

A very warm good morning to you all.

Hope you all had a lovely Holi.

Today in our Teaching and Learning Program we have our Guest DT Richa with some altered items which she made using household items with Mixed Media techniques.

Over to you Richa,

Hello everyone,

This is my first post as GDT member of Rainbow Craftykari and I am really excited to be a part of this Teaching and Learning Program. I would like to thank Maninder Kaur for giving me this awesome opportunity.

Who doesn't love antique showpieces? But purchasing these can make a huge hole in your pocket. Today as a part of GDT I am going to show you how to alter old household items into antique beauties using mixed media techniques. The thing that I love about Mixed Media is that you can never go wrong with it and even if you make a mistake by chance, you can always cover it up with gesso and can start again.

Project 1: Altered Bottl

To make this take an old glass bottle, some tissue paper and mod podge.

Wrinkle the tissue paper and unfold it. Start covering the bottle with mod podge using simple brush or sponge brush and stick the wrinkle tissue paper as you go.

More wrinkles will ensure more texture and texture is what mixed media is all about. For more texture I have added layers of tissue paper. Don't worry if the papers tears while applying mod podge. Just add a patch of paper there and it will become unnoticeable. 

When covered the whole bottle with paper, give it a coat of mod podge.

For more texture add some cheesecloth and leave it to dry.

Add some corrugated sheets with glue. Give the whole thing a cover of black gesso or black acrylic paint and let it dry.

To add more texture you can use cotton laces. To make the front panel add a circular corrugated sheet and apply texture paste mixed with beads on the edges. To give it a more antique look add flat based pearls/thermocol balls randomly with glue.

Cover everything with black gesso/acrylic paint.

It still looked incomplete. So I decided to add a central shiny embellishment. To make this one, I took an old bottle cap and covered it with black gesso and metallic paints. Then added some silver sparkle in the central part using glue and allowed it to dry. On the sparkle added green glass stone to bring out some contrast.
Tip: Sparkles are always messy. Before playing with sparkles always cover your hands with talc powder. The sparkle won't stick to your fingers. Less mess created.

Now it's time to have some fun with metallic paints. On this project I have used golden and brick red metallic paints. To apply the paint, use dry brushing technique. In this technique, the paint brush is kept relatively dry but still holds some paint. The key is to dip the very tip of the brush into the paint and wipe or dab a little bit paint off on rag. Make sure the bristles still appear separate instead of clumped together before brushing. And then paint the surface with light handed (not much pressure) fast strokes.
Tip: If you are not comfortable with dry brushing you can always use your fingers. Pick up little pigment in between your fingers and cover the raised areas.
Add the stone embellishment to your central corrugated sheet and apply two coats of varnish to the whole bottle. Your Antique altered bottle is ready.

Project 2: Altered Pen Stand

I just couldn’t stop after altering the bottle and went on altering an old pen stand.

To alter the pen stand, follow the same steps. Cover it with mod podge, layers of tissue paper and black gesso/acrylic paint. Leave it to dry.

To embellish punch out some flowers and emboss the petals with embossing tool. 
Tip: Before embossing the petals, spray some water over them and emboss carefully so that you don't tear the paper. Misting helps in retaining the embossed shape.

Glue the flowers, cotton lace, buttons and slider of zip to the pen stand. Here I have added the button in the shape of a butterfly and have also added plastic embellishment spelling 'Dear Friend'. Cover the embellishments with black gesso/acrylic paint.

Dry Brush everything with metallic paints and apply two coats of varnish. Here is the final outcome.

Materials Used:

Glass bottle, cap, pen stand,
Buttons and zip slider,
Tissue paper,
Corrugated sheets,
Cotton lace,
Texture paste,
Small pearls,
Flat base pearls/thermocol balls,
Glass stone,
Glitter powder,
Flower punch,
Embossing tool,
Mini mister,
Mod podge,
Black gesso/acrylic paint,
Metallic paints,
Glue gun/white glue.

Above listed Materials are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store or you can pre-order to them by sending an email at

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and got inspired to make some antique alterations and don't forget to participate in our first monthly challenge, Revamp your Scraps' to win some exciting prizes, here is the link to the challenge post.

Richa Maurya.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Time to revamp your scrap : Bottles by GDT Ria Banerjee

Hello everyone

I am thrilled to post my first post for Rainbow Craftykari as GDT. Today, I have come up with an inspiration post for the ongoing Monthly Challenge “Revamp your Scraps”. If you are still unaware of it or have skipped anytime, here is the link to the challenge post.

For today’s post, I selected bottles (wine bottles) that we throw after consumption. I made three possibilities from the same bottle. Without wasting much time, let’s move to the projects:

Project 1

For the first project, I started with Acrylic Spray Paints viz. Orange and Yellow. Make sure that the wine bottle is cleaned before applying spray on it. I sprayed yellow first, then applied orange from the top.

Let it dry for  an hour. Do not apply too much color as it will increase the opacity. Take black acrylic paint and draw whatever comes to your mind. I prefer silhouette image will provide the opacity and the image will come to life.Insert LED lights from the top and you are done!

Take a final look-

You must be wondering how it looks when it is lighted!

Some useful tips:
Always clean off the wine bottle and its label off the next morning.
Apply spray paint going outside your house.
Avoid spraying in front of kids.
Apply from a good distance and do not hold on to a single area for long.
This will make the paint thicker on the area and the effect will not be that good from a thicker painted base.

Wear gloves ALWAYS.

Do not keep the bottle in any contact with other material. The body surface will become hot after being lighted. Lastly HAVE PATIENCE while spraying.

Project 2

For the second project, I went over to make it close to Mixed Media.

I started with white Acrylic spray paint and painted on the bottle.
I took a decoupage napkin and glued to the bottle.
I took some peacock feathers that I had in my home and some leaves to embellish.
I took mulberry flowers and glittered pollens (I made with glue and glitter) and adhered on the bottle.
I finished it with some aluminum foil, wrapping it on the neck.

Project 3

For this, I chose it to be clean and simple.

I started off with Golden acrylic paint and let it dry for an hour.
I applied  glue till the half of the bottle and followed it with applying golden glitter.
I finished it off with some die cuts that I had in my stash and received as gifts. The hearts are cut from the  glitter paper.

Materials Used

1st Project

Acrylic spray paint- Orange and Yellow
Acrylic black color
Paint brushes

2nd Project

Acrylic spray paint white
Decoupage napkin
Decoupage glue
Mulberry flowers and leaves
Glitter powders

3rd Project

Acrylic spray paint golden
Glitter golden
Glitter sheets golden

Above listed Materials are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store or you can pre-order to them by sending an email at


Hope you have liked all the projects, don’t forget to participate in our monthly challenge.


Ria Banerjee