Hie guys! Good morning, and welcome to this beautiful celebration of lights! I'm Khushboo and I'm here with an inspiring (I hope so :D) tutorial post, keeping our current challenge theme: 'Celebration and Lights' in mind.
Light could mean anything - be it the colours of light (yellow, orange, ochre) or sun rays, bulbs, brightness, etc. I've tried to interpret this challenge in a slightly off-beat colour i.e. Golden. Often times we forget, just how beautiful sun rays look in a far off stretch of water - the golden hue on water. If the angle's right, light has a brilliant golden touch and I wanted to capture that in my project.
So let's get on with our tutorial of a 'Celebratory Keepsake Stand', which you can use as a pen stand, a cutlery stand - or basically, any stand that you need it to be. But that's not all, I will also teach you a slightly unconventional technique - that you can whip up any time - and the effect it leaves you with is super stunning!
Take your chipboard and cut these sizes: four pieces of 5x3 inches (for the walls of the stand) + one piece of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (for the base) + four strips of 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches.
Take a strong adhesive and glue all the four walls together as shown in the pics below. Strong glue will ensure that your stand won't fall haphazardly if you put something as heavy as your cutlery in it.
Once dry, glue the edges and attach the structure to your base. Now start adding the thin strips of chipboard at the edges of the base. This is to create a meek space that will hold your paper pins and rubber bands (in case you opt for it to be a pen stand). I goofed up a bit with my measurements, and hence I was left with space for only two of my four strips to be attached.
Now comes the fun part! I'll show you this technique with a glue gun that gives a nice bubbly effect to your stand. Get your pretty glue guns and let the fun begin! Heat the gun nicely, and start making whatever designs you want - swirlies, borders, flowers, aztec patterns, anything! Hold the gun steady while you're doing this coz the more the heat gun wavers, the more your design will show wobbly on the stand. I suggest you first try a few designs on a scrap. That will give you an idea of your range of pressure on the gun and improve your designs with every practice!
This is how one of the sides of my stand looks. I know, it looks a little disruptive. But it gets better, I promise :P!
This side turned out to be pretty! I just started playing around with the patterns!
Now here's the thing - notice all the glue webs in the below pic? That happens coz your glue's melted and when you're making the designs, the glue's continuously dripping from the nozzle in it's semi-liquid state. But don't worry - just try to remove them with your hands or a brush or even a heat gun! They'll blow right off!
Once you're done with your glue gun designs, let the stand dry nicely for a minute or two. Then spray the entire stand with a golden spray - let it dry, and then spray it again. Let it dry completely.
Don't forget to spray the inside and the base on the outside, too! I've sprayed these in a beautiful silver colour to give a stark contrast.
Now spray an orange colour spray randomly on your design, and wipe it off with a tissue. Such subtle colour hues enhances your overall look in a project.
Once you're done, get your acrylic paints out and get on with dry-brushing with them. Dry-brushing means taking your acrylic paints in a dry paint brush (no water absolutely!) and with a light hand, stroking over your designs. If you look at the pic below, I've taken an orange colour acrylic paint and dry brushed the length of the feather. It's that easy!
The technique part ends here. From here on, you will see the finished stand with a few details shared here and there.
Notice how I added a crackle glaze at the top and let it drip. It added such a beautiful depth and texture to my stand!
I added a flower and I covered the entire stand with free hand flowers and dots using a golden colour glitter glue
I also added the glitter glue on the top rims to tie the whole theme together!
Once you're done with your embellishments, spray clear varnish all over to seal the glitter and the paints inside and increase the shelf life of your product!
Chipboard 900 gsm
Golden spray paint can
Silver spray paint can
Tim Holtz yellow stain
Hope you guys enjoyed my creations and the tutorial. Can't wait to see how you add your own twist to this! Above mentioned products are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store OR you can pre-order the products by sending email at email@example.com That's it from me, folks!
Priya here today with an Inspiration post for you.
Today I'm going to share a Lamp. This is Diwali month and you all must be busy decorating your house. Then why not something handmade, quick and attractive.
Here's my project...
Well, it was not very quick but I had fun making it. No, I have not followed any cutting files for this, made my own drawing here. Used a lot of things from my stash and a lot of new things too.
These are the materials I used to make this and I listed the same at the end of the post. So, for this first, I drew the outline of the lamp on a piece of paper and traced the same on the patterned paper. Then I cut out the unnecessary parts and attached vellum on the window panels. Then I assembled the lamp.
After the upper part is done, I used a thermocol sheet to make the base of the lamp, so that it can stand properly. I cut it in a hexagon shape and attached cardstock on both sides to give it more strength. Then I attached the empty aluminium foil roll into it and covered the whole part with patterned paper. Then for attaching the lamp also I cut a small thermocol sheet and covered it with patterned paper and attached it to the tissue roll. Once the base is dried completely and looked firm, I attached the lamp on it.
Here, You can keep it unattached and adhere a tea light on it also. I'm planning to do that in future.
Then I attached laces on the borders to make it look more attractive, also attached some flowers which are from the store. Some leaf die cuts here and there and my lamp is ready.
Some more images
Enogreeting Paper Pack
Empty Foil roll
Hope you like my work. You can find all the above materials at Rainbow Craftykari Store or pre-order by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I am back on the blog again with a tutorial post. This time I have a tutorial for a DIY photo frame.
I have explained it with complete details and lots of pictures making it easier for you to recreate the same.
With Diwali around the corner, I am sure this will be an awesome gift for your loved ones. I feel there is no other gift more personalized than photographs. Gifting memories in the form of photos are the best gift ever. But it is also necessary that your memorable photograph is framed in an equally beautiful photo-frame.
Let's learn how to make this frame with minimal supplies at hand.
Over to my Tutorial.
Cut 2 pieces of 7"x9" cardboard from a sheet.(This frame is for a 4 x 6 photo. The size of the cardboard pieces should be 1 and 1/2" more than the photo size from all 4 sides)
Mark the photo size - 4" x 6" in the centre of the cardboard.
Cut the central rectangle window a little smaller than the actual photo size. (Approx. 3.75" x 5.75")
Cover the cardboard with a pattern paper by folding in the paper from all sides.
Mark and cut the smaller rectangle shown in the picture and again fold in the sides.
The frame looks like this.
Take the other cardboard and stick it on a solid cardstock of size 8" x 10". Cut 3 strips of craft foam (any colour) Stick them as shown on the 3 sides leaving one long side open.
Fold the sides over the foam strip so it is not visible on the outside and stick them.
Cut and stick an acetate sheet to cover the window in the centre.
Apply glue tape/glue to the three sides with foam of the base cardboard and stick the top cardboard
Now to create a support stand for the frame. Take a piece of cardboard of size 2.5" x 4.5". Cover it completely (as shown in the picture) with the solid cardstock.
Take a piece of the same cardstock of sizes 2.5" x 1" and fold it in half. Take another piece of size 2" x 4.5", fold it in half and twist the two ends to form a half-inch step (refer picture). Stick one fold of these 2 pieces at the back of the stand as shown. (The 1" piece at the top and the other piece little away from the bottom.)
Adhere the entire stand at the back of the frame by sticking the remaining two folds to it.
The frame is now ready for decoration.
TIP: While inserting a photograph, stick a strip of paper at the backside... This helps easy sliding of the photo in/out of the frame. This strip can be folded at the back of the frame. (Refer Picture)
Final look of the frame
Picture Credit - Pixabay
Craft foam/Foam Tape
I would love to see if you make any. Do not forget to tag me :-)Do leave your lovely feedback in the comments below.