Introducing Letzcraft !

Hello everyone! I know I have been MIA since long. But I do have a good news for you. I am now designing for Letzcraft. Letzcraft has launched its new website recently and its packed with wonderful crafty products. Do visit their site and blog for wonderful inspiration by wonderful design team.

here are some glimpse!

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So what are you waiting for !! Visit the blog and do let me know if you liked it 🙂

See you soon again till then keep crafting!!

Cheers !!

Deeplaxmi

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Kraftkutir

 

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Tiny cards with gold details!

Hello hello crafters !! Hope you all are doing great! Today it’s about tiny card but mass production. I don’t know what is it but I keep running away from bulk order. I always enjoy making single cards. But now I feel like it’s time to jump in. I just finished making 50 small cards and it was fun. So today I will share my experience and some tips.

Here is the card design.

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Finalizing the design is the hardest and most important step here. I made many sketches but selected one and made a sample. After that, I made my first batch of cards in my case 4 cards. This step is generally ignored. making one batch first lets you know how much time will it take to make 50 cards. you cannot judge this by making a single card. It will also give you an idea of how feasible it is to maintain the tiny little elements you have added to your product. This is the step where you can add/subtract elements to suit your need. I will suggest selecting a simpler design to start with mass production. In my case, I had a smaller size to work with. Also try not to use techniques like heat embossing, ink blending etc.

When the first batch was ready it was factory-style production after that. First I cut, scored and folded my cardstock. I selected kraft cardstock as the base and textured white as a card front. I refrained from using patterned paper as its really difficult to get a large amount of patterned paper and I did not want to change the design of my cards every time. Always select the size of card/ card base so that you waste the least amount of cardstock. I selected 3.5″ X 3.5 ” card size so I could get 3 card bases(3.5″ X 7″) out of a single A4 sheet.

I stamped all my card fronts with the help of misty. I fixed the position of the stamp and simply stamped 50 times with hardly any effort or attention. Thanks to Misty for that. Once all the stamping was done I ran each card front with a border die. This step could have been replaced by border stamping but I was in love with the die so I just went for it. This one did not take much time.

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Then I layed all my card fronts on the floor in a single layer and splattered them with gold and black watercolors. I tell you do not do this one card at once. It will take a crazy lot of time. Also, let them dry completely. Take a break for some time 🙂

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Once the bases were ready I went ahead and die cut the leaves with kraft cardstock and gold mirror paper. always die cut little more than you need. Make sure you are using best quality dies which will come out on their own so that you don’t have to take out each diecut out of the die. Then I tied a golden thread to set of two leaves and made bunches. Again make little more than you need.

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With all elements ready I played MasterChef and glued the bases and the leaves 🙂 Lastly, I pasted Kraftkutir’s labels on the back.  That is it ..done.

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With one successful attempt I am feeling really inspired and excited to do bulk orders in future 🙂 I hope you get inspired too.

A few days ago I saw a video by Ujjwal Gupta which helped me a lot. Have a look here

Please leave a comment if you liked the post. See you next time.Till then keep crafting!

cheers!!

Deeplaxmi

 

Easy floral die cut card!

Hello everyone !!

Today I am sharing  a simple yet beautiful floral card.

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Here I die cut some flowers and leaves out of water colour paper.Then I smeared spiced marmalade distress ink on a acetate sheet and sprayed it with water. I placed all the flowers in the puddle and let them take the colour. Did the same for leaves using mowed lawn and twisted citron distress inks.

To create the background I die cut circular windows from grey cardstock. Heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and splattered the background with white .

Then I foam mounted the grey piece on white card base. Arranged the florals on the card and foam mounted some. Finished off with my favorite clear drops.IMG_20170619_182823-01[1]

That is it for today. A quick and simple card. Hope you liked it. Please leave a comment if you liked the post. Till then keep crafting!

cheers

Deeplaxmi

 

DIY tools for card making

Hello everyone!

Hope you all are doing great. Today I am going to share two cards that I made with distress oxide inks. Actually you can make them with regular distress inks too. So have a look!

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You can easily figure out how I made these cards right? Not much of a rocket science but I am going to focus on two tool which are used to make these cards. Both of these tools are DIY. Yes all with the stuff you have at home.

Tool 1 – DIY layering stencils

All you need to make your layering stencils is acetate (Transperancy sheets) and simple frame dies. The key here is selecting simple dies like circles, hearts, squares etc. Let’s make triple layered stencils today.  So first select shape of your dies hearts for me! I have taken 3 heart dies. You don’t want them too big or too large.

Next step is to compose your largest die on the acetate. I have used 4.5 X 5.45 acetate piece but you may use 6X6.Here the aim is to spread the hearts all over the piece so you may have to die cut 3 or 4 times. You can also cut one or two partially to make it even more random.

Once you are done with layer one move on to second piece of acetate with medium sized hearts. Place the first stencil and put your second acetate on it. Now mark where you want to die cut with your medium sized dies. Make sure they overlap a little with the larger hearts. Cut out as many hearts as you want.

Lastly place new acetate on both the stencils and complete composition with the smallest hearts.

Done you have your own layering stencils!

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Tool 2- DIY embellishment pickup tool

Don’t you love all your sequins and clear drops but find it hard to place them. You can make your own DIY embellishment pickup tool with three simple items. Nail dotting tool, ATG (or other tape runners) and some talcum powder. Oh my god it is so simple. Just run your ATG on a packing sheet or acetate for three four times. Then put you nail dotting tool at one end and start rolling the tape around it. Keep doing it till you form a blob at the end. To make this sticky blob manageable just sprinkle some talk and adjust the tackiness. Done!! Works like a charm. Once it stops being sticky you can just remove the blob and do it again.

Definitely try both the DIYs I am sure you will love them and also you can save some money (Which you can ultimately use for new stamps 😉 )

 

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Definitely try both the DIYs I am sure you will love them and also you can save some money (Which you can ultimately use for new stamps 😉 )

So now time for the cards I made using these stencils.

First I heat embossed the background with mft striped background stamp.and then stenciled the hearts with distress oxides. Added the sentiment and finished up with clear drops.

And here is the final card

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I made a similar one but instead of using stencils this time I used blending tools. So after embossing the background I just pressed the blending tool to create random circles. Finished it up with sentiment and clear drops.

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Following is an old card I made with same stencil.ssss

That’s it for today! hope you like the cards. Please give it a try and make those tools. I am sure you will love them. Also please leave a comment if you liked the post. Till then keep crafting!

cheers

Deeplaxmi

Important Links

Distress oxide inks

Letz craft , the craftshop 

Nail art tool

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Guest Designing for Ranganjali (Lotus of Prosperity)

deeplaxmi-compositeHello everyone! I am so super excited to guest design for Ranganjali today. I will be sharing my review of Ranganjali stamps and all the fun things I made with them. I have used Auspicious Beginnings and Lotus of Prosperity stamp sets to create these projects.

 

The Lotus of Prosperity  has three different lotus stamps and some buds and leaves to match. These lotus stamps will be great for water colouring and ink blending. The sentiment included in the stamp set makes it really special as Diwali is just around the corner. You can also use the sentiment for New Year cards.

 

The second stamp set Auspicious Beginnings is a mix of many traditional elements. This will be great for Diwali, House warming as the name suggests all auspicious beginnings. I especially love the beautiful Kalash in this stamp set.

 

Now the common points for both the sets. These are 4X8in large stamps sets and provide a variety of large to small elements. These can be used not just for cardmaking but also for scrapbooking, invitations, shagun envelopes etc. Possibilities are endless. The thing I loved the most is they made a clear crisp impression in one go. Not only the first time I used the stamp but also on watercolour paper. This eliminates the efforts of re-stamping to get the crisp image.

So let’s get started with the projects.

 

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Here first I stamped the largest lotus stamp on the (**Spoiler alert**) Ranganjali’s ultra smooth 300 gsm cardstock with versa mark ink. Stay tuned to Ranganjali’s Facebook page for full reveal of some exciting new additions to the store soon. 

 

(My tip on heat embossing- Never do one at a time, I stamped 15). Then heat embossed them with Ranger white embossing powder. Using distress inks Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw I did the ink blending. Fussy cut those beautiful lotuses with a tiny bit edge all around. Then I made the envelope using the wood grain textured cardstock with envelope punch board. Envelope is 5X5 inches in size. Last step tied a pink satin ribbon to the envelope and assembled the lotuses on the ribbon itself. To finish it up added Ranganjali clear dew drops and Happy Diwali sentiment embossed on vellum. That is it.. quick and elegant. 

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The next one is my favourite.

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This a simple Diwali card easy to mass produce still very modern. Here I just randomly stamped small and medium size lotus images and happy Diwali stamp on a Canson watercolour paper using versa fine onyx black ink. I am amazed how beautifully these stamp on watercolour paper. After letting it completely dry I coloured them with ink smooching technique.

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This one is for special people 😉

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Remember I stamped and coloured many lotus images when I made the first projects. Here I used them all.  First created a pop up to go inside the main card. Assembled all the lotuses and leaves on each layer of pop up using foam tape and glossy accents. Added lots of clear dew drops and Shubh Dipawali sentiment embossed in Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder. Then I pasted the whole assembly inside a folded card made from Ranganjali ultra smooth 300 gsm cardstock. To finish it off created a band with vellum and edged it with same embossing powder. Added some more lotus images and done. This one took time but I am happy with the beautiful result!

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This one is the bonus.

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It’s not just cards that you can make from these stamps 😉 Made this super quick cell phone cover insert within just 15 minutes. I used distress inks Black Soot, Seedless Preserve and Picked Raspberry to create beautiful ink blended background on Ranganjali ultra smooth 300 gsm cardstock. Speckled it with little water to create some interest. Then heat embossed the lotus images with Ranger Gold embossing powder. Cut it to size of your cell phone and insert into a clear cover. Here you go a personalized cell phone cover in 15 minutes. People will ask you where did you get it from 🙂

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That is it for today. I really hope this inspired you. Get up and create something for this Diwali using these beautiful stamps. Thank you Ranganjali for this wonderful opportunity.

See you soon.

 

Cheers!

 

Deeplaxmi