Monday, January 26, 2015

COLD PORCELAIN MINIATURES

Hello friends, Today am going to give you an introduction about cold porcelain crafts. Actually I was looking for a substitute to polymer clay as I was little hesitant about baking. While I was searching for the various types of clay that can be used for making clay murals came across this wonderful world of cold porcelain crafts and hence sharing with you all today. ( picture heavy post!!!!)


Difference between polymer clay and cold porcelain clay:

  1. Unlike polymer clay ,cold porcelain doesn't need an oven to bake. It air dries hard. 
  2. We can add paint while kneading and make different colours of clay or paint after finishing the work. 
  3. Very soft , so easy to knead and it doesn't crack.
  4. Upon drying it gives a matte finish and has little glaze. 
  5. Cold porcelain tends to shrink a little from original after drying. 
  6. This clay can be used by kids  ( if the glue used is non-toxic)
  7. And most important thing IT CAN BE MADE AT HOME WITH LESS COST
RECIPE FOR MAKING COLD PORCELAIN CLAY AT HOME: 
Materials needed:
1 cup corn starch powder
1 cup white glue
2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
2 tbsp of cooking oil 
Procedure:
Mix all the ingredients such that no lumps are formed. Then microwave it for 15 sec for about 7 -8 intervals. You can also mix it in tava and heat in gas. After each interval take the mixture out and stir well. After 7 or 8 intervals the mixture becomes solid  and it wont stick to the vessel. At this point take it out and knead it well by applying lotion in hands for about 10 min. Then wrap it in a polythene cover and refrigerate it in an air tight container for 24 hours.   I have attached the link of the video tutorial at the end of this post which I followed. 

Today we will be seeing how to use this cold porcelain clay to make miniatures.  I have made a choco-vanilla cake .


After making the cold porcelain we can add colour to the clay using acrylics or oil. 
Take a small ball of the CP ( cold porcelain clay) and add the desired colours to it. Knead well till the colours get  uniformly mixed in the clay. Make small balls and lay them flat as shown in pic4.

Place alternating colours of clay one over the other . Make a strip out of light brown clay and cover the seal the sides of the cake with it.

Roll the white clay into a long thread and twist two threads to make the icing on the top.


Cut a sector in the cake using a knife.


Allow it to dry for 24 hours. Once it is dried touch up with acrylic paints wherever necessary to get a realistic look of the cake.



Some tips to work with cold porcelain:
1. Do not over cook or bake cold porcelain such that they become hard. There will be cracks after finishing the piece.
2. If the clay is still moist and wet after 24 hours add little corn starch powder and knead well.
3. Store them in an air tight container or zip lock covers.
4. Cold porcelain takes 24-48 hours to dry completely and become hard. Drying time is higher than normal air dry clay.
5. It dries very hard almost unbreakable ( unless you drop it heavy )
6. It can be stored for  three months.

Some useful links:
Video tutorial to make cold porcelain
Cold porcelain using gas stove
Hope you liked my tute... Keep visiting my blog for more cold porcelain craft ideas.... 

Submitting to 
imaginations craft challenge blog - " Anything goes"
Dream valley challenge - " Anything goes"
country view challenge - " Use something new to you" - I have used cold porcelain which is new to me.





Saturday, January 10, 2015

EASEL DRAWER CARD

Hello Friends, wish you all a creative and crafty year of 2015. Hope you all enjoyed your holidays. I had a nice time playing in the snow at lake Tahoe. Well last year was very good for me that I learnt many new things and made new friends. I hope this coming year will be even more interesting. Today I am sharing with you an easel drawer card made as an inspiration post for create something catchy challenge. This month's challenge theme is " Make happy cards". So I have made an easel drawer card with the sentiment happy new year. Click here for more details about the challenge. 



This is my first attempt in making an easel card.  I have made a 6*6 card.



I have used brown card stock from recollections to make the base of the card. Upon that I have  stuck pattern papers from recollections and DCWV paper pack. 



Since its a new year card I have used a monthly calendar in the front panel of the card. Decorated it using handmade flowers, bow and lace. 



I made an extension to the front panel by adding a clock and a tag with quote. The sentiments and quotes are printed .




For the bottom part of the easel I have used an inspirational quote and handmade rose flowers.  I made the handle of the drawer using brown card stock and stuck pearls at its sides. Inside the drawer is a cute notepad ( sticky notes) having some cool to-do's as its front page. 


Hope you all liked my easel card. Have a crafty weekend!!

Submitting to

Lulupu challenge - "Fancy fold cards" - I have made an easel drawer card. I have used Martha s
Stewart's six petal punch for making the flowers and used a border punch in the lower panel of the easel.
Creaine challenge - " Challenge #44 - Bingo" - I have used the items from the first and second vertical lines( columns) ... Pink,flowers and pearls - text, ribbon lace and light blue. 
The crafters cafe challenge - " Challenge # 97 - " Something new" - This is the first time am trying out an easel card. The pattern papers are new from recollections paper pack. 
Country view challenge - " Use something new to you" - I have used my new pattern paper from recollections paper pack. 





Thursday, December 25, 2014

LET'S RIDE THE SANTA SLEIGH

Hello friends, hope you all are enjoying your holidays!! As today is Christmas am sharing with you all a Christmas sleigh and Christmas tree .


When I saw the theme of many challenges to be Christmas I decided to try out something  I like the song jingle bells in which Santa Claus comes riding on the sleigh to give gifts for everyone. So I made a Santa sleigh with Santa Claus, reindeer and gifts. To make it look more merrier I added two Christmas trees on the sides. Come on lets ride the Sleigh... 


  
The sleigh is made by recycling soap box for the seat and cereal box cutouts for the sides. I used red and green pattern papers and made a white crochet border ( snow effect). To make the sleigh sparkle I used golden lace, glitter foam sheet leaves and pearls. I made the poinsettia flower and highlighted the edges using a 3D gold out-liner.


I have used cotton and red colour paper to make the Santa Claus. I referred to this video tutorial  . For the decoration I have used small strips of glitter white foam sheet. 


The deer is hand cut from glitter foam sheet and is joined to the sleigh using floral wire wrapped with green wool.


I have used green foam sheet for making the tree. This Christmas tree is very simple  and it takes hardly 15 mins to make.


 The gifts are made by cutting thermocol into a cube shape and wrapping holographic paper. Finally added a bell using  jump ring so that it will jingle all way. Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a Happy new year. Happy Holidays!!!!

Submitting to

Beyond grey challenge - " Sparkling Christmas/new year" - I have created a Santa Sleigh using Christmas Colours ( red green & white) and have used glitter foam sheets for the deer and decoration. 
Country View challenge - "Nostalgic Christmas" - When I thought of Christmas the first thing that came to my mind was the song jingle bells. So created a Santa Sleigh with Christmas gifts and bells.
Dream valley challenge - " Christmas/new year"
Imaginations challenge - " Christmas with traditional colours"
Allsorts challenge blog - " Last minute christmas gifts"
The mirror crack'd - "Recycle/upcycle" - I have recycled soap cartons and cereal boxes into a sleigh.
Mixed media monthly challenge blog - "bingo challenge" - I have used the last row- star, golden ribbon and red, green pattern paper




Sunday, December 14, 2014

BLACK AND SILVER CAS CARD

Hello Friends, today am sharing a black and silver card made in cas style.


Initially I took a black card stock and made the tree using aluminium foil. Then I stuck glitter foam flowers. I pasted them upon a glitter foam sheet. Stamped the image "thank you" and finally pasted the whole thing upon a white and black card stock respectively.

Submitting to

Casology challenge - " Cue word - Silver" - I have created a card highlighting the silver colours using foil and silver foam sheets and maintaining the CAS style.
Freshly made sketches -

Addicted to CAS - " Family" - When I thought about family the first thing that came to my mind was a family tree . Hence made a CAS card with a shining tree. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

CHRISTMAS MESSAGES IN A BOX

Hello friends, Today I have an exciting post to share with you all. I made a match box style gift box for Christmas. I followed the tutorial of Rachel's matchbox template and adjusted the measurements to suit my needs. (Picture heavy post)


The box measures 17*10*10.5 cm. I have used black card stock and DCWV paper for the outer cover of the box. I decorated the box using red foam roses and pearls. I created a window at the center and pasted a transparent plastic sheet so that the contents inside the box are visible.


For the inside drawer I have recycled the packaging material . Then I painted the outside of the box using black acrylics and used green pattern paper for the inside of the drawer.  Now what is inside the box?? Lets open it...


The box contains 5 tags, each conveying a message of the Santa Claus for Christmas which is Joy, peace, believe , hope and finally merry Christmas.  This month at CSCC we are celebrating Christmas. Its time for making "Christmas Tags". So this is what I made for my DT inspiration. Check out my post here.


Here is the close up of each tag:




For this tag I have used papers from DCWV paper stack. The flowers are handmade using six petal punch and cardstock. At the center of the flowers I have used Urad dal instead of pollen. 


For this tag I  created the background using distress inks and the lines are drawn using black ballpoint pen. The flowers are handmade and distressed using inks. 



In this tag I have used pattern paper from recollections for the background and the flowers are handmade using A4 paper and colored using watercolors. 



I stuck a piece of newspaper upon the card stock and applied pink and yellow alcohol inks. Then I embellished the tag using handmade flowers and die cuts. 





The last tag is made using glitter foam sheet and handmade spiral roses. The sentiment is handwritten. 


I arranged my tags into a decorative Christmas wall hanging conveying the messages of the festival. Am dedicating this post and this gift to my best friend Helen Catherine who is very special to me. She is my college friend and we used to spend lot of time together and have the taste in almost everything.  Merry Christmas Helen... My small dedication to you...


Here is the overall picture of the project. Hope you all like my match box with Christmas messages. Do join us at CSCC.

Submitting to
Lulupu challenge - " A gift set for festivals" - I made a Match box style gift box with Christmas tags in it.
The mirror crack'd - " Christmas decorations " - I have made a christmas tag wall hanging
The artistic stamper blog - "Christmas is coming" - I have made a gift and tags for christmas. I have used rubber stamping for the sentiments on each tag.
Dream valley challenge - "Anything goes"
Imaginations challenge  - "out of the box" - I have created a match box style gift box with christmas tags.
Craft hoaders anonymous challenge - " Box it up" - I have created a match box style gift box by recycling packaging materials.







Friday, November 14, 2014

AUTUMN GARDEN LAYOUT

Hello , Welcome back !! Today am going to share with you all a fall layout. So come on friends , have a look at my  Autumn garden ...


Since its just 12 days to go for thanksgiving and so many challenges theme being "AUTUMN" I am here with an Autumn garden LO. For this LO I have used DCWV paper as the base , upon which I sprayed blue and yellow colour inks.. Then I applied orange distress inks randomly over the paper. 




The window and the pumpkin are handmade using cardstock and acrylic paints. All the flowers are handmade using Recollections six petal punch. The small blue flowers and leaves are handcut and distressed using inks.The butterfly is printed from internet. 


I pasted a yellow foam border to the windows and added a lace at the bottom. Then I pasted the entire LO on a brown cardstock. Finally added a blue satin bow.


I din't have much space to write sentiment on my LO. So created a tag and added a small poem of "Fall thanks"


I used floral wire to join the LO and tag. Here is the pic of my fall wall hanging.


Below are some of the pics of fall season in California....




Happy thanksgiving.... Have a crafty weekend....

Submitting to
beyond grey challenges - " Fall challenge" - created a fall layout
Swat scrap warriors - "Cozy fall mood board" -


I was inspired by the colours , pumpkin , fall leaves and sunflower from the mood board that I have created a layout using all of these.
Colour q challenge -267 -

I have used chocolate chip colour for outer background, dusty durango  for some flowers and butterfly, only orange for the layout background and flowers , Kiwi kiss for the leaves and  I have added white lace and a white clay bird.
creative embellishments - November challenge


I am inspired by the colours, daisies and the pumpkins.
Gloriadesign challenges - Create a thank you gift or a layout - for  all that you do thank you
Craft my life / all craft challenge - " Anything but a card"



Thursday, November 6, 2014

STARFISH CAS CARD

Hello friends, It has been a very long time since I did CAS cards. So decided to make one for casology challenge. This week's cue word is "Sea" . I created a card using white cardstock as the base and pasted a glitter foam starfish.  The sentiment is handwritten. 


Hope you all like my card... Keep visiting my blog...

Submitting to
Casology challenge - " sea"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GRUNGY MASCULINE LAYOUT AND BLOG ANNIVERSARY

Hello friends, first of all I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement given to my blog. It has been ONE year since I started this blog and in this journey I have learnt lots of new crafts from my fellow bloggers and artists. Have a look at the new appearance of my blog customized based on the peacock theme. I hope you will continue your support. Your comments/ suggestions/feedback are always welcome. Keep visiting my blog.

Now moving onto today's post....Today am sharing with you all a grungy masculine layout made using pattern papers, distress inks, newspapers and stamps. 


I took a brown pattern paper from "once upon a time" paper stack and pasted it on a cardstock. I stamped the pattern paper using tim holtz visual artistry stamps. I added two layers of vintage newspaper upon this ( Handmade by distressing ordinary newspaper). Then I started adding "masculine elements" for eg camera roll, gear etc. Everything is hand- cut from cardstock. 


Then I cut the cardstock into small tags and stamped each one on them and glued it to my layout.


To give it a grungy look distressed the edges using black ink. 




Hope you all liked my grungy masculine layout.

Submitting to
All sorts challenge  - "Masculine"
craftycatz challenge - " Anything goes"
The Mixed media challenge - "Stamps" - This layout is created by using tim holtz clear stamps.
Craft my life - "Anything but a card"
Sentimental sundays Challenge - " Anything goes"
imaginations craft challenge blog - " Anything goes"