Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Die Cuts with a View

Hi fellow crafters,
Hope the summer heat has not melted you !!

Oh boy is it hot or what in Chennai, the best thing to  beat the heat is to stay indoors and play with your paper.

The new metallic paper released by Craftreat is so much fun that I pulled out all my dies and started experimenting
There are many ways to use the frame dies but the metallic paper with its contrasting colors is so much fun .

Card 1:

I cut the 12x12 down to 11x 7. Folded it in half. Now I have a 7x5 1/2 card. You can now tape any open cut die in the centre . These papers have such a contrasting color on the other side that you do not need to provide a backing. The contrasting color shines through the openings and looks brilliant. These metallic papers are perfect for cutting  and embossing with dies. The light catches the embossed edges and they stand out even when the cards are laid flat.
The papers are so beautiful that you need very little embellishment to make the card look grand.

Card 2: 

The next card I tried was using die cuts and embossing folders. The papers take on a distressed look when embossed with folders. The core shines through the cracks and the embossed impressions are deep and etched well. Just remember to die cut the edges and them emboss with the folders.
This die is actually a top cut dies from Crfaters Companion but I decided to cut the edges and with the mustard showing through, this card only needed only a message inside 

Card 3

Finally I began playing with the card stock and boy they  will take up another full blog.  They cut like butter in the manual and electronic machine. Absolutely no fringes , the edges give a clean cut and a neat finish. They match most of the pattern papers released by Craftreats.
 I used the cards tock with Spellbinders rose garden die. Just moved the die cut over the edge for the beauty of the scrolls to be revealed. The neat cut out made a difference in the final effect

Will be back next week with a more detailed review of the card stocks.

See you all again soon 😍


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tea bag Folding Card with Craftreat

Hi everyone...
This is Priya Satish on the blog today with a simple card tutorial.
When Priya Sivaraj released the new double sided metallic cardstock, I knew exactly what I would want to do. When I got the chance, how would I miss it.

Here it is... Iris Tea Bag Folding Card

 Let's get started.

I have to mention the colour combinations in the double sided cardstock are so gorgeous that I was totally confused as to which I should use. Finally I settled in for the blue green combo.

I divided the cardstock into 9 equal parts that would be 4' by 4'.

Actually we need only 8 such pieces.

Fold all the cards diagonally so we get a x sign.

Now fold in such a way that 2 adjoining corners meet and we a triangle.

Next fold the 2 top flaps on the inside so that we have a diagonal square on the top and the triangle at the bottom. Sorry about the poor quality of pics. There was a lot of power cuts.

Now tuck the pieces one inside the other so we get a star type formation.

Finally adhered this on a Grey cardstock and decorated with blings.

These are the Craftreat products used.

CrafTreat Double Side Metallic Cardstock - Parrot Green and Cobalt Blue

Craftreat Color Card Stock - Grey

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Accordion Fold Cards

Hello Everyone,

Tasneem here with an Accordion Fold Card using the very pretty Euphoria Paper Pack.. A Pretty in Pink Card perfect for Mother's Day!!

I have used Craftreat Cardstock for the base. For the base, cut two long strips of 4 x 12 inches and score them at 4 inches and 8 inches. Adhere one flap of the first strip to the other making it 4 x 20 inches. Matt with pattern papers of your choice. I have added chippies, Rub-ons, Flowers & Blings to glam it up.


                                                                         The front side.

                                                                    And the back side.

Close ups :

Its a super quick project you can make using the lovely paper pack and some embellishments.. Pop in a few pictures and it makes for a little cute gift.. Do give it a try and let us know how you liked it..


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Decoupage Tutorial with Neena Kumravat

Hi everyone one !! 
This is Neena Kumravat and I am glad to be doing a Guest Design post for Craftreat with the newly released decoupage papers!!! I have done 3 projects and here they are. 
Project 1
 To start with...  I took a coordinating set of paper( tea kettle theme )  to work on mdf chopping board shaped key holder ..I took the paper with kettle design and fussy cut it and adhered it on 2mm chip board with modpodge. Then I adhered the second paper on mdf base end to end .. and u won't believe... it took me just a minute to adhere the super quality paper. I just love them. 
I applied 2 step crackle medium , followed by texture stenciling and clay spread to compliment the over all Luk . Then added the fussy cut kettle motif giving it a 3D look. 

Project 2

A tray made with Wheel and Fan decoupage papers. Painted the tray with matching colours.

Project 3
Beautiful wall hanging with birdhouse decoupage papers. I have used the teal colour to show the contrast and embellished with flowers, hay and bird.

Hope you like the projects. 
Here are the Craftreat Decoupage Papers that I used for my Projects.

Do leave some love and let me know how you liked my tutorial and projects!!

Neena Kumravat

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wonderful Cards with CrafTreat Stencils by GDT Angela


 This is Angela Jose and I am glad to be here as a guest DT for new Craftreat release. I have used the new release of crafttreat stencils to make three different cards in three different styles. Stencils are the most resourceful craft supplies that you can own because they are so versatile. Be it cards, mixed media, journals, DIYs, stencils are a must have in your supplies stash.


  The simplest and the most widely used cardmaking technique with the help of stencils of distress inks. Distress inks are waterbased inks and they "blend" well on papers especially bielo cardstock. You need to invest in a good set of blending foam and wash it thoroughly in warm water before its first use. Place the blending foam on your holder and dab into the color of your choice. Make circling motion with it over a clear plastic before your start on your cardstock else you will end up with a heavy ink spot where you start. This is the basic steps you need to follow and you can improvise on this. Of the three stencils I received, I liked this heart ones the best and this had a more symmetrical design which gives you more freedom to layer. Instead of creating a plain uniform background, I created certain areas of stencil patterns first in a darker shade - "festive berries ". I next realigned the stencils and used a lighter shade (scattered straw) to create a depth around the same areas where I had used the stencil before. It somehow looks like a cool bokeh effect right?

  I placed a bit of interesting elements like the bubble sentiments, little birdie etc to bring in a fun scene together.

 CARD 2 WITH CRAFTTREAT STENCIL NO : 074 Striped Herringbone

 For the second card, I tried my hands on mixed media. I am a person with very neat and minimalist style so when I mean mixed media, its nowhere near it ! Anyways I used a palette knife to dab modelling paste onto a card base with this arrows stencil. Texture paste actually works great but I didn't have one so settled with modelling paste instead. Be sure to use a longer palette knife so that you can give even coats of the paste .Once the paste was dry, I wet the entire surface with little water first and then started blending watercolor in two shades .Once this was dry, I stacked "Hello" die cut in white and placed it along with the mixed media panel onto a matching green card base.kept it simple yet loved the texture.


    The last card is totally not my style but I always wanted to try the classic gold and black combo. The triangle pattern stencil had gaps at certain places that fitted well when for an overlap pattern with the same stencil. I used modelling paste again, and traced the stencil pattern onto a white card base. Once it was dry, I inverted the stencil and placed it such that the triangles fell in the empty spaces and I gave a coat of modelling paste again. Next time I am going to experiment by mixing two shades with the modelling paste and I am sure that is going to be another great way to make a pretty base. Once dry, I spread some water first before spreading black and gold inks. I love how much of texture and interest was there finally when everything dried down. The texture panel had a lot going on and I dint think using the entire panel for one card was a great idea. I instead cut out this panel into half and adhered it to a back card base along with a small lining of gold washi tape. That way I had this black background which was having a majority space in the card, and the texture panel taking all the attention. This would have looked great on its own but I felt like I needed something to connect the textured panel and base card so I heat embossed this persian motif flower with gold embossing powder outline, and then heat embossed all over with clear embossing powder, fussy cut and placed it such that it was covering both the spaces. The sentiments also was heat embossed with gold, just to keep up with the main theme of black and gold.   I hope you enjoyed the cards. I am sure there are many other ways to be creative with these stencils and I cant wait to see what you guys are going to come up with :) Happy crafting !

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Back to Basics with 'Live Today' Paper Pack

Hi Everyone,

The month of May, as always has heated up the temperature to sky high but thanks to Craftreat's new released pattern paper "Live Today" with some beautiful patterns, I for sure was soothed off a lot.

I started my crafting days as a hard core card maker and scrapbooker and these papers really got me nostalgic. Plus the versatility of the patterns is incredible and is best suited to whip out some great layouts for both scrapbooking/memory keeping and card making.

As this pack had a lot of sentiments and quotes for family, I decided to whip out some quick gifts (Project1- Mini Scrapbook page and Project 2- Card) for my mom on the occasion of Mothers Day.

Lets have a look!!

I must confess, I have a weakness for checks and this is my favourite  page of the entire pack.

So I have cut the above paper into a rectangle piece of 6inches x 4inches with the corner pattern of the flowers on top for Project 1 and another piece of 6inches x 4 inches for Project 2 (without any flowers and only checks).

I cut a strip from this beautiful page for both Projects and the rainbow and kite for Project 2.

I also cut the sentiment from the same page for Project 1.

Sentiment and Banner cut from this page for Project 1.

Flowers cut from this page for both Projects.

Houses cut from this page for Project 2.

 I stamped the sentiment on the banner I had cut from the pattern paper.

Now that I had all my fussy cut images and sentiments ready for both the Projects, I started assembling them as below.


I have glue the photograph first and then the cut strip along with the sentiment of "family"to the base pattern paper.

With the help of a double tape, I have then attached the sentiment of "It is the little things in life that matter" over the cut strip and also the flower next to "family" has been popped up. The stamped banner of "Happy Mother's Day" has also been fixed with the help of a double tape.

I have used a double tape to pop up the above images and sentiments to give more depth to my layout.

After the final layout was ready, I decided to frame it.

 I have picked a colour from the layout to balance it through the framing (also I felt I should use some cooler shades to enhance the layout and the 'hot summers' ). The frame has been painted with Home Decor chalks paints and Home Decor Crackle medium.


With the balance fussy cut images I have shown above and the  second rectangular piece of 6inches x 4 inches of the below paper, I have made a card to go with the above project.

The card base is a Kraft Cardstock from Craftreat.

The sentiment is stamped on the pattern paper using Versafine Pigment Ink pad -Onyx Black.

I hope you enjoyed the projects as much as I did while making them. Hoping to see some of your projects made from the new released 'Live Today' Paper Pack.

With Lots of Love and Happy Crafting Wishes


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