Showing posts with label DT Ishaani. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DT Ishaani. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Origami Shadow Box by DT Ishani

Hello Dear friends,

Today I am here with an Inspiration post for you, an easy DIY shadow box + Origami, you could gift to your friend who just had a baby. I am using an age old paper art - Origami for my shadow box, but you could use it for anything you want to display.

I always felt the dimensions of a project like quilling and origami gives the handmade creations a different look. But I always struggled to find a frame for the same, even if I found, it was a little expensive for me. So why not give dimension to a common photo frame?

You can choose any dimension of photo frame for this, depending on your project. Remove the pins and the backing of the frame. Now you will have the glass, the side frame and the backing of the frame.


Take a heavy gsm paper, 220 gsm or more and trace the glass size on it. Now with the ruler, trace 2 cms around the glass measurements.


Let the lines dissect when meeting at the corner. These lines will give depth to the edges of the frame. Then, cut along the outer line to get a rectangle.


Next, with a scoring tool score the innermost line, to get raised edges. Cut the two opposite corners.


Fold the four side with the help of a scoring tool, giving it a neat crease on the inner most line.


Now that you have raised sides stick the corners together with a cello tape. Try to place it in the frame and see if it fits well. 


Now that the frame is almost ready, once you put all the elements together place the backing of the frame over the cardstock and stick it up with a strong cello tape. 


Now, our shadow box frame is ready to be used for framing. I planned to do origami and made a onesie (with a bib) and a diaper with origami paper.


When I thought about how to incorporate it, I thought they'll look nice if I put them on clothesline with wooden clothespin, as if they are hanging after a wash.

Here are some close ups of the final project:

Supplies used:

  • Photo frame
  • Cardstock of 220 gsm 
  • Cello Tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors or Paper cutter
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil
  • Origami Paper (10 x 10 cms for the onesie and 7x7 cms for the diaper)
  • Safety pin 
  • Pattered paper (for bib)
  • A piece of cord
  • Wooden clothespin
  • Washi tape

Hope this project inspires you try something similar too. You can find all these supplies at the Rainbow Craftykari store or you can Pre-order by sending an email at

Don't forget to link in your projects for our this month's challenge.


Friday, 25 August 2017

Interactive card tutorial by DT Ishani

Hello Dear Crafters,

I am back today to share with you a tutorial on card making. I am sure this post will help all of you who want to try and make a card with a different technique and don't know where to begin!

Twirling Fairy

I am sure you love interactive cards like I do.  It gives you more joy when you see the recipient enjoying playing with it.
So, today I have a fairy card which twirls or spins.

For this card you'll need:

  • Cardstock For the card base - 14 x 28 cms (180 gsm)
  • Cardstock For inlay - 12 x 12 cms (180 gsm)

  • Pattern Paper - 14 x 14 cms (120 gsm)

  • An image/stamp (I used a digital image)
  • White cardstock for printing the image (I used Papericious 180 gsm)
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Plastic cord
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue
  • Colours (I used Koi brush pens & Camlin watercolour pencils)
  • Embellishments (I used spectrum noir pen, half pearls, Glossy accent and shaker elements) 

Let's begin making it

1.  Decide your subject image, as the dimensions of the card may vary for you. I got a digital stamp printed on a sheet of cardstock. Take the cardstock of 14 x 28 cms and score it in half to create a top folding card.You have to cut one side of the card to create a window. If you have a die cutting machine and a die that cuts a window in which the image can move effortlessly, go ahead. But if you don't have all this, just take a craft knife and first mark your markings and cut with the knife.



2.  Now, cut the pattern paper of the desired dimensions. I cut a rhombus of 8x8 cms to ensure my fairy moved effortlessly.

3. Similarly, on the cardstock align the cutout window of the patter paper and cut similar window.

4. Now attach the card
base and the patter paper, so that the windows align together. I used a double sided tape for it. Using glue might warp the paper.

5. I only had the front side of the fairy, so I cut the similar image but on the plain side I drew her dress and hair. It was an easy image so I could do so. So be careful while
choosing an image to spin. There are many companies which make the spinning
card version stamps with the front and backside image available.

6.  I coloured the image with watercolours (koi pens and pencils). I used some gold and silver colour for her crown and wand. I used some embellishments, like glossy accents and shaker elements on her wand. With spectrum noir sparkle brush I put some sparkle on her gown and some half pearls for her crown.

7. Now that the images are ready, we need to put it together so that our fairy twirls. Take that plastic cord or any other neutral colour strong cord and place it carefully at the centre of your image. Stick it up with a strong tape and then stick both the parts of the image. You must ensure that the cord is straight before you stick the parts up. Check how it looks when suspended.

8. It is ready to be assembled and put in its window. I attached the cord with a strong tape and used a pretty washi tape to hide it. Change the direction of the image, to see if it's centred properly.

9. Now that the card is almost ready, I realised that if I write inside the card, it will be visible through the window. So, to cover it up I took 12 x 12 cms similar cardstock and stuck it inside.

10. Twirl your fairy and put it in an envelope, when the recipient opens the card, the fairy will twirl. 

I hope you enjoyed this and will make your own twirly interactive card/ spinning card. I have enjoyed making it and I and my family love to play with it. I don't think I'll be able to keep it safe to be presented to someone!

Don't forget to participate in our ongoing challenge Rainbow Friendship. Link your projects here.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

DIY Gifts for a friend by DT Ishani

Hello Everyone,

Today I am here on the blog with my first post in this new term. My post is an inspiration for our August challenge, which you can find here.

August is the month for celebrating friendship and so I planned to put some love and make something for my best friend.

To tell her how I cherish our sweet friendship, I decided to make a card for her and a pair of quilled earrings.

I chose to do some hand lettering for the quote on friendship, as the sentiment for the card. For the design, I chose to build a wreath, around the quote. A wreath is circular and symbolic of eternity and I wish our friendship also lasts forever." The quilling done here is not very traditional, I thought of experimenting with different coils and was happy with the texture it gave to the flowers. After arranging my quilled elements for the wreath, it was stuck on a black card base.

I made a pair of quilled quirky earrings for her. The shape here is also a circle, symbolising our everlasting friendship. I chose the violet, indigo, blue and minty green 3mm strips to make this pair.

Hope you were inspired and would join us in our ongoing challenge.

Supplies used:

(a) For the quilled card:-

  • Neenah Classic Crest White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Pentel brush pen (black)
  • 3mm Quilling strips (assorted colours)

(b) For the earrings:-

  • 3mm Quilling strips (assorted colours)
  • Ear hook findings
  • Mod podge matte (as sealant)

All the supplies used are available at Rainbow Craftykari Store or you can pre-order the products by sending email at

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Goodbyes and Uncovering RCS DT Team Day 1

Hello Everyone,

Our old term has come to an end which means it's the beginning of a new one. Goodbyes are always hard, especially to a talented team of crafters. However, change is the only thing constant in the world.

Thank you to all our Design Team and Guest Design Team Members who created some amazing projects and provided readers with some great tutorials. You will all be missed.

Welcome to our new team!

Today we will reveal four members of our new team and tomorrow we will be back with the rest.

Without further delay let's introduce our DT Members-

First up


Hello everyone, I am Ishani! Since childhood, I have loved getting my hands smeared with glue and colours. But, the studies as a student and then establishing myself at work, didn't leave me much time to pursue a hobby. Around two years ago, I learnt Quilling which helped me cope with daily stressors.  Subsequently, I started making cards by incorporating quilled elements and gifting them to friends. With the internet full of ideas and inspiration, I ventured into using stamps and colouring with different supplies to make cards. I love to learn and experiment new techniques, my recent obsession being handlettering. From being just a hobby, card making has become a passion for me. The way I was inspired by other's work, I hope my work inspires a few too.

Here's a link to her blog-
And below are a few of her works

Next, let's welcome back

Kriti Mishra

I am Kriti Mishra from Hyderabad, India. I have done Masters in Information Technology, and was an Astt. Prof. at a reputed engineering college. I left my job after my daughter, Akshada, was born, she is 4.5 years old and now I am a full-time mother. She allows me to do some creative work and I can see a good artist in her also. Right from my childhood, I am into crafting, and I always loved making handmade cards. I am more into Scrapbooking and making mini albums(but now exploring Mixed - media and Flower making) and love to use different kinds of pattern papers and embellishments to enhance my creativity and to share some knowledge with other people around. Previously, I used to make simple handmade cards, just to gift them to my loved ones and friends, but when I joined social media, there I saw a huge world of crafting.

And here are some of her works

Next, we have,

Shylaa Shree

I am Shylaashree from India, very happy to be on the Rainbow Craftykari Design team. I live with a beautiful family in a small industrial town in Tamilnadu.Crafting has always been part of my life, however, having a busy family it's confined to late at night when I steal a few hours to myself. Quilling is how it all began in the blog land in the name of Adhiraacreations and it was a turning point in my craft life from where I started into cardmaking, scrapbooking, alter items, 3D projects, fashion & paper jewellery & etc., I don't think I have a particular style, as it has evolved with time.Thank you Maninder for the opportunity. Look forward to the wonderful journey with Rainbow Craftykari team.

Here's a link to her blog-

And here are some of her works

And our last reveal for today, welcoming back,

Mounika Koneru

Hi, I am Mounika from Bangalore, India. I am into handmade things since my childhood. I got into making hand-made gifts for my family and friends. After I got married, I was introduced to paper crafting in Bangalore. I then began my journey in scrapbooks, mixed media, cards and so on. I love to have colours in my projects. 

Here's a link to her blog-

And here are some of her works

Stay Tuned for our Day 2 DT reveal!!