Saturday, 30 September 2017

Decoupage Trays using the Imperial Collection

Hello Friends!
I am at the Bob N Betty blog today with some festive inspiration.
I am super excited with the new release - festive & trendy, the IMPERIAL collection. This release has 8 designs to compliment the festive season. For my post today I used these 2 designs  of my favorites from this set. You can shop for the entire collection from any of our Sales Buddies.



First I have a set of simple tealight holders. The design is so apt for the season & the colors perfectly coordinated!




Next I share a set of trays with a faux tile effect & a glass finish.


Let me take you through the steps to get this faux glass look.

Select the papers of choice.


Sand, prime & paint the entire tray. In this tray the black color will end up being the "grout" color.


Let dry.


Next measure the inside of the tray. Since mine is a square tray I decided to trim the paper into 9 pieces to make faux tiles. Trim the pieces smaller than the inside of the tray to create "grout lines"


Now we are ready to start tiling!


While tiling I glued the left hand piece with modpodge first, followed by the right hand side & finally the middle piece was set in place, to ensure all tiles were equidistant.




Similarly I prepared the second tray.
Seal the surface with 2-3 coats of mod podge.
Next lets prepare the faux glass surface for which I have used resin. The resin comes in two parts that have to mixed in equal proportions & poured. When dry we get a high gloss almost glass like look. This also makes the decoupage surfaces resistant to heat & water.
Weigh equal amounts of Part A & Part B of the resin. One is the resin & the other the hardener.


Stir & mix very thoroughly for a few minutes.



Then pour it in the tray , using a skewer to move the liquid to the corners.


Remove all the air bubbles that appear by blowing through a straw. Keep the trays on a flat surface.

The resin is self leveling & you will get a smooth even layer. After 10 minutes look out for air bubbles & if any blow over them to remove.

Let the trays dry for 24h, once dry the surface will be smooth & shiny like glass!


Aren't these beautiful!



Seal the painted sides & bottom of the trays with several coats of varnish. Sand between layers to get a smooth finish.
Some useful tips while using the resin -
  • Read the instructions that come in the resin kit.
  • Seal the decoupage surface with a few layers of mod podge.  If there are any bubbles or cracks, the resin will leak under the paper.
  • Make sure to mix enough resin for your project.
  • Leave the resin to set overnight on a flat surface, leave it undisturbed. If required cover it, you do not want dust particles settling on the resin.
Please share your creations with this release in our facebook group - Bob N Betty Buddies

Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Decoupage ideas with Craftreat Stencils

Hello Everyone!
 I am delighted to be Guest Designing for the Craftreat Blog today with some decoupage inspiration using the Craftreat stencils. 
I am in love with the designs, very well thought of & planned, the Indian designs are just in time for the festive season. I had loads of fun playing around with them & hope I tempt you to grab these designs too.
This is a picture heavy post, I have not 1 or 2 but 7 projects to share 😊

First I have a set of coasters using my favorite Indian themed design - Mandala

Next is a decorative magnetic chopping board in which I have stencilled the mandala to give a gradient look.

Here is a closer look, gorgeous isn't it?

The Indian motifs stencil was just perfect for this shabby mirror. In this I have used texture paste.

A close up of the stencilling, do you see the perfect design?

The Buddha stencil is my absolute favorite. Once again I used it with texture paste & the design imprint is flawless. 

To pop the Buddha design I used inkagold over the stencilling, this just pops the image,adding some more dimension.

For this decoupage wallet I have used Damask Background..

This is such a versatile design, the stencilling blends so well with the tissue.

Priya also sent me some bangles & pendants for decoupage. I went with the traditional rice paper decoupage techniques & colors on them, the result a very shabby bangle & pendant with some fantastic crackle texture.

Hope you are inspired to grab some of these!
You can buy all the stencils here.
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Letter Holder

Sharing my inspiration post for Bob N Betty blog.
Have you seen the new range of decoupage papers? Morning Glory & Knighthood? There are colors & designs for almost all moods…….be it vintage or shabby, browns or blues, brights or pastels!
I particularly loved this set from the Morning Glory collection, bright & yet pleasant soothing colors & the water color like texture lends it such a rich artistic look!
Here is the letter holder I made –
Some close ups –
Look at the gorgeous blend of paints here to match the paper! I am in love with this combination & am sure to use them in some more projects!
The design has so many layers, colors & textures that I chose to leave this letter holder rather simple.
Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Wedding Invite using Rine Foiled Paper

Hello & Welcome back!

Rinea foil has paper-like properties & can be used with standard dies with ease. For my project today I used a very intricate Spellbinders die (Tranquil Moments) for a wedding invite. Without much effort except running the sandwich several times through the cutting plates, I got fantastic die cuts. Here is the card -

 Isn't it gorgeous????

The intricate die & the star struck foil in fuchsia  were just perfect! So much depth & dimension!

 I have another version of this card too............Indian version as I call it! The paisley embellishment is perfect, do you agree!!!

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