Handmade Greeting cards

Once upon a time people used to send wishes through greeting cards to friends and relatives for festivals and birthdays. Nowadays no one is patient enough to send them. Almost all our wishes are through phone calls and emails. But we would never get the same charm and happiness in the electronic cards. Receiving a special greeting will always amuse us. Isn’t it ? 🙂DIYA

How many of us still save the old greeting cards we received ? When we see those old greeting cards we will go back to those happy memories. Not always expensive gifts make people happy, the best ever gift till date is a simple greeting card with hand written wishes from our loved ones :).

Practically we can’t use a greeting card, that may not be a useful gift. But think of the moment you receive a card specially made for you ? The instant smile we get on our face thats a wonderful feeling 🙂 isn’t it ? When the shop bought greeting cards can bring us so much happiness think about the hand made cards specially made for you. Won’t it be very special ? Why don’t we give such happiness to our loved ones.

Try making simple greeting cards and present them along with gifts. More than how the card looks it is the time you have spent to make it, your involvement to give a handmade gift all these will amuse them and make them happy 🙂 Trust me no expensive gifts can make them feel so special and happy like a handmade gift 🙂 Thats the reason I always make handmade gifts.

The specialty about greeting cards is you can gift them for any occasion. You don’t even need an occasion/reason to give one. Simply send a card and share the love 🙂 I think I should stop now lets move on to the tutorial to make handmade greeting cards.cute greetings

There is no rule or steps to make greeting cards. Anything you make will do. Today I will show you how I made these tiny little charms.These are the diwali cards I made for my buddy and cousins 🙂 I gave them along with diwali sweets that was a cute surprise for them 🙂 I felt so happy 🙂 

Supplies Required :

  • Card stock / Chart Paper
  • OHP sheet
  • Glass paints
  • Glass outliner
  • Glue
  • Glitter (optional)

My Method:

  1. I made lamp shaped card so first I cut out the shapes in the chart sheet or cardstock. Normal chart may be flimsy. You can stick two charts back to back to make it sturdy. I used Old Invitation cards instead. Fold the chart draw the shape along the folding so that you get two sheets attached Cut the shape
  2. Cut out the same shape in OHP sheet. Leave a small extra flap at the folding end (left side) to stick it to the chart.
  3. Reverse the OHP sheet (the flap should be on your right side) and Trace/Draw the Diya design using glass out-liner. Start from the top and finish the design.
  4. Allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minsGlass painting
  5. After the outline is dry start filling colours inside the shapes.
  6. While pouring the colours avoid bubbles. If suppose you got bubbles break them with a needle or pin.
  7. Add glitters for extra charm. After filling the colours let it dry for 20 to 30 mins.
  8. Reverse it and stick the extra flap to the back side of the greeting.( If you are not able to follow me look at the photos)Stick Flap
  9. Done ? Great ! you have made your first handmade card a wonderful gift feel proud ! 🙂DIYA
  10. Now Open it and fill your hand written wishes and present it to your loved ones 🙂wishes

Mine looks little childish never mind 🙂 Trust me whatever you scribble they will like it because you have made it specially for them 🙂 Make your own cards and tell me how you liked it.
And last but not least this one I made for a friend of mine for her birthday. This is one of my favourite card 🙂Birthday card

I have also written posts on Basic Glass Painting tutorial  and How to make Glass painting Rangolis check them out if you are interested.

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Glass Painting Rangoli

Hello Buddies 🙂

This is one colourful and very easy craft for those who love painting and colours 🙂 Rangoli is a must in almost all functions and celebrations in India. Those beautiful colours and designs are the most beautiful decorations. I have tried to do this colourful Rangoli using glass paintings my new try 🙂 If you missed my Glass painting tutorial post check it out here9

These small handy Rangolis can be used in Pooja room floors. A small Diya lamp will be more beautiful on this Glass painting Rangoli. But keep some non conduting material below the diya. OHP sheet might melt on heat. Ok now off to the tutorial.

Supplies required :

  • Glass Paint
  • Glass liner
  • OHP sheet
  • Scissors
  • White chart
  • Glue

My method :

  1. Draw the outline of the Rangoli on the OHP sheet with thin erasable marker. This step can be avoided If you are confident you can directly draw with the glass liner.outline
  2. Now trace the Outline with Black Glass liner on the OHP sheet and you can use 3D Gold glitter to add charm. Include all the small detail designs using the liner.Glass liner outline
  3. Once the tracing with glass liner is completed let it dry for 15 to 20 mins.Completed outline
  4. Now fill the Glass paint colours inside the Rangoli designGlass paint
  5. In glass painting all the colours are bright and beautiful. Selection of colours is purely based on your own choice and creativity 🙂 you can also leave some space blank.Fill colours
  6. After filing all the colours let it dry for atleast half and hour to dry.Completed colours
  7. Now cut the design alone from the OHP sheet. leave a gap of 0.5 cm around the design while cutting it outcutting
  8. Stick this on a white chart with a glue and cut out the chart around the design similarly.
  9. Thats it Rangoli ready 🙂 !Rangoli

Adore your Pooja room with these pretty reusable rangolis. I gifted this to my friend for navrathri. You can also make these and give it as favour gifts in Navrathri Golu functions 🙂 Try different designs of your choice and tell me how you liked it 🙂

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DIY Recycled Phone Stand

Hello Buddies 🙂

Recently I have been misplacing my cellphone and often end up searching it.Then I thought about this quote “A place for everything, Everything in its place“. So I decided to make a phone stand to keep my phone.Then I will not place it everywhere and loose it. As my trademark I have made this one also as a Recycled-purposeful-attractive phone stand.This time I used a cookie box as my recycle material.Phone Stand

Things required

  • Cookie box
  • Cardboard
  • Handmade paper
  • Glue
  • Your Phone 🙂

Ready ? Shall we move to the tutorial ? OK now follow the pictures you will be more comfortable  than my words

My Method :

1.Cut the cookie box into two halves. You can either separate the pieces or stick it together.
Phone stand steps2.Cut a slant piece impression int the front.
3.Stick cardboard pieces on all the sides as well as the bottom.
4.Cover it with hand made paper
Phone stand steps5.Add a monogram and personalise it 🙂 Neat and cute 🙂Phone StandOne for me and One for my Buddy 🙂

Here are a few variations I made
This one I made for my Parents Wedding Anniversary 🙂DSC09404

This is for me and my Buddy 🙂Phone Stand

This triplet one I made for my sister and her family 🙂phone

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Wall Art – Handmade stenciling a try :-)

Hi Friends 🙂

Happy ramzan for all my muslim buddies 🙂

Today’s is an interesting post, and I loved the experience of doing this project. From my childhood I have been interested in drawing and painting. I am not a pro though. But all my drawings and paintings are restricted to paper and charts. I really wanted to draw and paint something of larger size out of the drawing notes and painting books. And fortunately I got such a chance 🙂 I am lucky 🙂Stencil painting

My Cousin-bro-cum-best-buddy wanted to try wall art(stencil painting) in his house. And that’s how I got the chance 🙂 We both have done many projects together this was one of the best fun experience we had 🙂 Always it will be nice to do craft along with a buddy. I am lucky that my best-buddy turned out to be my craft-buddy :). Ok enough of the buddy talk. Lets start with the project and get our hands dirty.

Our basic plan was to make the boring plain walls into something fun. We decided to paint a simple art design on the walls of his house, instead of doing free hand drawing and then painting we tried stenciling. Both of us are new to painting/stenciling on walls so everything we did was trial-and-error method. Wall art

Things we had :

  • Paint colours – Required colours
  • Paint Brushes of variable sizes – Instead of rollers/Spray
  • Handmade stencils – we made them instead of buying 🙂 That’s the nice part of it.

Method:

  1. First step is “Clean walls”. Clean the wall to be stenciled and paint a fresh coat of paint as background before starting to stencil.
  2. Decide the designs to be painted and the required stencil designs and sizes.
  3. We chose basic designs like Butterfly, Flowers, Lamp (For Pooja room). There are so many other options you can decide from. Browse the internet and you will get tons of ideas .
  4. Next step is to cut out the stencils on any sturdy paper. Draw the design on the chart whichever base u want to cut the stencils from .cutting stencil
  5. Chart sheets can be used for Temporary-one-time-use stencils.
  6. OHP sheet can be used for permanent-durable-stencils and added advantage is you can look through so that you can place the stencil in proper locations and instead of drawing the designs you can trace them on the OHP sheets .
  7. We used chart sheets because we didn’t have OHP sheets handy and we were not planning to reuse the stencils. Luckily chart sheet also served good 🙂
  8. There is one more option to make these stencils “Old X – Ray sheets” – these will be even more sturdier and the best part is its “RECYCLED”( I always have an affinity towards recycled crafts or any recycled usage of things generally 🙂 ).
  9. Once the stencils are ready, Place them on the wall and start painting.Stencils
  10. You can take help of your craft buddy 😉 or someone in your house to hold the stencil.
  11. If you have painters tape well and good you can place the stencils with proper alignment and stick it with painters tape on the wall and start painting.
  12. Ours was a random design so we didn’t mind much about the alignment part.painting
  13. You can paint using spray painting or roller or a simple brush – like we did.
  14. You will have to be very careful while doing stencil painting with a brush we should not allow the paint to bleed below the stencil.(Read the below Dos and Don’ts section for more tips).Pink flower stencils
  15. Stenciling is better done with dry brush so don’t take excess paint on your brush.
  16. Dip only half of your brush in the paint then remove the excess paint on newspaper.
  17. Start painting when your brush is almost dry. Slowly dab the paint and increase the colour layer by layer by repeated dabbing.
  18. If suppose your paint bled behind the stencil, don’t forget to wipe it with wet cloth before reusing it.
  19. And when the lines are very thin or if the design is smaller which can’t be cut precisely in stencil can be painted directly.
  20. We did this free hand painting for antennas of the butterfly and for some touch ups at the edges of the design.touch up and outline
  21. We used small painting brushes to do the final touch ups ( that was my water-colour painting brush 🙂 )
  22. That is all we did and our home-made stencil design/wall art is ready 🙂
  23. Now enjoy our designer wall 🙂

    Butterfly

    Butterfly design on the wall

Divas

Divas on the Pooja room walls

wall artbutterfly wallMore than the actual method most important is the Dos and Don’ts. I will list down those which we learned through our experience.dons

Dos and Don’ts :

  • Don’t make stencils for very small parts directly paint them with small brush
  • Give repeated coats to avoid improper coverage
  • Always hold the brush perpendicular to wall to avoid bleeding beneath the stencil

  • Clean the back side of stencils before reusing it
  • Wipe off bled paint quickly using wet cloth

  • Use sharp blades and cut crisp corners in stencils to avoid bleeding of paint
  • While painting using stencils first fill the outlines using a small brush to form a frame  then fill the inner parts

  • Brush should barely have paint, it must be almost dry when u paint
  • Squeeze excess paint into the container. Dab the brush in newspapers to remove excess paint

  • Dip only half of the brush into the paint
  • Try practicing stenciling before hand on cardboard, get the technique then move on to your wall

If you like this post do post your comments and suggestions. I want you also to try this at your home and share with me your experiences. I bet you this will be real fun 🙂

No more boring plain walls 🙂 And you don’t have to spend so much money. Don’t be afraid If anything went wrong ofcourse we can always repaint all together. So its time for you also to dip your hands in the paint and enjoy the fun experience 🙂

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Glass Painting Tutorial


Hello Buddies 🙂

I am back again 🙂  As the title suggests today’s post is a tutorial to make your own glass painting. Are you a person who likes paintings but haven’t tried one or don’t know how to do them ? Then today’s post is for YOU. Yes anyone can make a glass painting. Glass painting is one of the simplest painting method. No need of great painting or drawing skills, a little practice and patience is all you need (Of course you will need supplies ;))Glass painting

You can own a gorgeous glass painting without breaking your wallet and that too a painting made by you isn’t it special ? In this post I will give you a simple step by step tutorial to make glass paintings. Me and my cousin Bro did this painting together it was a nice experience 🙂 This was one of my favourite paintings. Ok Lets move on to the tutorial.

Supplies you will need:
supplies

  • Glass for painting ( any size of your choice)
  • A design to be copied
  • Glass paint (Water based)
  • Glass Out-liner.

My Method :

  1. Get a glass of desired size from any glass shop.
  2. Choose a design You can either get a glass painting design book or download designs from internet.You will get loads of designs in the internet.
  3. Re size your design as per your need ( according to the size of your glass )
  4. Clean the glass surface before starting to paint.
  5. Place the glass on top of the design printout so that you can trace the design on the glass.
  6. Now secure the design printout and glass in place on a flat surface using painters tape or cellophane tape.taped picture
  7. Make sure this arrangement doesn’t move or shake until you finish your painting.
  8. Now trace the outlines of the design on the glass using glass outliner. Its like putting mehandi.
  9. Start from the top and proceed to the bottom of the design so that you won’t smudge the lines.Complete the design.
  10. Try to make continuous lines then it will look neat.liner
  11. Don’t worry if you make any mistakes you can wipe it with a cloth, For smaller curves where you can’t use cloth you can wipe with ear buds
  12. Once you complete the design outlining. Allow it to dry for 10 to 15 mins.Complete outline
  13. After the outline is dry you can start filling colours inside the shapes.
  14. You can even mix up the colours or give single colours alone.
  15. When you are mixing colours mix it as soon as you pour it out before it dries.
  16. Avoid double coats. Once the paint is dry It will not mix with other colours.
  17. While pouring the colours avoid bubbles. If suppose you got bubbles break them with a needle or pin.colouring
  18. Use small paint brush to paint smaller areas of the of the design.
  19. Once the design is completed allow it to dry for 30 to 40 mins.Completed Painting
  20. Now reverse the glass and frame it.
  21. You can place crushed silver foil behind the painting as background while framing it.
  22. Frame it ! Hang it ! 🙂 Thats it Gorgeous glass painting ready.  Frame

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Quilling – My experience :)

Hello friends 🙂

For long time I wanted to try one of this beautiful crafting technique – Quilling. Finally I tried  this quilling technique. It’s really pretty and practically easy to make. The vibrant colours of the quilling papers are added benefits. There are so many things I have planned in my mind to do with this quilling, but “First things first”. So I am going to share with you my first experience with quilling.Quilling design

Supplies Requiredsupplies

  • Quilling Needle
  • Quilling paper
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Card Stock

My Method

  1. Draw outline of your favourite design using pencil in the cardstock or any base paper or card where you wish to make your design.(Optional).
  2. Did you notice the shaggy paper next to the quilling, It is the original design I drew long back in my college notebook when the classes were boring. This design came in handy now. Its one of my favourite 🙂DSC08074
  3. Decide colours for each part of your design. Quilling papers comes with many colours and variants, so choices are plenty.
  4. outlineoutline
  5. Next Quilling design has to be chosen. I used two among the basic techniques – Tight scroll and Tea drop. Quilling
  6. The difficult part is fixing the paper along the outline, whereas scroll and tea drops were pretty easy.lines
  7. To create lines you will have to hold the strips using tweezers or quilling needle or your hand itself for atleast 15 secs.
  8. Scrolls can be  made easily. You have to place one end of the quilling strip inside the quilling needle and start rolling it tight and secure the loose end with glue.quilling
  9. To make tea drop make a little loose scroll then pinch one corner of the scroll to make the tea drop shape.
  10. Once all your pieces are ready stick them one by one on your design.
  11. Thats it you are done !
  12. Design is ready 🙂Frame

Frame it ! Hang it ! Admire it ! 🙂 🙂

There are so many things you can make using this quilling technique. Greeting cards, earrings, Gifts, Gift tags etc. I am so excited to try them all 🙂 Will post you with the updates soon 🙂

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