Monday, 22 August 2016

Artist trading cards with No line colouring

Hello everyone,
      Riswana here with you.. Today I'll be sharing some Artist trading cards (ATCs) using No line watercoloring technique in different methods..
      For new crafters, ATCs are miniature pieces of artwork which is great to show your style, experimenting new techniques etc., The only thing standard about an ATC is its size- 2.5"×3.5"  No other rules on what to do on the canvas. You can trade or swap ur cards with other artists around the world & trust me, it is so much fun.!
      Now let's get on to the projects.!!
The key to no line coloring is using a water soluble, lighter color to stamp the image so that the outline kinda disappears as you add more colors..  I'll show you few ways.!

Using image stamps: 
         Here I've used this beautiful Santoro stamp & stamped with scattered straw DI. You can see that the image is very light. (Did you see that super cool collector's card there?? Comes free with the stamp.!! Am drooling over it.! Perfect example for an ATC ;))

Start adding a layer of lighter color first & then bring in layers of darker shades..

Add shading for the ground  & sky..

Matt with a cardstock & it's done.

Using solid stamps:
     There are many ways to use a solid stamp. This technique is so much fun.!

        Stamp the solid image with the lightest shade of DI. I've used Mudra's floral silhouette stampset.
(Taping the Canvas not only holds it but also prevents warping.!!!)

I used Zig real brush pens to color the images. Here i started with the darker shade first & then blended with lighter colors.

After the image has dried completely, add some gray shading around to make the image pop up more.. (Note how you can achieve totally different effects using the same stamp.!!!)

Stamped a sentiment from Heidi swapp stampset & added some clear sequins to finish it.

Using Stencils:
     Now let's make some backgrounds with the technique..
      Place a stencil over the Atc & sponge some light ink very gently.

You'll get a real light & soft background..

Now use the same technique to add in the darker shades. I just darkened the edges facing the center of the flower & it gave a super cool 3D look.

Added some vellum with embossed quote & few sequins..

Using Free hand painting:
     Here's a very simple & abstract method without stamps or stencils..
      Just add solid lines using lighter color ink & water brush..

Fill in the squares (or whatever shape u need) randomly with colors & that's it.!!!

Since it was a very small surface, I kept my sentiment as the focal point..

Here's a round up of all four..

Hope you liked my projects & that you found the information helpful.!
Pls do give it a try & let us know through social media :) Looking forward to see your miniature artworks in the form of ATCs.!

Create.Have fun.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Fun shaker card with masking and water colouring- with GD Deepti Stephens

Hello everyone! Sindhura here and I am so glad to introduce you to our lovely Guest Designer of the month- Deepti Stephens. To be honest, Deepti needs no introduction. She is well known for her fun, playful, CAS (Clean and Simple) style of card making. I love how effortlessly she uses bold and bright colours on her cards and make them look stunning.

Over to her...
Hello everyone! This is Deepti Stephens from Catchy Design and today I have the great pleasure to be the guest designer here for Lulupu. Lulupu was my like my first school when it comes to crafting, where I learnt so many things like photography, how to be organised etc. The things I learnt here helped me to build up my career! So I'm very happy to be here today! And today I'm going to show you how to make a Fun Shaker Card with Masking and Water-coloring techniques. Masking and stamping techniques are my all time favourites but recently I have fallen for die-cutting and water-coloring techniques also. This water-coloring technique is so therapeutic and ya! it is! ;)

For my project, I took a standard sized white card stock and another panel which is slightly smaller than the main card base. Then on to that panel, I went ahead and stamped the birds from My Heart Sings stamp set from Neat and Tangled with Archival Jet Black Ink. I took a thin copy paper and created masks and I used tombow removable adhesive to adhere the masks temporarily in place. Instead of a thin paper you could use a post it note or masking paper!

Once the stamping part was done I went ahead and water-colored the images with my favourite color distress inks - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard seed. I have been wanting to use these colors for such a long time and finally the time has come! yay! ;)

Once the panel was dry, I took a paper knife, cut small slits in the center and then took my scissors and fussy cut along the edges of the birds leaving a little white border! Then I flipped over the fussy cut panel and adhered an acetate from the packaging with the help of Tombow multi glue. 

Next I took a pattern paper form Studio Calico - Print Shop Collection and adhered it on to the main card base! Then stamped the sentiment from the same set with Archival Jet Black Ink. Then placed some sequins from my stash, and adhered the fuzzy cut panel on to card base with foam tape! And that's it, our super fun shaker card is ready!! :)


I have filmed a card processing video where I have shared a few tips, tricks and techniques along the way. You can watch the video here or at Lulupu's YouTube Channel, here.

Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up and share it with your friends and also don't forget to subscribe to the channel for more inspiration.

Thank you so much for stopping by. And thank you Lulupu and team for having me and it was nice to be here again. Thanks again! Bye.. :)

Thanks so much for accepting our invitation, Deepti! We wish you good luck for your future. 

That's all for today, friends. Watch this space for more inspiration. :)


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Have you participated yet?

Hello people.

This month, being the friendship month, we have a fun Challenge going on which is to make Shaker Cards or Shaker Tags and you still have time till 31st august to participate! 

We have some beautiful entries till now. Here are some of them we really loved!

By Dotstolinesblog. A beautiful shaker tag with a great colour combination. 

By Shylaashree. In love with this wonderful shading. 

By Deepti Stephens. A perfect shaker card with vibrant colours. 

Do check out the inspiration by pur Design Team Members as well in case you missed it

Click here for detailed post.

Click here for detailed post.

Isn't it fun to make such cards? So what are you waiting for? Create yours and link the same here.
The challenge is open till August 31st.

We will be back soon with another DT inspiration.

Create. Participate. Have a chance to win goodies. :)

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Accordion Cutout Card - Tutorial


I hope you are doing well. This is the month of festivals so everyone must be busy with that. Today I am going to share the most asked tutorial of the card, Accordion Cutout, without use of accordion cutout dies. 

It looks complicated but once you make it, it's quite easy. This time I have made it a masculine one with 'The Gentleman' paper pad from Papericious for keeping upcoming Rakshabandhan in mind. This is how it finally looked:

So let's start with the tutorial. 

First of all you need to measure the die cut you are going to use because overall size of the card depends on size of diecut. Mine one measured approximately 3 1/8x4 1/4 so i decided to keep inner rectangle measuring 3 1/4x4 1/2 and overall card size 4 3/4x6. 

So now take a paper of 19x6, score it at the interval of 4 3/4 and fold it in a valley-mountain style so that it results in a 4 3/4x6 card. Let's call each 4 3/4x6 portion PART. (Image shows mountain-valley style, please ignore for sometime. :) )

Now, score each part vertically at 3/4, 2, 2 3/8, 2 3/4 and 4 and horizontally at 3/4 and 5 1/4. You can check the image for clarity. 

Cut the rectangles as shown in image.

Be careful for this part. It can mess your work if not cut properly. You must have 3/4 portion with a centre score in the middle of each part. We will keep a valley style for first two parts, therefore, put a cut on left 3/8 portion on first part and right 3/8 portion on second one. Fold it outer side carefully as shown. Please check the image. It's hard for me to explain this.

To cover this base with patterned papers, take six papers measuring 5 7/8x4 5/8. Score 4 sides of each at 5/8 cut the centre rectangle resulting from scoring each side. 

Adhere them to the base. There are only 4 parts but when we close it, front and back portions will be different which will be backside of first and last part so we took six papers and adhere them too. 

Now take 4 base paper dies cuts along with same shaped die cuts of patterned papers. 

To make an accordion of these die cuts, take a stripe of thick paper, adhere them on back side of base paper die cuts keeping them in a line and then fold them in a mountain-valley style. (Our base card was folded valley-mountain style).you can stick another 4 die cuts to hide these stripes on back.

Glue that center cut and folded portion of each part. Be careful, only cut and folded portion should be glued and not the one attached to the base. Adhere each die cut in centre. You can see glued portion and how to adhere die cuts in the image. 

Tan da nann. We are done with the base. See how it looks from front and back. 

Fun part begins. Embellish patterned paper die cuts and adhere them to the base. First die cut will be seen as a front so decorate it accordingly. 

Some more photos of my card:

I have made couple of cards in the past too. Have a look:

With different die cuts.

Mountain-Valley style whose front will not be visible when card is open.

Another masculine card for friendship day.

I hope you enjoyed it. Do let me know if there are any questions regarding this. We will be waiting for your take on such card. 

Thank you,
Chirali. :)

Supplies used from Lulupu Store:

The Gentleman - Papericious

Monday, 8 August 2016


Hi everyone!

Sindhura here. I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. I made a couple of cards for my friends.

They are simple and quick to make..

Here are the cards...

The first one follows the August month's challenge theme which is - friendship with a twist.

The 'BFF' and the gold foil stars are from Millie and June Ephemera die cuts pack. I just love how the sentiment coordinates with the patterned paper from the 'Sunshine and happiness' paper pack from Simple Stories.

The next card is also based on friendship theme but it isn't a shaker card. Instead of adding the due cuts to the front of the card, I made a circular window and adhered the die cuts inside the card for interest.

Supplies used
Millie and June diecuts 
Millie and June 6x6 paper pad
Simple stories 'Sunshine and happiness' 6x6 paper pad

Friday, 5 August 2016

Diffferent ways to use MAMBI Pocket Pages speciality cards

Hello everyone! 

Sindhura here. Hope everyone is doing good. Today I have some ideas about how to use Pocket Pages cards on cards. If you know me, I'm neither good at scrapbooking nor Pocket Page scrapbooking. I really admire those who effortlessly create layouts. 

Recently I have seen some very, very adorable MAMBI Pocket Pages cards. I was so tempted to get them but wasn't sure. When Karuna asked me if I wanted to try them and create something different, I didn't think twice to say 'Yes!'!

Here is what my DT pack consisted of...

The MAMBI cards are so much fun to play with. 
I am yet to take out the stamp from the package. 
The die cuts from Fancy Pants called 'Millie and June' perfectly coordinate with the Fancy Pants 'Millie and June' 6x6 paper pack. 
The best thing was, the die cuts and papers in the paper pad coordinate with the MAMBI cards. The set I got was 'Tween Purple'. The colours match perfectly with die cuts and papers. So I was in luck and could use them easily together.

First, I wanted to show the individual products used for the following projects so you would get an idea about how I ended up using them.

For my first project I used a couple of cards from the cards set just the way we use patterned papers. I layered one on the other. To make the die cut stand out, i layered the papers with vellum. Added enamel dots for more interest.

The next card turned out so cute! I have a thing for cute owl images and one of the cards has a very adorable owl image on it. I fussy cut it out from the card, added a black beak in place of the red one. To make it look even cuter, I added googly eyes. Isn't that fun?

The next card is pretty straight forward. I took the card from the set, adhered it on a the card base whose background was done using stitched dies. Then I die cut the word and hearts from the dies in my stash and coated them with glossy accents.

The last project for today is the DIY shadow box frame, framing the gorgeous foil card with an awesome sentiment.  I will link up to the website where the lady shows how to make a DIY frame. It is very easy to do.

Supplies used- 

Have a nice day, everyone!


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