Thursday, February 16, 2012

Craft Foam Roses

When I first happened to come across craft foam flowers,i could not believe it was craft foam as for me craft foam is just another kid craft supply, but i was totally smitten by beautiful craft foam rose wreath made by my super talented and creative friend Rubina Abid. Following her tutorial (Sorry guys that tutorial link is dead now :(  )  I made these flowers nearly two years back but put them together as wreath  pretty recently.

Thank you Rubina for sharing such a beautiful technique.

Have a creative day



Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day gift Idea - Polymer Clay Earring Holder/Organizer - Tutorial

Today I am sharing a little tutorial on how to transform ordinary photo frame to beautiful yet functional piece of art.

For this project I used Premo polymer clay as I totally love this clay however you can just spray paint or mod podge your frame or just about anything your imagination can cook up.

  • Unfinished Wood Frame
  • Plastic Canvas Sheet
  • Polymer Clay - For this project, I used Sculpey Premo in Cobolt blue (Air dry clays can also be used)
  • Silver Leaf ( easily available in craft stores )
  • Craft Glues of all kinds
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Release Agents like Armor All or water in spray bottle or cornstarch
  • Varnish
  • Work Surface suitable for working with clay
  • Craft Knife
  • Sharp Tissue Blade (optional)
  • Pasta Machine (optional but highly recommended)
  • Acrylic Rod (optional)
  • Push Mold (optional)
Well lets start rolling
  • Start with wood frame - Remove glass and backing ; Cut out Plastic canvas sheet in exact size of glass backing.

  • Whenever working with unfinished wood its highly recommended to prepare base with a thin coat of diluted white glue or Mod Podge or Bake and Bond by Sculpey.
  • Once base is dry, Paint entire wood frame with black acrylic paint, set it aside to dry
  •     Start conditioning your clay - Slice small pieces of clay - roll and smoosh -until clay is soft and pliable (Tip:- Add little translucent clay,if you clay is little crumbly) 

  • Roll out thin layer and cut strips of clay according to the size of frame and glue them to the frame, avoid getting air bubbles.

  • Again roll out your clay but this time into thick a sheet instead, Apply silver leaf and continue rolling until crack appears.

  • Cut strips according to the size of frame and place it on top of previous layer ; no glue required this time.
  •  Spray and spread your release agent with your finger onto clay sheet.
  • Impress sheet of plastic canvas with acrylic rod or flat glass or just with hand pressure onto clay and voila you have this gorgeous texture. Trim off any excess clay around frame.
  • With push molds, make some ornamental details (optional) I chose Victorian motif to add little old world charm.
  • Bake your piece according to manufacturer's instructions in craft dedicated oven.Alway preheat your oven and use oven thermometer for optimal baking.
  • Once your frame is cool, its good time to do touch up paint, if required and with the help of hot glue or super glue secure your secure your plastic canvas sheet in place and varnish.
  •  Hang it on wall or place it as table top and just sit back and admire.

Have a creative day


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Paper Quilling - Lily Pond

Whenever I need quick craft pick me up, I like to do Paper Quilling. Paper Quilling is fun, and easy craft for all ages.You just need some paper strips to get started,i made this project without quilling tool,but if you want a quilling tool,you can buy it from any craft store or make one by yourself, as for me,I like to make coils by rolling paper strip between my fingers.

I got my inspiration from fellow Craftziner member Aanchal, from the moment I laid my eyes her quilling project, I knew I had to make one for myself but with my own design and style, of course. I finished this project within three days, but in excitement I forgot to take in progress pictures :( sorry for that.

So, here I am with this cute little Lily Pond, which started as stack of old CDs, Why CDs??? Well no reasons, I just try to incorporate upcycling in all my projects. I stacked 5 CDs on the left side and 10 CDs on right side to create different levels and one small CD overlapping the lower level.

For the water I used Frisker crimper to create wave-like effects, I randomly layered several hues of blue for each coil, so each water coil is different from the other.

 Border is made up of two layers of grayish off white rectangular coils to create boulder boundary look.

I could not find floral punch of right shape and size so instead I made polymer clay flowers, hmmm I can’t keep my hand off my clay but love the way these flowers turned out, Ahh so pretty.

I used husking techniques for the leaves; again I layered them with different hues of green, randomly.

Tall grass is mixture of paper, plastic and dry stems. For cattails I coated purple plastic strip with white glue then dusted off with semolina.

Frogs were made with 3D Quilling technique, where I made two round tight coils and then made them into dome shape by pushing inside part with pencil. Glued them together, added other details.

My favorite lily pond creature is the Dragon Fly, I made with seed beads and wax paper wings, standing on thin transparent plastic (I used a plastic cord thingy which attach tags to clothes)

Do not miss the buzz,there is also a tiny bumble bee (isn't she so cute), again seed bead body with wax paper wings.

Well I am officially in love with my lily pond; hope you will like it too. Now only I can keep it safe from dust and my toddler girl hmmmm

See you soon.

Have a creative day,



Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mosaic Butterfly Mobile/Chime - Tutorial

As I mentioned in my previous mosaic tutorial, that I had this awesome opportunity to participate in Totally Tutorial Exchange Program in collaboration with Artful Mosaic Supplies. Do visit Dana’ beautiful shop and try this beautiful craft by yourself, I am sure you will fall in love with this beautiful craft.

For my second project I decided to make a Mosaic Butterfly Mobile,as i wanted to use this butterfly mobile sitting in my craft cabinet for ages. I added inspirational words on leaves of the mobile,to remind myself values of life.
Here I will use third coaster from my kit, (In case you missed my first mosaic project, please click here)

Supplies you need

• Mosaic Coaster kit from Artful Mosaic Supplies

• Butterfly Mobile (on hand, available at dollar tree)

FlatBack Pearls

• Distress Ink (Vintage photo)

• Newspaper or book sheets

• Flat White Spray Paint and Primer

• Twine

• Polymer Clay Embellishments (click here to make your own)

• Craft Adhesives like Epoxy, Mod Podge and Weldbond Glue

• Sponge Brush

• Latex Gloves for grouting

• 'O' Hooks also known as Eye Hooks


Lets start with Mosaic Coaster

• Seal coaster ON BOTH SIDES with decoupage glue.

• Mark coaster on corners ( I marked 1” on one corner and 2” on opposite corner)\

• Screw Eye Hooks on both corners.

• Lay your tiles out on the coasters before attaching them with adhesive.Take picture for reference.
 Once you come up with design for your mosaic, glue individual tile, one at time using heavy duty craft adhesive (I used Weldbond glue).Make sure there is no more space than 1/4" among your tiles. Otherwise grout can develop cracks.Repeat this step on other side of coaster.

•  glue flat back pearls on the sides of coaster.

• Once all pieces are attached to coasters, set it aside and Allow glue to cure for several days before grouting.

• Mix grout according to package instructions( I mixed grout powder with water until it reached the consistency of peanut butter) avoid excess water.

• Apply grout using the craft sticks or rubber Spatula. Spread grout evenly over the mosaics tiles and with the help of foam piece work the grout under the edges of tiles. Wear gloves to push grout into crevice. Make sure you protect your work surface and clothes as grouting can be little messy.Repeat this step on other side of coaster.

• Wipe off any excess grout with damp sponge or rag, being careful not to wipe away the grout in the crevices. Let the coaster dry overnight.Repeat this step on the other side of coaster.

• Apply sealant with brush over the grout. Wipe off any excess, and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.Repeat this step on the other side of coaster.

• Clean and polish on both sides of your coasters.



• Spray white paint on the both sides of butterfly, allow paint to dry completely.

• Distress newspaper or any other page with distressing ink

• Decoupage paper over butterfly as well as leaves. (detach existing strings)

• With Exacto blade, carve out extra paper to bring out the butterfly design.Distress edges again.

• Attach all parts of  the mobile with twine and trim off excess twine.

• Add clay or vinyl lettering on the both sides of mobile leaves(I have tons of clay so I use it everywhere but vinyl would look really good too)

• Attach polymer clay embellishments on the both sides of mosaic coaster with epoxy.

• Taadaa you are done. Hang it in any place, you fancy

I enjoy making mixed media projects,so really had good time making this mosaic mobile and i am sure this mobile will look great in my patio.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a Creative Day,