Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Color Story

Most of us have a difficult time, when deciding the color combination for a project. "Does this match?" is the one question we ask ourselves repeatedly. So, to make things a little easy, I chose to share a couple of useful infographics, and a tutorial on the color theory as part of my last #craftykickstart16 post.

I'll start with the Tutorial, posted by Crafty Cardmakers in 2009! (yes, that long ago). It is a short, yet extremely informative post where they start by explaining common terms like Tone, Tint, Shade, followed by the 6 color schemes, and conclude with the color wheel, showing a range of tints and shades. (Reference image below linked from Crafty Cardmakers)
Next, is this graphic found on It starts with the wheel, and goes on to explain the different effects one can create using certain color combinations. Very useful as a reference.

Last, but not the least is this very comprehensive infographic by Kissmetrics. Though it is focused towards color combinations in web design, we as crafters can take a lot of useful pointers from it.

I hope this information helps you in choosing the right colors, in a shorter time.

This is my last post for #craftykickstart16, so be on the lookout for Amina, Amna, and Jaihan's post. We had a lot of fun interacting with all of you, and sharing all that we could in this time. We will, inshallah, continue to share and inspire, but not at the same pace. Hoping all of you are charged, and ready to participate in the Artful Crafting Monthly Challenges, which will resume from February inshallah.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Creativity Is Your Strength

Yesterday, I was so engrossed in all the #craftykickstart16 posts shared by Amna, Amina, and Jaihan, that I totally forgot about my post, oops!

This week I wanted to share the "Our Story" album / scrapbook / memory book that I had worked on last year (a month back to be exact). Some of you might have already seen the cover, but I am sharing the complete version here.

The reason for sharing this scrapbook as part of #craftkickstart16, is to let all those fabulous creative people out there know, that your creativity is your biggest strength. Sometimes if you don't find supplies for something you are working on, don't panic, and do not give up. YOU, by the Grace of the Almighty, can create anything and everything you need for a project, that is what I strongly believe. This scrapbook was one such project.

Our Story was meant for documenting special moments of a soon to be married couple, and the colors requested were Gold, Off-white and Deep Red.

As most of you know, Artful Crafting saves the day, thanks to the wide range of products available at the webstore, but in this case there was no cardstock available in the requested colors. So, I began searching through the FB based craft stores, but no luck there either. Next, I began sifting through supplies posted on our craft community pages, and didn't find anything.

At this point, I knew what I had to do. With a few gold foil, and offwhite sheets already in my stash I began planning the layouts, and how I would like the pages to look. I decided to gold emboss the offwhite cardstock, and compliment the layers with foil washi tape, which I ordered from Artful Crafting. With some mixed media techniques, color bloom sprays, and washi tape I was able to complete this beautiful scrapbook.

As per the client:

Never forget that "Creativity is your strength!"
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Scalloped Petal Flower

Can't believe that January is nearly over, and we have only 11 days of CraftyKickstart16 left! Today I am sharing a super easy tutorial on how you can make the above scalloped petal flower. It is easy to make, and is simple yet very unique.

You will need:
4 scalloped squares, (2 large, 1 medium, and 1 small)

5 scalloped square
I die cut the scalloped squares seen above, in 3 different sizes. You basically need 2 large scalloped squares, 1 medium scalloped square, and 1 small scalloped square.

Inked Edges
Next you need to ink the edges using a color which is a shade darker than the cardstock. Ink all the edges, of all the 4 scalloped squares.

The Folds
Once the edges have been inked, take on scalloped square and fold it in half. Then take the folded piece, and fold it in half again, so basically you've creased the square in quarters. Repeat this with all the four scalloped squares.

It is now time to give the quarters a petal shape.

Angled cuts
Unfold the quarter to half, and snip off the folded edges as seen in the above picture.  
Note: Do not cut all the way to the center. You must leave an approximate 0.5" space in the center, this will keep all the 4 petals intact, else they will fall apart.

Cutting the other edges
Unfold and refold to shape the other two sides, in the same fashion. The above picture shows how it should look at this stage. Repeat these steps for all the other pieces.

The shaped petals
The scalloped squares, should look like petals now; something similar to the above picture. The petals are now ready to be shaped as shown in the video below.

Note: The largest two will be shaped from the wrong side, while the remaining 2 pieces will be shaped right side up.

This is how they look after being shaped

To form the flower, the layers of petals need to be stacked and glued together, as shown in the video above.
Once glued together, I added some stamens to the center, and the flower was ready! [I didn't add stamens to the black one, but this one seemed incomplete without them.]

The final look
The top view.
That's all folks!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Essential Tools

I am back with my 3rd post for craftykickstart16!

Today I am sharing 3 of my favorite basic tools (other than scissors), and highlighting the importance of using the right tools. In my opinion these tools are a must for every paper crafter.
[Before I start, I just want to add that there are alternatives for practically every tool, BUT if you want to save time, and minimize effort, invest in the right tools]

1. Scoreboard
This is a must have, and if you are a paper crafter, this is your best friend! In ancient times, I would score the cardstock using a ruler, and an ink-less ballpoint pen; yes, it did get the job done, but it took me twice the time and effort. This is highly recommended if, you want to score straight lines in a matter of seconds.
I use the Martha Stewart Scoring tool, and it works great for me. It is true that sometimes, when you are going really fast, you might jump the line because the groves are only 1/8th of an inch apart, but I don't mind that much. I love the fact that there are groves every 1/8th inch, because that allows me to score multiple times, without having to move the cardstock around.

2. Trimmer
Buy it! Your wrists will thank you! Using the paper knife may serve the purpose, but when you use it frequently you realize the pressure it puts on your wrists, and your fingers. The trimmer is your savior. Go get it!
I've worked with Fiskars and Tonic, and between the two, I prefer Tonic simply because the blades last longer. Most trimmers come with a scoring tool, Tonic does too, but I prefer using a scoreboard especially when I am working with cardstock that is longer than 12".

3. Craft Sheet
If you like to keep your desk/table clean, and damage free, do invest in a craft sheet. It is worth the investment.
I use the Ranger Inkessential non-stick craft sheet. I like to keep my table clean, so before I owned a craftsheet I would use large plastic mats, and though they served the purpose, cleaning them wasn't very easy especially when I had to remove UHU or permanent ink from them. The rangers craft sheet is very easy to clean, one wipe does it all; I also realized that it makes inking with the blending tool a lot easier, for some reason the ink seems to just flow easily onto the cardstock when you are inking the edges, with the cardstock placed on the mat.

These are my top 3 essential tools, and in this post I've only highlighted what I like about them. If you would like to read more about their features, just click the hyperlinks in the post.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Customize The Ribbons

Hello! Today I am sharing the second tip for CraftyKickStart16, and this one highlights how you can customize organza ribbons to match your projects.

All you need is:
- A Stamp
- Some Organza Ribbon
- Archival Ink (or any other permanent ink)

Start by inking your stamp well, and planning how you'd like the design to appear on the ribbon. I am using a 0.5" ribbon, and my stamp is around 2" in diameter, so to get most of the design on my ribbon, I will be aligning the edge of the stamp, to that of the ribbon (as shown below).

Aligning one side
Notice that I have placed my ribbon on a piece of scrap; doing so keeps the ink off your mat. Now, I will continue stamping by aligning the opposite ends.

Aligning the opposite side
You can continue stamping till you have covered the required length of the ribbon. When stamping, please bear in mind that since this is organza, the stamped image will not be as bright as, the one stamped on paper.

The result!
Once done, leave it to dry. This technique not only customizes the ribbon, but adds a lot of interest/life to the otherwise plain organza ribbon.

Sharing some pictures of projects where I have used this technique.
Stamped the organza and the tag with the same stamp here; see how well they match

This stamped a bit light, simply because of the design

But here you can see how clean the stamped image is.

So, I hope this inspires you enough to try it out for yourself!
PS: you can find the organza ribbon at a local craft store/ stationary shop; while the stamps and inks are available at Artful Crafting

Don't forget to visit The Creative Element, for some more inspiration, tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 4, 2016

More From A Punch

Hello Everybody!
Day 4 of Crafty January, and its my turn to share! Incase you are wondering why January 2016 is "Crafty", you should hop over to Crafty Kick Start 2016 for some enlightenment.

[and by the way, if you didn't know about it, then you've already missed 3 awesome DT posts]

I am focusing on paper punches today, as most of us own them, and hardly ever experiment with them. You can get a lot more than one design from your punch. In the below video, I demonstrate how you can use an edge punch, to create a design in the center of your paper / cardstock.

Now coming to the simple round paper punches. In the below video, I show you how to round the edges of a die-cut, using a round paper punch.

I hope these techniques help you in your projects!

Happy #craftykickstart16


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