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Mad Hatter Altered Box

Hello, everyone!
I’m back after a LONG long break. Some of you might know it has been quite long since I have blogged. Anyway, so here I come with one of my recent creations. I have given a name Mad Hatter (those of you who don’t know I love giving random names to my projects).

Let’s dig in, shall we?
I got a great deal on a set cardboards, thought of altering one of them recently. It’s approx size is 4.5×4.5″. At first, I covered it with Black acyclic paint from Apple Barrel. Then took a cut piece of a paper from Classique Beauty 12×12″ paper pad by Authentique and distressed it completely using Old Paper and Antique Linen. I then distressed the sides with Vintage Photo (all time favourite!). Next, I stamped some Tim Holtz scripted stamp using Distress Embossing Ink and covered in ‘Heirloom Gold’ Perfect Pearls. Then sprayed using Heidi Swapp ‘Patina’ & ‘Black’ and Prima Marketing ‘Empress Gold’. Afterwards, I used a Dusty Attic stencil and used a Prima Marketing Finnabair texture paste in White Sand. It actually turns transparent so to add a little bit of a colour I dropped in few drop of Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint.

Secondly, went in with the embellishments. ‘Little Story’ and Butterfly wood icons are by Prima Marketing and ‘Sweet’ wood veneer is by Jillibean Soup from their Today pack which I have distressed it with Black Soot Distress Paint. The beautiful layer of clocks is by BoBunny from there Heritage Layered Chipboard pack. Flowers are a mix of Recollection and Prima Marketing & Vintage Trinkets are by Finnabair.

Finally, topped it with some sequins and Recollection flat pearls to give a little bit of a bling.

I truly enjoyed making it. Hope you all like it.
See you soon!

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Unforgettable Moments Canvas

Hi there! Today’s Crafters’ Palette post is a multi-layered canvas. Trust me it’s super easy to make. It hardly took 45 minutes!

First, I grabbed three cardstocks and tore them up. Then I distressed them using a bunch of Distress Ink colors and used Distress Spray Stains in ‘Festive Berries’ & ‘Seedless Preserves’.

Next, I grabbed some chipboard embellishments and used Distress Paints all over them. I used ‘Antique Linen’ & ‘Black Soot’. I then cut out some butterflies using the gorgeous Winged Beauties Thinlit Dies, and distressed them in two-tone. The last step was to add some Prima flowers!

Hope you liked it! Till next time!

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6 Gorgeous Techniques Using Distress Inks

Today’s post is definitely going to be interesting for all those who are just IN LOVE with the Distress Inks (like me!). They’re one of my most used crafty items. Let’s get into some tips and techniques on how we can use them.

1. Distressing
This is the most basic use of Distress Inks. You can use them to distress paper, cardstock or any other surface you have. You can create some amazing vintage or shabby-chic styles with this fab medium.
2. Stamping
Here is another super basic and of course natural way to use Distress Inks. Ink your stamp and simply press it down on the paper. The type of stamp doesn’t matter – you can use any kind from clear to cling and wood to mounted. Also, one important thing to note here is that Distress Inks are water-based, so adding other mediums may bleed the ink and distort your image.

3. Blending
This is one of my FAVOURITE techniques! No other ink pad will give you as good results at blending than Distress Inks. Not even close! The colours mix so beautifully and can be applied lightly, or layered together to get a rich, deep background. Firstly, choose any 2 or more Distress Ink colours. For this tag, I used the new Wilted Violet Ink Pad, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. Use a blending tool to pick up your ink, and work in circular motions across your paper. Start off at the paper’s edge, and slowly work into the paper to avoid getting blotches. Lastly, start blending the colours as you go. Layering various inks together gives you countless colour combinations.

4. Stencilling
Directly place the stencil over the paper and apply the Distress Ink onto it. The Distress Spray Stains can also be used through stencils to create some gorgeous effects. Tape the stencil to the paper with any temporary adhesive so that it holds the stencil and prevents movement. Once you’re done, remove the stencil and there you have a gorgeous pattern! You can also blend inks to create some gorgeous graduated effects.

5. Watermarking
The most distinctive feature of Distress Inks is their ability to work with water. Spray water on anyDistress Ink background and watch the ink move. You can create watermarked effects by adding few drops of water to an inked surface, or using a water brush to draw a design. When you have finished adding the water, use a paper towel to gently blot the surface and remove the ink.

6. Reverse Stencilling
Ever heard of it? No? Let me tell you! If you ever want to have watercolour background effect, this is a great way to do it. Take a stencil and start inking it; blending colour in this technique works well. You just need three main things for this technique: Distress Inks (of course!), a stencil and a misting tool. All you have to do is apply the inks to the surface of your stencil, mist it with water and place ink-side down onto your paper. Press lightly, and lift off the stencil to reveal a gorgeous watercolour background!
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Euphoric Dreams Tag

Hello folks!
First of all, Eid Mubarak to all Muslims all over the world! 
Another TAG! For this particular one layout is quite different from the regular ones I make. Of course flowers are used as usual along with few other things and most importantly I liked the mini jar concept which I did in here. I was trying to do something out of line and this is what I ended up making. 
Firstly, I distressed the whole tag and embossed with Perfect Pearls. Then put up the embellishments that is label, flowers and everything else. I had a white lace which I painted it with Distress Paints. 
List of all the supplies used is below!
Tim Holtz ‘Vintage Photo’ Distress Ink
Tim Holtz ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress Ink
Tim Holtz ‘Black Soot’ Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Embossing Distress Ink
Tim Holtz ‘Vintage Photo’ Distress Paint
Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamps – Attic Teasures #CMS123
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Nature Adornments #TH93128
Ranger Perfect Pearls – Pewter #PPP21858
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection #658784
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps – Wedding Expressions #658939 
Recollections Floral Embellishments 
Prima Marketing Flowers
White Lace
Mini Glass Jar
I have been trying out new things lately, so you will be seeing more interesting projects soon.
I hope you like it!
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Brightest Hue Altered Box

Here’s another altered box which I did recently! I have covered lid with a ‘Old World Stack’ DCWV cardstock and distressed and stenciled the rest of the box.
I have put an oval frame in creamy color. I have recently purchased this framelit set and I have been using on every other project I have been making nowadays. OBSESSED! Next I have arranged few silver leave stems and dull gold butterfly die-cuts and paper flowers on to the lid. I felt something was missing so added a rusty looking vintage key. I loved how it completed the whole thing!
Embellishments are by Tim Holtz and Recollection and die-cuts of leave stems and butterfly are of course by Sizzix.  


Till next time! 
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Tangerine Blown Altered Box

I am super excited to share my first post for PCW Blog today with all of you. I chose Roses Two Double cutting file but as I don’t own a electronic cutting machine. I have used my Sizzix BigShot which is a manual cutting machine to die-cut the image in oval. Just to let you know the files listed on PCW website can not only be used as a cutting file but you can even cut them by scissors or use a manual cutting machine and you can still create amazing products.
I have distressed the whole box in a single tone and then stenciled with the a bit darker shade. I have added an oval die-cut in the middle and embellished the two round corners with some paper flowers.


Butterflies and label die-cuts are by Sizzix. I have used ‘Wild Honey’ for distressing the butterflies.  


To add some bling, I have added silver rhinestones on the edge of the box cover.


For coloring the image I have used the following Distress Markers.. 
  • Aged Mahogany
  • Victorian Velvet
  • Peeled Paint
  • Shabby Shutters
  • Wild Honey
  • Scattered Straw

Did you like the end-result? Let me know in your comments!